Welcome to an Autumnal wedding of dreams! Yes it is time for Natasha and Jason’s nuptials, which were held on the 27th October 2018 at Ox Pasture Hall in North Yorkshire. I have to say I was just blown away by their jaw droppingly magnificent Autumn wedding, it really is remarkable. Natasha and Jason thought of everything to craft their enchanted woodland style day and the results are magical. I will touch on just a few of the touches that I love. First up, the tree centrepieces were just so epic, then there was the dipping apples station, which sounded scrumptious and the fantastic signage throughout. Oh my! It’s no wonder that Natasha has set up her own business; A Labour Of Love.
Onto the other touches that really caught my eye; the towering autumnal cake, the whimsical trailing bridal bouquet and the sparkling rose gold sequin bridesmaid dresses. You are going to love them all.
One of the moments I love the most from their day is where Natasha sang to Jason at their ceremony, it looked like such a special moment. Also how gorgeous did they both look in their chosen attire?! Wow! I love Natasha’s two piece dress and Jason’s forest green suit.
We cannot thank Photography34 enough for sharing with us these utterly amazing images, they are so full emotion as you will shortly see.
The proposal was magical. I was whisked away by Jason to the beautiful city of Rome for my birthday. I did not know until afterwards that his original idea for the proposal didn’t go quite to plan as we were meant to be at the orange garden to see the sun setting but I was too busy getting ready for the evening!! Luckily he had another plan up his sleeve and he proposed to me in the beautiful setting of the J.Percorsi restaurant. A swing version of Beyoncé’s Single Ladies started playing to which Jason asked if he “should put a ring on it?” As I giggled and turned away to take in the scenery, Jason had made his way onto one knee next to me at the table.
The Vision & Planning Process
I have always been drawn in by the whimsical and knew that I had to incorporate that into our wedding. The first design I drew was the cake, I believe that can really be the perfect centrepiece. I drew what we wanted in detail and sent it to a chocolate shop, Birdgate Chocolatiers, in Pickering. I had seen some of their designs before so knew that they were a hidden gem. When I walked in to see our cake the day before, I couldn’t believe what was standing in front of me… my drawing had come to life in the most magical way, even down to the tiny details like smartie filled pumpkins that you could smash open.
The rest of our theme then came from the drawing of the cake. I wanted our venue, Ox Pasture Hall in Scarborough, to be transformed into an Enchanted Autumnal Woodland. The building is set in forestry and looks stunning surrounded by the colours that October brings so I wanted to bring the outdoors in.
My first thought was, I need trees! I went on to design and make the centrepieces for our tables. I wanted to make the guests feel as if they were sitting within a forest, a canopy of leaves above their heads. I didn’t want it to just be a standalone tree so I designed and made the bases to look like enchanted gardens. I loved the idea that people could keep looking, seeing something different every time.
The twinkling lights were a beautiful addition to our vision, they were supplied by Wow Weddings, a Scarborough based company. I wanted to continue the feeling of ‘forest’ in the whole room so had green washes of light up the walls, supplied by Pure Entertainment Group.
Having hand made all of the centrepieces myself with the helping hand of my now husband, I knew we couldn’t just stop there. The little touches really brought the day together from the entrance tunnel with smoke machine, seating plan and rickety sign post to our donut wall, sweetie flower cart and the toffee apple dipping station that all of our family and friends really enjoyed digging into! Everyone had an ‘enchanted apple’ on their table, in a tub with a little tag saying ‘dip me’- they loved it!
Ox Pasture Hall, Scarborough
Self-proclaimed – “Ox Pasture Hall is one of today’s new breed of luxury country house hotel, something different, fresh, very romantic, yet oozing rustic style and charm. A warm and welcoming country house retreat, where you will be looked after from the moment you arrive, until the time comes to tear yourself away.”
We knew this was the perfect place, the first time we ever visited. The room in which the reception took place was quirky yet open enough for us to transform and the setting of the hotel lent itself perfectly to an autumn wedding.
The Details & Décor
As a little girl I always had a fascination with the enchanted. One of my earliest memories was watching fairies drink tea and host parties as I stood outside gazing at them through the windows of my Wendy House… that fascination has never left me. Walking through dim lit woodland, standing amongst twinkly lights and skipping down mossy walkways always makes me feel at home.
Luckily I met a man who loves my imagination and when the wedding planning commenced I was given total free reign. I don’t think he ever imagined giving up the space in our kitchen as a workshop though!
So I set to it, finding suppliers that could make the whole vision come to life.
Drawing out the designs for my cake, tables and confectionary stands.
Making centrepiece after centrepiece of crafted polystyrene. Sticking, painting, mossing, wrapping, wiring, spraying 6ft trees. My, now husband, getting stuck in there with a paintbrush too. I’m sure he thought I was going loopy, especially when I threw making a 7ft donut wall and pallet fronted tables into the mix!
The day came when everything needed to be set up and it made me feel SO alive. Using the beautiful blank canvas of our venue and making it into our enchanted autumnal forest made every second of preparation worth it. It was there, ready and set for everyone to share.
It came together as we had both imagined and not only that but it was so incredible to hear the amazement from our friends and family too.
I’ve decided that it is my absolute mission to sprinkle a little bit of pixie dust into as many people’s lives as possible. Taking their visions and dreams and turning them into reality at their event, whatever that may be. So I have started my own business – A Labour Of Love.
My hair was done by one of my closest friends and the Husband of my ‘man of honour’. Loose, plaited and boho style. I loved it, he has always been an incredible hairdresser.
My makeup was done by Katrina Mae, a beautician from Malton. After having my trial with her I knew she was the right person to do it. She made me feel so beautiful, glowing and natural but still with enough coverage to last the whole day – and it did!
I hired in hairdressers for the bridesmaids, my mum, nan and Jason’s mum and Kat did their makeup, they all did a wonderful job of making them look and feel beautiful.
The Readings & Music
In the ceremony we wanted everyone to really feel and treasure the love that everyone in that room shares with one another.
The mother of the bride stood and did a reading of a cute whimsical story called – ‘the lovely other dinosaur’- Edward Monkton, this got everyone smiling and giggling,
After that reading, I had decided that I was going to surprise Jason. He has always been a fan when it comes to my singing, so I had decided to sing to him just before we got married, ‘I choose You’- Sara Bareilles. Watching the wedding video back was so lovely as I could really see his reaction to it, it felt amazing.
I had enlisted the help of a very talented friend of mine, Dan Robinson, to play the guitar during the ceremony, signing of the register and also whilst I sang.
We had a band for the evening do – The Epics. Dan who played in the ceremony was a part of the band at the time and now has – The Mixtapes. It was honestly like having a jukebox at our wedding, they knew every request and kept everyone dancing all night!
I wanted the bridesmaids to feel glamorous and so beautiful for the day. The dresses were rose gold, sequin, slim fit dresses with a cowl back. They looked stunning. The glitz of the dresses brought the romance and magical theme of the wedding to life and the bridesmaids really stood out which is exactly what we wanted.
The guys were dressed in ASOS skinny fit suits in Burgundy. These looked amazing with the forest green of Jason’s suit and the sequin dresses that the bridesmaids wore. The colour was beautifully autumnal and went so well with the theme. They all put their own character into how they wore the suits by adding their own style of footwear, some in boots with the trousers rolled and others in a more formal style. The ties were all an autumnal floral, as was Jason’s. I thought it would be nice for them all to have this matching element.
Your Outfits & Accessories
Bride – Having originally tried on a few dresses and being disappointed with the service I was given, I suddenly realised that being a plus size bride was tough. I was already on a weight loss mission after having our first child so after I had lost a stone I decided that I would try again with the hunt. I ended up finding the most beautiful dress in a store in Birmingham and fell in love with it instantly. I purchased the dress there and then in one size smaller as I was hopeful to lose that by our wedding day.
When it came to receiving my wedding dress I was worried. As since I had purchased it, I had lost a further 4 stone. This happened to be a blessing in disguise as it led me to the magic hands of Debbie Bottomley of the Bridal Studio, Malton. She managed to transform a now very big wedding dress into the two piece dress of my dreams.
My shoes were reminiscent of the plastic princess shoes you wear as a child. I wanted to feel like a princess in our magical whimsical day so I wore the Melissa Rose Gold Bow flat shoes. They were perfect!
My tiny little Gold heart earrings were given to me as a gift from Jason on our wedding morning, it was such an emotional moment.
Groom – Green is what we had decided for Jason. He has always suited that colour and it went perfectly with the overall theme of the wedding. The suit was from ASOS and the colour was fittingly called ‘forest green’.
His socks were given as a present from our little girl on the morning of the wedding and on them it said, ‘so you don’t get cold feet!’
His watch was also given as a gift on the morning, by me. Jason had always said that ‘When he grew up’ he would get a watch… so this was the perfect day!
Busy Lizs did our flowers. Liz Wood is amazing. She knew from the first moment we spoke about the designs I had sketched, exactly what I was thinking and she really did make them come to life. My bouquet was the most magnificent trailing, whimsical, bouquet I had ever come across I felt incredible holding it.
She had made everyone in the bridal party tiny little flower wraps to clip into our hair and all of the males had the most beautiful button holes, in autumnal colours.
Liz had also supplied buckets of foliage to add a live element to my centrepieces, she really did help to make it magical.
It has all been captured by the amazing photography of Tony Wilson, a Yorkshire photographer @photography34.
I had been following Tony’s Instagram for a long time and had admired all of the beautiful photos he had taken of everyone else’s weddings. I had showed his work to Jason and immediately we knew he was the one! The way he works with lighting and the candid shots of guests that he does were exactly what we wanted as a couple and his photographs have definitely not disappointed! They are the absolute perfect reminder of the feeling, fun and love that we felt on the day, you can feel every emotion just from looking at his images. He really is an incredible photographer, and to top it all off he is the loveliest, laid back guy. SO easy to contact, and on the day his direction wasn’t invasive and most of the time he was just a silent magician working his magic around the room. We are over the moon with our Photos.
Jules @ Your Story Films was great! Our video is beautiful and such an amazing thing to look back on as he captured all of the best bits. You only realise how much of your wedding day you miss on the day when you look back at your video. He captured the fun, emotion and love in our day and we can never thank him enough for that.
Our honeymoon was gifted to us by family. We spent a week in Sal, Cape Verde at the RIU Palace Hotel. Neither of us had experienced a 5* All Inclusive holiday before, it was AMAZING!
Bride singing in the ceremony
Wild dancing to the band
Groom revealing a new tattoo for the bride
Groom seeing the décor for the first time
Our daughter running down the aisle to greet her daddy
Seeing the cake for the first time
Advice For Other Couples
Don’t hold back on anything! If you want it, then have it, no matter what it is. Because at the end of the day it is so totally worth it. We wouldn’t change our magical day for anything and we’d even go as far to say that we would pay double what we paid to be able to relive it all, exactly the same, all over again just one more time.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Ox Pasture Hall
Love Light Hire
Your Story Films
Chair Covers of Yorkshire
Just so romantic.
Natasha and Jason, thank you both so so much for sharing with us your super special wedding story xo Lou