By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
Ohh, those summer days are so nearly here. Rolling countryside filled with golden fields, balmy weather and hazy light. There is certainly reason why it’s one of the most popular times of year to tie the knot, long days, warm evenings and party vibes all round.
Jennifer and Andrew chose to get married on the 15th September 2016 in a church ceremony followed by a reception at Whinstone View in North Yorkshire. They envisioned an English country wedding, filled with blooms and personal touches. Talking of the blooms, they were so very splendid and tied in perfectly with the powder blue colour palette. There was a perfectly vintage car in the same hue, along with bridesmaids in darling frocks and gents in Liberty print bow ties.
I think their day just may well be one of the prettiest ever. But there were also some truly lovely moments, confetti throws, sparkler exit, sunset portraits and the cutest little flower girls you ever did see. And I didn’t even mention yet how stunning Jennifer looked in her lace gown and dreamy veil. Enjoy every single image folks.
Thanks goes to Photography34 for providing the marvellous imagery.
THE PROPOSAL | A surprise proposal on the kissing pier in Oslo.
THE VISION | English country wedding.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We secured the venue a year in advance and the save the date cards was the first aspect to ensure we got out well in advance for guests. Especially as it was a midweek wedding we wanted to give people enough notice. I did a lot of Pinterest searching and created a mood board with wild flowers and rustic charm to theme our selections from then on!
THE VENUE | Whinstone View – Great Ayton.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Kenneth Winston gown and veil from Victoria Robson Bridal in Northallerton.
FINDING THE DRESS | Finding the right dress was so easy, as this was the first dress I tried on, and with the best service and expertise from Victoria, at her beautiful shop in Northallerton.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | We wanted an English gentleman look with Liberty print bow ties and braces. We selected these from the Bowtie Boutique featured on Etsy. Andy’s suit was Paul Smith, with Ted Baker brogues and waistcoat.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | As this was a traditional church wedding, the reading was one traditional religious reading; Corinthians read by Andy’s Mum, and a reading a I found called These Hands read by my maid of honour Jo.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My maid of honour and bridesmaid wore Debut dresses from Debenhams, adapted slightly for my very pregnant bridesmaid! The 4 flower girls also wore dresses from Debenhams, selected for the beautiful lace cap sleeves and bows. We also added an ivory sash and bow to the bridesmaids to tie us all in.
THE FLOWERS | The flowers were beautifully created by Kirsty Berridge at Minnie Bees.
THE CAKE | My very talented friend Yen made the cake and I bought the love topper from Etsy.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our brilliant photographer came highly recommended, Tony Wilson at Photography34. He stayed all day, well into the evening, capturing everything we wanted and much much more. We couldn’t be happier with our photos.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We kept things simple. Choosing to add some simple touches like the hay bales, the old family suitcases, and letting the flowers take centre stage!
THE HONEYMOON | Our honeymoon was a South African adventure! We decided to do something active and fun, spending 3 nights in Cape Town and 5 nights at the fabulous Shamwari Game Reserve, which was an unforgettable experience.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Having our little girl Rosie experience the day with us, was really special, running to daddy down the aisle. The church service by ‘Rev Pev’ was the talking point of the whole day, included puppets and magic, at the beautiful tiny St Oswald’s Church in Newton-Under-Roseberry. It was lovely following the service with an ice-cream on the green, provided by Ice Cycles.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t get too stressed! Choose a theme up front and stick to it. And just try and enjoy every moment.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Photography34
Venue | Whinstone View
Dress | Victoria Robson Bridal
Stationery | PIP Designs
Bow Tie | Bowtie Boutique
Flowers | MinnieBees
Ceremony | St Oswalds Church
Ice Cream | Ice-Cycle
Oh my! Just incredibly beautiful.
Jennifer and Andrew, I cannot thank you both enough for sharing your wedding story here today xo Lou
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