We have the most darling Spring wedding to share with you today, featuring beautiful nature inspired styling, DIY décor and a powder blue colour palette. WWW readers Heather and Anthony were hitched on the 26th May 2018 at Saltmarshe Hall in Yorkshire. Firstly they had a gorgeous outdoor ceremony against an avenue of trees and a stunning flower arch, followed by a reception indoors to celebrate. The atmosphere was really natural and relaxed, which was captured exquisitely by Jessica Davies Photography in her fine art style and I am ever so thankful to be sharing these wonderful photographs.
I just love all the DIY touches they crafted, with the stationery and rustic wooden signage turning out to be a triumph, the mini succulent favours too looked brilliant and really added to the botanical vibe. The flowers were a centrepiece to their decorations, the greenery cloud suspended in the reception room was very striking and the peony infused bouquets just so blooming lovely. Do take in all the stylish outfit choices, the semi naked cake of dreams and a very special first dance.
I know it sounds cheesy, but we were childhood sweethearts. We met in school and had been together 12 years when we eventually got engaged.
There was never any doubt that we would be spending the rest of our lives together, but buying a house was our priority and we agreed that we would wait. It was on the day that we picked up our keys that my husband proposed! We had filled up our cars to take to the house and he had rushed off in front of me. When I arrived, he had set up in our new back garden with some roses and personal touches, I had absolutely no idea.
From the very beginning we always said we wanted an outdoor wedding, so it made sense to go for a nature inspired theme with lots of foliage, soft tones and natural materials.
More than anything we wanted a relaxed, informal day that our family and friends would enjoy.
The Planning Process
We had about a year and a half between booking our venue and the big day, which we found to be plenty of time, despite running into a few hiccups along the way.
We created a Pinterest board with our ideas and started looking out for items that would come in useful. We found a great pair of old ladders at a local car boot sale, which served as the stand to our seating plan. As well as some vintage glass bottles that we found in an antique shop which worked well as vases to decorate our venue.
We spent a long time looking through venues on the internet, but it wasn’t until we stumbled upon Saltmarshe Hall that we ventured out to visit one, and it was the only venue we needed to see. We went to one of their open days and knew straight away it was for us.
We loved the feel of it all, the rustic brick buildings, various pockets of spaces, the beautiful gardens and the neutral décor inside the hall. However, it was the ‘avenue of trees’ that serves as a backdrop for their outdoor ceremonies that had us sold.
Your Outfits & Accessories
I put off searching for my dress for quite some time, I found it quite daunting. I was confused about what I wanted and didn’t know where to start. I began looking on Pinterest for some inspiration and came across Watters. After some searching, there was one dress in particular that caught my eye, so I searched for a local stockist and found The White Yard at Elsecar.
The boutique is beautiful and Claire made me feel at ease instantly. After trying on a number of dresses, I ended up saying yes to that very first dress I’d spotted online. I still had a few ‘have I made the right choice’ moments, but I couldn’t be happier with my dress. I can’t thank Claire enough for putting up with me through my wobbles, nothing was too much trouble!
Next to the White Yard is Tweed & Groom menswear, run by Claire’s husband, which is where we got my husband’s suit from. He went for a French blue Herbie Frogg suit, paired with a gorgeous floral Liberty bow tie and pale blue waistcoat. We chose the same Liberty print for our groomsmen’s and fathers’ ties and pocket squares.
I was lucky enough to have a very talented family member work her magic on our hair. With her salon situated not far from the venue, she was able to come over early and spend the full morning with us.
I don’t wear my hair up very often and I wanted to feel like myself on the day, so I always knew I would have my hair down. I decided on a loose curled updo for the bridesmaids, finished off with a beautiful floral hair piece made by Sweetpea & Thyme to match their bouquets.
It was actually Claire at The White Yard that recommended Sweetpea & Thyme to us, and after looking at some of her work we knew straight away that she would be able to create the style we were after.
We went to Cath with a lot of ideas and worked together to create something really special. Cath took our Pinterest board and made it a reality. From wooden arches, milk urns bursting with greenery, to a huge hanging ‘cloud’ of foliage and candles in the dining room, it was the perfect backdrop for our day.
Our Groomsmen’s suits were from Next, we were very lucky to find an almost exact colour match to my husband’s suit. They were paired with matching waistcoats and Liberty ties and pocket squares from Tweed & Groom.
It was important to me that our bridesmaids felt comfortable on the day. I had seen a few multiway dresses online and thought it would be the perfect solution, allowing them to each wear the dress their own way.
It was one of my bridesmaids that found Victoria Lou. I ordered a couple of samples and decided to go for the powder blue with the tulle overlay to match my dress. We had fun trying all the different options, and still hadn’t decided who would wear their dress which way until the morning of the wedding!
The Details & Décor
Being quite a creative couple, DIY was always part of the plan. We designed and made the save the dates, invitations, seating plan, table numbers, menus, order of service and signage ourselves. We ordered confetti and made little cones out of an old copy of Pride and Prejudice.
Our favours were mini succulents we planted in glass jars which looked really effective on the table. These also served as our place settings as we added little wooden tags and engraved our guests’ names into them.
We didn’t want anyone standing around before being seated for dinner, so we bought some garden games and arranged them on the grounds, ready for the end of the ceremony. They were great fun, and it was so lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves in the sun. We definitely took a huge gamble with the British weather, but it paid off!
We also put up festoon lighting on the terrace and placed a box full of blankets out there for when it got cold in the evening. We booked out the hall the day before to give us plenty of time to get everything set up. It was a lot of effort but definitely worth it! The terrace looked amazing at night, and as it was attached to the room where our band was, the dance floor was extended outdoors.
One of our biggest priorities throughout the whole process was the photography. Other than memories, and each other of course, it’s the only physical thing you can really take away from the day. Something you’ll always be able to look back at and remember.
We had our hearts set on the fine art style – natural, relaxed with lots of light and pastel colours. After a lot of searching we came across Jessica Davies online and completely fell in love with her work.
Neither of us were looking forward to being in front of the camera, but Jess made us feel at ease and created the most beautiful, natural images. We couldn’t recommend her enough, it honestly felt like we had a friend there for the day and we are over the moon with our photos.
We wanted the best of both worlds – a bit of adventure as well as some well-earned time to relax. We went to Thailand and spent our first week travelling and exploring, then our second week relaxing in a bit of luxury. It was our best holiday, we loved it!
It’s so difficult to choose, the whole day was perfect from start to finish. One thing that will always make us smile is our first dance. To the surprise of our guests, we had a little routine planned and it was so much fun.
Advice for Other Couples
A few people had mentioned to us to make sure that we take a bit of time on the day to stand back and really take everything in. We did sneak off and have 5 minutes to ourselves just to chat, have a drink and process the fact that we were now married. I think this is really important, it’s such an overwhelming day and you don’t get to see much of each other.
Also, if you’re planning any DIY projects, get them done as early as you can. We underestimated how long a few things would take to make, which ended in a very busy and slightly stressful last month leading up to the wedding. Anything you can do to make this time less stressful is worth it!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Jessica Davies Photography
Sweetpea & Thyme
The White Yard
Victoria Lou Bridal
Just so glorious! What a happy and loved up celebration.
Heather and Anthony, what a pleasure it’s been to share your wonderful story, thank you ever so much xo Lou