We’re going all classic and pretty today with this gorgeous Whinstone View wedding in North Yorkshire held on the Monday 27th May 2019. We are joined by WWW readers Sarah and Robbie who told me they “loved looking through couples’ real weddings on your website for inspiration.” Isn’t that just so lovely!
Their Spring wedding was very romantic, think pale pink colour scheme, delicate florals and candlelight. I just love the barn reception too, the barn has a really rustic vibe and our couple added in touches to accentuate this, with a semi naked cake, wooden details and lots of greenery. It all looked just beautiful too.
Sarah really looked stunning in her lace and tulle gown with flowers adorning her hair, while Robbie chose a blue suit, grey tweed waistcoat, tan shoes and a pale pink tie to match the bridesmaid dresses. Very dapper indeed. Also keep your eyes peeled for a spectacular confetti moment, with none other than WWW Supplier Love members Shropshire Petals‘ confetti. Wow.
We have Emma Adamson Photography to thank today for sharing these really wonderful captures of a very special celebration.
Ibiza was where we went on our first holiday abroad together, and ever since has become our favourite place to go.
In 2016 we decided to book up so that it coincided with our ten-year anniversary. On the evening we headed out to watch the sunset at a quiet spot on the rocks by the sea on the sunset strip. He waited until it had completely sunk into the horizon to propose. A beach bar from nearby could be heard in the distance playing ‘what a wonderful world’, it was perfect. I rang all my family and close friends and we celebrated after, with a nice meal and cocktails. When we got back to the hotel room, he’d secretly organised a bottle of bubbly to be waiting for us.
I’d always had a Wedding board on Pinterest (hidden) for as long as I can remember so I always had a style in mind for my own wedding one day. My favourite styles were informal, festival, boho weddings in barns or tipis with lots of personal touches.
The Planning Process
We originally spent a lot of time looking into having our reception in a tipi as I’d have loved to style it all from scratch, but we decided against it and started to look at venues instead. After visiting one of Whinstone View’s wedding fairs we knew it would be perfect for us, so booked a meeting with the wedding coordinator not long after. At the meeting she mentioned a lovely church not far away and arranged for us to meet with the reverend. We loved the church, so booked our wedding date and time there and then.
We had two years to plan, so the spare room in our house then became the ‘wedding room’. I filled the walls with mood boards of cuttings from wedding magazines and flyers from wedding fairs of suppliers we liked and filled my Pinterest board with ideas for things that I could make myself.
I decided from this on an overall ‘rustic romantic’ theme with a colour palette of
botanical greens and pale pinks which would fit in with our wedding in Spring time.
Our wedding ceremony was held at St Oswald’s Church in Newton Under Roseberry. A beautiful grade 2 listed quaint church with features dating back to the 11th century. It was the prefect size for our intimate wedding and so picturesque, especially with Roseberry Topping nearby. A place that holds fond childhood memories.
Reverend Paul Peverell conducted the ceremony in his own unique style with magic tricks and puppetry which our friends and family loved, as you can see from the happy faces in church and the bedazzled face of my little flower girl at one of his brilliant magic tricks.
Our wedding reception was held at Whinstone View. Wray’s barn had the perfect rustic charm and the surrounding grounds with willow trees were perfect for our rustic romantic theme with botanical twist.
We loved that it was exclusive to us so there wasn’t a chance of bumping into another bride and that our guests didn’t have to stay in one place all day. They could mingle on the seating area on the veranda with views of the grounds, play lawn games outside or chat in the courtyard as well as the main barn area. It also had quirky lodges with private hot tubs for accommodation.
The groomsmen’s suits were from Affleck and Moffat and tan brogues were from House of Fraser. We chose a tweed waistcoat in grey with slight pink tones to be in keeping with our rustic theme and colour palette. We also chose ties and pocket squares in a pale pink to complement the bridesmaid’s dresses. They all had personalised cufflinks as a gift from Robbie.
Our page boy’s outfit was from Next and navy shoes from Clarks. I handmade his ‘here comes the bride’ flag for when he walked down the aisle in church.
Natasha and Becky from La Belle Vous both came to my house the morning of the wedding to do myself and my bridesmaids’ hair and makeup.
I wanted to achieve a natural boho look so I chose to have my hair loosely curled and in a low bun with natural makeup.
The Flowerhouse Florist created a fresh flower piece to sit just above my veil, a flower crown for my flower girl, and provided loose springs of gypsophila for both my bridesmaids hair.
The Readings & Music
Our entrance music was Pachelbel’s Canon in D played by pianist Ewan Murray. For our bridal recessional he learnt and re-created a music sheet for one of our favourite songs ‘Run’ by Vampire Weekend. A song which reminds us of our road trips and weekends away together with such an upbeat happy tempo.
We chose our first hymn to be ‘One More Step Along the World I Go’. Our other hymns were ‘Lord of the Dance’ and ‘Give Me Joy’ all nostalgic upbeat hymns that everyone knew.
A passage from ‘A Song of Solomon’ was read by Amy my bridesmaid, in church.
We came across Jonny Ross Music’s ‘Ibiza style package’ Sax and DJ which we thought would be the perfect way to bring a little bit of Ibiza into our day and play our kind of music. It’s one of the first things we knew we both wanted to have straight away.
We chose to have Laurie Covell play Café Mambo style tunes on the Sax as guests were walking to the barn reception. He also played us into the barn for our entrance as Mr and Mrs to ‘This Girl’ by Kungs Cookin’ On 3 Burners and played for the majority of the meal creating a great atmosphere in the barn.
Our first dance song was an acoustic version of Allesso’s ‘Years’ sang by Matthew Koma which is one of our favourite songs. We chose to have the DJ (Henry Aspen) begin playing the slow acoustic version then mix into the Allesso dance version to get everybody to join us on the dancefloor.
Our night ended with everyone enjoying a 90’s dance music mega mix of nostalgic tunes and classic Ibiza songs with Laurie playing the sax on the dance floor.
I came across the bridesmaid dresses online on Coast and the colour was a perfect match for the theme. I also loved the lace Bardot style top and pleated maxi skirt with satin bow to the back. Everyone commented on how nice they were.
My flower girls’ whole outfit was from Monsoon. We luckily found a lovely dress that was the exact same colour as the bridesmaid’s dresses.
They all wore a rose gold bracelet with their initial as a gift from myself from Bloom Boutique.
We met Emma (Emma Adamson Photography) at a wedding fair and we both loved her natural style of photography. Included in her package was a pre-wedding photoshoot which we chose to have in Autumn at Hardwick Hall. This way we got to be more relaxed around the camera before the wedding day.
She captured our day and all the little details perfectly.
Your Outfits & Accessories
I found my perfect dress in a local bridal shop – The Dressworx. The first dress the lady picked out I loved straight away. I loved the delicate, intricate lace detail of the bodice and arm length and the tulle skirt gave a soft romantic look, perfect to tie in with our theme.
After trying on other dresses in other bridal shops with long trains I knew I didn’t want a long heavy train to pull around all day, so the length of the skirt was perfect as it lightly skimmed the floor. The ladies suggested adding a belt which finished the dress off perfectly, encrusted with pearls and tied with a soft ribbon.
I chose a veil which was from the same designer with dainty diamantes lining a scalloped edge. It was a chapel length which gave the effect of a slight train behind me.
All our flowers were created by Gill and the team at Flowerhouse.
My bouquet was hand tied in a loosely arranged style for an airy whimsical feel with a mix of parvi foliages, astible spray, lisianthus, phlox, gypsophila, eucalyptus and roses in soft pale pinks to match our rustic romantic theme.
My bridesmaids had a smaller version of my bouquet made and flower girl a posy of gypsophila.
All button hole flowers were tied with hessian string to also be in keeping with the rustic element.
We didn’t go overboard with flowers in the church, to keep costs down, so chose two small loose bunches of eucalyptus and gypsophila on two pew ends and one large arrangement to match, inside an alcove as you walked into church. These were then taken by one of our ushers to the reception, so they weren’t wasted.
As we were going on honeymoon only a few days after our wedding we gifted our flowers to family members to keep. I flower pressed some of my bouquet so I could keep some as a memento of the day.
The Details & Décor
I wanted to make as much as I could myself, so everything was unique and personal. With a background in art and graphic design I couldn’t wait to make my own stationery and décor.
I made all our invites, order of service booklets, menus, guest place names and signage so everything matched our whole theme from the start to finish.
Our table names were named after our favourite places we’ve visited in Ibiza. I added the names to our copper terrarium center pieces by using a white vinyl. Two tall candles were placed inside and I asked the florist to scatter sprigs of eucalyptus and gypsophila around the center.
Keeping in with the rustic theme I used small log slices to hold our guests’ names which I printed in a hand-written style onto recycled cotton rag paper with torn edges, which matched all our other stationery.
At the reception we had games on the lawn to keep everyone entertained, delicious canapes and a wooden wheelbarrow filled with beer. One of our favourite drinks is Pimm’s so we chose this as our main cocktail for our guests which was a refreshing choice on a Spring day. I chose to have hay bales as additional seating along the outside veranda and hanging white paper lanterns to decorate the barn from the outside.
To keep my flower girl and page boy entertained I decorated a plain Tipi and filled it with cushions and blankets, colouring pencils and colouring books with a bubble machine on an upcycled stool I painted and decorated.
I love the rustic, imperfect look of semi naked cakes and thought this style would fit perfectly in the barn setting. Whinstone View had a barrel which we had the cake placed onto and asked the florist to surround with eucalyptus and gypsophila.
Our cake topper was handmade by Etsy seller, BestWedEver. I wanted something in-keeping with the rustic barn and something that would last so we could keep.
We chose the Dominican Republic for our honeymoon. We wanted somewhere where you could relax in your resort but still do a lot of activities. Our hotel was great, even having its own app where you could see a list of daily activities like sunset yoga on the beach, beach parties and cocktail making classes etc. There were also 6 different places to eat in their own ‘Gourmet Village’ including a la carte restaurants and pop up BBQ’s. The excursions we did included seeing a cocoa plantation, driving around the countryside on dirt buggies, swimming in a cenote and snorkelling in paradise on Soana Island.
The first time I took my parents to the venue and church, they absolutely loved both. I knew we’d made the right choice.
I loved getting out of the wedding car at the church and hearing my mam, bridesmaids, flower girl and page boy singing ‘here comes the bride’ and little George holding up his ‘here comes the bride’ banner I’d made with a huge smile on his face.
Reverend Paul Peverell’s unique service in the beautiful church and hearing the wedding bells ring as we walked out Mr & Mrs.
The evening dancing the night away with all our friends and family.
Advice For Other Couples
Have a go at making things yourself, that way you’ll save some money and it makes your day more unique and personal to you.
All our guests loved the mini toiletry baskets I’d put together with things like deodorant, perfume, plasters and hair grips etc in.
It does go so fast as they say, so take a moment to take it all in.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Emma Adamson Photography
Jonny Ross Music (DJ Henry Aspen & Saxophonist Laurie Covell)
Sadie May Cakes
Oh so lovely.
Thanks ever so much to Sarah and Robbie for sharing their really wonderful wedding story with us xo Lou