This individual couple’s nuptials are sure to get you in the summer mood today. Think country rustic setting and quirky style all round.
WWW readers Emma and Shaun chose to marry on the 30th May 2015 at the fab York Maze. They envisaged a laid back and fun wedding party. It looked as through everyone had a real blast especially on the giant bouncy pillow.
Emma wore the elegant Persiphone by Wtoo from Leigh Hetherington, while the boys donned waistcoats and chinos and the maids chose mismatched white frocks. So much style! I love the pretty relaxed blooms and the DIY signage throughout too.
Huge thanks goes to Sally T Photography today for sharing these wonderful shots.
THE PROPOSAL | We had been together coming up ten years and we had decided to take The Sun up on their £9 holiday offers and went to one of our favourite places, St Ives in Cornwall. On our first day there we were walking round the harbour and sat down on some rocks looking out over the sea. As we sat down I got a message on my phone so got it out my bag to read, I then hear Shaun say “I suppose you don’t want this then” and as I turn round I see the most perfect engagement ring and although it was something I had been wanting to happen for ages, for some reason, I sank back into the wall behind me, hid my left hand and went all nervous. We then spent the rest of our week’s holiday celebrating and reliving my bizarre reaction. It may not have been your usual down on one knee proposal but anyone who knows us, would say it was definitely our type of proposal.
THE VISION | A rustic, laid back, fun, wedding party.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Well the planning started years and years ago! I’ve always been obsessed with weddings for as long as I can remember and I would say I had probably been secretly planning our at the time, non-existent wedding, for about 7 years. Once we got engaged though we had every intention of getting married within 18 months but unfortunately, things with the house decided to give up so any wedding funds we had went towards that. Finally after 15 months of been engaged we finally booked our amazing venue and that was when the planning started properly. It was all fairly straight forward and enjoyable, all my friends thought I was going to be a Bridezilla but I was the complete opposite.
BUDGET | We didn’t have a set budget as such.
THE VENUE | The absolutely amazing, York Maze. I first came across it when looking at a wedding held there but thought York was slightly too far away so didn’t really think any more of it. But then after struggling to find somewhere of the style we wanted closer to home, I persuaded Shaun to come and have a look at it so we arranged a visit in April 2013 and that was it, it was just what we were after. The only thing was they wouldn’t know until November if they were going to be doing weddings in 2015 but thankfully they did and by December 2013 we were all booked up.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was Persiphone by Wtoo from Leigh Hetherington in Newcastle.
My shoes were a bargain from Shoeaholics and were a pair of gold sparkly Carvela heels. My rose gold bracelet was a wedding gift from Shaun which was engraved with our initials and the date of our wedding.
I hired Laura Mac for our make-up and Paula from Reflections in York for our hair. I really struggle getting make up to stay on but it lasted all day and our hair stayed in even after been thrown about on the bouncy pillow! They did an amazing job in making sure that we all looked presentable.
FINDING THE DRESS | The dress was probably my biggest struggle, I knew that I wanted quite a relaxed dress but again like the venue, there was nowhere close by that stocked dresses like that, they were all too structured and formal. So I was over the moon when I found that Leigh Hetherington stocked Wtoo, I went up on a designer day, tried it on then took the plunge to buy the dress there and then. I didn’t have that “the one” moment, but on the day it was just perfect and was everything I was after.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | We decided at an early stage that we didn’t want the lads to be in suits, it’s not particularly Shaun’s style and didn’t go with the relaxed feel of the wedding either. They all wore black chinos and white shirts from Next teamed with a Harris Tweed waistcoats from ASOS (Shaun’s differed slightly to the others) and a pair of black Vans.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | For the entrance, we had Ellie Goulding, How Long Will I Love You and Rudimental, Feel the Love for our exit song. We had one reading within the ceremony from our friend called ‘On Your Wedding Day’. For music throughout the day, we had a Spotify play list which took forever to put together! Then on the night we had a DJ from Hi-Life Entertainment who were amazing, you could choose a certain amount of songs which they would definitely play and you could also choose the types of music you did and didn’t want playing. One of my biggest fears throughout the whole thing was that the dance floor would be empty and no one dancing but fortunately, thanks to Hi-Life, the dance floor was packed all night.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had four gorgeous bridesmaids, three of my best friends and my niece. All the girls got to choose their own dresses, only stipulations were that they had to be white, different styles and no longer than mid length. My friends all ended up going for dresses from ASOS and my nieces dress was from BHS. Although they were all different dresses, each dress had similar elements which tied them all together, along with their gold heels which were from BHS.
THE FLOWERS | Our gorgeous flowers were by a lovely lady called Kathrine from Fleur Adamo in York. I had said that I wanted plenty of gypsophila with a few peach flowers and foliage. Shaun spray painted a load of tin cans in gold, bronze and rose gold, we used large ones for the main centre pieces and then had smaller ones filled with gypsophila on the tables and hanging from an archway and a tree outside. The girls and myself also had gypsophila in our hair and my niece had a gorgeous gypsophila hair garland in place of a bouquet.
THE CAKE | Our cake was a wedding gift from my Auntie. My Auntie is the most amazing baker, we were just after a naked Victoria sponge cake and knowing she was a pro at them, we asked if she would mind making it for us and she kindly agreed. It was absolutely gorgeous and everyone commented on how it was the nicest cake ever.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was the amazing Sally T. I have been following (…stalking) Sally ever since I realised that she was from the same area as myself when she was a real bride on another wedding blog and just starting out in the photography business. I had always said I would love to have Sally do our photos so it was an absolute dream when Sally was free on our date. When we had our engagement shoot, Shaun and myself knew straight away that we had made the right decision, Sally put us as at ease straight away. After the wedding when we were able to view a sneak peak of one or two that Sally had took, we were so happy and when we actually received them all, we were blown away, they were just perfect. After much umm’ing and ahh’ing about having a videographer and reading on blogs that people who had not had one had really regretted it, we decided to just go for it. After much searching of trying to find someone in the style that we were after, we came across Dan from Shoot Me Now Weddings and like with Sally, after our first meeting we knew straight away that we were making the right decision.
On the day Sally and Dan worked perfectly together and just made everything so much easier. When they both came up us to on the evening and said that they were going, we were gutted, it was like two of our friends leaving the wedding.
Wedding trailer – https://vimeo.com/132546949
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The maze is pretty much a blank canvas and you are able to decorate it how you like but because we loved it as it is, we decided to keep decorations to a minimum. It was mainly made up of the flowers in the tin cans and tea lights in glass jars. In the bar area we covered one wall with different style hearts and fairy lights which we attached photos to and in the ceremony/evening room, we hired festoon lighting and Shaun made large, free-standing LOVE letters from pallet wood. We also created all the signs ourselves, using pallet wood and the table plan from a sheet of MDF.
In the bar area, we had two tables one had a wooden suitcase for the cards and a crate for any presents and on the other table, we set up a cigar bar and our Fuji Instax guest book. The guest book was just a Kraft paper scrapbook from Paperchase and guests used washi tape to stick their photos in.
For place names and favours, we painted MDF hearts in blackboard paint and then on the front wrote their name and on the back our initials and the date of the wedding. For our nieces and nephews, we put together a little goody bag so they wouldn’t get bored during the meal, it contained a wedding colouring book, crayons, sweets and other bits and pieces.
THE HONEYMOON | We weren’t going to go anywhere for honeymoon but a few weeks before the wedding, we decided to just go for it and booked a relaxing week away to go to the Sensatori resort in Sharm-El-Sheikh. It was exactly what we needed and spent the majority of the time just lying in the sun, recuperating from what had been a hectic couple of months prior to the wedding.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Apart from the ceremony and becoming husband and wife, my favourite moment has to be when I decided to do an impromptu speech just to say a massive thanks to Shaun for everything he had done to make the day so amazing, to only go and make the least emotional person ever (Shaun), cry! I was so so proud of myself for what I had accomplished and it turned out, that I had made pretty much every other person cry as well.
During the ceremony, we had an unexpected visitor of a swallow flying around. I felt like I was in a real life Disney film. The animal theme continued when we went to have some photos took and the resident goat decided to do some of the best photobombing I think I have ever witnessed!
I also loved going on the bouncy pillow, it was absolutely hilarious and was sooo hard! I kept on standing on the bottom of my dress and falling over, and then once I was down, I really struggled to get back up. I love the photos from when we were on it and some of the videos that people took are hilarious.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Just try not to stress during the planning and don’t let people try and change your mind, it is a day for the two of you and should be about what is right for you. On the day, my Dad tried his absolute hardest to try and change our minds about doing the speeches outside but we stood by our decision and I’m so glad we did. They had such a nice, relaxed feel to them and I think if we had done them inside, this wouldn’t have been the case.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Venue | York Maze
Photographer | Sally T Photography
Videographer | Shoot Me Now Films
Florist | Fleuradamo
Make Up Artist | Laura Mac Make Up
Hair Dresser | Wedding Perfect Hair Design
DJ | The Hi Life
Wedding Dress | Leigh Hetherington
I am going to be hiring out stuff that we had for our weddings, including all the signs, the wooden LOVE and all the jars and tin cans if any readers are interested :-)
Thanks so much to Emma and Shaun for sharing their wonderful story with us xo Lou