Danielle and Thomas planned their super beautiful wedding in just 8 weeks, which is no mean feat but it all worked out just perfectly.
They tied the knot in October 2014 holding their reception at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. They hoped to create a timeless and simple affair with the most chic colour palette. Dove grey, peach and white hues looked so very stylish as did their attire.
Danielle donned an embellished gown by Anoushka G, with her hair in a pretty up do and lush blooms. The boys all looked very dapper in blue suits by Ted Baker while the maids wore lace and sequin frocks. How very lovely.
Mark Newton captured these amazing photographs, thank you so much for sending them over Mark.
THE PROPOSAL | Thomas proposed on Friday the 13th December in Bruge. Climbing 366 steps to the top of the Belfry tower a mean feat for Thomas who has a phobia of small spaces, he had originally planned to propose at the top overlooking pretty Bruge, but with a gaggle of Chinese tourists armed with cameras he decided not to make a spectacle and we descended to the treasure room where he stumbled to one knee and asked the question. We celebrated with frites and Belgium beer!
THE VISION | Originally I had plans of an art nouveau style wedding with vintage dresses, grey tweed three piece suits, and rather extravagant flowers. I think my imagination ran away with me and I had far too many ideas coming at me at once.
We had originally planned to get married 9 months later in May but due to a sad change in circumstance we brought our wedding forwards with 8 weeks to plan it from start to finish. We were back to the drawing board, new date, new venue and I eventually decided on a simple but chic and timeless scheme of white, dove grey and peach.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | The planning process was a complete blur and I couldn’t have done it without bridesmaids and family. But once the venue, photographer and band were organised everything fell into place quickly, we even managed a week on holiday in Portugal for a chill out and family time.
BUDGET | £15000
THE VENUE | We married in St Peters church Woolley, a beautiful church in the village that Thomas and his friends grew up in, only two months prior it had been the place Thomas had played best man to his good friend Simon. The reception and wedding breakfast were at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton. A place that was important to as both, Thomas had grown up in Bretton village and my Grandma had studied at the college there so we had made many trips to the park as children.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was Priscilla by Anoushka G. As the dress was very intricate accessories were kept to a minimum with a pearl Vivienne Westwood bracelet borrowed from my mum.
FINDING THE DRESS | I knew I wanted a vintage dress covered in beaded embellishment but finding this proved to be quite difficult as the majority of bridal boutiques in the area had more traditional styles, and I just couldn’t afford the Jenny Packham dress I dreamed of. I must have tried on 20 dresses before visiting the Harrogate Wedding Lounge but as soon as I tried ‘the’ dress on I knew it was right. Luckily I bought my dress in the summertime and had purchased the sample so had it in my possession when the wedding date changed. It was a rush to get the fittings booked in but the lovely seamstress at the Harrogate Wedding Lounge was amazing. I even managed to have the back changed as I had originally hoped for from a full back to mid V despite the time constraint.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | The men wore royal blue three piece suites by Ted Baker. I felt the dark blue added contrast but the dove grey ties and pocket squares tied everything together.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had the traditional pipe organ playing at our wedding for the processional music but whilst signing the registers Thomas’ sister Amy a classically trained singer, sang for the congregation.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had chosen 5 bridesmaids, my three friends from university Emma, Ami and Cara we all studied veterinary medicine in London together. My best friend Kim from home and youngest sister Anneka. All the bridesmaids had a part in choosing the dress, with many suggestions flying in via our facebook group we decided on the grey Lori Lee dress from Coast. We chose nude shoes to match and as a gift I bought matching earrings and bracelets for the lovely bridesmaids to wear.
THE FLOWERS | For inspiration for flowers pinterest was amazing. I chose to add colour with my flowers with pretty peach roses and silver foliage to tie in the theme. The bridesmaids bouquets were smaller versions of my own and the table centrepieces very similar too.
THE CAKE | My bridesmaid Emma is friends with an excellent cake designer Sonia Chalmers, the only problem being she was located in Southampton 230 miles away. Luckily between the two of them a plan was hatched to get the cake up to Yorkshire! It was a three tier naked sponge cake, with layer on layer of lovely butter cream. Each tier had a different flavour, raspberry jam, lemon curd and passion fruit curd. The decoration was fresh flowers provided by the florist.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our Photographer was Mark Newton. We had originally met at a wedding fayre and loved his laid back approach. On booking him for our original wedding date in May I was relieved to say the least to find out he could still do our revised wedding date!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I was conscious that I didn’t want the venue for the wedding breakfast to look like a cafe, so we went for the thick white table linen and napkins, chair covers and satin bows to match, then decorated with lots and lots of paper pom poms! We were making hundreds of pompoms for hours and days up to the event, I’m still finding them under the sofa now!
THE HONEYMOON | We have just got back from our honeymoon in Meribel in the French Alps. We both love skiing and missed out last year so decided to splash out on an amazing catered chalet run by delicious mountain.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Being able to share our special day with Thomas’ dad Keith made the whole day memorable and there are some wonderful photos to look back on and remember him by.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Take time to stop and enjoy your own day, it’s over before you know it.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Venue | Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Photographer | Mark Newton
Dress | Harrogate Wedding Lounge
Make-up | Amour Hair and Beauty
Flowers | Stephanotis Florist
Suits | Moss Bross
Cake | Chalming Cake Designs
Wonderful. Such a happy and meaningful celebration.
Thank you so much Danielle and Thomas for sharing your love story with us xo Lou