There are a few places in this beautiful land of ours which inspire fierce loyalty and pride: Yorkshire is most certainly near the top of that list. The white rose, rolling hillsides and charming towns and people make Yorkshire a perfect place to live, and to love… and today’s bride and groom chose Yorkshire as their wedding theme, location and flavour!
Bren and Nikki married at the fabulous Ox Pasture Hall, and chose lovely Georgina Harrison Photography to capture their day. With bunting, pom poms, a vintage typewriter, jam jars with candles, mini chalk boards with easels for the name cards, a suitcase for collecting cards and their awesome ‘LOVE’ light, this is a wedding full of ideas which I know you’ll love!
The beautiful bride – and isn’t she just gorgeous?! and her handsome hubby have very kindly shared their day with us, including a brilliant wedding report at the end of the feature. Do check out Ox Pasture Hall and of course the wonderful Georgina Harrison:
Our wedding report: Andrew (aka Bren) and Nikki
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Absolutely! George and I know each other over a few years through friends so I knew how amazing her photography would be! She made both Bren and I feel so at ease with the camera and worked tirelessly to capture the whole day.
Church ceremony was at St. Peters in Hackness which is a beautiful village church dating back to 680AD. It’s a very special church to me (Nikki) as my grandfather grew up in the village and my grandparents are buried at the church. The wedding reception was held at Ox Pasture Hall
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
From start to finish, our wedding day was filled with love, laughter, happiness and sunshine shared with our treasured family and friends in our wonderful Yorkshire – truly unforgettable and we couldn’t have wished for a more perfectly amazing day!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
WOW! More beautiful than I could have imagined. The locations Georgina chose for the woodland shots came out spectacularly! She really captured the essence of the gorgeous Yorkshire countryside which I miss living in Australia. And the volume of photographs was immense – I don’t think there was anything George didn’t capture. She got all those ‘in the moment shots’ perfectly.
Your wedding style and theme:
We had a Yorkshire themed wedding with white roses in the flowers as a nod to the Yorkshire Rose, our place names were named after our special places in Yorkshire and we dined on seasonal Yorkshire produce. The wedding favours were sweet bags containing Yorkshire mix which is a hard boiled sweet. Bren and I had some Yorkshire mugs at our seats which said ‘You can take the lass out of Yorkshire but you can’t take Yorkshire out of the lass’ and You can take the lad out of Yorkshire but you can’t take Yorkshire out of the lad’. Our gifts to parents and users were also Yorkshire themed – the ushers got a Yorkshire six pack which was a box of Yorkshire brewed beers and ales. And parents got gifts from a local bakery and tea house called Bothams of Whitby.
The main style was vintage as I didn’t want to look back in years to come and think ‘oh that was very 2014’ – I wanted a wedding that would age well. The colours were mints and blush pinks running throughout the bridal party, the venue, the stationery, colours of the flowers and the decoration of the venue. There was bunting, pom poms, typewriter, jam jars with candles, mini chalk boards with easels for the name cards, suitcase for collecting cards and the awesome ‘LOVE’ light
Any happy tears on the day?
Oh yes, lots! There were a couple on the morning as I was getting ready with my mum and bridesmaids. Mum gave me a beautiful card filled with hear-felt words along with a compact mirror engraved with a message and a dressing gown with ‘Mrs B’ on it. Then I got a letter from Bren with a beautiful necklace, he doesn’t put pen to paper at all so it was lovely to think he had sat down and taken the time to do this. His words were touching and just perfect. Then I felt overcome with emotion as I entered the church and was overwhelmed with everyone looking at me but also I chose to walk down the aisle the Pachelbel’s Canon in D and that gets me everytime! The one thing that really got me was just before we were announced into the reception, I spotted a photograph of my nana & granddad next to our wedding cake (which my mum had placed there unknowingly to me) and I just broke down as I know they would have loved the day, the whole wedding location had been centred around them and I just wish they could’ve shared it with us. The speeches from my brother, Uncle Mike, Bren and a heart-melting poem written and read by my mum were other moments where the tissue had to come out. I told you there were lots!
How did the two of you meet?
We met at the birth our friend’s first child. Bren was a friend of the father’s and I of the mother’s. We used to occasionally see each other on nights out with our friends and I used to admire him from afar but we finally got together when our friends, who had the baby, got engaged in 2001.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
10 months and I arranged it all from Australia too!
Best bit of budget advice?
You start the whole planning phase wanting everything but when it comes to the crunch and you have to make some sacrifices, always think – will it be your wedding if you can’t have the band, the string quartet etc? And if it can, than it’s not that important. It pays to invest in an awesome photographer as I did. Your images will be with you forever.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
The wedding invitations & stationery were supplied by felicitations.com.au. They had a floral design incorporating the mints and pinks throughout the wedding.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Absolutely! I had seen my dress on a wedding blog and I had to hunt it down in Perth. My dress was just exactly how I had always wanted my wedding dress to be, full lace with a keyhole back, gorgeous detailing of pearls and sparkle, a beautifully scalloped edge and a gorgeous train. It looked stunning as I walked down the isle.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
My dress was designed by Maggie Sottero and was bought from Bride’s Selection, West Leederville, Perth.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I wore my nana’s diamond and sapphire ring along with her pearl earrings too. I also wore a pearl and diamante necklace from my husband 😉 I had a lace, diamante and pearl hair piece too. I absolutely adored my wedding shoes. I just hated the traditional wedding shoes and I have an obsession with Melissa shoes so I just had to have the Vivienne Westwood Dragonheart shoes. They were the right choice, super comfy too!
The groom wore:
Top to toe kitted out in Next. He wore a slim fit blue suit with a slim floral tie and brown brogues.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My adult bridesmaids were dressed in mint and the dresses were by Two Birds. I have three best friends but it was tricky getting them to agree on the same dress so these dresses which can be worn 15 different ways was the perfect solution!
My flower girls wore petticoats by Doris Designs and these were just fabulous – the girls loved them! I matched these with leotards by Little Divas through Etsy and a mint sash provided by Two Birds
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
One of my bridesmaid’s is a beautician, Tracey Boushall, and her wedding gift to me was to do my make up. My hair was done by my bestest hairdresser ever, Nikki from Mirror Mirror in York. She was my hairdresser for 10 years and since leaving the UK, I’ve not found one like her. I couldn’t have chosen anyone else to do my wedding hair.
My flowers were done by Audrey Foster and she encapsulated what I wanted perfectly with peonies, white roses and they smelt absolutely amazing! She made gypsophelia crowns for my flowers girls too which finished off their outfits superbly.
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
I remember holding onto Bren’s hand all throughout the ceremony and not letting go! I also remember us singing our hearts out to our favourite hymns and looking back at all our family and friends, trying to lap up every moment. It was so special and sentimental.
My uncle Mike read Song of Solomon Chapters 2.10-13; 8.6,7
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Yes! It was a fairly blank room so it really needed bringing to life. My bridesmaid’s friend lent us metres upon metres of bunting which really made the room. I then bought about 30 pompoms from the Pom Pom Studio which just finished the room of brilliantly. I also bought some table tassles from them too which brightened up the tables where we had the table plan, suitcase for cards, guest finger print tree and images of Bren and I over the years.
I hired a number of vintage items from addvintage.com such has the jam jars for tea lights, shepherd’s hooks with glasses, the amazing ‘LOVE’ light which I, well, just loved, vintage suitcase and a type writer for guest to provide advice and wishes. It was these smaller pieces which really just brought it all together. I also had mint seat sashes which were pinned together with a pearl and diamante brooch.
I had also hired a beautiful Beauford wedding car which slotted in with the vintage theme wonderfully
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
My auntie baked a traditional wedding cake which had different cake for each tier – fruit, chocolate, lemon & carrot cake. She took the lace pattern of my dress and incorporated this onto the icing and handmade a peony flower from icing to sit on top the cake.
Unfortunately one of the budget cuts was not to have a wedding band but we had a great DJ who allowed us to get song requests from each of the guests prior to the wedding so everybody got up and danced. Of course, the main entertainment was a dance off!
On the day tips and advice:
Nothing can prepare you for what is the most magical and amazing day of your life. I had been advised to take moments to step back so you can watch your day & I did. I got to see my guests enjoying themselves and having them in the one place just for us was the best wedding gift ever. I was really stressed in the run up to the wedding but on the day itself, I just let all of that go as I had done what I could, nothing else mattered now apart from becoming my best friend’s wife and having a right good party! Take a deep breath, savour this precious moment in time – it’s your one and only chance!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Its strange given that Bren and I have been together nearly 13 years but it actually feels really lovely with an immense sense of belonging. We are now both Brennans and I waited so long for this moment – I finally have it and I couldn’t be happier!
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Vintage hire – http://www.addvintage.com
Photography – http://georginaharrisonphotography.co.uk
Videographer – http://www.yorkplacefilms.co.uk
Bridal dress – Maggie Sottero http://www.maggiesottero.com bought from Brides Selection, Perth, Australia
Groom, best man & brother of the bride – Next.co.uk
Bridesmaid – http://twobirdsbridesmaid.co.uk
Wedding stationery – http://felicitations.com.au
Seat covers – Forget me not florists, Scarborough
Audrey Foster – details can be provided on request as she just does flowers by word of mouth