Jeremy and Emma’s quaint English wedding at Ox Pasture Hall, by Neil Jackson Photographic

There’s nothing I love more than an intimate wedding: with only closest friends and family for the ceremony, Emma and Jeremy created the loveliest wedding day at the fabulous Ox Pasture Hall in Yorkshire. Their style: Alice in Wonderland and specifically the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

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With lots of wonderful handmade details – the button bouquet and buttonholes being a real highlight for me – this is a charming and enchanting wedding. Huge thanks to a gorgeous bride and groom, for sharing their day and all the fantastic advice in the wedding report. Thanks also to lovely Neil Jackson Photographic for his lovely images of the wedding day:

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So before we all fall down rabbit holes… or something!… here’s a truly lovely, quirky, fabulous Yorkshire wedding to brighten your Wednesday morning! Enjoy!
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Jeremy and Emma – a mad hatter’s tea party at Ox Pasture Hall, Yorkshire

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Our wedding report: Jeremy and Emma

Your wedding photographer’s website:

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

We were really pleased with the service provided by Neil and Charlotte. Photographs are such an important part of a wedding and it was clear from our engagement shoot that our photographs were going to be pretty special.

Wedding venue:

Ox Pasture Hall for the wedding and afternoon tea

East Ayton Lodge for a reception the following evening

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

Family, friends, a week long party and lots of cake!!

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

Amazed – they exceeded our already high expectations!

Your wedding style and theme:

Ones for being a little different we wanted a bit of everything thrown together to make an unusual but fun wedding day. For starters we got married on a Thursday (because why not!) we had a quaint little wedding with just our closest family and friends in the Courtyard at Ox Pasture Hall followed by an Alice in Wonderland style afternoon tea.

We were keen to re-enact the mad hatters tea party so we spent a long time searching for mismatched tea services. The same evening we went to our local bar, Blue Crush for food and drinks. Blue Crush is located on the seafront in Scarborough and having a Labrador we spend a lot of time there. So it was nice to chill out and relax for a few hours with our family and friends.

The following evening we had our evening reception at East Ayton Lodge and everyone was invited – there was food lots of dancing and a photobooth – again provided by Neil and Charlotte.

Any happy tears on the day?

None surprisingly! We had so much fun over both days there was no time for tears.

How did the two of you meet?

We met in a local bar in Scarborough. I had noticed Jeremy many times before but he had never noticed me. He jokes now that this is due to my height!

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

We got engaged in February 2012 and once we’d checked with Jeremy’s sister May, who lives in Syndey, that she could make it we got planning straight away.

Best bit of budget advice?

Get yourself a book, work out what your budget is and plan what the most important things to you are. The most important things for us were the venue, and the photographs so we sorted those first. Also do as much yourself as you can as it gives you a unique day and usually saves you some money.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

We had two very different wedding invitations for our two day celebration. Charlotte Middleton who is a close family friend designed our day invitation. Charlotte specialises in bespoke wedding stationery and came up with a laser cut design keeping the Alice in Wonderland theme. Our second invite was a bit of fun and was a cartoon drawn by David Puckeridge, an Australian artist and close family friend. The cartoon was of the both of us in full wedding attire complete with wellies, straw hats and sunglasses glamping in a campervan at Glastonbury. The picture was printed onto postcards and sent to our guests.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

I really didn’t fall in love with my dress. My mother had heard there was a sale at a wedding shop in Scarborough and so we went along just for a nosy really. I tried the dress on and wasn’t really sure about it but was soon swayed by the £100 price tag. So I bought it even though we hadn’t booked the wedding. I knew I had picked the right dress when my best friend burst into tears when I showed her it.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

My dress is made by Sincerity Bridal and was bought off the rack from a local wedding shop, Wedding Belles of Dean Road in Scarborough.

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

I had an unusual flowery headband which was bought from Wedding Belles and was more expensive than the dress. Jeremy had bought me my Vivienne Westwood anglomania shoes for my birthday on the year we met.

The groom wore:

Jeremy’s 3 piece suit was from Austin Reed as were his tie and pocket square his shoes were from Office. Emma bought Jeremy the pocket watch as a wedding gift to add a bit of extra detail to his suit.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

My lovely friends wore matching blue dresses from Monsoon with accessories from Next and Accessorize and my beautiful flower girls wore matching grey dresses also from Monsoon with accessories from Monsoon and Claires.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

My long time hairdresser Gavin Ward of G Cutz and his assistant Stacey opened up early to style my hair (and all the bridemaids and flower girls!).

Wedding flowers:

I wanted something a little unusual and decided to create my own bouquets out of buttons – the results were impressive and I have a permanent reminder of our wedding to keep. I also made buttonholes for the men.

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

Jeremy remembers waiting by himself while everyone else greeted Emma and the bridesmaids who had arrived in the bright orange split-screen campervan that was our wedding car. Emma recalls being handed a hip flask containing raspberry vodka for some dutch courage and feeling all giddy when the opening bars of The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony rang out in the courtyard.

Wedding readings?

We didn’t have any readings – we purposefully chose the wedding vows with the least words so we didn’t feel self-conscious!

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

The venue was transformed into a Mad Hatters Tea Party. We had one long table seating 28 people and it was covered in random teapots with flowers, we had mismatched tea cups, saucers and side plates and cake pops made my bridesmaid Gizelle in the form of rabbits and top hats. Bunting was strewn all around and it created a fun environment for the day.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

We chose cupcakes instead of cake as we would have struggled to decide on a flavour – instead we had a tower of cupcakes in about 9 different flavours – something to please everyone.


We had a DJ for the evening reception ordered to play 90’s indie classics and a photo props booth provided by Neil and Charlotte. We only decided on the props booth a week before the wedding but we are so glad we did as it added a lot of humour to the evening party.

On the day tips and advice:

Just enjoy every moment – get a few good nights sleeps in the week leading up to the wedding as chances are you won’t have the best sleep the night before!

What’s the best thing about being married?

Knowing you’re with someone who you have made such a commitment to is pretty special and being introduced as the wife/the husband is still entertaining.

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



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