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Lauren and Bob’s amazing Crab Manor vintage Yorkshire wedding with Laura Calderwood Photography

Crab Manor has so much character it could pop… and what better wedding venue to get your guests talking and having a blast! There’s so much to Lauren and Bob’s Yorkshire wedding, it is definitely one of my favourite weddings this year.

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The gorgeous couple describe their day as ‘a little bit vintage’ – it’s elegantly done and the focus is on the beautiful ceremony and celebrations with tons of laughter and love in the air. The venue is a huge highlight but doesn’t detract from the details: Lauren wears a handmade designer dress – she loved it so much she never wanted to take it off 🙂

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Accessories came from Glitzy Secrets, and this lovely creative bride sewed earrings to her shoes and added a hair comb to the belt of her dress… which looks wonderful. The flowers are simple hydrangeas – which I adore. Images are by lovely Laura Calderwood Photography (based in Yorkshire):

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Lauren + Bob: our beautiful Yorkshire wedding at Crab Manor, Thirsk

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Our wedding report: Lauren and Bob

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.lauracalderwood.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Yes, very!

Wedding venue:

The Crab and Lobster, Thirsk

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

It was the most perfect day of my life.

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

Wonderful, it took us right back to the day, bringing back all the wonderful memories.

Your wedding style and theme:

A bit vintage

Any happy tears on the day?

Yes, from lots of people, but the best was the groom crying during the ceremony!

How did the two of you meet?

We went to school together.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

18 months

Best bit of budget advice?

Shop around – we saw some bunting on www.confetti.com at £10 a pack. I then saw the exact same bunting at a local shop for 99p a pack!

Also be creative – I used some lovely heart shaped coasters, added some ribbon and turned them into hanging decorations for the ceremony room.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

My friend Faye, one of the bridesmaids, is actually a graphic designer – so she very kindly designed and printed our wedding invitations. The table numbers and place cards came from www.confetti.com, but we blinged them up a bit by adding stick on crystals. I made the table plan using the backs of the left over table numbers and some extra blue card, and printed them myself.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes, I actually had my dress made for me by a family friend who is a wedding dress designer. It was lovely to go through the whole designing process from start to finish, and in the end my dress was exactly what I wanted. I never wanted to take it off!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Adrian Thornton – Independent dress designer

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

My hair comb, bracelet and earrings were from www.glitzysecrets.com and were very art deco inspired. I actually bought two of each and used the hair comb for the belt of the dress and sewed the earrings on to my shoes. My shoes were from www.elegantsteps.co.uk

The groom wore:

A Ben Sherman skinny suit.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

The two adult bridesmaids wore Jenny Packham at Debenhams dresses, and their shoes were from BHS. My little bridesmaid wore a dress from Monsoon and sandals from Primark.

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

My lovely hair dresser Emma came up from Manchester to do my hair for me, as well as my mums and the bridesmaids. I did my own make up. I practised and watched lots of you tube tutorials until I found the right look. I knew I wanted something quite soft and feminine.

Wedding flowers:

I got my bouquets and table centres from Elise Flowers. I chose pale blue and white hydrangeas to match the bridesmaid’s dresses. I wanted to keep it really simple and just be holding a big bunch of lovely blue flowers. I loved them on the day.

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

Feeling really nervous being stood up with all our friends and family watching us, and squeezing Bob’s hands really hard.

Wedding readings?

We had a poem called ‘On Your Wedding Day’, the author is unknown.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

Not really, there’s so many interesting things at the Crab and Lobster. We had some bunting in the courtyard outside the restaurant. In the ceremony room I strung crystals and heart decorations from the beams and the chairs. It didn’t really need more than that.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

A bit of both. We had lemon cake with blue icing and a white lace design. For our cake topper, I had been looking on Etsy for inspiration. I saw people using plastic animals with a top hat and veil on for their cake toppers and I thought ‘I could make those’. I thought they were hilarious and quirky, so I bought some little plastic figurines of foxes, and used a bit of lace and a Lego top hat to decorate them.

Entertainment:

We had a DJ for the evening do that the venue supplied. We also hired a photo booth which was hilarious and worth every penny. We used a company called Booth Revolution and they were fantastic.

On the day tips and advice:

Stop at intervals during the day and just take in whats going on around you. A colleague gave me this advice and he was right. The day goes so fast and in such a blur, it was good to just stop and take it all in.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Officially being our own little family now!

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

 

Cake – www.sugarcraftedcakes.co.uk

Photographer – www.LauraCalderwood.co.uk

Flowers – www.eliseweddingflowers.co.uk

Venue – www.crabandlobster.co.uk

Shoes – www.elegantsteps.co.uk

Accessories – www.glitzysecrets.com

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 www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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