I could just hug today’s gorgeous bride and groom for using so many local suppliers for their wedding day. With small business Saturday coming up in just a few days’ time this is a wonderful reminder of how amazing a wedding can be if you use the best local suppliers for your day.
I loved hearing how magical it felt for Becky and Neil to see all of their friends and family gathered for the ceremony, and their memories of the wedding readings, which meant such a lot to them. Reading their wedding report really brings home the personal nature of every wedding, and this is what makes every single wedding special for me: it’s not about the details (although I’m a big believer in details, don’t get me wrong!) but about having the best time of your lives with everyone you love.
Images are by Maryanne Scott, a Yorkshire wedding photographer who is new to the English Wedding Blog – and what a fabulous discovery! Maryanne’s based in Yorkshire and her blog showcases the best weddings from Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Check her out at:
Our wedding report: Becky and Neil
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes, she was lovely!
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Quirky, Yorkshire, elegance…with lots of bubbly, lots of dancing and lots of fun
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
It brought all the memories of the day flooding back and it was so exciting to relive the day and conquer to post wedding blues. We received our photos in a beautiful wooden box which was a lovely touch 🙂
Your wedding style and theme:
Theme – Yorkshire.
Style – ‘modern classic’ – we wanted to incorporate elements of tradition but also inject a lot of personality into the day. The set-up of the day was quite traditional but we put a lot of thought into making it personal to us and our guests, to create a day that everyone would enjoy.
Any happy tears on the day?
Not quite…although the readings were very heartfelt. There were happy tears in the days afterwards, especially when listening to our playlists which we had created for different parts of the day 🙂
How did the two of you meet?
At Leeds University (societies awards night in our final year)
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
8 months – we got engaged on Neil’s birthday on November 5th last year. We booked YSP at the end of January.
Best bit of budget advice?
Have one! And try to stick to it. Where budgets overspend, look at where you can make savings. Little things add up! For example we did save the date via text, I home-made rhubarb chutney for wedding favours, the best man designed our invitations and we only used local suppliers (in keeping with our Yorkshire theme). Also as our wedding was later in the day (3.30pm) our wedding breakfast was quite late so we didn’t do an evening buffet – just cheese (wedding cake), crackers, chutney (homemade), grapes, pork pie and some homemade cakes
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Invitations – designed by best man, printed through vistaprint
Chalkboards – hand written (e.g. schedule of the day, guest book instruction)
Place settings – printed at home
Table plan – printed at home, backed onto vintage cycle wrapping paper (as tables were tour de france themed) and framed
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! I saw it online and tracked it down to a shop in Leicester. It was the first dress I tried on and I knew straight away that that was ‘the one’. I tried on a bunch more as well (when in Rome) but purchased my dress on my first visit!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Sottero and Midgley ‘Justina’ purchased from Dona Nicole in Leicester
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
Earings and bracelet from John Lewis and a sparkly handbag from Accessorise
The groom wore:
Cameron Ross Slim fit navy blue suit – hired from The Grooms Rooms, Ossett, Wakefield.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Sage Green ‘allure’ dress from coast. 2 wore the maxi, 2 wore the short dress. They looked so lovely 🙂 They chose their own shoes and jewellery as I wanted them to feel comfortable and for their personality to show through
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Laura-Maria Howley – https://www.facebook.com/LauraMariaMakeUp
Caroline’s Flower Shop, Ossett
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
Becky – I remember seeing friends and family I hadn’t seen for ages as I walked down the aisle – it was so bizarre that all of these people were in one place… for us! I remember the readings as they were all read so beautifully and were really personal to us, especially Hayley’s as she had written it herself.
Neil – Obviously I’ll remember the moment I saw Becky arrive for the rest of my life. She looked even more beautiful than I imagined. I also will remember the readings as they were people who meant a lot to us reading things that meant a great deal.
- Written and read by a close friend, Hayley Snelgrove
- Touched by an angel – Maya Angelou, Read by Susan Nash
- Celebration – Reverend Carl Thitchener – Read by Mary-Jo McElroy
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
A bit although we tried to keep it simple and classic as YSP has such stunning views that the landscape is decoration enough.. We made pom poms to hand up in the ceremony room and then just decorated it with fresh seasonal flowers and candles. We also projected a Rob Ryan image ‘our adventure is about to begin’ onto one of the walls.
For the wedding reception room we just decorated the tables. My uncle had cut disks of tree trunk as the centre pieces and I’d decorated jam jars which were filled with seasonal flowers. We also had lanterns on the staircase, chalk boards with messages, a postcard guest book (we had collected postcards from places we had travelled and asked guests to leave a message and peg it up – these are now hanging up in our kichen)
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We had a 4 tier cheese wedding cake
We also had a single tier traditional fruit cake. The groom figure was in a Sunderland football shirt and the bride figure was in a Wakefield triathlon club jacket. There was also a little black and white cat as we have a pet cat (Gus)
Ceremony and Drinks reception – Ruby Macintosh http://www.rubymacintosh.com/home/4583476710 – A retro/vintage vibe, 50s style, acoustic guitar, beautiful voice. We saw her play at an open mic night in Wakefield before we were even engaged and knew that we wanted her to play at our wedding.
Evening band – OKTC – great guys, people were dancing all night!!! http://www.oktcband.com/
On the day tips and advice:
Becky ENJOY IT! Lots of people had told me how quick the day goes and as we were not getting married until 3.30 I was even more aware of this. I made sure to taken in the morning and enjoy the process of getting ready with my bridesmaids (until the last half an hour when it all got a bit stressful).
Neil – having someone to troubleshoot. Big thanks to my best man Nick and his wife Olivia – it made a big difference.
What’s the best thing about being married?
It feels the same… but better in some way. There is just a nice warm feeling about it and having the shared memories of our perfect day and to be able to make shared plans for the future.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Dona Nicole http://donanicole.com/
Grooms Rooms http://www.thegroomsrooms.com/
Carolines Florist, Horbury Rd, Ossett, West Yorkshire WF5 0BL – 01924 260496
Blackboard (for sweet dreams are made of cheese poem) Katie’s Blackboards 07879247985 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruby Macintosh http://www.rubymacintosh.com/
Rings – McSorleys wedding ring shop (pudsey) http://www.theweddingring-shop.co.uk/
Cheese wedding cake –Deli Central, Wakefield http://deli-central.co.uk/