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Shirley and Mark’s DIY English summer wedding in Yorkshire, with Colin Murdoch Studio

Today’s wedding is gorgeous – full of creative ideas and DIY touches from friends and family. Shirley and Mark married at Skipbridge in Yorkshire – a fascinating venue for its modern approach (green field venue, vintage cars as permanent props, donkeys and links with the fabulous PapaKåta)!

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Shirley told me, “I am very lucky and have some amazing creative and imaginative friends who did most of the planning… We had many handcrafted elements to our wedding which made the day so special. The invitations, the seating plan, flowers – the list is endless.

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Images are by the fabulous Colin Murdoch Studio, based in North Yorkshire.

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This is a beautiful wedding from beginning to end: a perfect English summer celebration outdoors, a wonderful couple with the loveliest family and friends, and stunning images! Shall we dive in? Enjoy.
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Our DIY English summer wedding – Shirley + Mark

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Our wedding story: Shirley + Mark

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.colinmurdochstudio.com

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

We were absolutely over the moon with Colin and Heather from Colin Murdoch Studio. I was slightly reluctant to be in the spotlight but Colin’s energy and genuine passion to get great photos was fabulous, it relaxed me and we have some amazing shots. I even remember them late at night up above the dance floor still taking photos!

Wedding venue:

Skipbridge Country Weddings, Green Hammerton nr York

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

A whimsically wonderful midsummer’s wedding.

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

We cried! I am not one for photos normally but the emotions captured on each shot is overwhelming. Such lovely memories and bits I hadn’t been able to take in on the day.

Your wedding style and theme:

Vintage, English summer, tea party, whimsical, peacocks

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

We spent 12 months planning, I am very lucky and have some amazing creative and imaginative friends who did most of the planning. Gill and Bronte at Skipbridge Country Weddings took our ideas and dreams and made them a reality.

Best bit of budget advice?

Set your budget, write down the most important things to you and keep to it but allow for the last minute extras. Don’t be pushed into things you don’t want or need! Rope in friends and family to help.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

We had a tiny budget for this – we had spent months collecting peacock feathers from our neighbours and a good friend made the most amazing peacock themed cards.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

I fell in love with the first dress I tried on, a long lace fitted dress

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Eternity Bridal, Harrogate – Rebekah was fantastic.

Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:

I had the most amazing accessories! In my hair were flowers from my good friend Rachel’s garden, shoes – white converse high tops and a beautiful pearl necklace which belonged to my best friend’s grandmother.

Suited and booted – the groom wore:

The groom looked awesome. He wore a peacock blue suit, matched with a very pale green shirt and blue tie with the best blue and grey brogues ever. He had a pale pink peony to match the flowers as a button hole.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

My best girls were my daughter Nellie and best friend Emma, they both wore off the peg simple cream dresses. Nellie had a homemade peony flower crown made by Rachel from Poppy Cottage Bakery who did our catering.

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

Haha DIY hair and make-up! I had help with my nails from my best girl Emma, and Rachel from Poppy Cottage put flowers in my hair from her garden. Simple and natural make up.

Wedding flowers:

The flowers were seasonal and all from the garden, they looked stunning. Pinks, whites, purples, natural and effective. Some good friends spent months growing a willow tree to use as decoration in the marquee. They live over 200 miles away and the tree was transported up to us in a hatchback with them and the dog the day before the wedding! The vision of them going up the motorway with bits of willow sticking out of the car makes me laugh. Our friends growing the flowers and foliage for decoration made it so special.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

Our venue is so picturesque it needs little or no decoration. Fairy lights & lanterns added to the magic of the day. Skipbridge Country Weddings have lots of quirky accessories that decorate the whole venue – the hobbit hole, whisky shack, the natural pool – it was perfect.

DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…

We had many handcrafted elements to our wedding which made the day so special. The invitations, the seating plan, flowers – the list is endless.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Nic from Poppy Cottage Bakery made the most lovely whimsical wedding cake. A 3 tier Victoria sponge cake, decorated with home grown flowers and glittering purple berries. It was everything I had imagined and more, I took every guest over to look at the cake! And even went back later to check it when everyone had gone – it tasted delicious too.

Entertainment:

Steven Heath Entertainment was brilliant, an acoustic guitar and outdoor first dance followed by a disco but also an unplugged session with us all in the whisky shack – the singing and whisky drinking went on till late into the night.

On the day tips and advice:

Tips & advice, gosh. Our wedding was so special because of the input from friends and family so keep it personal xx

What’s the best thing about being married?

The best thing about being married is the feeling of togetherness. We had been together a long time (15yrs!) before the wedding but the feeling of closeness and togetherness got us.

The day was also a celebration of how far we had come and the future before us.

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Photography – Colin Murdoch Studio – www.colinmurdochstudio.com

Venue – Skipbridge Country Weddings – http://www.skipbridgecountryweddings.co.uk/

Wedding dress – Eternity Bridal, Harrogate – http://www.eternitybridal.co.uk/index.asp

Catering – Poppy Cottage Bakery – http://www.thepoppycottagebakery.co.uk/ and Ainsty Farm Shop http://www.ainstyfarmshop.co.uk/

Music – Steven Heath Entertainment – http://stevenheathsings.wix.com/steven-heath

Celebrant – Georgina Pugh – http://www.yorkshire-celebrant.co.uk/

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 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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