Gorgeous couple Emma and Matt had the perfect English country wedding – the dried flowers and Matt’s tailored tweed suit complete the countryside theme. The bouquet and flowers are a real highlight, and I love the stationery – all handmade by Emma, who sourced lots of her supplies and suppliers online.
I’ve loved reading all about today’s wedding and I’d recommend you grab a cuppa and take ten minutes for it all to sink in. Emma’s stories and advice are spot on – I love her approach to the wedding cake: it was cake, all cake and nothing but a cake, and it was fabulous. Oh and the flower girls, who she picked up in Monsoon (almost)!
Images are by lovely James & Lianne Photography – “James and Lianne really did us proud, managing to capture the most beautiful photographs throughout the entire day, quite often without us even knowing!” Do check them out if you’re planning a Yorkshire wedding:
Hats off to the Artisan Dried Flower Co. for the lovely arrangements, and here’s one last piece of excellent advice from the beautiful bride before we dive into the wedding photos: Emma says it’s important to stop worrying about the details on the day because “Everyone just wants you to have the best day of your life, and will do their utmost to ensure that it is exactly that.”
The English Wedding Blog interview: Emma & Matt
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
We couldn’t have been more pleased – James and Lianne really did us proud, managing to capture the most beautiful photographs throughout the entire day, quite often without us even knowing! Even the bride’s father (notoriously difficult to please) commented on how amazing the results were.
The Pheasant Hotel, Harome
30th May 2015
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A sunny day with our favourite people in a beautiful countryside setting.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Tears. It was lovely to see the photos and relive all the best (and worst!) moments of the day, plus the fact that we had two photographers means that they were able to capture elements of both the bride and groom’s preparation, when obviously neither of us had seen the how the other half had spent the morning. A definite bonus.
Your wedding style or theme:
I guess ‘Rustic Country’ kind of sums it up!
Where did you find your suppliers?
We have quite a lot to thank Mr Google for….
Best bit of budget advice?
Online research, and most definitely ebay for smaller items such as favours or DIY craft materials. Also have a budget and try to stick to it, but don’t be a slave to it.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
All my own handiwork. I never want to see a tube of Pritt Stick again.
We found a theme for the save the date cards on a wedding blog, using predominantly brown paper and card with some very distinctive font. I played about a bit to get it exactly how I wanted it, using some decorated paper from Hobbycraft and various grades of brown paper / card from an eco-stationery website, and then took the same theme right through from the save the dates and invites, to the place names, table plan, menus, cake labels, all the way down to the decorated brown bags provide for people to take away cake and other souvenirs, and now (finally!) the thank you cards.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! It was all a very odd day – I sort of had an idea of what I wanted in my head, but was convinced that we weren’t going to find anything and that the old ‘you’ll know it when you find it’ idea was all a load of romantic nonsense. However…. I was very much proven wrong, after being convinced by my sister to try on a dress that I would never in a million years have considered ‘just for fun’ – and the rest is history.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Justin Alexander – Brides of Chester
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
Nothing more than something new, old, borrowed and blue! A lovely pearl bracelet that I found on not on the high street.com (new), some pearl earrings my sister had bought me when I was a bridesmaid at her wedding (old), fancy underwear (blue of course!) and a bit of extra padding ‘up top’ again courtesy of my sister (borrowed being the excuse).
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
A tailor-made tweed 3 piece suit and handmade leather shoes. A proper English gentleman.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Our two gorgeous daughters (1 and 3 years old) were our flower girls, and they were basically dressed from head to toe in Monsoon. They wore Baby Estella Sparkle dresses and lace bow shoes (all from Monsoon), hairbands (from Monsoon), white tights (yup, Monsoon) and carried a wand of dried flowers made by the same company who did the rest of the flowers for the wedding itself.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
A professional – I wasn’t taking any chances. Huge thanks to Anna (hair) and Lyndsey (makeup) for performing an absolute miracle on the day.
Whilst searching desperately for a ‘theme’ at the start of our journey, a friend mentioned using herbs, grasses and dried flowers and thus the seeds of an idea were planted – no pun intended. Thanks Lynn!
So after deciding quite early on that dried flowers were to be the order of the day, I found a fabulous supplier online (the artisan dried flower co) who created the bouquet, buttonholes, wands for the flower girls, table decorations and even some dried petals to sprinkle on the tables to finish the whole thing off.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Not really – the Pheasant is an amazing country house hotel, perfectly decorated and already full of lovely knick-knacks completely in keeping with our theme
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
Just the stationery – 100% DIY as above.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
The word CAKE pretty much says it all. We didn’t want anything that looked like a formal wedding cake (pillars and royal icing) or a traditional fruit cake, so went for a three tier ‘naked’ sponge cake (chocolate on the bottom, lemon in the middle and coconut as the top tier). The three tiers were simply piled on top of each other and decorated with nothing more than fruits, berries and leaves; it looked and tasted phenomenal, and was exactly what we wanted – a cake, and nothing but a cake.
We also had a small ‘cheese-cake’ as part of the evening buffet, supplied by a local deli (Hunters) who were incredibly accommodating and really helped us decide which cheeses would best go together; the venue then worked their magic to make it fit in with the rest of the theme.
None – all the music for both daytime and evening was courtesy of an i-pod and some DIY playlists, helped by our wedding guests who were all tasked with providing us with three songs of their own choice. Creating said playlists was probably the most fun we had during the whole wedding planning process!
On the day tips and advice:
A cliché, but take it all in – live every minute. I can’t believe how quickly the whole weekend went, never mind the day itself.
And for the control freaks among us, let go for the day. Put your trust in your venue, your suppliers, your wedding party and your guests and don’t stress too much – everyone just wants you to have the best day of your life, and will do their utmost to ensure that it is exactly that.
What’s the best thing about being married?
A feeling of things being ‘complete’. And also getting to refer to each other as husband and t’wife (though I’m sure the novelty will wear off soon….).
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
The Pheasant Hotel: http://www.thepheasanthotel.com/
Brides of Chester: http://www.bridesofchester.co.uk/
Walker Slater: http://www.walkerslater.com/
The Artisan Dried Flower Co: http://www.artisandriedflowers.co.uk/
The Beauty Room, Helmsley: http://www.ldbeautyandspa.com/
Apple Charlotte: http://www.applecharlotte.co.uk/
Hunters of Helmsley: http://www.huntersofhelmsley.com/
Maple Molly’s: http://www.maplemollys.co.uk/