The alpacas were a surprise… Caroline told me their wedding was an informal, countryside celebration with “alpacas as the accidental stars of the show” – and I think they’re adorable. The appeal of an outdoor wedding is unpredictability, to an extent… but this is something new! I love it!
Planning a wedding in just 4 months makes DIY a little trickier, but it didn’t stop Caroline and Rory from making their own stationery, with friends helping out with other crafty details. One friend made 200 metres of bunting for the day, and at the last minute too! It looks so lovely in blue tones strung across the reception space.
Hunting for suppliers was done online, and our gorgeous bride and groom were lucky to find Yorkshire wedding photographer Susie Lawrence, whose images are beautiful and relaxed – a perfect fit for an informal wedding. Caroline told me, “Susie was exactly what we needed on the day – discreet and friendly, putting us all at ease.”
Find out more about Susie Lawrence Photography:
This is such a superb wedding gallery with some of the loveliest portraits I’ve seen. Caroline and Rory are gorgeous – and their informal countryside wedding is right up my street. Grab a cuppa, and go slowly with your scrolling fingers! You’ll love this…
The English Wedding Blog interview: Caroline & Rory
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We searched online and loved the style of the photos online
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
She was exactly what we needed on the day – discreet and friendly, putting us all at ease. She even managed to get natural photos of the mother of the bride, who tends to avoid the camera at all costs.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We’ve never had professional photos done before, so it was great to see so many natural shots, and the style was very different to any other photos we have from the day
Dukes Place, Nr Harrogate
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A whirlwind weekend of friends, family and fun
Your wedding style or theme:
We’re outdoor people, so it was informal, in the countryside with alpacas as the accidental stars of the show
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We only had four months to plan so lots of online searching and asking for recommendations.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Do your own flower arrangements for tables, and supply your own wine and beer. Try Ikea for table decorations too.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Hiring out the cottage area for the whole weekend – it meant we had more time to spend with family and friends.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
After lots of searching online and not finding what we wanted, we designed it ourselves, and had everything printed at a local printer company. This meant it was quick, low cost, and we could also match everything very easily.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes, definitely. I didn’t have time to order a dress so scoured the shops for an off the peg dress, and found one that almost worked – and the addition of lace straps made it perfect.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Abbey Wedding Warehouse in Leeds.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I wore my favourite earrings, and my now mother in law bought me a necklace from Azendi. Shoes and hair accessories were from Debenhams.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
A blue 3 piece Ted Baker suit from Moss Bros, with antique rose gold pocket watch
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Jade green knee length dresses from Monsoon
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
We hired Megan, who did hair and makeup for myself, the bridesmaids, and mother of the bride, who was fab and kept very calm on the day.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Bouquets and buttonholes were simple classic rose arrangements from M&S. Table decorations were bought and arranged ourselves on the day.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Family and friends helped to decorate with everything that we had collected – bunting (200 metres made by a friend), origami flowers (made by bridesmaids), 100 balloons and more. The marquee already had ivory decoration and fairy lights which were lovely.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Stationery mentioned above, and table decorations were all put together ourselves. The homemade bunting was also a hit – a friend volunteered to help at the last minute as I would have never had time.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We went for taste – a four tier chocolate cake from M&S, which we decorated with raspberries. Also, a cheese cake – a tower of 5 cheeses. Both of these were really popular.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We bought a table tennis table which was in use for most of the day. A friend played the piano during the wedding breakfast, and then we had a fab band to get everyone up dancing in the evening
On the day tips and advice:
The day really passes by quickly, so take time to take it in. Our photographer swooped us away for photos in the field which was a great way of taking a step back to talk to each other and enjoy the moment.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Not having to plan the wedding!
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Band – Bad Asteroids – http://badasteroids.co.uk/
Evening Food – I love crepes http://ilovecrepes.co.uk/
Hair and Makeup – Megan Green – http://www.megangreenhairandmakeup.co.uk/
BBQ – Johnsons of Thirsk – http://www.johnsonsofthirsk.co.uk/
Venue – Dukes Place – http://www.dukesplace-courtyard.co.uk/
Real Ale – Ilkley Brewery – http://www.ilkleybrewery.co.uk/