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James and Laura’s pink and gold, romantic and whimsical wedding blog. With Samantha Ward Photography

Laura and James were married at Yorkshire’s gorgeous Cubley Hall, in the summer. Their day is perfect: captured in a beautiful fine art style, with the whimsical wedding details I love so very much. The flowers are divine – oh, those peonies! and Laura looks more than amazing in a beautiful wedding dress from designer Emma Tindley.

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Images are by lovely Yorkshire wedding photographer Samantha Ward – a friend of mine from the beginning of the English Wedding Blog in 2009 and an exceptional talent in the industry. Sam’s images are out of this world – do take the time to discover her work here:

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“Sam has the most warm and personable manner, noticed not only by ourselves but also by our friends and family too.  She was not only professional within her field but she went over and above her duties for the day in helping us manage what could have turned into small crises! She helped fix my Grandmother’s ancient film camera for which she was so grateful for and continues to mention how wonderful Sam was even to this day.  Sam also sewed a button on to the back of my dress which fell off mid-way through the day.  She was literally a godsend and we could not have hoped for a better person to capture our day.” Laura & James

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I had gold paint, spray paint and jam jars in every spare space in our home 🙂 I got everyone at home and work to give me their used jam jars to create beautiful vases and candle holders for both the church and reception venue. I used both spray paint and ribbon to create a variety of looks which suited our colour scheme and relaxed theme.

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The English Wedding Blog Interview: Laura and James 

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.samanthawardphotography.co.uk/

How did you choose your photographer?

We both loved the fine art photography style which captures those special moments as they occur and being able to hold on to them forever in the most beautiful, light and whimsical images.  Once we had decided on our preferred style I researched local Fine Art Photographers and when we met Sam we knew she was the one for us.  She was exactly the sort of person we wanted by our sides to capture our special day. 

Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?

Laura: I cried! They were literally the most beautiful photographs I have ever seen and really portrayed both the emotions and story behind our day.  It was like watching a film.  I looked through them so many times during that first week when we received them. 

James: They are amazing and we are going to struggle to choose the best ones for an album and to display in our home!

Wedding venue:

Cubley Hall, Penistone, South Yorkshire

Wedding month:

June 2015

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Laura- The most emotional and personal day of my life.

James- “Perfect”

Your wedding style or theme:

A pink and gold romantic and whimsical wedding. 

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

Good old google, recommendations, wedding blogs such as Rock my Wedding and also wedding magazines.

What’s your top tip for saving money?

DIY decorations and stationery and getting your nearest and dearest to help you make them.  Use it as an excuse to have a get together with nibbles and wine!

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

Of course our amazing wedding photographer as those memories will live on forever.  Also our wedding band, The Funtime Frankies, who everyone commented on as being the best wedding band they have ever seen and who had everyone dancing and laughing all night long.  They created the most amazing atmosphere at our evening reception and we would recommend them to anyone.  In fact, one of our Usher’s has already booked them for his wedding!

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

We used an online company called Pure Invitation as there was the option of assembling your stationery yourself which made them cheaper to buy, helping us stick to our budget.  I really enjoyed making them and it made our day feel much more personal.  Also the company offer an array of beautiful designs. 

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

My wedding dress was the 2nd dress I tried on and whilst I fell in love with it at that moment as I wanted to be sure it was ‘the one’ I proceeded to visit a further 4 boutiques before returning to the first one we visited.     

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Designer- Emma Tindley.  I had never heard of Emma before so I knew how rare her dresses were in the area so I was glad that I wasn’t likely to find photos of other brides wearing my dress.  I wanted to feel beautiful, special and unique and the dress certainly did that.  It was a gorgeous vintage style made from French lace and silk and was an absolute dream to wear.  So simple and elegant. 

The Swanky Bride, Kirkburton, Huddersfield- What can I say about this boutique…not only does the owner Trish know her stuff, she picked out my dress for me almost straight away after giving only a few simple ideas of what I liked, but she is also such a warm, caring, considered and beautiful person.  It was so important to me to find a shop where I felt comfortable as despite most people being really excited to shop for their wedding dress I was really nervous about this part of the planning.  I lost my mum and dad when I was 18 years old and I knew searching for the most important dress I would ever wear without any of them sharing the experience with me would be emotional for me.  Finding this boutique and the personable nature to which Trish runs her business turned this experience into the best it could have been without them.  I didn’t feel nervous attending for fittings on my own as I knew we would have a lovely cup of tea and a natter beforehand.  Whilst I have thanked Trish personally for her presence during the experience in buying my dress no one will know exactly how much her maternal presence meant to me and I will always be grateful to her for this. 

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

 Shoes- I wore Blake, by Benjamin Adams.  I could not believe it when I found these shoes online as I had such a specific idea in my head about what I wanted and these matched the description perfectly! They were a gorgeous pale gold colour which matched my colour scheme, were not too high so I could wear them all day and fitted in with the vintage style of my dress amazingly. 

Accessories- My accessories were a mixture of old and new.  It was really important to me that my Mum and Dad had an input in the day without them being able to be there so I wore a gold locket which my Dad bought me when I was a teenager and had photos of both of them in the locket.  I also wore my Mum’s gold wedding ring on my right hand.  It really meant so much to wear these and it actually went with my dress and theme perfectly!

I also bought some bespoke accessories from a lady called Miranda Templeton who supplies to my bridal boutique.  I wanted to have both a day and evening look, during the day I wore a really simple flower crown made by my florist and a delicate lace wrist cuff made by Miranda.  In the evening Miranda created a stunning lace and diamante headband with matching wrist cuff to glam me up for the evening!

And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?

James, his best man and Usher’s hired their suits from a fabulous shop called Limelight Occasions in Huddersfield and they all looked dashingly handsome.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

As my girls live all over the UK the best way to organize their dresses was to have their dresses made to measure.  We chose a dusky pink dress which suited all of their figures perfectly and thankfully all of them loved the dress.  We used ‘For Him For Her’.  In hindsight I wouldn’t order dresses for such an important occasion made to measure online again as we did encounter quite a few problems and needed to have the dresses altered quite a bit by a local seamstress who literally saved my sanity! But, in the end it all worked out and they all looked absolutely stunning. 

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

I wanted to be completely pampered the morning of my wedding so I had my hair and make-up done by the fabulous and talented Julia Jeckell.  Julia not only made me look the best I have ever looked in my life but she was such a calming influence on the morning of the wedding, which was much needed as I was quite nervous.  

Kelly Hanks also did the hair of my gorgeous bridesmaids and our lady groomsmen and did a fantastic job.  One of my bridesmaids has afro hair and we were quite worried about how hers would turn out but Kelly had no issues managing it at all.  

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

Fiona Pickles of Firenza Floral Design created my stunning ‘just picked’ look flowers in a mixture of dusky and blush pinks, with cream and gold highlights.  Fiona is a true artist when it comes to flowers as well as an amazing person! We met up with Fiona almost 2 years before our wedding. before we even had an official date set because I was so sure I wanted her to create my flowers for the day.  So we planned our wedding date around when both our chosen photographer and florist were going to be free! 

It is fair to say that all of our suppliers were thoroughly researched for and chosen as the perfect people to be a part of our special day.  It was really important to both of us to be happy with the people we planned to hand over so much money to in being our supplier and we were not disappointed with any of them. 

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

Cubley Hall’s reception area is a stunning converted barn which looked beautiful even without our additional decor.  We really wanted to embrace the country feel of the venue through accentuated its features so we just used plenty of fresh flowers throughout in jam jars decorated by our own fair hands and lots of candle light.  In order to continue the personal feeling throughout the room we had photographs of James and I, but also some of the significant people in our lives who could not be at our wedding so that their presence was there in picture and in spirit. 

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

Oh there was so many homemade elements to the day which I really enjoyed creating in the run up to the wedding. 

I  made my confetti cones using one of my favourite books ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert which always reminds me of when James and I went travelling.  I used pages of the book to create the cones. 

Our guest book was made using a huge frame from The Range painted in gold and we used pieces of string across the middle.  Throughout the day we had people take polaroids of themselves and also write us various pieces of advice and well wishes on luggage tags to hang on the frame.  It worked really well and made for emotional reading and viewing the day after the wedding. 

Our table plan was made from a vintage map of the world mounted onto blush pink card and we had some of our favourite wines from around the world displayed as table names.

Each of our tables included gold table runners, a tall vase filled with blush pink pebbles and cherry blossom.  We also had each table name displayed in holders we made from corks to go with the wine theme 🙂 Beautiful petals were scattered and we had a photo of James and I on each table displayed in a gold frame.  Finally we made homemade flavoured vodkas for our favours which went down a storm!

Pretty much all of our decor was homemade as I really wanted our day to resemble ‘us’ and I was really invested in wanting to have as much input into our day as possible.  I really think we managed to create that as when we walked into the room all set up with our homemade pieces it just looked amazing, exactly as we had hoped it would and I was so proud of what we had created. 

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

We met Jeanette Moorhouse of Booootiful cakes when we went to our second wedding fair.  We tried her cake and was so impressed that we went to see her at another wedding fair to try some more.  Once we met with Jeanette to discuss our thoughts on cake design and flavours she created a picture of exactly what we wanted.  Her cakes not only taste divine but they look stunning and are all so unique to the couple who has chosen them. 

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

Definitely the Funtime Frankies, they were even better than we hoped they would be and created the entertaining atmosphere we wanted to create more so than any DJ or standard band could. Everyone commented on how good they were and we had people dancing all night due to their eclectic mix of songs and performance. They were also such great lads and you could really tell they enjoyed their work which oozes out of them during their performance. The best band we could have hoped for.

We also had a string quartet for during the ceremony and the same quartet used an additional saxophone for entertainment during the drinks reception.  This was something I really wanted to book and from what I heard of them I thoroughly enjoyed their music and the feedback from guests was really positive.  But bear in mind entertainment during these periods is more for the guests as we were busy having photos taken whilst they were playing. 

On the day tips and advice:

Try to enjoy every moment as the day goes to quickly and try to find time to spend with each other to savour the moment of the day together. 

Pack tissues, I certainly needed them!

Plan the morning preparation well with plenty of time to spare in case of any hiccup.  Me and my girls had the most relaxing morning getting ready because of this planning and whilst I had a nervous feeling in my stomach the relaxed atmosphere helped calm me down. You really do not want to be rushing to get to the venue on time on a day you have been planning for so long so the extra planning here is important. 

Expect to struggle to sleep the night before, if you expect it sleep may surprise you!

What’s the best thing about being married?

Whilst ultimately very little changes within your life when you get married the feeling of being officially and eternally bonded together with your best friend provides the most content, beautiful and loving feeling you could ever imagine. 

Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Venue: http://www.cubleyhallweddings.co.uk/tablet/index.html

Dress Designer: http://www.emmatindley.co.uk/

Dress Boutique: http://theswankybride.co.uk/

Flowers: http://www.firenzafloraldesign.co.uk/

Photographer: http://www.samanthawardphotography.co.uk/

Bride’s Hair & Make Up: http://www.juliajeckell.com/

Bridesmaids Hair: http://www.kellyhankshairdesign.com/

Groomswear: http://www.limelightoccasions.co.uk/grooms-mens-wedding-suit-hire/

Wedding Band: http://funtimefrankies.co.uk/

String Quartet:http://www.musicaviva.co.uk/

Cake:http://www.booootifulcakes.co.uk/

Bespoke Wedding Rings: http://formjewellery.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 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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