Happy Tuesday everyone! I have a bright and summery wedding to make your screens happy this morning. The lovely light blues of the wedding are gorgeous, bride Anna is stunning, the venue is crazy-beautiful… there is so much inspiration for you here it’s fabulous!
“We had a very blank canvas to work with, which is what we wanted. So we got a few ideas from Pinterest and went with a bright, friendly summery colour palette.
“We loved friends and family getting involved in the experience with us. We were lucky that our family were extremely supportive and understanding. We felt no pressure whatsoever to do anything in a certain way, they were just keen to help in any way they could. My mother made some cute hanging hearts, parents and siblings helped with the cakes, and friends and family helped with some of the smaller flowers and vases. It was the more the merrier to be involved really!
We were also incredibly lucky to have some photographer friends host a photo-booth for us which was so much fun. They brought tons of fancy dress and used a back drop and lighting set. The photos are hilarious and all the guests enjoyed getting involved.”
Images are by Yorkshire-based wedding photographer Ally Byrom. Discover more from this wonderfully talented lady here:
“Our style was simple, fresh and summery. We wanted ourselves and our guests to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Our wedding was on the Wimbledon final weekend, and Mike is a keen tennis player, so the theme was inevitable!”
The English Wedding Blog interview: Mike and Anna
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We were planning our wedding from London, so found a few photographers online whose style we liked. When I met Ally I loved her passion and professionalism. She seemed to understand just what we needed and wanted.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We were so pleased with Ally. Mike and I are not particularly comfortable in front of the camera, but she made us feel totally at ease and we managed to enjoy the whole experience. She managed to capture the story and emotions of the day in such a special way and really focussed on the personal moments we shared with each other and also our family and friends. Her photos tell the tale of the whole day, from start to finish.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We absolutely loved reliving the moments through the photos. Its such an exciting, emotional day and seems to be over so quickly at the time. Looking through the photos let us re-live each moment all over again and appreciate it on a whole new level. Its so special seeing all your closest family and friends together, in one place, laughing and celebrating by your side.
The Courtyard at Harewood House.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Once-in-a-lifetime experience, filled with love, happiness and lots of fun.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
The Catering was part of the wedding venue package.
The chair covers were supplied by Gracefully Yours, who were recommended by the venue.
Our florist, Virginia King was a friend/work colleague of my dad’s. Her family own a local flower shop and so she loves to do wedding flowers as an extra job. She was fantastic and really listened for our ideas and needs.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Everything adds up! Shop around to save money and use friends/family to help in any way they offer. Its the personal touches that count and you remember on the day. We made all our stationary with the help of a talented artistic friend! Our family also helped with making little decorations for the venue and we borrowed a lot from other friends who’d got recently married. We also bought our vases and paper lanterns from preloved.com and save a lot from doing that.
We aren’t massive foody people. Getting all our family and friends together was the most important thing so we went for the cheaper sharing food options and the house wines rather than paying more on the fancier menu options.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Our biggest expense was the venue. But it was definitely worth it! It had a lot of sentimental meaning to me as I loved going to Harewood when I was a child and have so many happy memories there. The house and grounds are spectacular, and the Courtyard venue was a blank canvas that we could make our own, so it was the perfect.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
My bridesmaid, Sarah, designed our invitiations, menus, place cards and table planner. She’s an architect and extremely talented at design. She made them so personal and beautiful for us. We were so lucky.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
My dress was from David’s Bridal, and was a Vera Wang White Collection. It was so comfy, light and easy to wear.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I made my hair piece from an old necklace I’d had from Accessoriz.! My shoes were BHS bridal, my earrings were Oliver Bonus and my necklace was my 18th Birthday present from my mother.
And what did the groom wear?
Mike wore a Reiss suit which was fitted perfectly.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Bridesmaids wore dresses from Coast and shoes from Next.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I DIY’d my make-up. But got a free bridal make up class from Bobbi Brown which was good fun and taught me loads of useful tips. I bought a few new bits but mostly used what I had. I wanted to feel and look like myself.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Our florist, Virginia King, was a friend/work colleague of my dad’s. Her family own a local flower shop and so she loves to do wedding flowers as an extra job. She was fantastic and really listened for our ideas and needs. We just showed her a few pictures we liked from Pinterest and she went away and created beautiful arrangements to fit our budget.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Mike’s dad put together a delicious fruit cake, and his sister made some delicious cup cakes. We also got a tiered savoury pie from Pyes Farm for later in the evening, which looked and tasted incredible and was demolished within moments!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We used The Entertainment Company function band who were brilliant. They were recommended by a friend, who had seen them at a previous wedding venue close the Harewood. I found it really hard to find a band just using the internet searches, so recommendations were greatly appreciated. This band were brilliant at getting the party going, extremely talented, professional and great fun. Three of our wedding guests have booked them for their own weddings/birthday parties already!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Don’t get too carried away with spending. Every extra few pounds will all add up. Things that seem so important when planning will seem so insignificant on the day. The most important thing is that you are celebrating your marriage with your friends and family. Its the celebration of the rest of your life, and you don’t want to be in debt for that!
What’s the best thing about being married?
I can’t put it into words. We already lived together for 4 years and owned a place together. I was a little worried it wouldn’t really feel much different, as we already knew how committed we were to each other. But somehow standing up and saying our vows felt overwhelmingly special. We have become a closer unit than ever before.