Lizzie and Rick’s gorgeous spring wedding in Helmsley, with Lissa Alexandra Photography
We have been SO excited to share this beautiful May wedding with you. It’s quintessentially English with the most wonderful florals, superb styling and a fabulous venue in North Yorkshire. Bride Lizzie looks incredible in a Maggie Sottero dress with such a pretty and unusual neckline – I absolutely love it. And Rick’s bespoke suit is just superb – he looks amazing and we love his look!
Images are by lovely Lissa Alexandra Photography. Lissa is based in Yorkshire and has the prettiest natural photography style, capturing beautiful moments and memories which tell the story of Lizzie and Rick’s day just perfectly.
The wedding day involved three venues: from the reception at All Saints Church in Helmsley guests walked to the Walled Garden for a drinks reception, and then travelled on a vintage bus to The Star Inn at Harome for their Michelin starred wedding breakfast and evening reception, which was in a beautiful PapaKata Sperry Tent.
Do scroll all the way down to read Lizzie’s English Wedding Interview – she’s recommended her favourite Yorkshire wedding suppliers and shares some rather excellent advice on wedding planning for all of you still to tie the knot! But I have to begin with one of my fave questions I ask all of our couples on the blog, because Lizzie’s answer sums things up so brilliantly:
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
“Love, laughter, friends, family, good food and drink, music, dancing and cheese!”
Wedding photographer’s website:
We did some online research for wedding photographers close to our wedding venue. We loved Lissa’s photos so had a free Skype consultation with her where we spoke about what style of photos we wanted. We really liked Lissa and felt she really understood what sort of photos we were after, so we went for it!
We love the photos Lissa took – so many of them are so special as they are really natural, where Lissa really caught the mood of the day! It was so lovely seeing photos of our guests having so much fun!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We were in a villa just outside Frigiliana in Spain (our second honeymoon!) when we viewed the photos for the first time – I was in tears it was like living the whole day all over again!
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We did lots of online research and read online reviews. We also used a lot of recommendations from family and friends.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Think about whether there is anything you can do yourself. For example we wanted a photo booth but the quotes we were getting back seemed steep, so we made our own photo booth which has proved so popular, we got it out again for one of our other friend’s weddings recently!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The venue for the wedding breakfast, the food and the drink – it’s stuff like that, that people really remember!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Labour of love. Richard has experience in design so we were able to make the invitations and stationery ourselves.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Designer: Maggie Sottero, Bridal shop: The Confetti Box, Eccles
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My jewellery were all items I had already, plus the pearl earrings that Richard gave me on the wedding day. I just had flowers for my hair.
And what did the groom wear?
Bespoke suit from King and Allen, Wilmslow
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I only had one bridesmaid, my sister. She lives in Melbourne in Australia so got her dress and accessories in Aus!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
The Park at Hovingham did my hair and make-up, which looked absolutely amazing. Gill and Becky were both so lovely!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
I chose dark pink peonies as my main flower where Kymm Queen at Queens Flowers did a fantastic job building bouquets and some amazing flower rings for our sperry tent!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Not really – the church, walled garden and sperry tent at The Star Inn spoke for themselves!
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Our homemade photo booth was great fun! We borrowed a lot of props from friends – it’s amazing how much fancy dress items you collect over the years!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a cheese wedding cake which was made up of cheeses local to the area, courtesy of Ryedale Cheeses. We served it with crackers and fruit. It made a yummy cheese course after our three course meal!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We were extremely lucky to find a local 9 piece funk and soul fusion band called Bluephunk. They brought the house down with their super cool tunes, complete with brass section – the dance floor was always full!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Plan, plan, plan – don’t leave things to the last minute as you don’t want to be madly running around trying to sort everything the week before the wedding. Have a spreadsheet of tasks with completion deadlines and allocate those to people so you can keep track of things.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being able to call each other ‘my husband’ and ‘my wife’ is so special, you get a fuzzy feeling that no matter what might come our way in the future, you have someone very special by your side to live it with you and be there through all the ups and downs.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Lissa Alexandra Photography: https://lissaalexandra.com
The Park: https://www.theparkhovingham.co.uk/
The Confetti Box: https://www.theconfettibox.co.uk/
King and Allen: https://kingandallen.co.uk/store-locations/wilmslow/
Queens Flowers: https://www.beadlamgrange.co.uk/queens-flowers/
The Star Inn: http://www.thestaratharome.co.uk/
Ryedale Cheeses: https://www.ryedalecheeses.co.uk/