Becky & Jono’s classic, timelessly beautiful Hodsock Priory wedding, with M and G Wedding Photography
Beautiful Becky and Jono were married in Yorkshire in safer times, and were lucky to have all of their loved ones, friends and family around them on the day. Their wedding is elegant, timeless and unique for all its vintage cars! Becky’s bespoke wedding dress is breathtaking (and her lace bolero the perfect finishing touch). The florals are divine, and the photography by Yorkshire wedding photographers M and G Wedding Photography exquisite… it’s everything a wedding should be and a reminder that we WILL have these amazing days back. Becky and Jono have recommended their favourite wedding suppliers, and I urge you to contact them if you’re planning your wedding. We need you – please show your support for these fabulous creatives and get in touch to chat about your wedding.
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How did you choose your photographer?
We came across some of M and G Wedding Photography’s s work on our wedding venue’s Instagram page and really liked their style. When we spoke to M&G on the phone to get more information, we really liked their ethos and approach in terms of natural photography with the aim of capturing the moments rather than having a staged shoot. We both felt a bit awkward about posing for photographs but at the pre-wedding shoot Patrick really put us at ease with his natural and relaxed style and we knew we had made the right decision to go with M&G.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Absolutely! We cannot recommend M and G Wedding Photography highly enough. Our main priority when choosing a photographer was to find someone who captured the day without being intrusive. M&G’s style is exactly this. They captured the key moments of the day, as well as those we didn’t even know happened, whilst blending in with our guests. It was really important for us to be able to enjoy the day with our friends and family rather than spending ages on a formal photo shoot. This fitted with M&G’s mantra and they worked as a team with our brothers to ensure the formal photos were done efficiently which meant more time for fizz and canapés! When it came to our couple photos, M&G just let us go for a walk around the beautiful grounds at Hodsock Priory. This was one of our favourite moments of the day as it gave us an opportunity to step back and digest the day so far and we genuinely forgot the cameras were there. As a result, we got beautiful natural photos that just captured how happy we were.
Videographer details if applicable – and any thoughts for other couples about having a wedding video?
Josh at M and G Wedding Photography. Jono was reluctant to get a wedding video as he wasn’t sure when we would watch it and didn’t think it would add much beyond the photographs. However, a few close friends and family really recommended that we get one and it was the best decision we made (and Jono will be the first to admit he was wrong)! The highlights video captured the key moments of the day and we have watched it over and over again. We have also loved being able to share the video with friends and family, particularly those who were unable to make it.
Tell us about your venue – what made this place special for you?
We live in London but are both from South Yorkshire (having met at school) and we knew we wanted to get married close to where we grew up. Blyth church is part of the same Parish as Jono’s family home and is an incredibly beautiful and historic church. The personal connection and historical significance of the Church is something we both really appreciated and meant a lot to us. In particular, we loved the Domesday painting on the back wall of the Church. We chose to have our wedding reception at Hodsock Priory as we wanted a venue that was traditional and elegant but allowed us to add our own personal touches. It was also somewhere that we had previously visited a couple of times to see the snowdrops in bloom and we had happy memories there.
Did you love wearing your outfits? How was the dress / suit shopping experience?
I think my bridesmaids were fed up with the number of dresses I tried on! I was looking for something timeless with sleeves and lace but struggled to find a dress along the lines I was envisaging. My sister-in-law recommended Boa Boutique in Richmond, London, which had an array of beautiful gowns of all styles. A beautiful French lace bolero caught my eye in the shop: the lace was embroidered with leaves which I felt was apt for our autumnal theme and I liked the fact it was French lace as both Jono and I are huge Francofiles! Boa’s in-house designer, Shelia Harding, understood exactly what I was looking for and designed a bespoke dress for me – a simple bias cut crepe dress underneath the French lace bolero. They also made a bespoke veil for me with the same French lace embroidered in it. I was quite nervous about buying a dress without seeing the finished article but I was over the moon with the end result. I had the biggest smile on my face when I put it on and didn’t want to take it off.
Did you hire a florist? Tell us about any floral amazingness
Our florist was Lockwoods of Tickhill. As a Sheffield Wednesday fan I wanted the bouquets to be blue and white so we went for blue viburnum berries, blue centered anemones and, of course being from Yorkshire, white roses! We were having long tables for the wedding breakfast and so Bridget at Lockwoods put together autumnal table runners consisting of ivy, viburnum berries, conkers, white roses and autumnal coloured leaves picked from our back garden! Bridget could not have been more helpful and really brought to life our autumnal theme.
Did you hire a wedding planner?
No but the wedding coordinators at Hodsock Priory – Courtney and Vicki – were absolutely excellent and meant we didn’t need a planner.
As cake lovers here at English Wedding we’d LOVE to know who made your cake, and how delicious it was?
The wedding cake was made by my (Becky’s) step-mum. It was out of this world, both in terms of taste and decoration! We had three tiers – lemon, chocolate and victoria sponge with the most incredible white chocolate ganache. My step-mum decorated with cake with hand-crafted sugar leaves, anemones and white roses to match our wedding flowers. She even added a surprise Yorkshire rose at the back of the cake for us to see when we were cutting into it.
Tell us about any special personal touches, or creative projects you made yourselves
We really wanted to make the wedding personal to us and make a feature of things we both enjoy – vintage cars and bikes; animals, pick ‘n’ mix, Sheffield Wednesday and, above all, hosting a big party!
Jono grew up in a village where everyone loves classic cars which got him interested. Our wedding car was Jono’s 1936 Frazer Nash race car and the bridesmaids were driven in similar era classic cars belonging to our friends and family. Our guests were also encouraged to arrive in their classic cars which made a nice feature in the courtyard at Hodsock. As we now live in London, we had also arranged for the non driving guests to be transported from the Church to Hodsock Priory in an old London Routemaster supplied by Wilfreda Beehive who went that extra mile and decorated the bus in our wedding colour scheme.
Being animal lovers and crazy cat parents, all of the groomsmen were wearing animal print ties and our cheese tower topper featured a silhouette of our cats.
Did you personalise your vows or have any wedding readings? What were they?
We chose a passage from The Corinthians as our bible reading and Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne for our non-bible reading. We chose this passage from The Corinthians as it was read at Becky’s Grandmother’s funeral and really resonated with us and reminded us of our grandparents.
We chose Winnie the Pooh as it is all about friendship and friendship is the foundation of our relationship. It also reminds us of our childhood.
What was your first dance song? Why did you choose it?
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
We chose this song as we associate it with happy holiday memories and is a song we both love.