November 25th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
When looking through the images from today’s real wedding there are some things that are instantly clear to see: the couple have fabulous taste going on with the venue and vintage wedding décor, they also have style – just look at their attire – but above all they have a wonderful connection, with their heartfelt smiles, tears and kisses all captured beautifully on camera.
Quite simply, a perfect partnership!
With images by S6 Photography.
kathryn says: We got engaged whilst on holiday in New York. It was a complete surprise and George had even gone to great lengths to make sure I didn’t suspect a thing!
We set the date for 22nd July 2015, 11 months after we got engaged. Our chosen venue was Wentworth Castle Gardens in Barnsley, Yorkshire. We saw pictures of its beautiful conservatory and the long barn online and decided to visit. Upon doing so we instantly fell in love with it and knew it was the place where we wanted to become husband and wife.
We chose a vintage style for our wedding as we both like this style and feel that it’s already reflected in our house, which we have shared for the past five years together. We wanted our wedding to reflect us and be very personal to us and our lives together. We made our table centre pieces, wooden logs for the table names, wooden ‘our story’ photo-frame lace and hessian vintage jars, slate heart favours, crates, wooden log cake stand and even the photograph on each table was one which George had taken in the year previous in New York.
We decided to have a mix of colours in our scheme as my wedding dress was a nude tone with ivory lace over the top. We chose a blue tailored suit for George and the bridesmaids had to complement both George and me. We decided on teal/ oasis and platinum silver. We also chose to run yellow through the bridesmaids’ flowers, button holes, wedding flowers and corsages. This helped to tie the mixture of colours together and provide more flow between us all.
I chose a fishtail style dress by Demetrios (style C209). I wanted to try on a variety of dresses when I went dress shopping as I didn’t want to dismiss any options which I may not have considered. I was aware that certain styles might look better than others so wanted to remain open minded. I tried on a variety of colours, styles, lengths, materials and then started to get an idea of what I liked and what suited my body shape. I ended up buying my dress from a shop in Liverpool called The Bridal Path. They were amazing and even did all my fittings in one weekend (when I was visiting my sister).
George had his suit made by Michelsberg Tailoring in Leeds. It was a tailored three-piece suit as George found suits off the peg didn’t fit him very well and knew he wouldn’t feel happy in an ill-fitting suit on our special day. George also wore a blue velvet bow-tie and tan loafers (without socks).
All four bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in two different styles and two colours. Two girls wore oasis/teal and two girls wore platinum/ silver – one of each colour in each style. They looked amazing and the colours suited their skin tones.
The groomsmen wore high street navy three-piece suits with a white cut-away collar. Both groomsmen wore brown/ tan loafers and silver silk knitted ties.
On the wedding day George travelled from a nearby hotel to the venue in a Bentley. This was through a friend. My transport was a 1926 Vintage Austin Mayfair Limousine from Laura’s Vintage Limousines in Penistone.
George loves photography so knew precisely what he wanted for our wedding photographs. He chose Jon from S6 Photography as he does journalistic style rather than posed-for pictures. We are thrilled with the photographs and would absolutely recommend Jon to others. He has provided us with amazing memories of our special day and we can’t thank him enough.
I chose my flowers from Darcy’s Flowers at Cannon Hall. I had a beautiful bouquet of flowers which comprised of a vintage loose hand tied style with avalanche roses, veronica, cream and green lisianthus, cream bud roses, poppy heads, eucalyptus parvula, lime green bupleurum with thistle and ranunculus with a hint of green feeling. All to complement my bridal gown and its tones.
Our bridesmaids had bouquets in hand tied style with gypsophila, green feeling, lisianthus and blue thistle, avalanche rose with craspedia and fountain grass with a hint of yellow ranunculus to complement the craspedia and a hint of eucalyptus parvula. All the bouquets were finished with hessian and pearl pins.
The button holes had double craspedia with wheat and lavender and finished with rawstems and twine. George’s button hole was the same but with three craspedia.
The corsages had an avalanche Rose with craspedia and a little bit of freesia and finished with a hint of wheat and a hint of asparagus fern. Both were made to be fitted to clutch bags.
In terms of decoration, we had gypsophila bunches on ten pew ends. We had a variation of beautiful jars and bottles, wrapped in a combination of lace, hessian and twine using the same theme of flowers as in the bouquets and a hint of craspedia and ranunculus to ensure continuity and make sure that it flowed. All flowers were stood on two or three logs in centre of the tables.
Our top table also had the same flowers in jars and bottles. We had one wicker heart containing silk flowers which was fitted in the window behind the top table. All of our flowers were from Darcy’s, created by a lovely lady called Julie.
Further decoration included our initials made in large vintage style wooden letters which stood on the table whilst we said our vows in the conservatory. These were then placed on our top table during our wedding breakfast. The rest of our decorations were made by ourselves or friends or family.
We chose to give slate hearts as favours as we wanted to give something practical that our guests would be able to take home and re-use. Each heart had the name of the guest written on. We placed them on the table as their ‘place card’. We had a personalised ribbon (with our names and wedding date printed on) made in oasis/teal and threaded this through each heart. To continue with our personal touch I also printed luggage style tags for each table with a personalised stamp which said ‘Thank you for sharing our first meal as Mr and Mrs Watson 22nd July 2015’.
We were very fortunate that my cousin Karen Barnes, made our wedding cake for us. We decided to have three different flavours in our three-tier cake: one lemon, one chocolate and one vanilla. We also had a separate fruit cake made which was brought out for guests to eat but wasn’t one of the tiers due to the weight of fruit cake. We wanted to have colour on our cake with bunting and spots. Karen did a fantastic job of it and we had great comments about the cake’s appearance and taste.
We also had a wedding cake topper made to look like us. This was done by a lovely lady called Sandra from Essdale Toppers. We sent her photographs of each of us along with pictures of George’s suit and my dress, jewellery and flowers. She was able to create a perfect topper and keepsake which looks like us, dressed in our wedding attire. Utterly amazing!
For our wedding breakfast we decided to have a presse starter, shin of beef for main and eton mess for dessert, which was all supplied by The Milestone of Sheffield. The food was delicious and again we had many wonderful comments from our guests. The wine was selected by The Milestone for a full range of rose, white and red wine. We had prosecco for our toast. We also had reception drinks upon arrival of Pimms and lemonade and Peroni. These went down very well with guests!
To provide entertainment, we used 24 Live, which comprised of Brett and Andrew who sang and played guitar at our ceremony, after our wedding breakfast and for our first dance. They then did our evening music as a DJ set. They were perfect in the day and the DJ set at night was great. They even learnt a new song for my walk down the aisle to George.
To add some special touches to our wedding day we made our own table seating plan using a crate from plantabox.co.uk and had a crate as our card gift box with our names engraved on it. We also had a guest book and a wooden tree with hearts for people to sign and write messages on. We wanted to be able to display messages and well wishes from others in our home after the wedding.
To encourage our guests to take lots of photos, we had selfie sticks on the tables for guests to use and then add to our WedPics App. This is a great App to use whereby everyone can add pictures in one place. It is totally free as well!
Following our wedding we would certainly recommend Wentworth Castle Gardens to other couples. I think it is important to know what you want and the vision for your day for wherever you choose to have your wedding day. We originally wanted to get married outside, however due to the unreliability of the Great British weather, this could never be guaranteed and we didn’t like the alternative in most venues we visited. Wentworth Castle offered the perfect solution by having the option to get married in its beautifully peaceful conservatory and then onto its rustic, vintage barn for the reception. Absolutely wonderful.
From getting ready with my mum and bridesmaids, to being in the ceremony, I loved the entire wedding day. I think maybe the car journey was the point where I became so excited and just couldn’t wait to see George and become his wife. When I stood at the entrance looking at everyone and could see George, it felt like a fairy tale and the fact that we had created it between us was the most wonderful feeling ever. The moment after the registrar pronounced us Mr and Mrs Watson was amazing and to look around, knowing that all of our friends and family could share it with us made the feelings even more intense. George says the best part of the day for him was seeing me walk down the aisle towards him knowing that we were about to become Mr and Mrs.
For our honeymoon we went to Bali and also had two nights in Dubai. We stayed in Ubud in Bali which was in the valleys. It was fantastic and I would recommend our hotel to others for a honeymoon stay. The hotel we stayed in was called Alila Ubud, where they made us feel like king and queen. It was in a fantastic location and provided fantastic service throughout our stay. We then went to Sanur and stayed at a fairly new hotel called Maya Sanur. This was a lovely hotel with fantastic restaurants within and nearby. We thoroughly enjoyed Bali and all it had to offer. We wanted to be able to visit places and be active on our honeymoon but also be able to relax around the pool when we chose. We were able to visit temples, have dinner on the beach, go wake boarding, visit a kite festival and a number of picturesque beaches to relax and sunbathe on. A great holiday destination where we would both love to visit again someday.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to have a theme/ style in mind and consider how things will look together. Also, delegate jobs for others and between the two of you. Good communication is vital so that you both have a say in what you want for your special day. I was very keen to make sure George felt that it was as much his special day as mine so we agreed on things we liked and didn’t like and made decisions from there. It’s also important to always consider your budget and to know what you are happy to not have – there are so many options and the list is never ending so you need to decide as a couple what is important to you.
For us, we wanted our wedding day to be about us and our life together so far. It was also a very emotional day, particularly for George and his family, as his dad had sadly passed away a couple of months before the wedding. His dad was very much mentioned and thought about on the day though, including during the speeches, and we kept his name on the table planner as it would have been.
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Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...
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