June 23rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
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Today’s real wedding is totally getting us in the mood for summer. We love Beth and Dan’s gorgeous choice of venue for their barn wedding and stunning coastal setting, with them enjoying much of their celebrations outdoors!
Highlights for us include the pretty pastel colour scheme, the informal style wedding breakfast and, of course, Beth’s stunning fitted dress and gorgeous accessories. We would have quite liked to have attended this one ourselves!
With images by Photography34.
beth says: We got engaged on 24th December 2012. This was a special day for us as that’s the date when we got together. We had a nice little trip to Chester booked as a treat. Dan says he had put that much thought into my engagement ring that he didn’t think about how nerve racking the proposal would be. He’d had the ring made by a local jeweller, he choose the design and wanted it to have a twist. He asked for my birth stone to be entwined in it, so nobody knows that I have a secret amethyst stone underneath the diamond. When the light shines through you can see the amethyst. He waited all day for the right moment to present itself though I was totally oblivious. We drove back home from Chester, booked a table for our Christmas Eve date night tradition and then Dan proposed under the stars.
We did the legal parts of the marriage on 24th August 2015, then held our wedding ceremony and reception two days later on 26th August – the anniversary of our first date.
We got married at The Barn in Burniston, near Scarborough, on the coastal road. We choose this venue as it was just everything we were looking for in one. The Barn is beautiful on its own and the team there allowed us to have what we wanted, which made our day complete.
We didn’t pick a theme, we loved how rustic the barn was. We chose a colour scheme of pastel colours and incorporated them throughout, but kept the overall look very soft and natural.
I choose a fitted, sweetheart neckline dress in blush pink. It was from Proposals in Coventry. It stood out to me from any other dress I saw and so I knew it was the one.
Daniel’s suit was from Burton in Birmingham. It was a stunning blue colour, we just loved it! He also wore brown Ted Baker shoes, a light blue Burton tie and a crisp white shirt which had our initials on from Charles Tyrwhitt. All the groomsmen wore the same.
My bridesmaids meanwhile all wore different dresses. As they are completely different ages I wanted something that suited the all equally so they could relax and enjoy the day. All the dresses were a light pastel pink colour. My older sister Alicia wore a knee-length dress from House of Fraser, my little sister Jessica wore a knee-length dress from Debenhams and my cousin Abbey wore a long, slightly fitted dress from Asos.
Our wedding photographer was Tony of Photography34. We absolutely loved Tony’s work and would highly recommended him. His photos just capture the moments and he’s a great guy! When he puts it all together for you to look back on he will have you in tears – the music and photos he chooses are just so special.
Our flowers were provided by Helen Jackson of Rosebud Flowers. Helen entwined flowers along the staircase of the venue and for the tables we had jam jars with wild flowers in them.
My friend Jenna and I decorated the archway at the venue the day before the wedding. The marquee was also decorated with fairy lights and pastel lanterns and we created our own photo booth area.
Our favours were a Galaxy or Cadbury bar of chocolate, depending which was the guest’s favourite. We wrapped them in parcel paper like an envelope, created a bow with twine and we had personalised labels with our names and the wedding date on them.
Louize at Creative Cakes by Louize made our wedding cakes and they were so delicious! I would highly recommend the lovely Louize. We had a top tier and then cupcakes for each individual. We chose three different flavours: lemon curd, Devil’s chocolate and raspberry and white chocolate.
Our welcome drinks were a delicious cocktail, served in our mason jars with candy stripped straws. Instead of a traditional wedding breakfast, we had three different types of canapés and then antipasti platters, followed by chocolate brownie.
We would definitely recommend our choice of wedding venue. It was perfect for me and Dan as we had the freedom to do what we wanted within reason. Clair the owner just added simple beautiful touches. She knew what we wanted and had it all covered. The venue just sells itself really – simply stunning!
Looking back my favourite part of the day has got to be dancing the night away with Dan, my best friends and family. We didn’t have a care in the world and we did not leave the dance floor!
After the wedding we went on a minimoon to Cyprus. It was the first place we went away together as a couple so it was perfect to return there as husband and wife. We’re off to America in July for three weeks for the main honeymoon – we just need to get saving for it!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be – don’t ever feel obliged to invite people to your wedding for the sake of it. It’s your day so you have the people that mean something to you there as they are the people that make the day what it is. We kept it intimate and it felt special. Also, don’t feel the need to say hello to everyone, make the most of having fun, being with your husband and enjoying everything you planned.
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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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