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rustic romantics. a summer wedding at priory cottages, yorkshire – jess & adam

April 24th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today’s real wedding is a dreamy, laid-back affair with bags of country charm.

Pretty blooms, pastel hues and some frolicking in a cream camper van and a pond are just a few of our favourite moments from Jess and Adam’s big day. And let’s not forget about Jess taking to the stage to perform with her own band – certainly a bride that rocks!

With images by Fossca Photography.

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jess says: Adam proposed on my 21st birthday while we were away in London together.

We set the wedding date for 7th August 2016. We chose this time of year because we wanted a summer wedding with plenty of time for a honeymoon afterwards, as I work as a teacher.

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The wedding ceremony took place at All Saints Church in Wighill, and our reception was held at Priory Cottages in Wetherby. The venue ticked every box and was perfect for our rustic themed day.

We complemented the setting with a pastel pink and peach colour scheme. I’m not usually that much of a ‘girly girl’ but wanted to go all-out for our wedding day!

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After having no idea what dress I wanted, I found the most beautiful dress shop, Glory Days Bridal in York. I fell in love with a minimalist silk dress – no zips, no buttons – just elegant. It was specially made; I felt amazing and so comfortable while wearing it.

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Adam hates having his top button done up, so it was a no-tie affair. He wore tweed trousers, a white shirt and tweed waistcoat to match, all from the high street.

The groomsmen wore the same tweed trousers as the groom, with a patterned shirt and braces. They all looked so handsome.

The bridesmaid dresses were a steal from H&M; pastel pink and simple.

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As our wedding transport, we had a fabulous cream camper van, which was a treat from my mum. It was great until the groomsmen jumped in after the church, leaving us newly-weds stranded!

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We booked Fossca Photography to capture our day, who were extremely personable and approachable. They really put us at ease, plus the photos are stunning.

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The flowers for our wedding were provided by one of the groomsmen who owns a nursery. The wedding-eve was spent arranging rustic bouquets and centre pieces by hand.

All of our decorations were self-sourced and a team effort to set up. The venue staff were a huge help, too.

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Adam designed the wedding favours: vinyl style CDs featuring the soundtrack of the wedding.

Our cake was a three-tier masterpiece made by my beloved nana – her chocolate cake is legendary so there was just no other option!

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After much deliberation, we opted for a ‘family-style buffet’ for the wedding breakfast. In other words, lots of food on each table, where our guests could serve themselves, rather than a formal style meal. We had all the British picnic favourites with a Yorkshire cheeseboard to follow – delicious!

During the drinks reception, the amazing Adam Pond provided acoustic music. The party later kicked off with my own band The Herbs, and an amazing Beatles tribute band then followed, as Adam and I first bonded over our shared Beatles obsession.

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A special touch to the day had to be a video that was produced in place of one of the best men’s speeches. It was so well done and had everyone in stitches, tears – and then stitches again!

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Following our wedding, we would definitely recommend the Priory Cottages to other brides and grooms. It’s so beautiful, impeccably managed and wonderfully relaxed. Not to mention the stunning accommodation for two nights, which was also included.

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My highlight from the day was straight after walking out of the church, before the guests began to stream out, sharing that first brief kiss and cuddle as man and wife.

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After the wedding, we went to Thailand for our honeymoon. It was magical and unforgettable. We are already planning to go back with our daughter, as soon as she is old enough to feed an elephant at Elephant Hills!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be, delegate, delegate, delegate! Your wedding party will want to help you so give them jobs to do and you won’t have to worry. Put someone in charge of making decisions on the day so you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

Also, whilst planning our wedding, I pinned many ideas for our rustic theme from Brides Up North – thank you for the inspiration!

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Alexis Forsyth
Originally from north of the border, Alexis has lived in the North East for the past 15 years and considers herself officially an adopted Geordie. A qualified journalist - Alexis took up the position of editor at the region’s longest running business publication in 2015 before moving into a marketing role for one of the UK’s largest independent arts and craft galleries. Alexis currently edits her own lifestyle blog, where you can find her latest musings on all things Newcastle-related, together with a smattering of her Instagram-worthy cocktail and foodie pics. Yet to find Mr Right herself, Alexis sees this as a mere formality when it comes to tying the knot, as she’s already picked out her dream wedding dress, theme and venue...

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