November 27th, 2017 | Aislinn Thompson
Excited to share her wedding with us today is Kate, whose rustic, laid-back, glittery celebration warms the cockles on a chilly winter’s day.
Kate and Chris chose an industrial setting – an old Yorkshire mill – for their reception and dressed it up to the nines with strings of fairy lights, a vast array of vases brimming with flowers and glittery jam jars twinkling with candles.
We love the little touches that punctuate the day with personality, from the ‘totes getting married’ bride’s tote bag and the handmade order of the day, to the wedding bingo cards that spiced up the speeches.
If you’re planning your wedding right now, it’s worth considering how you’ll immortalise the guests on the day and a photo guestbook is a fun way to capture everyone in the moment – check out Kate and Chris’s handmade Polaroid picture frame and comical props for some inspiration.
With images by Photography by Kathryn.
kate says: We got engaged in September 2016 in my favourite place in the world: Filey. We had a lovely weekend away at the end of the summer holidays and, as the sun set on a day of walking along the beach, fish and chips and prosecco, Chris proposed! It was perfect.
We got married on Friday 2nd June 2017. We knew we didn’t want to wait too long and, being a teacher with lots of teacher friends, we went for spring half-term.
We got married at St Anne-in-the-Grove Church in Southowram, our local village church, followed by a reception at The Arches at Dean Clough in Halifax. The first time we visited The Arches we fell in love with it! It is such a different venue, being an old Yorkshire mill, and we knew we could really make the space our own. The Arches has a very laid-back, rustic style, which suited us perfectly.
We would absolutely recommend the venue: Abby and Tabby at Mode for Events who coordinate weddings at The Arches were fantastic. They really helped us to make the day our own, from choosing our menus and drinks – including having my dad’s favourite beer on pump – to styling the venue and recommending suppliers. Nothing was too much trouble.
I love a bit of glitter, so our colour scheme was blush pink with lots of champagne gold glitter and touches of navy.
I wore a True Bride two-piece with a hi-low tulle skirt and a cropped embellished bodice with delicate beads and buttoned detailing. I chose the dress because it was completely different from anything I’d seen before and because it gave me the chance to buy some glittery Jimmy Choos as they’d be on show!
My bridesmaids wore dusky pink dresses from Showcase at Dorothy Perkins. They wore three different styles to suit them best but all in the same colour. Our flower girl wore a pink and gold glittery dress with a matching glittery headband and shoes, all from Monsoon.
Chris loves the cut of Next tailoring, so he chose a navy blue slim-fitting suit with a blush pink tie and tan shoes. The groomsmen all wore matching navy suits from Next with their own tan shoes.
We were delighted when Chris’s brother-in-law agreed to be our driver for the wedding, as he has a great black Land Rover Defender. He even borrowed a driver’s hat and decorated it for the occasion! It kept things really personal, too.
Our photographer was Kathryn Widdowson of Photography by Kathryn. We loved her style of photography and had a lovely pre-wedding shoot at Bolton Abbey to get to know her ahead of our big day. We would definitely recommend her; she’s fabulous!
My flowers were from a little florist called Graceful Lily’s in nearby Ripponden, who had done a friend’s wedding flowers too. I carried a loose, handtied bouquet including eucalyptus, pink and white roses and poppy seed heads. My bridesmaids carried smaller versions and my flower girl had a posy of pink gypsophila.
To decorate the reception room, we bought large bunches of flowers from our florist, to which we added flowers from my mum and dad’s garden. As a family team we dressed the scaffold board tables with scattered eucalyptus and roses, the church pew ends with bunches of gypsophila and ribbon, and my sister arranged a never-ending collection of small vases with mixed flowers to dress the room. We accompanied this with lots of candles in glittered jam jars, glass hurricane jars and chrome lanterns.
As little guest favours, I made pink and gold flags with each guest’s name on and stuck them into a Ferrero Rocher. We also had a ‘she likes/he likes’ table of our favourite sweet treats and handmade marshmallow pops.
For the cake, we chose a three-tiered semi-naked Victoria sponge decorated with edible gold leaf and berries and topped with a ‘Best Day Ever’ cake topper from Not On The High Street. The cake was made by Eat Me, Drink Me, the caterers at The Arches, and had so many comments for being so different and so stunning – it was exactly what we wanted.
The Arches were so flexible with their menus and we were delighted when they agreed to fish and chips and mushy peas for our wedding breakfast! This went with a ham hock or goat’s cheese tartlet starter and lemon tart for dessert, accompanied by Viognier. The evening food included plentiful pots of macaroni cheese and lamb massaman curry.
We were so lucky with our music. A friend through my work played trumpet throughout our church ceremony, including All You Need is Love by the Beatles as we signed the register. A former pupil, James Oliver, played guitar and sung during our reception welcome drinks and then we had the awesome Electric Idols live band, who I found online. They even played our first dance, Grow Old with Me, by Tom O’Dell, which was chosen by Chris and got everyone up dancing.
My mum made lots of special little touches for the wedding, including our pallet schedule for the day. She also made the Polaroid picture frame and props for our photo guestbook, which everyone enjoyed getting creative with! We also had ‘wedding bingo’ cards to entertain guests during the speeches, with a prosecco prize for the winner.
Looking back, we have so many favourite parts of the day! There was a moment in the evening when we stood together and watched everyone having an absolute ball on the dancefloor with the Electric Idols – from four-year-olds, to grandma and everyone in between. That was exactly what we wanted and was a great end to a magical day.
For our honeymoon, we will be going to New York this Christmas. I am a big Christmas fan and we both love Home Alone and want to visit the Rockefeller Christmas tree and go ice skating!
My top tip for other Brides Up North is to make the day your own. Don’t feel you have to do what everyone else has done (unless you want to, of course!) – it’s your day, so do what makes you happy.
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Aislinn has a background in journalism, having filled all manner of publishing roles from editor to copywriter to feature writer. She is a former wedding photographer who ran her own business with her husband Michael. Together, they have travelled as far as Australia to photograph a client’s wedding (and spent all their earnings on a campervan trip up the Aussie coast!). Aislinn left wedding photography behind to take on the biggest commitment of her life as mummy to her young son Tom. She has been a bride, bridesmaid and even best woman (she has the speech to prove it!), which is almost all angles covered!
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