June 11th, 2018 | Julia Braime
A wedding with a rubber duck theme – we’re talking the cutest cake toppers and favours – is not something we often see here at Brides Up North! But that’s the quirky and very personal touch from today’s charming nuptials in West Yorkshire – and it totally works!
After an oh so sweet proposal that involved an edible Haribo ring, Heather and Steve tied the knot last summer at their parish church and then celebrated with family and friends at the beautiful Mirfield Monastery. Just look at the stunning photos captured amidst the venue’s enchanting grounds and you’ll see why they fell head over heels for this divine space.
Other details you must pore over today include Heather’s pretty mermaid style wedding dress, a gorgeous teal colour scheme, a surprise cake, and a ska punk band, no less!
With images by Anna Wood Photography.
heather says: Steve proposed in his parents’ garage with a Haribo ring! Steve works for an amazing charity called Hand to Mouth that do journeys where each station explores a different aspect of Christianity. Steve decided to write his own about the Fruit of the Spirit and show me what he does for work. I didn’t know it was a proposal until I’d got to the last station (in the garage!) and he was down on one knee. I didn’t know what to do with the Haribo, so I ate it. Thankfully he had a spare (real) ring hidden away!
We got married on 22nd July 2017. It was the beginning of the summer holidays so made it easier for everyone.
Our ceremony was held at Kirkheaton Parish Church. It was the church Steve grew up at and the one we were both attending. It’s a beautiful church with even more beautiful people.
We hosted our reception at Mirfield Monastery. The hall was perfect for our small gathering and it had gorgeous grounds for our photographs. All the staff were amazing, and the food was delicious.
Steve collects rubber ducks so our reception had a slight rubber duck theme thanks to the favours and cake toppers. This was only at the reception though as we wanted a serious ceremony.
The main colour throughout our day was teal. My favourite colour is green and Steve’s is blue so we combined them. Teal also goes amazingly well with red hair!
I wore a mermaid style dress with detailed embroidery. I bought it from Elite Bridal Outlet. The staff were really lovely and there were lots of dresses to choose from! The dress gave me the ‘I’m getting married’ feeling and it made me feel beautiful. My hair was done by Gemma from The Vinery.
Steve wore a grey Moss Bros suit that he had previously worn as a best man. The bridesmaids, meanwhile, wore stunning teal dresses made by a close friend, and the groomsmen wore suits that matched Steve’s.
I travelled in my uncle’s fancy Jaguar to the wedding and then my granddad drove us to the reception.
Our photographer was Anna Wood. I would 100% recommend her. She is so friendly and really put us at ease throughout the day. Anna took stunning photographs, really highlighting the different colours, especially in the gardens at the Monastery. Looking through the photos after the wedding felt like we were reliving the day.
My bouquet was made up of a selection of wild flowers including daisies. The bridesmaids had similar ones from La Fleur.
The flower centrepieces matched my bouquet and my mum decorated some jam jars for them to go in. We kept the decoration pretty simple with teal table runners. We also turned the lids of the jars into little duck ponds.
The favours were tiny rubber ducks because Steve loves them. The guests really liked them too, squeaking them simultaneously when Steve gave his speech!
We didn’t know what our cake was going to be! A close friend made our cake and we told her to surprise us. We knew it was going to be white, with blue ribbon and a bride and groom rubber duck on top but, other than that, we left it up to her. It was a wonderful surprise to cut the cake and find her legendary brownie inside!
For the main wedding meal we had steak pie. There was a big pie on each table and lots of vegetables in a ‘help yourself’ style (it was best pie I’ve ever had). For dessert, we had a trio of puddings, including chocolate tarte, sticky toffee pudding and fruit parfait. The food was amazing.
As our entertainment, we had Ska House play in the evening. The band features some of our good friends and they are all excellent musicians. The music was amazing and people were commenting on it long after the wedding. They even threw in some Disney arrangements!
Following our wedding we would definitely recommend the Mirfield Monastery to other couples. The staff were amazing, especially as our families have a lot of dietary requirements. The grounds are beautiful for photographs and it was a good-sized space.
There were so many special moments from the day. I loved it when we met at the altar because the moment was finally here! We loved having our photos together in the evening because it was a great chance to see each other.
After the wedding, we went to an amazing cottage just outside Dundee, Scotland called Honeymoon Hideaway. Neither of us are great in the sun so it was the perfect destination. Apart from the car breaking down on the way and having a detour for a new tyre, the week we spent there was so relaxing. The hot tub was very well used and we did many of the walks recommended by the owners. We also had a delicious meal at Bridgeview Station Restaurant in the city centre.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is, remember why you are there. The most important thing, at the end of the day, is that you are married to your best friend. No one is going to remember that you spelt Hakuna Matata wrong in the order of service (oops!) or that the favours were the perfect distance from the flowers. Everyone is there to celebrate your marriage rather than your wedding.
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Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…
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