June 22nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Ending the week on a high, we’re welcoming Abigail and Ashley to the blog to share the details of their super well-organised big day. Taking place on Easter Monday earlier this year, they exchanged vows at the bride’s quaint village church before celebrating with family and friends at The Millhouse Restaurant in Skidby, East Yorkshire.
Breaking with convention, the bride fell in love with a skirt while out wedding dress shopping…and decided to team this with a blue bridesmaid gown underneath, creating the illusion of a top. But crucially, doubling up as a party dress for later in the evening!
And this wasn’t the only thing that the couple did a little differently. Their colour scheme was in fact the theme for their big day, as they asked all their guests to dress in blue grey and silver. That would certainly help whittle down the eternal wedding guest dilemma of, what do I wear to the wedding?!
Well, it’s time to find out, as we hand the blog over to Abigail to talk us through all the fabulous highlights and explain why, despite the torrential rain, they were both simply “made up” when it came to their photography from their special day.
If you too love the look of Abigail & Ashley’s stunning wedding images taken by our fabulous Sponsor Ed of Silver Sixpence Film and Video, then you’ll want to make note of this exclusive Brides Up North reader offer: To celebrate the launch of the photography side of Silver Sixpence Film and Photo, Ed is offering a full day’s wedding photography for just £695 for weddings in 2018*. This includes all images delivered on USB or download and via digital viewing gallery. Bookings must be made before September 2018, so if you’re still on the hunt for a photographer, be sure to enquire promptly to take advantage of this fantastic offer.
Now, over to Abigail…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Silver Sixpence Film and Photo.
abigail says: We got engaged on Sunday 27th November 2016 at 4am in the morning as we set off for a couple of nights in London. It nearly killed me as I couldn’t phone anyone till at least 7am because it was so early!
Our wedding date was 2nd April 2018, Easter Monday. Ashley is a teacher and we wanted the wedding to be during the school holidays and Easter Monday was all that was available at our chosen venue.
Our ceremony took place at midday at Leven Holy Trinity Church. Leven is the village I grew up in and the church was where my mum and dad got married, and where my sisters and I were christened. From there, we spent the afternoon and evening at The Millhouse Restaurant. We chose this venue as it was simplistic and bright, and the food is incredible – we knew we would be well looked after there.
Our theme was blue grey and silver and we asked all 102-day guests and our 175 evening guests to come dressed in those colours. The reason? I have been a bridesmaid nine times and couldn’t possibly choose between all my beautiful friends and sisters, so we decided to make the whole wedding party feel involved. I also had a blue and white dress rather than the traditional white.
Dress shopping was hell for me as I knew I wanted something a little different but wasn’t sure what! I ended up going to 14 dress shops, and my mum and me had a mix of good and bad experiences. I’ve always been known as a bargain hunter and totally refused to spend over £800 for my whole outfit, so obviously that was proving to be difficult.
Finally, we found Wed2b in Hull, and right there on the mannequin was this incredible skirt, I knew right then I had to have it! It was just a case of finding the right top half. Mum had the idea of me wearing a short dress underneath so on the night I would be freed up for dancing the night away. My blue dress is a bridesmaid dress from Samantha’s Boutique on Chanterlands Avenue, Hull, and I literally wore the skirt over the top with my beautiful belt which was £12 from eBay. My outfit – including alterations and shoes – came in at under £500.
Ashleigh wore a lovely blue suit with a check from Moss Bros and the groomsmen got their suits from there too. My flower girls wore dresses from Vertbaudet and the outfits for the page boys were purchased from Roco Clothing.
I’m a hairdresser so did my own hair and all the flower girls too, and I did my own makeup.
Our wonderful photographer was Ed Hall from Silver Sixpence Film and Photo. It was torrential rain all day long, but despite that, Ed captured the most beautiful natural shots of the whole day – I was absolutely made up. We barely knew he was there as he was so discreet, I couldn’t recommend him enough.
We hired Sam Conner from Black Kioti Film to film the wedding, again he was incredible and such a nice friendly guy. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched my film.
I had a beautiful bouquet from Susan Haigh at Flower Style in Driffield, along with 33 button holes and corsages. At the reception we had huge candelabras with the most amazing flower displays in the middle.
We gave key-rings to our guests as favours so that people could fill them with a photographic memory from our photo booth, which was supplied by Giggle Booth.
We had a four-tier cake decorated in plain white icing from M&S, consisting of fruit, sponge, chocolate and lemon layers.
For our wedding breakfast, we just chose a selection from the menu at The Millhouse. We had fishcakes to start, followed by chicken and then flapjacks with brandy snap baskets. We also had a buffet in the evening and the food was to die for.
As entertainment, we booked a band called Big Me from Bridlington and all I can say is wow, what a night we had with them! They allowed us to get on the microphone and play instruments with them – and if we had more time, I’m sure they would have played another four-hour set!
Following our wedding we would 100% recommend The Millhouse as a venue to other couples. They offer so many different amazing packages; it was just so easy with them and the food is so good. It was just everything I hoped and wished for and everyone seemed to have an amazing time and that’s all that mattered to us.
We are honeymooning in Orlando in July – it’s our favourite place on the planet, as we’re big kids at heart.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is, be organised in the early stages, even down to taking labels and tickets off the suits and dresses and organising confetti. I just kept things extremely simple so that it meant I had zero stress for the six-week run up to the big day and even the few days before; I’ve never been so chilled in my life. Organisation is the key. I did things little and often and like I say, six weeks prior, I was cool as a cucumber as literally everything was done.
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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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