Molly & Joel’s big day was full of love, laughter, bloomin’ beautiful florals, dreamy romantic detailing… and a very, very fabulous pair of somethings blue. Be inspired!
Molly says: We got engaged by the River Thames in November 2011, and were married on 25th May 2013 at Waterton Park Hotel in Wakefield.
For the venue, we wanted to be on the water and Waterton Park has a huge lake almost surrounding it and a gorgeous bridge over the lake. The whole place and gardens were so beautiful.
We chose to use all the ‘icecream’ colours, so together it looked very vintage. Creams, duck egg blue, light green, dusky pink and caramels and lots of lace.
My gown was all lace with a sweetheart neckline, again very vintage and I wore it with a birdcage which went perfectly. It was by Justin Alexander and from Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden, an amazing wedding dress shop. I wore light blue heels from Faith, again very vintage, it was my something blue!
I used Helen Claire for my make up, she was amazing, I loved it.
For the flowers, we used a lady called Tanya Sumner, she was so reasonable and did a fabulous job, exactly what I wanted. I carried a bouquet of sweet avalanche roses.
My bridesmaids all wore different colours, the chief bridesmaid was in light green, then one in duck egg, one in dusky pink, one in caramel and my little girl in ivory like me. They were sweetheart neckline 1960’s dress with lace around the middle, made from scratch as I had an idea in my head and couldn’t find anything anywhere. We had two best men and eight ushers so we divided the colours of the bridesmaids and they had that colour cravat. The suits were hired from Moss Bros.
We had up and coming star Lucy Zirins singing Eva Cassidy’s Songbird while I walked down the aisle, it was just beautiful.
The ceremony was very emotional and beautiful after being together for 17 years!
My photographer Laura Calderwood was simply outstanding. She captured our day perfectly.
For a good year I, my sister, my best friend and my mum collected cups and saucers, jugs, teapots from charity shops and these were all used for the centre pieces. In the reception room I scattered petals across the tables and the sashes on the chairs alternated from lace to ivory.
Along with the china ware that we collected, we also collected sweet jars and I did my own sweet shop. I ordered the sweets online, along with the sweet bags and various other things and with the help of my sister it looked wonderful on the day and everyone loved it.
For my chair covers and sashes which were beautiful I used Cushty Covers, Val the owner was the nicest woman I have ever met!
I hired cake stands for the centre pieces which were filled with flowers from Add Vintage in Leeds,
We chose a four tier cake which was white with ivory iced henna on top so it was made to look like lace. A lady called Zarina Akhtar in Headingley made it, it was stunning and so delicious.
For favours, we had cupcakes in ivory with edible pearls and lace cases by Louise Morgan.
The speeches were brilliant.
For our evening entertainment a DJ was included in the price, we played lots of 80’s music and some 60’s too. Our first dance was to Stand By Me.
After the wedding, we honeymooned in Rivera Maya, Mexico. It was magical.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute because it goes so fast. I got given some brilliant advice before the day and I’m so grateful for it – don’t worry about going round and speaking to everyone, just enjoy it, people will come to you. And don’t stress, I was so relaxed in the morning and some couldn’t believe it but I wanted to enjoy the whole lead up to it wedding and I really did.
Congratulations Molly & Joel!