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hessian & hearts. a diy wedding in west yorkshire – tatum & steve

August 3rd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A DIY Wedding at Oakwell Hall (c) Matt Thompson Photography (30)

While for some brides there is nothing better than a ‘ready-made’ venue that requires minimal décor and details, others want to go all out on the creative touches for their big day.

Tatum, the star of today’s real wedding, falls into the latter category, for she craved a blank space to transform into the perfect setting for her and beau Steve’s rustic celebrations. And transform she did, filling a beautiful barn in West Yorkshire with tree slices, hessian and lace covered jars, decorative wooden pallets and beautiful blooms galore!

In line with her dream of a relaxed, rural big day, Tatum switched a traditional sit-down wedding breakfast in place of a fish and chip supper and treated guests to outdoor games, live entertainment, a quirky photo booth and beautifully presented sweet cart.

So, ladies, if you’re dotty for details, prepare to be inspired…

With images by Matt Thompson Photography

A DIY Wedding at Oakwell Hall (c) Matt Thompson Photography (32)

tatum says: We got engaged on 27th December 2014, at Burton in Lonsdale. We had planned a child-free weekend away in a cottage. Steve made the whole place look lovely with candles everywhere making a path to the sofa where a little parcel was waiting – it was a lovely photo album of our happy memories the final photo was my ring! I said yes!

A DIY Wedding at Oakwell Hall (c) Matt Thompson Photography (26)

Our wedding was on 23rd September 2016, at Oakwell Hall, West Yorkshire, which is a museum and barn. We wanted to get married somewhere we could do everything ourselves without being dictated to about food etc. I love organising so Oakwell’s barn was ideal. It was the one and only venue we looked at and I knew it was perfect straight away.

We had a rustic themed wedding. Everyone has their perfect wedding in their head and it’s always been what I had in mind.

We chose a grey colour scheme as this seemed to go nicely with the flowers, and my bridesmaids were all happy with the colour choice too.

A DIY Wedding at Oakwell Hall (c) Matt Thompson Photography (22)

I am very fussy when it comes to choosing clothes so I spent ages trying on wedding dresses and just didn’t like anything I liked. I was starting to feel really disheartened. My last boutique booking was at Mia Sposa in Huddersfield – we were warmly welcomed by the staff and was told to have a look around and pick out some dressed I’d like to try. I went straight to ‘the dress’ I was told that dress was only there for the weekend for a designer event – I fell in love as soon as I put it on. My dress was ivory sweetheart-neck, lace topped design with a tulle skirt.

Steve wore a navy blue suit with a checked tweed waistcoat and tie from Antich & Sons, in Huddersfield. The groomsmen wore the same suits as Steve but with navy waistcoats and a tweed tie.

My bridesmaids wore grey dresses from an online shop that were altered to perfection at Mia Sposa.

A DIY Wedding at Oakwell Hall (c) Matt Thompson Photography (20)

On the day of the wedding my dad and I travelled to the venue in a black baby Bentley.

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