August 27th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Switching the north in place of an overseas destination, today’s featured couple, Steve and Keeley, left their Halifax home behind and headed across the pond to exchange their vows US style in the most iconic of American cities. From the getting-ready pictures against an unmistakeable backdrop of towering New York skyscrapers, to the bridesmaid dresses featuring the New York skyline on the skirt, everything about this wedding screams the Big Apple. If you’re going to have a destination wedding, might as well make it an epic one!
Steve and Keeley certainly made the most of their location, visiting famous landmarks like the Flatiron building and Grand Central Station to have their photographs taken and star in their own New York love story. After sunset, Keeley donned a pair of personalised Converse trainers and danced in Times Square for another unforgettable image to cherish.
They also took a slice of Huddersfield with them to New York, incorporating stars from the Huddersfield Town Crest into their theme and the Huddersfield Town blue, which Steve sports proudly in his handmade suit. At the end of the trip, the guests headed home with their own, personalised New York wine charms made by Keeley as a lovely memento of a day that will no doubt be etched on their memories for many years to come. Tell us more, Keeley…
With images by Photogenick.
keeley says: Steve proposed to me at home after a lovely cooked meal with our favourite band The Drums, playing in the background, who are from New York.
We got married on 29th June 2018. This was our anniversary date of when we got together.
We had our ceremony at the Marriage Bureau, New York City. Our reception was at Sarabeth’s Tribeca in New York. We chose New York because it is a magical city that holds a lot of ties for us: we went there for our first long haul holiday, our favourite band is from there and it’s just a beautiful city. We would definitely recommend the venue if another couple wanted to travel all that way. We were made to feel special and very well informed; even though we were miles away from the venue, they were excellent at communication and provided a great service.
Our theme was Huddersfield Town/Three Stars and New York. Steve is a massive Huddersfield Town fan; he has been attending games since he was two-years-old with his father. I love stars and when I found out Steve has a three-star tattoo on his arm in homage to the three stars on the Huddersfield Town Crest, we knew our stars had aligned and we were meant to be together.
Our colour scheme was blue, for Huddersfield Town, with the bridesmaid dresses being navy blue with the New York skyline on and featuring a yellow waistband, which matched the yellow sunflowers. The bridesmaids’ dresses were from a shop online called Lindy Bop.
When it came to choosing my dress, I used to dance when I was younger and anything floaty and netted I love. When I tried my dress on, I knew it was the one to twirl in. It is a Watters Wtoo design.
I also had a pair of Converse trainers on which I ironed the date of the wedding, the place and our logo – K&S with three stars – in vinyl.
My hair was done by my chief bridesmaid’s mum, Paula, and I did my makeup myself.
May 9th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
The city of York provides the backdrop to today’s gorgeous rustic wedding, with Rachel and Jonathan’s big day perfectly reminding us that saying ‘I do’ in the autumn months can be a very pretty affair indeed.
After exchanging vows at the quaintest of churches, the newlyweds then celebrated with family and friends in the 14th Century Hospitium – a two-storey listed building situated within the stunning York Museum Gardens. This is such an idyllic setting – think stone walls, wooden beams and magical ruins – that paired beautifully with the couple’s vision for a rustic themed wedding dressed abundantly with flowers and plush greenery to create a dreamy enchanted forest vibe.
Hessian, gypsophila, ivy, hurricane lanterns and brown Kraft paper blend to create all the natural feels, with the bride getting crafty in the lead up to her big day, creating her own order of service, invitations, menu place cards and table plan. And if there’s ever a time to exploit the cake maker in the family then this would be it – and their stunning four-tiered creation (made with more than 2kg of chocolate ganache!) doesn’t disappoint! We’ll pass the blog over to Rachel to fill us in on all the exquisite details…
With images by Photogenick.
rachel says: Having been together for five years and talked about our future, it felt like a proposal was imminent. When Jonathan surprised me with a romantic holiday to Rome I, as well as all my friends and family, thought ‘this is it’. However, the holiday, which was amazing, came to an end and there was no ring. Over the next year Jonathan kept surprising me with romantic trips away and meals out and each time I would think it would happen but, alas, I was still without a ring.
Then one Wednesday night, on 12th February 2015, I finished a long shift at work and came home very tired and cranky. I had bought Jonathan a magazine on my way home and said to him ‘oh, I’ve got you this’ and gave it to him. He then said ‘I’ve got you something too, close your eyes’, which I did and then when I opened them – he was there with the ring! I burst into tears and didn’t stop crying happy tears for the rest of the night. It was a complete surprise and so special. We celebrated with an Indian takeaway!
We got married on 30th September 2017. I have close family in Australia, so it was very important that they could come to the wedding. That narrowed it down to the end of April or September. We decided on the latter as Museum Gardens, our chosen venue, begins to turn autumnal at this time and we loved the idea of all the autumnal colours of the trees and plants.
Jonathan and I both come from Christian backgrounds and it was important to both of us that we were married in a church. We are lucky as our Parish Church, St Olaves, is stunning. My granddad is a church minister and was able to play a big part in the service and it was so special to have him up there with us. And, unbeknown to us at the time, we had picked the same three hymns that my grandparents had at their wedding. They have just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary so hopefully we will follow in their footsteps.
Our reception was at The Hospitium in York Museum Gardens. The first summer we got together, we would often meet there and sit in the gorgeous gardens in the sunshine getting to know each other. It was always a special place for us. When we were thinking about wedding venues it was the first place we both thought of. We both love York and its history, so to have a wedding in such a historical and meaningful place was a dream come true. We also loved the two different feels you get in the venue with the more rustic, barn feeling upstairs with the beams and wooden flooring, then the stone pillars and ruins of the downstairs.
The theme was rustic elegance. We wanted lots of greenery, with flowers as the main decoration. In particular, lots of trailing ivy to create the feeling of being in an enchanted woodland. The Hospitium is so beautiful, we knew we wanted to work with the building using candles and greenery to enhance the setting. The stationery and finishings were in brown Kraft, with hessian and twine to pull together the rustic feel.
To tie in with the theme, we kept the colour palette for the wedding fairly neutral. The bridesmaids wore different shades of dusky pink and the men had dusky pink ties and pocket squares. This brought some warmth whilst maintaining the overall rustic theme.
February 27th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
As always, we’re setting our compass to ‘up north’, but we’re skipping across the Irish Sea this time to this stunning autumnal wedding in County Wicklow that has all the countryside feels.
Roisin and PJ tied the knot last year at the supremely sophisticated Tinakilly Country House in Ireland, described as a Victorian mansion by the sea. The venue has the most exquisite of backdrops to match its fabulous location. And – perfect for guests flying in from England – the venue is a mere 45-minutes from Dublin.
Unusually for our couple, their colour scheme centred on the groom’s brown tweed suit – a refreshing change from the bridesmaids’ dresses taking the lead! They decided to pair this earthy shade (perfect for their country setting, if we do say so ourselves) with the most gorgeous of purple tones that really pops against the pared back setting.
Tying in with this colour palette, the floral arrangements consisted of beautiful purple blooms and white orchids – and as you’ll see, this created the dreamiest of surroundings for a truly elegant look.
If you’re in the throes of planning your very own country wedding, we think you might be borrowing some of the wonderful details from Roisin and PJ’s special day. Read on for all the inspo!
With images by Photogenick
roisin says: We got engaged on New Year’s Eve while in Sydney, Australia. We were on a rooftop watching the fireworks and then PJ got down on one knee.
We tied the knot on 14th October 2017. It was two weeks after PJ’s birthday and two weeks before mine. It also coordinated well with my work commitments of year-end!
We got married at Tinakilly Country House in County Wicklow, Ireland. It wasn’t too far from where our parents are from. Plus, our English guests could conveniently get to the venue from Dublin airport!
We didn’t have a particular theme or style, although we knew we wanted brown tweed suits and used this as the basis for our brown and purple colour scheme. Purple is our favourite colour and combined with the brown suits – we thought these shades worked well for autumn.
My embellished A-Line dress was purchased from The Bridal Suite in West Bridgford, Nottingham. I chose this particular dress mainly because I wanted a gown with pockets! The bridal shop is run by twin sisters who are so nice and friendly, and they didn’t apply pressure unlike some of the other shops I visited.
The groomsmen wore the same suits but with plain purple ties, also from Slaters. As for my bridesmaids; they wore light gold dresses from Jenny Packham at Debenhams.
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