August 2nd, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Beautiful bride Nichola brings our fairytale dreams to life in today’s real wedding, by arriving at the church in a gorgeous horse and carriage. But the magic doesn’t stop there – she and beau Phil, hosted their celebrations at the stunning Rise Hall in the East Riding of Yorkshire, decorated with the most captivating blooms, candles and fairy lights.
With travel at the heart of their wedding theme, there are lots of personal touches to admire – think Polaroid snaps, maps and luggage tags. As for the savoury table brimming with crisps, popcorn and pretzels, and the cocktail bar – this is a winning combination, if you ask us!
Other highlights include the homemade photo booth and quirky scratch card favours, but we’ll let Nichola share all the gorgeous details from their special day. Enjoy!
With images by Studio 41.
nichola says: We got engaged in Sutton in March 2015. We were supposed to be visiting New York – where Phil had originally planned to propose in Central Park – but I slipped a disc in my back a few months before, which required immediate surgery and meant I was unable to fly. Phil planned a quiet long weekend in the country instead where he ended up proposing, as his nerves couldn’t handle waiting until the following November when New York had been rebooked for!
We tied the knot on 6th May 2017. We knew we wanted a spring wedding as it is our favourite time of the year.
We got married at Rise Hall in the East Riding of Yorkshire. I always had Rise Hall in my mind when researching wedding venues but Phil had been unsure, as he had visited it years before when the renovations were just beginning. But as soon as we arrived we knew it was the perfect venue for us, we completely fell in love.
Our theme loosely revolved around travel, love and flowers. We based our table names on places we had visited, with a Polaroid of the two of us in that place on a mini easel. Our table plan was a map with luggage tags identifying each table. We had a restored vintage suitcase for cards. This suitcase was gifted to me from my beautiful bridesmaids who filled it with presents to make a wedding advent calendar, which I opened every morning leading up to the day. We had framed love quotes dotted around the venue accompanied by numerous jars filled with lavender and gypsophila. Our florist did a wonderful job of filling the rest of the house and church with the most beautiful floral arrangements.
Our colour scheme consisted of a soft palette of lavender, blush pink, soft blues and creams. We really loved the soft, romantic look this created.
I chose a Sottero & Midgley dress from Deborah Moore Bridalwear in Sutton. I must have visited at least ten shops before I went back to Deborah Moore and tried on the dress again that I, along with my mum and bridesmaid, had compared every other dress to! It was completely different to the dress I had imagined. I wouldn’t have even tried it on had Deborah not suggested it, so I am extremely grateful to her! My Manolo Blahniks completed my bridal ensemble and were a wedding gift from Phil.
Phil and the groomsmen chose Ted Baker suits from Slaters Menswear. We made the decision to buy the suits after not finding anything suitable to hire. It is something he and the groomsmen can wear again and again. The ties and pocket squares, meanwhile, were from Swagger & Swoon.
The bridal party and myself got ready at Rise Hall. Victoria Farr did my wedding makeup and she was absolutely wonderful. She did my makeup a few years prior when I was a bridesmaid and I knew then I wouldn’t want anyone else to do my makeup on my special day. Robyn Turnbull styled my hair. Robyn is my regular hairdresser and there wasn’t anyone else I would have wanted. Victoria and Robyn both made the morning such a joy.
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