Ladies you’re in for an absolute treat today as this morning’s real wedding is brimming with pretty inspiration to take note of.
After tying the knot during a traditional church ceremony, Emma, Jamie and their wedding guests carried on the celebrations in an elegantly styled marquee, pitched in the bride’s parents’ garden.
We adore the pretty pastel colour scheme and in particular the maids’ muted coloured dresses and the a-maz-ing flowers created by Emma’s talented mum.
Top of our swoon-list though has to be the bride’s stunning bespoke gown, made by British designer Emma Hunt.
With images by Nicola Denby Photography.
emma says: We got engaged in February 2014 in Dubai. Jamie had planned a surprise holiday during half term and I didn’t know where we were going until the day we were leaving, which also happened to be my birthday! On our first night in Dubai we went out for dinner at a beautiful restaurant overlooking the Dubai Fountain. When we got back to the hotel room, Jamie got down on one knee and presented me with a gorgeous vintage style diamond ring and asked me to marry him. I said yes then burst into tears before calling our families to tell them the exciting news! Weeks before our engagement, I’d pointed out the style of ring I liked and Jamie had remembered and had a similar ring made especially for me!
We got married on 11th July 2015. As a teacher, I knew I wanted the wedding to be in the summer holidays so I could have some time before the wedding to do any last minute preparations and so we would have time to go off on our honeymoon afterwards. It worked perfectly and we were really lucky with the British weather!
We got married at All Saints’ Church, Ripley in North Yorkshire. Jamie is from Winchester and I grew up near Harrogate and for the last 15 years my parents have lived in their beautiful home near Ripley. It’s a lovely village and the church is stunning. We knew straight away that it would be where we would hold our wedding.
We held the reception at my parents’ home which, as it turns out, lends itself perfectly as a wedding venue! It has super views over Harrogate with plenty of space for a marquee, drinks reception and even a bar in the stable! I had dreamt of having my wedding at home and it was just what we both wanted.
We didn’t really have a particular theme but our wedding was quite traditional in many ways, with a country/vintage twist. We wanted to make it personal and we added lots of finishing touches to make it unique.
We chose a colour scheme of soft pinks and greys to go with our country garden theme. We didn’t want any bright colours, just wanted subtle and pretty tones that were appropriate for the time of year.
My dress was a bespoke design by Emma Hunt, who is a designer based in Wimbledon. Her designs are very elegant and timeless and they incorporate beautiful lace and flowing silk. She totally understood the type of dress I wanted and she has such a personal approach. She went out of her way to make sure the dress was perfect! ‘Exquisite’ was a word used by many guests on the day to describe it. So much time and effort went into making it the dream wedding dress and I loved working with Emma from start to finish. Emma also made my veil which was full length and had a delicate lace trim around the edge.
What made the experience really special was that my mum had her mother-of-the-bride dress made by Emma too. Emma has launched a Little Black Dress Collection and my mum chose one of her designs which she had made in a beautiful navy lace.
To complete my look I had a hair piece made by Gillian Million, who is based in Teddington. It was very simple, made of tiny pearls. Gillian also made pearl bracelets as gifts for the bridesmaids and my flower girl.
I wore shoes by Jimmy Choo, which were amazing. I went for a glittery, champagne coloured design with a low heel, which meant I survived the whole day.
My something old and borrowed was a diamond ring lent to me by my granny, my something blue was another ring which has a beautiful sapphire in it that belonged to my other granny and my something new was my dress.
On the day of the wedding Louise, from Yorkshire Bridal Hair, did a fabulous job of mine, my mum’s and my bridesmiads’ hair. One of my old school friends Lottie, from Charlotte Jayne Beauty, then did our beautiful make-up.
Jamie wore traditional morning dress made by Simon Dowling Bespoke based in Reading, with a fantastic baby blue waistcoat. His shoes came from Charles Tyrwhitt and he wore a pale pink tie from there too. The best man and ushers also wore traditional morning dress with grey waistcoats and pink ties from Charles Tyrwhitt.
The bridesmaids all wore floor length custom made dresses in dove grey from Maids to Measure. They all had a different neckline to personalise each dress. They were beautiful! We had so much fun visiting the Maids to Measure studios and deciding on styles and colours.
My flower girl, Cecily, wore a pretty cream coloured dress from I Love Gorgeous. Their designs are lovely and very much suited our vintage twist. My mum made her a hairband with little roses on which looked beautiful.
To transport us to the venue we hired a gorgeous navy blue Beauford Tourer car from Aquarius Cars, who are based near Ripon. We also hired their matching Range Rover to transport the bridesmaids! They provided an excellent service and I don’t think we have ever seen such immaculately clean cars!
Yorkshire Heritage Buses then provided us with a fabulous old double decker bus to transport our guests from their hotels to the church service.
Our photographer was Niki from Nicola Denby Photography. We would highly recommend her. We weren’t keen to have lots of posed group photos and Niki totally understood this and captured everyone in a more informal, relaxed way. She didn’t drag us off for hours to take our photos but she was quick and efficient so we didn’t miss out on enjoying our wedding!
We also had a videographer, Ryan from Mulhern Media, who was fantastic and so efficient. We have just received the full film of the day and we absolutely love it and feel like we are reliving the whole day when we watch it. We would highly recommend him as he is professional and very talented at making super wedding films.
My mum has her own business creating wedding flowers, Friday Flowers, so we chose all the flowers together. We spent many an hour sitting down for ‘flower meetings’ to decide on the particular rose we would use or exactly what we would put in the big grey urns to go in the church.
My bouquet was a combination of David Austin Keira roses, bombastic spray roses and Lily of the Valley. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of sweet avalanche roses and eucalyptus. Cecily, my flower girl, had a pomander of bombastic spray roses. The grooms party all had button holes with white roses for Yorkshire!
The flowers in the church were a mix of vintage pink hydrangea, delphiniums and astrantia with a selection of roses in big, pale grey urns and vintage buckets. On the pew ends we had tulle and ribbon bows with pale pink roses. We had a beautiful arch of flowers over the church door and we also had another arch of flowers at home leading in to the field where the marquee was situated.
On the reception tables, we had cream, vintage style urns filled with the most beautiful mix of pale pink roses with rosemary and mint grown in my parent’s garden!
To decorate we used some lovely ivory lace bunting which we bought off eBay. We put it in the ceiling of the marquee with rows of fairy lights. We lit Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin candles in the marquee, which we also had burning in the church before the service.
We put up rows of fairy lights inside the barn and also in the courtyard, which were supplied by Lights4fun who are based in Harrogate.
For our seating plan, we had the plan for each table printed onto thick, white card which we then attached to sticks. We then ordered a personalised wooden crate from Plantabox which we planted some hydrangeas in before sticking the table plan sticks into it.
I ordered loads of grey luggage tags from the Wedding in a Teacup website to do the name places for the tables. I then ordered alphabet letter stamps and individually (and painstakingly) stamped out each letter of each and every name onto the tags! This might seem crazy but it was this kind of personalisation and attention to detail that was really important to us.
We gave all our guests favours made by Jamali Annay in Knaresborough. They made ceramic hearts for us with our initials and the date on as a memento of our special day.
Our wedding cake came from Bettys. We are huge fans of Bettys and my sister (and maid of honour) used to work for them. She arranged a fabulous cake tasting and it was an obvious choice for us to have our wedding cake from there. We chose a vintage style four tier cake made up of different flavours – a traditional fruit cake, Victoria sponge and Chocolate Genoese.
As Jamie loves cheese (a lot!) we also had a cheese cake from The Cheeseboard in Harrogate. It proved very popular later in the evening when our guests were feeling a big hungry after all the dancing!
We chose the Dusty Miller Caterers to provide the food and they really were outstanding. They listened to everything we asked and they went out of their way to make sure everything was just perfect on the day. We chose a range of canapes, which were amazing. The wedding breakfast consisted of a smoked salmon parcel with a lime, cucumber and basil sorbet which was amazing! Followed by fillet of beef for the main course and a trio of desserts to finish.
We arranged all our music for the wedding day through Chris Hilton of The Event Music Company. Chris was very patient throughout with our numerous requests for particular songs. During the church service and drinks reception we had Trio Vivo playing which was made up of a piano, violin and cello. During the service they played a wonderful rendition of our favourite Adele and Snow Patrol songs. Then back at the reception, they were amazing and played a range of our favourite songs. Later we had Chris Hilton’s Little Big Band who were just amazing and managed to get everyone up and dancing!
Looking back my favourite bits of the day were when we sat down for the wedding breakfast and we could sit and have a moment to take everything in. We loved looking around the marquee and seeing how much all our guests were enjoying the day.
We went on honeymoon to Australia for three weeks. Neither of us had been before but we had always wanted to go so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. We flew to Sydney which we absolutely loved. We spent time exploring the city and loved seeing the Sydney Opera House and we walked over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. We then headed to Brisbane – a definite highlight for me was cuddling a Koala at the sanctuary just outside of the city. Then we hired a car and travelled up some of the East Coast. Our first stop was Noosa, then Byron Bay and our last stop was Hayman Island in the Whitsundays, near the Great Barrier Reef! It was the most incredible and unforgettable experience. We booked our honeymoon through Turquoise Holidays, who were incredibly helpful and they really did plan the most wonderful honeymoon for us!
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to enjoy the planning process, it goes by so quickly and suddenly it’s over! We enjoyed the majority of the planning and even when things don’t go to plan on the day it’s important to realise that nobody will notice and to just enjoy the day! We are glad we had the day filmed and we would highly recommend doing so as it means you can relive the day as many times as you like.