When we first saw the images of Ellie and Dan’s wedding we were totally bowled over by their choice of venue for the ceremony – the amazing Beverley Minster. Talk about stunning! We love its impressive stained-glass windows and stone pillars.
Following their grand ceremony setting Ellie, Dan and their guests enjoyed a relaxed reception in the Walled Garden at Bishop Burton College and managed to bring the outdoors in, with the use of beautiful botanical décor and arrangements.
With images by Carly Bevan Photography.
ellie says: Dan proposed on my birthday in October 2014 – it was a complete surprise. We’ve been together seven years, but he managed to keep it completely secret!
We set the date for 24th October 2015. Dan is a farmer so is busy working all summer and we wanted to enjoy the planning and the run up as well as the day itself. We got married in Beverley Minster, East Yorkshire, as we lived in Beverley in our first house before moving to the farm, and held our marquee reception in the Walled Garden at Bishop Burton College. We were very lucky to be able to use the Walled Gardens, as my parents live at the college, and it meant a lot to be able to be somewhere that meant such a lot for our special day. Everyone who got involved at the college were fantastic and went above and beyond in making our day such a success, and stress free!
We didn’t really have a theme as such but the overall design of the wedding came from our invitations. We wanted to include all of the things that are important to us both, and all the other aspects of the day just fell into place from there. The marquee was set up in beautiful gardens and we wanted to bring the garden through into the marquee with lots of greenery, but also to keep it relaxed with lots of fairy light and subtle candles. I spent a lot of time getting ideas from Pinterest!
As I always wanted my bridesmaids to wear navy blue and it’s my favourite colour, we went for mainly navy colour scheme with a touch of gold mixed in too.
I tried on a lot of dresses but fell in love with mine as soon as I put it on. I bought it from Deborah Moore Bridal Wear in Hessle, and I can’t recommend them highly enough. We also got the bridesmaids’ dresses from there too, and they were fantastic to deal with from the first appointment to picking the dresses up a few days before the wedding. My dress was by Maggie Sottero and called Nora. I wore a cathedral length veil and bolero to match. I wanted shoes that I would wear again so bought some very sparkly peep-toes from Kurt Geiger.
Dan wanted to wear tails, so we hired the suits from Alec Hall in Driffield. The groomsmen all wore the same: navy tails, ivory waistcoat and a blue tie to match the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses.
The bridesmaids’ dresses were from the Ebony Rose collection, in Indigo Satin.
My dad was in charge of the wedding cars! As much as I love my farmer, I didn’t want to arrive at church in a tractor so we booked three cars to get four bridesmaids, my mum, me and my dad to the church, and then two cars for Dan and I and my mum and dad to get to the reception. The bridesmaids all jumped in with their other halves to get to the reception.
Carly Bevan was our photographer. She photographed my friend’s wedding and we both loved her style of photography. Carly was the first person we spoke to when we started planning the wedding and we booked her as soon as we had a date. We absolutely love all our photos, and she was an absolute star in keeping us all on track so our day ran smoothly, and managing to get all the photos that we wanted.
Donna Carley did all the bridal party flowers, the boys’ button holes and pulled the whole décor together as she also is an event stylist. My bouquet included ivory roses and Scottish thistles as well as other ivory flowers. The bridesmaids had smaller versions of my bouquet.
Donna did a lot of the overall styling for the reception, with help from the floristry department at Bishop Burton College. We used gold candelabras for centre pieces with floral arrangements at the top and a lot of candles. The same flowers were used throughout, and large displays were used to fill any empty space in the marquee, in large urns and also metal frames covered in foliage. It really gave the impression of bringing the gardens into the marquee.
We sourced a lot of our finishing touches from H2B Wedding & Event Hire, including the large light up love letters, lots of candles, a dancefloor rules sign and large frame for our table plan. We also used a confetti cannon during our first dance, which was awesome! They were brilliant to deal with from initial booking to setting everything up just as we wanted, and gave us some really useful wedding planning advice too!
We bought pashminas in navy and gold and tied them to the back of the chairs to double up as chair covers and favours. They had a tag on them asking for guests to take them home with them and we only had about ten left the next day! We didn’t want to spend a lot of money on favours that people left on the tables, so having something that did a job worked really well for us.
We had a traditional fruit wedding cake made by my godmother. It was iced in ivory, with ivory roses also made out of icing and gold ribbon to decorate. It looked amazing and tasted delicious!
We used the college’s catering department for our wedding breakfast – they did an amazing job. We’ve had so many comments about how good the food was. We opted for a selection of canapes rather than a starter as we got married quite early and were conscious that people would be hungry after we came out of church. For main course we had fillet of beef with roast potatoes and winter vegetables, and for pudding we had sticky toffee pudding and custard. In the evening we had a hog roast and a small buffet, including a cheese tower.
As entertainment during the arrival drinks and meal we had a jazz band that played all sorts of music. In fact they were having such a good time they played for an hour longer than we booked and didn’t want to leave! We had a band for the evening reception too, as it was really important to us that people had a good time dancing the night away. We booked The Retrofits as we’d both heard them play at other events we’d been to. We’d definitely recommend them. We also had Trackback Disco to DJ in-between sets.
In addition, we booked the Yorkshire Party Booth to entertain guests after the meal and for the start of the night do. It was so popular with everyone. We had them for three hours and they put an album together for us on the night, and then posted us digital copies of all the images from the night. It is hilarious and a brilliant way to capture all guests letting their hair down!
Dan’s says his favourite part of the day was seeing me walk down the aisle towards him, and mine was getting to the top and him saying “wow”. Our first dance was also really special.
We went to America on honeymoon, and travelled to Hawaii, Las Vegas and New York. We didn’t want to come home!
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be not to stress too much about following a specific theme. As long as the day is everything you both want, it really doesn’t matter. Even the most random ideas all come together in the end!