There’s no better way to lift your spirits at this mid-week point than by sharing this absolutely delicious real wedding with you.
Keen to make their wedding day a reflection of their personalities, today’s bride and groom planned a traditional church wedding followed by a relaxed tipi reception at the bride’s parents’ house.
We adore both the rustic and bohemian touches, particularly the fashion-forward attire worn by the happy couple as well as the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Pushing the style stakes sky-high guys!
Images by Photogenick Photography.
emily says: We got engaged in September 2015. Kingsley convinced me to take the dog for a walk with him at dusk. We arrived at a spot in the woods above our house which overlooks the whole village. Kingsley had laid out candles in jars but I still didn’t cotton on as to what was happening until he got down on one knee – then there were lots of tears!
We set the date for 21st May 2016. Kingsley plays professional football and his off season is May to June so a spring wedding was a no-brainer for us. I love all the wild flowers and blossom around that time of year too so I knew it would make a beautiful setting.
Our wedding ceremony took place at our small local church, which is surrounded by strawberry fields, in Ryther, North Yorkshire. It is just down the road from my parents’ house which is where we had the reception. We hired three big Papakata tipis and had them on the land around the back of my mum and dad’s farmhouse. We wanted a low key and relaxed day and for everyone to feel welcome at our family home.
We had a whole medley of themes for the day – rustic, festival, bohemian. My bridal look was very bohemian to reflect my everyday style. Kingsley and the groomsmen had a rustic look as they wore tweed, though the relaxed the look a bit by wearing skinny jeans, which was very them.
We didn’t have a colour scheme as such, it was just very relaxed so anything went. Everything in the tipi was very rustic coloured and natural. My bridesmaids however were in red watercolour poppy dresses, which a lot of people said was a bold choice, but I wanted them to look kick ass and to really make an impact.
My mum made by wedding dress by hand. She’s a very talented seamstress in her past time and I felt honoured to have her sew for me. I designed the whole thing by sketch and she brought it to life. We bought Italian lace from Soho for the sleeves and a piece of vintage lace from a local car boot for the lace insert in the front of my V-neck and used the rest to make a vintage dolly bag for my lippy!
Kingsley wore a Herringbone tweed waistcoat and jacket in a grey colour from Next. The tie he wore was a Superdry one in a lovely checked green. He wore black skinny jeans to finish off the look, along with brown suede brogues and a brown belt. I also bought him a hand stamped tie clip with his initials on to wear on the day. The groomsmen wore the same as Kingsley but to avoid them looking to uniformed he asked them to pick their own colour tweed to wear.
The bridesmaid dresses were made by my talented granny, who is also a seamstress. They were long maxi dresses in red watercolour poppy print georgette silk fabric – very elegant and bohemian looking with floppy sleeves.
I was under the impression that I would be travelling to the church in my dad’s vintage Porsche so I was totally shocked when I looked up from my mirror on the morning of the wedding to see a horse and cart waiting for me. I have to say, it reduced me to tears. The surprise was awesome and the pony looked just like the pony I had as a child. The lads who did the horse and carriage for us were local boys that we know from the village. Mum asked them a while ago and said she would trim up their scrap cart but they outdid themselves on the day, turning up with a full traditional wooden cart.
Our photographers were Photogenick. They are great friend of ours – we didn’t even consider anyone else, not even for a minute. Their work speaks for itself!
My flowers were a medley of wild flowers and eucalyptus leaves. The other greenery used was Thlaspi Bell, which gave the bouquets and buttonholes a real hippie feel. My auntie is extremely talented and creative so I asked her to do the flowers for us. I briefed her with “I want to look like I’ve been foraging in the garden”. I couldn’t believe the result – absolute fairy tale, she captured my vision perfectly!
My auntie did the flowers for the reception too which included a big swing above the top table full of hanging flowers. The other decorations inside were all handmade – either by me and Kingsley or my mum and gran.
For our wedding favours we bought large wine glasses (it is our pet hate to see good wine served in small wine glasses) and painted the bottoms with chalkboard paint before writing on the guest’s name in chalk. We then filled them with Hershey’s Kisses and a thank you note. It was the perfect favour/name place/drink vessel idea!
My sister is an amazing baker so when it came to the wedding cake we asked her to create something homemade for us. She did us a huge naked cake – Victoria sponge with no icing on but covered with fruit. She layered three tiers of cake and dusted and decorated it. It tasted insane! She made it the night before the wedding so it was fresh and moist. She also did us a big vanilla cheesecake. We served the cakes as dessert to our guests and they loved them!
For the wedding food we chose a barbecue for the daytime and a hog roast for the evening, supplied by Sizzle & Snout. It suited our relaxed theme perfectly. The girls serving brought it on platters to the tables and even offered round shots of Bourbon to complement the baby back Bourbon ribs.
Music was always going to be a big part of our day when it came to the entertainment as it’s a passion for both of us. We had a Sheffield musician to do an acoustic set through the day, whom we have seen gig before. For the evening we had a sort of one-man-band guy called Mick, who brought lots of kit with him. He played some real classics and did some lovely blues tracks with his mouth organ. We know Mick from the village and enjoy his music regularly at open mic nights, and were so pleased when he agreed to play at our wedding.
We were lucky to have several extra special touches added to our day thanks to our lovely families. My brother made us a giant photo frame which he hung on an oak tree outside. It made great photo opportunities. Kingsley’s brother made the bar structure from scratch and carved our initials in it. The bar currently resides at my parent’s house fir future barbecues. My gran is such a sweetheart and created a ‘glamping wonderland’ in a yurt that she bought for us. To go inside, she handmade a patchwork quilt and covered the bed with rose petals and the floor with animal skins. What a magical experience it was to sleep under the stars and wake up to the sound of animals. One of our guests also brought us a big picture frame which held our engagement photos. They passed it around and asked all the guests to sign it – it was a fab alternative to a guest book.
Following our wedding I would definitely recommend Papakata to others – not that I need to though as I think most of the guests from our wedding will be booking their tipis from Papakata in future. We used a toilet supplier called Elite Hire who were great and the loos were so luxurious and clean. The generator to light up our tipi came from CPS.
My favourite part of the wedding was simply having everyone that we care about in one room at one time. I felt so lucky and blessed to have my grandparents there – and it was amazing to see my gran dancing away with my girls. There was also a special moment when we arrived for the reception and the musician was playing Real Love by Tom Odell. Kingsley sang that song to me in the car when we first got together and so he grabbed me and we had a little unofficial ‘first dance’ to that – I didn’t notice anyone else in that moment!
We went to South Africa on honeymoon. We did three days in Cape Town exploring the city and Table Mountain. We also spent some time with the local children at a kindergarten for the underprivileged. We then travelled up the coast to Camps Bay and had a super relaxing few days by the pool and sipping cocktails. Then for our last few days we flew to the Eastern Cape and did a safari. What an experience!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be – don’t let outside influences affect your day or planning. Make sure the wedding is what you two want and that it reflects your personalities. I did my own makeup and would recommend it to other brides as you know exactly how you like your makeup. Kingsley would advise grooms to ensure that their groomsmen are reliable so that they can take care of little things to take some of the pressure off and he says to make sure you are comfy in what your wearing as you’re in it all day!