Today’s couple Jennifer and Josh first met when they were kids on Bebo (gosh that brings back some memories!). Fast forward more than 12 years later and here they are on our blog tying the knot at the wonderful King’s Croft Hotel in West Yorkshire.
There’s plenty of inspo to pore over – including a sumptuous colour palette of navy blue, dusky pink and gold, a two-tiered cake adorned with gold leaf and gorgeous floral arrangements made by the bride-to-be herself – an impressive feat! As an extra special touch, the couple tried to use the plant ivy wherever they could too, as it’s their little girl’s name. Our hearts are literally melting!
Jennifer’s great aunty, Mary Bissett couldn’t make the wedding due to ill health and sadly passed away in November. She was very close to Jennifer and so, at the bride’s request, we’d like to take this opportunity to dedicate this very special blog post to Mary. We hope you enjoy sharing this wonderful wedding with us, too.
With images by Stevie Jay Photography
Jennifer says: We had talked about getting engaged for years, but Josh finally asked me about two weeks after our little girl was born, I was very hormonal and we were both first-time parents! We were getting ready for bed one night and I had put Ivy into her cot and was getting myself ready, and Josh was been really weird. He lay on the bed fully dressed really awkwardly. I remember looking at him and saying, “What are you doing? Get ready for bed.” So, he got up, got undressed to just his boxers and lay on the bed again with his hand under the pillow, awkwardly. So again, I turned around and said to him, “What are you doing? Why are you being weird?” to which he replied, “What do you mean I always lay like this.” I then got into bed and Ivy had started to wriggle, I turned back over to talk to Josh and he was looking at me with a gorgeous ring in his hand and I just lay there crying and eventually said yes.
Our wedding took place on Saturday 15th September 2018. The date has no particular meaning to us, but we knew we wanted to be engaged for a couple of years before we got married.
We tied the knot at the All Saints Church in Sherburn In Elmet. The church has sentimental meaning to us because when we were teenagers, we had our very first photo together there, which we recreated a few years later. Our daughter was also christened there as well. It is just a beautiful church!
Our reception venue was King’s Croft Hotel in Pontefract. We went to our friends Josh and Laura’s wedding there and instantly fell in love with everything about it. The venue is just beautiful.
We went for a rustic style wedding. Like any bride-to-be I scrolled through Pinterest for hours looking for a theme. Finally, I made my mind up and it just appeared very simple but very beautiful. I am a keen crafter and knew I would be able to make a lot of it myself. It felt more me to be able to make it myself rather than relying on someone and being too fussy about it.
Our colour scheme was navy blue, dusky pink and gold. It was the one scheme that kept popping up and I loved it – my mind couldn’t be swayed once I’d seen it!
My dress was from the bridal outlet in Castleford. It was a ball gown with sequins on the top and a corset back. The reason that I chose this dress is I’m quite petite and you couldn’t tell how small I was under it! I have always loved ball gowns, I’m only getting married once and I wanted to feel like a princess! I also had a teardrop veil and it was to die for; I am still so in love with it!
Josh wore a navy blue tweed suit and a grey waistcoat from Top Mark Suit Hire in Pontefract. The groomsmen wore identical suits to Josh, although they wore a blue waistcoat instead of the grey. The page boys’ suits were from a website called Roco Clothing.
Everyone’s hair was done by my hairdresser, who’s been doing my hair for more than 13 years. Her name is Dawn McCarthy and she owns a hair salon called Technicolour Hair and Beauty in Garforth. She did an amazing job as I had three different styles for the different parts during the wedding.
The ladies who did everyone’s makeup are two sisters Deryl and Caroline Duffy. They were amazing!
Myself, my dad and the bridesmaids travelled in a cream Imperial which we hired from Cartwright Wedding Car Hire. The same car also took Josh and I to the venue.
I was really freaking out over a photographer as I am a photographer myself. It was my main part of the wedding to sort out! I had spoken to a few different photographers but wasn’t overly wowed by their work. We ended up going to a little wedding fair in Leeds Market one day and came across Stevie Jay Photography, I looked at about three photos and I knew I wanted her, I never even glanced at another photographer after that day. My instincts were correct because she was amazing! She has captured some of the most beautiful photos and I will cherish them for the rest of my life, I am so grateful she was at the wedding fair that day!
I made the bouquets for myself and the bridesmaids, buying the flowers from Country Baskets in Morley, Leeds.
The groom and groomsmen, meanwhile, had their buttonholes from a florist in Garforth called The Flower House.
Most of the decorations and bits that helped me create the look were from different places, flowers again from Country Baskets, and also Hobby Craft, B&M and eBay! I got a lot of help from my mum with the decorations, as she has experience with flower arranging.
We chose not to give out favours and were struggling what to do! But we agreed on getting a candy cart for people to pick and choose, which went down very well.
Our cake was made by Celebration Corner. We had a two-tier cake, with chocolate on the top and red velvet on the bottom. The bottom tier was covered in 24ct gold leaf and the top was white. On the cake we had some artificial Ivy leaf and a cake topper which was of a bride and groom holding their child and Mr & Mrs Whitaker at the bottom.
There were lots of choices of food at King’s Croft for the wedding breakfast, the most popular were Yorkshire pudding starter, beef roast dinner and chocolate fudge cake! Then for the evening reception we had a hog roast.
We had a DJ provide the evening entertainment and we also had a photobooth, which was supplied by The Gigglebox, Leeds.
I would recommend King’s Croft as it’s a beautiful venue. It has a kind of old-fashioned vibe going on as well which I loved. Abbey, who helped with the majority of the wedding planning, I cannot thank enough, along with a lot of other members of the team who I spent a lot of time emailing!
Wow, my favourite part of the day probably would be our first dance, which was to Dear God by Avenged Sevenfold. It was the first chance we got to spend time with each other where no one could hear us just giggling to ourselves and wondering if people were laughing at our lame dancing!
We had a week off work following the wedding to spend time to relax with each other and our little girl. We are hoping to go on our honeymoon next year on our first wedding anniversary!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take each moment in with every inch of your body because you’ll blink and it’ll all be over, and dance until your feet hurt. But mostly be calm especially the bride, if you need something or something isn’t right, get your bridesmaids or your groomsmen to sort it! After all that’s what they are there for!