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Today it’s all about the magical marquee vibes, as we delve into Jessica and Stevie’s wedding back in September. Following an utterly romantic proposal in Paris, the couple then went onto to tie the knot in Jessica’s local church and host their fabulously pretty reception on the bride’s family farm.
With a classical and traditional theme, the couple opted for lots of beautiful white hydrangeas complemented by orchids within their centrepieces, as well as a hanging beam of flowers over the bar and dance floor, plus lots of striking urns and glassware. True elegance!
What we especially love, however, is that the bride had two brilliantly chic looks, which revolved around the one gorgeous Caroline Castigliano dress (one of our amazing Sponsors!) with Jess adding a beautiful lace shrug during the day and slipping it off to reveal the full beauty of her strapless gown come the evening party. Scroll on for all the pretty!
With images by Aaron Cheeseman
Jessica says: We got engaged during a celebratory weekend in Paris for Stevie turning 30. On the 12th November 2017 we visited the Sacré-Coeur basilica. We climbed the 237 steps to the monument and then admired the view. On the descent Stevie asked me to sit with him, and he then dropped to one knee. I was completely shocked and overwhelmed and obviously said yes! We went to an amazing restaurant called Ferdi to celebrate.
The date we chose for the wedding was 15th September 2018. We both knew that we didn’t want a long engagement and started to plan immediately. Coming from a farming family and Stevie playing cricket – September was the perfect month.
We got married at All Saints Church in Belton, North Lincolnshire. This is a special place as this is where I was christened and attended as a child. The reception was on my father and stepmother’s farm where I grew up – Walnut Farm in Beltoft, near Doncaster. We had a frame marquee on the grounds of the farm, provided by Mudford Marquees in Retford. They were experts in their field and on-hand all week to ensure everything was faultless.
The wedding was traditional and classical. We chose a neutral colour scheme and had lots of beautiful white hydrangeas in the bouquets, the church and at the venue.
At the church and venue we had approximately 30 urns on columns that were hand-painted by my mother to look distressed, they looked so grand and helped the theme run throughout the wedding. They were planted with paniculata hydrangeas and other varieties.
I was so nervous about finding the perfect dress. I was open minded about the style and wanted to try a variety of gowns. I visited The Bridal Collection in Harrogate with my mother and sister. It was such a lovely experience and I found my perfect dress by designer Caroline Castigliano; the silk organza Promise gown with a sequin guipure lace Cydney shrug. This was my daytime look and I felt like a real-life princess.
When evening guests had arrived and before the first dance, I removed my shrug and wore the Cassandra belt for a second look. Many of the guests thought I had a second dress; it was such a fabulous idea.
Stevie and the groomsmen wore a suit from Slaters Menswear in Manchester. It was a three-piece tailored navy suit with a champagne and white polka dot tie and pocket square.
Our nephews were our pageboys and they wore a linen stone coloured suit from Marks & Spencer; they looked so handsome.
I had five bridesmaids who were all of a similar age. They wore a V-neck maxi tulle dress with tonal delicate sequins in taupe, from ASOS.
Laura from Rapunzel’s Hair at Amici in Crowle, North Lincolnshire, did the bridal party’s hair, she was so accommodating and stayed with us until we left for the church to ensure everything was perfect.
We travelled to the church and then onto the reception in a classic Rolls-Royce Phantom 3, hired from Cupid Carriages in Sheffield.
Aaron Cheeseman was our photographer. He was so professional from start to finish and was great on the day, ensuring he captured every moment. We love the photos and will cherish them forever.
Clique Visuals were our videographers; we are in contact and looking forward to seeing the finished product soon. They also did an instax guest book which was a great idea.
Melanie’s Florist in Castleford, created my bouquet – it was beautiful and featured white hydrangeas, quick sand roses, and cafe au lait dahlia.
Lorraine Bingham Designs created a beautiful look in the marquee. It took so much stress out of the wedding planning process. The urns filled with hydrangeas were positioned throughout the marquee and outside. We had a hanging beam of flowers suspended over the bar and dancefloor area, with these flowers matching my bouquet. The centrepieces were stunning and elegant; consisting of glassware at a range of heights filled with flowers including orchids.
As favours, my mother (with a very little help from me) hand-made heart-shaped iced lollypop biscuits that were personalised with our surname. As I love to bake, it felt like a personal touch. They were placed on the charger plate and made a nice addition to the table setting.
A close family friend of my grandparents made the wedding cake. It was a four-tiered simple white cake covered in hydrangeas. It was just what we had hoped for!
Juste Nous, based in Leeds, provided our catering. We had a large selection of canapés to start and a joint of sirloin beef carved by a pre-selected guest on each table. The chef hats and aprons went down well, and this definitely got the guests involved. My father and step mum selected a brilliant selection of wine and we had a gin bar with a selection of Whitley Neill Gins. The gin was a very popular choice and we opened this just as the evening guests were arriving.
We had singer Maria Clarke perform whilst guests arrived at the reception and then during the meal. We found her via Alive Network and she was wonderful – we didn’t want her to finish. We had a DJ in the evening called Matty Whitaker, based in East Yorkshire. it was an amazing night!
My uncle and godfather was our master of ceremonies, he did a great job. He had everyone laughing but also helped to ensure that we kept to schedule with timings.
Mudford Marquees also provided the lighting outdoors, which lit up the area and made it look like a fairytale. I think having a marquee allows you to make your day so personal and having it at home made it so sentimental too.
I loved when we had our first dance to Elton John, Your Song. The generator lost power towards the end of the song, the lights went out and the music went off. The fairy lights outside lit the dancefloor and all the guests began to sing and we finished our dance. Definitely a moment to remember. I also loved the speeches, they were so heartfelt and sounded great.
We are looking forward to going to Sri Lanka and the Maldives next year. We went on a mini moon to the Lake District and stayed at Holbeck Ghyll – the food was stunning.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be, try to remain calm leading up to the wedding and, on the day itself, take time to be with your partner. The day passes so quickly, so just enjoy it.