Banish those winter blues by feasting your eyes on Emma and Neil’s sunny, summery wedding, held at the gorgeous Holmfirth Vineyard.
A timeless scheme of whites and blush tones was selected for the celebration, with pretty pops of barely-there pink popping up throughout the celebration, from the bridesmaid’s dress (a £29 barg scored in the ASOS sale, FYI) to the balloons the newlyweds held after their ceremony.
Factor in the venue’s stunning views – that wouldn’t look out of place in the middle of the Mediterranean – and an awesome DJ-with-saxophonist after-party and you’ve got just a hint of how awesome Emma and Neil’s celebration was.
With images by Glix Photography
Emma says: We got engaged on the beach in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. I had absolutely no idea it was going to happen.
We were at the beach and Neil suggested we walk further down towards a quieter spot. We had our two-year-old daughter with us and were having a lovely picnic; the sun was shining, had the sound of the waves in the background and it was glorious! I decided to try and get our daughter to sleep so we could wander to the beach bar for a drink so I stood up; when I turned around, Neil was on one knee popping the question.
We managed to get to the beach bar for a glass of Bollinger to celebrate – it was perfect.
We got married on August 2 2019; we’d originally wanted the August 3 but it wasn’t available. There was no specific reason for our August date – we just love the summer!
We had our ceremony and reception at the Holmfirth Vineyard – it boasts the most amazing views over our village.
Tom and his team at the venue ensured the whole day ran seamlessly. The venue doesn’t need masses of decoration as it speaks for itself – and we go back all the time for lunch and evening meals as the food and wine are so delicious!
We wanted the scenery to do the talking so opted for lots of white and blush pinks for a soft, subtle feel.
I chose the ‘Kalypso’ gown from Enzoani’s Blue range. It was very fitted and sleek, with lots of delicate lace detailing on the back and on the train.
I decided to add a belt at the front for a touch of bling that completed the look perfectly.
I bought it from Perfect Daze in Scissett; they were amazing and made the whole process so enjoyable. My dress was the second of three that I tried on – I don’t mess about!
Neil wore a navy blue suit and checked waistcoat from Owen Scott in Huddersfield; they’re brilliant at what they do. The groomsmen wore the same but with a navy waistcoat and grey tie.
Charlotte and Lauren at The Luxe Lounge in Lindley did my glam for the wedding day – they are unbelievable at what they do! I’ll definitely be using them again for nights out.
The venue was 500 yards away so I got a lift up the hill from my dad in his Kia J!
Our photographer was Emma Garlick of Glix Photography. She’s brilliant: she has fab ideas for photos and got some fantastic shots of us, complete with beautiful views across the vineyards.
I can’t wait for our finished album – we’re almost there with choosing the photos for it but it’s very hard!
Jack Masterson was our videographer. He captured some amazing moments and was such a great prence to have at our wedding!
Lily Blossom was our florist. The flowers were stunning and very creative – my bouquet was in a beautiful teardrop shape. They also designed the button holes and the table garland; we made the table decorations ourselves out of faux rose garlands from The Range.
The venue had two huge silver thrones, which we sat on for the signing of the register and during the wedding breakfast.
Balloon Fairy in Huddersfield provided two huge balloons, which we used to mark the entrance of the aisle. They had natural garlands attached as the string and were also decorated with tiny fairylights. They were beautiful and great for the photos!
Our favours were Polish cherry vodka shots, which our guests had during the speeches.
John Francis Marsden created our wedding cake. It was three tiers and absolutely delicious!
We opted for a seasonal summer menu. Guests had Thai fishcakes or pate to start with, followed by chicken and chorizo or salmon with a pesto crust for the main. Dessert was Prosecco and white chocolate cheesecake or sticky toffee pudding.
The wine was the Vineyard’s own – and the Rose went down particularly well!
We also had a sweet table, which Neil’s auntie and cousin made themselves – it was amazing.
We used Jonny Ross Music; they were really professional and knew what they were doing. We decided to book a DJ and a saxophonist, who played along to dance music.
We really wanted something a bit different and this was just the ticket. Everyone loved it and thought it was such a great alternative to a regular DJ set; the sax player even danced with us while he was playing!
It’s hard to choose just one! I loved the moment when I saw myself in my dress, with my hair and make-up done – I felt like a celebrity.
Walking down the aisle to Songbird with my dad was another lovely memory – he whispered “you’re going too fast!”
Seeing my daughter in her ‘princess dress’ was also wonderful, and the sunset was also a real talking point (everyone wanted to sit outside and admire the view)!
Having everyone who is important to us in one room – which will probably never happen again – was wonderful.
We headed to the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa in Keswick – it’s set next to a waterfall and has a heated outdoor pool overlooking Lake Derwentwater. The spa and Champagne were delightful, and the food was out of this world. It was so relaxing and luxurious!
I have a few tips I’d recommend! On the day, take a hand-held fan for when you’re getting ready (unless your date is in the middle of winter). Also, check your ‘seam-free’ underwear actually does what it says it does – mine didn’t so I ended up going commando…!
Also, don’t forget to take your engagement ring off before the ceremony. Finally: relax, be in the moment and have a bloody great time! You paid for it, after all!