The first decision on the wedding planning ‘to do’ list for today’s happy couple was an absolute no-brainer as the bride’s family are the proud owners of a dreamy East Yorkshire wedding venue. How neat is that?!
Having done the ‘legalities’ in a low key ceremony at Leeds Town Hall, Sarah and Jordan had a wonderfully personal celebrant-led wedding day at family-owned Cherish Weddings situated within 18 acres of secluded countryside with views over the River Went.
The highly-emotional ceremony took place in the great outdoors while the picture-perfect reception was held in an elegant marquee complete with romantic styling in grey, ivory and blush pink with opulent metallic accents.
Every element was thoroughly thought out and every detail beautifully covered for an ‘all about us’ kinda day that must have felt as amazing as it looks!
Sara says: We got engaged on the London Eye on 30th December 2018. We had a pod with one other couple. Jordan asked to take a photo of their two children and me. As we posed for the photo, Jordan went onto one knee and reached into his pocket to get out the ‘camera’ and instead brought out the ring. Of course, I said “yes”.
Our original wedding date was 12th September 2020, which was then postponed to 3rd July 2021.
We had a legal ceremony at Leeds Town Hall with our best man (Jordan’s brother) and my maid of honour (best friend). We didn’t want to make a fuss about that part.
Then we held our wedding day at my family’s wedding venue Cherished Memories, on our beautiful Balne Croft Farm which is tucked away in secluded East Yorkshire countryside. The day included a celebrant-led ceremony by Fiona Brown with the most personal and heartfelt vows and words we could have asked for. There wasn’t a dry eye in sight. Jordan also decided to make a promise to my son, his now step-son, which brought us all to tears if the ceremony hadn’t already.
Our theme was rustic for the ceremony with it being outdoors, and then the reception, which was held in the marquee, had a more romantic feel to it. The colour scheme was grey and blush pink. Overall, we just wanted the whole look and feel of the day to flow and the emotions to follow with it.
I’d been to three shops trying on around 20 dresses thinking I would never feel comfortable, let alone love a dress until I found the one!
Our little girl Beau had the mini version of my dress, also from Chloe Jane Bridal. The flower girls’ tutu skirts were made by a local seamstress Leading Ladies in Sherburn In Elmet.
The bridesmaids’ dresses were purchased online from Chi Chi London and altered by Leading Ladies.
Bailey & Mitchell Photography captured our day and we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them to others.
I knew I wanted them from the start but they weren’t available for our original wedding date. When I went back to them with our new date though it turned out they could do it… and so it was fate!
Our flowers were by The Orchard Florist based in Otley. I had a hand-tied bouquet and my little girl had a mini version of the same bouquet. The bridesmaids carried hoops with flower clusters.
For the ceremony and reception styling Mrs P Events provided the perspex boxes/pillars, perspex registrar table and chairs, rose trees, lantern, blossom tree, aisle flower petals, rose gold candelabras, artificial flowers, perspex cake stand, floating candles and perspex signage.
We also had neon signage, Mr & Mrs Stead light-up letters and a champagne wall provided by Love Lights The Way. Finally, the pink and smoke glassware, rose gold cutlery and clear glass chargers with rose gold beading were supplied by Whitehouse Event Crockery.
Our favours were little mini biscuits in the same style as our cake provided by Nice Icing.
We had a five-tiered cake that was designed by myself and Jordan and created by Lynette of Nice Icing.
We personally chose and taste tested each of the flavours that we had which were: carrot cake with white chocolate ganache; lemon cake with Limoncello and lemon buttercream; chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and vanilla sponge with raspberry and white chocolate ganache.
We had a selection of canapes as our starters: deep-fried chicken bites with kimchi mayo; bolognese arancini bites; ox cheek, smoked potato and parmesan spoon, honey and mustard sticky sausage, mini Yorkshire pudding with roast beef and gravy and Wensleydale and leek bon bon.
Our mains were: duo of lamb served with dauphinoise potatoes and seasonal vegetables, or wild mushroom and celeriac wellington served with squash veloute.
We served our cake as dessert as we had put so much thought and consideration into it that we didn’t want it to go to waste!
I’d always wanted to have a violinist at the wedding but we hadn’t budgeted for it for our 2020 date. A perk of postponing until 2021 was that we managed to save the money and secure one – Kate Chruscicka of Violorn Events.
The truly fabulous Jade Helliwell sang during the wedding breakfast and we had local DJ James Bishop to provide the evening entertainment.
We made tissue and confetti packs for guests for the ceremony and we also handmade our own name place settings, orders of the day and menus with the children.
We would, of course, recommend our choice of venue to other couples. Not only do my family own the venue but I also run the venue as the general manager.
We hold pride in hearing feedback from our couples that they get a truly personal service from us and feel the extra effort we put in for their big day!
All of it! I want to do it all over again!
The ceremony for me was incredible… the emotions we all felt were so special.
We haven’t been on honeymoon yet but we are saving the money until the right time comes to be able to book. We would love to take our children along for the ride. Maybe a cruise? Who knows!
My top tips for other couples would be: don’t take on too much yourself and enjoy every single second of your day because it goes by so fast.