Oh I do love a laid back wedding, with bohemian styling, lots of Bridesmaids in white and a stunning Daughters of Simone wedding dress…
And it just so happens that Abby and Mark’s wedding contains all of those things! I know, how convenient 😉 If this sounds like your idea of wedding heaven too, then prepare to be dazzled. It’s the perfect wedding for a Sunday, relaxed, a strong party vibe and gorgeous fashion. Images come from Anna Hardy and the film comes from Love Lust List recommended suppliers Shoot Me Now – so make sure you’ve got a cup of tea and are sitting comfortably – you’ll want to savour this one!
Patricia The Bride: I wore the “Lennox” dress by Daughters of Simone. I must have tried on around 40 or more dresses in UK boutiques and I just couldn’t identify with any of them. I found it to be the most difficult part of our wedding planning. It was such an alien concept to me, I’m so used to going in to Topshop or Urban Outfitters and finding tops or skirts I like, yet a wedding dress is such a niche item how can anyone identify their likes in the same way as high street shopping? I knew I wanted something simple, yet different to the average UK norms, I read so many blogs and browsed Pinterest for hours and kept coming back to images from laid back Californian weddings – and that was my main inspiration. I ordered my dress from Californian bohemian brand ‘Daughters of Simone’ and hoped for the best. When it arrived, I loved it! I had it slightly altered by Boutique Alterations in Stockport, Tusneem frequently alters DOS dresses and made it fit amazingly! I wore some flat embellished sandals from Miss Selfridge and a scalloped lace edge veil from The York Bridal Outlet.
Mark loved the idea of a slim fit tweed suit and we found his at Topman. He wore brown leather braces from Topman and brown leather Doc Marten’s. We weren’t keen of the matching the ties to the bridesmaids as we preferred a less uniformed look so Mark wore a skinny burgundy tie.
Part of my secondary school in York is a Bar Convent run by nuns, it is a secret chapel hidden from the public dating back to the 17th century when it was illegal to practice catholicism publicly. Only ex students can marry here so it was so special to be able to do so. It was also nice to show all our family and friends not from York such a hidden gem of the city that they wouldn’t ever come across normally. It’s ornate gold, pastel pinks and light greens offered a beautiful backdrop to our ceremony.
We didn’t want a particular colour theme for our decor. The reception venue Crab & Lobster is very eccentric with lots of vintage relics and mish mash decor, we therefore wanted to stick to creams and greens so as not to clash with the venue. We love Guisborough Woods which is where near to where Mark’s parents live, and when walking here we always pick the fern and this was our main inspiration for our flowers. We had lots of fern, gypsophila and wild flowers. Our invited were all kraft so we used twine to tie all the flowers to keep to this colour palette.
I love the laid back Californian wedding vibe – flowers in the hair and nothing too fancy. I had a floral crown made up of fern, astilbe, garden roses and lots of foliage. My bridal bouquet was a large rustic, wild bouquet which was similar to my floral crown and not structured, it was tied with twine. The bridesmaids all had gypsophila floral crowns with small gypsophila bouquets. The mums and groomsmen all wore the same style button holes incorporating the spray roses, astilbe and foliage. We had the same wild flowers all in various sized bottles for the table decor. We had a runner of asparagus fern along the centre of each table. and had requested a floral wall for behind the top table. Allie our florist at Wild Floral Couture was amazing, she attached lots of avalanche rose heads and foliage to clear wire and hung these from the ceiling, they made a lovely rustic backdrop to the speeches. We had cream rose petals in the aisle of the chapel, gypsophila bouquets on the pew ends and hurricane lamps by the altar.
The Wedding Party
I had eight bridesmaids in total, which leant itself to my American Pinterest research as the Americans get away with having up to twenty bridesmaids so why do us British girls feel compelled to keep it under five? I definitely got quite a few gasps when I would answer people how many I was having – I chose my sister, my baby niece, Mark’s sister and my group of best friends as my bridesmaids and I’m so glad I did. It was amazing getting ready with all my best friends on my wedding day, each one made the morning so much more relaxed and kept me giggling all morning! We have just bought a house so budget was tight – 8 bridesmaid dresses do not come cheap – so I couldn’t believe my luck when my Mum told me she had plenty of cream Monsoon bridal dresses brand new with tags! She has an Ebay fetish and loves to grab a bargain in the sale but alas hadn’t worn these so most of my bridesmaid wore these and then a couple chose their own from ASOS. All were mismatched and kept to the bohemian theme, lots of crochet lace and embellishment. The groomsmen wore different shades of brown and tweed from Topman and Marks and Spencer. Allowing everyone to choose something slightly different meant that everyone felt comfortable, my Dad had said he would never attempt to try a skinny fit Topman number so I kept everyone happy by offering an alternative!
Our ceremony was incredibly special. We went on a Catholic Marriage course before the big day so we knew just how important our vows would be. We couldn’t stop smiling at each other all through the ceremony, I thought it may just be a cliche but it really was the happiest day of our lives. The priest actually started crying when he was telling our guests about our relationship – we in turned had a tear – it was all very emotional!
Mark’s Dad is in a band with Mark’s Best Man’s Dad so we always knew we’d want them to play to make the day more personal. They were great and got everyone dancing, as well as their usual songs they learnt some special requests for us such as Vance Joy Riptide and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes – Home. As a surprise they played ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ as Mark is a huge Liverpool fan, we sang (screamed) along after several proseccos – definitely a highlight!
Mark’s Aunty Carol made our wedding cake and it was amazing! It was a naked cake with a madeira sponge and plenty of buttercream and fruit. Carol also had us over for a weekend to make our jam wedding favours. We used blackcurrants from her garden and had so much fun making them.
Anna Hardy – we love Anna and her work is amazing. We loved that she captures more documentary style wedding photos rather than the formulaic approach some wedding photographers go for.
Shoot Me Now Films – we chose Daniel again because of his more documentary style approach to wedding videos, he doesn’t set up a shot and there isn’t any interviews with the guests, just the events of the day captured perfectly.