This wedding is just so pretty!! A lavender and dove grey colour scheme, the rolling Yorkshire countryside, a divine Cymbeline gown and bundles of gorgeous blooms.
Plus Katie and James’ adorable dog – an essential feature of a farm wedding as far as I’m concerned.
Katie wanted her big day to be as informal and relaxed as possible, full of personal and homemade details and I think it’s fair to say she succeeded. As I said at the beginning of the post – this wedding is just so pretty!!
Katie The Bride: From the day we got engaged we knew we wanted a relaxed, rustic wedding at home with good food, good music and good company. We wanted it to be as informal as possible and to bring as many personal touches to the day as we could. As a lover of all things handmade we enlisted the help of all our family and friends to create the endless handmade touches that made our day so personal. From handmade invitations by one of my best friends, to homemade jam for favours, metres of bunting, handmade signs and decorated jars our family and friends really were the bee’s knees! It made the lead up to the wedding really special, and it was amazing having so much love and support behind us to create our perfect day.
As we live on a farm we knew we wanted our reception to be held in a marquee at home, the traditional marquee supplied by Will’s Marquees was the perfect venue as it gave us the freedom to put our own stamp on things and most of all allowed all our guests to party the night away! We decorated the marquee with metres and metres of floral grey and lace bunting kindly made by my Auntie Kate and James’s Grandma, straw bales, fairy lights and endless flowers. The service from Wills Marquees was first class and the marquee looked better that I could of dreamed of!
I knew that I wanted a fitted vintage lace dress but as one of the fussiest people alive I expected that finding the perfect dress would be a difficult task, and after my first day of trying on huge heavy dresses that just weren’t me I felt completely disheartened and disappointed. However, after a bad start to my second day dress shopping everything changed when I stepped inside The Bridal Lounge of Northallerton and tried on the Cymbeline of Paris Houston dress, I finally felt like I had found a dress that was just me and I could tell from the look on my Mum and Granny’s faces that it was the one!
It ticked all boxes as it was fitted, lace and simple yet stunning and most of all comfortable! The staff at The Bridal Lounge were first class and made me feel so at ease from day one, I cannot thank them enough for my amazing dress! I wore a mid-length veil as I didn’t want it to cover too much of my dress and this also came from The Bridal Lounge. My shoes were from Monsoon and I wore a pearl bracelet as my something borrowed from my bridesmaid Jennifer and pearl teardrop earrings.
I knew straight away that I wanted my hair and make up to be relaxed and simple, I wanted to look like the best possible version of myself and not someone else. My childhood best friend Amy is now an amazing make-up artist and kindly offered to do my make up, I wanted a barely there dewy look and she nailed it! It felt really special that after all the years she was part of my wedding.
After a disastrous hair trial three weeks before the wedding we needed a rethink, luckily one of my bridesmaid’s hairdresser Mandy saved the day by agreeing to take on the challenge at very short notice! She instantly just ‘got me’ and completely understood my taste and what I liked, creating the perfect loose curls that I wanted. She will now be my hairdresser for life!
My grown up bridesmaids dresses were from Coast and were probably the easiest find ever, I loved them that much I wished I could have one myself! They fitted in perfectly with the dove grey and lavender colour theme of our wedding and they all looked amazing. My two younger bridesmaid’s dresses were from Monsoon and again I would have worn one myself if they had made my size! They looked amazing and loved every second of the whole wedding process.
James is about as laid back as they come and the three piece charcoal grey suits he chose from next fitted in perfectly with our relaxed and informal wedding.
We married at Lealholm Chapel as this is where my parents married 30 years previously and where I went to Sunday school as a child, so it has a lot of sentimental value for me. The ceremony was carried out by our local minister who did an amazing job, it was full of singing and smiles and everyone commented that it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever been to! Alan the minister read the poem ‘Footsteps In The Sand’ and my bridesmaid Jennifer wrote a poem about us called ‘Mr and Mrs Wilks’ which was so special.
Music was a huge part of our ceremony as we wanted everything to be personal to us, again we were massively lucky that another childhood friend Sophie is an amazing musician and singer and offered her services for our wedding. I walked down the aisle to an acoustic guitar version of the Foo Fighters ‘But, Honestly’ which was truly magical. One of our highlights of the ceremony was Sophie singing ‘Love You Till The End’ by The Pogues as we signed the register, her voice was hauntingly beautiful and really made me stop and take in what we were doing. We walked out of chapel to an acoustic version of ‘Biblical’ by Biffy Clyro which I wish I could say I remember but it was such a blur of amazingness I honestly can’t!
Our florist Audrey Foster and my Mums friend Janet did a fantastic job at arranging the flowers in the chapel and the marquee, I was simply blown away with how they transformed both venues and completely understood the relaxed country feel we wanted! From the most amazing flower arch at chapel to the large milk churns brimming with florals, gypsophila head crowns, and endless jugs and jars filled with delicate blooms they really were perfection. I even chose every flower for my bouquet and watched Audrey create it before me!
Georgina Harrison was our photographer and I honestly don’t even know where to start thanking her for the amazing photos she created of our day! Her fun relaxed and natural style put us instantly at ease and she felt more like a guest at our wedding rather than our photographer. The photos are better than we could have ever dreamed of and they tell the story of our day perfectly. I would highly recommend Georgina to anyone getting married!
Our caterers were Lillie’s Catering and they were fantastic at creating the wholesome rustic food that we wanted. Coming from two faming families our main specification was that we wanted good proper food that would fill our guests up, (trust me us farmers can eat!) Lily’s delivered perfectly by serving a standing starter of deliciousness including mini Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and horseradish, then we enjoyed a gorgeous pie and mash and followed by Eton mess, treacle tart or chocolate brownie. The also provided the best hog roast on the night to fuel everyone’s partying!
We hired the band The Fallen who created the most amazing atmosphere, they played a mixture of new and old rock and the dance floor was packed all night long!
My very talented Auntie Gill made our amazing wedding cake which was a naked cake of sponge and fresh cream and fruit, it was perfection! Also as an ode to our love of cake we even named the table’s cake names!
Finally I would like to thank Rock My Wedding who became my bible whilst planning our wedding and the main source of all my inspiration, you guys rock!