Todays bride, apart from rocking cropped hair (which I love because you don’t see it often on a bride these days, but you can tell, it’s so her,) has to win the prize for most amazing and creative table plan ever featured on Rock My Wedding. Fact.
Not to mention most ambitious cake.
Heather and Jonathan were married on 7th August in the grounds of Scampston Hall in North Yorkshire. They held the reception in giant Teepee’s from Papa Kata.
The one that makes you feel amazing…
I’d done the usual magazine searching, fallen in love with all the Vera Wang dresses that were way out of my price range. Then mum and I (Mum was buying me my dress – arhhh) went to the first dress shop and I tried on a few things – I had in my head that I would want an evening dress style but when I tried them on they just didn’t feel right, I didn’t feel like a bride. Then right at the end of the hour appointment the lady got me to try on a Blue by Enzoani dress called Brigham – it felt amazing, but it was a much ‘bigger’ dress than I had envisioned so mum took some photos and we decided to try on some other dresses in another shop before making a decision.
The 2nd shop we went to was in York called ‘Brides of York’ – The staff could not have been more lovely in there and they got me to pick out 5 dresses to try on. On rails all the dresses looked much the same so I just picked out some strapless ones (I knew I wanted strapless) and went ahead and tried them on. One of them turned out to be the Blue By Enzoani Brigham dress and I knew as soon as I had it on again that it made me feel simply amazing.
Make like a Magpie
I got my headdress and necklace from a company called Magpie Vintage. They collect old vintage jewellery, broken necklaces, broaches and single earings and re-craft them into beautiful vintage inspired pieces. The colours really worked with my dress which had pearl beading on and the antique gold colours worked really beautifully with the ivory silk. They are now my most treasured pieces of jewellery – I wish I could wear them every day! Mum also loaned me her pearl bracelet as my ‘something borrowed’.
Crazy, but I fell for some gorgeous ivory suede Emmy shoes which had beautiful art deco beading and feather details. Completely unnecessary hidden under my floor length gown but I knew I had them on and that’s all that matters!!
The Real Flower Co.
I really love peonies but in August they are impossible to come by so I set my heart on some gorgeous cabbagey style roses in various shades of pink. I wanted to display the roses in some fab ‘Pip Studio’ giant bowls on the tables. My budget for flowers wasn’t huge though so I decided to put bowls of the roses on half the tables and got some antique jars for the other tables which I planted up with saxifrage around church candles (which I still have around my patio now :). I found ‘The Real Flower Company‘ online and after a few discussions with them they did a sample posy to fit inside the bowls which looked amazing. I ordered my bouquet (As an added extra they can send the bridal bouquet in a gorgeous olive green hat box which I now use to keep all my bits from the day in), some button holes for the boys, the mum’s jacket corsages and some wrist corsages for the bridesmaids plus the bowl arrangements.
I then ordered some single stem roses so that I could decorate the rest of the venue myself and some fresh rose petals instead of confetti. I adored how the flowers came out, I was keen for them to be very scented so they chose beautifully fragrant blooms and mixed them with garden herbs and Lavender – they smelt amazing. My mum even took a cutting of some of the sage that was in my bouquet which I now have growing in my garden! And funnily enough – the roses were so full that some people thought they were peonies!!
Boys and Girls
We hired the boys suits from York Hire Wear – they made the whole process simple and were very efficient! We went for black tail coats for a traditional look. Jonathan had an ivory loose tie to match my dress and the groomsmen and best man had mulberry to match the bridesmaid dresses.
He looked amazing stood at the front of the church but the most special moment was when our eyes met from each end of the aisle and he welled up…arhhhh :))
We found Dave Sander at a wedding fair. I had a very particular style in mind and we both hate those really stuffy staged wedding shots and when we found Dave we knew we’d met our man! He had a very professional approach but a much more relaxed style without missing a detail. Jonathan loved that fact that he even brought along a spare suit on the day in case he needed to wade out into the river to capture a perfect shot (now that’s commitment! – and thankfully wasn’t needed!!).
He stayed all day and even allowed us to project some of his shots from earlier on in the day onto the sides of the teepee while we were dancing…in the end we had to stop showing them as they were so brilliant everyone was captivated!
I fell for a birdcage cake I saw in a magazine but I couldn’t afford it so I thought I’d make it myself!!
The fruit cakes were Kentish Harvest Cakes (I’m from Kent!) and I stacked them up and then set about decorating them – I was very pleased how it came out! I also made a ton of different flavoured cupcakes and provided little bags and ribbons for people to take them home.
Each flavoured cupcake had a little description card telling everyone the name (Flakeychoctastic & Marzi-Cherrylicious were a couple of them!) and flavour and I displayed the whole lot on a round table in the centre of one of the teepees – Everyone loved them and I was really proud to have made them (at a fraction of the cost!!)
Our friend John is a beekeeper and his bees take their holidays up on the North Yorkshire Moors to feast on all the heather to make his fabulous ‘Heather Honey’ – so we got 150 mini jars which he filled for us and I decorated them with vintage fabric caps (thanks mum for helping me cut them all out!) and made little labels for each one showing a pin up 50’s style model with my face superimposed and the text reading ‘heather honey!’ they went down a storm and looked really pretty on the tables.
TeePee, Poms and Table Plans…
Gosh, where do I start? I knew the teepees were such a vast area that would be too expensive to decorate with flowers to make a good impact so I started searching online for an alternative and found a girl in america who made Poms (huge tissue pompoms).
So I ordered 200 of them in shades of pink, lilac and lime green! It took me, mum and the bridesmaids a full day of unfurling and fluffing while the boys, up ladders, did the hanging! Outside I hung paper lanterns in the trees, birdcages filled with twinkling fairy lights and large bottles of herbs and candles on the outside tables.
My favourite little bit was our table plan though. We found a victorian letter cabinet in a shop in Brighton and I turned all the little drawers and shelves into the different tables. One table was cut out and displayed inside the dictionary and another the names were on individual pencils in a jar marked table 4! Everyone had fun finding themselves – or at least we had fun watching them try and find themselves!!
I displayed the letter cabinet on a beautiful old piano shawl and an old family wedding photo of my great grandparents on their wedding day. Each place setting had a vintage parcel tag with the name on attached to an old key (which I spent months collecting off ebay!) we let everyone know that one of the keys opened a padlock on one of the birdcages outside that had a bottle of Champagne locked inside!
Advice from a Bride
Overall our wedding was a year long project for me and I enjoyed every moment. The planning, making, decorating, all the ideas – I loved the whole process. Jonathan and I had been to so many weddings where you really feel like it’s one in/one out; a duplicate wedding for every couple with just a different coloured napkin and chair cover to differentiate. We really wanted to create a day that said as much as possible about us and was unique to us, and I think we achieved just that. From the home made ‘save the date’ keys to the invitations which I illustrated and had laser cut, to the very last place setting, it all had a little bit of us stamped on it. On the day I was as proud as punch at what we had put together and everyone who came was so unbelievably complimentary about every element, no detail went unnoticed. Some may say that it’s just one day but for us it’s a lifetime of happy memories and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Teepees – PapaKata
Photography – 1 Click Photography
Cakes – DIY by Bride
Dress – Blue by Enzoani, ‘Brigham’
Necklace/Headband – Magpie Vintage
Bouquet – The Real Flower Co.
Shoes – Emmy
How amazing was that table plan? (Particularly loving that it was even more intricate than it looked… names on pencils?! Genius.