You have GOT to see the flowers in today’s decadently Autumnal wedding! I mean quick, start swiping through the amazing slider of beautiful images if you haven’t already to cast your eyes on some truly glorious centrepieces and one magnificent bouquet.
Cara and Rich decided to tie the knot at East Riddlesden Hall in Yorkshire accompanied by lashings of seasonal blooms, some seriously contemporary black and white striped decor and layers of festoon lighting.
I adore Cara’s heavenly smokey eyes, her mismatched bridesmaids and her rustic decor which is imbued with charm just like Cara and Rich themselves. All the fun and games and those beautiful sunlit portrait shots were captured by Photography34.
The Bride’s Fashion
Cara The Bride: I love photography but we are the kind of couple who go on holiday and we are lucky if we come back with one photograph together. For this reason I was determined to find the right photographer who would produce photographs we would cherish forever.
I wasn’t interested in lots of posed shots; I wanted to find someone who could capture the essence, emotion and spirit of our day. Tony was undoubtedly the right choice. He captured every smile, every tear, the unexpected nerves and the abundance of happiness and love. He didn’t miss a shot and we could not be happier with our photographs.
The Bride’s Fashion
Living in London with an impressive selection of bridal boutiques on my doorstep I thought dress shopping was going to be a doddle. I must have visited at least 10 bridal shops and tried a REALLY varied selection of dresses and designers. There were loads of dresses I liked but not one that really stood out above the others. Ironically after searching all over London I opted for a bohemian style Charlotte Balbier dress that I purchased from Lace & Co, a Bridal Boutique which is situated in the village I grew up in – Horbury, West Yorkshire.
I loved the lace front, delicate capped sleeves and the pretty keyhole back detailing. The chiffon skirt was a dream and draped and swished in all the right places. Although it sounds a bit sensible, it was really important that I felt comfortable on the day, I didn’t want to feel restricted in a dress and it was important I could relax, dance and enjoy myself.
Lace & Co is a lovely bridal boutique with a beautiful selection of dresses offering brides alternatives to the more traditional styles. Heidi, the owner, was extremely helpful and accommodating of the fact I had to travel back from London for fittings and she rearranged everything at my convenience.
My Grandma had recently passed away and left me some money in her will and I knew that I wanted to buy our wedding bands with it so that she could be a part of our day. We went to Hatton Gardens, the Jewellery Quarter in London and visited many fabulous stalls that told me they could create a band that would be exactly the same size and shape and colour as my engagement ring, it all just seemed a bit dull. Instead we wandered into a lovely family owed vintage jewellery shop called A.R.Ullmann. Within 20 minutes we had chosen a gold band for Rich and a platinum diamond band for me.
From the moment I tried my dress on it just screamed ‘flower crown’ at me. Sarah at Simply by Arrangement made me a dream flower crown, which complimented the dress perfectly.
The bouquets, buttonholes, flower crowns and all the table and floral decorations in the barn were created by the incredibly talented Sarah at Simply by Arrangement. Not only that but she also grew the flowers locally in a very beautiful location in Yorkshire. Having seasonal flowers, some of which were grown especially for our Wedding Day was incredibly romantic and meaningful.
Sarah even asked permission from East Riddlesden Hall to include some foliage from the grounds in my bouquet. Her attention to detail is faultless and her approach both thoughtful and creative. I could not have been happier with the results and the joy her flowers brought me on the day. Choosing Sarah to create our flowers was the best decision we made when wedding planning and I could not recommend her highly enough.
The Church flowers were created by a parishioner at St Stephen’s Church. The Church had beautiful old pews and stunning stain glass windows so we made the decision to keep the flowers simple and classic in a palette of greens and whites.
We were married at St Stephen’s Church in Skipton in a beautiful Catholic Ceremony. The service was very personal and included readings by Rich’s Mum and Sister. We selected a Bible reading from the book of Ruth and a poem entitled “Union from The Beginning to End” by Robert Fulghum. I entered the church to Canon In D Major by Johann Pachelbel played by the local church organist. Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen was played during the signing of the register and we left the church to one of our favourites, All you need is love by the Beatles.
Due to the fact the site is owned by the National Trust their approach to wedding planning seemed less sales driven and more honest than other venues I had visited. Most importantly they allowed us the flexibility to make our own choices about catering and suppliers, which was high on our agenda from the word go. Chloe, our Wedding Co-coordinator for the day was fantastic and ensured everything ran seamlessly.
I could have easily blown the whole wedding budget on the décor, I had so much inspiration and ideas. I realised early on, in order to achieve the look I wanted within budget, we were going to have to do a lot of DIY!
With help from my mum we made 50m of scalloped white bunting, which we hung from with festoon lights from the timber beams. We also made navy and white striped table runners for each table which we decorated with a selection of vintage glass vessels which Sarah from Simply by Arrangement adorned with beautiful seasonal flowers.
I created all the signage and menu boards for the tables using illustrator and printed at home. We bought small vintage style glass bottles with cork tops that we filled with Limoncello and gave as favours to our guests. I had recently been on a course to learn calligraphy and had intended to hand write all the place names and seating plan but I ran out of time. Instead I bought some DIY templates from Etsy which a close friend printed for us.
To complete the styling we added vintage furniture, seating found on ebay and white deck chairs, which surprisingly got some use on what turned out to be a very sunny October’s day.
Our wedding cake was made by a very talented family friend and tasted delicious. Instead of having a set dessert after the meal, we opted for a dessert table, which several guests contributed to. As well as being a big hit with the guests, it also made a really beautiful focal point when entering the barn. We sourced an eclectic mix of cake stands, navy and white stripe napkins and some blackboard style labels to complete the styling.
We both agreed that catering was one of our main priorities for the day. It was by far the biggest expense but Ged from the Hog & Apple did an incredible job and we were thrilled with the results. Many of the guests raved about the food and one of my bridesmaids has since booked Ged for her own Wedding later this year.
We agreed on a colour palette and then I was happy for the girls to choose their own dress, which they were all able to find on the high-street. I wanted them to wear something they felt comfortable in that reflected their personality. Our nieces Kiran and Phoebe wore dresses from John Lewis with floral headbands, and carried white heart balloons.
Rich wore a classic three piece navy suit from Reiss that he had tailored to fit. His shirt was also from Reiss and we found gold ties and pocket squares that coordinated with the bridesmaid’s dresses.
Hiring groomsmen’s suits seemed like wasted money, we opted to spend a bit more and buy them instead, choosing a navy two piece suit from Moss Bros.
I created all the invitations and RSVPs in adobe illustrator and printed them at our local printers, which gave me the look I wanted at a fraction of the cost. My very talented friend Seanna Doonan, who is an illustrator, designed our Order of Service, which is something we will always cherish and a really lovely keepsake from the day.
We both love live music so having a band play in the evening was a must! We scoured the Internet and found a band called Hope Town who are a three piece from Liverpool. They didn’t disappoint and kept the dance floor filled all night! They also played our first dance song ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by The Beatles.