Kate looks like liquid gold in her champagne colour wedding dress by Recommended designer Kate Beaumont. It's no wonder she and Alex were greeted with cheers from passers-by as they walked through Leeds with Recommended photographer Maddie Farris Photography. I can pretty much guarantee you'll be cheering when you see all the DIY they created for their home reception too. The wooden bar you see... They made it out of old pallets and painted chipboard. They also cooked the reception meal themselves which they prepared the night before and decorated their wedding cake. Although I can imagine this was a lot of hard work, to them it felt more special knowing they had placed every flower and mixed every cocktail.
Bride in a champagne colour wedding dress for an intimate ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall and DIY home reception.
Our day was just so us! There really was no stress, everything was very relaxed and informal. We were very lucky to keep our original wedding date. Getting engaged and married during the pandemic has certainly been interesting but I wouldn't change a thing. We held the reception in my parents garden, decorating it and making it beautiful was so much fun. It was wonderful to have our closest friends, family (and doggy!) there to celebrate with us. Drinking champagne and dancing in the rain is something we will never forget!
We really tried to focus on small businesses and suppliers as much as we could. We found our florist by visiting a great zero waste shop in Horsforth and the tent was recommended by one of our close friends. The other suppliers we found through researching people and businesses who we thought would fit our style and the vibe we wanted to create on the day. Our photographer for example was found through Instagram and she was 100% the right choice, making our day flow so perfectly!
We wanted to create an easy, relaxed day where we could look back on pictures and it would feel timeless. Using dried flowers for the bouquet means that not only will we have the pictures forever, we can also keep the flowers. We pulled together all the styling ourselves, It meant we didn’t really have a vibe or inspiration in mind, we just picked or made everything we liked!
Champagne colour wedding dress
We couldn’t have an aisle at our venue due to the pandemic so we decided we wanted to get ready together the morning of the wedding. It was so lovely being together in my champagne colour wedding dress and getting a quiet few minutes together to really reflect and get excited about staying ‘I do’. The civic hall is only a 5-minute walk from the Dakota hotel where we got ready, so we walked to it with our guests.
Kate and Alex were met with cheers and well wishes as they walked through Leeds.
Make two plans for the day, one for you as a couple and one for your guests. It really allows you to see any gaps or spaces in the day and address them beforehand so you know the day will flow perfectly. We wrote up our day plans a few weeks before the wedding and it made us see a gap for our guests before the ceremony. So we booked a space on the terrace at the Dakota bar so everyone could meet up and have a drink before the ceremony instead of just waiting around.