Hands up if you love a man in uniform? We'll you're definitely in the right place then as Emma & Ben have a gorgeous 'at home' marquee wedding with Groomsmen looking dashing in their military uniforms. But if men in uniform isn't your thing, and you prefer a bit of cute, you'll be pleased to know this outdoor wedding also has an abundance of that too. Firstly in the shape of Emma & Ben's adorable cocker spaniel pooch, and secondly almost stealing the show the squad of flower girls in floral crowns and dresses with bows. The day was filled with glorious sunshine, a muted palette including beautiful white & green blooms, and a truly happy bride & groom loving their relaxed day.

The Proposal

Emma the Bride: The proposal was beautiful. It was on the night we collected our cocker spaniel puppy. We went to the White Horse in Kilburn and Ben had taken his rucksack and hidden glasses, champagne and a ring in a secret pocket of the bag. When I asked if he had a drink he said yes and got down on one knee. He said “first things first though Emma Rose Marsland, will you marry me?” I, of course, said yes and I was the happiest girl in the world.

The Dress

I had seen lots of ideas for styles of dresses I liked in magazines. The Bridal Rogue Gallery in York had a dress that was the right style but I wanted to add a little something extra to it. We added a beautiful, embellished belt and made a bow for the back. It was exactly what I had dreamt of.

The Ceremony

We had four hymns, three special friends doing readings and a friend singing whilst we were signing the register. Rev. Janice Honey Morgan from the Marines, who is a good friend, took the service with Rev. Shields. We met Janice when Ben was based with the Marines in Devon.

The Cake

Betty's made the cake, it was white with white polka dots and it was beautiful.


Natasha Cadman was our photographer, she was absolutely fantastic from the moment we met her. We loved having her there on our special day and the photos are so beautiful, and really capture the happiness of the day.


Mulhern Media were wonderful and were silently there capturing every little detail. They were great guys and we enjoyed having them on our day.

Groom’s Outfit

Ben wore his military uniform and looked very smart.


Our very good family friend Sally from Friday Flowers did our flowers. We had a green and white theme with peonies, gypsophila and lots of gorgeous greenery.

Wedding Stylist

Dine helped and advised us on the style of our wedding. They were out of this world. Sister company Shades supplied the gorgeous Sailcloth marquee and were fantastic too. Both teams worked together seamlessly to make our dream day come together.


Dine also did our catering. During the drinks reception, we had canapés including skewers of beef fillet, black sesame marinated in lime, chilli and soy, shredded duck “Cones” with julienne of cucumber spring onion, ‘shots’ of carrot and orange gazpacho and wild mushroom and truffle arancini. Our starter was crab with tomato aioli. The main course was mizo glazed Nidderdale lamb followed by a trio of desserts including salted caramel chocolate mousse, chocolate coated strawberry with popping candy and chocolate and raspberry tart. In the evening we served bacon and sausage sandwiches with red and brown sauce, which was perfect. Everything was delicious!


Skewers of Beef Fillet, Black Sesame marinated in lime, chilli & soy Shredded Duck “Cones” Julienne of cucumber spring onion ‘Shot’ of Carrot & Orange Gazpacho Black Pudding Bonbon smoky bacon & tomato crumb Wild Mushroom & Truffle Arancini Scallop Sashimi Green papaya salad Wedding Breakfast Whitby Crab in a Tomato Aioli Smoked paprika wonton, marinated Pomodorino tomatoes


‘Timbale’ of Vegetable Antipasti Layers of asparagus, roasted plum tomatoes, balsamic shallots, red & yellow peppers, portobello mushrooms, griddled aubergine & mozzarella, topped with a parmesan crisp, red & green pesto Main course Mizo Glazed Nidderdale Lamb, Neck Fillet, Lamp rump, mint yoghurt, pale aubergine, green beans & coconut, Light lamb broth (served in glass jugs) Mini Copper plans of mash, served separately

Trio of Desserts

Salted caramel chocolate mousse Chocolate coated Strawberry Chocolate & raspberry tart

Evening Food

Bacon & Sausage Sandwiches with red & brown sauce
Lorna Shaw

Written by Lorna Shaw

Bridal Boutique: Bridal Gallery York | Wedding Stylist & Catering: Dine | Sailcloth Marquee: Shades | Florist: Friday Flowers | Videographer: Mulhern Media

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