Now that all the Christmas and New Year celebrations are over you’d be forgiven for thinking that you have nothing left to look forward to in this cold and dreary month. Banish those January blues with this glitzy glamorous black tie do from Kate and James who married at Yorebridge House last year amongst a backdrop of glitter.
There are gold sequinned bridesmaid dresses (immense!) a chocolate cake that will blow away even the most fervent chocoholics amongst us and probably the most romantic table florals I have seen in a long long time. If you love sequins and off-white blooms then you’ll need your pinning fingers at the ready!
I particularly love the images of Kate and James against the trees and green grass; their love for each other just pours out of the screen. Beautiful!
The Bride’s Fashion
Kate The Bride: The girls at Love Bridal Boutique were amazing! I visited lots of boutiques and each time it was suggested I went for a simple and sleek option, I loved the girls at Love Bridal as they allowed me to try on lots of different styles, and stock some amazing designers. I wanted a dress that was classic but unexpected. When I tried on theEnzoani gown I fell in love; it had major swish factor and I had that ‘this is the dress moment.’ I planned on taking off my veil much earlier in the day, but loved the whole look so much kept it on most of the day; I didn’t want to take it off.
The Groom’s Fashion
James is quite particular with fashion. He was adamant he didn’t want to fit in with the crowd and wanted something a bit different. We had seen a photo of George Clooney’s wedding, and like the whole rat pack vibe. The whole look was very elegant, and made the groom and groomsman stand out from the other guests.
We fell in love with Yorebridge House at the first visit; the rooms are so luxurious and romantic! We loved the idea of holding our own house party in the middle of nowhere with all our best friends and family. For extra space we also hired a Papakata; this allowed our guests to move between the house and the teepee and created a great space for the party in the evening.
My aunt designed all the stationery, table plans and little touches such as handmade gift boxes for the bridesmaids (including tissues and plaster for sore feet!) We wanted a personal feel to the day so she used some of our most treasured photos, and quotes from our favourite books and songs throughout the order of service, cocktail menus and table names.
Matt from Red Floral Architecture was amazing! We fell in love with the gold table clothes which mirrored the gold of the bridesmaid dresses perfectly and was the perfect contrast to the blush and ivory tones of the flowers. We wanted the whole wedding to feel glamorous and the tables to feel very full and luxurious. It was quite a gamble attempting this in a Papakata but we think the whole finish looked incredible and was perfect for us.
The Wedding Party Fashion
I looked everywhere for bridesmaid dresses, and was ready to give up. Randomly when browsing in Trafford Centre for another reason I saw these gold sequinned bridesmaid dresses through the store window. I knew it would be a gamble, but the girls loved them, and look absolutely stunning! They were perfect next to the boy’s tuxedos. The flower girls’ dresses mimicked my dress…neither had been flower girls before and I was given the brief to find princess dresses for them both. I loved the whole look.
We wanted our best friends and close family to play an active part in our wedding. Therefore, we decided James’s sister Karen, and my cousin Felix should do a reading together as a way of bringing two families together. The other reading was done by two of my best friends, and the prayers by James younger brother. I loved this as it really made the wedding a friend and family affair.
Im sure all our guests would agree the vicar was the best! She added her own special touches to the ceremony, and made everyone smile with her young and fresh approach, but still keeping it very traditional.
The very talented Jonny Ross did an acoustic set as our guests were welcomed into Yorebridge house after the church ceremony, and then in the evening provided the entertainment along with his band in the Papakata. We really hoped our wedding would feel like a party, and The Jonny Ross bands were amazing getting everyone up dancing!
When we started planning the wedding good food was one of our main priorities, and Yorebridge did not disappoint. We had canapés during the drinks reception, and then a three course wedding breakfast. The starter of Wensleydale tart played homage to the local area; the lamb was perfect for the time of year as was the chocolate brownie.
James’s Auntie Margaret did an amazing job of our sweetie table. It was a huge decorative creation with pick and mix type sweeties, ice-cream, white mice and donuts! We could not thank her enough for the effort she put in, it was a focal point in the main house.
Our cake was a showstopper; James is known to be a chocoholic and had his heart set on a huge chocolate creation from Slatterys. It was a delicious chocolate cake with different layers filled with either fudge, lemon or orange.
I found Matt Ethan when browsing through the suppliers list on ‘rock my wedding.’ We really wanted our images to be really relaxed and capture all the moments of our day without being staged. Matt did an amazing job, and the images perfectly capture our special day.