Right then. Who loves peach and blue? Yep, I thought as much. Most of you then. Well if that’s the case you’re going to adore Libby and Paul’s gorgeous wedding day at Newburgh Priory.
Incidentally, Libby was very familiar with her wedding venue having accompanied her florally talented mum there as a little girl when she arranged flowers for other lucky couples. Libby’s mum kept the tradition going by styling the blooms on Libby’s big day too with bucketfuls of eucalyptus, thistles and peach roses.
One of the things I love most about this special day apart from Libby’s Jenny Packham’s ‘Damask’ bridal gown and the fact she wore her Great Grandmother’s watch on her wedding day is the table centrepieces; whiskey bottles filled with willow branches with small birds clipped onto the branches. What a brilliant and innovative idea!
The Bride’s Fashion
Libby The Bride: I wore Jenny Packham’s ‘Damask’ bridal gown which I purchased from Ellie Sanderson in Oxford. I opted for Rachel Simpson’s Mimosa shoes because I loved their handmade quality. They were so extremely comfortable all day, and are beautiful shoes that I will be able to wear on many future occasions.
My mum gave me a special gift on my wedding day – my great grandmother’s Rone watch – The traditional look worked perfectly with the gown.
My mum also arranged and selected all the flowers. She used to arrange wedding flowers at this venue when I was a child. The colours were chosen to fit with the peach and grey scheme – so eucalyptus, thistle and peach roses featured. In addition to our bouquets she arranged several large pedestals at the entrance to the venue, within the ceremony room, and a further one within the marquee. We didn’t have any traditional arrangements on the tables as we had focused on rather sculptural willow branches set in whiskey bottles. the bottles themselves became the table name.
We married at Newburgh Priory choosing the venue not only because it provides such a stunning backdrop to an event, but also because I used to go there as a child with my mother when she arranged flowers for weddings. We struggled to find the right venue initially, a place where we felt a connection, and Newburgh just felt right. There are many different vistas for photographs and plenty of beautiful backdrops indoors too if you are unlucky with the weather.
I am a colour and materials stylist by trade, currently working for a leading car manufacturer, and so spent many hours considering all the fine details of the day and wanted to deliver every element of the decor personally. The theme we decided upon was an indoor garden – with a clear marquee set within the ruin walls. To make the most of the environment around us you could see up to the sky at night. We played bird music as the guests made their way to the tables. We had a comfy seating area using our own garden furniture and a bench my brother made for us especially. Paul and I scavenged the local forests for long branches we could make into giant flowers – setting them into concrete in old plant pots, and making tissue paper flower heads ordered from Etsy.
On each table the centerpieces used our old whiskey bottles (we drank a lot in the run up) filled with willow branches. Small birds purchased from ebay clipped onto the branches. These were mostly found on peoples heads at the end of the night. The guests loved them! My mother had been growing the hanging baskets all summer, and the name settings on the tables were mini plant pots with marzipan vegetables inside. We both love gardening, and the evening space was an expression of our love of the outdoors.
Rhian from Celebrate Country Cake Design made our cakes. We kept the cakes simple, with one cake being chocolate and the other fruit.
The Hog and Apple catered for our wedding breakfast – they are more than just a hog roast company. We chose their fantastic canapes and had a set sit down three course menu as well. We chose Hog and Apple because they specialize in local meats and roast dinners. A particular penchant of ours. The main course was finished off by a trio of desserts, and late at night they brought out bacon sandwiches.
Bridal Party Fashion
I wanted the girls to have a dress they could wear again, and would stylish in and chose from the Jenny Packham range in Debenhams. I think good quality bridesmaids dresses are difficult to find but these were absolutely beautiful. Dark grey was very sophisticated and suited their complexions.
Paul and the groomsmen wore grey suits to fit with the bridesmaids’ grey dresses. The groom had a lighter grey suit with dark navy brogues purchased from Clements & Church in Leamington and a dark navy waistcoat with peach details from Ted Baker. A bit of a mix and match affair that worked really well. Paul didn’t want to be too traditional so this was a little different from the norm.
Johnty Mongan is an amazing solo artist and guitarist who played as I entered the civil ceremony and throughout the drinks reception. It was more dramatic to have a live element to the day and provided some entertainment for our guests. We discussed all the songs with him, and he even learnt some specific songs just for us. In the evening he became our DJ.
Rowan Coombs Photography we had several meetings with Alice to get used to the camera and to run through the venue photography as well. We liked Alice because she is so personable and eager to get to know you before the wedding day itself. She really put us at ease and totally blended in during the day to capture all of the natural shots that we had requested.
For us the most important thing was to have a party and celebrate with all the people we love most. We wanted the guests to feel relaxed and enjoy a really great ambiance. We didn’t want there to be lots of hanging around and wishing they had a drink or something to eat. This drove us to focus on having plenty of canapes and nibbles and drinks. And of course no party is complete without good music. We had music throughout the drinks reception, and garden games to keep everyone entertained whilst we did the family photographs. The beautiful grounds were also a great distraction for those who wanted a walk or to sneak out and enjoy the sunset beside the lake.
Photography by Rowan Coombs Photography
- Bridal Gown Jenny Packham ‘Damask’
- Bridal Boutique Ellie Sanderson
- Bridesmaids Jenny Packham at Debenhams
- Venue Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, North Yorkshire
- Cake Celebrate Country Cake Design
- Groom Clements & Church
- Caterers The Hog and Apple
- Bridal Shoes Rachel Simpson – Mimosa
- Entertainment Johnty Mongan
- Wedding Co-ordinator Sally at Priceless Weddings