I’ve long been a fan of Holly from Belle and Beau Photography work – she manages to capture the most beautifully lit images in a completely natural way – and Louise and Graham’s wedding day is no exception.
I’ve fallen head over heels for this elegant strawberry ice-cream palette of a wedding complete with the prettiest bridesmaids dresses I’ve seen all year (the lace! the back detail!), the most EPIC bouquet and a table plan to swoon over. Yep I can guarantee that you’re going to pin that one!
Honestly though just take a look at this gorgeous couple’s portrait session – they are so lovingly at ease with one another that it makes me smile like a loon. Oh and you might just catch a glimpse of Louise’s amazing ring – it’s definitely been added to my covet list anyway.
Louise The Bride: My dress was ‘Sapphire’ by Ian Stuart which I bought from The Bridal Collection in Harrogate run by Hayley Dennison. The style was totally different to what I thought I would end up with and my Mum and sister knew it was ‘the one’ immediately. There wasn’t a lightbulb moment for me as such, and I found the whole process a bit daunting, but the more dresses I tried on, the more I realised that no others came close. On the day I knew I had made the right decision, the dress fit perfectly and I felt amazing in it.
My veil was also Ian Stuart and was made to go with the dress, again this was from The Bridal Collection in Harrogate. I had a bespoke hair comb made by Victoria Walker. She was brilliant, she made the comb to compliment my dress and really understood what I wanted (which was quite an achievement as I didn’t even really know what I wanted!). She also made bespoke mini versions of my comb for my bridesmaids.
I wore pale pink peep toes by Christian Dior. I dragged my two chief bridesmaids to London for a full day to find my shoes. It was much harder than I expected but in the end I got them from Harrods.
For my bouquet and the bridesmaids’ bouquets I went for a combination of roses, dahlias, nigellas, spray roses, fountain grass and lots of greenery. These were tied with blush silk sari ribbon that I bought from Silk and Willow. Sally from Serendipity created my flowers and my meetings with her were one of my favourite parts of the planning. She was amazing, really understood what I wanted and so much fun to work with.
We had corsages of roses and greenery for Graham and his groomsmen and corsages of roses, nigella and greenery for our Mums, Grandmas, great aunt and two of my best friends who also put together an incredible reading for our ceremony which we now have framed at home (I cry every time I read it). We had alternating high and low centrepieces on the tables which included the same flowers in addition to hydrangeas and lots of trailing greenery.
Bridal Party Fashion
The groomsmens wore 3 piece navy suits hired from Bridal Apparel in Rawdon. My bridesmaids wore floor length pale blush dresses made by the amazing duo Becky and Marie who run Smith & Downes in York. They were amazing from the start, who doesn’t love Prosseco with 11am consultations! One of my chief bridesmaids and my sister were pregnant until a few months before the wedding and Becky & Marie were so flexible with their fittings and making sure that the final adjustments were done at the last minute so the dresses were a perfect fit.
Graham wore a bespoke tailored suit which he had made by James Michelsberg at Michelsberg tailors based in the Victoria Quarter in Leeds, he looked so handsome! He took the opportunity to get himself some fancy shoes too and these were from Church’s in Leeds.
The amazing Holly of Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography took our photos. I knew I wanted a photographer with a ‘fine art’ style who would complement all the details of the day and then I found Holly’s blog. Her style is incredible, the way she uses light is just beautiful and her pictures are timeless. As soon as we met Holly and her husband Phil in person we knew we absolutely had to have them as photographers. On the day they were both incredible and having them capture our day was without doubt one of the best decisions we made.
I looked at so many pictures of cakes and eventually decided I wanted something pretty and simple but that still had the wow factor. We met up with Zoe of Zoe’s Fancy Cakes and showed her all of our ideas. We ended up going with a chocolate layer and a sponge layer covered in ‘frills’ and the cake looked incredible on the day. Because flowers were such a big part of our day we got Sally to add some simple trailing roses to the cake which was the perfect finishing touch.
I knew I wanted something a bit different for our ceremony and drinks reception so we decided to get an acoustic female singer. We were let down by the artist we originally booked at the last minute and managed to find Jade only a few weeks before our wedding, she was amazing. She sang as I walked down the aisle, during the signing of the ￼register, as we left church and during our drinks reception. We have so many comments about her from our guests.
For the evening reception we just had a DJ, we knew that our friends would just want to be up dancing and this worked perfectly. We also had a photobooth with props which our guests loved! Each picture was printed and put in a book for our guests to sign, it was an interesting read the morning after the wedding!
Our first dance was to ‘Dream a little dream’ by Mama Cass, the Mamas and the Papas. This has always been Graham’s favourite song. It’s timeless and classic and I knew it wasn’t going to be a song that we would hear all the time so it will still be special and personal to us in many years time. As a wedding present, my mum got us a framed copy of the original record which is a lovely reminder.
We decided to donate to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund on behalf of our guests rather than having favours. We went trekking with the mountain Gorillas in Rwanda for part of our honeymoon and this charity plays a huge part in the protection of these incredible creatures that we were so lucky to go see.
We kept things quite simple and just filled the day with flowers and candles. I collected all the candles holders, jars and vases myself and explained everything I wanted to Sally who was kind enough to bring it to life on the day. Graham handmade a number of signs for the day and our amazing guestbook which was a cross section of a tree. He sanded and varnished it beautifully before guests signed it on the day. It’s now on our wall at home and it’s lovely to have something that we can see and read every day.
Just having everyone you love in one place is amazing. We loved our ceremony and being able to look out at all our friends and family. Our bishop, Bishop Geoffrey was also wonderful and allowed us to tailor our ceremony to include personal touches like the reading put together by two of my best friends. It was my great Aunt’s 85th birthday on our wedding day. She was one of our witnesses and the venue also arranged for a cake to be brought out for her during the meal and everyone sang happy birthday. Being able to make her feel special on the day meant the world to me.
Everyone says it but the day goes so quickly, I still can’t quite believe how fast it actually went. Take the time when you’re having your pictures as husband and wife to take it all in and enjoy it. It’s so easy to get caught up in wanting all the little details to be perfect but, even if they aren’t, no one will notice except you! You’ll spend months agonizing over every little detail and worrying things won’t go right but, on the day, it just comes together and works. Try not to forget why you’re there, you’re marrying the love of your life, that’s what’s important. Our day was more perfect than we could have imagined. The only downside is that we can’t do it all again.
Photography by Belle and Beau Wedding Photography
- Boutique The Bridal Collection Harrogate
- Dress Sapphire by Ian Stuart
- Florist Serendipity Floral Designs
- Groomsmen Bridal Apparel Leeds
- Bridesmaids Smith and Downes
- Cakes Zoe’s Fancy Cakes
- Groom’s Fashion James Michelsberg
- Shoes Christian Dior
- Headpiece Victoria Walker
- Venue Rudding Park in Harrogate