A three day Christmas themed affair set in the countryside of North Yorkshire with a tweed wedding suit and a hint of rock n roll. After meeting at a ski resort the couple wanted a winter wedding and as they are both huge fans of Christmas it was all meant to be. They picked the weekend before Christmas which meant that everyone was in such high spirits and ready to celebrate. The grooms best man is part of a rock band and they provided the evening entertainment, which even included a personal song that the band had written about the newlyweds. Crathorne Hall played host and it was the perfect backdrop opting for classic styling with hints of green and white to suit their theme. The couple booked the venue for exclusive use meaning that most of their guests could make a full weekend of it. They created an itinerary with personalised welcome gifts in everyone's room and the celebrations kicked off at a local traditional country pub. On the third night, their closest friends and family stayed for an intimate dinner, such a lovely way to enjoy the extra time together and reminisce about the wedding.

What Made Our Day Unique

We met in a ski resort in the French Alps, so had a slight ski theme to our day complete with shot skis and Génépi! Our invitations were beautifully hand-designed watercolour sketches of us sat on a chairlift as bride & groom, and our wedding breakfast tables were named after ski resorts we had been too together. Jake's best man is in a band - The Secret Elephant. The rest of the band members set up while the wedding breakfast was going on, and they played for our evening entertainment which was a really special personal touch and even wrote a song about us! (their album is now on Spotify so pretty special) They are a modern rock band, so we were a bit worried it may not be everyone's cup of tea, but everyone including my mum was rocking on the dancefloor till the early hours! Our favourite moment was the ceremony, I walked down the aisle to an acoustic version 'You're my best friend' originally by Queen. Jake cried when he saw me and it took some effort for me to hold back the tears to prevent my make-up from being ruined! We both wrote our own vows which were very personal about our journey and it was hugely emotional and special, a memory we will both treasure always. Everyone cried and commented on how it was one of the best and most emotional ceremonies they had ever experienced.

Philippa & Jake

Tweed Wedding Suit

Jake wore a tweed wedding suit together with his groomsmen who teamed their suits with green ties and pocket squares to grace the Christmas theme. Philippa looked beautiful with her long braided hair teamed with an embellished headband and laced detail dress by Anna Georgina. Her bridesmaids all donned gorgeous green dresses as well as white gypsophila bouquets. Flower House Hartburn created the arrangements including the bride's elegant combination of anemones with black centres, a subtle nod to rock n roll along with her black glitter nail varnish.

Inspiration & Styling

Classic, vintage, with a hint of rock n roll! After meeting in the French Alps, we wanted a Winter wedding to be as close to ski/snow vibes as possible. We both love Christmas and thought this was the perfect time of year to get married, and this set the basis for our styling. We went for whites & Christmas greens for bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen ties/pocket squares and for the flowers - my bouquet was all white and greens with anemones with black centres for the hint of rock n roll, I also had black nails with glitter (since it was Christmas time!)

Philippa & Jake

Planning & Advice

Best tip ever - hand everything over to your Maid of honour/Mum at least 2 days before the wedding, and go on a spa day with your girlfriends the day before your big day so you are completely chilled out and start the celebrations early with your bridal party - it goes so quick, having the extra day before to be all prepared allowed me to be much more relaxed. We went to the Feversham Arms in Helmsley which was fabulous, and we had lots of pampering treatments & champagne!

Philippa & Jake

We love a winter wedding here at Rock My Wedding, there is something about them that just feels so special being surrounded by all your loved ones indoors and enjoying the seasonal festivities. So, if you need a little winter wedding inspiration we have so much more where this came from, so grab a cuppa, get your cosy blanket and enjoy these seasonal celebrations!

Olivia Smith

Written by Olivia Smith

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Venue: Crathorne Hall | Videographer: Mike @ Moon River Films | Bridal Dress: Raphella by Anna Georgina | Bridal Boutique: Morgan Davies London | Bridesmaid Dress: Coast | Grooms Suit: Vintage Suit Hire | Fashion Accessories - Earrings: Britten Weddings | - Headband: Etsy | Bridal Shoes: Jenny Packham for L.K.Bennett | Cake: Jens House Of Cakes | Florist: Flower House Hartburn | Hair Stylist: Amy @ All Dolled Up | Makeup Artist: Meg Murray | Stationery - Watercolour Invitations : By Florence | - On The Day Stationery: Etsy | Entertainment: Secret Elephant Band | Decor & Hire: First Class Wedding Co. | Honeymoon Provider: Alltracks Academy | Favours: Dogs Trust Donations | Harpist: Anita @ Harping On!

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