a relaxed English garden party in Yorkshire with dogs and bunting | uk wedding blog

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Morning!!! Another week, and another host of beautiful weddings. I would love to say that it is feeling like Spring in Yorkshire, but with snow forecast and the extra tog still on the bed, I am thinking it is a long way off yet.

I had no idea which image to choose as the main one, that is always a sign of a good wedding I think. So I opted for the one with the pretty shoes and tiles. Not the dogs or bunting, thought I would save that for you. I love love love that the invites were based on The Jolly Postman. The venue, a new one to me (though fun fact, I used to live in Northallerton) also incredible AND the food, oh the foooood.

Photography by SDS Photography

1 2 3 The BrideBride’s dress /shoes: Dress was from House of Mooshki, was bespoke but will soon be part of their new range so watch this space!! Shoes ASOS with Crown and Glory shoe clips in sherbet

Bride’s hair accessories/veil: Hair clips by Crown and Glory

4 5 6 The FlowersBouquet and button holes by Diana Kay, Yarm on Tees. Venue flowers done by the bride

7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 The DecorThe theme was based on bride and grooms dog and love for crafts. We wanted a relaxed English garden party with lots of colour, fun and personal touches. We had boxers cut out on all the vodka and pick a mix favours to miles of handmade bunting from the brides Mum.

15 16 The StationeryAll hand made by the bride, theme was boxers and bunting. The invites were based on the book the Jolly Postman and were a pop up peep show of the wedding hand drawn and made by the bride and her friend.

17 18 The FavoursAll made by the bride, a friend made speciality vodkas (Quince, Vanilla and Rhubarb, Damson, Honey and Ginger and Cinnamon) We then had pick a mix bags on the table as the groom father used to own a corner shop (and the bride LOVES sweets) For younger guests we made flower head dresses and a piñata for them the play with.  We were also luckily enough to have tennis courts which we put out racquets and balls for guests to play with and also football goals and a ball.

19 20 The CakeHandmade by the brides students from school, bride is a Food Technology teacher!

21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 The Hair and MakeupHair was coloured by Ashley from Butterfly Lounge Seaham, Make up was by Abi from Amethyst Beauty Great Ayton

33 34 35 36 37 The GroomSuit, Shoes and bow tie was Ted Baker, other accessories were gifts from the bride (especially his Wayfarer sunglasses)

Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories:  Topman

38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 The VenueMarried at Preston Park, Stockton on Tees. Reception was held at Potto Grange, Northallerton

51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 The FoodIt was a free bar put on by the groom to raise money for the North East Air Ambulance as they saved the bride’s father a year before the wedding

Food came from the AMAZING Wild Rover, picked initially because they were informal and served out of the back of a Land Rover the food is ethically sourced, handmade and cooked there and then. It was so good fights nearly broke out over the woodpigeon sausage roll. As the bride is vegetarian that was a main priority. We had pulled pork and veggie burgers for main.

59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 Favourite MomentBrides favourite moment: Too many to count but when I think back I have a couple. I woke up about 5am bursting the exciting and everyone was sleep. I could hear Tyler (our dog) walking around downstairs so I looked down for him and he came running up. I enjoyed a cup of tea in bed, looking at the fields, sunshine and my dress cuddled with my dog.

Generally swishing about in my dress feeling amazing. I could have become lady of the manor very easily!!

And as cliché as it is, walking around in a beautiful place, sun shining (after a freak thunderstorm on the way in between venues) with all my friends and family seeing all our planning pay off. Everyone had a good time; it was relaxed, informal and fun just as we wanted it to be.

Hearing the music start (Elbow: Station Approach) and thinking “Here we go!!”

Grooms: Waking up on the morning of the wedding to be handed a surprise from the bride. I was a pair of Rayban Wayfayers to my prescription that I’ve always wanted. The something old something new something borrowed something blue. I also got a bit teary reading the note she gave me.

80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 The HoneymoonHamburg the following December to see the Christmas Markets.

97 98 99 100AdvicePlan for yourself, not others. We learnt very quickly, you can’t please everyone so don’t bother. Remember it’s all about you marrying the love of your life, everything else is a fun surplus.

Things go wrong, no one notices.

Stop, breath, take it all in