Morning! We are in the final run up to Christmas, are you prepared for it? Are you ready for some time off? I know I am! Tori and Neil created a beautifully elegant laid back day with tones of grey, green and pretty calligraphy. The venue flowers a gorgeous, and very on trend for a greenery led 2017. Hope you enjoy.
photography | Chris Seddon
Catherine Elizabeth International hair and make up. http://www.catherine-elizabeth.co.uk
The perfume – Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
Bride’s hair accessories/veil – Little Pearl Bridal Company
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories – Reiss
Wild Floral Couture http://wildfloralcouture.co.uk Allie at Wild Floral Couture just understood my vision for the day instantly. Planning the flowers was one of my favourite parts of the planning and they looked stunning on the day
When I walked into the church and saw my husband- to-be and all of the faces I love, looking back at me. I will never forget that moment. It was also a treasured moment to have my Mum walk me down the aisle. Sadly my Dad passed away some years ago and other than him, I wouldn’t have had anyone else by my side.
St Helen’s Church, Escrick & Skipwith Hall and Gardens
Claire from Moon and Tide Calligraphy for weddings http://calligraphy-for-weddings.com provided stunning menus, table plans and names and name cards for guests. These were done on white card with silver lettering to match our colour theme.
Dresses were from Dessy.
Friends for Dinner http://friends4dinner.co.uk provided the canapés, wedding breakfast and the bar for us. In the evening we also had a cute pizza van provided by the Artisan Pizza Company. http://www.artisanpizzacompany.co.uk
Chris Seddon Wedding Photography http://www.chris-seddon.co.uk
We chose Chris after he was recommended by one of our friends who is also a wedding photographer, but was attending our wedding as a guest, (high praise indeed).
We viewed his website and realized his style of photography was exactly what we were looking for; natural and relaxed. Chris manages to capture moments of your guests and the day that you didn’t necessarily get to see as the bride and groom and manages to tell the “story” of your day through his pictures.
We provided mini bottles of prosecco with a matching grey straw attached to the neck with ribbon for the ladies and a bottle of Aspall cider for the men. Both had a personalized message on them and we provided bottle openers on the tables.
We worked with wedding planner Ellen Davies from LND Events http://www.lnd-events.co.uk who we’d instructed to plan and style our wedding. As part of her service, she sets up a secret Pinterest board so we could share ideas and give her the best understanding of what we wanted. Our brief to her was ‘White Company’ and ‘English country garden’ to match the reception surroundings so we wanted a very clean and chic look with the florals taking a large focal point.
Allie from Wild Floral Couture created us 2 large foliage wheels suspended on chains from the marquee ceiling, which were covered in masses of eucalyptus and decorated with fairy lights.
For the tables, we decided on dove grey tablecloths and napkins, which looked stunning against the white marquee and white crockery. The calligraphy menus then lay on top of the napkins and a simple eucalyptus sprig was tied to them using beautiful silk grey stripped ribbon.
The centrepieces were alternated between tall arrangements and low ones. The tall ones incorporated plenty of foliage and flowers to match my bouquet, along with hanging glass baubles containing tea-lights and a solid twig structure to the centre of the vase and clear votives at the base. These were arranged to cascade slightly. The low ones were urns with foliage and flowers as before with the clear glass votives around the base again.
Ellen then sourced some pretty glass bell jars which she used to hold the table names in. She made the names look suspended in the glass and decorated the bottoms with some sweet Avalanche roses.
The tables were then finished with favours and of course the guests names.
Ellen talked about whether we wanted a more specific theme to help with the finishing touches and suggested something to do with travel as she knew that was something we loved. Neil proposed to me in Paris so instead we thought that would be perfect and the tables were named after various Parisian landmarks.
We found a beautiful old Parisian map and frame and Ellen asked the calligraphist to create the table plans on clean white luggage tags which Ellen then arranged on the map, using twine between the tag and the landmark. This was then framed which we have now kept as special memento.
The marquee was then surrounded by large silver lanterns and huge pillar candles which really came to life in the evening.
We had the full use of Skipwith Hall’s gardens, which was the main reason for booking the venue. The kitchen garden had been landscaped in a circular design to spiral in towards a central fountain. This is where we held our reception drinks and canapés and later wanted guests to be able to wander so we asked Ellen to source plenty of lanterns on crooks of various heights to make the grounds accessible all night. My mum also bought tonnes of tikki lights which were arranged either side of the big iron gates at the entrance of our marquee and when lit at night, made a very impressive statement.
Jonny Ross Music http://www.jonnyrossmusic.com provided acoustic singers Mali & Me in the day and Hot Biscuit to cover the wedding breakfast and evening entertainment finishing with a DJ set including a list of our preferences.
Hire a wedding planner and if you can’t budget for that, listen to your suppliers. They are experts in their field and have attended many weddings, they understand what your wedding guests need and want and are experts with any wedding related question.
Also, keep the day as personal to you and your husband-to-be as possible. When choosing the food, we were struggling to decide what all of our guests would enjoy, so our caterers asked us what we would order at a restaurant and we decided on steak and chips. They reminded us it was our day and that our guests would enjoy it no matter what, as they were there to celebrate with us. I tried to remember that piece of advice throughout the planning and feel we created a day that was completely personal to our taste and what we wanted and we received so many compliments from our guests of what a great time they had and that the day was completely reflective of our personalities and taste.
Where did you find your inspiration? Pinterest, Instagram and with having numerous discussions of my “vision” with my wedding planner, family and florist.