So much love for today’s couple! Anna went dress shopping on her own whilst in Seattle and picked up a gorgeous BHLDN dress. Not many ladies wedding dress shop on their own and I totally understand why, it is an experience that you want to share with your nearest and dearest. But at the same time, you have gone this far shopping on your own for other items, you know what you look good in, so why not have a go at wedding dress shopping solo?
photography | Sally T
I wore a lace and tulle dress from BHLDN which I’d found while we were on holiday in Seattle. Lots of people found it odd that I chose my dress by myself, but for me it was the perfect way to do it – I know what suits me, I love BHLDN’s style and I really didn’t want to make a big ‘thing’ of it by spending days and days traipsing round bridal boutiques! So while Mike took himself off to watch people throwing fish about at Pike Place Market, I spent a lovely hour with wedding stylist Lydia trying on most of the shop. The dress I settled on wasn’t one I’d been particularly impressed by online, which proves you should always try things on. After a few hastily emailed pictures to my mum and bridesmaids, I’d picked my dress! I wore it with beaded flat sandals.
Bride’s hair accessories/veil – The rest of my outfit consisted of a flower crown made of dried flowers and a beaded cape for the evening (which I only remembered to wear when my mum manhandled me into it!) – both from Asos. My ‘something old’ was my granny’s pearl necklace, and my ‘something borrowed’ was a lace handkerchief belonging to Mike’s nana which I tied around my bouquet. I think I just forgot about having ‘something blue’ – but then my eyes are blue, so maybe that’s enough!
Love Cheese with Mr & Mrs dinosaur cake toppers!
We kept decor simple and rustic with hay bale seating sourced by our small-holder neighbours (the perks of living in the country!), fresh flowers grown by mine and Mike’s mums, and metres of knitted bunting handmade by me, my mum and my nana.
Tunnock’s Tea Cakes
It’s definitely true what they say – your wedding goes by in a bit of a blur! But I’ll remember: running around the tipi at 9.00am throwing our Tunnocks teacakes place-settings into position with my bridesmaids; me and my dad on our own in the house just before heading up to the church discussing why I wasn’t nervous because Mike was the right person for me; smiling like a complete moron as I walked down the aisle and saw Mike at the end looking very dashing; pelting my neighbours with coins as we left the church (Don’t ask – it’s an old village tradition. And apparently I don’t know my own strength); the amazing speeches by my dad, Mike and his twin brother Andy; flinging ourselves about during the Ceilidh; dancing my nextdoor neighbours’ little girls to Sweet Child of Mine; and thinking how lucky I was to have married such a great man and how lucky we were to have such wonderful family and friends.
Mike says: watching Anna walking down the aisle towards me and seeing all my friends and family who’d made the effort to come and see us get married. He’s a man of few(er) words!
Sally T Photography. We love how our photos focus on capturing all the little moments of the day. You see lots of wedding photography that’s completely focused on the couple – which is lovely if that’s what you want, but we really liked seeing our friends and family enjoying themselves as, sadly, it wasn’t possible for us to spend lots of time with everyone.
When we first spoke to Sally we said what we were most worried about was being asked to pose like berks for hours on end. This absolutely did not happen, and she managed to get great pictures of two camera shy people without us even really noticing it was happening!
Bridesmaids – Little Mistress (ugh such a tacky name, but they were nice dresses!)
Mike wore a mid-grey three piece suit from M&S. It was the first suit he saw and, despite his height, needed very little tailoring. His shirt was from Thomas Pink, and he wore black brogues from Russell & Bromley. He had a self-tie bowtie and pocket square made from Liberty fabric which we spent an age choosing. And I very quickly had to learn to tie a bowtie – no pressure at all attempting to get that right on the morning of the wedding!
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories – Mike and his four best men all wore matching Happy Socks – because Mike is known for his colourful socks!
St John the Evangelist church followed by a tipi in the field behind Anna’s parents’ house. All in the village of Welburn, North Yorkshire
Neither of us had a particular ‘vision’ in mind – we just wanted something low-key, low fuss and lots of fun. We were keen to get married up in North Yorkshire, where I grew up. A formal venue didn’t really feel right, so one weekend while Mike was off on a boys’ holiday with his best men to be, my mum and I did a whistle-stop tour of outdoor wedding sites in and around York. While some of them were lovely, I didn’t really see anything that seemed quite us – and lots were actually incredibly expensive for what’s essentially just a field. Which is why when our next door neighbour popped round to say we could happily use her paddock to host the wedding, Mike and I were delighted – as were my mum and dad. It meant a lot to all of us for me to get married at home.
Mike was really keen on a tipi as an interesting and quirky reception venue – it also reminded us of our Swedish camping engagement. We settled on having the ceremony at the village church; Mike liked the traditional aspect of a church service and though I’m not really a religious person, I’d spent a lot of time at that church doing harvest festivals and nativity plays as a child, so it felt very familiar.
Photographer – Sally T Photography www.sallytphoto.com
Tipi – TipiChic (tipichic.co.uk)
Caterers – Poppy Caterers (poppymarquees.co.uk)
Florist (bouquets and buttonholes) – Busy Liz’s Floral Design (busylizs.co.uk)
Cake – Love Cheese (lovecheese.co.uk)
Photobooth – Booth Revolution (http://www.boothrevolution.com)
Car – a vintage 2CV kindly driven by our neighbours
Dress alterations – Once Upon A Dress (facebook.com/onceuponadressyork)
Hair – JQ Hairdresser (facebook.com/jqmobilehair)
Make-up – Niki Stannard (facebook.com/NikiStannardMakeupArtist)
Dress – BHLDN
Flower crown – The Artisan Dried Flower Company (https://www.artisandriedflowers.co.uk/)
Videographer – our friends, led by Nikki Samuel who blogs at brideandtonic.com, made us a surprise video!
Bar – we had an open bar and bought are own alcohol from Majestic Calais and online
Stationery – Vistaprint