a very romantic winter military wedding in North Yorkshire | uk wedding blog

facebook-profile-picture By Phoebe

Good morning you lovely lot. Another day, another beautiful wedding! It is meant to be the hottest day of the year so far, though I am guessing this doesn’t include Yorkshire, it never does. So it seems quite fitting to cool off with a gorgeous winter wedding. Sophie and James’s day is gorgeous, Sophie looks glorious in her gown (she also has to be the smiliest bride ever) and James looks ever so dashing in his military dress. I think my favourite detail of this wedding are the knitted hearts as favours/christmas tree decorations made my Sophie’s mum. Dedication!

photography by Laura Rhian Photography 

LRP-4 LRP-6 LRP-11 The BrideMy dress was by Alfred Angelo from Elizabeth George Bridal in Middlesbrough. I loved the trying on experience even if it did take a while! I knew I wanted lace and when I tried my dress on I knew it was the one. I had the bow around the middle made separately just to add a little bit more detail.  My shoes were by Lucy Choi London and I got them on a last minute shopping trip to Harvey Nichols. I wanted a bit of sparkle so thought I would bring that with my shoes!

Bride’s hair accessories/veil: My veil was by Spellbinder from Destiny Bridal in Middlesbrough. I had always loved the idea of a full length veil but was worried it would drown me due to me being quite small! It worked though and I absolutely loved wearing it. I was sad to take it off!

LRP-18 LRP-26 LRP-28 LRP-41 The Hair and MakeupMy hair was styled by the lovely Lesley Hewitson from LA Hair in Yarm. Lesley knew I wanted to go for a vintage look and gave me the vintage waves that I had imagined. I did my own makeup and loved spending a shopping afternoon trying out different makes. I decided on Lancome and bought every product going!

LRP-55 LRP-65 LRP-73 LRP-76 LRP-79 LRP-84 LRP-89 The PerfumeI wore my favourite perfume Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel. 

LRP-94 LRP-98 LRP-99 LRP-101 LRP-110 The FlowersOur flowers were by Flower House in Hartburn village. Gill and the team made us feel completely at ease and knew exactly what we wanted. The flowers were so beautiful and suited the hall and the rooms beautifully.

LRP-118 The BridesmaidsMy Bridesmaids dresses were from H and M. I hadn’t decided on a colour theme but when I spotted theses dresses I knew that was the colour I wanted. The girls all suited the shape and style perfectly.  Their shoes were from Tesco! These were my ultimate bargain buy! I bought their earrings from Marks and Spencer.

LRP-123 LRP-130 LRP-134 LRP-135 LRP-139 The GroomJames is in the Military so he wore his Naval uniform. He had an easy job really!

Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories: Some of the Groomsmen wore their military Uniforms and the others wore navy suits from Next.

LRP-147 LRP-148 LRP-162 LRP-166 LRP-172 LRP-174 LRP-178 LRP-179 LRP-188 LRP-194 LRP-207 LRP-216 LRP-221 LRP-225 LRP-226 LRP-230 LRP-237 LRP-240 LRP-244 LRP-245 LRP-250 LRP-251 LRP-254 The PhotographerThe amazingly talented Laura Rhian Photography! We didn’t know where to start when it came to choosing a photographer but from the first skype conversation with Laura we knew we needed her for our big day! She captured every moment perfectly and we feel so lucky to have such stunning images to look back at to remember our day.

LRP-256 LRP-263 LRP-265 The FavoursMy fabulous Mum spent weeks knitting little red hearts for the female guests. The idea was that our guests would hang them on their tree as a decoration each year and remember our wedding day. For the men my Bridesmaids and I tied lace bows (of course!) around candy canes.

LRP-266 LRP-267 LRP-268 LRP-269 The DecorWe hadn’t started with a theme in mind to be honest but we ended up with quite a Vintage / Romantic style.

LRP-270 LRP-271 LRP-274 LRP-275 LRP-277 LRP-280 The StationeryMyself and my Bridesmaids created the place names using luggage labels and a gold pen! We also spent a whole evening tying lace bows around jars, string across baskets and more lace bows around anything we could lay our hands on!

Our fantastic table plan and memory board were created by Samantha Green Wedding Calligraphy. I am a teacher and was lucky enough to know Samantha as a parent. I had seen her work before and knew I needed her to create something special. What she created was spectacular. Her work brought us all to tears. In 2010 I lost my Dad and James lost his Mum so the day and lead up to it was always going to be tough and full of emotion. The memory board that Samantha created enabled us to ensure that my Dad and James Mum were with us and our happy memories were shared with everyone.

LRP-281 The FoodCrathorne Hall provided the catering. We were blown away by the food. It was delicious and the room full of clean plates just proved that our guests approved too!

LRP-283 LRP-285 LRP-286 LRP-291 LRP-295 LRP-298 LRP-306 The CakeOur ‘naked’ cake was baked by my fabulously talented and beautiful friend and Bridesmaid SophieBakes. This was our wedding present and we were absolutely thrilled with it. The whole wedding party were too! It went down a treat! There wasn’t a crumb left!

LRP-307 LRP-308 LRP-312 LRP-313 LRP-337 LRP-341 LRP-352 LRP-354 LRP-359 LRP-369 Favourite MomentOur favourite moment was sitting down to eat and looking around feeling so overwhelmed that everyone was in one room just for us. Also, with the sun shining beautifully all day and the light sprinkling of snow that arrived on the evening we knew that both James’ Mum and my Dad were there watching over us too.

LRP-380 LRP-384 LRP-387 LRP-393 LRP-397 LRP-403 LRP-409 LRP-430 LRP-433 LRP-445 LRP-450 LRP-463 LRP-466 The EntertainmentDuring the reception drinks we chose to have a string trio playing called Aurora Strings. We chose songs that we love and knew would be recognised by our guests. We wish we had managed to listen to them a bit more as they really were fantastic. Our band for the evening was the talented BluJam. They had everyone up on the dance floor for the entirety of their set. They created the energetic atmosphere we wanted for our evening.

LRP-470 LRP-473 LRP-477 LRP-478 The HoneymoonRoad tripping around America…we can’t wait!

LRP-482 LRP-484 LRP-489 LRP-494AdviceLeave the planner/organisers with a detailed plan of how you want everything. You could provide pictures with notes etc. This will help you feel much more relaxed on the morning knowing everything is in hand.

Remember to enjoy yourself! The small things that you notice aren’t quite right won’t be noticed by anyone else.

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