a literary themed wedding at Rudding Park | uk wedding blog

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Another day, and another beautiful wedding. Gavin featured on the blog a fair few years back now and today we are treated to another beauty of his weddings. My favourite thing about Holly and Ben’s wedding (aside from their gorgeousness) was that they had porridge and jam for favours. I think that is the first I have seen as porridge for favours and I am a huge fan of it! More porridge at weddings please. If you are a northern bride this wedding has some great suppliers for you.

photography | Gavin Forster

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Maggie Sottero, Elizabeth of York bridal shop. http://www.elizabethofyork.co.uk

Shoes – Monsoon bridal.

Bride’s hair accessories/veil – Veil from Elizabeth of York. http://www.elizabethofyork.co.uk

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Hair by Michaela and Jodie from Charrity Hair Design, Harrogate. http://www.charrityhairdesign.co.uk

Make-up by my sister! Charlotte Tilbury products used.

The perfume – Eternity Moment, Calvin Klein

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Kate Mell, Boston Spa.

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ASOS wedding collection dresses – shoes etc their own.

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The ceremony was incredible! But the exact favourite moment would be walking down the aisle, seeing family, friends, and so many people who we love. Our friend Adam composed a beautiful piece of music for us that our brass band (again – made up of family and friends!) played as my bridesmaids and I walked in and it was a truly epic and emotional moment – and of course, wonderful to see Ben waiting at the end of the aisle!

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Suit – Ted Baker, Shoes – Dune.

Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories – Moss Bros. Suit Hire

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Rudding Park, Harrogate & St. Michael le Belfrey church, York.

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homemade by Holly!

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Provided by Rudding Park and all delicious! Canapés and prosecco reception, followed by 3-course meal, and in the evening, we had sausage sandwiches and several massive cheeseboards, plus our incredible wedding cake by Debbie from Baked Beauties.

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Literary theme – we love reading and so integrated as many quotes and favourite books as possible! Stacks of old books on every table, tied with velvet ribbon, plus we made Penguin-style book covers for the table names and table plan, and we used our favourite quotes in the church, hung along the pews. Other decorations were there to make it more Spring-like, given the wedding was in April – sprigs of blossom and plenty of greenery, flower garlands winding around the bannisters…we also wanted plenty of light so had fairy lights and silvery candles wherever they would fit! Basically – all our favourite things!
We also had a sweet table, organised by one of our good friends, plus a finger-print guestbook, and video message guest book.

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Homemade sachets of flavoured porridge oats – Benjamin’s raspberry porridge, and Holly’s gingerbread porridge. We did these ourselves, with some help from bridesmaids!

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friends from uni made up a jazz band and a friend from York providing sound/DJing!

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Remind yourself that it’s a massive privilege to get married and have a wedding – it makes you appreciate the decisions instead of getting stressed! Remember why you’re getting married in the first place – the marriage afterwards is way more important than the wedding. And have someone you trust helping during planning, to call you out on any ‘Bridezilla’ moments (for me it was my mum and sister!).

Where did you find your inspiration? From the things we love that characterise us and our relationship. Even the details – for example, we like books – we had books! We like porridge – we had porridge favours! We also did a lot of looking round – online, Pinterest, being at other people’s weddings, asking advice from friends…We wanted to feel at home at our own wedding, and to make our guests comfortable too, so made the day as personal to our style and personalities as possible.

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