Why did you choose the Yorkshire Dales for your wedding? We wanted to get married somewhere that felt connected to us - we'd both enjoyed many family holidays in the Yorkshire Dales and the area represents so many things that we love, the countryside, family, community, ruins, good ale and plenty of fresh air!
We wanted a festival-type vibe, a field, good beer, good food and a proper party. My dream had also always been to have my wedding at a ruined castle so when we found the ruins of Jervaulx Abbey, we couldn’t stop smiling. Once we’d seen Jervaulx nothing compared: we knew in our hearts it was the perfect place for us. We wanted a church wedding and knew we wanted it to be local to the reception so we committed to attending a local church once a month for six months in order to be allowed the permission to be married in it. Thornton Steward was the most idyllic church either of us had ever had the pleasure of visiting, it’s the oldest church in Wensleydale and is down a beautiful tree lined country lane before you glimpse the church atop a grassy vantage point which takes in a breath-taking scope of dales countryside.
Tell us a little your wedding dress, wedding cars, caterers, photographer and all the people who made your day so special?
I found a Maggie Sottero dress at Morgan Davies in Hitchen that made me feel all kinds of wonderful and myself at the same time. I danced ALL night in that dress too so it was everything I could have dreamed of and more.
Vicki Suddaby who did my hair and makeup was incredible. She knew I was concerned about blemishes but she kept my makeup so light that you couldn’t tell I had any on in the beautiful sunshine. She completely understood what I was after.
The florist Alice at Forage and Blossom created the most beautiful displays for the wedding, the church flowers and our top table garland were absolutely perfect and our bouquets and my flower crown were just incredible. I had blousy roses with lots of wild flowers, richly scented sweet peas and rosemary and clover in my flower crown, Alice also grows and gathers as much as possible from her own cutting garden so the locally grown aspect was also such a nice touch. The flowers are probably my favourite styling touch we did on the day and I was incredibly grateful to have found some one who had such vision.
The cars were provided by Classic Car hire North East. we had a 1935 Austin and a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and I can’t say enough about the service. The gentlemen who escorted us, Carl and Phil were just so lovely and patient and helpful, and the cars were beyond beautiful!
The Kendal String Quartet were exceptional and played both classic and modern songs so we had a beautiful blend. I walked down the aisle to Cannon in D by Pachelbel and for the signing of the registers we had Des’ree, Kissing you and Temper Trap, Sweet Disposition. For the exit of the bride and groom we had The Smiths, There is a Light that Never Goes Out, It was unbelievably beautiful.
The marquee was by Will’s Marquees and what a lovely bunch of people they are. We plied them with doughnuts and croissants as they erected the marquee and I was blown away by the finished product when we returned on the Thursday night. We were absolutely against having a PVC marquee so when we saw the beautiful cedar poled, canvas marquees that Will’s do we were absolutely in love. We went to check one out before we signed on the dotted line and I’d recommend this to anyone planning a wedding; go and check out as much as you can, you’re paying an enormous amount of money for things you haven’t seen – no one should do this. Enquire, be cheeky go and see things in the flesh, luckily Will’s Marquees are even better in the flesh than they are in the photographs so no problem there!
The catering was a really difficult choice for us because we wanted to specify the menu which not many catering companies want to accommodate. GFS Catering were absolutely brilliant. They listened to what we wanted, had us in for meetings and tastings and were always available at the end of a phone or email. On the day they couldn’t do enough for us, we were bowled over by their service and really can’t highlight enough how spectacular the meal and service were. The food is all locally sourced too which just added to our appreciation of it!
Our DJ’s were Karl and Kate from Deckheads and they are such a great pair! They encouraged us to assault them with lists of songs we love and kept everyone moving all night, it was an incredible party and all down to them!
Our photographer was Ryan at Shutter Go Click. Ryan was fantastic, calm, attentive completely unobtrusive and took the most wonderful photographs of our day. We want to print and hang them all in frames! I don’t know if we’ll ever stop looking at them and finding all the wonder that they hold anew.
Anything you’d like to tell us about the extra touches you included?
We really wanted to put our mark on the marquee and table settings and I suppose also save money wherever possible. Tom did all the carpentry using wood he salvaged from work, the bar, the signs, the outdoor wooden benches, oak guest book table and cake board. We hand stamped all the teaspoons we gave as favours, printed with the word Caru, which means love in welsh and gave a nod to Tom’s paternal family who are from Cardiff. Tom’s mum constructed all the floristry on the hoops in the marquee. She bought hops and silk flowers and I had so many comments about them – they were completely stunning.
My bridesmaid Heather Elliot made all our invitations, order of services, table numbers, chalk boards and place names. We gathered all the yellow glass for the tables from charity shops and also created a little prosecco bar out of an old school desk we bought off gumtree!
Rather than hiring a hotel I found a beautiful cottage on AirBnB in Masham and it was the perfect spot for some wonderful ‘getting ready’ photos, ammonites, floorboards, beams and a river to boot!
My final note of advice to anyone planning a wedding would be to do your research, compare as much as you can and really wherever possible, go with your heart. We saved money where we could and made sacrifices where necessary but I can honestly say that we had everything we dreamed of and more on the day. Decide what’s most important to you and stick to your guns. Go with what you know you want and don’t do anything for anyone else, it will be written all over your face on the day if you don’t make yourselves happy and really, that’s all anyone attending your wedding wants to see anyway!
Huge thanks to Verity Nash for sharing her special day!