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Friday, 20 September 2013

Laura & Tom ♥

My husband and I were married on 5th November, 2011. It’s coming up to our second anniversary but I still talk about our wedding day at any opportunity - it was such an amazing day! A cliché, I know, but it really was. Our friends and family still talk about it so we must’ve made a good impression!

We always knew we wanted a winter wedding and something a little bit out of the ordinary. Bonfire night, slap bang in the middle of the North Yorkshire moors might not have been ideal for some but it was perfect for us. We chose to have our day at Danby Castle, an amazing rustic ruined castle. In fact, it was the first place we visited and we fell in love with it straight away. It was beautiful, a real blank canvas but full of its own character and history. There were also no strict dos and don’ts, we were allowed to decorate it in any way, have whatever entertainment we wanted and eat whatever we wished – what more could you want from a wedding venue?!

We had no theme as such. If I were to really put a label on it I would say that the theme was ‘us,’ the bride and groom. We took the chance to celebrate everything about my husband and I, everything we had done together and everything that we love. It was our wedding day after all! Being a small wedding of 55 people, it really was focused around us and our close friends and family. We loved it being so intimate and personal and we really got to spend quality time throughout the day with our guests. My best friend and bridesmaid was my only bridesmaid as I wanted the day to be special for her too. My husband had five of his close friends as his groomsmen. We never really had set jobs for my bridesmaid or my husband’s groomsmen, we just wanted them all to be included and a special part of our big day. The only thing that was missing was our beautiful Labrador Daisy but muddy paw prints on my dress would not have been a good look!

We had a plum and gold colour scheme (my favourite colours), our guests listened to the themes of our favourite films and TV programmes whilst they waited for us and when we signed the register – Forrest Gump, The Goonies, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Home Alone, Band of Brothers and The Muppets Christmas Carol to name just a few! I walked down the aisle to a live version of Lover of the Light, by Mumford and Sons (our song and now our 11 month old’s favourite too!) 

I wore a beautiful tulle and lace dress that was made to my very own design and shoes that I had customised myself with stunning cut glass crystals, my husband wore a gorgeous bespoke petrol blue suit, our tables were named after NYC districts - our favourite city and honeymoon destination, we had photo collages of both of our lives that my mum kindly put together for us as a surprise, we had a sweetie buffet filled with our favourite goodies, Blues Brothers – one of our favourite films, to get our guests up and having fun then we picked all of our favourite tunes to dance the night away to! We ate our favourite foods – anti-pasti, roast beef and Yorkshire pud (rude not to) and Bakewell tart. Later on our evening guests chowed down on smokey BBQ beans, chilli and jacket potatoes with Bailey’s hot chocolates and marshmallows - proper Bonfire night grub!

Being a bit of a freak when it comes to the weather, I actually wanted it to rain, which it did! It was Bonfire night after all, it ALWAYS rains. Hot weather does not do it for me and being in the North Yorkshire Moors, the clouds and drizzle added an amazing atmospheric “Wuthering Heights” feel to our day and it looked fab in our photos. I was armed with a huge rainbow umbrella that I was determined to include in the photos, so the rain actually did me a favour! 

All in all, we were married and that was the main thing. The fun, laughter, joy and everything else that came with it was a HUGE added bonus. The planning was probably the most stressful thing that I have ever done – including buying a house and having a baby BUT it was truly worth it on the day. Yes, things went wrong – our favours, bespoke Wonka bars, were eaten by mice in the castle the night before the wedding (I wish I was joking) and our florist failed to mention that my bouquet would be dripping with bright red blood like liquid (!!), amongst other things but by the time the day arrived I genuinely didn’t care. In fact, I laughed when I found my favours in tiny mice tooth marked pieces! Moral of my story is – you will have an amazing day, the best day of your life, becoming your soul mate’s wife and being able to spend the rest of your lives together as Mr & Mrs.

Katy, I wish you all the luck on the world for your wedding day. I hope it is everything you wish for and more and I can’t wait to hear all about it!


Photographer: Nick White

Dress: House of Mooshki

Headpiece: Flo & Percy

Suit: Marc Wallace (made to measure)

Venue: Danby Castle

Stationery: Knots and Kisses

Planner: Myself!

Laura blogs at Life, Love, Laura and you can follow her on Twitter here.xoxo

1 comment

  1. Yay Laura! I always LOVE looking at your wedding photos xxx


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