As we continue our winter and Christmas wedding theme this week, I have the most...
Happy Monday everyone and welcome to another fab week on the blog. We have lots of exciting features and beautiful real weddings planned for you this week, starting with this gorgeous celebration from Lawson Photography. Sarah and Tim chose a woodland theme for their day and created lots of beautiful details to go alongside their fabulous Theatre Hall Wedding Venue. With ribbon bunting, chunks of wood and the cutest table plan and table names, this wedding is full of personality and a real magical feel to it. I just know you are going to love it!
Tim and Sarah were married on 26th March at Kings Hall Theatre and Winter Gardens, Ilkley. ‘Tim’s a photographer so it was difficult to find a venue that ticked all the right boxes. We wanted freedom to do what we wanted, the travel distance to be fairly close to home and something that felt a little bit special. We had 85 guests and then an extra 15 for the evening, it took just over a year to plan.’
How they met
We met 10 years ago in a sweaty Indie club.
We just felt it was time to seal the deal, especially after the arrival of our daughter Scarlett.
How did you allocate your budget
The biggest part of the budget was allocated to the venue but as it was all inclusive so we had a little more give on my Wedding dress, photographer and dressing the venue.
Where did you splurge and where did you save
The photography was a splurge but then when you’re marrying a wedding photographer I didn’t expect anything less. I hand painted the wedding invitations that we then sent to printed.com.
How did you choose your photographer
Tim had a few photographers in mind but it was difficult to know where to start and how to narrow it down. A friend Barnaby sent out a message to some photographers he knew that was close to our budget and available. When we saw the Lawson’s on the list the choice was easy.
My dress was from my local wedding dress shop. I’d tried lots of traditional dresses but nothing felt right. Before I’d even got the dress on properly I knew it was the one. My flower garland was from flashfloozy and my shoes were from rocket dog.
The suit and bridesmaids
The bridesmaids wore Lindybop dresses and the groom and grooms mens suits were from next. Each bridesmaid also wore a Layla Amber brooch.
Theme or colour scheme
I really want an ephemeral woodland feel, magical and fairylike; so went for blush, gold anything glittery and a little navy as an accent.
I had Pink ranunculus in my bouquet and Scarlett had a smaller matching one. I made the bridemaids bouquets from preserved hydrangea and babies breath.
It took hours of crafting sessions to make over 80 metres of ribbon bunting but when it was finally hung it was worth it. I sourced wood slices from ebay, collected jam jars and spray painted them with gold and glitter. After several trips to the local woods we’d collected enough logs to create the centre piece compositions and pieced it all together with preserved moss. We placed babies breath in each jar to finish it off. I hand painted the table animals (a real labour of love!!) and found an old door whilst walking our dog Duke which I used to create a seating plan.
Tons of canapés, seabrooks crisps and then the wedding breakfast was bangers and mash. In the evening we had bacon butties.
We didn’t have a wedding cake instead we invited our guests to enter “The Great Wedding Bake-off” which created some good humoured rivalry and meant there was plenty of cake for everybody.
We had the Faeryfloss Boutique, Sara the owner was absolutely amazing, she served 3 types of candyfloss from an old silvercross pram, it was a real theatrical event. After you had your candyfloss she sprinkled glitter over everyone. In the evening Toni Leighton was our DJ, putting together all our favourite indie, northern soul and moortown anthems.
I did get inspiration from Pinterest but designed and painted the invitations, Tim added text using Photoshop and we then used Printed.com.
Scarlett provided lots of wonderful highlights, shouting “you may kiss the bride” after the ceremony and singing “we wish you a merry Christmas.” For her speech. We also went onto Ilkley Moore for some photos and got absolutely blown away.
Advice for other couples
What advice would you give any other couples about planning your big day, or any tips for the day itself? Remember to relax and enjoy the day itself. A friend of mine said on the morning of the wedding, stop every so often and look around, take everything in, smile and record it in your head.
No surprises, the day was organised by a teacher!