Holly and Etienne’s Sunflower Filled Bohemian Country Wedding in Nottinghamshire by Elaine Williams Photography
Hello you lovely lot and how are you all today? Has it snowed where you...
Well hello Tuesday and how are you all? Today I am looking forward to a day in the office getting lots done, I have a never-ending to do list and my aim is to get every single job crossed off my list by the end of the day (wish me luck!) Today we have a gorgeous Yorkshire wedding for you, set in the beautiful Scarborough countryside. This wedding brings you gorgeous rustic details and lots of personal projects all wrapped up together with some amazing Yorkshire countryside. Big thanks to Neil from Neil Jackson Photographic for the wonderful images.
Susie and Jamie were married on Saturday 6th September 2014 at St. Laurence’s Church, Scalby, Scarborough followed by Wold Top Brewery on the Yorkshire Wolds. ‘We have links to the lovely local church and we wanted a unique venue in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside for the reception. We had 120 guests in total and it took about 15 months to plan.’
How they met
Waitress met Chef. We have been together 7 years when we got married.
We went for a break in Edinburgh. We climbed up Arthur’s Seat and Jamie told me to close my eyes. I told him not to push me off the cliff. When I opened my eyes he was down on one knee. I cried and was in shock.
How did you allocate your budget
We didn’t want to go mad, but we wanted it to be very personal and so saved for what was important to us and were fortunate to get some help from family too.
How did you choose your photographer
Neil is a friend and a fab photographer. It was a no-brainer.
Dress was by Maggie Sottero, it was the 2nd dress I tried on out of about 70! My veil was my Nana’s, it was 60 years old! My shoes were a cheap buy from Debenhams! Necklace from John Lewis. Bracelet was my Grandma’s.
The Suit and Bridesmaids
Jamie went for a blue suit which was from Ben Sherman. He wanted a less formal look. White shirt, burgundy tie. Brown brogues from Ted Baker. Dubbed “The Burgundy Blondes” – 2 in dresses from Oasis, and 2 in dresses from an outlet in House of Fraser, we got the dresses and made adjustments to them. I got their bracelets/necklaces/earrings as gifts. Nude coloured shoes from various places.
Theme or Colour Scheme
Yes – we were aiming for ‘country rustic’. A mixture of Baby Pink, Burgundy, flowery pattern and Hessian Sack Brown!
I had pink and white roses with some greenery. The girls had massive bouquets of pink gypsophelia. We had mixtures of pinks and white flowers with lots of greenery in the venue and at the church. Susie’s mum dried loads of different flowers which we hung around the marquee and our friend Mark put together lots of wooden boxes full of lush greenery. Rosemary and a pink rose in the men’s buttonholes. White Gypsophelia in my hair.
Susie made 90 metres of bunting to decorate the marquee. We had picked up lots of different bottles/tins/receptacles to put flowers in. Susie’s dad made wooden boxes for the stage. We had fairy lights around the stage. We displayed photos from our engagement shoot and a few from the hen and stag do’s. We piled up old brown suitcases. The brewery had bottles made which were gifts for our guests with a picture on from our engagement shoot. We made a blackboard for the menu and a pin board for the seating plan. A suitcase was used for the cards. Dried hops were hung around the bar. Wooden hearts and small signs were hung around the marquee.
Food was very important as Jamie is a chef. We had olives and Iberico Jamon to snack on from Brindisa Spanish Foods in London. We used a company called The Hog and Apple from York. We had Gammon Scotch Egg with Asparagus to start, Dexter Beef Striploin with trimmings for the main, Apple and Plum Crumble with Custard for dessert and Tea and Coffee. We got all our Prosecco and wine from one of Jamie’s suppliers in London
Susie’s auntie bakes and teaches cooking so we asked her to make our cake. It was three tiers – carrot cake, chocolate cake and lemon cake, all covered in the same buttercream icing and decorated with hessian and crystallised rosemary and placed on a wooden circle. We’ve never seen a wedding cake be eaten so quickly, it was delicious.
We have lots of talented friends so we asked them to play – we had 4 mini sets – Adam played guitar/vocals, then Ella, Yoan and Ellie on Vocals,Guitar, Violin, then Laura and Katy on Vocals/Piano then Dunn on Vocals/Guitar. We wanted a mini-festival feel. Our own itunes playlist played in between and afterwards.
Buy or DIY your Stationery
Susie’s brother is in Marketing so he designed our invitations /RSVP’s and Order of Service. We had bought cards from a David Hockney Exhibition we’d been to – they had a painting of the Yorkshire Wolds on the front and then we stuck the invites/RSVPS inside. Jamie’s Mum wrote out all the name places on brown luggage tags.
Personal or Handmade Touches
Susie’s brother also does Stand-Up so he acted as our compere for the day.
We made lots of things ourselves – Susie and Jamie’s sister Jess made the Seating Plan with a pin board, material luggage tags, scrabble letters, mini bunting and mini pegs and we also painted numbers onto sections of logs for our table numbers.
Bunting was all made at home – 90 metres of it!
Susie’s Mum and Dad made the blackboard for the menu.
Jamie’s friend Mark potted all the greenery.
We live in London but are from Yorkshire – we added a bit of London with a black London cab as our wedding car!
Personalised crossword on the table.
There was a delay with the music for walking down the aisle, so it was a relief for Jamie when Susie finally walked down the aisle – she looked beautiful. The whole service was perfect – very emotional, but with fun moments. Everything was so exciting. It had drizzled for most of the day then in between the meal and evening reception, we went out to get some photos – it had stopped raining and we got a little sunset over the gorgeous fields.
Advice to other couples
There’s no point in getting stressed out about it, if you plan well and give yourself plenty of time it will all run smoothly. Have a list of numbers for all suppliers/contacts and give it to one of the ushers in case something comes up. Take moments to stop and take in the day – so many people said to us it would become one big blur, but we really felt we enjoyed every minute and have lots of good moments and memories from just thinking wow how brilliant is this day every now and again!
We were surprised how relaxed we were throughout the whole day, just taking it all in and enjoying ourselves.