Beth and Andy’s Home Spun Back Garden Wedding in North Yorkshire by Barnaby Aldrick

Happy Friday everyone! I am super exited as I am off to a festival tomorrow. It’s a disco/house music festival in Nottinghamshire, so my day will be filled with sparkle, glitter balls and lots of my wonderful friends, I can’t wait! What have you got planned for your weekend? Anything wedding related? Today we are celebrating the wedding of Beth and Andy who had a beautiful wedding at home in Beth’s parents back garden. This home spun wedding is just adorable, so personal and so full of English country charm. The wedding is full of smiles, fun and a whole lot of laughter. Big thanks to Barnaby Aldrick for capturing the day for us.

A light-hearted, home-spun day of love and laughter, with garden fun and frolics. Simple and rarely taking itself too seriously, it was the perfect Yorkshire Village marquee wedding, filled of dancing and Jagersaucers!

Beth and Andy were married on 15th June in the gardens of Beth’s family home in Stillingfleet, near York in North Yorkshire. ‘Beth and Andy took advantage of Beth’s picturesque family North Yorkshire village of Stillingfleet near York. The attractive Yorkshire stone walls, rolling hills and pretty bridge over the river Ouse made for a fab ‘Yorkshirey’ location to set the celebrations. Conveniently too, Beth’s parents’ house (where bridal preparations were conducted and the reception marquee located on the back lawn) the neighbouring village airBnB, village hall and ancient St Mary’s Church were all within about 100m of one another. It just made sense! They had 116 guests for the day and another 20 or so in the evening.’

Where did you splurge and where did you save?
No weddings are cheap, especially when setting up a marquee / portaloos etc in your garden! Savings were made getting ready at home, hosting pre-ceremonies drinks and nibbles in the self-decorated village hall over the road and the church being a two minute walk back home (saving on wedding cars and guest transport). Beth and Andy also padded out hot canapes with a savoury table buffet for guests to raid all day long, alongside a keg of serve your own Kirkstall Pale Ale (which saved guests money at the bar too)! Finally, floral costs were minimised by Beth’s mum growing a tonne of dusky pink roses; which made their way into bouquets, buttonholes, church dressing and table centrepieces! Splurges were poured into great catering (T-bone steaks all round!) and live music entertainment, as Beth + Andy love to dance!

How did you choose your photographer?
Beth & Andy’s friends had used Barnaby Aldrick to photograph their Yorkshire wedding and they loved his bubbly personality and skill at powering through the formals and portraits and getting the couple back to the party before they were missed, which was a priority for them.

Theme or colour scheme
Keeping things clean and simple, Beth and Andy didn’t have an obvious theme, (no special name tables etc), but colour scheme-wise, it was blues and whites, with soft floral pinks. Bridesmaids wore unusual 2 piece outfits, with cornflour blue skirts and soft white tops. The groom and groomsmen wore navy suits with matching waistcoats (the groom’s waistcoat grey, to differentiate himself) along with maroon spotty ties.

Bouquets, buttonholes, church and table decs all featured soft pink roses from Beth’s mum’s garden, paired with gyp and eucalyptus. The marquee poles had huge halos of gyp too, to break up the ceiling a bit.

Beth & Andy dressed the village hall with paper lanterns and old Polaroid style photos from throughout their lives and relationship. The marquee itself looked so fabulous, with flags flapping above, a rustic wooden drinks bar and mum’s stunning flowers on every surface, that further decoration wasn’t a huge focus! Though Beth & Andy hung photobooth frames in the garage for guests to enjoy, made the seating plan with an gold guilt frame and found and printed unique photos of each guest, and tucked them in corks as place settings!

Sharing Starters: Mixed antipasti, sliced chorizo, milano salami, serrano ham, cheese shards, fresh vine tomatoes, mixed olives, arti hearts, sourdough slices and olives oil and balsamic for dipping
Sharing Main Board: Bone in rib eye steak, served pink and carved, Chimichurri & Aioli, Truffle & Parmesan potatoes, Tomato and shallot salad with a red wine vinaigrette
Vegetarian Main – Sweet Potato, Spinach, Caramelised Onion Filo Parcel
Dessert Canapés: Mini Pavlova, Mini Brownies, Lemon Meringue Tarts
Evening food: Burritos with Chicken Tinga filling or Veggie Burritos,Urban Fries with Katsu curry topping or Jamaican jerk Chicken topping

Wedding cake
Beth & Andy and their family made the wedding cake themselves and mum dressed it beautifully with her roses!

Beth & Andy had a 4 piece boogie woogie band called the Honky Tonk Hardies (complete with double bassist!) during the afternoon and a tight folky function band called Wonderfolk in the evening – both were excellent at keeping the vibes up, and there ended up being plenty dancing during the afternoon reception, between courses and well into the night!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Beth & Andy went to Lake Como in Italy for their honeymoon

Special moments 
Beth’s dad welling up at the bottom of the stairs as he watched her come down. The village church vicar being HILARIOUS, leaving the congregation in stitches. Guests ended the ceremony with an acapella rendition of Ben E King’s ‘Stand By Me’. Impromptu dancing breaking out before the meal! Beth and her Mum breaking gender traditions and giving lovely speeches after the meal. The glitter bar! The take up on their tradition of ‘Jager Saucers’ (a shot of Jagermeister with a sherbet flying saucer!)! There were too many moments to recall!

Advice for other couples
Beth & Andy specifically didn’t want a pinterest wormhole of ideas wedding. They wanted the focus to be on being in the moment, for it to be a tonne of fun, and for there to be dancing. Lots of dancing! Because they didn’t take much of it that seriously and didn’t put strive for Instagram perfection at every corner, it was perfect!

Biggest surprise 
How popular Jager Saucers ended up being!



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