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Today I bring you a gorgeous English wedding from North Yorkshire, sent into me by Jason at Hynes Photography. It’s the wedding of Kimberley and Zeff who prove that even if it does rain (heavily) on your wedding day you can still have the best day ever! Kimberly made the most of the day and through the showers still manged to get some fabulous shots and that all important bouquet toss!
They were married on 6th August, and the ceremony took place at Hutton Rudby Church, North Yorkshire, they then moved onto Kim’s dad’s garden, in nearby Skutterskelfe with a marquee reception for their 130 guests, they were then joined by another 100 in the evening.
It goes without saying that Kimberly’s dress is outstanding, she had it personally made fo her and it really suites her, the styling with her hair and the flowers all go together so well, as do the bridemaids. I am loving the detailing in the marquee, the post box is amazing! as are the flowers that Kimberly did her self, and the cake with the bunting is super cute!
They describe their wedding as ‘Lots of fun and laughter and a wonderful celebration with amazing family and friends. Everything we could have wished for and more… A dream come true!’
How they met
We met in Newquay 5 years prior to our wedding day. We were actually introduced to each other by my brother Rusty, who worked with Zeff at the time. Rusty said straight away that he thought the two of us would get along and we hit it off straight away! We have been inseparable ever since!
Zeff had designed my ring and had had it made in advance. As my mum and dad and brother all worked or lived abroad at the time he had waited until they were all in the country to propose. We were heading out for dinner to our favourite local pub when he stopped the car in a scenic part of the moors called Osmotherley. He said to get out and under a nearby tree he got down on one knee and asked me.
I knew I wanted a church wedding in the village church where I grew up. Zeff’s best man’s father is a vicar and so we were lucky enough to have him perform the service, which made it very personal. My family have a walled garden which is full of childhood memories for me and the perfect location for a wedding so it all made sense.
My dress was designed and made by James Steward. I couldn’t have asked for more, it was beyond my wildest dreams. I just adore my dress so much!
My shoes were from Office and I wore my Mums pearls.
The suit and bridesmaids
A very talented friend, Heidi Sanderson, made all the bridesmaid dresses. She studied fashion and did a wonderful job of creating something very individual for my 3 gorgeous bridesmaids.
Our theme was very much country garden with no particular colour, just as much colour as possible!
We enjoyed a selection of canapés, followed by delicious hog roast. My Auntie has an outside catering company (‘Chips & Things) and she did a wonderful job of organising all the food for the day. We had a chip van for the evening, which went down a treat!
We had a disco for the evening, which we had chosen much of the music for.
I described to the lady doing the bouquets that I wanted it to look like we had picked them straight from the garden, and they were perfect! I did the flowers in the marquee, which I just bought from Tesco and re arranged into large jars.
We had bunting, hired from Bunting Queen online, and flowers for the centre pieces. I had table centres made by a company called Betty & Mavis, The fabrics fit perfectly with my country garden theme and they have made a lovely keepsake for after the wedding.
We felt that the whole day reflected us both in many ways. The décor was our taste completely and worked really well. Also Zeff and I made the favours ourselves. We did homemade shortbread hearts using my Nanny’s recipe and we wrapped them in hessian with name tags. Also the date we got married was Nanny’s Birthday, which means a lot as we were extremely close.
Zeff’s speech was definitely the highlight of the day. He brought pretty much everyone in the room to tears with his wonderful words. Also throwing the bouquet was brilliant and made great photos! I was thrilled that my bridesmaid Kirsty caught it too!
I would say keep focused on exactly what you want and need. It’s easy to get carried away with unnecessary planning / stress.
The weather! It couldn’t have rained any more than it did! It didn’t matter to us though, we truly had the best day of our lives!
I am based in the north-east of the u.k but normally travel to where ever I’m needed, I would say my style is open and relaxed, I’m friendly and I love what I do, If I didn’t it would show in my work. I like to capture the small intimate moments that often make weddings so memorable but I never forget I’m there to meet the needs of the bride and groom, if their happy I’m happy.