Noel and I met in the summer of 2015. I had recently turned 30 and hadn’t travelled much. Before meeting Noel, I had booked a city trip to Venice for October. After a few months of dating I asked Noel if he would like to come along. Without sounding cliché, it was where we fell in love. We visited Venice again in 2016. In October 2017 we were planning a trip around Verona, Lake Garda and a day trip to Venice. Unfortunately we woke up the morning of our flight to find out that Monarch had collapsed and we no longer had flights! Noel managed to get us a flight for the following day. Despite losing a day he was insistent that we still went to Venice for the day. It was there on the Grand Canal that he proposed!
A friend recommended Wyresdale to me. Noel and I went to a wedding fayre at Browsholme Hall and decided to stop and have a look at Wyresdale on the way back. We finished the day not knowing where we wanted to have the wedding. I had been to lots of weddings in the past and wanted to get married somewhere I hadn’t been to before. After a few months passed Noel and I visited Wyresdale again and fell in love with the Barns and the back drop. I loved the rustic feel of the bar area and the beauty of the white barn. I started looking at photos people posted on Instagram of their wedding at Wyresdale and every wedding was unique and different.
Your Wedding Planning Journey
The rest of the planning journey had its ups and downs. Finding suppliers to fit what we had in mind was hard. I found most of them by looking through other peoples weddings. I used Instagram a lot to get ideas and see what suppliers were like and getting a feel for them. If it hadn’t been for Instagram I think I would have struggled more than I did! Social Media has its perks!
We planned to have afternoon tea for the wedding reception and pizza for the evening food. Finding the perfect wedding photographer and a great band were high on our list. I found Laura Duggleby, our photographer in October/November and once that was a big relief. In our many visits to Wyresdale we had had tea and cake at the Applestore, who are amazing- they were the perfect choice for afternoon tea.
I had picked my wedding dress before any of the other suppliers. As everyone said I didn’t pick the style of dress I thought I would. I had decided to only have 1 bridesmaid (my sister) and I think this may have made picking a bridesmaid dress easy and quick. Everyone talks about the brides dress being the centre of the wedding and wedding planning but actually it was the grooms suit that caused the most problems. Noel only found his “perfect suit” three weeks before the wedding! I had seen some beautiful by Katie and Millie Liberty Fabric made in to a ties. Maybe I made it difficult for Noel to find a suit as he had to find a suit that matched the ties we were making! However it was worth the wait because the suits he picked really did complement his tie.
I wanted to be a bride that made anything I could. Unfortunately there were a lot of things that were out of my skill list, but I did make my invites and order of service, even down to the mini bunting on the invites. I also made the ties for all the men in the family (with some help from my mum). I also made the bunting for the wedding barns.
A few things I learnt: there is never enough time! Particulary if you are doing some things your selves, like you invites etc. Trust your suppliers; they work in the industry and always have great ideas to help you with you day and a good network of people to recommend. Lastly enjoy the planning but remember why you are getting married. There were many times I got carried away and forgot that I was planning a relaxed, small wedding. I kept reminding myself that I just wanted to marry Noel. I was so happy that I had finally found him in life and that the most important part was that I was marrying him, not putting a show on for our guests.
Photographer- Laura Duggleby Photography. She really was a great friend on the day and run up to the wedding. I didn’t need to worry about having great photos- she has provided great memories.
Band – Boom Live. They were amazing. Very hard to find but definitely worth the hunt!
Flowers – Another Bouquet – Hanna was great at gathering my ideas and coming up with just what I wanted. I was worried about the flowers and when I met Hanna she put me completely at ease. Most importantly she does what she says she will do.
Afternoon tea – The Applestore Café at Wyresdale– Our guests still talk about how great the afternoon tea was and how filling it was!
Makeup – Emma Askew– Emma was so calm and patient and provided such a beautiful natural look. She made my me and my mother feel and look beautiful.
Hair – Wedlocks Amazingly talented!
Bar/ drinks – Lytham Fizz– So passionate about keeping people’s thirst quenched. They made cocktails to fit an afternoon tea themed wedding and served our welcome drinks in the tea cups and saucers I had been collecting for the wedding. From the moment they were booked I felt like everything was taken care off. They know exactly what they are doing.
Photobooth – Birdie Camper Van. This is a camper van which is a photobooth. Kitty and Dave having an amazing spirit. As if getting in a photobooth isn’t enough fun already, they make it even better. They provided us with a lovely book with the photos of the guest which they could sign as a lovely keepsake and memory of the wedding.
Wedding dress – The Ivory Dressing Room. Brett and Bev know their dresses and what is going to suit! they have great customer service skills and are so very patient. The dress is a Stella York.
Veil- Taylors Bridal – they have a great choice of accessories and were extremely helpful. Even for last minute indecisive people like myself.
Cake – Sugar Wishes Cake Despite being extremely busy still managed to make our cake.
Pizza – Wood Fire Smoke-The pizzas were amazing. They add a great feel to any outside/ outbuilding wedding. Making pizza from scratch whilst you wait.