Good morning readers – we have a completely delightful alfresco style treat for you today. Nina and Matt married on 19th July last summer at Villa Farm in York, hosting their reception within a majestic PapaKåta Tipi, after having tied the knot in a pagoda that overlooked a beautiful lake.
I really love the vibrancy of these images by Emilie May– they beautiful capture the fun, colour and romance of this lovely wedding day. We’re also a little bit smitten with Nina’s bohemian style too.
“The first thing we agreed on was that we wanted an outdoor summer wedding close to York (so that all our family and friends could attend). We were so pleased when we found our venue with its cute pagoda overlooking the lake. We held our reception in two giant tipis as we wanted a unique space that we could have complete creative control over. ”
Photography Copyright (c) 2015, Emilie May
“Finding the right pair of shoes was a challenge! I knew I wanted a non-white pair (but not what colour!) and I didn’t want to spend a fortune on something that I wouldn’t wear again.”
Nina’s bridesmaids wore lovely, handmade, mint green, open back maxi dresses from Etsy.
“Matt chose a blue, pinstripe Ted baker suit and tan brogues. We were unable to find a readymade waistcoat in the right colour, so we had one tailor-made. Finding a mint green tie to go with the bridesmaids’ dresses was even more challenging! We ended up finding a knitted one on an American eBay store.”
Nina arrived at the venue in style, in her dad’s fabulous American 1970’s Matador!
“The best part of the day for me was from the moment I stepped out of the car onwards; seeing Matt and being surrounded by all my family and friends in such a beautiful setting was amazing. I’ve never felt so excited and nervous!”
Nina and Matt’s wedding was beautifully documented by Emilie and John Paul of Manchester based Emilie May
“Emilie May was absolutely marvellous. Emilie and John Paul listened to what we wanted and captured the wedding just as we had imagined. They are such lovely people; we are a bit camera shy they really put us at ease.”
Our couple’s flowers were arranged by York florist, Setting the Scene. Nina opted for a “bright and summery unstructured bouquet” and each buttonhole featured a flower from her bouquet.
“I first saw my dress on the Pronovias website; I fell in love with its semi-sheer back and embroidery. I am a big fan of the 1920’s glam look, and to me my dress had elements of this era.”
“Matt and I met while working together in a kitchen; eight years later Matt popped the question in Manchester! Matt proposed with Champagne and chocolate strawberries in a gorgeous boutique hotel he had booked as a surprise. In the evening we went to see Beyoncé and when we arrived back there were rose petals and chocolates on the bed. Matt decided against proposing with a ring as I can be quite fussy and he didn’t want choose the wrong one! We started planning the wedding right away and married a year later.”
Nina’s dad walked her down the aisle to the dulcet tones of Bombay Bicycle Club’s ‘Fairytale Lullaby’.
“My dad made me laugh the whole way down the aisle! I thought it would be special to have my sister’s boyfriend read a poem during the ceremony. To our surprise Liam had written his own! Our guests loved it and so many said that they could relate to the words.”
“After the ceremony Toby Burras sang and played acoustic guitar. I’d listened to loads of singers online but none suited our taste; I found Toby singing, one evening, in a bar in York and I loved his tone and cheeky sense of humour.”
“We wanted the food to fit in with our relaxed day, so we opted for a hog roast with crunchy crackling, roast potatoes and a selection of salads from The Farm Shop in York. For the evening we had pasties, a cheese board and antipasto platters.”
“We named each table after a country we’ve visited together. For our wedding favours, we gave our guests bottles of lager from each country with a luggage tag which read: ‘All our past adventures have started with a beer. Help us celebrate the start of our next. Cheers’, followed by the word for ‘cheers’ from that country. Every table had a special dripping candle in our favourite spirit bottle and a sprinkling of tiny wooden love hearts.”
“It was important to us to have an informal, relaxed, fun outdoor wedding. We wanted our wedding to represent the nine years we have been together, so we added touches from our travels and clubbing days. We didn’t have any children at the wedding so there was lots of booze!”
“Our cake was made by Emma Wilkinson of Sweet Sensations. Our cake toppers represent our clubbing days; Matt DJ’ing and me raving next to him with my hands in the air!”
“Our evening entertainment was provided by DJ Ollie (aka DJ Jam); he’s a good friend of Matt’s older brother and we knew he’d get everyone dancing. In a nod to the day we got engaged, we had Beyoncé’s ‘Love on Top’ as our first dance; we wanted something upbeat that everyone could join in and dance to.”
“Matt’s favourite part of the day was dancing the night away with all our family and friends. We knew the DJ, so the music was tailored to our taste.”
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“We both felt that we didn’t spend enough time together during the day. I wish I’d been more prepared for the morning of the wedding. I had to pack a bag for our stay at the venue so I was rushing around like mad to get organised. It stressed me out!”
Thanks so much Nina and Matt for sharing your lovely wedding and to Emilie May for capturing it in style. If you’d like to see more beautiful Pronovias brides, please click here. Finally, you can find further outdoor weddings here.
I hope the sun is shining where you are!
Photographer – Emilie Ma
Venue – Villa Farm, York, using PapaKåta Tipis
Wedding Dress + Veil/Headpiece – Pronovias via The Bridal Rogue Gallery
Shoes – Ted Baker
Accessories – Bracelet from Etsy + pendant from eBay Groom – Ted Baker suit + knitted mint green tie from eBay
Bridesmaids – Bespoke dresses purchased from Etsy
Florist – Setting the Scene
Cake – Sweet Sensations
Transport – Father of the bride’s American 1970s Matador
Entertainment – On guitar and vocals; Tony Burras + DJ Ollie
Catering – The Farm Shop
Stationery – Designed by the groom
Hair Stylist – Carly Kane
Makeup Artist – Rosie Powers