Caroline Castigliano Glamour and Bridesmaids in Peach For A Family Focused North Yorkshire Wedding

Hello lovely ones, I’m back again on this gorgeous spring day with the wedding of Emily, an environmental consultant to her husband Bill, a project manager. The couple currently live in Dubai but decided to marry in the North Yorkshire countryside, near Emily’s parents’ home on the 30th of July 2016. They exchanged vows at St. Andrews Church in Normanby and continued the celebrations at The Talbot Hotel, Malton with a drinks reception on the terrace followed by dinner and dancing in a Papakåta sperry tent. Their wonderful photographers Paul and Kelly of Paul Joseph Photography, and also featured in Little Book for Brides and the images are an absolute delight.

We are proud to have featured Paul Joseph photography more than a few times on this blog and they are also treasured members of our Little Book for Brides directory.

“Paul and Kelly are wonderful. It’s Their help throughout the planning process and the big day itself was invaluable (they are true wedding-godmothers!). On our big day they were so at home amongst our friends and family which shows in the warmth captured in their photographs which are everything we could have wished for.”

Photography by Paul Joseph

Emily chose the stunning ‘Mademoiselle’ dress by Caroline Castigliano and an antique tulle chapel length veil from Little Book for Brides member The Bridal Collection, Harrogate. She also got her Jenny Packham hair vine and drop earrings in the boutique.

“The dress was the second one I tried on and I knew it was the one right away. I fell in love with the delicate lace and simplicity of the dress and it made me feel like a princess. After I’d chosen it I didn’t see it for almost a year and because it was so different to the dress I had in mind I spent all that time worrying instead of remembering why I chose it and how lovely it made me feel!”

“We became engaged on a skiing holiday in March 2015 on the balcony of the beautiful Chalet Cannelle in Châtel, France. We knew we wanted English country wedding which would be fun and family friendly as we have lots of nieces and nephews and really wanted to include them in our plans.”

The bride chose an amazing pair of shoes to go under her dress, Spiked Millaclou Christian Louboutin sandals from Saks Fifth Avenue.

Her Tiffany & Co. sapphire bracelet was a wedding gift from the groom and the lucky sixpence brooch was a gift from her parents. Finally, Emily added a gorgeous gold and silver clutch by Diane Von Furstenberg.

Emily was in the very capable hands of Jodie and Nikki from Makeup by Jodie for her hair and makeup and the bride couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

“We met back in 2012 when Bill crashed into the back of my car at a traffic light when we both lived in Bahrain.”


“Luckily neither of us were injured and cheeky Bill took my phone number from the police accident report. Coincidentally, I was also scheduled to move into Bill’s apartment building a week later.

Bill and his groomsmen look very dashing in their bright navy suits from Moss Bros and peach and navy floral ties from Me and Matilda via Etsy. His watch mechanism cufflinks were from Amazon and his watch was a gift from his wife to be.

I adore the blush and peachy tones of the flowers by Busy Liz’s, chosen to compliment the men’s ties.

“We chose the ties first and everything else followed. We fell in love with the combination of peach David Austin roses with complimentary peach roses and pink spray roses with lots of gypsophila and white sweet peas (which are a family favourite).”

“My father Martin walked me down the aisle to a cover of ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love with You’ by Hayley Reinhart. We exchanged classic wedding vows and had a beautifully touching service by Reverend Jackie Cray who made everyone laugh (and cry!) and invited our young guests into the aisle to watch the ceremony which was lovely.”

The couple asked their mothers to each do a reading, Emily’s mum Dawn read an extract from ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ by Louis de Bernières and Bill’s mum Sara read ‘1 Corinthians Chapter 13’.
They asked their fathers to witness and sign the marriage register while a cover of ‘Higher and Higher’ played. The newlyweds walked out of the ceremony to ‘All You Need Is Love’ by The Beatles.

“We had our rings made in the souq in Bahrain. Bill designed my engagement ring and I wanted a band that sat flush against it so we had it made. Bill had his simple platinum band made by the same craftsman.”

Emily and Bill had a big bridal party with seven bridesmaids, a bridesman, four groomsmen and two flower girls – who says you can have too many? (Still not convinced? Then see here!).

The bridesmaids wore the prettiest floor length peach gowns by designer Donna Morgan – which differed only in the style of neckline. The gorgeous little flower girls wore white dresses with a dusty pink sash from our high street favourite, Monsoon, accessorised with engraved bracelets from Not On the High Street. Remember that time peach kind of felt all a bit, well, ‘1980’s’. All hail the return of this perfect, pastel shade. We all adore it.

The couple clearly wanted their guests to have lots of fun after the ceremony!

“We brought lots of lawn games and space hoppers to keep the little ones entertained, thankfully the weather held out.”

“We bought most of our accessories from Ginger Ray (table numbers, table confetti, hessian ‘just married’ and ‘love’ bunting which we had outside the church). On the tables, we put cream shabby chic decorations and centre pieces including bird cages with gypsophila, candle holders and jugs full of flowers. I also handmade approximately 900m of bunting over the year of wedding planning.”

“We had always wanted a simple wedding cake. Sarah Duck from Blush Cake Company made us a beautiful semi naked sponge cake with lemon, passion fruit and raspberry tiers. We displayed it on a log stand dressed with flowers and a ‘Bill & Emily’ gold sparkly cake topper.”

“As cheesy as it sounds, our wedding was a dream come true. With living abroad, having all our closest friends and family from near and far under one roof was a gift we will always treasure.”

“We had a Booth Revolution photobooth. It was a huge hit with our guests and for the first hour was set to record videos which we would highly recommend.”

Words of Wedded Wisdom
“It’s so true what everyone says, the day goes by so unbelievably quickly. Take a few quiet moments with your groom to just take in how happy you are and the joy of being surrounded by everyone you love. And don’t sweat the small stuff!”

Thank you so much to Emily and Bill, it has been a pleasure to take a peek into your beautiful wedding day, and to Paul Joseph Photography whose work we are very proud to be sharing again.

Love Caoimhe xx

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Caoimhe Anderson

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Caoimhe will never tire of beautiful wedding dress and a blooming flower crown. When she's not lusting after a gorgeous wedding she will be trying new vegetarian recipes, knitting very slowly or capturing a pink sunset from behind a camera lens.

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