Happy Wednesday lovelies! This wedding is a double delight for us here at Love My Dress today – a smasher of a venue and an absolute belter of bridal gown from a design house we adore.
You know when a wedding venue simply takes your breath away? Well that’s exactly what happened when I first saw today’s couple’s wedding photographs. You’re going to need virtual glass of champagne to read this one, as it’s a beautifully grand affair. Fashion Designer Katie and Recruitment Consultant Ed were married at Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire on 27th May 2017.
Katie chose one of Love My Dress favourites and Little Book For Brides member Jesus Peiro‘s designs for her wedding dress – a purchase she made via Lovebirds Bridal in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Katie by the way, is the lady behind Beespoke – who produce personalised embellished denim jackets – fabulous for brides and bridesmaids!
“I wanted something I could alter slightly to suit my style. I really struggled to find something a bit different. I wanted to look cool and fashionable without being frumpy and too traditional. I loved the pockets in my dress – I felt they gave it a more relaxed vibe. I also decided I would have it altered at the front to be shorter so you could see my shoes. It was nerve-wracking getting it altered but definitely the best decision I made. It completely change the dress and made it unique to me.”
Photography by Neil Jackson
“We picked this venue as we wanted something traditional but with a twist. It has some really quirky features and we knew it would have that ‘wow’ factor. We also didn’t want a theme (and the venue to speak for itself) so we just picked what we liked and luckily it all went together well!”The bride wore her Jesus Peiro dress with a pair of Office shoes, a bespoke choker and matching bracelet made by Laura Rhodes and a spritz of Chanel Chance perfume.
“Chance is my favourite and Ed has bought me a few bottles over the years. I also still wear my bespoke choker and bracelet all the time too!”
Florist Emma provided all of the gorgeous purple, green and white bridal and bridesmaid bouquets.
“I love Emma’s style – she’s wild and crazy! I wanted loads of greenery and neutral flowers and she knew exactly what I meant and I knew I could just leave her to work her magic! We were blown away on the day by her hard work, it transformed an already beautiful venue – making it more our own style.”
Katie got hair and make up artist Jo Leversuch on board for her bridal up do and red lip.
“Jo was amazing. She taught me so much and I can honestly day I felt beautiful on the day.”
The couple recruited photographer Neil Jackson as the man they wanted to capture the day’s moody skies on camera.
“He is an absolute legend! We didn’t want anything too formal. We wanted to catch people’s natural expressions and he certainly did that! He made us feel at ease right away from the beginning. We love our photo’s and the stormy sky photo is one of our favourites.”
In a funny twist of fate, Ed met Katie’s family before even meeting her.
“It was at my cousins 21st birthday party. He was chatting to my grandma who introduced us! We got engaged 4 years later on a secluded beach in Ireland. We decided to have a 2 year-long engagement so we could save up for the wedding but also make sure we planned everything exactly how we wanted it without rushing it.”
Katie’s dad walked her down the aisle and the couple decided to write their own vows for the nuptials.
“It was pretty difficult at first but I am so glad we wrote our own vows. They were so much more personal and unique to us. Neither of us are particularly soppy so we also added in a couple of funny points.”
The newlyweds then swapped rings from the same place Katie’s engagement ring had come from, Phillip Stoner in Leeds.
“I selected different dresses for all of my bridesmaids, depending on their shape and style. They weren’t classic bridesmaid dresses which is what I love. They were all from ASOS and it took me a few months and various orders to find a good range that sat well together. They all wore a mix of silver sandals from various places too and the flower girls dresses were from Mamas & Papas.”
In search of a more casual and fun wedding cake, Katie turned to her friend.
“We wanted something people could eat rather than just look at! My friend has a catering business and she is truly talented. We went for a 3-tier sponge semi naked cake decorated with flowers from Emma. Hannah even made a cute cake topper personalised for us. It’s the little touches like this that meant so much to us on the day.”
“Ed’s auntie made cake pops to give as the favours, and we also gave everyone a scratch card. This was so fun on the day – a few people even had a couple of wins!”
They then chose Call Me Maybe by Carley Rae Jepson as their first dance song to kick off the party.
“It’s so not the typical first dance song. It came out when we first started going out and we used to make up our own words so it had meaning to us. It was also fun and upbeat which suits our personalities a lot more than the typical wedding songs.”
“It’s so difficult to say what my favourite part of our wedding day was as every second was amazing for different reasons! I guess I would have to say the evening party. Literally everyone was on the dance floor and it was so lovely looking around to see all of our family and friends enjoying themselves – I wouldn’t have changed anything!”
Words Of Wedded Wisdom
“Don’t forget it’s your day, do what you want, not what will make other people happy! There will be many opinions along the way but make sure you both have the final say.”
“Also, ENJOY YOURSELVES. The planning is all part of the wedding process. Don’t panic and stress as, on the day, everything flows and whatever happens, happens!”
Congratulations Katie and Ed and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing your gorgeous photo’s with us. And of course a big thank you to Neil Jackson for giving us the opportunity to see them.
Until next time…
Credits & Thanks
- Photographer - Neil Jackson
- Venue - Allerton Castle
- Wedding dress - Jesus Peiro via Lovebirds Bridal
- Shoes - Office
- Perfume - Chanel Chance
- Groom – Ted Baker and Next
- Groomsmen - Ted Baker and Next
- Bridesmaids - ASOS
- Flower girls - Mamas & Papas
- Florist - Emma The Florist
- Rings - Phillip Stoner
- Stationery - Katie
- Hair and make up artist - Jo Leversuch