Today’s wedding is an effortlessly chilled out and relaxed day, with a beautiful ceremony in a timber lined barn, and with the focus on fun and games, good food, music and family.
These gorgeous and natural images are by fabulous Little Book member Paul Joseph Photography. I love how Paul and Kelly have completely captured the fun spirit and whimsy of the day.
“We were recommended Paul and Kelly from one of my bridesmaids. Even from our initial Skype conversations, me and Rob knew we had made the right decision! On the day, they made everything feel so easy and laid back. They felt more like guests than photographers, all of our family and friends loved them! We were so happy with the final shots and both teared up when we saw them for the first time!”
Images by Paul Joseph Photography
“We just wanted a chilled place, loads of space we could design ourselves and obviously a field for camping!…We had a discussion with each other about what we both wanted and we basically decided we wanted the day to be like a huge family barbecue! Chilled food and drinks, great music, games, kids, and camping were key.”
Elisha opted for a gorgeous pair of shoes from Kurt Geiger in a sumptuous red wine shade, and a pair of heirloom earrings belonging to her grandmother.
Make-up was by Abigail Harrison (no details supplied), and as a red lipstick wearing bride myself, I always have a huge soft spot for those who do the same! Elisha styled her own hair and added a veil by Rembo Styling with beautiful lace edging to match her dress, as well as a glorious pastel-hued flower crown by Frances and Rose.
“I just wanted a big, wild and natural bouquet and Marianne gave me exactly that! The flowers in the venue looked incredible and Marianne was so helpful with the set up and decorating the day before.”
Elisha chose the striking (and fantastically named) ‘Bjork’ gown by Rembo Styling, which she purchased from our valued Little Book member Lace & Co, based in Wakefield. The use of that delicate and fine lace and tulle and the cross-back combines to create a perfectly boho look.
“I had been looking at Rembo Styling for a while and loved their bohemian vibes. I went to a trunk show at Lace & Co and Heidi immediately put me at ease and knew I wanted something different. Out came the Bjork! My mum, sister and best friend immediately teared up and it felt so amazing on. The back was confirmation that it was the perfect dress!”
The couple chose stylish transport in the form of two vintage VW Camper Vans from The Yorkshire Wedding Car Company.
There are such beautiful textures in the bouquets, and I love the combination of ethereal asparagus fern and nigella with the architectural thistles and romantic and delicate roses.
Elisha was accompanied down the aisle by her dad to the brilliant song How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) by Julia Stone – a favourite driving song of the couple’s during their travels together.
There were readings from friends, with Rachel delivering an extract from The Prophet Kahlil Gibran, and Nick reading Falling In Love is Like Owning a Cat (a twist on Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog by Taylor Mali), and the couple also exchanged rings from Fraser Hart.
“We chose not to write our own vows but instead both wrote a speech to each other during our meal. Our speeches were one of the highlights of our day, my dad’s didn’t leave a dry eye in the house!”
“We met in Freshers Week in our first week at uni! Both of us dressed up in army gear and after a very drunken night in Tiger Tiger, here we are! Rob jokes that when he woke up the next morning, his phone was on charge, he had a glass of water and all of his stuff were neatly piled on the desk. He says this is when he knew I was a keeper!”
“We got engaged at the bottom of Mount Cook in New Zealand. Rob had been carrying around the ring on our travels waiting for the best spot; he chose very well! We came back from travelling a few months after and pretty much started planning and saving for about 2 years.”
In the lovely, rustic barn space, wooden picnic tables were decorated with flowers in recycled gin bottles. The ingenious table plan also made use of gin bottles to signpost guests to their tables, with DIY stationery from Elisha and her bridesmaids.
“The wedding favours were a small gin bottle, which matched the table name for each guest. Each gin is from a place in the world that means a lot to us. The guests could take their favour to the gin stand and create their perfect drink!… My mum created the ribbon garlands from scratch which took so long but looked so good!”
The team at York Maze made delicious food for Elisha, Rob and their guests, with mezze platters to start, build your own gyros for mains, and for dessert, orange and honey cake and fruit. Later in the evening, they also laid on the most amazing sounding loaded fries, too.
As well as a splendid cheese cake, Elisha’s brother-in-law made a towering gin and tonic lemon drizzle cake topped with cute knitted versions of Elisha and Rob.
The bridesmaids wore soft pleated skirts from Monsoon with floral embroidered tops from Itsy Bitsy Boutique, together with New Look shoes, earrings from Oliver Bonas and wild and wonderful flower crowns.
The couple’s sweet flower girl also wore a flower crown with a pretty dress from Next, and their pageboy a smart suit, also from Next.
There was live entertainment from Katie Dean, and later in the evening, Twisted Tubes. Elisha and Rob enjoyed a first dance together to John Legend’s Stay With Me, before it launched into a brass version of Beyonce’s Crazy In Love.
There were more fun and games, too, with A Tribe Called Quiz and lots of outdoor fun in the evening sunshine, including an absolutely amazing bouncy castle. Post-midnight fire pits were lit and the party continued into the night.
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“Book main suppliers early – we booked quite a few of the main suppliers early and it saved us a lot of potential stress closer to the wedding.”
“Give yourself plenty of time for DIY – prioritise what you need to do, make the things that aren’t going to change and leave things like the table plan until nearer to the time. Make a list of things you need to do and tick things off slowly but steadily, don’t get too overwhelmed.”
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“I know everyone says the same thing but just take it all in as it goes by so fast! Take advantage of any 1:1 time you can have together, we loved our time away for photos to spend a moment alone.”
“Don’t stress out about trying to please people, this is the only time in your life when you can be well and truly selfish and it’s great to make it perfect for you!”
“Also, try not to look back at your dress too much after you have bought it… There are always going to be other beautiful dresses but trust your gut and it will look amazing on the day! “
Thank you so much, Elisha and Rob. What a brilliant, fun day you had! Many thanks also to Paul Joseph for such wonderful images, too. You can see more Rembo Styling gowns on the pages of Love My Dress right here.
Credits & Thanks
- Photography - Paul Joseph Photography
- Venue - York Maze
- Elisha's Gown + Veil - Rembo Styling via Lace & Co. + Shoes - Kurt Geiger
- Flowers - Frances and Rose
- Bridesmaid's Outfits - Monsoon + Itsy Bitsy Boutique + Shoes - New Look + Earrings - Oliver Bonas
- Flowergirl and Page Boy Outfits - Next
- Rob's Kilt - Family Heirloom + Jacket + Accessories - Tartan Plus Tweed + Shoes - Dune
- Groomsmen's Suits - The Vintage Suit Hire Co.
- Transport - The Yorkshire Wedding Car Company
- Rings - Fraser Hart
- Entertainment - Katie Dean + Twisted Tubes