Today’s bride and her squad looked like they had so much fun getting ready on the morning of this wedding – and I’m in love with their matching robes!
The rest of the day was of a similar note with lots of laughter and love pouring from the imagery. The bride and groom decided to go back to the same place the grooms own parents were married 25 years before them to make it official, which I thought a gorgeous sentiment. So, without further ado, let’s introduce you. Teacher Ash and IT engineer Ian were wed on 18th August at St Mary’s Church in Long Newton, with an evening reception at manor hotel and restaurant The Crab and Lobster in Asenby, North Yorkshire.
Photography by Sally T
“We wanted a laid back, fun day with a bit of a vintage theme to it. The Crab and Lobster as a venue has so much going on so we used the venue as our main inspiration when picking colours and finishing touches. To fit in with the nautical theme of the venue, we tried to include little anchors where we could as well.”
On the wedding day, the bride and her babes looked utterly stunning in all-white. Ash chose a head-to-toe-woah beaded fishtail Eliza Jane Howell dress, bought from Andrea Bambridge in York and perfectly in keeping with the laid back vibe of the reception venue.
“I’d always wanted something beaded and had this dress in mind since we got engaged. Everyone said I wouldn’t end up getting the dress I first loved, but as soon as I put it on, I completely fell in love with it. The beading was so beautiful and it was much more sparkly than I expected it to be and had an old Hollywood feel to it which I loved. The style was also really flattering on me and I knew I would be able to dance and eat which were big parts of the day!”
“We wanted wild garden flowers and picked Adam because he uses seasonal blooms. He is so creative and we left the choice up to him. We wanted to include shades of yellow and orange as we wanted bright flowers in keeping with the venue.”
“The flowers included snapdragon, fern, Eucalyptus, billy balls, and UK grown orange chilli’s.”
The bridesmaids all wore matching ivory coloured full-length dresses from Show Me Your Mumu and a silver ring Ash made for each of them as a gift. They also each held a bouquet of wild orange blooms and lush greenery which contrasted perfectly against the white dresses, all expertly created by Adam Prest.
“Ash’s parents were married at St Mary’s Church 25 years ago and we had both lived in the village, which is why we chose to be married there too. We chose The Crab and Lobster because it felt really relaxed and it’s quite an eccentric little place too with a vintage feel.”
“My veil was a tulle cathedral length veil also bought from Andrea Bambridge. I wore a pair of satin peep toe shoes with a metal heel by Rainbow Club, a rose gold and opal bracelet from Monica Vinader, a 1920s vintage beaded clutch bag bought from a vintage shop in the Cotswolds and a gold ring which had been my great grandmother’s wedding band. “
“My perfume was Mademoiselle by Coco Chanel – it’s my favourite perfume. My maid of honour made a wedding countdown calendar for me and the final gift in it was a small bottle of this perfume so I could wear it on the day.”
Talented wedding photographer Sally T was on hand on the day to capture the magic after bowling the pair over with her gorgeous photography style.
“A friend who was also getting married last year recommended Sally to us. We loved Sally’s style and cannot thank her enough for our beautiful photos. She made us look amazing! She captured every part of the day and made everyone feel totally at ease.”
Ash and Ian go way back having first met a whole 13 years ago. Their engagement was a long time coming for friends and family and Ian popped the question up a hill on a day out with Ash.
“Ian and I first met when we were both at college and have been together 13 years! We got engaged in 2015 and then got married in August 2017. There are a group of local hills which are very picturesque that I had never been to. Ian decided to take me there for a walk and we took a picnic. He proposed at Roseberry topping. He had planned to take me right to the top but I’m scared of heights and didn’t quite make it…”
Ian made his way to the church in style in a white F-Type Jaguar belonging to Ash’s dad, whilst Ash headed over with her brides squad and dad who also accompanied her down the aisle.
“We opted for a string quartet version of At Last by Etta James to walk down the aisle to. We didn’t want a traditional song to walk down to, just something romantic. We also loved the irony of the song as everyone had been waiting forever for us to get married.”
“We chose to use the traditional wedding vows for the service and also chose two readings read by my aunt Tina and Ian’s sister Sarah. Tina read a hymn called Pledge To One Another. We were torn whether to have this hymn during the ceremony and felt the words were really special so Tina read it as a poem instead. Sarah read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love Is Patient, Love Is Kind. As we were getting married in a church, we wanted to include a biblical reading too.”
Newly married, they then swapped simple wedding bands bought from Fraser Hart jewellers, before zooming off to The Crab and Lobster in the F-Type Jaguar to greet their guests with a drinks reception.
“Ian’s 3-piece navy blue suit was from Ted Baker and he also wore a pocket watch, a gift from his mum and dad for the wedding, a collar bar and chain, a tiepin and sleeve garters for a vintage feel. His shoes were handmade and dyed for the day by Simon Bourne at Hand Dyed Shoe Co. They were also personalised with a small anchor engraved onto the right shoe.”
“His groomsmen all wore Ted Baker suits with waistcoats from Next. Both the groom and groomsmen wore a different vintage silk pocket square and mustard knit ties from Moss Bros. They also all wore mustard socks and anchor cufflinks from Not On The Highstreet. The best man wore a silver ‘hand of the king’ on his lapel as we’re all big Game of Thrones fans.”
“For our entertainment we hired Luke Howells who amazed our guests with magic during the welcome drinks and canapes. We opted against a DJ for the evening reception and instead had a jukebox for guests to pick songs themselves. We also made a treasure hunt where guests could hunt for free drinks tokens around the gardens, along with a small golf hole where guests had to beat the grooms shot.”
The Crab and Lobster, a crazy and colourful haven of fun was already heavily decorated with a vintage theme and bunting so needed little extra decor from the couple.
“The reception venue didn’t really need any extra styling but we did take huge ivory balloons from Ginger Ray to be tied around the garden. Our tables were decorated with flowers in jars and candle sticks with dinner candles provided by Adam Prest. We used laser cut wooden place names made by myself.”
“We created all the stationery ourselves, and we gifted each guest a small bottle of sloe gin as their favour. My dad made all of the sloe gin and we served it in glass bottles bought from Wares of Knutsford.”
“We had 4 wedding cakes after opting not to go with a traditional tiered wedding cake. The fruitcake was made by my nana Nora using an old family recipe and Ian’s mum iced it. The three other cakes were made by the girls at The Teahouse Middlesbrough. They do amazing cakes with any flavours you want. We chose banoffee cake, strawberry and white chocolate and Kinder Bueno.”
“Our first dance song was a swing version of Drunk In Love by Beyonce and Jay Z by Postmodern Jukebox. We are swing/lindyhop dancers and wanted to dance to a swing song with a modern twist. This was by far the most nerve-wracking part of the day!”
“Looking back on the day, our favourite part was the ceremony. Obviously we loved celebrating with all our friends and family, but the ceremony was really special. It was relaxed, funny at times (thanks to Reverend John Lambert’s Mr and Mrs game), and it just felt really personal to us. We felt so much love and happiness from everyone there – it was great!”
Words Of Wedded Wisdom
“My best advice would be to accept as much help from people as you can. Ian and I wanted to be as independent as we could be with our planning, but everything came together in the end with the help from our amazing friends and family. On the day – just enjoy it! If things don’t go to plan, don’t tell the guests…they’ll never know!”
Thank you Ash and Ian! What a truly gorgeous day – I love what a gem the reception venue was too! A big thank you also to Sally T for capturing all of the memories from the day on camera so beautifully. I’m sure that will be one treasured wedding album.
Until next time…
Credits & Thanks
- Photographer - Sally T
- Venue - St Mary's Church and The Crab and Lobster
- Wedding dress - Eliza Jane Howell via Andrea Bambridge
- Veil - Andrea Bambridge
- Shoes - Rainbow Club
- Accessories - Monica Vinader
- Perfume - Coco Chanel
- Bridesmaids - Show Me Your Mumu
- Groom - Ted Baker and Hand Dyed Shoe Co
- Groomsmen - Ted Baker, Moss Bros and Not On The Highstreet
- Florist - Adam Prest
- Rings - Fraser Hart
- Catering - The Crab and Lobster
- Officiant - Reverend John Lambert
- Cake - The Teahouse Middlesbrough
- Decor - Ginger Ray
- Entertainment - Luke Howells
- Favours - Wares of Knutsford
- Hair stylist - Mica via Contemporary Yarm and Chloe via CLO&Co