AMBER & ROB | RELAXED BUT LIVELY, YORKSHIRE CASTLE WEDDING, WITH GARDEN GAMES AND MORE.
Updated: May 26
Here we have the first, full-day wedding of 2021, no wonder Amber and Rob couldn't wipe them smiles off their faces. It may have been a rough journey getting here, but no one was going to stop them having a good time when the day actually arrived.
CHOOSING THE DRESS
This was the the third dress Amber tried on, it wasn't the lace she's expected to pick but when she put it on she just knew. Simple and classic it is a statement in it's own right, the glistening diamanté and thread details on the capped shoulder straps and the A-line belt gives it all the glamour it needs. It's worn very well by Amber who teams it with a mid length veil, which draws your attention the the covered buttons that run down to the ground.
After getting engaged, Amber spotted the castle ruins at Sheriff Hutton, near York on her drive home from work and having fallen in love with them and the idea of getting married somewhere like this, the pair sat down together to see if there was potential to finding a venue like this. Luckily for them, the ruins had been recently licensed to host weddings with the owners only hosting 6 weddings there a year, they were thankful to be able to book for their date. The 14th century castle was at one time the grandest castle in Northern England. It was a favourite residence of Richard III and Henry VIII and is steeped in 600 years of royal history. It's an incredible place to have a wedding!
THE COUPLES THOUGHTS ON THE VENUE
From the second we entered the grounds, when we met Pat & Natasia we knew we wanted it. We loved the character of the ruins, the history and stories it comes with.
It just seemed perfect - and we felt like King & Queen of the castle on the day!
OVER TO THE DAY ITSELF
It was relaxed, fun and full of joy, They began getting ready in Malton, Amber at her Mum's and Rob in their own home with his dad and Bestman. Capturing both of them was wonderful the girls were just enjoying being together doing girly stuff and the boys were organised enough to be timing a drink at the Wentworth Arms in Old Malton before they were to meet at the church for a 12pm service.
There were so many people waiting to see Amber's arrival at St Mary's Church in Old Malton; guests that were no longer able to be part of the congregation came along to witness them both coming out of church and to sprinkle confetti over them for good measures whilst wishing them all the best.
We couldn't help but stop on the way to the venue, the drive was just so picturesque and Howard, who drove this stunning car is a sucker for a good photo of his car with the Bride and Groom on a good backdrop
They received an explosive welcome as they entered the yurt, which Amber and Rob had decorated with a bit of help off Alison, from The Willows Catering Co and her team. The country cottage styled posies in the middle of the tables, were placed on tree-trunk disks and the pair had cleverly organised personalised hand sanitiser instead of your usual favours, a sign of the times, but super handy really! They bought loads of mini bottles, then spent hours peeling off the old labels replacing them with their own.
They wanted the decor to remain rustic and in keeping with the venue but also create a nice atmosphere.. hence why they had fairy lights galore! The bar unit was better than anyone could have hoped for: still a rustic theme but a great focal point to work everything else around.
Amber says, "I don't know how we did it but we seemed to pull the decor together in about 3 weeks..."
Well done you two!!
After they'd leisurely, grazed the colourful, picnic-styled main, Christine (Amber's Mum) had arranged a surprise for everyone...unbeknown to the wedding party, two of the waiting-on staff were in disguise, in fact they were not waiting on staff at all. They were singing waiters, so after a brief introduction from one of them they burst into song and the whole yurt was lit-up with life, everyone was on their feet-behindtheirm chairs cheering, waving their arms and brimming with laughter and amazement.
After everyone had recovered from the excitement and finished their desserts, we all enjoyed some wonderful sidesplitting, but emotive speeches from Amber's dad and Rob himself. I myself love the speeches, I learn so much about the couple during them and I must say, I was surprised Tomato soup wasn't on the menu! Jokes aside, it was really clear to see, how proud Amber's Dad is of her and Rob's achievements so far and how much Rob admires and dotes on his wife. Following this some of the guests chatted, whilst others played the garden games outside before Amber and Rob cut their cake and did their "first dance."
AMBER AND ROB'S MOST TREASURED MEMORIES AND WORRIES FOR THEIR DAY.
"I mean the singing waiters took some beating, they were just incredible and I'm so thankful to my Mum for arranging the surprise - memories I will cherish forever; however, I must say, I loved standing and saying my vows to Robert. I just felt the whole church was bursting with love from our guests and each other and it still gives me butterflies." Gushes Amber.
There is a theme here...
Rob agrees, "The singing waiters!! What an atmosphere they created!"
He also fondly remembers, "I will never forget the moment Amber took her place next to me in church."
Things they worried about:
We unnecessarily worried about the numbers! We thought 30 might feel flat and hard work for people but we couldn't have been more wrong. Although it was dissapointing we couldn't have our 80 day guests when we were planning... we wouldn't change it even if we could! What they were pleased with: