KATE & DAVID'S | IMPERFECTLY-PERFECT, YORKSHIRE YURT WEDDING, ADAPTABLE IN EVERY WHICH WAY.
Updated: Jul 15, 2021
Sometime around October last year, Kate & David decided that being held to a contract at a venue - especially somewhere that everyone would need to travel to, including themselves - wasn’t practical. Did I mention they had planned to get married in Corwall originally? Anyway, after their realisation they booked their ceremony at York Registry office, and made adaptable plans around that - the only thing that always featured was Kate's parents’ amazing garden. Their plans grew from there, as the rules and regulations changed. What emerged from their cool and calm wedding planning, was something neither of them would swap for the world.
Magical, intimate and imperfectly-perfect is how Kate and David have since summed up their day, for something that had to evolve and bend right up to the final moment I'd say the pair of them, with a bit or A LOT of help, from friends and family pulled it off pretty well...
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR DAY.
Kate got ready with David's sister Sarah and her close friend Caroline at the annex in her parent's garden, whilst her mother and her army of family friends pulled together and prepared flowers, food and the yurt after finding out that their "staff" had tested positive for the dreaded C word.
David had spent the night in York, where he'd gotten ready with friends and then headed to The Lamb & Lion beer garden for some pre wedding drinks, I met them there with the button holes and then we had a casual strolled to the Minster because we had time 🤗📸
This never usually happens!!
When we got to the registry office in York, things were a little different, Kate had to be there early and David was seen afterwards, most of the guests waited patiently in the gardens as they were only allowed 10 people in the actually ceremony room. I had to stay in my seat and everyone else was set apart from one another, but this didn't phase Kate and David, they were just happy to be getting married!
FAVOURITE MOMENT ALERT!
DAVID: The moment I finally got to put the ring on Kate’s finger.
KATE'S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT WAS: The moment the registrar asked me to hand the pen to my husband - to which David loudly exclaimed “OH Dear!”
After everyone got chance to congratulate the pair we wandered down to The Museum Gardens, York to get the formal'ish photos done, before heading back to Marton-le-moor where the rest of the guests were waiting for their grand arrival.
The pair entered their wedding party at Marton-le-moors, in the most amazing vintage car, what a way to make their entrance, how cool is this!
They were welcomed by cheering guests and fist fulls of confetti as they made their way in to Kate's parent's garden for canapés, Pimms and the acoustic notes and of the guitarist who played whilst they mingled.
Wendy's fabulous hat was made by a close friend of her's: Ali, from The Gorgeous Hat Company perfect for the Mother of the Bride Ali's attention to detail with the colours was impeccable.
They then headed in to the yurt to enjoy some fun speeches, before they tucked in to the hog roast that the neighbour had prepared, (He does actually do this!) the speeches are one of my favourite parts of the day to photograph and although Kate and David didn't opt for a full day of photos they did their speeches first which meant they managed to cover as many parts of the day as they could.
Kate and David served their cakes as pudding so it was really important to them that they chose flavour carefully, this is what they went for.
Lemon Blackberry and Thyme.
Strawberry and Pistachio
Raspberry and Peanut butter
All from their local bake house and cafe, Kin Bakehouse in Urmston. Their cakes are to die for so I'm told.
I DISCOVERED DURING THE SPEECHES THAT KATE'S MUM HAD ACTUALLY MADE HER DRESS, KATE TELL ME ABOUT THIS PLEASE!!
"My mum made my dress for me. We tried on so many and I didn’t like any of them - and none of them felt like me. I came across a picture of a one shoulder dress in a magazine and said - I wanted something like that but simple and elegant - and she said “done.” The result was amazing - it was so light and easy to wear - and fitted like a glove. She also made her own dress once upon a time."
What a fabulous story to tell in year to come and a thoughtful gesture from Wendy, Kate's Mum.
WERE THERE ANY PARTICULAR THEMES OR FEATURES TO THE DECOR YOU WERE PLEASED WITH?
"The family tree of pictures of our parents and grandparents meant a lot, featuring all the absent friends that couldn’t be with us. I also had alstroemerias in my bouquet to represent David’s mum Sue (who is sadly no longer with us) and an Agapanthus (African lily) to represent mine - who was instrumental in putting everything together. Also, the personal touches to the tables, little messages on the favours that sounded very much like us, and the table names featuring pictures. It definitely wasn’t a textbook wedding that could have been anyone’s - it was most emphatically ours. Another amazing moment - was giving our guests sparklers to see us off - seeing everyone’s faces lit up as we headed off - was a strangely moving and magical moment definitely burned into our memories."
TIPS FOR YOUR DAY FROM THE BRIDE AND GROOM...
You will have a million ideas - and a thousand preconceptions of what you want your wedding to be like. One of the biggest lessons I learned - is don’t be afraid to be adaptable, drop and change ideas and plans. Most things are possible - so don’t get hung up on things that aren’t. Because A LOT will go “wrong” - but absolutely NONE of it will matter at the time.
CREDITS TO THE SUPPLIERS...
Photography: Anoif Photography | The Dress: Wendy Holdsworth, Kate's Mum | The Shoes: bought online, and added the pearls myself | Hair: Pauline’s mobile hairdressing MUA: Charlotte Wilson | Flowers: Angela Hudson-Evans - no business just a wonderful, kind and talented family friend | Bridesmaids dresses: Asos | The car: Genevieve - the beautiful Bentley - belonging to Chris, another wonderful family friend | Suits: Whitfield and Ward | Ties: Whitfield and Ward - David and his Dad Duncan’s were Liberty | David's shoes: Paul Smith | Metal Pole Tent Company: Yorkshire Yurts | Cakes: Kin Bakehouse in Urmston | Food: Hog Roast, Simon Swiers | The cheeses and salads: Spellows