Our Wedding

Coat of Arms.

We’ve been inundated with gifts and cards from family and friends since Freddie’s arrival (he’s extremely spoilt!!), and so to try and express some of our gratitude, Tom got to designing a letterhead on which to write our thank you notes.

As with our other cards and most of our wedding stationery, the paper and notecards were letterpressed on the Adana press, and we’re so pleased with how they’ve come out!

Now we just need Freddie to learn to write…..

In other Ice and Earth news, we’ve just released our Wedding Guestbook registration cards for sale. You can find them here on Etsy.

Wedding part 3. Moonrise Kingdom.

I promise this is the final wedding post. Normal service will resume imminently. In the meantime, it also happens to be my favourite.

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I always knew we wanted teepees. It very nearly didn’t happen but I’m so so glad it did. This is where the Moonrise Kingdom theme came into its own and also where we managed to spend most our creative time. Tom designed activity packs for each table, the best guest book of all time and various other bits of random paraphernalia, based around a scouting, fox, bear and Moonrise Kingdom theme.

We bought miles of nautical bunting (we were never going down the Cath Kidston route), made lots of signposts and even managed to source a wood carving bear from eBay. It was amazing, utterly amazing.

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The teepees were hired from Papakata, who were an absolute delight to deal with. Nothing was too much of an issue, including sourcing tens of metres of carpet for us a couple of days before the wedding, because it literally hadn’t stopped raining.

Our menu was antipasti followed by steak and ale pie and finished off with the BEST ETON MESS I HAVE EVER TASTED. Seriously, it was incredible. If you’re looking for a caterer in the Yorkshire area, I cannot recommend Saunts highly enough. The food was excellent, and all at a reasonable price (shock!).

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After food, to get everyone up and dancing, we had hired the Triple Scotch Ceilidh Band. They were SO good. I haven’t danced or laughed that much ever. There wasn’t a person left in their seat.

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A truly perfect day.

Wedding Part 2. Ceremony and the Train!

I genuinely didn’t think I’d cry. Oh how wrong I was. As we came down the stairs to speak to the registrar, I completely and utterly lost it. It suddenly all felt a bit real. Considering I continued to bawl all the way down the aisle and throughout the ceremony, I look impressively composed in the photos.

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Having never actually been to a civil ceremony, we were a little bit worried about the whole thing – particularly when we had to fill out a set of tick boxes for our vows. We really didn’t need to though, the lady taking the service was incredible and despite having not met us until about 5 minutes before, it actually felt extremely personal (and quite funny, which is always good!).

We’d had terrible trouble choosing readings and had ended up rushing a decision about 2 weeks earlier. Luckily, they were perfect and we even had several people asking if one of them had been written especially for us.

Overall it was amazing. To be stood in front of everyone you care about, declaring how much you love someone. Just amazing.

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As you’ll see in part 3, our wedding was a little bit schizophrenic. Almost all our planning and design effort went into the second part, and the first half turned out to be surprisingly traditional. I distinctly remember being stood with a glass of Prosecco out on the terrace at Newby Hall, with a massive grin on my face thinking just how unexpectedly ‘English country garden’ the whole affair was!

Right up until everyone went for a ride on the miniature train that was.

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Wedding Part 1. Getting Ready.

So, the photos are in and I have re-lived one of the most amazing, fun-filled and loving days of my life several times over. I’m sure it’s time for me to finally share! You might want to grab a glass of wine….

My Mum, sisters and Ashlie all disappeared off to the hairdresser at about 7.30am so I was pretty much left to my own devices. With my Dad out running some final errands, I was extremely relieved when my lovely make-up and hair lady Bonnie arrived (someone to talk to! Hurray!). The curlers were in by 9 o’clock, and although getting steadily more excited, I was still pretty calm.

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Right up until the doorbell went and the flowers arrived that was. We gave Joanna at Twisted Willow a pretty vague idea of what we wanted (lots of greenery and very pretty!) and she really worked utter wonders. I almost cried when the buttonholes and bouquets turned up. I can assure you that I am not the sort of person who normally cries at flowers. They were BEAUTIFUL.

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By the time the girls arrived back, I was more or less ready to go (minus the dress!) and it was almost 12 o’clock! How time flies when you’re having fun. Dress on, and we jumped in the cab up to the venue!

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As we got to Newby before most our guests, we headed upstairs so my bridesmaids could get changed and we could chill out a bit before the ceremony. This more or less involved Harriet messing around and me laughing a lot, whilst getting steadily more nervous…. It was so wonderful being able to spend that last hour with my family and Ashlie. There was nothing more we could do – nothing else to worry about, and I really couldn’t have been happier. Apart from the bits where I was in floods of tears, I literally grinned from ear to ear all day.

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Next up (if you don’t already have photo-overload): The Ceremony!!

Pictures by the truly wonderful Debbie Scanlan

My Dress.

I always knew that I wasn’t going to a have a completely standard wedding dress. I have never worn a maxi dress in my life and I’m not sure I’ve ever been particularly glamorous. Friends tend to refer to my clothing as very ‘Emily’. Although I’m not especially adventurous with what I wear, I guess I am quite set in my own style.

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Having a fairly set idea of what I wanted could have been a total disaster…. Luckily it just turned out to be super efficient! After being booked into just 3 shops to try on plenty of dresses on one Saturday, I found exactly what I was after – hurray!

I literally couldn’t recommend Fur Coat No Knickers highly enough. After the ‘no shoes and no photos’ policies of the previous 2 shops, we (mothers and bridesmaids included!) were welcomed with open arms, glasses of champagne and a rack of beautiful dresses each of which was highly individual – exactly what the doctor ordered.

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After trying on several dresses that weren’t quite grand enough for the hall where we were getting married or just not especially flattering, I tried on this beauty. There were tears (not mine!) and I spent a lot of time swirling around. I bloody loved it and the first thing that everyone who saw it said “it’s very Emily”. Job done.

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Bridesmaid Revisited.

A while back, I mentioned that I was making my bridesmaid dresses and that I was getting pretty bored doing it. Three of the same dresses with slightly different fits and actually making muslins, will do that…..

I may have still been sewing the bows together whilst my hair was in curlers on the morning of the wedding, but I did it and I was pretty damn proud of myself! Woo hoo!

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Ahhh, this picture makes me all teary eyed – it’s got to be the best photo of my family ever.

Anyway, bridesmaid dresses…..

I started with a Retro Butterick bodice, mainly because I loved the low back, and then tried a variety of skirts. I hated the circle skirt I put on it initially (the bias on the skirt wasn’t very flattering), and then had a brain wave when I was making up my Elisalex dress. Although I didn’t want the tulip shape of the skirt, the box pleats lent just the right amount of ‘lift’ to the skirt whilst being pretty flattering. The silk dupion held the pleats really well too – I was sold.

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I finished them with Tilly’s belt, which I think was perfect. Somehow not ‘too bridesmaidy’ but just right. Ahhh, it was so much fun I WANT TO DO IT ALL AGAIN!!!! (minus the making the bridesmaid dresses bit…)

Our wonderful photographer Debbie probably won’t thank me for sharing these photos already (early edits so I’m told) but they’re so beautiful – I couldn’t be more pleased and quite frankly I wanted to show everybody!!! So there. (Sorry Debbie).

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p.s. Excitingly, our wedding stationery is up on Papercrave today, woo hoo!

p.p.s. THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO COME! AHHHHHHHHH!