It was such a huge pleasure as a wedding photographer to capture this marvellous day of Celia & Ted’s in the beautiful Yorkshire surroundings of Staveley, near Harrogate.
Naturally, I love to immerse myself into being a part of a wedding day and to be seen as more of a guest myself rather than just a supplier. It’s not an intentional thing but more just the way that I am, however I have come to realise that a side effect of this is that people tend to relax more around me, let their guard down and I can capture all of those fabulous natural and fun moments, of which there were so many on this particular day. I had such an amazing time in the company of such wonderful people and never before have I seen or had so much fun on the dance floor. Not one Dad Dance move in sight!
For this blog post I have decided to try something a little different and let Celia & Ted tell you about their day in their own words, so keep on reading to find out more.
Tell us the story of your proposal:
We went away for a couple of nights after new year as part of my Christmas present to Ted, and I’m a teacher so didn’t go back to school for another week. We’d got to our lovely hotel in Glencoe, I’d had a bath and was doing a jigsaw puzzle in front of the fire in our sitting room area, when Ted came in and said he had another little present for me, but that this one come with a question… It wasn’t until there were tears running down his cheeks that I realised this was a big deal and he then got onto one knee and asked me marry him. It came completely out of the blue as we’d only been together for 7 months so I was really shocked, and totally thrilled! We then had two days away in the highlands going on lovely long walks and having cosy evenings celebrating!
Tell us about the venues you chose.
We wanted to get married near my Mum’s house as I’m so close to her and she has lived there for the last 10 years. The church in her village is lovely but tiny so we went for the next door village which had more room and has lovely grassy area surrounding it. It was also rather different inside in that there are no pillars or extra bits so everyone can see everything wherever they are sitting in the church. It also has lots of windows and ledges so lots of space for fab flowers!
What made you choose your outfits:
My dress is by Liliana Dabic and came from a shop in Edinburgh called La Novia. It was champagne coloured and quite vintage looking which I loved, and I liked that it didn’t scream “I am a bride” as it was quite an understated shape but made in such gorgeous detailed material. I loved the sparkles and lace and am desperate to find an excuse to wear it again! Ted’s tails and trousers were also made new to fit him in Edinburgh at Stewart Christies and I gave him the tie.
Do you have any comments about your photographer?
Louise was fun and calm and amazing! She made everyone laugh all day long and made me enjoy having my photo taken for the first time ever! I was annoying and impatient about the group photos as was desperate to go and speak to all our guests and Louise was brilliant at making them as quick as possible and not minding when I changed my mind about some of them. Ted, our families and I all said how comfortable we all felt with her dashing around and we were so grateful for her patience and enthusiasm!
Scroll down to read more about Celia and Ted’s day.
Tell us about the decorative details and theme of your wedding:
Our flowers were bright and colourful and without any particular colour theme. We just wanted them all to be the sorts of flowers you’d get in a country garden at that time of year, so lots of colours and smells and different shapes and sizes. We had lots of sweet peas everywhere as Ted and I both love them and their smell. My mum and a few of her friends did lots of the flowers as we wanted the wedding to have as much of a homemade (but still pretty and glam) feel as possible and she did such an amazing job – everyone said they looked as though a proper florist had done them anyway! The florist (Clarey Wrightson from Manor Garden near Darlington) did our bouquets and a couple of the things in the church and they were even more gorgeous than I’d hoped for. The bouquets my bridesmaids and I had were quite different to any I’d seen before as had so many gorgeous colours, shapes and sizes you could imagine in!
I love long tables for dinner as they’re so much more sociable and they look a bit less formal than round tables. Each table was named after a golf course in the UK that Ted had played at (he was a professional golfer for 5 years and loves it) and we used fun wine, champagne and gin bottles as candlesticks which also gave it a rustic homemade feel but they actually looked really pretty. We also tried to put particular favourite bottles of some good friends in front of them to see whether they noticed! My Dad’s girlfriend had made flavoured gins for each person in individual bottles at their seat. The bottles each had stickers with fun gin puns on, as I’m particularly known by friends as being a gin lover!
What were your favourite moments from the day?
The service was amazing, once I’d got over my nerves walking into the church! It’s just so special to see all your favourite people in one place, singing our favourite hymns and there to support us. The whole day then went so quickly but speeches were really fun to listen to as a bride and probably rather more nerve-wracking for Ted! We had amazing food done by Mike Kernall Catering so our dinner was incredible and I was starving by then! Then the first dance was much less scary than I imagined and I actually really enjoyed it, having been dreading dancing in front of everyone else! I couldn’t stop smiling all day long – I loved it more than I imagined and thought was possible and would LOVE to do it all again!
Do you have any tips or advice for couples planning their wedding?
Don’t do anything you don’t enjoy doing in the run up to your wedding. I loved every minute of our planning and preparations and as soon as it felt like too much, we packed it in and moved on to something else as I was determined not to resent any of it. It should be enjoyable and if it’s not you’re doing too much. As long as you have a fun bunch of people there for such a happy occasion, with food, drink and music, everyone is going to have a brilliant time! On the day, take the odd moment to have a chat with your new husband/wife as it’ll help shape your memories and remind you that it’s YOUR wedding day and that everyone is celebrating because you two have decided and promised to be together forever.
Wedding supplier list:
Brand of bride’s dress – from La Novia in Edinburgh (designer is Liliana Dabic)
Bridesmaids dresses brand – Ted Baker
Florist – Clarey Wrightson at Manor Farm, and lots arranged by Veronica (bride’s mum).
Marquee – Papakata
Hair – Kyli from Vanilla in Ilkley
Entertainment – Band – 29 Fingers / Caterer – Mike Kernall Catering / Lit up Letters “C & T” by The Word is Love.
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