Monday mornings just wouldn’t be the same without a beautiful real wedding to share with you! Today on the blog we have a perfectly pretty vintage barn wedding, brought to us by the effortlessly super photographer Maddie Farris. She captured Rosie and Rick’s wedding in Yorkshire at the Airdale Barn at East Riddlesden Hall, where they tied the knot in a romantically rustic ceremony, followed by a Glastonbury inspired reception. Bright upside down wellington boot centrepieces, Glasto stage table names and an authentic mix of festival-style décor made this wedding complete. We love a blush pastel colour scheme….the dusty pink English rose bouquets and floaty floor-length bridesmaid dresses complimented the hazy vintage theme. What makes this wedding even more special, is that Rosie received some devastating family news just 2-weeks before her wedding, making this the most incredibly memorable day of her life for more than one reason alone. Here’s Rosie to tell you everything about her beautiful Yorkshire Barn Wedding….
Rick and I love going to festivals and have been to quite a few over the years together. Our all time favourite festival is Glastonbury. We have made so many good memories there. I think that’s where we really looked at each other and thought ‘that’s the person for me’.
5-star proposal in Thailand
Rick proposed during a 3-week trip backpacking through Thailand in November 2015. We had been staying in little beach huts and hostels along the way but for the last 3 days we decided we would go all out and stay in a 5-star fancy hotel to finish the trip in Koh Samui. On the 1st night in that hotel Rick ordered room service, ran the bath (which was on the balcony) and lit loads of candles around the tub. Whilst relaxing in the tub he popped the question with the most beautiful ring. I was so shocked! He had carried it throughout the whole trip! No wonder he was on edge whenever we had took a dip in the sea and left our back packs on the sand!
Maggie Sottero gown….
My dress was from Blush Boutique Weddings in Uppermill. I knew I wanted a lace and fitted wedding dress and instantly fell in love with this gown when I tried it on. The ladies at Blush Boutique where brilliant and knew exactly what I wanted and what would suit me. The dress was a Maggie Sottero dress as was the veil. I also had a sparkly belt that tied in a bow at the back. I’m quite tall and terrible at walking in heels so decided to go for flats. I live in converse normally so decided to get customised white converse with ‘Mrs Davis’ written on one shoe and ‘12th May 2017’ on the other. Best decision ever as I could dance all night! Yorkshire Bridal Hair did my hair, and Lauren Uttley did my make-up. As we’d gone for a festival theme I decided to have my hair down, loose and wavy with gypsophila flowers thread through the crown. I had a veil on initially but once the wedding breakfast was over I took the veil off. I didn’t want to wear much jewellery but I have an obsession with skulls so decided to wear a pair of small sparkly skull earrings.
The Perfect Barn Wedding
We were married at Airdale Barn at East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley. We had already been for a day out at East Riddlesden Hall (ERH) in the past and had loved it so we did already have it in mind. Initially we wanted a Tipi wedding but found that the hire was a bit on the pricey side. So instead we researched barn/rustic wedding venues in Yorkshire and saw East Riddlesden Hall again. We then went to visit the barn and fell in love with it straight away. It was perfect! We loved the relaxed feel it had as we didn’t want an overly formal do and thought it would fit in perfectly with our festival theme.
Flowers, lanterns and candle-lit ceremony
We had a non-religious ceremony. Again we didn’t want it to be overly formal, so we didn’t do any readings as we just wanted to get on and party! We said our vows with the barn doors open, facing the lake with muslin and flowers surrounding the barn doors. There were candles, lanterns and flowers on the stone floor lining the aisle and bunting hanging from the roof. It was absolutely beautiful. Our friend Shawn played ‘Heartbeats’ by Jose Gonzalez on acoustic guitar as I walked down the aisle and then ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis when we walked back up the aisle as a nod to our Manchester roots.
Light and airy baby pink bridesmaid dresses
Rick wore a navy blue Ted Baker suit, tie and black brogues. On the morning of the wedding I had left a letter to Rick on our bed with a pair of Fire engine cufflinks I had gotten especially made for him to wear. The bridesmaids dresses were from ASOS. Again I didn’t want anything fancy (and they had to flatter my sisters baby bump) so went for a flowy, long length baby pink dress. The sleeves were lace to tie in with my lace sleeves on my wedding dress. Our flower girl, my now step-daughter Niamh, wore a baby pink lace dress from Monsoon. The bridesmaid and flower girls all had a bouquet of flowers in a smaller version to mine and had their hair loose and curly with gypsophila flowers thread through.
Colourful Wellies and Glasto inspired centrepieces
Our reception was also at ERH in the barn. After the ceremony we gathered outside in the courtyard and had photos, drinks and canapés until the wedding breakfast was ready. Again the venue was covered with bunting, fairy lights, flowers and candles. As we had gone for a Glastonbury theme we had done our table plan with different coloured wellies all with a seating plan card stuck out the top on an old style wooden dresser. Within this display we also placed an old fireman’s hat with flowers in, in a nod to Rick being a fire fighter. Each table name was a different stage or area of Glastonbury. We even had our own ‘Stone Circle’ outside which we had made out of hay bales we had gotten from a local farmer and blankets we had bought and cut into square pieces. As the toilets where a little walk away from the barn we also had a golf buggy (like you see the A-listers roaming around in at Glasto) to take guests in between the toilets and the venue. This was very popular with the guests as I think people just liked having a zoom about on it!! We had a naked wedding cake displayed on a vintage dresser and we also had (as I am big lover of cheese) a 4-tiered cheese cake surrounded by crackers, grapes, chutneys etc. This cake was made by Rick’s aunty Pauline. We also had sign posts outside which pointed the guests to the ‘WED FEST’ and to the toilets and a light box was displayed which had the hashtag we wanted people to use for our wedding #RADWED17.
Pink prosecco and vintage milk bottles
Our caterers were Eat Me Drink Me. They were amazing and the food was delicious. After the wedding ceremony they had drinks set up in the gardens for us which were beers in buckets, pink Prosecco with strawberries and juice in little vintage milk bottles for the kids. We then had canapés including pork belly. For our wedding breakfast we had serving platters to start. Each table had a Yorkshire serving board and a middle eastern one. For the main course we had featherblade of beef, dauphinoise potatoes and roasted veg. For dessert we had our wedding cake served with strawberries and cream. It was a naked wedding cake which was displayed on a vintage dresser. We had it as our pudding during the wedding breakfast served with strawberries and cream. We didn’t do wedding favours but for the children we made up activity packs for their table places including activity books, crayons and sweets.
Rustic English Flowers and 90’s mixtape
Our florist was Stems Design and venue stylist was Simply Vintage Events by Rachel Chippendale. Both worked closely together to create our festival wedding. I didn’t know much about flowers but we knew we wanted them to be simple, blush pink and like they had been plucked from an English garden. Very earthy and rustic. Lynn from Stems design knew exactly what I meant and created the beautiful bouquets and buttonholes. Our band was a friend’s band called Duncan Disorderly and they’ve played at numerous festivals.. They played covers of 90’s classics and were the highlight of the night!! Our wedding stationery was done by my amazing and very talented friend Lexxy Sturgess from Graphlex Stationary Design. She did all the table plans, place cards etc. I gave her an idea of what we wanted and she came back with loads of different ideas and designs she had tailor made for me and Rick and together we picked our favourite.
Family friend Photographer
Our photographer was Maddie Farris Photography. Maddie is actually an old family friend so I had seen some of her work on Facebook before getting engaged and thought she was brilliant. As soon as we got engaged I thought of Maddie. I love her photography style. She was so professional and listened to all our ideas whilst being creative with her own.
Forgot to take the first dance!
Our first dance was supposed to be Paolo Nutini ‘Candy’ as we had watched him perform it at Glastonbury and the song holds some brilliant memories for us…. but, we completely forgot after one too many proseccos and didn’t end up doing it. On the plus side we danced all night together anyway so we had about 50 dances.
Well our wedding was very special and not only for the reason of marrying my best friend but also because (and this is why it’s taken me so long to write this questionnaire) but because 3-weeks before our wedding we found out that my dad had terminal lung cancer and had a matter of months to live. It was completely out of the blue and although our wedding was amazing it was a very heartbreaking time for us. Two days before the wedding day my dad became ill and was admitted to Chrisites from side effects from his chemotherapy treatment and so were told he couldn’t come to the wedding. I was devastated my dad wouldn’t be there to walk me down the aisle. The night before the wedding when I was due to set off to the hotel, the doctors told us that as my dad was end of life they thought it would be more important for him to be part of the wedding day and so was allowed day leave. On the morning of the wedding I didn’t even know my dad would be coming and neither did the guests or my husband. He arrived in a wheelchair as the cancer had spread to his spine and he was now struggling to walk or stand. Just before we were due to go down the aisle he told me he would stand and walk with me rather than being pushed. It was such a special moment that I will cherish forever. 2-weeks after our wedding my dad fell and shattered his spine. He never walked again and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family 21st July 2017.
I think it important not to let planning a wedding day consume you both. Even if you don’t manage to have every single detail such as wedding favours etc, don’t stress and nobody will notice or bother anyway. Spend quality time with each other as a couple even though you’re saving like crazy and don’t just talk about the wedding. Make time to have wedding free time and have fun. The most important thing which I’ve learnt is that life isn’t perfect. We spent 18-months planning our wedding day and 2-weeks before it my life was turned upside down so you just need to remember its one day and just enjoy it.
The Line Up
Photographer: Maddie Farris Photography
Dress: Maggie Sottero
Venue: Airdale Barn at East Riddlesden Hall
Bridesmaids: ASOS / Monsoon
Stationary: Graphlex Stationary Design
Venue Stylist: Simply Vintage Events
Flowers: Stems Design
Bridal Boutique: Blush Boutique Weddings
Caterers: Eat Me Drink Me
Hair: Yorkshire Bridal Hair