Rachael and Aidan’s wedding

Wow, I take my hat off to our latest Yorkshire bride. Every detail was planned to the nth degree and yet she managed to avoid turning into a  ‘bridezilla’  and unleash a creative side she never knew she had.
And just nine short months after giving birth to gorgeous baby daughter Lara in September, boy did she pull it off!
Rachael had her heart set on getting married at her father’s farm which holds special memories of her childhood. In fact she never considered any other venues!Offbeat Wedding Photography - West Yorkshire Wedding Photography - -56-2 Rachael tied the knot to her beloved Aidan on May 8th  – the anniversary of their first date! A marque at Home Farm Tong Village provided a stunning rural setting to give the newly weds a day and night to remember. Here’s what Rachael had to say about their big day:
It was absolutely awesome! I loved every minute, and the rain didn’t spoil it for us at all, it added to the fun and giggles. 
I loved planning the wedding…. I had our daughter Lara-jorge in September so I had quite a rush of a job on to get it all prepared for May. I did everything myself, I made all my own decorations, bouquets, centerpieces and I really enjoyed it, I found a creative streak I didn’t realise I had! The Dress…. I refused to go dress shopping until I had lost my baby weight so didn’t end up going shopping until two months before the wedding. I went with my sister and best friend. We went to one boutique and I thought I had found ‘the dress’ and I didn’t want to go to the next shop we had planned straight after. But I went along just in case something caught my eye. It was Confetti and Lace in Leeds, and when I put my dress on I just knew that was ‘the one’ and the other dress was quickly forgotten about. It was exactly what I had imagined and I was thrilled that I found it. The bridal look…Offbeat Wedding Photography - West Yorkshire Wedding Photography - -47-2 I spent most days in wellies and not a lot if any make up on the morning of the wedding and I never planned a look really I just went with the flow! Aidan’s mum and sister have a salon and do hair and make-up so we tried a couple of looks back in March and then never really decided on anything in particular just sort of freestyled on the day! As for my hair, it is obviously short so didn’t have too much choice really so again just went with it on the day.
Personalised messages for the happy couple!
The personalised touches… I also tried to incorporate touches of passed family members who could not be there, for example my husband’s Nan loved pussy willow trees so I chose to in corporate this for button holes and in their families centrepiece. I also put pictures of loved ones on tables that couldn’t be there. The on-the-day preparations.. I was busy making sure that the marquees were perfect in the morning and I didn’t start to get ready till about 1pm. There was a house full, bridesmaids, mother, my baby, my mum’s friend and daughter who came from Italy to join us and my page-boy and flower girl. It was pretty hectic. I didn’t have time to feel nervous or anything really I was more interested in the delay of the Prosecco! The nuptials… The ceremony*, organised by Celebration Ceremonies & Weddings, was at 3.30pm and there were about 60 guests – literally all family and a couple of my close friends. We also wrote our own personal promises to each other for the day, I made our favours which had our names and date of the wedding on for people to keep. It was all very informal with no set plan… we had the local farm shop doing hot beef and pork sandwiches and a friend did chips and salads for the meal and then fruit pies and cream for dessert. My mum made our wedding cake which was a naked cake layered with all our favourite flavourings, each layer was a different flavour. Words of wisdom for brides… Just relax, there is no need to be all bridezilla, I appreciate people want perfection and maybe its bad advice because I wanted an informal, relaxed wedding but if I can manage a new baby and to make and organise everything by myself, there is hope for everyone… brides need to enjoy the whole process because once that day is over you feel a bit lost, so enjoy the journey while you can! Stockists and Suppliers
Celebration Ceremonies & Weddings specialise in designing, writing and conducting boutique personal ceremonies for a new generation of bride looking for a more unique and personal ceremony experience that can be held outdoors, at private home or estates or off the beaten track venues or locations.
Owner Jan Shillito, was one of the first in the UK to nationally qualify as an Independent Celebrant which means there are no set rules or etiquette, unless you want there to be and no restrictions on the content of ceremonies.
Here’s what the happy couple said about their experiences working with Celebration Ceremonies.
“I would just like to thank you so much for making our day so wonderful… aside from the monsoon, it was everything we had hoped for and we are both happy that you were a part of it and that we chose you.
“Everyone loved the ceremony and commented how good you were, so a truly massive thank you, we think you are fab and keep doing what you are doing Jan!”
Photography – Kev Rayner at Imagination Photography Bride’s gown – Confetti and Lace in Leeds Bridesmaid dresses – Monsoon The Suits – High Street stores Hair and Makeup – Harmonize in Batley *If you visualise your day as being completely out in the open the option is to hold a blessing instead of a legal civil ceremony. Here’s some official guidance on the legality of ceremonies. To have your wedding considered to be featured on Yorkshirerosebrides.com get in touch on the contact us page.