Real Yorkshire Wedding: Andy & Laura
When Andy popped the question to Laura whilst on holiday in a Michelin star restaurant in the glorious Bay of Naples – he set the bar pretty high for their wedding celebrations.
But with Laura’s incredible attention to detail (we think she really should consider wedding styling) and a host of talented suppliers, the couple spent 18 months preparing for their special day.
The couple tied the knot in a stunning North Yorkshire venue near Malton and invited nearly 100 of their closest family and friends to share their wedding day.
Here’s what Laura had to say about her wedding:
I know it’s cliche but it was honestly the most perfect day. We couldn’t stop smiling and seeing all our friends and family there to support us was incredible. I enjoyed the planning and pulling all my ideas together, I really was in my element!
We wanted to capture our love of Italy and where he proposed into our wedding but knew we wanted to keep the venue in our beloved Yorkshire so all our friends and family could attend.
The Orangery Settrington was the only venue we looked at. We knew straight away it was perfect for us. It’s a wonderfully romantic building set in the private ornamental gardens of Settrington House.
We loved how peaceful it felt and really did feel like we could be in Italy.
We had 18 months to plan so it gave us plenty of time to decide what we wanted and what suppliers to use but also meant we were fairly relaxed about the whole planning process.
The venue came with two wedding coordinators who were brilliant at keeping us updated, running through the itinerary and even joined us for the food and wine tasting.
The Personal Touches
Our amazing wedding invitations were done through Eyilove who we found online. They were pale grey with gold leaf embossed writing, really modern and elegant.
Our table plan was actually our living room mirror which I decorated with green foliage and white flowers. The tables were named after places in Italy we have visited and the names were applied using vinyl stickers bought from an online company.
I bought gold photo stands from Oliver Bonus that I used to hold our menu cards which followed the greenery theme.
Our florist Fiona Hogg floral design is incredible and totally got my vision. She’s York based and my sister and best friend both used her too. I wanted only white flowers including peonies hydrangeas and sweet peas and greenery including olive leaves and eucalyptus to keep the look fresh and classic.
I wanted my bouquet over sized and “undone” and I sourced hand died grey silk ribbon with gold and silver leafing on to tie my bouquet.
My two bridesmaids had a smaller version tied with ivory raw edge silk ribbon all from a company called Lancaster and Cornish. Our church aisle was lined with tall glass vases with white candles, the pew ends dressed with hydrangeas and greenery wrapped the candelabras which had all the white candles lit.
I found choosing my dress quite difficult. I tried on lots of dresses in five different bridal boutiques. I ended up choosing a Blush by Hayley Paige dress called “Bianca” . I knew I wanted something modern but still bridal and when I tried my dress on with the geometric lace, spaghetti straps and low back I thought it was a perfect blend with the full tulle bottom and I had to have it. My two bridesmaids wore beautiful Ghost london “Claudia” dresses in colour silver Lake.
The Bridal Look
I’m not into sparkles or bling but I knew I wanted to have that wow factor so I opted for a flower crown with my hair left loose and natural. It felt lovely to wear and lasted the whole day and also the orange blossom smelt amazing! My shoes were Bronze Valentino Rockstud heels which were a great excuse to splurge and something I would wear again!
On the day
Our reception room was decorated with more white candles, greenery, fairy lights and huge white balloons were suspended in the centre of the tables decorated with greenery and the odd white flower and these were attached to olive branch hearts in glass vases.
We worked with chefs at The Yorkshire Party Company to create our italian menu. We had glasses of prosseco and bottles of Peroni with a mixture of canapés for the drinks reception. We then had a three course sit down meal. Starting with asparagus and Parmesan risotto followed by prosciutto chicken with Mediterranean vegetables and finishing with chocolate terrine with Amaretto crunch and berries.
We had a four tier cake made by the very talented Blush Cake Company based in Thorton Le clay near York. Each tier was different and it was delicious. She also made our wedding favours which doubled as place settings, lemon shortbread biscuits with guest names imprinted in the icing in gold with leaf design.
Words of Wisdom
On the day make sure you allocate certain jobs to bridesmaids and ushers to ensure things run smoothly. I learnt not to worry about the little things and to relax and enjoy it as it really does go so quickly.
Venue: The Orangery
Videography: Lawson Films
Photography: David Pickett
Dress: @blushbyhayleypaige Hair: @jadeeveratt23
Invitations: @eyilovestudio -invites
Flowers: @fionahoggflowers Cake: @blushcakeco Music: The Wickermen
Make-up: @sarah_plews -make up Bridesmaid dresses: Ghost London
Suits: TM Lewin