Carla & Anthony: December 21, 2014
Carla and Anthony met on a night out in Skipton seven years ago.
Anthony popped the question on Christmas Day in 2011. The ring was in her stocking!
And the proposal came at an exciting time for the couple, just weeks before the birth of their second child Finlay!
But it was while enjoying a quiet break away (without their merry brood) that they found a perfect venue in the heart of the glorious Lake District.
Carla then set to work with lots of creative projects to add sparkle to their nuptials.
She created her own floral displays from locally sourced stockist and even made their own invitations.
Silver and blue became the theme colours and Carla added a hint of sparkle to add the finishing touches to their wonderful winter wedding.
Here’s what Carla had to say about their special day:
“We had the best day ever – far surpassing our expectations – it was lovely, relaxed and just how we wanted it – all the hard work paid off and I now have a beautiful little village in the Lake District that we can revisit and enjoy the memories.”
I did a lot of research on the internet looking for our venue – trying to find something that was perfect, yet within budget.
We also wanted to be able to have all our friends and family stay with us. We spent a few days in the Lakes, without the children in summer 2013 and viewed a number of places and The Wordsworth Hotel really struck a cord with us, the staff were friendly, the grounds of the hotel were stunning and the off-season packages were great!
The DateWe decided early doors that we were not hankering after a summer wedding as research proved that the price ranges for a summer wedding were somewhat expensive – having a house and children already meant we were looking for a perfect day, fab party, but with a sensible price tag! To top it all off we could have the hotel all to ourselves on the package we went for – this exclusivity was ideal, as we were looking at a high number of child guests!
We had 76 guests – 19 children and 57 adults – I’m a primary school teacher so 19 children did not phase me at all – plus it kept our children busy!
The Personal Touches
I spent hours on pinterest – pinning like a mad lady – but it paid off, myself, family and friends made lots of things for the wedding. The theme started with the purchase of some mercury glass silver pumpkin vases followed by a wishing tree and some wooden table numbers, which I later glittered.
After this the theme was silver and sparkle! I continued to collect mercury silver tealight holders and various different vases. A couple of trips to Country Baskets in Wakefield proved helpful and I topped up my silver and sparkle box!
The Home-made Touches
I made the invites, RSVPs and part of the favours (clay hearts with a snowflake imprint). For my table plan I glittered a frame and covered the back with navy blue satin and pegged the table lists on sparkly silver ribbon.
Colours were silver, white and navy blue.
We did the flowers ourselves, but I sourced them from Silsden Flower Gallery.
The owner was very helpful and helped me decided how many flowers I would need etc. I went for pretty gypsophillia as it was snow like and we glittered it slightly.
I actually got my dress at the Ava Rose in the sale and it is by designer Benjamin Roberts (Louisa 2358).
But most work surrounding my dress and final look was done at Cinderella’s in Skipton.
I also bought my tiara, veil and a sparkly beaded shrug there. Mandy the owner altered my dress and took the sleeves off the shrug to finish the look. I wore some navy gitter shoes that I already had.
I had one adult bridesmaid called Lucy who wore a navy dress from Monsoon. My two flower girls- daughter Isla and my niece Ruby – wore navy blue dresses made by my mum. She even managed to incorporate some beautiful navy lace that was my late grandmas. My sonFinlaywasapage boy in a cute navy suit from M&S.
Hair by Gemma at Hair of a Wedding
Music: A fab duke box from sapproaudio
Photos: were taken by the couple’s old university friend Hazel from Love is Photography
Cake: Sue the Yorkshire Cake fairy
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