Tracey & Chris’ wedding

December 27, 2014: Briar Court Hotel, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Tracey & Chris' wedding
Tracey preparing with her bridesmaids at Briar Court Hotel
Tracey and Chris could have been childhood sweethearts as they actually went to the same school!
But as they were a year apart their paths didn’t cross until they were introduced through a friend at a school reunion.
They hit it off instantly and got engaged in March 2013.
Chris popped the question at his own fancy dress birthday party while dressed as TV character Fred Flintstone!
So of course Tracey had no choice but to say yabba dabba doo!
Tracey & Chris’ wedding: It’s official!
The fun-loving couple then set about planning their big day and Tracey admits she loved every minute of organising it.
And despite her saying ‘it never snows at Christmas’ of course she awoke on her wedding day to find a glistening dusting of snow across Huddersfield. A perfect magical backdrop – which added some distinctive footwear and hours of snow ball fights – to make for a truly memorable occasion.

Here’s what Tracey had to say about their wedding

“I think that the little things matter most – everyone commented on the personalised things we had done.  Even though it took a lot of time and effort they were definitely worth it. It just goes so fast after all the months of planning!”

The venue

We only looked at one other venue.  The reason we initially looked at Briar Court was because of the unbelievable wedding package they were offering.  The other plus point was that Da Sandro’s, which is run by the same owners, is my favourite restaurant, so we knew that the food would be fantastic.  It was also quite central location for everyone to get to.

The Date

We chose a December wedding because we thought that a Christmassy wedding would be special. We picked December 27th because it was my late grandma and grandads’ wedding anniversary. The snow was an absolute bonus!  I had lots of  people asking what we would do it if snowed, and I said every time ‘It never snows at Christmas.’ How wrong could I have been? I was slightly stressed on Boxing Day when the snow kept falling, but it made our day as the photos are great. Our ceremony was at 2pm, although we were 10 minutes late as we had to change from our wellies into our fancy footwear!  We had 71 guests to the day do and just over 200 to the evening reception.

The personalised touch

I bought the dressing robes for just £8 from Primark and I then had names transferred on the back by a company in the Huddersfield Market. My friend did me the personalised coat hangers – I had seen these on the internet and they were quite pricey, so that was a bonus! I ordered personalised coca cola bottles for all the bridal party, and also had personalised bags made for the bridesmaids and pageboys for the morning of the wedding, with lots of things in.

The photographer

Kev at image-i-nation was an absolute STAR! He arrived amidst all the chaos and did not seem at all fazed. And whilst he entertained us all throughout the day, I had no idea he was taking the photos – he wasn’t at all intrusive. The same goes for Jordan, his son, who was our videographer. They were both there throughout the day and nothing was too much trouble. Kev even managed to persuade people to pose for photos outside, not an easy task considering the sub-zero temperatures! The photos are awesome and we are so pleased that we have got such special memories of our day to treasure forever. We also can’t wait to see the video!

The finishing touches

Our favours were various hearts for the ladies and lottery tickets for the men for the evening of the wedding. I also made all my own invitations myself with the help of our two girls. We made a night of doing it helped by a few bottles of wine! I had also been collecting pine cones for ages before the wedding, which I sprayed to create place settings for everyone.

Words of wisdom for brides…

I would advise is to remember that it’s your and your fiancé’s wedding– no-one else’s – so do exactly what YOU want!
Other stockist information:
Wedding photography by Kev at Image-i-nation 
The Suits: Hired from Carl Stewarts
Hair and make-up by Laura Balmforth
Flowers by Emma Osborne at Unique Wedding Flowers from Barnsley
Bride’s and Bridesmaid’s dresses from BHS wedding online.
Shoes: Bride’s shoes were from New Look and Bridesmaid’s shoes from Next.
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