Sunday, 17 June 2018

We Got Married!

You probably already know because I think I've mentioned it once, or yanno maybe twice, but two weeks ago yesterday I got married to my boyfriend of eight years, Nick (fun fact: we actually got married on our eight and a half year anniversary, which means we now have an anniversary to celebrate every six months exactly and there's something about the preciseness of that which makes me v. happy). While we were busy wedding-ing and then honeymoon-ing I've had a lil' blogging break, but I'm back with what is probably going to be an extremely long post detailing all the, well, details of our day. I'm sure there'll be some more specific wedding content to come, but I really just wanted to write down everything about it in one long post. So grab yourself a cuppa and settle down, it's gonna be a long one...




T H E  V E N U E  |  T H E  B A R N S,  E A S T  Y O R K S H I R E

When choosing a venue, we knew we wanted somewhere low key, flexible and where we could do everything all in one place. I actually work with Kate, the owner of The Barns and she was just in the process of setting up the business when we got engaged so we got in at the exact right time. It's basically two barns in the middle of the countryside next to the river, one barn for the ceremony and the other for the food and entertainment. Then there's an outdoor chill out area with a fire, a garden and a big field for camping. It has such a relaxed vibe and there's a lot you can do to make it your own; it was the first and only venue we looked around!







T H E  O U T F I T S

It took me two shopping trips to find my dress; the one I went for was from Elite Bridal, which is a chain of outlets. I realise some people may turn their noses up at outlets and each to their own, but I honestly could not justify boutique prices for a dress I'd be wearing once and in the end I found the absolute dress of my dreams anyway. It's currently hanging in a dress bag on my wardrobe door waiting for me to try and work out how to get the filth off the bottom of it (good job you do only wear them once really) and I just want to wear it again, like every weekend. I wore these shoes from Next, which you obviously can't really see but they were super comfortable and I'll wear them again for sure, then I wore my mum's veil as my something old. With the help of my maid of honour and some wine I made a gypsophila headband the night before, which I kept in the fridge so it didn't wilt! I wore gold jewellery; a necklace that my grandparents bought me for my 21st birthday, a bracelet of my mum's that was my something borrowed and some stud earrings my parents bought me for my birthday. I did have a blue garter as my something blue provided by my maid of honour, but my dress was too floaty for it to not show underneath!

I did my own hair and makeup, which I found much less stressful than I thought I would and meant that I felt like 'me'. The only thing I wasn't 100% happy with was my hair because the supposed curly bits hanging loose at the sides fell so much just on the way to the venue, but that's just my temperamental hair and I don't think having my hair done professionally would have made any difference to that!

I suppose I'd better talk about someone else's outfit now...so Nick's whole outfit was from Next apart from his tie, which was from Slaters and was purchased by myself a few days before the wedding because Nick would happily have gone without one otherwise...not on our wedding day mate.

I had two bridesmaids and their dresses were from Joanie Clothing. They were so nice I wanted one for myself, but yanno, I already had a dress and that would have been greedy. We didn't really have a colour theme for our wedding, but I opted for green bridesmaid dresses because I thought they were the perfect fit for the venue and the vibe we were going for.





F L O W E R S  &  D E C O R A T I O N S

I did all the flowers myself and if you're at all green fingered, I'd highly recommend doing so because it will save you a tonne of money. All our flowers including centrepieces, bouquets and button holes cost £100, a few hours of my time and a little slice of my ring finger (yep, that's right, I cut my ring finger the day before getting married and had to wear discreet steri strips on the day). I was lucky enough to have got some advice from Jess at Honeybee Flowers, which meant I wasn't completely clueless, but at the end of the day people really don't look that closely and I was so happy with my bouquet that I actually miss it and would quite like to make myself a fresh one every week just because.

We had various other bits of decor around the barns such as bunting and fairy lights so I won't go through all of it, but the other main thing was the table decorations. Essentially, Nick cut up a tree into discs, sanded them down and varnished them and we put jars filled with gypsophila or candles on them. I would say that making the discs yourself saves a lot of money, but Nick bought a chainsaw in order to do them...lol.






T H E  C E R E M O N Y

My oh my, this is turning into a mammoth post isn't it? Hopefully you're all still awake because I'm not sure I'm even halfway through yet. I'll keep this bit short and sweet though. The music I walked into was Pachelbel's Canon in D (the BBC orchestra version because I'm so brand loyal) then we had two songs during the signing of the register; Where Is My Mind Pixies piano cover by Maxence Cyrin (listen to it here cause it's dreamy) and Sense of Home by Harrison Storm. Nick's best man read a poem during the ceremony, which was I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke (if you know it then you'll know it's also an Arctic Monkeys song and if you know me you'll know I'm a massive Arctic Monkeys fan). Then (don't laugh), but we walked out to Bring It All Back by S Club 7, mainly because it's a bit of an in joke and we couldn't think of anything else. Luckily it kind of got drowned out by all the clapping so I don't think people thought it was too odd.





P H O T O S

Planning a wedding really makes you realise just how expensive it can get. I mean, I don't think ours was cheap and we saved on a lot of things, one of which was the photographer. My friend Joe from work took our photos; he was amazing and it felt so much nicer and laid back having a friend do it rather than some randomer we wouldn't have known.


F O O D / C A K E

I mean, this is the most important part right? We had Hull Pie do our food; the pies came in cardboard boxes with mash and gravy and it was so suited to the venue it was amazing. Our cake was made by Flour and Feast. It was a semi-naked one with three different flavoured layers (vanilla, lemon and chocolate) and I've never actually been to a wedding where I've seen so little cake left at the end so it obviously went down a treat!


E N T E R T A I N M E N T

We decided we wanted a band before we were even engaged after going to my friend's wedding where she had such an awesome one that had everyone up dancing. We went for The Jukebox Band eight-piece who were absolutely amazing and although we didn't have a first dance, they played the song we wanted last and absolutely everyone went mad for it, it was definitely one of my favourite parts of the night! They did two hour-long sets with a DJ set in between and even left music playing during the food, which made for a great atmosphere.





T H E  N I G H T / D A Y  A F T E R 

As I mentioned, there is a big field behind the barns for camping and quite a few of our friends decided to do that, which was lovely. We stayed in a little wooden hut in the field, which was much nicer than camping on your wedding night even though that is originally what we were planning to do. Nick's best man did a BBQ breakfast in the morning for everyone while we all tidied up (and cried that it was all over on my part).


Aaaand I think that's it! I could obviously go into so much more detail and probably talk about a million different things, but this post is already a rather mammoth one and there's probably nobody left reading by this point...do let me know if there's anything specific you would like to know more about because as you can tell, I bloomin' love talking about it!

Amy x



Photography: Joe Weir
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  1. It looks so amazing Amy, I'm so glad you both had a fantastic day! Absolutely loved reading about it so would happily read some more posts! xxx

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    1. I’m sure there will definitely be some more posts! Now I can’t wait to see yours! Xxx

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  2. I absolutely loved reading about how you did your wedding, it looks so amazing and i am so pleased you both had a wonderful time. xxx

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    1. Thank you so much lovely! It was just the perfect day for us :) xx

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  3. Aw so lovely to see it all! It sounds like such a perfect day! x

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    1. Thank you lovely! It was just amazing :) xx

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  4. Just been to look round it today as a possible contender for our wedding so it was nice to read how you put your own spin on it.

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    1. Aw let me know if you book it, honestly it is the perfect venue! Xx

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  5. Sounds perfect and you look beautiful x
    katescloset.uk

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  6. Amy this is so beautiful to read! So happy you shared this with us :) I loved that you did your own flowers too, think they look gorgeous. LOL @ Nick's dedication with the chainsaw and the tree though, this would never happen with me - because I'm the handywoman in the relationship and I think my wrists are too weak to even hold a chainsaw hahaha.

    Also really liked that you have unique jewelry pieces from different occasions, that's what I did too! I wore my mumma's necklace and earrings which she gifted to me and a ring from my grandma - feels special when it has a nice lil memory to it!

    Now onto the Italia posts hehe

    Cherie ✿ delicately.xyz

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    1. Oh thank you lovely! Haha yeah I could definitely not manage a chainsaw!
      That’s lovely you wore meaningful jewellery too, it was really lovely to have those sentimental pieces for sure.
      And yes, onto the Italia posts! Xx

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  7. OMG I LOVE that you walked out to S Club 7 .. HA HA! I thought I was slightly bonkers for playing Blazin Squad "Flip Reverse" at my wedding disco but you have won hands down there - LOVE IT!

    Your photographs are beautiful, your day looks perfect! That venue .. wow!! The barns are gorgeous!

    I'm so glad that you loved your day so much, hope the post wedding blues aren't too awful xx

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    1. Haha we had some pretty good ones requested with the band too! We loved it so so much, the wedding blues aren’t too bad, I just want to do it all again! Xx

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  8. I could read about weddings all day (mine was 5 years ago). This looks like an absolutely perfect day! Congratulations to you both x

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    1. I’m going to a wedding on Saturday and feel like I’m gonna get all emotional now, officially wedding obsessed! Thank you xx

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  9. So happy for you guys! Congratulations! Both looked great and that cake - is perfect! xx

    Naya
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    1. Thank you so much! The cake was amazing! xx

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  10. Wow, what an incredible sounding and looking wedding!! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pictures!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Aw thank you, it was just such an amazing day I couldn't not share it! xx

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  11. Ahh such lovely photos! Congratulations to you both! Gemma x
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    1. Thank you so much Gemma :) hope you've had a good start to the week xx

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  12. Everything looks so amazing! Congrats on everything, you must be over the moon with joy. Can't wait to hear all about your honeymoon too!

    Shann Eileen | www.shanneileen.com

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    1. Thank you! First honeymoon post is coming tomorrow! xx

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  13. Congratulations babe.
    This is one of the best day of your life, have fun

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

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    1. Thank you so much, it was definitely an amazing day xx

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  14. Oh my gosh, Amy! I can't tell you how happy I am for you - such a special day! I love how you've now got two special anniversaries each year too; any excuse to celebrate, right?! ;) I adore that last photo in this post of you two newlyweds by the way; so beautiful. Congratulations!!!!!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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    1. Thank you so much lovely, haha any excuse for a meal out! xx

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  15. Congratulations! Happy married life to you both :)

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  16. Congratulations on getting married!! It sounds like a super lovely wedding with lots of DIY in it as well which I think makes it all even more special!

    Sarah
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    1. Thank you lovely! Yeah it really felt like our own :) xx

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  17. THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE POSTS EVER. Everything looks wonderful (beyond excellent that you walked out to S Club too) You looked so so beautiful and I love the dress - plus those gorgeous bridesmaids dresses, amazing colour! All of the DIY elements sound so lovely definitely got me thinking about what I'd want to try my own hand at for my (very far in the future) potential wedding... xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

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