Bride Rosie had a few tricks up her sleeve to orchestrate her own sensational home-from-home creative wedding…
How did Mike propose?
“Mike proposed to me while we were in Sri Lanka on Hikkaduwa beach. The local fishermen seemed just as surprised as I was when he interrupted me searching among the crab pools!”
What dress did you wear?
“My dress was made by a very talented friend who has a bespoke dressmaking business in Manchester: Laura Fray Bespoke. Laura was very patient with my indecisiveness! After all the development and with the help of her expertise and guidance, I decided that I wanted my wedding outfit to be made up of three separates – the pockets and polka dots being a must!”
And the accessories?
“I wore my Nana Tess’ veil, which dated back to the 1930s – it had beautiful embroidery at the bottom and scalloped edges. My iridescent earrings and hair clips belonged to my Nana Ciss. It felt very special being able to wear all these items, passed down by lost loved ones (these were my ‘something old’). My necklace was a present from Mike on the morning of the wedding. The hammered metalwork matched our wedding bands and were a perfect match for my dress.”
What did Mike wear?
“The groom wore a very smart Harris Tweed blue-checked three-piece suit. I struggled to find pocket squares of a certain colour, so I decided to make them for the groomsmen and ushers as a keepsake! Mike finished his look with his Colquhoun Clan family crest tie pin and also wore my Grandad’s pocket watch.”
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
“I was a nervous wreck. My dad tried his best to slow my walking pace down, because I was almost running down the aisle! There were a lot of mixed emotions; I was very excited, nervous and overwhelmed at the start. However, seeing Mike and standing next to him at the altar both reassured and relaxed me. It felt so natural saying our vows and becoming his happy wife.”
What dresses did your bridesmaids wear?
“My best friend Grace and my three sisters Fran, Becca and Christina were my bridesmaids. I was so pleased with their dresses because they were a slight panic-buy – a last-minute purchase from Linea, House of Fraser. They wore burnt-orange shoes from Sissi, which tied in with the colour of the flowers.”
What was your theme?
“We didn’t want anything too formal, but by having all the freedom and no red tape, we were able to create exactly what we wanted. The church was down the road in nearby Haworth (and one that my family attend). Our reception actually took place at my parents’ house in West Yorkshire, with the garden leading onto a marquee (that we hired from the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs). The marquee, of course, was used for the meal and evening. We were so lucky to be able to have our wedding at my family home where there are so many happy memories and a lovely natural landscape. It took a lot of hard work and preparation to pull it off, with massive help from lots of other people, family and friends. My mum made the gin sherbet cocktails and iced tea, while the table flowers and decorations were picked from the garden.“
What was the highlight of your day?
“Actually getting married, for one! At the end of the night, it was great for Mike and I to take a moment together and watch everyone enjoying themselves and having a dance to the brilliant band: TC Funky Nuts!”
What was your best buy?
“Ooh, that’s a difficult one. Perhaps the marquee with its wooden floor – it could hold up to 250 people and looked great when it was fully decked out and full of guests. It was nice to help contribute to our local farming community by hiring it.”
What’s your saving tip?
“Anything that we could do ourselves, we attempted – from making table runners and bunting, to making the band’s stage and all the signs! We got creative utilising things rather than buying (for example, we wrote our table plan on the green house on the way to the marquee). Recycling bottles, buying vases and candlesticks from charity shops, as well as borrowing from friends and family meant that we had more money to spend on other important things like the band, food and booze!”
Date: 15th July, 2017
Venue: Oxenhope, West Yorkshire
Photographer: Laura Holman Photography lauraholmanphotography.com
The Dress: Laura Fay Bespoke laurafraybespoke.co.uk
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Linea, House of Fraser