I just adore Kerry and Oliver's North Yorkshire wedding. Kerry says their theme was country romance with lots of pale blues and pinks, and they have achieved that look perfectly with lots of personal, handmade details and the most beautifully soft and feminine flowers. Kerry and Oliver chose to work with Mark Hillyer - a brilliant, storytelling wedding photographer based in Leeds. Mark has perfectly captured all the emotions of the day, and the gorgeous tone of his work really reflects the romantic vibe of the day.
Kerry's two teenage sons gave her away - and also helped her with a lot of the amazing DIY projects - while some of her best friends did her hair and make-up and made their show-stopping cake. This wedding is all about family and friends and, apart from the fact that Kerry looks amazing!, the one thing that really shouts out to me from the photos is how much FUN their day looks!
After a freezing cold week, this wedding is the perfect heartwarmer, so make yourself a cup of tea, get cosy and enjoy!
Thank you so much Kerry and Oliver for sharing your beautiful day with us! x
HOW THEY MET
We met on 19th Dec 2014 in Leeds whilst both out celebrating Christmas with respective friends and Oli with his colleagues at his work Christmas party
We got engaged in February 2016 on the Caribbean island of St Vincent. We had an evening meal on the beach, just our table on the beach and then he wrote out the words 'will you marry me?' in the sand, I said yes and then we ran into the sea in the moonlight
The reception was held at The Pheasant Hotel in Harome, North Yorkshire. We got married at the church just over the rood from The Pheasant - St Saviour's Church. The ceremony was conducted by Revd Susan Binks, who is so lovely, warm and welcoming. We chose the venue because of the country setting and relaxed environment. It's very cosy with exquisite food and accommodation. We wanted a venue that would be exclusively ours for the day and not too grand and imposing.
We've travelled a lot so our invites, table plan, favours and table names were all travel inspired. Our base colours for wedding party guests were pale pink and pale blue. The setting was the most important thing as we wanted country charm with a relaxed atmosphere.
Dress by Netherlands designer Ladybird.
I tried on approx. 30 dresses but felt this one really complemented my figure and I wasn't 'spilling' out of it. I loved the lace detail, the silhouette and the blush colour of the inner fabric.
Shoes from Dune.
Floral crown with roses and gypsophila made by Passion Flowers.
Jewellery - 1 carat diamond bracelet with diamond stud earrings.
THE HAIR AND MAKE-UP
My best friend and bridesmaid Nicola Smith did the hair and make-up. She's my best friend and I trust her implicitly
Suit from Topman.
Engagement ring from Rox inTrinity, Leeds.
Wedding rings from Philip Stoner inTrinity, Leeds.
Nicola, Caroline and Karen wore tops and skirts from Coast, and Isabelle wore a dress from Monsoon.
After extensive web research and meeting Mark in person we knew he was perfect to capture our day.
We chose Simon after extensive web research and loved his style.
My best friend had Passion Flowers for her wedding a few years ago and nothing is better than a personal recommendation. Mel at Passion Flowers is fabulous and really guided us through the variety of possibilities.
Rachel Staton is a family friend and enjoys cake making in her spare time. She produced a truly amazing three tier cake which featured detailed icing and our favourite themed flower at our wedding, the hydrangea
The fabulous team at The Pheasant Hotel for the wedding breakfast. Evening reception was www.thepizzaguy.co.uk - wood fired pizzas from a vintage Land Rover.
The food at The Pheasant Hotel speaks for itself and was AMAZING! For the evening we wanted something a little different to a buffet so we hired The Pizza Guy to give our guests a truly authentic taste of Italy. Oli and I have travelled quite a bit round Italy so we wanted to bring that element to our wedding day.
We had a duo who performed acoustic tracks. Before the wedding we asked what songs our guests would like to be played on the day and it was fab.
In the church, Graeme Cox, an acoustic singer from Huddersfield, performed. We chose a number of songs - I walked down the aisle to 'The One' by Kodaline.
On foot :-) We really wanted a relaxed day so we walked from the venue to the church.
We handmade our own invites, table plans and place settings along with thank you cards which were travel inspired. It was all homemade with love and a lot of late nights!
A cottage within the grounds of The Pheasant Hotel.
THE WEDDING MORNING
We woke up at 7am and went 3 miles down the country lanes to erect a homemade direction sign on the side of the main road in Helmsley so that our guests didn't get lost. We then spent our breakfast time together (we ignored the tradition of not seeing each other before we were married).
The night before, we prepared the church with flowers and then, on the morning of the wedding, my bridesmaid Caroline and her husband made sure all the bows and order of services were in place, and we helped to prepare the 'cake and sweets' table in the venue. Our photographer arrived at 9.30am (after witnessing a motorcyclist come off his bike on the notorious Sutton Bank Road) followed by our videographer, florist and cake maker who all helped to dress and style our venue - it looked stunning.
Myself and my bridesmaids started to have our hair and make-up done at 10.30am - the ceremony was planned for 12.30. I was fashionably late by 30 mins - it's a bride's prerogative isn't it?
We had a traditional church of England ceremony which involved family and friends with a relaxed feel.
We had a mix of sons played acoustically by Graeme Cox, from James Bay to The Script to Kodaline. I walked down the aisle to Kodaline's 'The One' and we walked out of the church as man and wife to The Script's 'Never Seen Anything Quite Like You'.
My son Edward (age 11) read out 'Love' from The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, my best friend Katie read an extract from Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières, and the father of the groom read Song of Solomon 2: 10-13.
We read traditional vows due to the restrictions placed on having your own in church, however we felt this was more than compensated with the songs and readings that we had in the church.
THE DECOR AND DETAILS
The theme was country romantic with lace and rattan detail to invites/table plans/favours. The colours were romantic with hints of blush, pale blue and creams.
I think it's the little touches, like the pallet my son and I painted and wrote the order of the day on, the hand prepared flowers in the church, the amazing cake and sweetie table along with a photo frame with a photo of Oli and I from a pre-wedding shoot with Mark - guests were invited to leave a message around the mount of the photo.
We wed at 12.30pm, then had canapés and a champagne reception from 2.30pm, followed by the wedding breakfast at 4pm. After 4pm we spent some time with Mark and Simon out in the village having photos taken, we then had evening guests arriving from 7.30pm and our day finished at midnight.
Handmade, little glass bottle containing Limoncello liqueur and a luggage tag with a quote by Roald Dahl.
The groom, the bride, the best man and the bride's son Edward, age 11, who read a quote from the TV series Friends.
THE FIRST DANCE
'The One' by Kodaline.
THE WEDDING PLANNING EXPERIENCE
All the details and planning was fun. I got my inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest. Arranging the guest list was a bit more challenging as we didn't want a big wedding and set a maximum of 60 guests.
THE BEST PART OF THE DAY
Probably walking out of the registry room and seeing family and friends stood in the church.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES
The only thing you can't change is the weather, it rained on the morning of our day but the photos in the afternoon with the puddles look fantastic and add another dimension
Don't let guests stress you out and go with what you want to do