Relaxed Summer Wedding With DIY Touches at The Priory, North Yorkshire

The relaxed summer wedding of Holli and Richard on the blog today, set at The Priory, North Yorkshire, and with a true creative family effort, they made the most perfect wedding day for the two of them, with DIY styling, homemade cakes and a laid back approach it was exactly what they imagined. Here we catch up with Holli who tells us all about their journey, from first meet, to first dance…

Relaxed Summer Wedding With DIY Touches at The Priory, North Yorkshire

How Did You and Richard Meet?

“We met working together at Ted Baker when Rich was at university and I was just out of school.”

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The Proposal

“We were on holiday in Costa Rica. He had set up with the hotel that we won a romantic meal for two on the beach so I didn’t suspect! It ended up raining so they moved in into a wine cellar in one of restaurants. He had chosen my favorite food and I thought it was strange how the hotel had known! Little did I know he was about to propose”

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The Dress

“It was the last dress I tried on at The Bridal Collection in Harrogate – it was the first time I had ever tried on dresses and I knew I wasn’t going to be one of those people who went from shop to shop! When I first put it on a wasn’t 100% but my bridesmaid said why don’t I try a belt and it completely changed the dress and I loved it! I felt so comfortable which is something I really wanted to make sure of and I felt amazing in it”

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The Details

“We didn’t want to make it too formal. We wanted everyone to feel as relaxed as possible so kept things quite simple but with a touch of elegance. I didn’t want it to become to country themed with it been in a barn so made sure the flowers and the decoration didn’t fall into that and brought out a little bit of glamour!”

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Relaxed Summer Wedding With DIY Touches at The Priory, North Yorkshire

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“The Priory was the first and only venue we looked at. I loved that we could all stay at the venue and has access to the whole site for 2 days and the amazing courtyard! This made the wedding as all our friends and family could enjoy the run up and be together to celebrate with us for as long as possible! The day ended up been really warm so our singer and string quartet ended up being outside in the courtyard and it was amazing. We are both very laid back so as soon as we went to look we knew The Priory was the one so went for it!”

Relaxed Summer Wedding With DIY Touches at The Priory, North Yorkshire

“We had cupcakes and then just a small cake at the top! The small cake was made by Rich’s mum. They love fruit cake and this was a really nice touch for her to be involved with the making of the cake! The cupcakes where made by a family friend. I didn’t want a huge cake that no one would eat, so went for cupcakes and I didn’t even manage to get one as they all got eaten that quick! We had white chocolate and lemon flavor with a few different icing designs, it was really effective and looked amazing!”

Relaxed Summer Wedding With DIY Touches at The Priory, North Yorkshire

“We opted for an all-white colour theme with touches of blush and ivory for contrast and to tie in with my dress and the bridesmaids. My bouquet was white roses, peonies and blush colored stocks with some tiny eucalyptus, we had two amazing floral columns at the ceremony made from white lisianthus, big white roses, white peonies, green bell and white hydrangea.”

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“We decide to go for half the tables decorated with an arrangement of candles which we did ourselves and the other half with big floral center pieces that where high and had floating candles to tie in with the other tables.”

Relaxed Summer Wedding With DIY Touches at The Priory, North Yorkshire

“We had an informal BBQ type menu. We didn’t have starters and we increased the number of canapés. For main we had the taste surf & turf grand skewer which included, smoked rib eye steak, Giant Szechuan king prawns and Butter grilled chicken with Chunky hand cut chips, Classic Caesar salad and garlic and tomato herb breads. For dessert, we had sticky toffee pudding and a cheese board.”

Relaxed Summer Wedding With DIY Touches at The Priory, North Yorkshire

“We decorated part of the ceremony room ourselves. There was a large opening which we wanted to fill so thought what’s better than flowers. My mum loves flowers so we ordered from a wholesaler and got some vases and it looked amazing! We also did half the table decorations ourselves which were simple but effective”

The Best Part of the Day

“The speeches. They were all amazing and I don’t think these was a dry eye in the room!”

Relaxed Summer Wedding With DIY Touches at The Priory, North Yorkshire

Words of Wisdom

“Don’t overthink it! The little things that you stress about are not worth the stress! It was all work out perfectly”

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The Team- Cottage Summer Wedding With DIY Touches at The Priory, North Yorkshire

Photographer: Lumiere Photographic 

Wedding feature thanks to: Adorn I Wedding Invitations: Dandelion Stationary I Dress: Badley Mischka I Veil: The Bridal Collection Harrogate I Bridesmaids Dresses: Ted Baker I Makeup: Megan Bulmer I Hair: Laura Collett-Bradley I Shoes: Kurt Geiger I Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith I Groomsmen Suit: Ted Baker  I Cake: Made by a family friend!  I Food: Taste Cuisine I
Flowers: Leafy Couture I Venue: Priory Cottages I Entertainment: Jonny Ross Music + Simply Strings + Marcus Songs I Celebrant: Harrogate registrars I Wedding Favours: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts I Balloons: Funky Muppet

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