Real Wedding… Anya and Jamie: an imaginative proposal and a Yorkshire wedding with Ukrainian touch

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Anya and Jamie were married at St Joseph’s Church and held their reception at the Woodman Inn, in Huddersfield. They made a detour to Castle Hill where their photographer Annemarie King got some spectacular shots looking down on the Yorkshire landscape.

Anya and Jamie met through work eight years ago. They were friends at first, although later found out they had always been attracted to each other. Jamie proposed just seven months after their first date – and exactly a year before their wedding.

Jamie should surely win an award for ‘most imaginative proposal.’ He began with an excited phone call to tell Anya their chickens, Cleo and Dotty, had laid three eggs. When Anya got home, Jamie was in the garden and came running towards her with an egg, which he dropped. As Anya got close Jamie got down on one knee and inside the egg shell was a beautiful diamond ring.

Anya is of Ukrainian descent and wanted to incorporate elements of a traditional Ukrainian wedding. So buttonholes, made by Anya and her family, were of lavender and myrt, which comes from eastern Europe and the Mediterranean and symbolises love, purity and fertility. After the ceremony the couple were serenaded by Vocal Expressions, a local ladies’ choir, who sang Mnohaya Lita which translates as ‘many happy years’. And at the wedding breakfast, their parents gave gifts of bread (representing nature’s bounty), salt (a necessity of life) and vodka (signifying prosperity).

The couple’s married name is Macbeth so their table names were all Shakespeare plays and quotes. For their favours, the thoughtful couple made donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Anya said the most special memories of her wedding day were when she and Jamie saw each other at the altar, when her two-year-old niece Lily asked if she was a princess (who can blame her?) and their fathers’ fabulous speeches.

To help people chat and get to know each other, the couple designed a quiz about themselves which was played just before the wedding breakfast. The photobooth from Pictureblast proved a firm favourite with guests.

Anya and Jamie honeymooned in the Maldives and Dubai.

Need to know:
Brides’s gown: Maggie Sottero from The Staite Room, Huddersfield
Bride’s veil and hair accessories: from The Staite Room
Bride’s jewellery: Anya wore her mother’s diamond earrings and a pearl bracelet with diamond clasp bought by her future parents-in-law
Bride’s shoes: The Bourne Collection
Bride’s hair and make up: Jessica Goodall
Bridesmaids’ dresses: designed and made by Linda Davey at No 9 Bridal Couture
Groom’s suit: designed and made by the Textile Centre of Excellence, Huddersfield
Groom’s shoes: Kurt Geiger
Wedding rings: handmade by Phillip Stoner
Flowers: Inspiration in Lindley, Huddersfield
Transport: Summer Wine Classic Car Hire
Stationery: Mandalay
Venue decoration: Yorkshire Venue Dressing
Cake: by Vicki White

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