Real Wedding… Helen and Chris: classic monochrome and close-knit family

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I’ll be honest, this bride is one of my closest friends. She’s lovely, and I feel very lucky to have been part of her wedding ~ and to be sharing it with you!

For me, the most wonderful thing about this wedding is how close the family are. Helen and her sister Sarah, who was her bridesmaid, are like best friends as well as sisters.

The monochrome theme and classic styling perfectly matched their venue, Oulton Hall near Leeds, an opulent 18th century former mansion.

When Chris proposed – on a Cyprus jetty with a Haribo ring – just a few weeks after Sarah’s wedding, it nearly gave their dad (and his bank manager) a heart attack! But he looked so proud as he led Helen down the aisle of St Mary’s church in Mirfield – as he had his younger daughter, just over a year before – and I love the expression on his face as he sits with his arm round her at the top table.

During the ceremony the couple knelt on a cushion borrowed from the church Helen’s grandparents attended, which had their initials on and was made by a relative. It was a fitting and moving tribute, after Helen’s grandma passed away last Christmas.

In a break from tradition, Chris’s dad also gave a speech, and it’s clear he has a very special relationship with his family too. Chris even wore the cufflinks his grandad had worn on his wedding day.

Helen says: “I loved the personal touches and borrowing my sister’s veil and garter, and my late grandma’s pearls were really special. Borrowing the kneeler meant we felt like they were with us on the day.”

There was last minute drama when, just a week before the wedding, the girls discovered Sarah’s bridesmaid dress was faulty, so they had to find another. The elegant replacement dress was found in Coast; Helen says she was happier with it than the first, and Sarah’s happy too – she’s had it shortened and now wears it to go out in!

Helen, Sarah and the mums made all the stationery with items bought from Ebay, Pocketfold Invites and Cuddly Buddly.

Helen says: “I loved making the stationery myself, although it was time consuming! We had some fun girly evenings putting the stuff together, and it saved a lot of money.”

Helen advises other bridesmaids to involve family and friends in the preparations and shop on the high street and Ebay, as she did, for her bridesmaid’s dress, shoes, and decorations like tealight holders and scatter crystals.

Helen is lucky enough to know Pete Barnes from her school days, so he was the natural choice for her wedding photographer, and perhaps this helps explain why the couple look wonderfully relaxed in their pictures.

Need to know:
Bride’s gown: Paloma Blanca from Limelight Occasions
Bride’s veil: borrowed from her sister
Bride’s hair accessories: a fresh cream rose
Bride’s jewellery: her late grandma’s pearls and a pearl vintage-style bracelet and earrings bought by Chris’s parents
Bride’s shoes: LK Bennett
Bride’s hair: Lisa from Fuschia Hair and Beauty, Halifax
Bride’s make-up: Lisa B make-up
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Coast; Linzi Jay at Limelight Occasions (flower girl)
Bridesmaids’ hair accessories: Ebay
Bridesmaids’ jewellery: Debenhams
Bridesmaids’ shoes: Kurt Geiger
Groom’s suit: Limelight Occasions
Wedding rings: from a bespoke jeweller in Chapel Allerton
Flowers: Collections, Mirfield
Transport: Halifax Prestige Wedding Cars
Favours: mini Yankee Candles for the women, Jack Daniels for the men
Cake and cupcakes: Gemma Ryder from Frosted Gems
Honeymoon: Lindos Blu, Rhodes


2 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Pete Barnes (@petebarnesphoto)
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 14:19:14

    Great Post Anna, it was a lovely do indeed


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