Real wedding… Anna and Fraser: Yorkshire farm wedding in just four months!

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I love Anna and Fraser’s wedding ‘mantra’ ~ ‘the plan is there is no plan’! A wedding day should be thoroughly enjoyed, by you and your guests, and if that means the schedule slips a little, so be it.

But, in the run up to their big day, this couple showed they have some impressive organisation skills ~ getting married just four months after they became engaged!

Their family and friends played a big part in the planning, from the stationery to the venue and even the ceremony, which was conducted by Anna’s aunt.

Anna and Fraser said of their day: “We wanted a laid back, relaxed feel to the day with a loose ‘English country garden’ theme and that’s what we got.

“We had a fabulous day. Every person, place and business we used were excellent. We have some brilliant memories and fabulous photos that we can look back on in years to come.”

The owners of Blacker Hall Farm in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, are family and this was the first wedding held in the farm’s barn. The farm is well known in the area for its wonderful shop selling delicious home-grown and locally-sourced produce, and I am sure this reputation will mean their venture into weddings and events will be a success. They certainly seem to have made a great start.

Anna said: “It’s a beautiful converted barn with a modern twist and they did an excellent job. We were the first wedding they had done which meant we could mould it as we liked.

“We had a BBQ for the food with cheese and biscuits or tart for pudding. Everything at Blacker Hall is locally sourced and so many of our guests said it was the best food they’d ever had at a wedding.

“Everyone helped themselves to food and there was no seating plan which meant that people were moving around the room, talking to different people and creating a really relaxed atmosphere.

“They have an an outside bar that can be used so we had Black Cherry Events provide a pagoda for the bar outside with fairy lights all around the inside. Having the extra bar enabled people to spread out a bit.”

The owners of Blacker Hall weren’t the only friends and family to play a part ~ a friend designed the invitations and order of service, even styling a logo using their names which really personalised their stationery. Anna’s mum made the cake, which was decorated with dainty iced daisies.

Anna said it was “fabulous” to have her aunt, a local vicar, conduct their wedding ceremony at St Peter’s Church, Birstall, West Yorkshire.

A good tip: if your bridesmaids are of different sizes and ages ~ or, as in this case, one is heavily pregnant ~ it’s a good idea to do as Anna did, and have the dresses made.

Anna chose seasonal flowers for a ‘hand-picked’ look.

Thanks to Pete Barnes Photography for sharing his wonderful photos of this special day. Apparently at this wedding he went over and above the call of duty, vaulting a barb wire fence to retrieve Anna’s veil which had blown away!

Need to know

Bride’s gown: White Rose from Confetti and Lace, Stanningley,Leeds

Bride’s shoes: Rainbow

Bride’s jewellery: necklace borrowed from her mum

Bride’s headdress: made by florist, The Flower Shop, Lindley,Huddersfield

Bridesmaid’s dresses: made by Westgate Bridal, Halifax

Groom’s suit: Westgate Bridal

Wedding rings: Toll House Jewellery, Ripponden, Halifax

Transport: Chauffeur Tours, Leeds

Music: Mango Acoustic Duo, Leicester


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