Real Yorkshire wedding… Carli and Oliver: afternoon tea and “all things vintage”

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Carli and Oliver’s wedding in the heart of the stunning Yorkshire Dales reflected their loves ~ family, being outdoors and history.

Carli says she is “consumed by all things vintage” and this showed throughout the wedding. The bridal party travelled in a VW camper van, 1940s music created just the right atmosphere for afternoon tea on the lawn ~ the couple even taught themselves a Charleston routine for their first dance!

Carli and Oliver love being outdoors so a church wedding in the Dales ~ where they spend most of their weekends walking ~ followed by a marquee reception at nearby Yorebridge House {recently voted the UK’s most romantic hotel} was the perfect choice. Their day was captured beautifully by photographer Tom Arber and assistant Vince Jones of Whole Picture Photography.

The wedding also had a heavy helping of personal touches ~ the couple particularly wanted to include their special grandparents who would have loved to have been able to share their day ~ and so much fab DIY I’m planning a separate post on Carli’s top tips!

For their afternoon tea table, Carli and Oliver bought vintage teapots and cake stands and borrowed the family china from Oliver’s granddad. Yorebridge House served sandwiches, cakes, tea and elderflower presse.

Carli borrowed her Irish grandma’s family baking book and asked relatives to donate a recipe for their favourite afternoon tea treat. Carli printed these family favourites ~ like Grandma Shaw’s Parkin and Grandma Wilgar’s Irish Soda Bread ~ onto vintage-style recipe cards which she decorated with lace and wooden doves.

Carli’s fabulous dress was designed and handmade by British designer Claire Mischevani, while the guys decided to personalise their suits with different coloured linings ~ West Ham fans Oliver and his dad chose claret and blue while Carli’s dad, a proud Welshman, chose red ~ and they wore matching socks on the day.

The couple wanted their marquee to smell like a country garden so chose lavender, herbs and lisianthus in vintage vases for their centrepieces. The same flowers went into the bridesmaids’ bouquets while Carli carried amnesia roses.

They created extra vintage charm by filling old cups with dried roses and lavender, while her mum spent hours sewing bunting.

Carli ‘upcycled’ an old suitcase to collect cards in and covered metal photo frames with vintage fabric to hold their table numbers.

Carli said: “I wouldn’t describe myself as creative but having looked through lots of magazines and blogs I soon realized what I liked and found it easy and such fun making things. It saved me so much money. I found eBay a great place to get crafty things as well as bulk buying card. I’ve learnt that it was all the little personal touches that people noticed and talked about the most… and most didn’t cost a penny!”

Alongside afternoon tea, there were large garden games and the ceilidh in the evening was a huge hit with guests.

“I cannot praise our band Bodgers Mate enough, they were fabulous! So entertaining, they got everyone up dancing all night long and were so funny and friendly. I want them to come to every party we’re at!

“So many people have said to me how original they thought our wedding was and how much it reflected us. They said they thought it was all so relaxed and the whole emphasis was on having fun and being with the people we care about the most. That’s exactly the feeling we wanted people to have at our wedding.

“I really would urge brides not to get so stressed during the planning. At the end of the day it is all about you and your man getting married and those who are your nearest and dearest having a great party with you.”

The couple love travelling and wanted to explore as much as possible in their three-week honeymoon. They set out on a tour of the Balkans, starting in Germany and on through Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia, in a U2 themed camper van from Wicked Campers {they were hoping for the honeymoon-themed one!}.

Carli says: “It was the most incredible three weeks. We saw so many beautiful places in our little van and loved cooking by the stove under the stars every night. Ol did surprise me with two luxury hotels along the way.”

Idea to steal:
♥ As lots of couples do, Carli and Oliver asked guests who wanted to buy them gifts to contribute to their honeymoon. But to make them feel more involved in the trip, Oliver created a vintage-looking map, and used pins and thread to plot their route through eastern Europe. It became a real focus and talking point.

Need to know:
Bride’s dress, veil and hair accessories: Claire Mischevani
Bride’s jewellery: pearl and diamond bracelet, a gift from Oliver; pearl earrings from Claire Mischevani, a gift from her parents
Bride’s shoes: Kurt Geiger
Bride’s make-up: Jessica Goodall
Bridesmaids dresses: Coast, accessorised with brooches found at vintage shops in Leeds
Groom’s and groomsmen’s suits: made to measure by Moss Bespoke
Groom’s shoes: Office
Groom’s accessories: cuffinks engraved with the co-ordinates of Jesmond Dene in Newcastle where Oliver proposed, a gift from Carli
Flowers: Allison Emerson of Angels and Roses
Transport: VW camper ‘Phoebe’ from Dubtrips
Invitations and orders of service: made from vintage Chatsworth paper made by Carli, her mum and bridesmaid
Place names: brown card shaped into luggage tags and edged with lace card cutter, tied to sprigs of lavender with lace
Favours: sprigs of lavender
Cake and cupcakes: made by Oliver’s mum
Entertainment: ceilidh band Bodgers Mate


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Oliver Shaw
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 12:08:05

    Thanks everyone! Nearly one year on now, and we still look at the pics almost everyday!


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  3. Nicky Chadwick
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 15:20:53

    Gorgeous wedding and fab photography 🙂


  4. Helen Welburn
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 14:21:19

    absolutely stunning. love the personal touches with the men’s suits!
    And the venue definitely is the most romantic hotel that I’ve been to in the UK 😉


  5. Sarah Fairlamb
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 11:13:40

    What a gorgeous wedding! Beautiful bride, amazing dress, superb photography, brilliant men’s attire….scary camper van….!!


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