REAL WEDDING - The Glamourous Country Wedding of Holli & Richard at The Priory Barn & Cottages in North Yorkshire, Captured by Lumiere Photographic

14th October 2019


Confetti Shot From The Glamourous Country Wedding of Holli & Richard at The Priory Barn & Cottages in North Yorkshire, Captured by Lumiere PhotographicMy mission is to encourage couples to make more conscious choices when it comes to their wedding planning. There's already plenty of 'green guilt' these days, and I don't wish to add to it, but there are so many simple and effective swaps and decisions that can be made, it is vitally important to highlight them (without judgment on less eco-friendly choices - none of us are perfect!). This beautiful wedding is a fantastic example - it may not tick every sustainable box, but there were a good number of decisions made by the happy couple that resulted in a wedding day with a decreased cumulative impact - and any positive steps are worth celebrating, don't you think? Look out for a plethora of local vendors and DIY touches, from the decor to the cake!

Preparations - the Bride and her Bridesmaids

Bridal Preparations From The Glamourous Country Wedding of Holli & Richard at The Priory Barn & Cottages in North Yorkshire, Captured by Lumiere PhotographicHolli's bridesmaids were her cousins; they grew up together as best friends. Their hair and make up was executed by local artists, and their dresses chosen to be worn again. Getting ready in a cottage on-site eliminated the need for additional transportation (and all the immediate family could stay for two nights, further reducing the need for taxis late at night!). Holly explains:

It 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. 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!

Preparations - the Groom and his Groomsmen

Groom Preparations From The Glamourous Country Wedding of Holli & Richard at The Priory Barn & Cottages in North Yorkshire, Captured by Lumiere PhotographicAlso getting ready on-site, Richard and his groomsmen all selected suits they would wear again.

The Ceremony

The Wedding Ceremony From The Glamourous Country Wedding of Holli & Richard at The Priory Barn & Cottages in North Yorkshire, Captured by Lumiere PhotographicHolli describes the overlook look they wanted to achieve: 

"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!"

Well, they nailed it with the classic white colour scheme with subtle touches of blush and ivory, and sparkling LED lighting! 

Holly and her Dad walked down the aisle to 'Can’t Help Falling In Love' by Elvis Presley which was played by the first of their acoustic musicians. The talented string trio played Bruno Mars' 'Think I Want to Marry You' for the exit of the happy couple.

The Flowers

The Flowers From The Glamourous Country Wedding of Holli & Richard at The Priory Barn & Cottages in North Yorkshire, Captured by Lumiere PhotographicThe flowers dominated the styling aspect of their day. Holli's bouquet contained seasonal blooms, including white roses, peonies and blush coloured stocks with some eucalyptus; the two floral columns at the ceremony were made from white lisianthus, big white roses, white peonies, green bell and white hydrangea. All of the flower types were combined in the high floral centrepieces in the reception marquee.

The Reception

The Wedding Reception From The Glamourous Country Wedding of Holli & Richard at The Priory Barn & Cottages in North Yorkshire, Captured by Lumiere PhotographicTheir drinks reception was accompanied by the second of their acoustic musicians, a vocalist with guitar. The catering was provided by the most local of all the vendors, located just 5 minutes down the road! Stationery was made from recyclable or sustainable resources

The Cake

The Home Made Wedding Cake From The Glamourous Country Wedding of Holli & Richard at The Priory Barn & Cottages in North Yorkshire, Captured by Lumiere PhotographicHolli describes their choice of cake:

"We had cupcakes and then just a small cake at the top. The small cake was made by family, 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."

DIY Touches

DIY Wedding Details From The Glamourous Country Wedding of Holli & Richard at The Priory Barn & Cottages in North Yorkshire, Captured by Lumiere PhotographicHolly details their involvement in styling the day:

"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 affective. I have a very creative family which helps, but we were able to make it look professional by just keeping it simple and setting it all up at home until it looked perfect!"

The Portraits

Couple Portraits From The Glamourous Country Wedding of Holli & Richard at The Priory Barn & Cottages in North Yorkshire, Captured by Lumiere PhotographicOf course it's not always possible, but getting family and friends involved is a lovely personal (and budget friendly) touch. Likewise, DIY elements can be tricky if you and yours aren't the naturally creative type. Luckily, this couple had both in their favour - if you're still looking for eco vendors to help pull together your sustainable wedding vision, look no further than our directory!

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Credits

Wedding feature thanks to: Adorn 

Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Dandelion Stationery    

Dress: Badgley Mischka 

Veil: The Bridal Collection Harrogate 

Make Up Artist: Megan Bulmer 

Hair Stylist: Laura Collett-Bradley 

Shoes: Kurt Geiger 

Bridesmaids' Dresses & Groomsmen's Suits: Ted Baker 

Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith 

Food: Taste Cuisine 

Flowers: Leafy Couture

Photographer: Lumiere Photographic 

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Priory Barn & Cottages 

Entertainment: DJ via Jonny Ross MusicSimply StringsMarcus Songs

Wedding Favours: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts 

Decor: Balloons by Funky Muppet 
 


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