Rebecca and Jon tied the knot in an intimate celebration, filled with homegrown blooms and rustic details
Rebecca Wilson, 28, an art teacher, and Jon Berry, a dentist, 32, tied the knot at East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley, West Yorkshire.
Floral budget: £500-£700
Jon and I met in a crowded bar in Manchester in 2009. We later got engaged during a picnic (with ducks!) at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.
Our wedding was really relaxed; it was all about everyone having a great time in the beautiful barn with lovely flowers, good food and wine.
A lot of the flowers were homegrown and the accessories were collected over the two years before we got married. Flowers played a huge part in the decoration, covering the tables, windowsills and any spare surface!
Jon and I both adore flowers; growing them, picking them and dressing our home with them, so it was important to us that they featured heavily on the day. The hydrangea came from my grandparents’ garden – a lot of our flowers were home grown. My lovely mum filled her garden with a range of cottage flowers and wild blooms.
We cut these the day before the wedding for the table jars and bottles. Our florist was the brilliant Emma from Emma’s Weddings and Events. Emma created beautiful bouquets, buttonholes, table decorations and dressed the whole barn for us. The flowers were incredible – Emma was such a gem.
We knew we loved East Riddlesden Hall as soon as we arrived. The Airedale Barn is stunning and the gardens are beautiful. As it happened, the great British summer treated us to torrential rain from start to finish, so although we couldn’t enjoy the grounds, the barn felt cosy and intimate.
My dress belonged to my mum, who bought it from Dickens & Jones in London in the 1970s. It felt so comfortable and pretty. We altered the train and the neckline, but other than that, it fitted like a glove!
My bridesmaids and I all wore flowers in our hair. They were a mix of fabric and dried flowers, which were put together by a brilliant local milliner, who matched the blooms to our bouquets.
For our favours, Jon and I selected seeds of the flowers we love and created small, brown paper packets using original French seed illustrations that we sourced from eBay.
We also made our place settings, using vintage cigarette cards featuring different flower varieties.
It rained all day – but our photographer still managed to capture some great shots under the shelter of the barn doors,and he had his eye on the sky the whole time. When there was a break in the downpours, we had an adventure to Ilkley Moor to watch the sun set, which was a real treat.
My tip for brides-to-be: I think there is huge pressure to have something ‘different’ for your big day. Pinterest and wedding blogs are great, but can make you feel overwhelmed! Our day reflected all the things we love and we didn’t buy anything to dress the barn that we wouldn’t ant to keep or use again for parties. Choose what you love.
Steal their style!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Joe Stenson Photography FLORIST: Emma Weddings and Events VENUE: East Riddlesden Hall BRIDAL GOWN ALTERATIONS: Rebecca Lombard Earl HAIR ACCESSORIES: Elizabeth Gales Milliner (01484 607689) GROOMSWEAR: Topman CAKE: White Rose Cake Design BAND: Rock My Reception