Amy and Andrew filled their rustic celebration with handmade details and a selection of sweet treats
Amy Tinsley, 23, a freelance dance teacher, and Andrew Spence, 26, a joiner, were married at St Thomas’ Church and held their reception at Lowfields Farm, both in Brompton, North Yorkshire.
Andy and I are childhood sweethearts – we met at a church youth camp nine years ago, and have been together ever since. We went to London in March 2014 where Andy was planning on proposing on the London Eye, but when he realised you shared the pod with 20 strangers, he changed his mind. He eventually proposed at my uni house when I was in my pj’s and had wet hair!
The theme was an English country garden party. My mum and I scoured car boot sales collecting vintage china, tablecloths and handkerchiefs to make the bunting. We also découpaged coat hangers to adorn the back of chairs, with name tags swinging from them to add dashes of colour and individuality.
I used to work at the famous tea shop Betty’s, which gave me a love of tea, so our favours were small jam jars filled with my favourite, lemongrass and ginger tea.
My dress was by Ronald Joyce. It wasn’t what I imagined myself in, but as soon as I tried it on, I fell in love with it. I stumbled across the bridesmaid’s dresses on ASOS, and just adored the flattering style and sequin clusters – my sister lent me hers so I could take it on honeymoon with me!
Our flowers were bought from a local shop, Hutton Flowers, in Northallerton, and the florist understood exactly what I wanted, even though I didn’t give great descriptions! They hit the nail on the head with the colours and the feel that I wanted – they added so much to the day.
We ordered extra flowers for the marquee, and my mum and auntie displayed the blooms into the vases, glass bottles and jam jars that adorned the inside and outside of the marquee. Hutton Flowers also made my circlet, understanding exactly what I wanted and adding just the right amount of colour and size of flowers into it.
We served our guests afternoon tea on tiered cake stands. I called our caterer Paula my wedding fairy godmother! She surprised us with handmade strawberry milkshakes – very apt, considering we were on a dairy farm.
One of my bridesmaids and I made and decorated the wedding cake; we enjoy baking and I wasn’t too precious about it, so we just had some fun with Betty’s macaroons, sprinkles and heart-shaped cake tins. An obvious highlight was the ceremony – the actual act of getting married was the most important part for us.
The evening was also great fun as we had a live folk style band, The Bramble Napskins, playing, and everyone was up dancing – it was such a fun and relaxed part of the day.
My tip for brides-to-be: Use a notebook; just the one, and write everything down. This is an easy way to keep on top of everything, but don’t stress about the details. Everyone there is happy for you and wants to celebrate with you – they will not notice hiccups or look for what isn’t there!
Steal their style!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Sarah Jane Ethan Photography FLORIST: Hutton Flowers DRESS: Ronald Joyce BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: ASOS DÉCOR: Pretty Plates and More CATERING: Town Farm Kitchen ENTERTAINMENT: J.W. Greenwood and The Bramble Napskins