Vanessa and James bathed their day in warm red and orange tones
“I love autumn colours and leaves,” says Vanessa who used her favourite time of year as the main inspiration behind her wedding day theme. She married James at The Hey Green Hotel in Yorkshire (heygreen.com) with 60 guests attending the day and 100 for the evening. “We loved it because it was really intimate with a cool, rustic feel,” she says.
Photography by Katy Lunsford (katylunsford.com)
For Vanessa, flawless skin and soft make-up were her big day beauty essentials. The Hair Room in Holmfirth (thehairroom.co.uk) styled Vanessa’s elegant do; a low, slightly undone chignon. With the season in mind, Vanessa decorated her hair with flower and feather clips from Etsy (etsy.com) – “my something blue,” she says. “I often wear clips in my hair so I wanted to stay true to my usual look.”
“I loved the vintage details on the neckline of my Lyn Ashworth (lynashworth.co.uk) dress,” says Vanessa. “The beading shone beautifully in the light so I wanted my hair in an up-do to really show it off. I knew it was The One straight away because I didn’t want to take it off!”
Vanessa bagged a pair of gorgeous bargain shoes from Littlewoods (littlewoods.com), personalized with an ivory button.
The maids wore matching midnight blue knee-length dresses with glitzy silver shoes and relaxed hairstyles for a chic unified look.
James worked a traditional morning suit from Moss Bros (mossbros.co.uk) complete with top hat and bright green socks for a pop of colour.
The funky socks motif continued throughout the male bridal party to add the fun factor to the big day snaps.
The bride’s bouquet – from Cullens Flowers, Manchester (thesecretgardenuk.co.uk) – coincided with the autumnal colour scheme of oranges, reds and yellows with oak leaves interspersed throughout. “It’s important to make sure your flowers look how you want them to – don’t just settle for anything that fits with the colour scheme!” says Vanessa.
Vanessa made name cards herself and adorned them with skeletal autumn leaves. She also decorated the tables with scattered oak leaves and placed single red gerberas and petals in fishbowls filled with water, surrounded by tea light candles.
For favours, the guests were given pick and mix bags filled with the couples’ favourite sweets and moustaches on sticks. Vanessa made the tableplan herself using cards pinned with heart-shaped pegs to quilted fabric placed in a large white antique frame.
On the menu was Dolcelatte and Pancetta tart, followed by steak and suet pudding, topped off with white chocolate cheesecake. The tiered cake – a fruit and vanilla sponge from Marks and Spencer (marksandspencer.com) – was also decorated with seasonal flowers.
When it comes to big day planning, Vanessa believes it’s all about being yourself. “Think about the season and whether things tie in but don’t overthink it. Just go with what you like,” she says.