Grand summer wedding in Yorkshire

Luisa and Matthew let elegant white, classic touches and a spectacular venue do the talking

Luisa and Matthew – The Proposal

Luisa Cacioppo and Matthew ‘Woody’ Smallwood married on the 18th July 2009 at St Mary’s RC Church in North Yorkshire. Woody proposed on New Years Eve 2006, three years after they met. “We went for a gorgeous meal and when we left the restaurant he proposed to me just outside Lincoln Cathedral on the stroke of midnight,” says Lu.


Luisa and Matthew – the venue

“We loved Carlton Towers instantly because it looks so spectacular and grand,” explains Lu. “ We both got a really special feeling when we drove up the long driveway and saw the astonishing exterior. The grounds were fantastic too.” Lu and Woody hired the venue for the entire weekend. “The main thing for us was to have the whole venue to ourselves so that everyone could relax in the beautiful surroundings.”

Luisa and Matthew – the dress

Lu wore a taffeta, fine lace and tulle Benjamin Roberts dress with oval-shaped Swarovski crystal detailing from Belle & Bouquet. “The dress had an unusual side sweep which gave it a really glamorous and contemporary feel,” says Lu. “I just fell in love with it as soon as I tried it on.”

Luisa and Matthew – the flowers

“The pew ends were small hand tied bunches of white roses with green foliage, tied together with white organza ribbon from Milner’s Florist as we wanted a romantic feel but also to keep them plain and simple,” says Lu. “My bouquet was a hand-tied bouquet of ivory roses with silver diamantes, hard ruscus and bear grass, finished of with a band of white ribbon around the stem.” The same flowers were used in tall vases on reception tables, and the couple also put topiary trees outside the entrances to the church and reception.

Luisa and Matthew – the stationery

Lu and Woody made all the stationery themselves. “It was a lot of fun and we were extremely pleased with the results, says Lu. “The invitations were pocket-fold style so that we could include a menu, RSVP card and directions, within it. They were decorated with antique gold ribbon and a diamante buckle: people couldn’t believe we made them ourselves.”

Luisa and Matthew – the details

“A special touch was an ice sculpture vodka luge which I designed myself,” explains Lu. “I sent a picture to All About Ice. It was two hearts linked together with our nicknames written across it. It was a surreal feeling that such a simple touch had such a lovely impact on the guests.”


Luisa and Matthew – the cake

The cake was a stunning four-tiered chocolate cake, designed by Luisa, from Chocolate Creations. “It was layered with ganache, with a hint of liqueur and was covered with white Belgian chocolate ruffles and it tasted amazing!”