Anna and Nick had a beautiful cathedral ceremony followed by a fun festival-themed tipi wedding reception – take a look at the gorgeous photos!
For Christmas 2010, Anna had more than just a pair of silly socks waiting for her under the tree!
“Nick had wrapped up a HUGE costume jewellery ring and hidden it inside a cupcake box, which he gave to me as my last gift. A good save actually, after the pink and white stripy onesie I’d received earlier!” laughs Anna. “It really was a lovely moment, and we were both so excited to share the news with our families over Christmas dinner. Needless to say, we had lots of fun shopping for the real ring in the January sales, too!”
The bride’s outfit
Anna had a difficult time when it came to dress shopping, but she got there eventually. “My advice to brides who are struggling to find a dress would be to persevere, keep an open mind, trust your instincts and you’ll get there!” Wise words indeed.
“After trying on my gown in the shop, ‘Bali’ by the award-winning Ian Stuart, I fell in love straight away and knew it was ‘the one’,” adds Anna.
The groom’s outfit
“We are very lucky to live near to a bespoke gentleman’s tailors called Carl Stuart in Ossett, who were very helpful in kitting out Nick and his boys,” remembers Anna. “The service they provided was brilliant, and outstanding value for money. We would really recommend them.”
“I decided to get the dresses made by a designer (kevanjon.com). I found a picture of a dress that Kate Middleton had worn that I loved, and he recreated something similar. We loved the results,” smiles Anna.
The couple were the first lucky pair to marry at the newly renovated Ripon Cathedral. “Not only is the cathedral a spectacular place to marry, but we were also very privileged to be married by the Dean of Ripon, The Very Reverend Keith Juke,” recalls Anna.
PapaKota provided the stunning tipis for the newlyweds’ evening party and they were a huge hit with the guests. “They also supplied lots of decorations for the tipis, which included fairy lights, jingle hearts, mini fish bowls, Moroccan lanterns and lace paper bunting,” says Anna. “I also added scented candles to make the whole space smell super sweet and amazing.”
Tipis are still big news for 2014 weddings and a great way to incorporate a festival theme into your big day.
“The day after our wedding (I still had the confetti in my hair!) we embarked on an incredible trip around South East Asia,” says Anna. “We started in Cambodia and travelled to Bangkok and finally to Koh Yao Noi.”