Less can be more, as Debbie and James showed with their elegant spring wedding on a budget in the city.


How they met

Debbie describes her first meeting with James as, “Fun and flirty. We met at university, where, without our knowledge, friends had been planning to set us up.” The couple’s first date was dinner on the quayside, followed by drinks and dancing.

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The proposal

James proposed on Debbie’s 30th birthday while they were holidaying in San Sebastian, Spain. “We’d been together for years, and I’d been telling him over dinner that we should get engaged, unaware that he already had the engagement ring in his pocket!” laughs Debbie. James popped the question at midnight, as they strolled back to their hotel along the promenade.

The bride’s outfit

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Debbie looked sensational in her ‘Jasmine’ dress by Watters, which featured an A-line cut, sweetheart neckline, Swarovski crystals and lots of lace. “It was nothing like I had imagined, but it was beautiful,” she smiles.

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The groom’s outfit

James had a clear idea of his wedding look, and chose a navy blue two-piece suit from Reiss with a white Duchamp shirt and brown shoes from Folk. “He looked fantastic – very dapper, and like a polished version of his usual self,” Debbie says.

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The bridesmaids

Debbie’s two friends – Lizzy and Liz – wore sparkly gowns by Ben de Lisi at Debenhams. “They wore their own shoes and accessories, as I didn’t want their outfits to be too formal and matching,” Debbie adds.

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The ceremony

Debbie and James were married in a civil ceremony at Treasurer’s House in York, a National Trust-owned historic townhouse with impressive decor and beautiful walled gardens that were perfect for wedding photos.

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The reception

The celebrations continued at The Churchill Hotel, a luxury Georgian mansion hotel in the city centre. The couple decided against a set theme, and instead decorated with a feast of flowers. They made their table plan using cast-off pieces from artist James’ paintings, and gave their guests marshmallows, chocolates and macaroons as delicious favours, which also doubled as place names.

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The honeymoon

The newlyweds have yet to take their honeymoon, but are planning to make it a family affair with their little son.

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