A fab real wedding The Tempest Arms, Elslack, North Yorkshire filled with sunshine and sparkle. Rebecca and Oliver got married in May 2009


WHERE: The Tempest Arms, Elslack, North Yorkshire

WHEN: May 2009

PHOTOGRAPHER: Sycamore Studios

How they Met

“My brother already knew Olly and introduced us,” says Rebecca.

The proposal

“It was really a joint decision,” remembers Rebecca. “We set the date for one year on to give us time to plan, save and spread the cost”.

The bride’s real wedding outfit

Rebecca bought her stunning, French taffeta gown from Sugared Almonds Bridal Couture. Looking absolutely beautiful in her Maggie Sotterro dress, Rebecca chose a flattering sweetheart neckline, with a ruched bodice, lace embellishments and a beaded motif design, draped at the waistline.

“We released two Chinese lanterns and a few days later, there was a local radio story about UFO sightings!”


The groom’s outfit

Oliver hired his herringbone suit – with a simple, crisp white shirt – from Etiquette Formal Hire in Ilkley. “Olly wore a pale lavender waistcoat to mirror the colour scheme and all the other attendants, including our gorgeous pageboy, Solomon, wore complementing silver-grey waistcoats,” explains Rebecca of the mens real wedding style.


The bridesmaids

Four of Rebecca’s old school friends added a pretty, feminine touch in their lavender, three-quarter- length dresses, with a tulle overlay, from Dessy.

The flowergirl

Rebecca’s six-year-old daughter, Cadence, looked very cute in her tulle dress and lavender sash, from Sugared Almond Bridal Couture.


The accessories

For her real wedding, Rebecca’s tiara, veil and her bag, which she carried with her on the day, were all from Sugared Almonds Bridal Couture. Her shoes were a design called ‘Sandra’ from Rainbow Club. The bridesmaids all wore matching necklaces and earrings from Beaverbrooks Jewellery as a thank you present from Rebecca. Their vintage-style, pewter shoes were from Schuh.

The Transport

“My dad and I travelled in his Mercedes to the venue,” remembers Rebecca. “the bonnet was decorated with a heart-shaped garland using Silverstone roses, eucalyptus and tied with lavender ribbon,” she adds.


The flowers

The couple’s flowers for their real wedding were arranged by Berries Florist. Rebecca chose a simple, hand-tied posy of Silverstone roses, with ivory and eucalyptus, tied with a lilac ribbon, which made a beautiful addition to her gown without overshadowing it. Rebecca’s daughter and flowergirl, Cadence, carried a bag of rose petals and then scattered them after the ceremony as the guests were leaving the church.

The ceremony

“One of our readings was read by my very brave six-year-old!” says Rebecca. “this really personalised the day for us.” the couple made good use of a venue stylist from Yorkshire Marquees to transform their ceremony room. “We had a cream runner with rose petals for the aisle, organza chair covers with ivory sashes and a fairylight archway with tealights everywhere! this gave the room a very romantic feel,” she adds.


“for the children’s meals, sausages and mash with ice cream made us huge hits”

The real wedding cake

“We had a four-tiered fruit and sponge cake from nicola Jayne Celebration Cakes,” says Rebecca. Four sugared-icing Silverstone roses really were the icing on the cake!.

The reception

Rebecca and oliver chose an oval top table, with their guests seated at square tables. For centrepieces, striking candle arrangements, edged with Silverstone roses, cast a romantic, candlelit glow during the wedding breakfast. Combining lavender table linen, ivory chair covers and square plates gave the overall look a contemporary and elegant finish.


The entertainment

“We bought our ceremony’s classical music from itunes and then played them using the speaker phones on Olly’s iPod,” says Rebecca. The couple asked their guests to compile the evening’s playlist and chose Audio Events for their DJ. “We had a dance lesson from Wedding Day Dance and the choreographer even came to our house!” explains Rebecca.

The Honeymoon

The couple booked their honeymoon in Italy with Neil Rankin from Travel in Skipton.

Special Moment

My grandma, who will be 100 later this year, was able to share the day with us,” says Rebecca.