The day before Rebecca and Chulanga’s wedding, I drove up the M1 so happy that the weather looked like it was going to hold. I arrived at Newby Hall at 6pm, and wandered down to check out the Papa Kata tipi. Rebecca, Chewy and their bridesmaid and best man were there, setting up the final touches. We left the venue at about 6pm, and as I headed into Harrogate, the heavens opened. Rain like I’ve never seen before. Cars slowed to around 10mph and it took me over an hour to drive the few miles from Newby Hall to Harrogate. I was heartbroken for Rebecca and Chewy, thinking that this weather could just ruin so many of their plans. I needn’t have worried – the next day I met them at the gorgeous How Hill National Trust Cottages and the sun shone the whole time. Rebecca looked drop-dead gorgeous in her Vera Wang dress, and the Church (All Saints Church in Boroughbridge) was one of the most picturesque churches that I’ve ever seen – I can understand now why Rebecca and Chulanga travelled to mass twice a month for the last 6 months – from LONDON – to be able to get married there! After that, we headed to Newby Hall for the most gorgeous drinks and canapés before making our way down to the teepees. The gasps of delight from the guests as they saw the teepees for the first time really was so special! The night was ended perfectly with Chinese lanterns being lit. A truly magical day!
The scene was set for the “One Day International Friendly” – a nod to Chewy’s Australian roots, and both their love of Rugby, with the invitations. The theme was then expanded to include the Yorkshire Moors, and romance, by the invitation pack being sealed with a page from, and each guest receiving a copy of, Wuthering Heights (one of my personal favourites!), with a personal note from Rebecca and Chewy hand-written inside. The details were so beautiful, and will be remembered by their guests for a long time to come, I’m sure.
Huge thanks to Lucy Stendall for assisting me at this wedding, Lucy any time you want to come and work with me again, it’d be my pleasure to have you along!