An Outdoors Inspired Wedding at Old Thornville, North Yorkshire

Florist Rachael married head flower grower at a plant nursery, Robert on 28th May 2022 at Old Thornville in North Yorkshire.

A couple who work with nature daily were bound to be inspired by the outdoors, and wanted to create a sense of bringing the outdoors in, for their wedding ceremony. They hosted a marquee reception in the grounds of this beautiful Grade II listed building, with the support of Florida Marquees.

Rachael wore a gown by our favorite North Yorkshire bridal fashion designer, the wonderful Rolling in Roses, whose founder Hayley is passionate about designing ethical wedding dresses for stylish, modern brides.

The Dress

I wore a Rolling in Roses dress. I love their unique, eco-friendly, locally made pieces, created with comfortable materials.

I also loved that there were two parts to my dress and that I could take the top part off when the party really got going. Also, I love knowing that I will wear both of these pieces again.

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My bridesmaids wore dresses from Pretty Lavish. They also wore dried flower hair combs which I made myself and shoes from New Look.

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Bridal Beauty and Accessories

I wore a veil by Ann-Marie Faulkner and my shoes were from Zara.

My perfume was Narciso Rodroguez – it was a last minute buy the day before the wedding after realizing I didn’t have a perfume for the day. It was the colours/style of the bottle that drew me to it and I absolutely love it! So nice to have a scent that will always remind me of the day.

My hair stylist was Emily Hawkes Hair and my makeup artist was Amy George.

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How they met

We met by chance one evening in Harrogate, we got engaged in a blue bell wood (one we visit every year) two years before the big day.

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We both love the outdoors so we really wanted that feeling of bringing the outside in. The colors and tones we used within the flowers, decorations and wardrobe choices were inspired by the colors of the wheat field that was the backdrop for the marquee really golden, sandy, neutral, earthy colours. We wanted the marquee to feel part of the scenery not fighting against it.”

The bride

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We hired Laura Adams Photography. We loved Laura’s natural, romantic style and then we finally got to meet her. We couldn’t wait for her to be part of our day. We would 100% recommend Laura she was basically part of the bridal party she made everyone feel comfortable and really did just blend in.

Everyone was raving about her the next day. She captured some beautiful moments throughout the day which we can cherish forever.

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Evening & Favorite Moments

Our first dance was to ‘You And Me’, by Penny & The Quarters. We hired the Soul Unit band for the evening.

My favorite moment was having all our loved ones in one room at the same time as that may never happen again, it was the best feeling looking round at all their smiling faces and watching everyone having such a good time.

I don’t think there is anything I would do differently it honestly was the most perfect day.

We hired the string quartet ‘Vitula String Quartet’, for our church and reception drinks.

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Words of Wedded Wisdom

Just Remember it’s your day, don’t let anyone tell you how you should be doing it, do it your way and your way only.

Let the day reflect you as a couple.

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Annabel is the founder of Love My Dress. She has a passion for photography, walking, yoga, nature, and loves to support talented artists and creative businesses. In 2013, she became a published author. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters Eska and Leanora and menagerie of furry hounds. Annabel supports Philip in the running of the family flower farm at Moonwind Flowers. She is also the co-founder of What About Weddings.

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