After a whopping 16 years together, Anne-Marie & Simon tied the knot at Gilling West’s Yorkshire Wedding Barn on a bright, summer’s day in July. This North Yorkshire venue is a beautiful one, set upon acres of countryside amongst lakes and rolling hills 🌲🌲🌲. They chose this venue as they wanted “a barn/outdoor style wedding” and loved the “beautiful setting.” Yorkshire Wedding Barn certainly is a stunning venue, with plenty of space for guests to enjoy, cottages for people to stay over in and those views to boot.
Bridal prep’ began in the huge suite situated Yorkshire Wedding Barn itself, as Anne-Marie spent the morning with her bridesmaids. Getting set up for the day was a real team effort, as one of the bridesmaids made up the cake tower downstairs and 2 others upstairs constructed the travel-themed seating plan. It was really nice to see everyone banding together.
Anne-Marie got ready in to a beautiful long, white gown with plenty of lace detail, and her dark brown hair had been gently curled – the look finished off with a pretty, silver hair piece. The bridesmaids wore floor-length lilac gowns, and looked just lovely.
The ceremony took place outside inside of a small gazebo which had been decorated with pretty vases, flowers and candles. Here, Simon was waiting for his bride-to-be to make her way down the aisle. He was dressed in a smart grey suit, finishing the look with a deep purple tie and top hat, as were the ushers 🎩.
Anne-Marie walked down the aisle arm-in-arm with her dad to Elbow’s One Say Like This, played live by a string quartet that they’d booked out for the day. It was a lovely ceremony, and the weather was just perfect for the outdoor setting – bright blue skies with a few clouds dotted around.
After the exchanging of vows, everyone made their way back up to the patio area for some Prosecco & canapés, and enjoyed listening to the string quartet some more. Anne-Marie, Simon & I took this time to duck out and take some bride & groom photos. We were driven about the vast grounds by what seemed to be a 9 year old child on a golf buggy, which was obviously quite amusing for all involved.
The wedding breakfast room looked so pretty. The back wall was draped in fairy lights, there were vases of purple flowers dotted around the room and big blossom tree centrepieces with hanging candles. It was all very romantic looking and warm, a perfect setting for the warm & heartfelt speeches that were about to unfold. The tables were named after all the places that the newlyweds have travelled to together, which was a nice touch.
Anne-Marie told me that she’d be practicing for something special to surprise her new hubby with – a singing performance! She’d been taking singing lessons so she could surprise Simon with a rendition of You’ve Got the Love, which she belted out fantastically to her hubby and audience. This started the ball rolling for the evening, as Anne-Marie & Simon then took to the floor for their first dance as hubby & wife, before family and friends soon joined in with them.
The evening was topped off with a beautiful fireworks display, situated on the other side of the lake. Wedding fireworks are always fun, especially when they accompanied by sparklers for guests to play with. Such a fun and sparkly end to a fabulous day. 🎆
Notes from the happy couple :
What are you most looking forward to on the day?
The ceremony and the wedding breakfast.
Why do you like natural wedding photography?
Simon and I are not big photo takers. Definitely not big on selfies etc. Posing is not us. Plus the best photos are usually spontaneous. We like how you have an eye for capturing people enjoying themselves.