How they met:
We met in our local town of Barnsley on New Year’s Eve 2006, where we were both out with friends. We got chatting and the following day Richard sent me a message wishing me a Happy New Year and asked me out for a drink. The rest – as they say – is history!
Richard proposed to me on Christmas Day 2013. He had asked my Mum for permission and one weekend whilst I was away visiting friends, he took my Mum and his Mum to help him choose my engagement ring. After the proposal we went to Paris for New Year’s Eve to celebrate becoming engaged!
I had always had an idea that our wedding would incorporate some vintage elements; our style is quite quirky and retro and once I found my dream vintage dress, the rest of the wedding planning just fell into place. We allowed ourselves around 18 months to plan our dream day.
I found my dream dress with the help of the lovely Hayley at Glory Days Vintage, a vintage bridal shop based in York. Hayley was so helpful and I found my dress on my first visit to her beautiful shop. I loved the design of the original 1960s number – with its lace detail and bell sleeves it reminded me of Dusty Springfield and I fell in love with it that day. The dress fitted perfectly and had no alterations at all; I think it was truly meant for me. I am not sure who wore the dress previously but I would like to think they had as much fun as I did on our wedding day, and had many years of happy marriage.
Our day had a vintage theme and Mum and I spent time making metres of bunting to decorate the hotel gardens – we were so pleased when the sun shone all day, meaning no soggy bunting! I carried a bouquet of wild flowers and Richard had herbs as part of his groom’s buttonhole, a nod to his love of cooking! Our tables were full of small clusters of glass vases and stone jars filled with wild flowers, adding to the vintage theme.
We both still cannot stop talking about our wedding day with our family and friends, and how totally fantastic it was. We would do it all again tomorrow if we could!
Photography: Natalie Pluck. www.nataliepluck.com
Brides Dress: Glory Days Vintage Bridalwear. www.glorydaysvintage.co.uk
Flowers: Blooming Yorkshire. www.bloomingyorkshire.co.uk
Venue: The Black Swan, Helmsley. www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk