Pretty pastels and paper lanterns in a family wedding in Yorkshire

30 Jan Pretty pastels and paper lanterns in a family wedding in Yorkshire

I’ve got the most wonderful, happy wedding to share with you, full of fun from start to finish.

When Georgie and Jamie began planning their wedding they lived in London, only to have to move to Australia a few months later for Jamie’s work. Fortunately, Georgie’s mother, Mandie, was on hand to take on the mantle of chief organiser with guidance from the grateful couple.

Mandie and I went to school together, so I was delighted when they asked me if would like to help plan, style and dress Georgie’s big day.

Georgie and Jamie chose to get married in their local Church in Yorkshire and host a wedding reception in a marquee in the grounds of Georgie’s beautiful family home, a short walk down the lane from the Church.

Classic Marquees, an established family firm, was selected to provide the marquee. Nigel even attended on the day to ensure everything went as planned.

The chosen caterers were Paul and Amanda Heffernan of Upcroft House Farm, who are established and highly regarded across Yorkshire; they never fail to disappoint.


“A brilliant, brilliant I do”.

Georgie and Mandie searched all over London and Yorkshire for a dress and decided to have one made. Jo Finnegan, a superb dressmaker, based in Harrogate was their choice and she made the most beautiful dress for Georgie.

Georgie and Jamie wanted an elegant wedding with a twist. Whilst in Singapore, they sourced hundreds of different-sized Chinese paper lanterns in white, pale blue and pink, to be hung in the ceiling of the marquee – they looked amazing. Each one had a little LED bulb inside so when the lights went out in readiness for the dancing, the marquee sparkled.

We dressed the church with candles and ivy, the pews with posies and placed two huge lanterns on pedestals at the top of the aisle. The base of the lanterns overflowed with flowers to match the marquee.

We styled the gardens, marquee and the terrace of the house that overlooked the most amazing Yorkshire countryside.

Georgie chose tall silver candelabras and silver rose bowls to sit on alternate tables. We filled them with white and pale blue Hydrangeas, pale pink Sweet Avalanche roses, Veronica, Mint and Eucalyptus – not only did they look stunning they smelt divine.

Georgie and Jamie had a wonderful day, their families and guests had a ball – the partying went on and on, well in to the wee hours!

“A brilliant, brilliant I do”.
Stylist/planner: Rachel Chippendale
Season: Autumn
Theme: Elegance with a twist
Venue: The family home
Photographers: Jo and Simon of Shoot Lifestyle
Caterers: Upcroft House Farm

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