Real Wedding – Rosie & Scott at The Red Lion in Burnsall
In September Rosie & Scott had their fabulous day at The Red Lion in Burnsall. Rosie & Scott initially booked my Wedding Day Management service as they had made a great start to their wedding planning, having booked their venue, photographer and musicians.
However when we first met up to discuss their plans, they asked me to get more involved and ‘upgraded’ their booking to partial planning. I was very happy to working at the Red Lion too as this was our wedding venue and I obviously know the venue very well. You can read my blog about the venue here.
Rosie & Scott wanted to stay involved in the planning and do a number of DIY elements themselves but had realised that they needed help with other elements.
We reviewed their plans and then my first priority was to source their remaining suppliers.
From there on we met up around once a month to review progress and agree what the next priorities were. I helped Rosie & Scott to find smaller items, such as confetti and table number holders.
I helped them to work out the timings of their day and made sure they had thought about everything that’s needed to create a perfect wedding day. As we got closer to the big day, I also produced the detailed schedule of their day which I shared with their suppliers, having agreed the timings for each element of the day with all the suppliers.
All images by Shutter Go Click.
The Dress Challenge!
One Friday afternoon, just 3 weeks before the wedding, I received a slightly frantic call from Rosie’s mum. It turned out that Rosie really didn’t like her dress. She had been having it altered but even with the alterations, she still wasn’t liking it.
Now that’s not great news at any point but with so little time left, I knew I needed to get this sorted immediately. I spoke to Rosie straight away and assured her we had time to resolve this.
We arranged to go to Wed2Be that weekend. In the meantime, I was also lining up bridal stores who had some off the rack options as there was obviously no time for a new dress to be ordered in.
Rosie & I spent a fab few hours in Wed2Be in Leeds on Sunday afternoon and we left with Rosie’s dream dress purchased at a fantastic price. I hadn’t been there before and was impressed with the choice they had and service they provided.
Thankfully, they also recommended a seamstress to make the few alterations it needed and they squeezed her in. Phew – a happy ending to that little issue!
Rosie, her mum & bridesmaids all got ready in the cottage where they had stayed the night before. Lauren Rippin arrived even earlier than me to start on hair and make up and soon they were all looking stunning,
While they were getting ready, I was busy setting up the music in the church, decorating the terrace area and helping to set up the rooms ready for their wedding breakfast.
Rosie wanted quite strong colours for her bouquets and I think you’ll agree that Hearts & Flowers certainly achieved that look for her. The autumnal colours worked really well and reflected the other design elements perfectly.
I also bought a few buckets of fresh cut flowers from Hollow Meadows (a member of Flowers from the Farm). These are a great way to buy seasonal, local flowers if you have the skills and time to do your own flowers.
I arranged these the day before the wedding, for the table flowers for the reception.
Rosie was clear she wanted quite bold colours and chose a mix of blues, oranges and purple to create a ribbon backdrop for the top table. These were deeper versions of the colours used in their stationery which Rosie had designed with the help of a work colleague.
The tables are chairs at the Red Lion are beautiful as they are and don’t need much decoration. So we just added jars of the fresh flowers to the tables in complimentary colours.
They chose quite natural, rustic additions to finish the look. So their table plan and running order were made by Scott’s dad from a picture frame and a wooden pallet.
I always keep an eye on the weather forecast in the run up to a wedding. With it being early September, following the most amazing summer, we were hopeful for a beautiful day. But sadly the forecast told a different story.
So a few days before the wedding, I agree with Rosie’s dad that we would hire a number of umbrellas from Brolly Bucket for the wedding party & guests. And I’m so glad we did this! It rained all day, the umbrellas were so well received and looked amazing in the photos. They were so popular with the guests that a number of them actually kept them and we paid Brolly Bucket the replacement fee.
Initially, Rosie & Scott had planned to marry in the Red Lion but their guests numbers were slightly too high for the ceremony room.
So they made the decision to move the actual wedding to the pretty village church just around the corner. Rosie had really wanted to walk to the church but there was no let up in the weather. So I quickly added ribbon to one of the cars and Rosie and her dad were driven to the church.
The Drinks Reception
Rosie & Scott had planned to have their drinks reception on the terrace by the river but as it was still pouring with rain, we had to move it inside.
The guests were served with a selection of canapes and fizz while Fran Minney entertained them with her acoustic singing.
Speeches and Cutting the Cake
Rosie & Scott decided to have their speeches before the wedding breakfast. (this is quite a good way to keep the speeches a bit shorter as everyone is hungry by this time!!)
They also cut their cake afer the speeches so that the cake could then be cut and served as dessert. (This is a great way to save a bit of money, ensure that everyone gets some cake and you don’t have loads left afterwards!)
They had opted for a semi naked cake made by Where The Ribbon Ends. I brought extra gypsophilia from the florist and we decorated the cake with this. Sadly I didn’t get a piece of cake!! But I know if will have been delicious.
The Wedding Breakfast
The food is always top quality at the Red Lion with fresh local ingredients. So guests enjoyed a fabulous 3 course meal for the wedding breakfast.
Homemade Tomato Soup
They had also been offered a choice of main course from:
Roast leg of Wharfedale lamb with redcurrant and mint gravy
Breast of Chicken stuffed with Yorkshire blue cheese, wrapped in Parma ham
Sweet potato, cauliflowers & lentil curry with cardamom rice & chapatti
Dessert was the wedding cake served with fresh fruit and cream.
The rain finally stopped for a little while and everyone was ushered outside for a group photo on the famous Bridge in Burnsall.
When we finally got everyone back inside, the duo Tom and James got the evening going with live music until 9pm when the resident DJ took over to keep the music going until the end of the evening.
Rosie & Scott had such a happy day, it was lovely to see their beaming smiles all day long. I loved being part of their special day and I really miss meeting up with them.
All images by Shutter Go Click.
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