A DIY Dog Themed Wedding with a Monsoon Dress at Northorpe Hall

To kick off the week I am excited to share this gorgeous autumnal DIY Dog Themed Wedding with a Monsoon Dress at Northorpe Hall.

The couple are Anna, and Pete and they were married in October 2015.

Images were captured by Hayley Baxter Photography.

 

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Hayley Baxter lives in Yorkshire with her husband and cheeky little 2 year old boy, and she loves photography.

For her, the honour and privilege of being asked to capture such a special day will never fade …

She shoots weddings across Leeds, York, The Lake District, Manchester and beyond, but she loves to travel and explore new places.

She would describe her photography style as relaxed, natural & most importantly unobtrusive.

 

I hand over to beautiful Bride Anna…

 

Tell us a wee bit about yourselves?

“Hi, Im Anna and I’m 26, from Devon and work in a supply chain for a construction company.”

“My other half is Pete, 28, from Skelmersdale who works in security at a prison.”

“We’ve been together for 3 ½ years, live in North Yorkshire, and have 2 dogs – Ringo and Star.”

 

How did you meet?

“We met online, I replied at first as I liked the look of Pete’s dog Ringo! We had our first date at a pub in Leeds.”

 

When did you get engaged?

“We got engaged in May 2014. We had gone to Edinburgh for our 2 year anniversary, and Pete had a series of surprises planned.”

“He had secretly cancelled the plain hotel we had booked and upgraded to a beautiful boutique hotel.”

“On the second day there we had planned to go to the Castle, after the lunchtime gun salute he guided us to one of the halls, when we got in he asked a steward to look at painting on a balcony (having previously showed no interest in art!).”

“We got whisked upstairs onto the balcony, where roses, candles and a bottle of bubbly were waiting. He then got down on one knee and the rest is history!”

 

Tell us about your wedding planning journey

“We started planning the wedding after Christmas 2014.”

“We had talked about an autumn wedding, and looked at a few venues before we decided on Northorpe Hall.”

“We knew we didn’t want a church service or a hotel reception, instead looking for something quite rustic.”

“Northorpe fitted those criteria perfectly, and it’s also a children’s support charity, so any profit from events helps to fund it which we really liked.”

“Once the venue was booked, everything else fell into place.”

“We both love dogs so that became our theme – we had dog breeds as table names, a cake topper of our two dogs, a dog-based reading during the service and homemade shortbread dog bones as favours.”

“We didn’t have a big budget so either made things ourselves(we made the save the dates/invites, the favours, did the flowers for the centre pieces and the table plan board), or called in favours from friends and family where we could.”

“Friends of mine played in the band, my mum and friends knitted all the bunting (which looked amazing!), Pete’s mum made the cake, and we borrowed the bridal car from one of the bridesmaids.”

“We were so happy with how everything turned out on the day, everything went as planned (no bridezillas here!) And we even had some sunshine.”

“I love bright colours and with it being an autumn wedding, I wanted this reflected in the colour scheme on the day.”

“We achieved this through the bunting (a variety of colours but looked amazing against the brick/wooden beams in the barn), and the flowers.”

“We explained the sort of colours we wanted and the florists did the rest – and what a brilliant job they did!”

 

When did you get married?

“We were married on the 17th of October 2015.”

 

What was the best bit of your day?

Anna – “It’s so hard to choose as I loved it all, but for me it was definitely the music.”

“I play in a brass band so had friends playing before, during and after the ceremony, and all the music we’d chosen was really special to us.”

“Then during the reception Pete had booked a ukulele group, The Mersey Belles, who were wonderful!”

“To top it off, Pete disappeared towards the end and came on playing “You are my sunshine” with them – he’d secretly been having lessons for 6 months!”

Pete – “For me it was having all our friends and family together in one place, some of whom we don’t get to see very often.”

 

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

“If you’re sticking to a strict budget they try not to get carried away at wedding fairs etc…”

“They are great for ideas but often you’d be able to either make it yourself or find a cheaper version online.”

“Also if you don’t want a big sit down wedding breakfast then look for alternatives – we had afternoon tea instead of a 3 course meal, which saved a lot of money (and tasted great too).”

“Also try and take some time to yourselves on the day, it goes so quickly so even 15 minutes to have a drink just the two of you will make a difference and give you a moment to take it all in.”

“We didn’t get this until about 9pm when the evening food was served and a lot of the day had gone!”

 

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Thank you so much to Hayley for sharing this gorgeous dog themed wedding.

Adore the cake toppers, absolutely lovely and in keeping with the theme, and the dog themed table names and bone cookie favours are just so fun.

Its wonderful how the couple have been able to include family and friends in their plans and in helping them create their day making it all that much more personal.

 

Wedding Suppliers

Venue & Caterers – Northorpe Hall

Photographer – Hayley Baxter (She was absolutely fantastic, so helpful and captured the feel of the day perfectly)

Flowers – Simply Flowers – Brighouse

Dress – Monsoon Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses – John Lewis

Hair – Mark Riley – Brighouse

Bunting – Made by the  Mother of the Bride

Cake – Cath Cartmill (Mother of the Groom)

Stationery/Favours – DIY by the Bride and Groom

Suits – Slaters- Leeds

Transport – Bridesmaids Car

Brass Band – Drighlington Band

Ukulele Group – The Mersey Belles

 

To Contact Hayley Baxter Photography

Website: http://hayleybaxterphotography.com/

Email: hayleybaxterphotography@live.co.uk

Phone:  07834712190

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hayleybaxterphotography

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/baxter_photo

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/hbaxterphotography

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UK Wedding Blogger with an eclectic style based in Glasgow

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