Today I am thrilled to share this stunning handcrafted Le Petit Chateau Wedding with a Stella York gown and a natural earthy feel.
Images were captured by Stacy & Irving Photography.
Stacy & Irving Photography is a husband and wife team based in County Durham covering North Yorkshire, the North East & Cumbria.
Alex is the main photographer and Stacy provides additional coverage where required.
They offer artistic photography of the bride & groom together with relaxed, documentary coverage of the wedding day creating a perfect blend of creativity and memories.
They invest time with their couples before the wedding through meetings, chats and preshoots to establish a friendly relationship, become part of the fabric of the wedding day itself and enabling them to help their couples relax, enjoy their day, making sure it runs smoothly and ensuring they capture the most important elements to them.
They say of the couple and their day…
We responded to an enquiry from Stuart & Stacey and we met up in Leeds to discuss their plans, how we could help them capture their day and make sure our style of photography matched their personality.
I then met them at Shaftoe Craggs near the venue for a pre shoot when they were bouldering there in the summer
On the day Stuart and the groomsmen were busy adding the finishing touches to the venue, a lot of which had been hand crafted by family and friends, including a sculptured wooden cake stand with duo of cakes and a Pavlova, after an early morning start watching the rugby.
Meanwhile Stacey & the bridesmaids were enjoying a relaxed morning getting ready in the bridal preparation suite.
Whilst Stacy spent time with Stacey and her bridal party I spent time with the groomsmen and captured some of the rich tapestry of detail at the venue.
It really is brimming with French colonial decadence, dark moody furniture and walls of mirrors.
Stuart’s entrance with best man, ushers and best ladies was equally as choreographed as Stacey’s and following an intimate ceremony in the Belle Epoque, the rest of the day was a joyful celebration of their love with friends and family closest to them.
The weather had been changeable the few days before the wedding but the rain cleared away into a lovely sunny day for the wedding itself meaning full advantage could be taken of the Petit Chateau’s Mediterranean garden after the ceremony.
The retro Citroen van in the courtyard was serving chilled drinks, a jovially contested game of Kubb (Swedish stick game) was underway on the boules pitch and we whisked the couple away to the developing wild flower meadow by the water to take full advantage of all the landscapes that the venue has to offer.
The summer evening was perfect for the first dance outside on the courtyard, sung by one of their closes friends after a guitar and vocal serenade by friends and best man and his wife having travelled from Australia the wedding.
Lizy and the Crescendos cranked up the tempo with guest appearances by the groom donning a Rod Stuart wig and air guitar and several guests being cajoled onto the stage.
The real party was just getting started…
I hand over to gorgeous Bride Stacey…
How did you meet?
We met at a mutual friends party dressed as Minions.
Tell us about the Engagement?
We were in Sardina celebrating our 3-year anniversary when Stu went down to the bar to get me a surprise, I thought it was ice cream as he had made a habit of doing that.
When he returned he told me to go to the balcony, which was ocean facing and close my eyes.
When I was instructed to open them, there was a bottle of champagne, 2 glasses and a Harry Potter Golden Snitch on the table.
Assuming it was a toy of some sort instantly got excited being a Harry Potter fan.
He then opened the snitch to reveal a ring, it was only then that I realised what was happening, he got down on 1 knee and proposed.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
We had a 6 month engagement so had to jump on the planning pretty quickly,.
Once we saw the venue we just knew we had to get married there, it was so beautiful even in Winter so could even image how incredible it would look in the summer.
We were both very involved in the planning process and made a lot of the stuff ourselves. It was stressful but had a lot of help from friends and family.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
The Grooms party wore blue and the bridal party pink, everything else was natural greens and wood.
We wanted a natural feel to the wedding so almost all of our decorations were homemade from wood or sourced locally.
The centre pieces were wooden logs with moss flowing a rose gold lantern with a candle in it.
The flowers were wildflowers grown and dried in the UK.
What was the best bit of your day?
Looking at and seeing everyone we care about in one place, it made us feel very special.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Don’t over think it. I spent so long changing my mind on little decisions only to end up with my original thought/choice.
Also enjoy it, it goes by so fast.
Venue – Le Petit Chateau
Photographer – Stacy Irving Photography
Wedding Dress – Stella York – Bridal Boutique in Sutton
Bridesmaid Gowns – ASOS
Flower girls – Monsoon
Suit – French Connection
Cake Maker – 2 of them were homemade by a family friend but the top layer was a pavlova made by the father of the groom
Florist – English Flower Farmer – ETSY
Rings – Stuarts was from BryonHshop and mine from Ellyn Blue Jewelry on ETSY. Both were handmade and are perfect for us. We weren’t overly fussed about wedding bands since we used the engagement ring in the ceremony. The ring was made from Stuart’s grandma Katy’s engagement ring so was very personal.
Stationery – Made by my mum and her friends at G.F Smiths paper merchants. We used a beautiful shimmering light pink with black detailing.
Make up/Hair stylist – My sister Kirsty did all of our make-up as she is a makeup artist at Flawless me by KirstyMarie and my friend Rachael did the Hair.
Music – Lizy and the Crescendos
To Contact Stacy & Irving Photography
Website – http://www.stacyirving.com/
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 07950 573309