Today I am thrilled to share an intimate and relaxed handcrafted Yorkshire Wedding with family at its heart.
The couple are Maud and Sam who shared a meaningful, and laid back celebration with their loved ones last October.
Images were captured by Bailey and Mitchell Photography.
Bailey & Mitchell are Emily and Micah, a husband and Wife team based in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Their documentary style approach is simple, natural and relaxed with the aim of wanting those they photograph to be able to have fun and enjoy their time with them.
They love to seek out the little moments and find the hidden details that you may not have even thought of yourself!
They aren’t just all about weddings though…they also shoot relaxed and natural lifestyle sessions for families, couples and little ones!
I hand over to beautiful Bride Maud to share the couples love story…
How did you meet?
We met at a job interview in the pouring rain – we had both applied for the same job.
Fortunately for us, our employer was so impressed by both of us that he created an extra position so we ended up both getting the job we had applied for.
Tell us about the Proposal…
The proposal was extremely romantic: we went for a walk across the Haworth moors to Top Withuns (the inspiration for Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights).
When we arrived, I took in the view, turned around, and saw Sam, down on one knee, asking me to marry him.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We started off exploring lots of different options – I don’t think either of us had a dream wedding in our head, which made it a bit easier in many ways.
We had a relatively tight budget so we knew we would probably not be opting for a wedding package and doing quite a lot ourselves.
In the end, once we had the big things sorted – the venues, band, food and photographer – the smaller details fell into place, and we had an absolutely amazing day.
Any special touches/DIY?
There ended up being a LOT of DIY: I made the flower girls’ crowns, the stationery, the food, the wedding cake, the seating plan, the button holes, the place names, the wedding favours, the bouquets – it was a busy few weeks!
Probably the biggest feat was making 1000 origami cranes, which we hung from the ceiling.
My mother-in-law and her friend did an amazing job doing the flowers for the Chapel for the ceremony; and my parents, siblings and niece all helped decorate the reception venue.
What was the theme / colour palette of your Big Day?
I spent quite a long time early on in the planning process thinking about whether to have a colour theme, but in the end, we decided that it was more of a mood or feeling that we wanted: something relaxed but still traditional.
The beauty of each of the venues (Heptonstall Methodist Chapel and the Haworth Old School Room) sort of did most of the work for us.
Did Covid have any impact on your Wedding Planning?
Covid had quite a big impact on our wedding plans.
First, we had to change the date of our wedding (like most people who planned to get married in 2020), but this was significant for us because the date of our original wedding was Halloween, and we had some plans to incorporate this as a subtle theme; and second, because the company who was going to cater our wedding was no longer doing wedding catering.
We could not find anyone else who offered what we were after, so we ended up doing all the cooking ourselves.
Third, I ended up switching my wedding dress to a red velvet one because the one I had bought to wear in October 2020 didn’t fit me one year (and a lot of Mummyfit workouts) later.
What was the best bit of your day?
There were so many!
I loved walking into the Chapel and seeing all of our friends and family together in one place.
Then there was the moment when everyone spontaneously started singing along to ‘Happy Together’ by The Turtles because the speaker was not working properly – it felt like something from Love Actually!
I also loved when our four-year-old daughter insisted on being part of our first dance.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Find someone to cater the wedding! Cooking all the food was insane! But the day itself was perfect.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Some advice that we were given, which we will pass on here, spend as much of the say in each other’s company as you can.
This might sound obvious, but when you’re chatting to all the guests, it could be quite easy to get separated and end up spending a lot of the day apart.
Aside from that, I would say not to worry too much if you don’t have a vision for your wedding at first – it will come together!
Photographer – Emily – Bailey and Mitchell Photography
Wedding Dress – Droopy and Brown (vintage) / alterations – Brides mum
Stationery – Bride
Cake Maker – Homemade by Bride (assembled and decorated by Brides sister)
Wedding Catering – Couple / Family
Florist – DIY flowers supplied by The Yorkshire Flower Patch – Todmorden and The Store – Haworth (Chapel flowers arranged by Grooms mother and friend / Flower Crowns + Bouquets / Buttonholes – Bride )
Rings – Dot the Jeweller
To Contact Bailey and Mitchell Photography
Website – https://www.baileyandmitchell.com
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