Today I am excited to share a gorgeous Ripley Castle Wedding with a Justin Alexander dress, plenty of DIY touches, and a hint of a Cath Kidson theme.
Images of the day were captured by Sarah Beth Photography.
Sarah Beth Photography specialises in wedding and lifestyle portraiture for couples who want something more relaxed and informal on their wedding day.
Her style of photography is very natural and genuine aiming to capture the real emotion of the day.
She is based in East Yorkshire but covers the whole of the UK.
Sarah Beth says of the couple…
“I met Shannon and James through a mutual friend, when unfortunately their original photographer had to cancel.”
“Myself and my assistant photographer Tom came to their rescue!”
“There was a lot of love for both Shannon and James amongst their friends and family on the wedding day.”
“They both have lovely families who were very welcoming to all wedding guests and made myself and Thomas feel like one of the family.”
“Everyone was in great spirits after the ceremony with the warm sun beating down throughout the grounds of Ripley Castle and overall it was a beautiful day..”
I hand over to gorgeous Bride Shannon…
When did you meet?
“We met in November 2007 in a bar in Huddersfield, I knew some of James friends but had never met James.”
“He came straight up to me and tried to woo me with his cheesy chat up lines, but I wasn’t impressed!”
“I gave him my number though, and he text me in the week and asked me out on a date.”
“We went to an Italian Restaurant in Huddersfield and the rest is history.”
When did you get engaged?
“We got engaged in the March 2011.”
“It was a very low key proposal as I really don’t like public shows of affection.”
“I’d always said to James that it was my worst nightmare to be proposed to in a restaurant or public place as I would be so embarrassed.”
“So it happened one sunny day on my day off from work.”
“I remember James had said he was going out for the morning which was strange as we would normally spend our day off together.”
“He was away for a few hours and when he came back he then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!”
James never cries but boy did he cry at that moment, of course I said yes and we were both so excited to get married.
“This was at a time when James couldn’t drive, and I later found out that he had walked from our house into the town centre which is over 4 miles away to buy my engagement ring,”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“Our wedding planning journey started when we both decided that we would like to get married in a Castle.”
“Ripley Castle was actually the first venue that we looked at and we absolutely loved it.”
“I knew when we looked around that it was simply perfect, but like any woman I thought that we should check out a few other places before we made our minds up.”
“We looked at another four venues but quickly realised that Ripley Castle was the place to host our dream wedding.”
“I cried when we went into the castle library as it was simply perfect, I love oldie worldly places and adored how beautiful the rooms and grounds are.”
“I wanted the room were we was married to be very intimate which the library was.”
“We then had our wedding breakfast and evening reception in the East Wing which is beautiful, the style is old meets new but in a very modern vintage kind of way.”
“The grounds at Ripley are simply devine, we had some of our pictures in the castle gardens where the castle grow all their own produce which is used to make the wedding meals.”
“Myself and my dad had photographs taken here as my dad is a keen gardener and took over my granddads allotment when he passed away.”
“Having these photographs meant a the world to me.”
“The theme for the wedding came very easily to me as at the time I was the store manager for Cath Kidston in Meadowhall Shopping Centre Sheffield.”
“So the theme was quite simply modern vintage, with our fabric of choice being Cath Kidston Spray Flowers.”
“We used this material for our beautiful bridesmaids dresses, heart favours, toppers for our mini jars of jam, ring cushion and bunting around the venue.”
“I absolutely love Cath Kidston so this was a perfect theme for me.”
“All our favours were hand made by myself and my lovely mum, these took a long time but it was well worth it.”
“We had favour bags which also doubled up as place names. Each bag had in it a mini jar of jam, a straw and a vintage style hanging heart for the ladies and for the men a stick on moustache on a card which said, “get your trash on”
“We love all things different and this really was so much fun. I never expected the Impact this had on the day though.”
“I remember James and I walking up the big stair case to enter the wedding breakfast and seeing all our male guests with the moustaches on having a whale of a time it was brilliant!”
“James had his suit made by the amazing Owen Scott Bespoke Tailors in Huddersfield and Leeds, his suit was named QUALITY as it is quality street purple!”
“We had found a picture on Pinterest of an amazing suit and Owen Scott replicated this to suit James.”
“It was absolutely amazing the fit of his suit was perfect I have never seen a suit quite like it.”
“I remember on the wedding day when I saw him in it I was so shocked at just how perfect It really was.”
“James hadn’t shown me the suit until the wedding day so that was an amazing surprise.”
“As a gift to James I bought him some retro swing shoes from a little boutique in London called Retro Revival they were fab and everyone loved them!”
“The groomsmen also wore tweed jackets by Ted Baker ,little navy bow ties and brogues.”
“Flowers and decorations were all done by my amazing friend Amy with help on the day from two other friend Faye and Sarah.”
“I always wanted artificial flowers as I’m very sentimental and always wanted to keep hold of as many things from the wedding as possible.”
“So my bouquet was antique coloured silks with mini pearls wrapped around the stems.”
“The bridesmaids flowers were very unique also as they were wicker hearts with flowers wrapped around them.”
“I really wanted my girls to be able to keep their bouquets and that they have done – my chief bridesmaid has hers on display in her brand new house kitchen, my sister in law Rebecca has hers in her living room as does my friend Jess and my little cousin Niamh has hers up in her bedroom along with her 1 Direction posters!”
“My dress, well that’s what I should be good at seen as I own a Bridal Boutique myself.”
“However I didn’t have the shop back then and that is actually now why I decided to go into the bridal industry, but that’s another story completely.”
“I shopped around a lot for my dress, I thought I wanted a very fitted lace style gown but I always had in the back of my mind that I’d always dreamed of having a fairytale princess dress.”
“So I decided to try one on, I remember being laced into it and looking in the mirror and thinking oh my this is the one!”
“I walked out and my mum, Aunty, Niamh and chief bridesmaid Helen all burst into tears! It was the one! And I loved it!”
“My dress was a Justin Alexander gown and still to this day JA is my favourite designer.”
“I got my dress from a boutique called White Lace and Promises which is sadly no longer open however the owner is now a dear friend of mine and we work closely together with my new business.”
“My shoes were Vivienne Westwood Dorothy style shoes which I had also always wanted as I love a statement shoe and don’t like traditional!”
“Our Wedding music meant a lot to us both, and we both love Take That so our first dance was A Million Love Songs.”
“The ceremony songs were all tear jerkers which they really did have everyone in tears.”
“We had Etta James at Last when I walked down the isle, John Ledgend Ordinary people when we were signing the register and Madness It must be love when we left the room!”
“That was a fun end to what was such a beautiful and heart felt ceremony.”
When did you get married?
“We got married on the 28th September 2013.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“I can’t say I have a best bit really as the whole day was amazing, and James says the same – he loved everything.”
“But we would probably both agree the ceremony was so special, really intimate and the vows meant everything to us.”
“The weather was perfect, scorching at the end of September we were so blessed.”
“The Evening Reception was also fab as my friends performed a dance routine which was hilarious.”
“Only James and I knew they were doing it so it was a real surprise to our guests and it was great!”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“The only advice I would give people getting married is relax!”
“There is no need to stress about things trying to make everything perfect, it will all come together on the day.”
“The other thing really is cherish every moment! Everyone says that the day will go really quick and boy does it!”
“10 hours felt like 2 it went so quickly and I want to do it all again.”
Thank you to Sarah Beth for allowing me to share her beautiful work and this fabulous Ripley Castle Wedding.
Thank you also to Shannon and James for allowing me to feature a glimpse into their incredible Big Day.
I love all the vintage inspired touches from suitcase table plan to crockery, the personalisation of their amazing DIY favours and the stunning Cath Kidson influence from the bridesmiad gowns to photo frames.
The gorgeous pink florals also just compliment the print used through the day so well.
And just how fun are the moustaches, a spectacular day…
Venue – Ripley Castle
Wedding dress – Justin Alexander
Wedding shoes – Vivienne Westwood
Headband – Richard Designs
Groomsmen suits – Ted Baker
Bridesmaid dresses – Handmade with Cath Kidston material
Invites and wedding stationary/ favours Handmade by family and I.
Flowers – Amy Stephenson
Cake – James cousins partner made our beautiful cake
Photographer – Sarah Beth Photography with 2nd shooter Tom
Photo Booth – Funbooth
Band – Nate and the Doggs
Hair – Siobhan and Nicole at Coco North Huddersfield
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