Today we feature the wedding of Dan & Kate Stewart, with beautiful photography from Leeds Wedding Photographer, Toast Of Leeds. They were married on 3rd May 2014 at East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley, West Yorkshire, surrounded by friends & family who celebrated with help from their band, Lindy Pop and DJ Tom Styles.
We caught up with Kate to ask her all about this stylish wedding….
Kate: We had just wined and dined at the New Ellington in Leeds for our 6 year anniversary. We got home and I asked Dan if he wanted a cup of tea, and he said “How about you marry me instead?”, to which I squealed and said “Yes please!”
The Vision for the Day….
White, gold & green; a relaxed day for our friends & family to celebrate with us that had the personal touch.
We picked l from the start; we looked at a few other venues but fell in love with this one, such a lovely space with amazing high ceilings, nothing quite like it in Yorkshire.
We chose St Wilfred’s in Calverley largely for its location – it would be on the way from Leeds to East Riddlesden for most of our guests – but we’ve also had our eye on Calverley for some time as somewhere we’d like to live.
Finding the Dress….
Kate: I was never that bothered about the dress. On a recommendation I went to Abbey Wedding Warehouse in Kirkstall in Leeds and knew it was the place; nice and informal with such an amazing selection and all at knock-down prices! My sister picked out the dress in the end; I had passed over it on first look. It turned out to be a Jenny Packham dress. My mum added some delicate pearls and made my ‘white swan’ jacket.
Dan and his best man’s suit were from Tiger of Sweden. Their bow ties and pocket squares came from Mr Bow Tie.
The Readings + Music…
Dan was very keen to have something a bit different from a standard cheesy wedding band. We settled on Lindypop, a six piece jazz band who knock out great jazz cover versions.
After the band were done we had our good friend of ours – DJ Tom Styles – spin the wheels of steel. He’s a great wedding DJ and provided loads of other help throughout the evening, the consummate pro.
A family friend who is a florist advised us to get fake flowers as we only needed them for the bouquets and button holes. We were sceptical at first, but after we had been to Country Baskets in Dewsbury we were convinced and spent a 10th of what we had been quoted for real flowers! We had ranunculus for the bouquets, then a selection of small white and green foliage and flowers for the button holes.
We have a good friend who used to be a pro chef at Anthony’s in Leeds, so we couldn’t turn her down when she offered to make our cake.
When we were looking at wedding venues online in Yorkshire we kept seeing these crazy beautiful photographs of East Riddlesden Hall by Toast of Leeds and knew we had to have Shelly! We knew the day would go by so quickly so knew how important the photographs would be in years to come so wanted to make the right choice. The photos are just stunning, how she has captured the light and the moment perfectly. She is a photography ninja!
The Details + Decor…
The church and reception venues are stunning, so did not want to detract away from this, so wanted to keep it very simple.
In the church we had Cow Parsley in large glass vases. In the barn we had fairy lights and as many candles and glass as we could squeeze in. On the tables we had vases of moss with dried Hydrangeas, candles and gold glittery table numbers that I made.
We did 3 weeks in Japan. Like going to another planet but we had an amazing time.
Most Memorable Moments…
Kate: The highlights for me were walking down the aisle and Dan turning round and giving me the most beaming smile. Also, the speeches. They were just incredible, from the heart and they just topped the day off perfectly.
Dan: I gave an end-of-The-Breakfast-Club ‘fist in the air’ at the end of the ceremony, and Shelly managed to get a cracking photo of it!
Advice for Other Couples…
1) It goes so fast so make sure you just relax and enjoy it
2) Get a photographer that you love, as memories fade, but the photographs will live on
3) Don’t spend a ridiculous amount money on your wedding and get into loads of debt; look for every opportunity you can to save a bit of cash; it’s just a day, it’s the rest of your lives that are important!
1) Chaps keep the engagement as short as you possibly can; it’s a nightmare having to talk about weddings all day, every day.
2) If you’ve got even the smallest spark of creativity, give it a go yourself. It’s not for everyone, but I think we found it a lot more rewarding knowing we tried to give it a personal touch rather than rolling out another bland ‘vintage wedding’ (shudder).
Thanks so much to Dan & Kate for sharing their fantastic wedding with us. And to Shelly at Toast Of Leeds for the amazing images.
Vendor/Supplier List with links…
St Wilfrids Church, Calverley, West Yorkshire
East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley, West Yorkshire
Alex was an absolute legend and so helpful, nothing was ever too much.
Toast of Leeds
Shelly is the best! Fact.
DJ Tom Styles
Tom was an absolute pro and helped out far beyond what we expected of a DJ. What a trooper!
Country Baskets, Dewsbury
Cheap as chips, get on it!
Abbey Wedding Warehouse, Leeds
Tiger of Sweden
One for all you skinny boys.
Mr Bow Tie