For the last post about my wedding (before I move on to bigger and better weddings and lots more flowery chat), we arrived at The Feversham Arms in Helmsley – a small vintage bus journey from the beautiful Duncombe Park.
I found The Feversham Arms after tapping in “Exclusive use boutique hotels in North Yorkshire”. After much searching and venue visiting, we were all decided that this was it!
Part Three – The Feversham Arms
Saturday 5th September 2009
We were after a venue where we could escape to with our friends and family for the weekend, and we struck gold with the Feversham Arms (fevershamarmshotel.com). Everything about it was perfect – from the amazing rooms and suites, the spa, pool, the food…and the service was stunning throughout the weekend. All the comments we’ve received from our guests at the time, and still get now, confirm our choice!
Rob is an amazing graphic designer, and I am a florist (obviously), so between us, we like to think we’re quite a creative pair….so whatever we could get our hands on to decorate, we did. We brought back all the flowers from Duncombe Park and used them around the hotel (and I suggest to all of my brides that they re-use as many of the ceremony flowers as possible), and then added a few flowery flourishes to the hotel…
As our guests enjoyed a selection of yummy canapes, bubbly and Pimms, Rob and I had a few pictures taken on the stairs…
One of my wedding finds were the Vernon Sisters (thevernonsisters.com). I had wanted to book them when I initially found them, but our budget was reaching its limit….but obviously it was meant to be. A few days before the wedding, I got a call from them telling me they had had a late cancellation…and I was the happiest girl ever – absolutely stunning performance from three amazing Sisters.
We had to make the most of them, didn’t we?!
Rob and his Best Man had their suits made for the big day, hence they got to pick their own coloured lining! Rob’s shirt and all the ties came from Marc Wallace.
We decorated a pretty birdcage for the guests to pop their wedding cards in…we had the best fun opening them the night after our wedding. Many a tear was shed by Rob and me!
As another little thank you to our gorgeous flower girls, we got them giant Jellycats to wait for them at the dinner table…and as you can tell, they went down oh so well.
Our table names were all named after our favourite flowers…we didn’t think it would have the same effect if we had named them after Rob’s favourite graphic designers! We sourced vintage frames from local antique markets, gave them a lick of paint and voila! We also found a large mirror, and gave that the same treatment…perfect for our table plan…and that now looks gorgeous above our bed!
And so to the tables. I did all the flowers, so needed to pick blooms we both loved, but that were easy to arrange! The flowers were supposed to arrive from Holland at 6am on Friday morning. They didn’t arrive until 3pm on Friday afternoon. So goodbye massage and pedicure, and hello to a very busy afternoon flowering!
For the flowers, I went for a mass of Hydrangea, David Austin Roses, Phalaenopsis, Cymbidium and Asian Orchids, lime green Chrysanthemum Blooms, Mini Eden Roses…the list goes on…but you can’t blame me?!
For our favours, we gave all our guests a Pocket Garden…from organic Basil, Parsley and Coriander, to Wild Strawberries, Poppies, Lavender and Chillis. We have since had photos, and lots of chat about how well they all grew! As there wasn’t much room on the tables, amongst all the flowers, Emily and Evie gave them out – and they felt very important!
Rob decided he wanted to do the speeches before dinner, so that he could enjoy the rest of the evening, and it worked brilliantly. I said a few words first (there is no stopping me), then Dad, Rob and finally the Best Man, with his spin on Deal or no Deal!
Having worked with hundreds of brides, you pick up some very good tips, and this was one of them…cake is wasted quite a lot, and I love cake! So we decided to have it for dessert. Every guest got an individual cake, and the top table shared the top cutting cake. It was a huge hit.
We found the lovely Lindsay at Chocolate Creations (chocolatecreation.co.uk), who conjured up our amazing cake. She was a dream to work with and made staggeringly beautiful cake!
After the wedding breakfast, we all emptied out to the bar, and various lounges, whilst the band set up and got ready for the dancing action. Emily took the opportunity to snap away…
…and we sneaked out for a few pictures in the Market Square under a full moon. I am so glad we did. It gave us 20 minutes or so to just be together, have a chat and a few kisses, and get these beauties taken…
We then headed back to the Feversham for some dancing and romancing! Neither of us are big dancers, and Rob was absolutely dreading it, so I thought it would be worth a few dance lessons….
It was one of our guests, and one of my old grooms, who thought it would be an amazing idea to make a wedding pyramid. I won’t go on. But my back was very sore in the morning!
From the pyramid to the pool…the day was rounded off under the sparkly stars with toasted marshmallows around the fire…a magical ending to a perfect day.
Thank you all so much for following these few blog posts and for all your lovely comments, emails and tweets, they have all made me smile lots! xx
All photos by the wonderful Stewart and Julie Randall (randallphotography.co.uk)