Real Wedding: Sophie & James… A Handmade Wedding at The Tetley, Leeds
Good morning lovelies! Today, on the blog we have a rather special wedding for you to feast your eye’s on. Long time lovers Sophie and James tied the knot after 10 years together, and it couldn’t have been anymore gorgeous. After saying the “I Do’s” at Leeds Town Hall the wedding party headed over to The Tetley, Leeds. An art deco, contemporary art gallery with a city chic vibe. Of course, this played the perfect venue when it came to the couple’s relaxed wedding, and too, not forgetting the pairs love for Art and Literature that became a lovely symbol throughout the day.
We are swooning over Sophie’s dress, too. I think it proves that high street dresses can be oh-so gorgeous. The delicate lace sleeves suited her down to a T.
So, without further ado I’ll pass it over to Sophie for a little more on all the pretty goings on from their very special day…
Tell us a little bit about how you both met and how long you’ve been together. What made you fall in love?
We met when we were 16 and 18 and got on straight away. We’re from Hull originally and I (Sophie) moved over to Leeds to go to University. After a couple of years in separate cities we got fed up of being apart, James moved over and the rest is history!
How was the inevitable question popped, where and who by?
We got engaged in Italy on our 10 year anniversary. We didn’t have a ring but the moment felt right– we found a ring soon after and the ring shop managed to rush our order through (even with our very limited Italian!) in 2 days! I got to pick my own ring which made it really special.
What excited you about getting married and the planning process, what was the first thing you booked?
Having been together for 10 years we were excited to have all of our friends and family together in one place to celebrate with us. We had 2 years to plan the wedding and headed straight to The Tetley to book in the date. We were going to look around a few venues but when we went in the first time to meet with Charlotte we knew it was the place for us! It has recently opened and with the combination of beer and art we knew we were on to a winner. The photography was our next pick as it’s so important to us. Paul and Kelly from Paul Joseph Photography‘s photos were perfect and took the perfect amount of planned/ more natural photos. We had such a lot of help from family and friends that the planning was really good fun and made the run up to the wedding even more special!
How did you plan your wedding, what parts of the wedding were more important to you and why:-
We wanted a wedding that really matched us so we left plenty of time to make decisions– we’re both into reading and art and I’m a big fan of anything crafty so we wanted to pick a venue and theme that really matched. We wanted a relaxed celebration with all our favourite people around us. Sophie’s mum was a huge part in bringing it to life and a massive help in helping us to plan.
Tell our readers about your wedding venue, where is it and why you chose it?
The Tetley is an old brewery that has been renovated and made into a restaurant, bar and gallery – as we’re both city people we wanted somewhere in the centre of Leeds that reflected that. The building is old fashioned with modern touches so was a great backdrop for photos. The Tetley was perfect and they were so helpful – Charlotte in particular was great to work with. Guests were offered tours of The Tetley which was a really nice touch from the venue. For the evening we had the whole of the bar and outside area and had a band and music all night long.
Can you tell us about your Day, did you have a theme and what made it so special?
We’re both into books and we both agreed we wanted something different for our wedding that our guests would remember for years to come. We started off with a penguin book themed invite and went from there. I’m a screen printer so was able to make the invites myself which made them feel extra special.
We had a colour theme of blue and yellow to match our sunflowers. It was the middle of summer and the hottest day of the year so the flowers matched the weather!
Details were a huge part of making the day special. The venue was filled with handmade decorations – from succulents in books, through to book folded decorations and handmade bunting. My Mum is a very talented lady and made nearly all of the decorations herself by hand! One of our favourite touches on the day was our Polaroid guestbook board – every guest had a tag that they needed to replace with a Polaroid photo of themselves. This matched up with a guestbook for them to sign – we had great fun the day after slotting all of the photos in the right places.
My Mum (Sophie’s Mum) made our wedding cake and was given the theme of books – she created a great cake made up of 3 different cakes! Cherry and almond cake, lemon cake and chocolate orange cake. She took some photos of our bookshelf and got the photo printed on to icing around the edge too! The cake was finished off with a pair of Penguins under a book arch, designed to match the Penguin Classics book theme.
Where did you get your wedding dress and why did you choose that designer or style? Tell us more about the bridesmaids, groom and usher outfits and what brought them all together?
We bought the dress from Monsoon – I’d tried on 15 dresses from lots of different stores and price ranges and when I tried the dress on from Monsoon I knew it was the one! I chose a lace dress to match the old buildings and the car we had for our big day.
If you were to give other Brides and Grooms three top tips, what would they be and why?
1. Before the day – We’re glad we took time to plan the wedding over 2 years. It meant we had time to plan all of the little details and then the day itself felt like a dream!
2. On the day – be prepared for the music to go slightly pear shaped during the ceremony. I didn’t know this at the time but the wedding before ours ran a little late so they had to trim a couple of songs. It threw me when we were 2 songs in and all of a sudden the music came on for me to make an entrance!
3. Take some time out to get some photos just the two of you – it’s nice to get a bit of time to chat together as you’ll get whisked off in so many directions with so many people to see! When the photos came back we were so pleased that we did it.