Meet Sally and James
The Apple of My Pie is an intimate three acres of woodland in Leeds, West Yorkshire and provides the perfect backdrop for your romantic outdoor wedding. With ceremony area, seating areas, woodland walks and fire pit basin in the heart of the trees with a large open area for your wedding yurt or marquee that is reached by following the festoon light lit pathways. They have the perfect location for your rural outdoor wedding. Whilst feeling remote and peaceful, they are just a stones throw from the A64, just 15 minutes from Leeds City Centre, the perfect distance for your family and friends to travel to be able to celebrate with you.
Nicola, who runs The Apple of My Pie is dedicated to fair prices, amazing styling and ‘above & beyond’ service, every single time.
We have been honoured with featuring their very first wedding… meet the gorgeous Sally and James with images courtesy of a new amateur photographer Sophie Reed Photography who was there to take some detailed images on behalf of the venue…
Bride & Groom: Sally & James Smith
Wedding Date: Friday, August 14th, 2015
Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue: Applewood Weddings
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 at work back when I worked at ikea. I had only ever known James as ‘tall Jim who worked in the warehouse’. In the summer of 2011 a mutual friend of ours tried to set us up but at the time I thought he was too young for me and we wouldn’t have anything in common! We started having breaks together at work and getting to know each other we very quickly found out that we both shared a love of the outdoors and the Yorkshire Dales. It took the Christmas party to gain the courage to start something and it all went from there!!
It was an extremely whirlwind romance, James took me on loads of exciting surprise dates and I realised it was love when we went on a Boxing Day walk up Ingleborough.
How was the inevitable question popped, where and who by:-
We went camping to our favourite spot on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales for our summer holiday in 2013. The proposal was a complete surprise to me, James had already bought the ring (a beautiful antique emerald ring) and spent the week searching for the ‘perfect sunset’. The sunsets there are gorgeous as it is so far west so we sat at the top of the cliff and watched it after a wonderful day. He didn’t actually pop the question here though, later telling me it was because other people turned up. We walked back down to the campsite. James lit the fire and loads of candles ( I spoilt it by asking why he lit all the candles? He said it was because there were lots bugs!!) next thing I knew he was down on one knee! ( I spoilt it again by telling him to watch it as he was kneeling in the candles!! He was like Sally, look at me. That’s when I realised what was going on..). To make it even more romantic we spent the night sat round the fire watching shooting stars.
What excited you about getting married and the planning process, what was the first thing you booked?:-
I was most excited about all the things I could make for my wedding! (I’m an art and DT teacher and used to have my own business as a designer maker). I had always wanted to have an outdoor wedding and, as I’m a guide leader, starting looking into hiring the local scout and guide campsite and creating a DIY wedding venue. The logistics of this would have been quite difficult (I’m not very organised!)so then started to look for a pretty village hall to hire out, so I could decorate myself.
In May, an old school friend who owns The Apple of my Pie, put out a Facebook message requesting bride and grooms to be her guinea pig for her new business venture, Applewood Weddings. The idea of a woodland wedding was everything I ever dreamed of!! I jumped at the chance and booked it with only three months until the wedding.
How did you plan your wedding, what parts of the wedding were more important to you and why:-
Nicola sorted everything! I didn’t have to organise marquees or caterers or licences, just said what I wanted and Nicola sorted it! She is also an excellent wedding stylist so I worked with her to create my dream style wedding. I got straight into making metres and metres of bunting and folding hundreds of origami birds. Luckily I had a team on hand from the craft group I’m part of to help me! To me, it was very important about how it looked to create a relaxed and colourful atmosphere. I didn’t want a colour scheme as that wouldn’t have matched my personality. James just went ahead with what I wanted and trusted my vision. We were both very excited about having a woodland wedding!
Tell our readers about your wedding venue, where is it and why you chose it?
Getting married in the woods suited our love for the outdoors. Applewood Weddings is in its own woodlands just outside of Leeds, so not far from our family and friends. We chose to have a traditional pole marquee to bring a vintage twist to a colourful wedding. We chose the venue as it was perfect for what we wanted in a wedding, something relaxed, friendly and different.
Can you tell us about your Day, did you have a theme and what made it so special?
We had a fun-filled, colourful but very wet day!! It rained non stop but I think that this made the wedding more special and definitely more memorable! I loved how all our family and friends embraced the rain, everyone wore wellies and we had the ceremony under umbrellas! The marquee kept everyone dry but also together, creating a really lovely celebration of two families coming together. We had afternoon tea shared from cake stands, which also added to the friendliness of the day. This went down exceptionally well, especially as the cakes kept coming and coming!
During the evening the rain finally stopped! We had a wonderful night, dancing under the trees and having a hog roast to keep energies up!
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?
My wedding dress was a bit of a bargain! If I won the lottery, I wanted a Jenny Packham dress. Just by chance, I found that she designed an evening wear range for Debenhams, and found my dress in this range. It was a simple shaped dress, falling to the floor, with beaded detail covering the dress. I was excited to see this sparkle from the fairy light covered trees! I originally wanted the bridesmaids to be in different colours but we settle for a floral dress with tuille detail, which I think gave a woodland fairy feel.
All the men wore mixed tweed suits, with buttonholes that I had made from floral fabric, to tie in with the bridesmaids and decorations.
If you had the chance to do it all again and you could change one thing, what would it be and why?:-
The only thing I could think of changing would be the weather! But I also think this helped create the atmosphere of the day that I loved, so I wouldn’t change that either!
If you were to give other Brides and Grooms three top tips, what would they be and why?
Try and take in as much of the day as you can! It felt like it all went by so fast I wish I had taken time in the day to stand back and fully take in my surroundings.
Don’t get stressed about the small details, only you will know if something doesn’t get done! Also, from speaking to other brides from my job in a fabric shop, your bridesmaids will never be that close to the bunting that people will think the colours don’t match!
And finally, make sure you get to enjoy some time together as bride and groom. For the last dance, James told everyone to come into the marquee to dance. He then led me outside so it could just be the two of us dancing under the trees, a beautiful end to the best day!
Can you please list the suppliers you chose to help you plan your Big Day including their website address if possible?:-
Images courtesy of amateur photographer Sophie Reed Photography. Seeing as Sophie had not shot a wedding before or even photographed anything in the rain, I think she did a grand job.
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We wish Sally and James a wonderful life together and we wish Nicola and Applewood Weddings, a fabulous future!
The Wedding Affair