Images courtesy of Daz Mack
Kim & Neal: A Glittering, Family Filled and Lovely Wedding at the Tranquil Whinstone View
Good morning, loves! How is your wedding planning going this week? Well, I do hope.
Well, we can truly say that you have certainly landed in the right place if you’re on the lookout for glittering inspiration and some top wedding talent. And, if you’re seeking something similar for your own day, then we just know that you are going to adore this weeks real wedding. It’s such a beauty!
We’re delighted to introduce you to the gorgeous duo, Kim and Neal, who’s special day was captured by the hugely talented Daz Mack. The creative behind the lens perfectly captured the fun, family and relaxed approach that the couple envisioned of their day. Cue lovely family photos, twinkling fairy lights, delicious desserts and the most gorgeous stationery – this couple had every detail ticked off to a T.
Lovers, Kim and Neal tied the knot on Friday the 6th of July, 2018 which was special and significant to the couple as it marked the 5th anniversary of their very first date.
Following a religious ceremony at St Oswald’s Church, their wedding reception took place at one of the most idyllic wedding venues, Whinstone View. This combined with the many other talented suppliers, made for a wedding that was modern, stylish and glamorous combined, just as the couple had envisioned.
Let’s find out more about their love story and dreamy day, shall we?
Kim and Neal’s relationship blossomed through a mutual love of cycling, gin and good food – the perfect combination, if you ask us! Their love story is a pretty special one and Kim has gone into great detail to describe their first encounter and how their relationship blossomed a year on from when they met.
Take it away, Kim!
“On the 6th July 2012, Kim and Neal first met when Kim came along to an organised bike ride that Neal was leading to the Stockton Sky Ride event. On a £50 Apollo mountain bike and wearing skinny jeans and hair in bunches, this was one of the first times Kim had been out on her bike. She attended a few more rides that Neal lead whilst involved with Tees Valley Riders over the next year and in the summer of 2013, Neal made his move and struck up a conversation on an evening ride to the Talpore pub in Stockton.
“On 6th July 2013, a year after they first met, Kim and Neal went on their first date (not biking!) for a drink in the Swatters Carr in Middlesbrough and the day after, Kim again went along on a ride to the Stockton Sky Ride event. They continued to cycle together, going on date rides to Kildale and Maltby. Kim soon realised that Neal worked in IT and she’d just bought a new laptop that needed setting up, so a relationship was soon formed!
We began to discover we had many shared interests apart from cycling; running, gin and love of good food and very soon found ourselves in love with one another.”
Neal personally chose the ring that he proposed to Kim with and of course, it had to be a romantic one! Why I hear you ask? Well Neal asked the most important question on Valentines day, at the idyllic Redworth Hall, shortly after the birth of their first child, Clara.
After the question had been popped, Kim and Neal got to work on their wedding planning, taking recommendations from friends and sticking to their own tastes, as opposed to tradition.
“Neal and I made decisions about the wedding based on our own preferences and recommendations from friends to make it as personal as possible. We really wanted a church wedding and attended services at St Oswalds who were very welcoming in the years leading up to the wedding.”
We adore how the dainty church provided the most glorious and intimate setting as the couple exchanged vows. And It’s safe to say that Bride, Kim looked even more glorious and elegant as she floated down the aisle. The two exchanged rings as a symbol of their marriage which were from H Samuel.
Please, just how gorgeous are those Bridesmaid dresses too?!
Kim confessed to us that she found it difficult to find a dress that she truly loved. It wasn’t until she stated flicking through magazines (take note, bride-to-be’s!) that she stumbled upon one that she adored by renowned designer, Mark Lesley. Unfortunately, Kim then had a tough time finding a boutique that would order the dress in, fortunately she found The Bridal Affair; a beautiful boutique nestled within the market town of Boroughbridge, who very kindly ordered the dress in.
Luckily for Kim, it was love at first sight and the dress was the one!
“I really struggled to find a dress I liked when I started to look through magazines and only found one which I loved. I loved that it was elegant without being too revealing and it had a classic silhouette. No stockists in the north east would order the dress in for me until I found The Bridal Affair in Boroughbridge, Yorkshire who loaned the dress for 48 hours. My perfume was Bond No9 Scent of Peace which is my “special occasion perfume”. My tiara was a pearl and diamante band from Halo & Co.”
Kim of course, like any Bride wanted to look and most importantly, feel the very best version of herself on her wedding day. Hiring a full glam-squad, Kim went to town on all things hair and beauty, enlisting some very talented ladies to help her out.
Assisting with her and her lovely mum’s makeup on the day was the wonderful Laura Mac Makeup Artist, who ensured that Kim looked like a truly glowing bride, with a natural and elegant wedding day look.
Kim also hired Nancy Loves Nails to ensure that her nails were looking their very best to sport her new wedding band, and pre-party prep was completed by Elleanor May, who shaped Kim’s brows and made her lashes extra fluttery.
It’s safe to say that the pair make a stunning couple, and Neal looked oh-so dapper too in his navy suit by Marc Darcy sourced from Dandy Threads Tailors. We adore how the couple opted for a relaxed yet elegant day, and what they wore added elegance and a classical element. Just divine!
“Neal’s suit is by Cavani and Marc Darcy; a look put together by Dandy Threads in Guisborough. The suit was navy with gold accents and a pink tie to match our colour scheme. Neal’s shoes were a mix of navy tweed and leather to match the suit.”
Pairing pretty with the pink accents in Neal’s suit, he don a floral buttonhole which also married with his lovers bouquet. Claire Metcalfe was the talented lady who created these for the Bride and Groom.
After the ceremony, the couple and their most beloved headed to the rustic and incredibly stunning Whinstone View in Great Ayton to celebrate their marriage in the summer sun. Kim and Neal travelled in style in their classic car, with thanks to Millennium Limousines which also made for some gorgeous couple photos from the talented Daz Mack.
“After getting engaged we both knew exactly what kind of wedding we wanted and where is should be. There was a wedding fair held at Whinstone View a few weeks later and we were able to take along all of ideas and confirm our wedding date there and then.
The wedding Coordinator at Whinstone View was very accommodating of our special date, particularly as they do not usually have any weddings on a Friday, but made special exception due to the personal significance which we were so grateful for. There was two and half years between our engagement and our wedding which gave us plenty of time to plan our perfect day, especially as we had our son Ralph five months prior to the wedding date.”
“Upon arriving at the venue, music was provided by Billingham Silver Band. The band played some lovely tunes to entertain the guests, including a fabulous bagpipes featurette. Neal plays Bass Trombone in the band and had planned this out in the months before.” Kim says
I’m sure this was a unique and very special element to the day. We love how Neal took charge with this, opting for something that was dear to his heart. Kim looks delighted in the background too!
The newlyweds opted for a relaxed and family fun reception, keeping the little ones involved in the celebrations. Of course, this had to include desserts galore! Kim and Neal were also keen to keep their grandparents involved in the festivities, raising a glass to them and adorning the venue with memories and photos. A truly heart warming touch!
“We went with a very casual laid back style with no formal bridal party and children all sat together on their own table. The dessert was a great talking point as guests created their own ice cream sundaes with large buckets of ice cream and variety of toppings.
We had framed pictures of our grandparents on their wedding days and made a toast to those who were longer with us”
A classical and glamorous colour scheme of Navy and Gold was the focal point at the reception, even the sweet treats perfectly matched! Kim’s mum very kindly baked up biscuits and hand decorated them as favours, whilst The Cake Shop designed and created a sparkling cake that sat pretty in-front of fairy lights. The cake topper was custom designed from Gabe & Penny.
“Our colour scheme was navy and gold which was used with our gold glitter jar centre pieces our gold royal mail postbox. My mum and brother’s girlfriend, Helen made us personalised shortbread biscuits for our favours wrapped with navy and gold ribbons”
“We chose Whinstone View in Great Ayton, a place we often used to drive past when visiting my parents. We often would say that we would love to get married there when passing. It offered a relaxed setting with lots outside space, perfect for a summer wedding and for our children to run around.”
Well, I’m sure you will agree that the venue certainly was the perfect setting for the duo and their friends and family. The spacious grounds meant that it was summer perfect and the children could burn off energy. Meanwhile, the reception room was a cosy haven and the perfect blank canvas for the dreamy day that Neal and Kim planned.
Centrepieces at the venue were sourced from Party Pieces and the post box, from Lasersmith. The talented team from Flowermaiden were in charge of all things floral at the evening reception, opting for pink and ivory hues to compliment the colour scheme.
As always, we had to ask the Bride and Groom if they had any top tips, just to help all of you that are planning their weddings too. All of which are pretty important; “Forget the traditions, have a day personal to you. Plan. Be organised but stay chilled out and relaxed”
Oh and one final word from Kim, remember your flowers! “I would remember to pick up my flowers before I left the house and not remember when I got out of the car at the church!”
As we draw to a close on this twinkling and truly special day, we would just like to say a little thank you to the couple, Kim and Neal for letting us share your wedding day. It looked such a precious day and we’ve adored reading about the gorgeous goings on! With love from The Wedding Affair, we would like to wish you a wonderful future and a healthy and happy marriage.
Also, a warm thank you to Daz Mack who captured the summers day and all of the details perfectly. For a full story of the day, we have a gallery of all the images below, along with full vendor credits.
Have you enjoyed reading about Mr and Mrs Harper’s special wedding day, perhaps you’ve taken away some inspiration for your own relaxed and lovely wedding? Please do let us know by saying a “Hello” in the comments section below.
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The Team Behind The Talent
Ceremony Venue: St Oswald’s Church, Newton Under Rosberry Reception Venue: Whinstone View, Great Ayton Photography: Daz Mack Videographer: We Were Here Florist: Flower Maiden Invitations: Optimal Print Envelopes: Simply Envelopes Bride’s Veil: Joyce Jackson at Rainbow Club Bride’s Dress: Mark Lesley from The Bridal Affair Bride’s Shoes: Roland Cartier at House of Fraser Bride’s Tiara: Halo & Co Bouquet & Button Holes: Claire Metcalfe Groom’s Suit: Marc Darcy at Dandy Threads Waistcoat & Shirt: Cavani at Dandy Threads Groom’s Tie: Next Cake: The Cake Shop Vehicle: Millennium Limousines Confetti: The Confetti Cone Company Rings: H Samuel Postbox: Lasersmith Uk Cake Topper: Gabe & Penny Makeup: Laura Mac Nails: Nancy Loves Nails Lashes & Brows: Elleanor May Centre Pieces: Party Pieces