Marie & Ashley: A Vintage Glamour & Family Filled Wedding at The Principal, York
Hello, gorgeous ones! How is your wedding planning going this week – I know that some couples do find it harder when summer holidays start approaching? Well, if you’re on the lookout for glittering inspiration and some top wedding talent in the York area, then we know that you’re going to adore the real wedding we’re sharing today.
We’re so delighted to be featuring the absolutely gorgeous day of Marie and Ashley on our pretty pages. Their special day was captured by the talented Jo of JoanneB Photography, who’s work and lovely self never fails to put a smile on our faces at The Wedding Affair HQ.
The gorgeous duo, Marie and Ashley tied the knot on Friday the 6th of April, 2018 and there picturesque wedding took place at one of York’s finest venues, The Principal York. This combined with the many other talented creatives that we have had the pleasure of working with, made for a wedding that was vintage and glamorous combined, just as Marie had envisioned.
Let’s find out more from their dreamy day, shall we?
“Me and Ashley met on social media through some mutual friends, we started talking to each other through chat which then progressed to text messaging each other. We then started going on dates and eventually made it official on the 26th July 2009, we have been together nearly 9 years.
I fell in love with Ashley with his constant charm, and the way he makes me feel like a complete princess. He fell in love with me for my amazing personality and stunning looks (this is what he said! Lol) We still get butterflies when we see each other.”
Ashley proposed to Marie after 9 years together, perhaps not in the way he would have hoped however, we will let Marie do the explaining on that one! The proposal was made all the more special as Ashley had gone great lengths to get a bespoke ring designed for his beau, which was purchased from Diamond Dealer Direct in Birmingham.
“The day that Ashley proposed he had arranged to go to Betty’s (one of our favourite places for breakfast) following with a day out with our two children altogether. However this was not the case, the night before I had attended one of my friends hen party which led to a rather late night, when I got back Ash seemed a bit annoyed (at the time I couldn’t understand why) I thought he was just feeling tired and stressed.When I woke in the morning I did not feel my best at all, so I asked if we could go out for a late lunch instead. I was walking from my bathroom and across the landing when I heard “Marie, come here a minute”, and as I walked into our daughters room he was there on one knee and asked me to marry him, I was in total shock, and all at once I didn’t know whether to cry, smile or run back to the bathroom as I was feeling ropey! Of course I replied yes! And at that instance I understood why he seem agitated the night before and all morning. It was so real how Ashley proposed and I would not of changed it at all as it was a total surprise which was the best feeling in the world. My engagement ring is a sapphire stone with smaller diamonds surrounding in on a white gold band, Ashley had it especially made from a jewellers in Birmingham.”
It’s always so lovely to hear when the men get stuck into the planning too, as it’s often deemed that the vision of a wedding is down to the bride. This was not the case for this couple, as they say team work makes the dream work!
“We were engaged 2 years and 8 months before we finally tied the knot. The main thing that excited us the most about getting married was that it was like a milestone in our relationship to show how committed we are to each other, we have had our highs and lows and always got past them. And we finally got to plan a day that was all about us and to celebrate our life together.”
“The planning process was so fun there was times it got stressful but it was great doing it together, Ash really joined in with choosing things too: We booked our venue first as we wanted to know what we could get for our budget and to get a feel for the rest of the wedding theme.”
Marie struggled to find her wedding dress, and just as she was about to give up she entrusted her shop assistant from Elite Bridal, who actually choose a dress that was more than perfect. Cue an elegant fishtail design with delicate lace detailing, completed with a satin bow for added romance. Beautiful.
“I had a bit of a nightmare finding my dress as the style I wanted (Kate Middleton idol) did not suit my figure and I felt so thrumpy and not Elegant at all, I tried on tons on dresses and just as I was about to lose hope I asked my assistant to choose one she thought for me, well that was it, that was the dress for me.
It was nothing that I had imagined or dreamed of but it made me feel fabulous and so glamorous. It was a sleeveless, v- neck, ivory lace fishtail dress with a trailing train at the back and an illusion back with appliques and tiny buttons all the way up. I got my dress from ‘Elite Bridal’ in Castleford, after trying a few bridal shops I felt like all the dresses I had tried were so over priced and I didn’t want to spend a small fortune on it especially when the ones I had tried I knew wasn’t what I felt my best in. They have tons of amazing dresses there to choose from.”
Bride, Marie teamed her wedding day look with a dreamy pair of blue Charlotte Mills shoes, a spritz of Chanel No.5 and a delicate fingertip veil with jewels, which added a touch of glamour to her elegant bridal look.
“One thing I was always certain from, from the start was that I always wanted blue shoes, so my hunt began, I looked for a good year to find them, I was a tad fussy as I wanted some I could wear again that look classic and not too ‘on trend’ so I would go off them. I finally dropped them into my basket on Charlotte mills website, I opted for their classic ‘April shoes’ but they do a version in blue, called April blue, and as we were due to marry in April I felt this was a nice touch, each of their shoes come with a little rhyme at the bottom and a sixpence encrusted into your shoe. They were super comfy on the day too.”
“For my perfume I chose a classic and had Chanel no.5 but their newest l’eau version it’s such a womanly fresh smell, it isn’t one I would wear everyday but I wanted something that when I smelt it again all my memories of our day would come flooding back to me.
I wore a fingertip veils with little jewel. Droplets on, my head piece was a headband with jewels and pearls And all our flowers were blush, ivory based we chose dusty millar, peonies, Rosie’s and little pink and white berries.”
The Bride’s beautiful face was made up by the talented Jo Clayton Makeup Artist whilst Marie’s hair was put in an elegant up-do with soft curls framing her face, with thanks to Hayley Legg Hair Stylists.
To marry with the ‘vintage glam theme, Marie selected the prettiest maids’ dresses for her favourite ladies.
“I bought my bridesmaid dresses from oasis they were a dusty blush pink with lace and the top and pleats to the bottom, my sister wore a sparkly number with sequins on in a minky colour from ASOS as I wanted her to be slightly different as she was maid of honour.”
Please, just how pretty do these ladies look?!
The groom, Ashley opted for something slightly different to the usual coloured suit, and we have to say that he was looking oh-so dapper. His mid blue suit paired pretty with the pink hues in the day, whilst his tweed waistcoat added to the vintage elements of the day.
“Ash didn’t want the generic, navy/grey/black suit so instead he opted for a mid blue/denim toned suit from next and him and his grooms men, best men all wore the same, as he wanted to originally wear a full tweed suit, he bought a tweed waistcoat in mid brown instead.
We ordered Dickie bows from online which matched perfectly to the bridesmaid colour of dress and they all wore brown shoes. We weren’t fussed on everything completely matching as it looked more natural and we wanted people to be comfy. Our son, Nathan wore the same coloured suit with a Dickie bow and brown shoes and our daughter, Ruby wore an ivory lace dress with a Jewelled belt and tiara with little silver sparkly heels.”
The couple opted to have their wedding ceremony at St Wilfred’s Church in York as it held a special place in Marie’s heart. Her gorgeous mum walked her down the aisle with the beautiful maids’ following.
“My sister Jo was amazing and without her a lot wouldn’t have happened she was always there to research things and help. The more important things to us about the wedding was the church as that is where my mother and my grandmother and granddad married. As a child I attended st Wilfrids primary school, we held our nativity’s at Christmas here so it was very sentimental.
We broke some traditions, my mother walked me down the aisle as I don’t have contact with my father, my eldest brother also did me the most wonderful ‘father of the bride’ speech. Our children were on the top table with us as they are part of us and have always been there and that’s what we wanted. However we did do it the very English way and when I walked down the aisle with mum, I had the bridesmaids follow which was fab for photos”
Marie and Ash opted for The Principal York to host their evening reception, with thanks to it’s natural elegance, beautiful interiors and the most impressive staircase. Not only this, but Marie commented on how friendly the staff were and the high quality of food. Being avid foodies themselves, this was something not to be missed in their celebrations!
“The principal York is situated right next to York train station in York city centre, it is the most fabulous wedding venue, me and ash had our heart set on a few different places in and around York but when we visited them they didn’t give us that special feeling, (it’s almost like when you try on that perfect dress you just know, in the pit of your stomach)
It really is a hidden gem as the gardens are huge but from the outside you don’t realise how much space there really is. We were shown into the room where we would have our wedding breakfast and we both looked at each other and smiled, we knew this was it.”
The newlyweds arrived in style to their venue in a pearl grey Bentley Mulliner courtesy of Superior Motor Cars, which apparently had the most beautiful sky blue leather decor inside. Marie and Ashley commented on how wonderful Chris and his wife, Nikki were and how they went above and beyond to make their day so special.
The theme that the couple opted for, ‘Vintage Glam’ naturally went with their venue however, they really made it their own by hiring Laura of Ambience Venue Styling to bring their styling visions to life. Their florist, Patricia May Florist also stuck to the memo with a combination of blush, ivory and dusty pink Peonies, Roses and White Berries. Sublime!
“We always thought We wanted a vintage style wedding with full tweed suits with rustic vibes and Gypsihillia in my hair, but then when we actually got engaged the more We looked at decor we realised it wasn’t for us. I really have always loved the colour Blush and seen as though I am a magpie when it comes to anything shiny I think the trend of rose gold/ copper is fabulous, so very quickly we recognised this as been more ‘vintage glam’.”
“We went with Ambience to decorate our venue which I cannot recommend enough, we opted for the Chivari chairs in gold brush effect and grey chiffon sashes with rose gold sequin runners and floral votives and candles on the tables.
We also decorated the venue ourselves as there was a fairly big sized book shelf just to the left as you walked in, so on there I bought some copper letter initials from next and some candles and holders to bulk out. We also had photos of our grandparents who weren’t with us and some were from their wedding day.”
Stationery was by Andrea Magson, who Marie stumbled upon on Facebook. Andrea has a degree in graphic design and drawing.
“The thing that made our day so special was having all our friends and family who we love around us, it was their presence that made the atmosphere so loving and beautiful. We had the most amazing photographer JoanneB who captured all these special moments and memories that we can look back on forever, from getting ready in the morning, to the church and throughout the wedding breakfast, into the evening, Jo went above and beyond to help in every single way she could that day, she is more than just a “wedding photographer” she is a star and now a friend for life.”
We asked if there would be anything that the couple would do differently, in reflection on their precious day. One of which, we hear a lot of so, Bride-to-be’s take note!
“So Ashley’s Response to this was ‘not to pay for evening food, as no one touches it!’ In a true Yorkshire man manner, I would say only half our guests ate that night as it was only a few hours since the wedding breakfast. Mine would be to have had a Videographer alongside as on reflection it would have been nice to watch back in years to come and to capture some things in action, I did have some friends record speeches which was brilliant as I have got these forever to look back on.”
Finally, Marie and Ash gave us their top three tips for planning their wedding, of which, we couldn’t agree more with. Remember, wedding planning can be stressful so take a step back, and realise why you are doing it all and don’t loose touch of each other…
“Firstly, plan your wedding together as a couple and get your wedding party involved they are more than happy to help and once you start getting to your last 6 months delegate jobs out, this helps to ease stress and offload.
Secondly, smile and enjoy your day, I was told this from a good friend months before my wedding when my stress levels had reached a high, something will go wrong or not what you had imagined but run with it as you only get this one chance, you have put all the hard work in now enjoy it!
Thirdly, make sure you on your wedding day you make time for yourselves and together whether it be five, ten minutes go off talk, hug or just to reflect, it can get very overwhelming when you see how much people care and love you. Make the time to take it all in.”
As we close up on this lovely and simply sublime wedding, we would just like to say a little thank you to the couple, Marie and Ashley for letting us share your very special wedding day. We’ve honestly loved reading about the pretty goings on at The Principal and from the suppliers that helped turn your vision into a reality. From The Wedding Affair, we would like to wish you a wonderful future, and a healthy and happy marriage.
Also, a thank you to Jo of JoanneB Photography for sending us over this dreamy wedding. You captured the day perfectly and it’s so warming to hear such wonderful words about yourself! For a full story of the day, we have a gallery of all the images below, along with full vendor credits.
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The Team Behind The Talent
Ceremony Venue: St Wilfred’s Church Reception Venue: The Principal York Cake: Carol Owen Cake Maker Photography: JoanneB Photography Engagement & Wedding Rings: Diamond Dealer Direct Birmingham Wedding Dress: Elite Bridal Castleford Grooms Suit: Next Bridesmaids: Asos/Oasis Makeup: Jo Clayton Makeup Artist Hair: Holly Shackleton/ Hayley Legg Hair Stylists Shoes: Charlotte Mills Perfume: Chanel No.5 Venue Styling & Decor: Ambience Venue Styling York Florist: Patricia May Florist Stationery: Andrea Magson DJ: Club Class Entertainment Wedding Car: Superior Motor Cars