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MEET cara AND christopher
Simplicity really was the order of the day, however, Harrogate was brought to a standstill on 16th April as one very beautiful bride and more than half a dozen resplendent Guardsmen attracted far more than their fair share of attention. It was the wedding of Cara & Chris, captured beautifully by Richard & Caroline Wynn Davies.
Richard told me that they split up in the morning. While he photographed the girls getting ready in The Old Swan, Caroline (at four foot eleven) had the task of keeping up with a group of rather tall Coldstream Guards – to be fair she’d been looking forward to it for ages, actually quite excited I believe! With a wedding service at Ripley church, this was always going to be special as Richard and Caroline had married there themselves. It was made even more special by a magnificent guard of honour, as Cara and Chris stepped out into the sunshine as a married couple.
Apparently, the quote of the morning goes to the couple of elderly ladies who were sitting in The Boar’s Head in Ripley when the boys walked in for a quick pre-church drink. They suddenly stopped chatting and one of them whispered to the other (well she thought it was a whisper) “gosh, it’s suddenly got very warm in here”…
I know my temperature has risen writing this blog! Enjoy… PS. Huge congratulations to you Cara and Christopher, a very handsome couple, we wish you lots of happiness over the forthcoming years as man and wife and thanks for sharing your wedding with our readers.
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Bride to be: Cara Dean (Bazley)
Bride to be: Cara Dean (Bazley)
Groom to be: Christopher Dean
Church: All Saints Church, Ripley
Wedding Reception: The Old Swan, Harrogate
Date: Thursday 16th April 2015
Cara, tell us a little bit about how you both met and how long you’ve been together. What made you fall in love?:-
Me and Christopher met 3 years ago through Match.com while he was away on exercise with the Army in Brunei and I was living in Central London. After a few emails we skyped, and our first conversation lasted over 3 hours. When Christopher returned home we went on our first date in London, which lasted 24 hours. It just clicked and we immediately became a couple!
How was the inevitable question popped, where and who by:-
Christopher popped the question on bended knee on the terrace at Bovey Castle in Cornwall.
What excited you about getting married and the planning process, what was the first thing you booked?:-
We first booked our venue, followed quickly by the church and photographers. We then had a few months off to decide how we wanted the day to look before moving on to booking other details and finding my dress. We wanted the day to mainly focus on me and Chris, and didn’t want to get too caught up in all the detail.
How did you plan your wedding, what parts of the wedding were more important to you and why:-
The most important thing for both of us were each other. Chris just wanted to see me happy and I just wanted to see Chris’ face as I walked up the aisle. We wanted to have plenty of time to enjoy the day, and our photographers were amazing at making sure we weren’t ever taken away from enjoying the party. I knew I wanted simple Classic elegance, and it was hugely important to Chris that he got to wear his Coldstream Guards uniform, and have a guard of honour outside the church.
Tell our readers about your wedding venue, where is it and why you chose it?
The Old Swan is a beautiful hotel in Harrogate that has a fabulous garden room, which is a Victorian conservatory. The room is beautiful and bright and can accommodate a large or small wedding. The staff are friendly and instantly put us at ease and made us feel like our wedding was the most important, even though they had 2 others that week.
Can you tell us about your Day, did you have a theme and what made it so special?
Our theme all centered around the spectacular guards uniforms. We wanted simple Classic elegance and neutral tones to set off the red of the uniforms.
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 dress is by Ian Stuart and I bought it from Fairytale Brides in Prestwich, near where my mother lives. I wanted something I looked elegant and beautiful in, and I wanted a dress that I could walk next to Chris in, so didn’t want anything too big. Our civilian groomsman suits came from Moss Bros and were chosen to blend in with the military uniforms. The bridemaid dresses were chosen to compliment my own dress, without looking too bridal.
If you had the chance to do it all again and you could change one thing, what would it be and why?:-
Relax and drink more champagne!
If you were to give other Brides and Grooms three top tips, what would they be and why?
Have a plan of how you want your day to go. My brain went the window on the wedding morning, so I forgot to do simple things like have a drink with my dad before the ceremony.
Choose details that will make you smile – and you alone! Don’t try to impress or please others. The day after you’ll only remember the lovely things that were important to you.
Wear comfortable footwear!!! You really don’t want your feet hurting after 10 minutes – I was in flats by the drinks reception!
Can you please list the suppliers you chose to help you plan your Big Day:-
Venue:- The Old Swan Harrogate
Photographer:- Richard Wynn-Davies
Bridal:- Fairytale Brides
Cake:- A Piece of Cake, Harrogate
T: 01757 228647 / 07762 132361
Thank you Richard and Caroline for sharing this wonderful wedding!
Caroline I don’t know how you coped with all those gorgeous men…
PS. Did you notice the change in uniform?
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