A colourful spring wedding in York: James & Cheryl Tanner

28 Jun 2016

Spring had well and truly sprung for this lilac and yellow themed wedding in York

How did you meet?

We met on a night out with friends.


Tell us about the proposal.

James proposed to me in York on Valentine's Day 2014, at Jamie's Italian Restaurant; I had no idea and apparently he had set it up with the manager and waiters/waitresses. We had a specific table upstairs (window seat) and he proposed when the dessert came out and got down on one knee. Everyone cheered, including staff and other people dining, and we got a free bottle of champagne to celebrate.



What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

Our theme was rustic/vintage and our colour scheme was lilac, lemon and champagne.


When did you know that you'd found 'the' dress?

I had my dress made and designed with Andrea Bambridge, York. We designed my perfect dress together.



Where did you find your suits?

James, my brother (who gave me away) and the James's dad wore Taylor & Wright suits.


Tell us about your flower arrangements.

My bridal bouquet was made up of lemon, lilac and cream roses, with white heather at the back of the bouquet tied with burlap wrap, lace and pearls. The bridesmaid and flower girl bouquets were cream roses tied with burlap wrap, lace and pearls. I had loose balls attached to each candelabra on the tables to reflect my bouquet. I also had a few mason jars on tables, consisitng of peonies, freesia and roses. I had a register table display and a pedestal reflecting my bouquet too - all flowers were provided by Ello Flower, York.



Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

Favours were Betty's Tearooms macaroons. We did not have a photo booth, but provided some fun selfie sticks for guests to take pictures of themselves.


How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I felt emotional as soon as I started to walk down the aisle. I had a Scottish piper pipe me in with 'The Skye Boat Song', so everyone was very emotional! It was also one the happiest days of my life.



What was your most memorable moment?

James greeting me/kissing my forehead as I arrived to him at the alter and his reaction to seeing me.



What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Making sure all the smaller details were prepared, such as menus and name cards.


What was the most important investment for you?

We travelled around Scotland for our honeymoon; my husband is a quarter Scottish and it was an important investment as we wanted to travel to Edinburgh, Inverness, Isle of Skye and Gretna Green.


What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

City and Colour - 'Northern Wind'. We had a live band who actually learned the song for us which was beautiful, our band was AudioKicks. We chose this song because it is a very special song to us; my husband played it all the time when we first started to date five years ago.



Tell us about your wedding cake.

Our wedding cake was a Betty's Tearooms cake. It was a three tier lace and pearls wedding cake: the bottom was fruit, the middle was vanilla sponge and the top layer was chocolate.




Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

My advice to every bride would be to be organise early on and to keep a diary of what you're planning.



Steal their style:
Photography: Ryan Forster, www.ryanforster.com
Venue: Merchant Taylor's Hall, www.merchant-taylors-york.org
Band: AudioKicks, www.audiokicks.co.uk
Catering: Poppy Caterers, www.poppymarquees.co.uk
Flowers: Ello Flower, www.elloflower.com
Dress: Andrea Bambridge, www.andreabambridge.co.uk
Hair: Blake & Butler Hair Salon, www.hairsalonyork.co.uk
Suits: Taylor & Wright
Cake & desserts: Betty's Tearooms, www.bettys.co.uk
Confetti: The Confetti Cone Company, www.confetti-cones.co.uk

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Sophia 28 June 2016
Yuck, awful colour scheme, how garish.
Matthew 29 June 2016
We had the privilege of attending this wedding and it can only be described as absolutely stunning, Cheryl and James are both such wonderful people and their wedding matched their personalities. Cheryl had clearly thought of every single detail to make her guests day enjoyable- the whole day was filled with thoughtful special touches. The Spring colour scheme (as the photos wonderfully show!) worked beautifully with the brides vintage theme. This is how weddings should be done xx
David 29 June 2016
I have to disagree the colours are not garish however I don't like the rustic theme or the dress. But I have an opinion.


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