A picture perfect summer wedding in Yorkshire
03 Jan 2022
Katie Taylor and Richard Cross' wedding was the perfect day in the Yorkshire Dales
How did you meet?
It was a chance meeting at a party in London in August 2014 that was being hosted by one of my university friends. Rich’s flatmate had been invited and he decided to tag along. We connected straight away and although living at other ends of the country, kept in touch and soon started a long distance relationship, taking it in turns to get the train to visit each other in Leeds and London at weekends. We have lovely memories of the early days of our relationship going for walks in Yorkshire, visiting new restaurants and pubs and exploring the parks in London.
After a year of dating, Rich moved up to Leeds.
Tell us about the proposal.
Rich had planned to propose outside on one of our favourite woodland walks in Devizes when visiting his family one weekend. However heavy rain was forecast and the evening before when the two of us were having a drink in a quiet corner of The White Bear Inn, Rich decided he couldn’t wait and popped the question there and then! I was completely surprised and so excited, and my ring was perfect.
We went out for a celebratory lunch with his family the next day then visited my family for further celebrations on the way home. Rich had asked my dad’s permission to propose during a family holiday earlier in the year, which I was really pleased about.
How was your wedding affected by Covid-19?
We had originally booked our wedding for August 2020 but made the decision to postpone in May 2020 due to the uncertainty around Covid-19. Our venue and suppliers were so flexible and understanding and within a few days of deciding to postpone we had the new date booked, so although upsetting, it wasn’t too stressful. We feel very lucky that we could have our wedding with no restrictions in August 2021.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
We love animals, especially cats, and would have loved for our two gorgeous tabby cats, Thomas and Molly, to be at our wedding. However, we knew they wouldn’t have enjoyed that and it would have been very stressful. Rich suggested naming all our tables after all the cats (and one dog) in our family so they could be ‘with’ us on our special day. We had photos of all the family pets on the tables.
It was a summer wedding and our colours were navy, pink and cream.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
We chose The Devonshire Fell in Burnsall, North Yorkshire because of its location in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. The views from the venue are absolutely stunning and all our guests commented on the beauty of the surroundings. We loved the cosy décor inside the venue and that the ceremony room let in lots of light with the countryside backdrop behind us. The venue and its accommodation was exclusively ours for the day.
How did you know you’d found ‘the’ dress?
I had a lovely Sunday morning with my mum and two best friends trying on dresses at a local bridal shop in Farsley. I wasn’t sure what sort of dress I might like, so tried on a range of different dresses and fell in love with the second dress I put on, which was a sweetheart gown by Justin Alexander. I absolutely loved the lace detail on the neckline, back of the dress and train. I knew it was the dress when I just didn’t want to take it off and knew I didn’t need to look at any other dresses.
Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?
The bridesmaids were my two best friends and my two cousins. They wore navy sequin sleeveless maxi dresses from Quiz.
What did the mother of the bride wear?
My mum wore a floral peplum dress from Phase Eight, with a contrasting red bolero jacket from Hobbs with matching red shoes, bag and hat.
Where did you find the suits?
The suits were from Slater Menswear and were navy blue with a checked tweed waistcoat and matching tie.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
We chose fresh flowers in tones of pale pink, white and cream, and these included roses, astrantia, gypsophila and mixed eucalyptus foliage. Our flowers were organised by Poppyfields Florist in Gargrave, from which we regularly buy flowers and knew they would be beautiful. Much to our excitement, our venue also had a flower swing, which was perfect for photos and our guests really enjoyed this.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
I am vegan and Rich is vegetarian and it was really important to us to have a fully vegan/vegetarian wedding. We met with the head chef at the venue to discuss our ideas and had a delicious tasting. Our vegan wedding breakfast menu included a tofu, beansprout and water chestnut spring roll with satay sauce, butternut squash and sage wellington, and sticky toffee pudding with ice cream.
For the evening food, we had vegan hot dogs and fries. We had vegan bon-bon sweets in pastel colours for wedding favours, which as well as being delicious, matched our colour theme. We organised the sweets ourselves into organza bags decorated in hearts.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
I had felt really calm and relaxed all morning while getting ready, but suddenly felt so nervous just before walking down the aisle. As soon as I walked into the ceremony room I felt so happy and excited to see Rich and all our guests. As we were walking, my dad had to whisper to me to slow down. I had been worrying about crying coming down the aisle but couldn’t stop smiling. Throughout the ceremony Rich and I both kept welling up and when saying our vows.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
We kept our ceremony quite relaxed with candle lanterns and rose trees decorating the aisle and flowers on the window ledges. The weather was perfect so after the ceremony we enjoyed Pimm's and canapés outside in the gardens overlooking the amazing views of the village and countryside.
What was your most memorable moment?
Rich: My most memorable moment was when I first saw Katie walking down the aisle. She looked so beautiful in her dress and I was so excited to marry her. It was the happiest moment of my life.
Katie: I loved going down to the river and bridge in Burnsall for photographs. Passersby who were walking, cycling or driving past all waved and said congratulations to us, which was so lovely.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
The most challenging aspect of planning our wedding was not knowing if it could go ahead as we wanted it to due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We only had confirmation two months before that we could have our day with no restrictions and even then we were worried they might be put in place again.
What was the most important investment for you?
The most important investments for us were our venue and photographer. Being from Yorkshire and loving the outdoors, it was really important to us to have a venue in the beautiful countryside. We also wanted a venue that offered different packages to choose from and had accommodation on site for our guests.
We also spent a lot of time researching photographers as capturing the memories of our special day was really important to us. We really liked our photographer, Gemma Suckley, as soon as we met her and her style of photography was just what we were looking for. We absolutely love our wedding photos.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
Our first dance song was How Long Will I Love You by Jon Boden, which is from one of our favourite films, About Time. We really like the lyrics and the part of the film during which this song plays is of a couple travelling around London together, which reminds us of the early days of our relationship.
Did you have any evening entertainment?
We had a DJ in the evening, and it was lovely that everyone was able to dance again after the restrictions of Covid-19. We invited guests to nominate songs for the playlist to ensure a good variety.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
Our cake was vegan and made by The Greenhouse Bakery and Kitchen, a local vegan cafe and bakery. It was two layers of Victoria sponge and red velvet, decorated with flowers and a ‘Just Married’ sign. It was delicious.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
Not to worry so much about the small details. Although detail and making your wedding personal to you is important, I had kept changing my mind about decoration for the ceremony and when I walked down the aisle I didn't notice any of it because I was so excited to be getting married. It’s also important to savour every single moment as your day really does go by in a flash.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went on a mini-moon to the Lake District a few days after the wedding and were so lucky as it was glorious sunshine the whole time we were there. We went to the Brimstone Hotel and Spa in Ambleside to relax followed by a couple of days glamping in Grasmere, where we did some hiking and enjoyed exploring the area. We ended our trip at the Lodore Falls Spa in Keswick, which had a heated outdoor swimming pool with beautiful views of Derwentwater.
We are going to The Maldives in March 2022, which we are really excited about.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
We’d really recommend having an engagement shoot with your photographer if they offer one because as well as having some beautiful photos, it helped us get used to having our photo taken so we were comfortable and not nervous about it on the day.
We would also recommend organising your venue and ceremony early as dates and times book up quickly. We were actually offered ceremony times we preferred when we had to postpone our wedding.
Steal their style:
Photography: Gemma Suckley Photography
Venue & catering: The Devonshire Fell
Dress: Confetti and Lace
Shoes: Rainbow Club
Hair: Chloe at Masters of Craft
Make-up: Lisa Hammond
Suit: Slater Menswear
Flowers: Poppyfields Florist
Cake: The Greenhouse Bakery and Kitchen
DJ: Hi-Life Entertainment
Favours: Vegan All Sorts