A whimsical fairy tale wedding in Yorkshire

12 Jul 2022

Laurabeth Bailey and Daniel Fitzakerley’s wedding day was filled bright colours, Disney décor and lots of personal touches 

How did you meet?  

We came across each other on a dating site. Danny messaged me and for our first date, he took me to an Indian restaurant in our town.  

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Tell us about the proposal. 

We went away for the weekend to Harrogate. Danny had been acting a little odd towards the run up so I had an inkling there may be a proposal. He said he was going out to “buy a toolbox” when he was at the jewellers instead. It was so obvious what he was planning as he came back after two hours with no tool box. 

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How was your wedding affected by Covid-19?  

Luckily, we didn’t have to reschedule our wedding like a lot of others. If anything, the pandemic helped us to get a discount as no one was booking weddings at that time. 

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

We had a fairy tale, whimsical wedding theme. Each table had a Disney storybook with props and décor associated with the films. We also had a stunning Cinderella-style carriage in our venue.  

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What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?  

We chose the Rockingham Arms in Wentworth, and the wedding was held in the barn area of the venue. It is a lovely place with a lot of character and loads of history which completely fitted with our theme. 

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How did you know you’d found ‘the’ dress? 

I went shopping with a completely open mind. I always thought I wanted a slim fitting dress with lace sleeves. When I tried this style on, I wasn’t so keen. I ended up trying on numerous dresses in completely different styles.

I went back to the bridal store and tried on a backless, A-line dress by Tina Valerdi and felt so amazing straight away. There were a few tears when I found this dress. I was a typical bride and went through phases of doubting my decision but on my day, I knew I had made the right choice. I got a lot of compliments throughout the wedding day.  

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Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?  

I had my niece Mia and two friends Emily and Gayle. They wore a sage green ‘Maya’ dress from Next with sequin detail. I also had three flower girls which were our daughters: baby Polly, and Priya and Penelope, who wore Monsoon dresses in blush.  

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What did the mother of the bride wear?  

The mother of the bride wore a cream embroidered dress from Chi Chi London. The detailing was beautiful.

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Where did you find your suits?  

The groom and groomsmen wore ‘Ted’ suits by Marc Darcy with rust bow ties and tan shoes.  

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Did you hire a wedding planner?  

We didn't have a wedding planner, we basically did it all between ourselves. I arranged and purchased all of our centrepieces myself. I had a vision and once it was all together, it looked incredible. We had event dressers named Glamourpuss Weddings and we hired some of their items to dress the venue up.

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

We went for a bright colour scheme that was really eye-catching. Our friend is a florist and we worked together to create the most beautiful flowers.

We had keepsakes on our tables, like the Beauty and the Beast roses saying “thank you for being our guest” in a little bottle with a tag including our names, which our guests thought was a lovely touch.  

Our donut wall was also a hit, especially with the little ones. 

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?  

Walking down the aisle felt surreal, it still doesn’t feel real. I think I was in shock the whole time. My step-dad thought he wasn’t going to be part of the ceremony and was totally oblivious to my dad going to collect him beforehand so they could both walk me down the aisle. He was in complete shock and the photos of them both walking me together are so special.

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How did you make the ceremony personal to you? 

We spent a lot of time thinking of our wedding songs and all of the ways our family could participate. Our children had key roles which made it very personal to us. The music I had down the aisle was an instrumental medley of The Greatest Showman, which is a film I love.   

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What was your most memorable moment?  

When we were pronounced married. Danny lifted my arm up in the air and everyone cheered. It was so lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves and coming together as a family.  

Afterwards, we went for a drive alone in the car, just to take two minutes away and everyone was cheering and waving as we passed by. 

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?  

Trying not to worry about everything and second guessing all your choices. I overthought every single thing.  

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What was the most important investment for you?  

Our videographers and photographers – we knew we had to make these a priority as you are left with these memories forever. We had two photographers and two videographers and they were absolutely amazing. 

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

Is That Alright? by Lady Gaga from the film A Star is Born. The words are just completely fitting for us.  

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Did you have any evening entertainment?  

We had a DJ for the evening and everyone got up and danced. It was a great celebration and laugh. Later in the evening when it began getting dark, a small selection of our families went out for sparklers and photos which was lovely.  

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Tell us about your wedding cake.  

We had a three-tier cake with artificial floral flowers draping down each tier into a log base. The flavours were lemon, vanilla and a lotus biscoff. 

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If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?  

We would have spent more time alone together on the day as we were so busy mingling with guests, we didn’t really get time to take anything in together.  

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Where did you go on honeymoon?  

We went to Paphos two days after we got married. We had a great time together doing things like jet skiing and riding dirt buggies.  

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

Make sure you put yourselves first, it’s hard trying to please everyone. Make sure you get a bit of time together on the day just to reflect as it goes by so fast.  

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Steal their style: 
Photographers: Rosehip Wedding Photography
Ceremony venue: Wentworth Holy Trinity Church
Reception venue: Rockingham Arms
Dress: Be Envied Bridal
Suits: Marc Darcy
Videographers: Yorkshire Wedding Videography 
Hair: Hair By Craig Parkinson
Make up: Lesley-Ann Cherry Make-up Artist
Cake: Bee Bakery
Flowers: COCOfloristry
Transport: Candeo Wedding Cars
Décor: Pretty Posh Candy Carts (Cinderella carriage), Glamourpuss Weddings (event dressing) 

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