Real Wedding: An Informal Spring Wedding with a Seasonal Colour Scheme
The couple had a unique guest book, glorious light up decorations and homemade wedding signs that delighted all that saw them.
Fergus and Adam wore great rustic wedding suits, in complementing tweed materials, perfect for their April wedding date.
Photographer | Colin Murdoch Studio
How they met and the proposal
Fergus and Adam met online in February 2014, and spent a week texting and chatting on FaceTime before meeting for dinner at Fergus' house.<br /><br />"There was certainly an instant connection when we were chatting and it was definitely love at first sight when we met," says Adam. "Fergus said it was his cooking the won me over!"<br /><br />"I never really went home after that first meeting, I moved in permanently after a month," he continues.<br /><br />"In the run up to Christmas 2014 we went to Edinburgh for a mooch around the Christmas markets," Adam shares.<br /><br />"We went out for dinner in the heart of the new town. Whilst sitting with a bottle of fizz Fergus proposed out of the blue and I can vividly remember saying ‘Did you just ask me to marry you?’ It was ‘the’ moment according to Fergus and after a few seconds to actually register what had just been said, I said yes!"
Adam and Fergus held their wedding at <a href="https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/east-riddlesden-hall" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">East Riddlesden Hall</a> in Yorkshire.<br /><br />"We wanted a local venue that offered lots of personality," says Adam. "We wanted somewhere where we could make our own decisions about how it looked, and what we could do; a blank canvas so to speak."<br /><br />"We were aware of East Riddlesden Hall and visited it on a cold and wet afternoon and sneaked into the Airedale Barn for a look around whilst another wedding was being set up, we both knew immediately that it was perfect."
The wedding theme
Adam and Fergus decided against a colour scheme, instead choosing decorations to reflect the season and be subtle and natural. <br /><br />"Our inspiration was spring, natural tones and informality," shares Adam.<br /><br />"We wanted it to be more of a party with a purpose, rather than the formality of the wedding dominating the day."
Unique and informal ceremony elements
"I used three pallets as a rustic themed timetable for the guests so they knew what was happening when. It was very basic but I think they worked well and many of the guests commented on them," explains Adam.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/fun-wedding-signs-for-your-big-day/22076.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Fun wedding signs for your big day</a><br /><br />The unique wedding sign set the tone for the day; "It was simple but tasteful; Every aspect of the day reflected our intent to create an environment in which people could relax, laugh, socialise, catch-up and allow their friendship and love to contribute to our day."<br /><br />"We chose not to have a top table, and we decided to circulate amongst our guests during the afternoon tea. In the seating plan we left one empty chair on each table for us to join the conversations."<br /><br />"We also didn’t want to have our backs to our guests during the ceremony, therefore we arranged with the registrar for all of us to face our guests, which created a real intimacy in the barn and guests sat in a semi-circle around us."
The table decorations
"The tables were kept simple," explains Adam.<br /><br />"Our florist <a href="http://emmaweddingsandevents.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Emma Ridgway</a> decorated them with a range of flowers using vintage tea caddies and vases to complement the vintage crockery for the afternoon tea."<br /><br /> "We had Verbena & Clary Sage candles from <a href="http://www.themeltco.com%20" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Melt</a> for all tables, which filled the room with their magnificent aroma. The candles were chosen as I brought Fergus one on our first date, so the fragrance is very special to us."<br /><br />"We had a bit of a beard theme for the day, and included a little beard logo on our table numbers."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/wedding-table-decorations-and-centre-pieces-25-interesting-ways-to-dress-up-your-tables/22128.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Wedding table decorations and centre pieces: 25 interesting ways to dress up your tables</a><br /><br />
The floral decorations
"Our flowers were done by a local florist called <a href="http://www.emmaweddingsandevents.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Emma Ridgeway of Emma Wedding and Events</a>," says Adam.<br /><br />"She devised a scheme of natural spring flowers, rustic and wild with style. The colour scheme included lots of greens, whites, shades of purple, pops of yellow, willow, and lots of foliage."
"Rather than a wedding comments book, we had luggage labels, stamped them on one side and our guests were invited to write messages to us on the other and tie them on an illuminated blossom tree in the barn," explains Adam.<br /><br />"We had some lovely messages and some of them will be framed and displayed in our house."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/stationery/10-of-the-best-unusual-wedding-guestbook-ideas/20708.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 10 of the best unusual wedding guestbook ideas</a>
Wedding fairy lights
Adam and Fergus hung fairy lights about the barn creating a cosy and warm feel.<br /><br />"We had 20 willow balls with fairy lights, and nine giant paper lanterns hanging from the beams in the barn ceiling to help draw the eye of our guests up," says Adam.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/venues/best-wedding-lighting-inspiration-on-pinterest/20421.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Lovely wedding lighting inspiration</a>
The couple also had five foot MR & MR prop lights with carnival bulbs at the back of the stage to bring a wow element to the subtlety of the barn’s decoration theme.
The wedding attire
"The theme for the day was informal I always had a look in my head and this was shared by Fergus," explains Adam.<br /><br />"Whilst Fergus is Scottish, he decided not to wear a kilt, which was a surprise to many. Whilst he’s proud of his Scottish roots, he wanted to feel comfortable and relaxed on the day and felt that wearing a kilt wasn’t right for the look and feel we wanted for the day."<br /><br />"We both wanted to wear tweed jackets and after many trips to Harrogate and Leeds found the perfect Abraham Moon & Co Yorkshire tweed jackets designed by Holland Esquire at <a href="http://www.moons.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Moon’s shop</a> at the Courtyard just outside the Yorkshire town of Settle." <br /><br />"Fergus chose a green large windowpane check with matching waistcoat, whilst I went for a brown large windowpane check with matching waistcoat."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/grooms/charming-rustic-wedding-suits-for-the-groom/22386.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Charming Rustic Wedding Suits for the Groom</a>
The naked wedding cake
As well as their beautiful naked cake, created by caterer <a href="http://eatme-drinkme.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Eat Me, Drink Me</a>, Fergus and Adam also served up a selection of other sweet treats including macarons, brownies, and scones with jam and cream.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/cakes/lovely-naked-wedding-cakes-for-your-big-day/22192.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Amazing naked wedding cakes</a> <br /><br />
Advice for other couples
"Keep calm, be nice and plan, plan, plan," suggests Adam.<br /> <br />"Whilst everything appeared like it was running like clock work on the day I know there were a few hiccups along the way but our guests didn’t notice and I trusted the venue to sort it out so I just got on with enjoying the day and the dancing!"<br /><br />"If you’re having outside caterers, make sure they have a dedicated manager for the whole day until the food service is complete."