Grace and Danny’s wedding took place at the awesome Camp Katur – The ultimate festival glamping site, full of Tipis in Yorkshire. The lovely Shelly of Toast Of Leeds sent this over and I fell in love with it straight away!
We met at a house party when I was 16, we had never met and Danny stole my seat when I went to the toilet and when I came back we pretended to everyone that we had known each other for years and I sat on his knee – we had a cheeky kiss upstairs whilst his best friend hid in the wardrobe… and he gave me a fiver for my taxi home – good first impression!! After that night we didn’t see each other for a couple of months and then kept bumping into each other at the pub, we were both seeing other people at the time so it was a bit awkward but we eventually started texting. Then on Valentine’s day (cringe) I had just become officially single and was sat in the loo of the local pub pissed and feeling sorry for myself and rang him asking whether he was going to come and see me… he played it cool and said he was at a house party so probably wouldn’t make it so I drowned my sorrows with a few more diesels at the bar, 20 minutes later he walked in and asked me if I was coming to his – so I did!
Our wedding was in a beautiful glamping field with four huge Papakata tents filled with fairy lights which represented our love of the outdoors and festivals. We made all of our own decorations, bunting out of left over (handmade) invites, wooden spoons etc and Dannys Mum filled the tents with huge wicker hearts that she created by soaking wood in the bath. My step Mum did the flowers which were all wild and colourful with a Sunflower on every table to symbolise my Mum who passed away a few years ago. We wanted everyone to feel as casual and comfortable as possible so we refused to make seating plans and didn’t have a ‘top table’, the food was a gorgeous help yourself style BBQ and then bacon butties in the evening. As a couple we are really laid back and wanted to spread that mentality to our guests – just good music, good food and lots of laughs!
There was a huge tree in the middle of the field which myself and the bridesmaids tried to decorate the day before – on paper as a plan it seemed like a good idea until we realised the tree was bloody huge and we had no ladders! It ended up looking good but equally random – more like a ‘trunk’ decoration than a whole tree. The invites took me months to make – when I say me I mean myself, about five members of staff and a class of GCSE textile students (I work in a high school) but when I finally got them sent out (approx.. 3 weeks before the wedding) I was really pleased with the result. Two of my great friends at work then helped me weave the left over ones (which was about 100 as I had completely miss counted?) into bunting!
I have a poem on my back that was read out at my Mums funeral which is really important to me so I wanted that to be on show. The dress I ended up with was the complete opposite to what I had imagined but the tattoo was always a deciding factor from the beginning. To be fair my other tats should have been safely hidden but looking back as the day went on there seemed to be more and more of me with my dress hoisted up with my wellies on show – revealing some of my leg tattoos at the same time.
Our tips for those planning their wedding: Give yourself enough time! I am disorganised on a good day so planning and creating an idea for a wedding was pretty difficult but if you start well in advance it is so nice to be able to look back on it and look at what you managed to achieve! Spend good money on the photographer and the music – it is definitely worth the investment. Brides – don’t bother having wedding ties put on your dress for when you want to dance… at that stage in the night when you’re in an outside toilet with no lights on they are pretty hard to find!!!
How awesome is Grace and Danny’s wedding? Thank you to them both and to Toast Of Leeds for sharing with Marry Me Ink today! Be sure to leave them some love!