The Priory Cottages Wedding
Testimonial Harriet & Mike
The Priory Cottages Wedding, Harrogate wedding Photography
“We cannot thank you and Matthew enough for everything. You really make a wonderful team. You made Mike and I feel comfortable in our awkwardness towards lots of photos being taken 🙂 The photos are amazing”
You can see photos from Harriet & Mike’s wedding on our blog here; Harriet & Mike
You can also see this lovely wedding featured on Brides Up North here
The Priory Cottages Wedding Harrogate wedding Photography
HARRIET SAYS: We got engaged on 17th July 2015, at the breakfast table on our balcony. Mike made a lovely cooked breakfast and shortly afterwards he brought me a red velvet cupcake that said ‘Marry Me’ on it. To my great surprise, I turned to him and he was already on one knee. Later that evening we travelled to India to explore the Himalayas. What a way to start our journey!
We got married on 5th August 2017.
It was one of the only dates available at the stunning Priory Cottages where we held our reception – a very popular place! Without question we would recommend the venue; it’s simply stunning if you enjoy being in the countryside. Serena and her team were very accommodating. We also reserved all the cottages for our families, which was convenient for us.
Our ceremony took place at All Saints Church in Kirk Deighton. We chose this venue because it is a beautiful church and close to my family home. I also have fond memories of the church because my eldest sister got married there in 2012. I must give a special mention to the wonderful choir that joined us at the ceremony – Collavoce from Harrogate.
My dress was from a shop in York called Bridal Rogue Gallery – a full-length, white lace dress from the designer Pronovias. I chose it because I liked the fit, the lace detail and the slightly lower back. It was a very statement wedding dress for me, which I wouldn’t have normally gone for. I went into the shop thinking I would choose a completely different kind of dress but instead I fell in love with that one.
My bridal makeup was done by Laura Wilkinson. She was very friendly, professional and reasonably priced. She wasn’t pushy in any way and gave advice as to what best suited my complexion. I would recommend her to anyone.
Mike wore a tailor-made suit from Reiss. Anybody who knows Mike wouldn’t expect him to shop anywhere else. The groomsmen also wore Reiss suits.
My bridesmaids wore a blush-coloured, multi-way dress from the designer Kelsey Rose.
for the wedding transport, I travelled in Vintage Rolls Royce Silver Wraith, hired from Cupid Carriages. They were a great company to work with and made everything very easy. They were fantastic on the day.
Our photographer was Bethany Clarke. I would recommend her as she was easy to work with and a generally lovely lady. Mike and I wanted the more natural approach with fewer formal photos on our wedding day. Bethany was discreet when taking many natural photos on the day, which is exactly what we wanted. Thank you Bethany! We’d also like to give a special mention to Matthew, who was also fabulous.
Our florist was Wendy from Paperwhite Flowers. My bouquet comprised a mixture of flowers including gypsophila, small garden roses, peach and white stocks, white veronica, romantic pepita and foliage to create a hand-picked look. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were the same but smaller.
For the cake, we chose a naked creation made by Mary at Quite Contrary Cakes based in Tadcaster. We had four tiers of different-flavoured sponges: vanilla with raspberry conserve, zesty lemon with lemon curd, rich coffee and an orange sponge with marmalade.
For the entertainment, we arranged a funk and soul band for the evening reception called Funk Soul Lovers. They were fantastic and had everyone up and dancing all night. You really can’t beat old-school music in my eyes.