I thee Wed – A Midsummer Nights Dream…
We introduce to you a stunning wedding from Katie and Leo and our friends at Papakata.
All images courtesy of Cris Matthews Photography
Firstly, where and when did you get married?
Got married on 23rd July, 2011, in the Yorkshire Dales at St Wilfrid’s Church Burnsall followed by a reception in PapaKåta tipi’s at Knowles Lodge, Appletreewick.
What made you decide on your venue?
We wanted to get married in the Yorkshire Dales because it’s where I grew up and I love it there, it’s so beautiful and both Leo and I love the place- Burnsall is one of my favourite places in the world, so we had the church service there. We had originally been looking for a barn or somewhere rustic and country- we then thought about having it in a field, but decided we didn’t want to end up wearing wellies if the weather was bad as we still wanted a bit of elegance to the day- so we decided we would go for a sort of woodland magical wedding and so once we found Knowles Lodge which has views over the river and set next to a woodland we knew it was perfect- we wanted a tipi reception because we both wanted a boho feeling wedding and they look so great with the trees behind them so they suited us down to the ground- marquees didn’t really do it for us, so when we found the PapaKåta tipis they were just right- we loved the chill out area and the fires as well so it all seemed right.
What was it like choosing your dress and had you always had your heart set on that style?
Choosing the dress was so hard! I didn’t want anything too traditional or structured or formal. I wanted to wear something pretty and elegant and yet still quite boho -I wanted to feel special but also myself and comfortable- I loved lots of dresses but they were all so so expensive, I really wanted lace if possible but again it’s so expensive- I then found this dress on ‘sell my wedding dress.com’ – a woman who ran a bridal shop was selling off a sample dress, so it had never been worn but was half the price, it was a Temperley dress, the honeysuckle style and usually it’s a fortune- as soon as I tried it on I knew it was the right dress- the lace was beautiful and it had little delicate sequins on it- you couldn’t really see them, so it wasn’t bling, but it sparkled in the sun when they caught the light- it was beautiful.
Talk us through the theme and decor of the wedding
I think I said above what we wanted- we wanted magical woodland feeling. Another bride came to look at the venue the day before our wedding- we had just finished setting up and she said ‘ it feels like midsummer nights dream here’- i was so chuffed because that’s exactly what we wanted- we had a chill out tent and had all the fairy lights in the tipi’s. We also had two fires in there that made it so cosy- we decorated the poles with trailing ivy which really worked in the tipi’s and we had loads of tall candles on each table which looked incredible in the dark. it looked magical.
Anything quirky and creative we should know about your wedding?
We had fortune cookies on each table place and stuffed lottery tickets in them so all the 120 guests had a lottery ticket- then later in the evening in the middle of the dances we announced the numbers- no one won millions, but a few people won £70-100. The guests loved it…
Also after dinner we had a cocktail hour, before we started dancing, we had the bar in the chill out area so people could chill round the fire or go outside with their cocktails- all our guests said it was their favourite part of the night- it was so worth doing- it really kicked off the evening from day to night. The PapaKåta fires in the tipis are such a great idea because people who don’t want to dance can just sit and chill out by the fire.
We also found a local girl at appletreewick folk festival who played the ukelele to sing in church and our first dance- i think she was the hit of the evening= she was incredible- she was only £100 and she blew everyone away- we later found out she had sung at the royal wedding as she is Ellie Goulding’s backing singer but we had no idea- she sang acoustic versions of Eve Cassdidy’s songbird, Dusty Springfield’s I only want to be with you, and the Wanadees you and me in the church and then for our first dance she did a version of somewhere over the rainbow that mixes into wonderful world- it was incredible!