The best thing to hold onto in life is each other

Lee Garland has such a talent when it comes to his photography. Not only is he creative and original but he gets such a great rapport with his brides and grooms that the results are always amazing. And this super stylish wedding of Stephanie and Aaron is no exception – here Stephanie tells us all about it;

“We married at Natural Retreats and fell in love the moment we arrived, the breathtaking views, luxury lodges and the fact that we were able to put our own stamp on our wedding, which was particularly important to us. The venue was relaxed, rustic and we had the freedom to create the wedding we wanted.


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Natural Retreats
Richmond, North Yorkshire
The Bridal Collection, Harrogate
Leafy Couture
Godminister - Cheese Wedding Cake
Lee Garland

"It was important to me that the dress was relaxed, had movement and I would be able to dance all night!"

We wanted our wedding to be a little different, and most of all have good food and be fun!  We were lucky to have friends help us decorate the dining room the day before, cut out a world map outline for the table plan and create the most beautiful, digital geometric print stationery for us. We had a unicorn piñata and a disco ball in the dance room, a vintage photo booth and a pizza van in the evening. The bridal car was an old vintage beetle, with a soft top – which certainly allowed us to make an entrance!  The bridesmaids travelled in a vintage VW campervan. We also had light up S&A letters, which I loved! I wore the Sassi Holford, Lindsay dress. I wanted a bold vintage lace dress with a beautiful back and a bit of a trail and this dress really ticked the boxes.  It was important to me that the dress was relaxed, had movement and I would be able to dance all night! Aaron wore a Made to Measure suit, from Doherty Evans and Stott, a tailors in Manchester.
The bridesmaids wore different dresses, with the majority being embellished. My little sister who is 6 fell in love with an ivory full skirted dress, with a pink sash… she didn’t really want to consider any other dress as soon as she had tried that on and fell in love with the ‘big skirt’.

"Take time to appreciate all your hard work, step back and see the people you love all in one place having fun and celebrating with you!”

Food and drink was of particular importance to us! The caterers we used for the wedding breakfast were very flexible and allowed us to create our perfect menu.  The canapes were flowing during the drinks reception with mini sausage and mash, mini grilled cheese and truffle sandwiches, Manchester egg and bean quesadillas. The wedding breakfast was a posh prawn cocktail starter, carve at your table roast beef with LOTS of Yorkshire puddings and the dessert was a trio of our favourite desserts; lemon posset, sticky toffee pudding and salted caramel brownies. The evening food was wood fired pizza.  The caterers set up a pizza van and gazebo outside and created several gorgeous pizzas for 3 hours, allowing guests to refuel during the dancing!  They also provided the BBQ the next day, down by the lodges.

Our bar company did a Mr and Mrs cocktail for us – The Mr cocktail being a whiskey sour and the Mrs cocktail being an espresso martini. There were lots of sore heads the following morning! We had personalised Blackpool sticks of rock for our favours (Aaron is from Blackpool).

We had the most amazing band, called The Wandering Hands, who entertained our guests during the drinks reception and over dinner.  Everyone said how amazing and fun they were. We also had a piñata, filed with sweets and glitter.

We had a vintage photo booth, which was really great printing black and white images, with some amazing props. Then, we had lawn games during the reception (giant jenga, connect four and croquet) and then human hungry hippos for the Sunday, which was hilarious!

Remember it’s your day, and although you will feel the need to please everyone, make sure you do what is right for you! It’s a happy and fun occasion, so don’t sweat the small stuff!  Take time to appreciate all your hard work, step back and see the people you love all in one place having fun and celebrating with you!”


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