What’s not to love about this wedding?! There is so much creativity in the details from Emily and Mitch, and also from their guests who were asked to RSVP in an offbeat way – cue many nods to Back to the Future, yay! And have you seen the cake?? And the DIY brooch bouquet, not to mention the butterfly and peacock motifs. Just so much colour. I love how this wedding is genuinely unique, all their own, a total colour factory, and looks like an utter blast.
Mitch and Emily’s Story
We met back in 2009 at a USA themed house party. Mitch was dressed at Marty McFly from Back to the Future, and I was dressed as an American convict in an orange jumpsuit with handcuffs – we were then cuffed together by Kris, who went on to become our best man.
Mitch proposed by cooking a romantic meal and filling our dining room with candles, before getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him with a stunning sapphire ring – it was the most perfect surprise!
Our budget was £10,000, but we ended up spending just under £12k.
For our venue, we chose the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield. We chose the Sculpture Park as we went there on one of our first dates, we love the ever-changing artwork and the fact that we can return to the place we said our vows and relive the memories whenever we like.
We didn’t have a particular theme for our big day, but we knew we wanted bright colours to contrast against the white, neutral backdrop of the venue. We went with teal and orange as the main colours and then it evolved from there, really. We incorporated my love of butterflies and peacock feathers into our centrepieces, the buttonholes and my fascinator.
One of our favourite aspects of the whole wedding was asking our guests to RSVP in the most creative and unique ways possible, and our favourite would be awarded a prize. We received some fantastic efforts – a handmade wooden doorstop, a message in a bottle, hand sewn pillow cases, personalised helium balloons, and a mafia-style ransom note to name a few! These were all then displayed at the wedding before revealing our winning entry – a hand-drawn colouring book that documented highlights of our relationship so far. We loved it so much that we photocopied it and created a colouring book for each table, and left out pencil crayons for guests to colour in whilst eating their barbecue. We now have a collage of these up in our home.
I wore a Pronovias Fina dress that I had loved full price (£1,995), but I managed to find it in a sample sale for £595! I was over the moon! In my hair, I wore a custom-made butterfly fascinator, made for me by the lovely Sophie at Crown and Glory. She also created matching hairclips for the bridesmaids. The girls wore ‘Ocean’ coloured ‘twist and wrap’ knee-length dresses from BHS – inspired by the Two Birds bridesmaids dresses that I loved but were unfortunately too expensive for our budget. The BHS dresses were a fantastic alternative, though, and looked beautiful!
The men wore matching suits from Next – we bought jackets, waistcoats and trousers during the sale period, and so this was one of the best bargains of the wedding!
We had several DIY elements incorporated into the day – the favours (hand-sewn hearts, which were stuffed with lavender and personalised with guests’ names), our thumb print guest book, and the men’s buttonholes were all handmade by my husband’s talented sister. I handmade my brooch bouquet, which was made using brooches collected from all different time periods and corners of the world (brooches were sent from friends in countries as far away as Australia!) As well as this, I made the bridesmaids’ bouquets using silk flowers from Country Baskets in Leeds.
The only disaster was that I smashed our mirror table plan the day before the wedding! After a minor panic, I calmed down and quickly rustled up a new table plan using a birdcage notice board we have at home – none of our guests knew any different!
I walked down the aisle to Jose Gonzalez’s Heartbeats. It gives me goose bumps every time I hear it.
Our first dance was to Hall and Oates’s You Make My Dreams Come True. We didn’t want a slow shuffle first dance as that really isn’t our style – we love to dance and generally make fools of ourselves in the process!
Photography – Tux and Tales Photography
Bride – Pronovias dress; Crown and Glory fascinator
Bridesmaids – BHS
Groom and groomsmen – Next suits
Venue – Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Entertainment – DiscoWed