Today we’re looking back at the summer wedding of Verity and Gregg Lewis. From the intimate surroundings of Hebden Bridge Town Hall, the wedding breakfast at The Maypole, to the relaxed festival-style reception held in a field on Verity’s parents’ farm, it truly was a day to cherish and celebrate. Take it away, Verity…
(All images by Phil Smithies)
The wedding dress was found online and arrived the day before the wedding! I had a back-up dress if it didn’t arrive, but found out that it was coming from China. Obviously we’ve all seen the pictures and heard the horror stories, but it was perfect, well made, but just a little big due to me stressing about it not coming! I had 2 pairs of shoes: the first pair were another online find, they are ballroom dancing shoes which I spotted on eBay. My second pair I’ve had for years, they were red Mary Janes with a cut-out heart detail.
My fascinator and garter were bespoke, made by Lorna at Shine Accessories. I can’t recommend her enough. We had such a great time figuring out what I wanted. I also wore a vintage brooch, given to me as my ‘something old’ by my lovely friend, Bev.
Gregg’s blue 3-piece suit was from Next and his shoes were tan coloured Paul Smiths that cost more than my dress!
The bridesmaids dresses were bought online from my favourite dress shop, LindyBop. The style is called ‘Audrey’ and it’s a style that suits any shape. I have a few in different colours and the quality is great! My best friend Hazel wore red heels and the 3 girls wore red Converse trainers.
The button bouquets and the buttonholes were all made by Hazel at Tiger Lily in Sowerby Bridge, who is such an amazingly skilled lady. Myself and bridesmaids all had matching red rosebud earrings, also handmade by Hazel. We wore red leather bracelets by Pandora.
I had always said no to flowers as I already had button bouquets, but we needed something to fill the centrepieces, which were red and white spotted teapots. We chose giant white hydrangeas for each teapot. We also had two large planters by the doorway to the teepees filled with red and white hydrangeas.
We had some beautiful thank you flowers for the mums. These were all from Bev at A Little Bit of Eden in Sowerby Bridge. Her unusual funky displays and arrangements really stand out. You can tell by looking at a bunch of flowers that they’ve come from Bev. I’m really honoured that she happens to be a good friend of mine too.
Gregg also arranged my ‘morning of the wedding’ flowers to come from A Little Bit of Eden. They were a giant bunch of dark red roses.We hired Sylvia the VW campervan to get the bridesmaids to the wedding.
As guests waited in the Town Hall we had string versions of The Smiths and Beatles songs, which was reflected in the confetti holders. We got some old sheet music of Beatles and The Smiths and made a cones filled with confetti. They looked great, when I’m a guest I love little details like that.
I walked in to ‘Something’, which is one of my favourite Beatles songs. We signed the register with ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green playing in the background and when we walked out together it was to ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I do)’ by Frank Wilson.
The wedding breakfast was at The Maypole in Warley. We chose The Maypole as it’s a lovely country pub with great food and lovely staff. Chris really looked after us and took the time to meet with us and discuss the menu (which was a scaled down version of the pub menu).
I dropped a box off with candles and all the favours (little bottles of homemade fruit liquor, with name tags for place settings), gave them my table plan and everything was sorted when we walked in on the day. We took over their dining room and had 50 guests for lunch.
Afterwards we moved on again to my mum and dad’s farm in Soyland. The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company, based in Luddenden Foot transported guests from The Town Hall, to The Maypole then up the country lanes in Soyland.
We had the 1949 Guy Arab, she’s a cream single decker with red wheel trims.
We had three teepees set up for our evening party. They were hired from Papakata, near York. Their customer service was impeccable. The set-up and dismantling team were so professional, they were a joy to work with!
When we arrived at the teepees our friend Wil was playing the keyboard, accompanied by Thom and Harriet. I’m really glad we asked them to play, it was lovely having a drink and a chat with live music playing.
Music plays a big part of our lives and we chose every song that was played. The band in the evening were Gregg’s band, The Surge. They’re like family and we wouldn’t have asked for anyone else. Usually a Motown and Funk covers band, they learned our first dance song, ‘All You Need is Love’ by the Beatles specially, and it was brilliant – I hope they enjoyed it as much as we did. Thanks to Chris Smith, our drummer friend who stepped in to play, because without him I would have had to dance the first dance on my own!
The bar was provided by Bar Francisca based in Sowerby Bridge. Aiden and team have a mobile bar made from reclaimed pallets that they put together in the teepees. Aiden was a joy to work with, even when I was emailing him late the night before! They were happy to use our vintage champagne saucers and pour our own champagne and proscecco during speeches, which a few other suppliers wouldn’t do. Aiden put together a cocktail and drinks menu featuring our names, and even made a wooden sign with our names and the date on it. It hung on the bar and now it’s treasured in our dining room. Bar Francisca would be my first port of call for future dos, without hesitation, I can’t praise them enough!
The cake was designed by Andrea & Sarah Mellor who own Deli Belge in Sowerby Bridge. We talked to Andrea about the artisan cheeses we wanted and she sourced, arranged and delivered. It was amazing with cascading fruit and biscuits.
The ice cream cart was The Wheely Nice Ice Cream Company from Hebden Bridge. Not only did they have more toppings and flavours than you can shake a stick at, they came with a vintage tricycle, complete with parasol decked with fairy lights.
For more images from Verity and Gregg’s wedding click on the gallery below:
Shout-outs have to go to my make-up artist, Daniella Booth. She was fab at doing the victory rolls and the make-up was great. It lasted all day without touch-ups. Jen from Diffydolls did all the invites and the signage at the wedding. She had been recommended by a mutual friend. She makes amazing cards with a dry wit and sarcastic humour. I love her. Also, my brother James and his girlfriend did lots of running about. They stayed in the teepee the night before for security and they fetched and carried things from the house as the teepees were two fields away.
I absolutely loved planning all of this, with a little help from Gregg. Everyone has said what a good time they had, and I’m genuinely gutted it’s over. But we have some great pictures and all the memories and funny stories that go with it. We’ve both been so lucky to do everything without strict budget thanks to our parents.
Thank you Verity and Gregg for sharing your day with us
Photographer: Phil Smithies
Bride’s Fascinator and Garter: Shine Accessories, Brighouse
Earrings and Button Bouquet: Tiger Lily, Hebden Bridge
Bridesmaid dresses: Lindy Bop
Ceremony Venue: The Council Chambers, Hebden Bridge Town Hall
Reception Venue: Wedding breakfast at The Maypole, Warley and later at Verity’s parents farm in Soyland.
Tipis: Hired from PapaKata, Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorks.
Wedding Cake: Deli Belge, Sowerby Bridge
Stationery: Diffydolls, Halifax
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