WEDDING AT KIRKSTALL ABBEY – HELEN AND RICHARD

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As described by the bride Helen, this Kirkstall Abbey and Tee-Pee wedding over at Wharfedale Grange was “pinterest come alive” 🙂

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Even though Helen had put a lot of effort into all the details for this wedding, she was a remarkably relaxed bride sitting in her chair at the luxurious Rudding Park Hotel getting her glamorous make-over and watching her fairytale come to life in a leisurely fashion. Could she be the most beautiful girl in the world?

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Instead of a little red corvette the girls hopped on to one of their double decker buses along with the father of the bride. The guys in the mean time were finishing preparations at the abbey. Giant balloons were inflated, popcorn was handed out, bubbly was being poured and a ukelele band playing random covers pretty much set the scene for this quirky wedding, clearly a sign o’ the times 🙂

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The bride arrived and took the long walk down the aisle enjoying the breeze on a beautiful sunny day whilst Richard stood patiently at the front holding their son Leo. Opting for a humanist ceremony, the couple literally tied the knot in traditional fashion and the rings were blessed by all before sealing the deal with a kiss.

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After the ceremony, everyone decided to go uptown to Wharfedale Grange, for afternoon tea with traditional sandwiches, Pimms and scones with jam and cream. Rather than diamonds and pearls Helen’s choice of decorations fitted in nicely with the tee-pee and farm location. There were vintage tea sets, hay bales to sit on and fun party games from 1999like guess who, jenga and connect 4.

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The best man was a bit delirious and almost lost his head about doing his speech, and was obviously a bit nervous but in the end must have thought let’s go crazy and did a good job keeping everyone entertained keeping it personal and fun. The hugging photo below shows a real I feel for you moment.

(has anyone figured out what we’re doing yet?)

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The rest of the day was really chilled out with the guests and kids taking full advantage of the surroundings and summer evening vibes. We adore these types of moments where everyone is having fun, paddling in mud pools, and er… wearing David Bowie masks?

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These guys chose purple rain for their first dance which was really sweet as Richard proposed at a Prince concert. Helen’s dad and his band then set-up and played a few classics to get the party going. After a few drinks, cigars and with lots of dancing to Grease megamix it turns out Richard is quite the partyman.

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If this blog seems like we’ve lost the plot there’s a good explanation for it, have you ever tried putting Prince song titles in a romantic wedding blog? 😛
Never doing this again, this madness was just for you Richard and Helen!

Keep an eye on our wedding gallery for more pictures from this wedding and others 🙂

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