Real Wedding: Kirsty & David

Real Wedding: Kirsty & David

Kristy & David wanted a day to remember with good food, great drinks and entertainment for all to enjoy. Beautiful blues set the tone for this industrial vibes wedding set in a Grade II listed renovated Engine Shed. 

The Engagement 

David completely surprised me when he proposed. We had been together for seven months which isn’t long but we both knew that this was it and we had found our “one”. He proposed on a random Monday night. He had offered to take me out for dinner that night but I’d been feeling rubbish all day so opted to stay in and cook instead. My Dad had been helping do some work on the house so we expected my parents to pop round to finish some bits off. I saw my Mum walking up the road so I went to put the kettle on. As I stood in the kitchen I expected my parents to pop round the corner but instead there stood Mag’s, David’s Mum. Taken aback I said “What are you doing here?” as I came out of the kitchen I got the shock of my life. David went down on one knee and in front of both of our parents asked me to marry him. It was the best surprise of my life. After letting it sink in for a week we talked about the wedding and agreed we both wanted a summer wedding. We had a choice of planning it in 9 months for May or waiting until the following year as all the dates for 2017 summer had been booked. So we went for it and had a 9 month engagement.

Real Wedding: Kirsty & David

The Wedding

In the beginning, we both wanted different things for our wedding day. I wanted small and intimate whereas David wanted something bigger. We discussed it at length and in the end, we both agreed that family was the most important part of the day so we went with something bigger so we were able to invite everyone who we wanted to share the day.The most important part of the day for both of us was the church ceremony. Seeing David at the end of the aisle is one of the most amazing feelings I have ever had and the ceremony was truly special.

We didn’t particularly have a theme for the wedding. During the planning, the most important thing to us was that people left having had good food, great drinks and an amazing time. After all, that’s what a wedding is about.

We wanted to try to make the day as personal as possible. We did this, to begin with by choosing a unique venue, The Engine Shed. We then added touches like personalised tissues and confetti at the church, we asked both parents and my Grandmother to choose a hymn and reading for the ceremony and included this in the order of service. At the reception, we included a memorial table to include the loved ones who are no longer with us. We created our own centrepieces and each guest had a chocolate name place setting and a little note thanking them for sharing our first meal as Mr and Mrs, as well as a Just Married wine charm. One of the options for the main meal was steak pie which had our initials written in pastry! In the evening we made our own “Sweet Street” with Ferris wheels and candy jars filled with our favourite sweets and a popcorn machine, completed with personalised sweet bags. If we could describe our wedding in three words it would be personal, fun and food!

Venue & Ceremony

We married in the beautiful church of St John’s the Baptist in Knaresborough. Marrying in this church was important to me as all the women in my family to date married here. Not only did this make it special but we had the most amazing Reverend, Garry Hinchcliffe. His humour and sincerity made the ceremony both enjoyable and meaningful. We then went to The Engine Shed where we received outstanding service from all the team from choosing the venue and they truly outdid themselves on the day. The uniqueness of the venue and the amazing staff made this one of the best venues we could have possibly chosen. We were also able to completely personalise the venue as much as we wanted to without many restrictions as you find with some venues.


Real Wedding: Kirsty & David Real Wedding: Kirsty & David

The Dress

I purchased my dress from the Bridal House. I chose here as it was the shop my Mum bought her wedding dress from 30 years ago and it was a lovely surprise to walk in and it be the same woman who owned it then. I tried on six dresses but I knew when I put my chosen dress on it was the one for me. This was made certain when I turned to look at my Mum who was crying, which set me off! It was a beautiful A-line champagne coloured dress named Robyn by Ronald Joyce with lace and detailing throughout the dress.

Real Wedding: Kirsty & David


I don’t overly wear accessories on a normal day so wanted to keep it simple on my wedding day. I wore a veil and a detailed headband. I kept jewellery to a minimum with a delicate pair of rose gold earrings gifted to me by David and a rose gold bracelet”borrowed” from my Mum. I wore a pair of gold Jimmy Choo shoes also gifted to me from my nanny family.

Real Wedding: Kirsty & David


For my hair, I used my usual hairdresser, Helen Baxter at Kelly Teggins, who worked with me to find the style that suited me and would last me throughout the day. She also styled the bridal party.

For my makeup, I used Kate at Sugafixx Makeup. She did an amazing job on the day with myself and bridal party. We had a trial and on the day she adjusted my makeup to how I liked it.

Real Wedding: Kirsty & David


We chose the groom and groomsmen outfits from Greenwoods in Harrogate. David had a firm idea of the style he wanted and chose navy blue tails with silver waistcoats and pocket squares. David’s parents gifted David with an individual waistcoat so he stood out from the groomsmen and so he could also keep as a memento of the day.

Real Wedding: Kirsty & David


I chose bridesmaids dresses from ASOS in a navy blue to fit in with the blue colour scheme. I chose these as they suited different body shapes and styles.

Real Wedding: Kirsty & David


We had flowers in the church and we then used the bouquets to make the top table centrepieces. We went for a mixture of roses and spring flowers and opted out of using any greenery.  We used Passion 4 flowers and was quite relaxed on which flowers we used and went with what was in season. We used the pedestal and alter flowers in the venue after the church.

Real Wedding: Kirsty & David


Our cake was lovingly made by a family friend, Chuli Panditaratne. Her cakes are so delicious and she excels at making gluten free cakes which were important to us as we had several GF guests and we didn’t want them to miss out! The cake itself was four tiers and consisted of chocolate cake and fruit cake with traditional white icing and floral detail. We incorporated the blue ribbon and detailing from our invitations around the cake also.

Real Wedding: Kirsty & David


We agreed from the beginning of planning we wanted a sit down meal but not the traditional “roast dinner” that is common with a wedding breakfast. We used Friends4Dinner to create a bespoke menu for our day. Our aim was to have filling and tasty food which reflected what we enjoy to eat. Our highlights were the Yorkshire sharing antipasti to start and it was something so different but so yummy. Also, the K & D’s we had in pastry on top of our Steak and Yorkshire ale pie. It was also important for us to try and keep everything as local as possible. For the evening food we choose a selection of cries as we are both Indian food lovers and an Indian is where we had our first proper date.

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Our wedding cars were provided by KS Wedding Cars. We chose three classic cars, two of which were blue to fit in with our colour scheme. We chose these as they are the company that provided the wedding cars for my parents’ wedding.

Real Wedding: Kirsty & David


We chose to have a pocket fold invite with several inserts which included a rsvp card and envelope, menu, order of the day and our honeymoon wish poem. We chose these so our guests could have as much information as possible for the day. We went for a simple ivory shimmer card with a royal blue ribbon with a delicate crystal and pearl embellishment. The invites had little decals in the corner which we incorporated into the rest of the stationery used for the wedding.

Real Wedding: Kirsty & David


Guests were greeted at the drinks reception with an acoustic guitarist, Pablo, playing a variety of genres. We also had Ivor the caricaturist who sat and drew at the reception and went among the tables during dinner as we had the wedding breakfast. In the evening we had a live band named Cassino. They were absolutely fantastic and the guests loved dancing and singing along. In between sets and to finish the night we had Alex Cann who DJ’d for us and kept the dance floor busy.

Real Wedding: Kirsty & David


Our photographs were taken by family friends, Carl and Linda Syres from Red Lime Studios. They did an absolutely amazing job and we couldn’t be happier with how the photos turned out. They spent time with us before the big day finding out what we wanted from our photos and on the day we went to Knaresborough Castle to have some photos with the stunning scenery.

Real Wedding: Kirsty & David

Special Mention

We used Zoe at Treasured Occasions to dress the venue. From the first meeting with her to the day after the wedding she gave us so much help and guidance that we can’t thank her enough.

She suggested some of the little touches that made the venue extra special such as the Pimp My Prossecco stand, the Wishing Tree and our remembrance table.She provided us with the chair covers and a set up service in which we provided all of our centre pieces and other items such as the remembrance table and she set them up for us on the day. This took a massive weight off of our shoulders. Couldn’t recommend her enough.

Real Wedding: Kirsty & David

Cherished Memories

For David: the moment Kristy turned onto the aisle and I saw her in her dress will stay with me forever!

For Kirsty: There were so many things that made our day memorable and whilst my favourite part was the ceremony, the surprise of the girls I nanny for writing and performing a song dedicated to me – and set to my favourite childhood Disney song – is one of the kindest things anyone has ever done for me and is one of the most memorable parts of my day.

Real Wedding: Kirsty & David

Bride To Bride

You only get one day and it goes by so quickly! You can’t please everybody so choose the things that you want for the day. Not everything will go perfectly so remember not to worry about it if its out of your control. Try to take five minutes with each other after the ceremony as all your guests will want your time and attention and it can be hard to speak to each other.

Real Wedding: Kirsty & David



Ceremony: St John’s the Baptist  Reception: The Engine Shed
Dress Shop:  Bridal House  Dress Designer: Ronald Joyce
Hair: Kelly Teggins  Makeup: Sugafixx Makeup
Bridesmaids: ASOS  Grooms Suit: Greenwoods
Flowers: Passion 4 Flowers  Food: Friends4Dinner
Transport: KS Wedding Cars Stationery: Enid Taylor Ltd
Entertainment: Alive Network  Decor: Treasured Occasions

Photography: Red Lime Studios


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