Cass and John are about as far removed from traditional as you could imagine. In fact take tradition, turn it on its head and then add a bucket load of imagination and then you have these two.
First of all, Cass dispensed with the usual bridesmaid affair, John wore his sneaks and jeans, and then they decided to walk each other down the aisle… before they got married! Beautiful.
The pair got hitched surrounded by their lovely family and charming friends at the gorgeous Danby Castle in North Yorkshire. Danby is a fantastic venue for brides who don’t want the usual boring trappings of a traditional wedding. After all, there’s not many venues that can play host to hay bales round the dancefloor, cockerels in the garden and a jury room! It is however, perfect for brides who love a vintage, bunting laden affair complete with castle ruins. I love it. It’s my kinda place.
And it made for the perfect backdrop for Cass and John’s nuptials. There were some beautiful little touches provided by both Cass and Carolyn (who is the lady in charge over at Danby), including tin cans wrapped in lace and stuffed full of pretty flowers, a vintage sweetie bar (yeah, so i had a few flying saucers and some strawberry jellies… what of it?) and napkins adorned with a sprig of lavender.
And then there were the unusual touches… like the fact that Cass and John named all their tables after their favourite packets of crisps! And all the games for guests to play stacked high on a wheelbarrow.
Cass looked stunning in her off the shoulder gown (normally she is a fan of the jeans) and brandishing a bouquet created by her new mum-in-law, went to the ceremony in an open topped red sports car. As a little surprise, we stopped off at a little bridge for a few photos on the way with Danby Castle in the background, before arriving in style in front of her guests.
The speeches were some of the funniest and most moving I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to and the BBQ was as tasty as it looked.
Congratulations to them both. And thanks for letting me be a part of your big day.
Big thanks also to the lovely folk at Danby Castle for looking after us.