Today we tell the story of Jo and Nick and their global romance. Picture an exotic (and eventful!) Indian proposal and a beautiful Wyresdale Park wedding – planned all the way from sunny Dubai. We can’t wait to share it with you!
Put a Ring on it!
Nick popped the question on an isolated beach in Kerrela, India. Does anyone else have proposal-envy?!
Nick was apparently ready to pop the question on several occasions throughout the day. However, during their romantic walks along the coast, a local gentleman, unaware of Nick’s intentions, befriended the couple and they all ended up spending the afternoon eating local Indian cuisine and collecting coconuts. After another missed proposal opportunity, they later returned to the beach and Nick took the plunge and asked Jo if she’d “come along for the ride?” She said yes, however she does tell us that she’s still yet to hear the words, “will you marry me?!”
Their Wyresdale Park Wedding Vision
As they started planning their Wyresdale Park wedding from across the pond in sunny Dubai, a little bundle of baby-boy-joy arrived – Arthur. Despite being brand new parents, they took it all in their stride and continued to plan their perfect day.
They decided to say ‘ I Do’ at St Peter’s Church and to hold their reception at Wyresdale Park – both in rural Scorton, Lancashire. Jo and Nick actually picked Wyresdale Park before it officially became a wedding venue. At the time they viewed it, there were sheep living in what is now the bar! However, with a little vision and creativity, Jo and Nick could see its potential. They particularly loved it’s rustic vibe and the fact that it was a blank canvas that they could make their own.Being huge fans of the outdoors, they also loved the glamping aspect of the venue, which meant that their friends could stay on site after the celebrations, at little expense with no need for taxis!
Wedding Dresses and Suits!
Jo’s wedding dress was from Blush Brides and Grooms in Poulton. Super efficient Jo bought the second dress she tried on. She knew she wanted a bit of lace and this stunning gown made her feel “amazing!” We particularly love that Jo’s dress was a gift from her Nana (pass the tissues!). Grandparents are great aren’t they?
Nick’s 3-piece suit was tailor-made in Dubai. He certainly looked dapper.
Hair and Make-Up
Amy Carter took care of Jo’s elegant and timeless hair and make-up. Jo opted for soft and dewy make-up, which enhanced her flawless complexion and bright blue eyes.
All Things Floral
One of How to I Do‘s featured florists, Gemma from Bluebells and Daisies, designed and supplied all things verdant. The couple wanted their flowers to complement the light and airy space of the barn and enhance it’s rustic features. Gemma certainly excelled. She created a hanging ceiling statement, draping staircase decor and stylish centrepieces bursting with white blooms, foliage and a splash of peach.
Food, Drink, Fun & Games
Wyresdale Park’s own catering service, the Apple Store Cafe, provided the wedding party with top notch nosh. In the words of the happy bride: “the food was incredible, it’s the thing most guests are still talking about.” They were all treated to a selection of canapés on the lawn including Mini Yorkshire puddings, bruschetta and salmon. For the wedding breakfast, starters were a selection of crudités and homemade hummus and dips. The main affair was pulled slow-roasted lamb, summer roasted vegetables, roast potatoes, coleslaw and a delicious homemade cheese pie. We love that the food was placed in the centre of each table so guests could enjoy a relaxed, help yourself supper. Dessert was then a large bowl of Eton mess for each table. Is anyone else all of a sudden very hungry?!
Jordy’s Pizza kept everyone fed in the evening with their wood-fired pizzas. The couple tells us that they smelt and tasted a-maz-ing!
Jo and Nick opted for a cheese cake with a tipple of port rather than a traditional wedding cake. Big thumbs up from us!
The sun shone all day for this beautiful Wyresdale Park wedding, which allowed guests to stock up on their vitamin D and joie de vivre. Jo tells us that the sunshine really was the icing on the cake as guests could enjoy the lawn games, chill out and soak up some rays on the hay bales.
Popular wedding band The Deadbeats entertained guests all day. From acoustic sets on the lawn, to DJ-ing and live music into the early hours, they certainly got the party started and kept guests dancing into the early hours.
We just LOVE how many of our wonderful wedding suppliers were involved in this magical Wyresdale Park Wedding. The super-talented and creative photography duo Matt and Sabina from Rustic Lovebirds captured these beautiful and emotive photographs. Fun and artistic Manchester documentary wedding videographer Matthew Grainger provided a lifetime of memories in video form so the couple can reminisce any time they please.
Special Parts and Wise Words…
Jo tells us her brother sadly, and happily, couldn’t make the wedding due to the arrival of his first baby boy (their first nephew!). However he had prepared a short speech that Jo’s Dad read out. This was a really special touch for the newlyweds.
On a far lighter note, the couple also add that the local chickens gate-crashed the wedding speeches and almost (almost!) stole the show!
Advice for Couples Planning a Wedding…
Planning a wedding from a different country was a challenge for Jo and Nick, although they still enjoyed it and found it doable. They tell us they put a lot of trust in UK family members to keep an eye on things. Sounds sensible to us!
Their advice is not to be too last minute. Also, try to have someone in charge of your guestbook. At their wedding everyone was so busy enjoying themselves that it was hardly touched. The happy consequence of guests having too much fun!
A special thank you to the happy couple for allowing us to share their beautiful Wyresdale Park wedding! Cheers!
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