We relied on a bunch of awesome suppliers to make sure that the whole wedding ran smoothly, and we’d reccommend any one of these guys in a heartbeat.

Monday, 15th May 2017

First of all, we hired a 1947 ‘Albion’ vintage bus from Yesteryear Coaches to get the bridal party to Harrogate (just about) on time. Zoe’s dad offered to hire a fancy car for them to travel in together, but they’re both pretty glad they went on the party bus instead.

We had the actual ceremony at Bilton House, Harrogate’s registry office. You can see the playlist for the ceremony here:

And we had readings from all our sisters:

A selection of readings from the Harry Potter books by J.K.Rowling
Read by Amy Perkins

From Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:
“It is our choices,that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

From Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:
“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

From Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:
“It is impossible to manufacture or imitate love.”

From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
“Then she was kissing him as she had never kissed him before…and it was blissful oblivion, better than firewhisky; she was the only real thing in the world.”

“I’ll stay with you…until the very end”

“After all this time?” “always”

Readings from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Read by Mildred Pickurn-Perkins

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

And

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered. “Yes, Piglet?”

“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”

“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?” asked Piglet.

“Even longer,” Pooh answered. “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”

Let Me Put It This Way by Simon Armitage
Read by Becca Tordoff

Let me put it this way:

if you came to lay

your sleeping head

against my arm or sleeve,

and if my arm went dead,

or if I had to take my leave

at midnight, I should rather

cleave it from the joint or seam

than make a scene

or bring you round.

There,

how does that sound?

Then we had a small drinks reception hosted at our favourite Harrogate bar, Major Tom’s Social. Photos from the journey, the ceremony and the drinks reception were taken by Mark Newton.

We ended the night with dinner at Jamie’s Italian, a night at The White Hart Hotel (where Zoe definitely didn’t con a random guest out of a bottle of champagne) and, of course, scandi-style brunch at Baltzersen’s in the morning.

Saturday, 20th May 2017

The do on Saturday was the real wedding party.

First of all, the gorgeous marquee was set up a few day in advance by Marston Moor Marquees.

The food was all absolutely amazing, and our street-food setup went down a storm. The full menu can be found in the Wedding Guidebook, but the suppliers were:

Thanks too, go to a HailBails for keeping us dancing all night; to JC Photobooth for getting the funniest set of photobooth pictures I’ve ever seen [You can see the full album here, and to the awesome Dot + Scolly for stepping in at the last moment to photograph the ‘do. You can see all the wedding photos here.

Also thanks again to our parents + our various best people, people of honour, maids, men and everyone else who helped make the whole thing amazing.

Particular thanks to Andy’s Maid of Honour Laura for designing our gorgeous wedding logo, and to Zoe’s Best Man Teejay for putting together the most well-organised hen do in the history of hen do’s.

And finally, thanks especially to Zoe’s mum, Mama Perkins, for crafting everything from the table runners and centrepieces to the buttonholes, bouquets and giant tissue paper pom poms, the rings, the dress and organising a performance by Zoe’s sister Millie that had everyone in tears [It was ABBA’s Slipping Through my Fingers- the one the mum in Mama Mia sings right before the wedding]. We’re pretty sure she’s not for hire, but she did a stand up job, and the wedding wouldn’t have been half as beautiful without her.

These guys were all brilliant to work with and they all went above and beyond to make the day absolutely perfect. Basically, 10/10 would recommend hitting up any of these guys if you want to add some extra awesome to your next wedding or party.