Real wedding: Kara and David’s wonderfully festive wedding
Meet…Mrs Kara Kelly. Having met David almost 12 years ago, the couple tied the knot at Monk Fryston Hall, near Leeds, a couple of days before Christmas, 2013. As if Christmas trees and beautiful fur wraps weren’t festive enough, a surprise gift of a sleigh pulled by real reindeer was the icing on the cake!
Running her own wedding stationery business online, Kara knew the internet and social media were the places to find the most unique ideas and suppliers. So, just a year before the big day, the process began on creating their own romantic festive wedding.
Kara tells me how the couple made their wedding different… “Our florist and cake maker were local ladies in Selby, but the other items which we couldn’t do ourselves we found on Facebook. As I have my own business on Facebook, I know you can find some great people – and we did.
“The theme of our wedding was anything Christmassy or sparkly! Our favours for the ladies were personalised Christmas tree decoration robins – we stamped wooden tags with our names and wedding date on and tied them to the robins so they could hang them from their own trees in future. My grandma made the table centre pieces which were Christmas wreaths with a large pillar candle in. We bought some reindeer decorations which we tied a bow around and wrote our guests’ names on a holly leaf for the place names.
“At the ends of the aisles, we had some candles with a Santa list written on golden ribbon draped down the stands. The list had the names of all of our guests on!
“My mum booked us a sleigh with real reindeer as a surprise – it made my day! The weather was wet and windy, but it held off for ten minutes so we could have a ride around in the sleigh, just perfect. Santa even came along in the evening to give presents to the children.
“Our shoes were really different from the norm, too. We both wear Timberland boots and have done for more than 11 years. We thought it was only fitting we brought Timberlands into the wedding. So, I bought some knee high, white Timberland boots with a fur trim which were perfect! David and our best man, my nine-year-old brother, also had Timberland boots.”
Kara’s advice to brides nervous of stepping away from the norm? “Do what you want; stray away from the norm, if that is what you want. Don’t think you have to have your wedding a certain way. We got what we liked and what we wanted. If you see it and like it, get it. Then worry about what you will use it for later. We didn’t even get ‘proper’ bridesmaid dresses; we got dresses from Quiz on the high street. Mum also got hers in Monsoon as she didn’t want a typical mother of the bride dress. Don’t think you have to have things because they are for ‘weddings’, get it because you like it.”
Introduce us to your favourite wedding supplier…
Kara said: “I would love to recommend my chair cover people, Flawless Weddings based in Pontefract (www.flawlessweddingsuk.org), as their work really was stunning.”
Check out Kara’s own business creating unique personalised stationery and invitations, Kara’s Designs, at www.karasdesigns.com