The beautiful wedding of Sara-Jade and Vince was set in the picturesque grounds of the Old Lodge in Malton, North Yorkshire. Patrick and Hollie from M and G Photographic were on hand to tell us all about their special day…
“On the edge of the historic market town of Malton, nestled in three acres of beautifully manicured gardens sits Old Lodge, a 17th century Tudor mansion and hidden gem that made the perfect wedding venue for the handmade wedding of school sweethearts Sara-Jade and Vince.
Tell us briefly how you both met as a couple…
Vince and I were set up by some friends back in 2008. I knew Vince from school but we had never really spoken before. It sounds ridiculously cheesy but it was definitely love at first sight. I knew from the minute I met Vince that he would be the man I married.
Tell us a little bit about the proposal…
We were in London celebrating my 21st birthday. We had just been to see Florence and The Machine at the o2 and when we got back to the hotel Vince popped the question. It was just the two of us and it was absolutely perfect. He made me the happiest girl in the world.
Who was your dress designer and boutique
My dress was a Maggie Sottero design called Deirdre. I got it from The Wedding Room in Scarborough. The dress was a long sleeved, boho inspired backless dress. It was ivory with a light gold lining giving it a very vintage feel. The sleeves were a beautiful lace. It was soft and flowing and perfect in every single way.
Could you give us a little detail about any of your accessories?
I didn’t wear any accessories other than a pearl Tiffany’s bracelet that Vince gave me as a wedding gift. It is beautiful and complimented my dress perfectly.
Who did your make-up and hair?
I did my own make up. I had a make up trial at Harvey Nichols in Leeds a few months before the wedding and bought all the products, mainly Charlotte Tilbury so I could do it myself. I used champagne colours and soft pink lips which fitted our theme perfectly. I felt 100% myself which was very important to me.
My hair was done by Goody’s of Malton. I had two hair trials prior to the big day. Having my hair right was very important to me and it was perfect on the day. I had it up, with lots of volume and it was pinned at the back. My mum, sister and Vinces step mum also had their hair done at Goody’s. It was lovely to spend that time together in the salon on the morning of the wedding.
What were your flowers like?
Our flowers were provided by The Topiary Tree Florist in Malton. We had roses and hydrangeas, with touches of “lambs lugs” and gypsophila. All of our favourite flowers. The roses were a soft latte colour and the hydrangeas were cream. They were hand tied and my mum has sown a little unicorn to the ribbon, to symbolis that I was spreading my wings. It was a lovely personal touch.
What did Vince wear?
Vince got married in military kit and then changed into a suit from Next for the evening. The suit was a golden colour and he paired it with navy accessories. It went with my dress perfectly.
Could you describe your ceremony and details?
Vince and I got married in the gardens on The Old Lodge. The weather was perfect, beautifully sunny and dry. All of our guests gathered around the “Forever Folly” which was where we said our vows. The folly was decorated with natural flowers and looked absolutely beautiful. My dad walked me down the aisle and I cried the whole way. My dad was amazing. It was a beautiful moment and one I will treasure forever. As soon as I saw Vince all my nerves melted away. He looked so handsome in his military uniform. I was so proud.
Did you have any specific readings?
We didn’t have any specific readings. The words that were set out by the registrar were perfect. We didn’t want to put ourselves under any unnecessary pressure when the words already written summed it up perfectly.
Did you have anyone in your bridal party?
My sister was my only bridesmaid. Leanne has been there for me throughout and I wouldn’t have had anybody else by my side. Leanne wore a sage green dress with pearl detailing at the top. My niece and nephew were by her side. Callum wore a navy suit with a bow tie which we had made in the same fabric as Leanne’s dress. Callum’s suit was from next. Elise-Mae wore a dress from Monsoon. She was only 10 months old at the time and fell asleep as Leanne was walking down the aisle!
Can you tell us about your reception venue
Our reception was also held at The Old Lodge. It was amazing in every single way. As the weather was perfect our guests were able to enjoy canapés and drinks in the sunshine. This made things really relaxed and everyone was able to mingle at ease. It was the perfect opportunity for people to explore the vast garden and also have the opportunity for some amazing photos. The outdoor swing in the trees was a massive hit for the younger guests. The Old Lodge was so welcoming and really gave us everything we needed, wanted and could ever have wished for. They went above and beyond to make our day perfect.
What were details and decor like? Were there any personal touches?
We wanted to keep memories alive on our wedding day so used some old ladders, again sanded and stained by Vince to display pictures frames with pictures of our parents and grand parents on their wedding days. It was a sentimental touch as some are no longer with us. We also used some flowers on the ladders just to keep the theme flowing.
We used crates on their sides to hold confetti and tissues for our guests. These then transformed into our card box for the evening which was just outside the enterance to the reception room.
Our guest book was a scrap book and a Polaroid camera which our guests loved. It is lovely to look back and see how happy our guests were on the day. We also had on the table a couple of scrap books of pictures of Vince and I. People loved looking through the pictures of how we had changed over the years!
What did you do for entertainment?
We had outdoor games, snakes and ladders, mini golf etc which kept our guests amused, young and old. The games were played throughout the day and night. It was a simple and cheap idea that was very successful. In the evening we had a DJ that was provided by The Old Lodge. He was fab and the dance floor was filled all evening.
What did you do for food?
We had canapés on arrival which were mini pastries and fruit skewers. They went down a massive hit with the guests whilst they sipped kir royals.
For starters we had a trio of mozzarella and tomato salad, pigs in blankets with a mustard dressing and salmon on brown bread. The mains were either roast vegetable and cheese tarts or bacon and cheese tarts served with minted new potatoes and salad. This was followed by lemon posset with a ginger biscuit served in tea cups we had collected prior to the wedding.
In the evening we had hot sausages and bacon sandwiches with potato wedges.
Our save the dates, invites, place settings, table plan and favours were all made by us. This was something that we had wanted to do from day one. It was a personal touch that meant a lot to us. Our favours were wild flower seeds that had a poem on the front, written by myself. We gave the younger guests bags of sweets. Our place settings were simple luggage tags tied around napkins. We wanted to keep it was simple. Our table plan was made using an old pallet with picture frames. Vince spent the few weeks before the wedding sanding and sawing but it made us completely involved in every aspect of our day. Our table centre pieces were jars decorated with hessian and lace, displayed on wooden logs. Each table had a picture frame on it with a golden oldie picture of Vince and I throughout our relationship.
Did you work within a Budget? If so how did you allocate it?
We didn’t really have a budget. We had been planning our wedding for quite a few years and wanted it to be absolutely perfect so didn’t want to be focused on the cost, we wanted to be focused on making it exactly how we imagined.
Where did you save money and how did you splurge?
We saved money by making the decorations ourselves. This kept us very busy in the run up to the wedding but made things very personal.
We splurged on my dress and the wedding rings. Vince had always told me that no matter the cost of my dress, as long as it was perfect then I could have it. Luckily, my mum and dad helped with the cost which is something they had always wanted to do. Our rings will be worn for the rest of our lives, so there was no thought to cost!
What was your cake like?
Our cake was a three tiered naked cake, made my us! The bottom layer was vanilla sponge with strawberry jam and vanilla buttercream, the middle was lemon sponge with lemon curd butter cream and the top was orange sponge with an orange buttercream. Something to suit all our guests. I love baking cakes and it was my dream to make our wedding cake. I baked it on the Wednesday before the wedding, constructed the layers on the Thursday and then Vince put the final touches to it on the Saturday morning, decorating it with fresh fruit. The chef at The Old Lodge put the final touches to it before it was cut and served on the evening. Our cake topper was a simple metal sign that said Vince and Sara-Jade which we bought from Not on the Highstreet online.
What are your top tips for other couples getting married outdoors?
My biggest tip would be to have a plan B in case the weather isn’t on your side. It is the one the thing that none of us have control over so having a plan B for just in case takes the pressure away on the wedding day if it is needed.