Timeless elegance

So many great couples start out as friends, and that was the case with Abi and Tom. "We went to school and university together before we started dating," Abi explains. "We both have the same sense of humour; we laugh a lot!"

Tom soon turned his attention to popping the question, and he decided the perfect location would be York. “We went for breakfast at the Star Inn The City,” Abi remembers. “We then went for a walk through the museum gardens when Tom surprised me by getting down on one knee. I practically ran home to ring our families and tell them the good news when I walked straight into an engagement party in our flat! I nearly jumped out of my skin, but it was a brilliant moment.”

The pair chose a summer wedding, setting the date for 6th July, 2019, with a church ceremony at St Mary’s Church in Beverley, where Abi was christened, followed by a reception at Tickton Grange. We caught up with the bride to find out how it all came together…

Couple in front of venue with wedding car The couple were keen to get married close to home in Beverley, and for the reception they settled on Tickton Grange, which is in the village where Tom grew up. "Tickton Grange was just ten minutes from the church and had the benefit of beautiful grounds and plenty of accommodation for friends and family," Abi says. "We didn't stick to a particular theme, we just wanted the day to feel traditional yet relaxed so everyone could enjoy every aspect of the celebration."

Table plan

Tom gave into 13-year-old Abi's wedding mood board, opting for a blush pink and pearl white colour palette running throughout the day. "When it came to flowers I was pretty clueless," Abi admits. "I scrolled through Instagram to get inspiration, but our florist, Daisy Chain Flowers in Skirlaugh, was so helpful. She designed bouquets and centrepieces with a variety of roses and eucalyptus foliage. She delivered everything to the venue and arranged the florals – it looked stunning."

Groom hugs bride

Tom gave into 13-year-old Abi's wedding mood board, opting for a blush pink and pearl white colour palette running throughout the day. "When it came to flowers I was pretty clueless," Abi admits. "I scrolled through Instagram to get inspiration, but our florist, Daisy Chain Flowers in Skirlaugh, was so helpful. She designed bouquets and centrepieces with a variety of roses and eucalyptus foliage. She delivered everything to the venue and arranged the florals – it looked stunning."

Wedding breakfast Abi's talented mum made the wedding cake – a traditional boozy fruitcake with white icing and a pearl trim, which looked as amazing as it tasted. Guests were also treated to pink heart-shaped chocolates as favours. "There are so many favour options available that we struggled to decide," Abi says. "In the end, we decided that a sweet treat is always appreciated." Tickton Grange gave the couple plenty of choice when it came to catering, and they could choose some of their favourite dishes. "We dined on a three-course menu," Abi tells us. "Chicken liver paté to start, chicken breast with lemon and spring onion sauce for the main and a decadent sticky toffee pudding for dessert."

Newlyweds kiss Abi has always loved the old-school glamour of stars such as Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly, so she chose a timeless A-line satin gown with a detachable off-the-shoulder lace overlay. "It was a little out of my comfort zone, but I felt like a church wedding went well with this style of dress," she says. "I completed the look with an ivory fingertip veil." The mother-of-the-bride did Abi and her sister's hair and the bridal party applied their own make-up. "I just wanted to enjoy getting ready in the morning and still look like me on the day. The dress was quite a statement so I kept my hair and make-up pared-back."

Wedding party Tom and his groomsmen looked dapper in navy three-piece suits with a blush pink tie and white buttonhole. "Tom ended up having more alterations than the bride," Abi laughs. Like so many nearlyweds, they found it hard to find the perfect bridesmaids dresses. "We finally settled on full-length blush numbers and they looked beautiful," she says. "My flowergirl wore a similar dress to mine with a full skirt that she swished like a pro! What a cutie."

Couple walk through field

The couple agreed that the ceremony was their favourite part of the day. "It went so quickly, but it felt so special having all of our family and friends around us," Abi says. "We can't stop looking back at the photographs of the moment we became Mr and Mrs."

Groom hold brides dress whilst walking through grounds

Another memorable moment was when they started married life with a bang. "I love fireworks and we thought it'd be a great end to the day," Abi says. "Tom's dad arranged them for us and they were incredible – definitely a highlight."

First dance The pair couldn't have done it without the help of their loved ones and some amazing local suppliers. A special shout-out has to go to their photographer Hayley Baxter Photography.

Timeless elegance: Image 8 "Hayley was recommended to me and after looking at her Instagram we got in touch straight away," Abi says. "The style was just what we were looking for, she made us feel at ease and captured some brilliant moments. She gave us beautiful dramatic shots without stealing us away from our guests for too long. We have amazing memories to keep forever."

Abi and Tom's contact book