I’m delighted to share this gorgeous West Yorkshire wedding that took place in Todmorden Unitarian of my lovely friends Emma and Joby. What a uniquely wonderful day it was too. It was fabulous from start to finish. It was my first wedding back in the UK after spending a wedding season out in New Zealand and it was an absolute pleasure to be part of it. I loved being a fly on the wall and creatively documenting all the little moments. You’ll probably notice I seemed to have a little obsession with hands in this wedding too!

All of the little DIY and foody touches were so good. Make sure you read on to the bottom to hear what Emma and Joby had to say about their day. x

I hope you enjoyed that! Here’s what Emma and Joby had to say about their day…

How Emma and Joby met…
We’re a My Single Friend couple! The friends who wrote our respective profiles both got a special mention in Joby’s speech

The proposal…
It was during a break in Prague. Marriage hadn’t really been on the cards so Joby completely blindsided me with it! When it came to the proposal he waited until quite a few days into our trip for the right moment – during a Michelin starred meal and at the point in the tasting menu when there was offal and champagne being served. For those who know us well it was the ideal combination! We kept the staff in the restaurant way longer than any of the other tables. Definitely a place to visit again for future anniversary celebrations. The ring was what I dubbed an ‘understudy’ – beautifully crafted sliver in the shape of a big solitaire diamond with the words ‘marry me’ in Czech engraved on the inside band. We bought the actual ring together a few months later during a trip to Brighton, on the lanes. It’s where my parents bought my mum’s engagement ring so it felt like the right place to look.

Why Emma and Joby chose to do the things they did…
As marriage wasn’t something either of us had really thought would happen we didn’t start out on the planning with any existing ideals of what we wanted. Indeed, it was more a case of knowing what we didn’t want, and then working out the rest from there. I was keen to get married in Todmorden – my adopted home having met Joby. It felt like a good way of cementing our life here. We both knew we wanted relaxed, informal, fun and, most of all, personal. The venue was a no-brainer – the Unitarian is a space we’ve both enjoyed while living here in different ways; from carol concerts and art exhibitions to gigs and open days – and it’s absolutely stunning. It also provided the option for an interfaith ceremony which is perfect for us as neither of us are religious. The icing on the cake was when they agreed to our (unconventional) plan for ceremony and celebrations to happen in the same place. So many of our guests have said how much they enjoyed spending time inside the beautiful space and getting to enjoy it from different seats and angles. We then had the Golden Lion at the bottom of the hill for the evening celebrations – the perfect party venue and ideal way of keeping it easy and contained for us and our guests. The rest came to life once we had the two venues arranged. The ‘food list’ (as opposed to the ‘gift lift’) took on a life of its own and we tried to bring in as many local suppliers as possible. True to our natures, I got my dress sorted pretty much as soon as we booked the venue – a vintage eBay purchase – while Joby waited until a few weeks before the wedding and ended up on a dash to London to find what he wanted. You couldn’t make it up!

Their favourite parts of the day… Are we allowed to say the whole thing?! (Yes of course they can!) Not sure it’s possible to pick favourite parts as we both said we wouldn’t change a single thing about it.

Supplier love…
Everyone who was involved in helping to make our special day happen was amazing! Big shout out to the Unitarian https://todmordenunitarianchurch.org.uk/ for helping us make our ideas a reality, to Phil the minister http://www.revphilparkinson.co.uk/ for working with us to create a really personal and memorable ceremony, to Roxanne Jones http://www.lilyblossomflorist.co.uk/ for the beautiful flowers, to Chrissie King for my beautiful bespoke headpiece http://www.hattherapy.co.uk/ , to the Bakehouse http://thebakehousecoop.co.uk/ for the best wedding (or should that be bread-ing) cake ever! And, last but by no means least, to you Ayesha for giving us the perfect story of our day to look back on.

Advice from the happy couple…
Remember it’s about the two of you – that should be at the heart of every decision about your big day you make.

Our favourite photograph taken by Ayesha… Impossible to choose sorry! There are so many that are special in very different ways – neither of us are prepared to commit!!

Their first dance was…
The Cure – Close To Me. We didn’t actually have anything that immediately sprung to mind – mostly as we have wildly different taste in music! But we made a shortlist and had a tipsy Friday evening trying out a few options. This one worked for both of us – Joby was comfortable dancing to it while it tempered me a bit (sometimes I can be a bit too comfortable on the dancefloor!). Plus it’s a great song!

Emma and Joby summed me up in 3 words…
Unflappable, ninja-like and (bloody) brilliant! (Ahh thank youuuuu)

Last but not least here’s some love from Emma and Joby about me and my work. Thank you, it really was a pleasure to do this for you both!

Our aim was to create a day free from expectations and conventions – and entirely personal to the two of us. The fact you’ve been able to capture that for us perfectly is entirely the reason we wanted to work with you. You’ve given us something truly special: the story of our day in the most wonderful moments and through the eyes of so many different people. Thank you for being everywhere and nowhere, for guiding us through the day so expertly and for being a wonderful guest too! We couldn’t have asked for more. E+J xx