I recently got married wearing the beautiful Zyla gown, the MOST amazing dress I have ever had the privilege of wearing.
The wedding was unusual & very special, including a convoy of traditional Coble boats transporting our guests down the River Esk, in North Yorkshire, & the reception was at my dad’s own boatyard which we transformed into a beautiful and rustic space for a night of Irish dancing & canoes full of booze.
Thank you again for helping me find my dream dress, you were bloody brilliant!
A Message from the Bride
Thank you so much! The girls worked wonders to make me a princess but the gown made it for me!
The hair and makeup was done by Frankie Hyde (@FrankieElizabethHair) & Gaby Jones (@ByGabriellaJones)
The flowers were done by a local lady called Sally Wardell.
My dad is the last traditional Coble builder in England, and a local legend. He owns a boatyard on the River Esk near Whitby where he has worked for the last 40 years. Both my brother and sister celebrating their weddings here, so it only felt right that I did too.
My dad worked hard to single-handedly transform the working shed into a beautiful venue, keeping the rustic edges, boat signs & all the tools he has spent hours creating cobles with. Over a year of work saw the venue transform from a shabby shed, to an open space perfect for dancing, a 50ft extension on the side ensured that we had plenty of space for our guests. I’ve attached the photos of the progress, it’s pretty impressive!
St Hildas – Sneaton
We were married in a tiny church in a village nearby, called St Hildas – Sneaton. Our guests & ourselves then enjoyed a pint in our local pub (The Bridge Inn, Ruswarp) whilst we waited for the tide to rise enough to get the boats down.
We boarded the boards & sipped on prosecco whilst gliding down the River Esk, North Yorkshire in a fabulous convoy. Local friends played ‘Congratulations’ on their ukeleles as we passed.
After we arrived in style, we were greeted by more guests at the reception, covered in confetti we made our way up the gangway to the gorgeous outdoor area of the Boatyard. Drinks flowed and the sun shined, we were really really lucky with the weather.
Ben Laws (Java Whitby)
We then headed inside and filled up on food from Ben Laws (Java Whitby) who catered the tricky event. Everything for the wedding (including the caterer, the furniture, the bands equipment) was floated up the river on the tide as there is no road access, it’s a logistical nightmare but we made it work. Ben created a beautiful American style BBQ complete with smashed burgers and bratwurst sausages.
A Good Old Knees Up
After the food, our favourite band Stout Boots played their Irish rock music and we had a typical knees up! Followed by the local legends ‘Sunbeam’ and lastly ‘Hazzard County’. Guests enjoyed the Booze Canoes that were brimming with beers and ice, as well as hand-pulled lager & beer which were kindly contributed by The Whitby Brewery, we also build a self-service spirit bar & plenty of shots too!
We danced until the early hours & I finally stumbled home at around 4am with my new husband, the day was unforgettable for many, especially us.