Real Weddings

Aint no mountain high enough. Katya Katya for a rural DIY wedding in the Yorkshire Dales – Lianne & Paul

Rachel Hirst

This super cool rustic wedding deserves some virtual high-fives to all those who were involved in bringing bride Lianne’s vision to life.

From the farmer who supplied the rural setting, to friends and family who helped to deck-out the one-of-a-kind reception venue and tipi with bunting, gyp and fairy lights galore!

Undeterred by the weather – with a certain storm Hector almost scuppering the wedding plans just hours before the “I dos” were set to take place – Lianne and Paul’s guests sheltered under brollies, waded through fields and held on to their hats to enjoy every element of the celebrations to the max.

We adore all three locations for the day – a traditional church ceremony, cosy barn drinks reception and stylish tipi for the main meal and party – with each bringing a different vibe to the occasion.

Top of our crushes for this wedding though have to be Lianne’s dainty lace-detailed dress and those awesome personalised denim jackets worn by the bride, her maids – and even groom Paul!

With images by Anoif Photography.


lianne says

: Paul proposed atop of a fell where we picnicked on our first date. This time we had fish, chips and fizz.


Our wedding date was the 16th June 2018. It was meant to be the 19th May but my partner who works in football realised it would clash with the play-off finals, just as the save the dates were ready to go out. Luckily, we avoided a clash with Harry and Megan.

Our ceremony was held at the village church at Langcliffe and we then went on to my favourite part of the Yorkshire Dales for drinks and canapes in a farmer’s barn before moving into the tipi (supplied by All About Me) for the main meal and reception.

I often used to run through the farm’s buttercup fields with my Labrador on a late summers evening, when the views were just spectacular. I knew the owner as I look after his dog, working as the local vet. I contact him regarding us using some of his land for the wedding and he was really interested in helping us. Thus, the idea of creating a unique rural, non-corporate, community-sourced wedding was born. There were of course challenges when placing a tipi on top of a fell, not the least when storm Hector ripped through and our venue was almost flattened 48 hours before guests were due to arrive. However, we wouldn’t have changed our magical location for anywhere else in the world.


We were keen to have a relaxed and informal style wedding and so we wanted it to be rustic and down to earth, hence our guests wading across fields and sitting on hay bales.

The main elements we used styling-wise were hessian/jute and gyp, which fit nicely with our relaxed, rustic feel.


My dress was by designer Katya Katya, which I purchased from the Kings Road boutique in Chelsea, London.

My hair was styled by Moneypenny’s while MUA Rosie Varlas took care of my makeup.


Paul wore a navy suit from Moss Bros with brown shoes, belt and a tweed waistcoat. As a special touch Paul’s wedding ring made by Manchester-based Simon Washbrook using some of his mother’s and grandmother’s gold jewellery.

The groomsmen’s suits were also from Moss Bros.


My bridesmaids wore white silk vest tops and sage green maxi skirts from Local designer Mirella Carter.


Our photographer was Fiona of Anoif Photography and I can’t express how phenomenally brilliant she was. I couldn’t have asked for a kinder, calmer, more practical, hardworking person to have there for all my special moments. Not only did she start earlier than anyone, and was the last to leave, she (literally) ran between locations, scaled church walls in a dress and crouched in stinging nettles all in aid of the perfect shot.


I had a simple, mainly gypsophila bouquet tied with brown string, created by Catkins Florist in Settle.

The main flowers used to decorate the venue were gypsophila, roses and eucalyptus, which were arranged freely in jam jars. All the flowers sourced direct from the flower markets in Europe and brilliantly arranged by my lovely friends.

As favours we gave our guests mini jam jars filled with sweets.


We went for a semi-naked Victoria sponge wedding cake, created by Ruth Parker (my receptionist at work) – it was the first wedding cake she ever made and baked in the family AGA.


For the main wedding meal we had a posh barbecue with meat cooked on a “wall of fire”. We also had a cocktail/gin bar (supplied by Mix & Twist) and had red and white wines on the tables.


We chose local community band Back from Beyond to supply the entertainment – they were brilliant!

Thanks to

We must say a huge thank you to the whole team of people that sacrificed a week of their lives to help make the wedding a reality. Some camped on site in caravans, others camped nearby working solidly to get our rustic rural venue guest-ready in time.

We would absolutely recommend our choice of venue to other couples. The views are spectacular and Tom Lord, the wonderful owner and farmer, was just fantastic.

Best bit

My favourite part of the day would be when Paul and I were lifted onto everyone’s shoulders as we danced the night away, surrounded by fairy lights which adorned the tipi. We literally felt on top of the world.


We honeymooned in Malta. Paul’s Maltese nanna is 94 so we took her a piece of wedding cake!


My top tip to other Brides Up North would simply be to enjoy every single part of it!

I also found the real wedding section and the online directory on Brides Up North very helpful during the planning stages.

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