Saturday 17th May 2014 saw the sun shine on Chamber Marketing Manager Ellie and her new husband Jon as the day was spectacularly delivered by a number of local businesses, many of whom are Chamber members.
Most members and partners will be aware that Mid Yorkshire Chamber Marketing Manager Ellie recently got hitched to the man who went from her friend to more when they were reunited back in 2009 in New Zealand.
In keeping with the ethos of Chamber’s of Commerce - to support local businesses – Ellie thought it was important to have a day local to where the couple are both from and live, and to use local suppliers, who certainly didn't disappoint.
When the couple began their wedding preparations, Ellie didn't hesitate to book Chamber member Imagemaker’s John Dean. Local to the newlyweds Colne Valley home Ellie explained: “Having done a number of Chamber shoots for us I knew my photography would be sorted with John. Making guests feel comfortable and delivering professional images, John went above and beyond what was expected and stayed an hour and a half later than scheduled to capture some fantastic shots of the reception venue –a tepee - at dusk.”
It was also through Imagemaker that Ellie and Jon got contact details for Barnsley based Totally Tipi, a small, family run business with customer service that really went the extra mile.
Having previously attended a friends wedding at Oakwell Hall and Country Park, a Kirklees council owned venue nestled within 110 acres of land in Birstall, the MacDonald’s knew this would one day become the place they got hitched too. Ellie commented “We instantly fell in love with the same venue, but wanted something a little different. The tepee did just that and more, adding a real wow factor to the day and we were equally as lucky with the weather as our friends too!”
Ellie’s contacts made through the Chamber also allowed her to book three business start up’s that had successfully come through the Chamber’s sister company, the West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency’s New Enterprise Allowance scheme. Holmfirth based Oliver James sugar craft creations produced the quirky cake toppers that sat on top of the tiered cheese cake, Halifax based Sweetie Memories provided retro sweets that guests loved, including sweetie trees handmade by Ellie; and Wakefield based Graeme Davidson Media Production captured and edited the videography from the fun filled day too, which you can view here.
Ellie told us “I have real admiration for the new business start up’s. We all know how difficult the current climate is and yet they have real determination and excellent customer service that I’m sure will see their businesses flourish.”
Unfortunately the wedding planning wasn't always a smooth journey. Having felt uncomfortable with the caterer that the couple had initially paid a deposit for, they were pleased that Chamber patron’s Eaton Smith solicitors recommended previous BBC's ‘Masterchef: The Professional’s’ contestant and Linthwaite based private chef, Nat Tallents who made the plans come together seamlessly. Ellie commented:
Ellie continued: “Nat and her team really did us proud with support decorating the day before and then serving a variety of canapés, evening fish and chip cones and sharing platters to feed almost 100 guests which was honestly the most delicious meal I have ever had. The guests raved about our selection of stuffed chicken and peppers and fish pies followed by sharing pavlova’s for desert.”And managing the drinks and bar, Nat ensured no detail went unnoticed, as she coordinated a variety of travel themed cocktails to go with the couples personal theme for the day.
Ellie also booked Huddersfield businesses, Janine at Greenhouse Florist who created the most beautiful vibrant bouquets, buttonholes, and jars of flowers and even loaned the couple a chalk board to add to the rustic, country theme. Ellie told how Janine’s customer service was invaluable to her: “Janine invited me round to a very relaxed environment to talk through exactly what I wanted over a welcoming cup of hot chocolate which was just what I needed.”
Richard Armitage from active Chamber member PrintPod even provided entertaining life size cardboard cut-outs of the newly weds which were brought out after the ceremony as part of a DIY photo booth for guests to take photos with, alongside a few props!
Live music came in the form of two acoustic guitarists throughout the ceremony, Rock My Reception, from Huddersfield and a DJ and Master of Ceremonies from Ossett. And the day finished with a night in luxury accommodation at Chamber member, Gomersal Park hotel who provided a private area for the newly weds and guests to enjoy breakfast together the following morning.
The furthest supplier used was the VW campervan which came from Manchester’s PoshPampaCamper, the nearest supplier the couple could find their perfect way to travel for the big day in the main blue colour.
Ellie loved planning their wedding day so much that she has recently completed a professional qualification in wedding planning with a vision to becoming a wedding planner alongside her day job at the Chamber.
With lots of ideas and inspiration, any local brides to be can contact Ellie for an informal chat and friendly advice from someone who has recently been in the same shoes and she will continue to use Chamber members and local businesses wherever possible.