Dani & Luke



Our Wedding, The Dress & Heavy Metal

Let’s rewind a good few years back to where my inspirations came pouring out into notes of wedding ideas.


Seven year ago, we celebrated being together for five years and so went away and stayed in a lovely cottage in an Anglo-Saxon village named Iburndale near Sleights close to Whitby. I started planning my own wedding after Luke (now husband) popped the question of my dreams at Heyburn Wyke, Yorks Coast. It was so Romantic! Just like an Arwen and Aragorn scene from our beloved Lord of The Rings.

First thing was first! I made so many dress appointments, and seriously, I must have been to at least a dozen shops and tried fifty plus dresses. They were all different to each other, and different colours. It was so fun and I felt beautiful, when there is that many glorious dresses, it can be rather challenging decided on the ONE. My final venture to find the ONE, was to Abigails Bridal Boutique in Leeds. It was a Friday lunch break, I walked down from my old work, and lovely lady greeted me and welcomed me to have a browse and pick some favourites, I must have selected twelve then blindly picked three and instantly made my appointment. I felt a sudden excitement like butterflies, it was like I already knew. All in an instance I was there again, the first dress I saw, it there hung up and lace flowing down in its beauty. Beading catching the store lights, I utterly swooned! The next minute I was in it, I was so happy. In that moment, I knew it was the ONE and ordered it in no time.  

We adventured to venues and then BAM! We found the ONE. For the Game of Thrones fanatics, we are, and suckers for exposed rustic wooden beams and medieval things, we set our hearts on The Hospitium, nestled in the museum gardens in the heart of York. After two years of planning every inch of detail we enjoyingly tied the knot.

Luke and I married each other at 2pm. Sun shone through the lattice windows, glowed upon the flower petals on the stone floor, in our ceremony room, then the quartet started ‘Concerning Hobbits’ (Lord of the Rings) I couldn’t help but grin like the Cheshire cat as we began our first walk out as husband and wife.  

One of the things I enjoyed the most about the planning, was our theme. We both tied our styles together and merged it into the 14th century haven of latticed windows and wooden surroundings. Both being lovers of rock and heavy metal, we had Guns ‘n’ Roses style floral candelabras, my thoughts were November Rain and a taste of our record collection we displayed a mixture of heavy metal and rock vinyl’s on each table for our guests. The metal festival of our dreams headlined each table on our table plan, Dio, ACDC, Led Zeppelin, Spinal Tap, Motley Crue and Iron Maiden – Raise Your Horns!

As for partying, well… when your husband ends up dancing around with his tie wrapped around his head whilst drinking from the neck of a bottle of champagne, and then myself, well those lovely silken peep toe heels came off and I danced the rest of the eve away barefoot – partied like a true King and Queen.


Dress @Abigail’s Bridal – Maggie Sottero

Suit @ Ben Sherman

Rings @ W.Hammonds, Whitby

Flowers @ The York Flower Company

Photography @ Roy Hampson

Venue @ The Hospitium, York

Catering @ Bradshaws of Yok

Music @ The Kendall String Quartet / Nightowls DJ

Cake @ Blush Cake Co

Transport @ The Yorkshire Wedding Car Co

Venue Styling @ Tracey Williamson Design