Oh how we love this wedding! April and James’ Sledmere House wedding features birds of prey, a tea length vintage style wedding dress, polka dot bridesmaid dresses, pom poms, pizza, burgers, ice cream, heart shaped sunglasses, fox cake toppers, hook a duck, a bouncy castle disco… oh, and flamingos!

Bride and groom sitting next to illuminated LOVE letters

Warning: this is NOT your average wedding — this is much cooler!

Just look at these amazing pictures of this incredible wedding, by Craig of Mr & Mrs.

Colourful Vintage Fun

“We didn’t have a theme in mind at all, it was just a case of if we liked something or thought it would be fun to include it would get bought or hired! Generally the more colourful or kitsch the better! I suppose you could say the wedding theme was ‘Colourful Vintage Fun’. We just wanted a very personal day which was going to be relaxed and enjoyable for our family and friends (and us!). We’re not super formal people, so a traditional wedding with all the formalities just wouldn’t have been right for us.”

Wedding dress hanging in window

Vivienne Westwood bridal shoes next to bouquet

Bridesmaid having make-up done

Bride putting on birdcage veil

Vintage Style Wedding Dress

“My dress was Baroness Pearl by Kitty and Dulcie, a tea length vintage style dress with a fitted bodice and 3/4 length sleeves. It had a bright red bow around the waist and the most amazing full tulle skirt. It cost £345, which frankly was a bargain, even with the dressmaker fitting costs. I must admit, after I bought it I couldn’t wait to get home to try it on, so I tried it on for the first time in the toilet at work! My first priority was making sure I could dance in it, so I had a little boogie before I took it off and returned to my desk!

“The bridesmaid dresses were ‘Penny’ from Dolly and Dotty. I loved the bright colours and fun polka dots, and thought they looked great with the style of wedding dress I’d picked. At £28 they were such a bargain, and so flattering — I think the girls loved wearing them! I paired them with a petticoat too so the skirts had a bit of extra oomph.”

Bridesmaids doing up back of bride's dress

Large red bow on back of bride's wedding dress

Bride and bridesmaids toasting

Colourful wedding bouquet

Bride with bridesmaids in colourful dresses

Bride and bridesmaids' shoes

Vintage bride

Sledmere House Wedding Ceremony

“The wedding ceremony was in the Library at Sledmere House, which was beautiful and had views over the grounds. We wanted the ceremony to be romantic and intimate, and we felt the opulent house was a great setting for this in contrast to the informal barn setting for the fun reception we had planned.

Staircase at Sledmere House

Sledmere House library

Sledmere House ceiling


Groom's buttonhole

Wedding welcome sign

Wedding aisle decor

Wedding ceremony seating

Heart sunglasses on wedding seat

Colourful wedding ceremony flowers

Father walking bride down the aisle

Bride and groom in wedding ceremony st Sledmere House

Sledmere House wedding ceremony

Bride and groom exchanging rings

Bride and groom kiss

Bride and groom leaving wedding ceremony at Sledmere House

Bride and groom kissing on stairs at Sledmere House

Sledmere House and fountain

Glasses of orange juice

Wedding guest playing giant Connect 4

Hook-A-Duck sign

Bride and groom playing Hook-A-Duck

“We had an owl display during the drinks reception, which people loved! That was a pretty last minute decision, but I’m so glad we booked it. We also had a photo booth and a disco dome (which is essentially a bouncy castle disco) complete with it’s own playlist which we created, and glow sticks. It was so much fun!”

Bride holding owl

Owl flying off bride's hand

Groomsmen in front of Sledmere House fountain

Bride and bridesmaids posing in front of Sledmere House fountain

Bride and groom holding hands in front of wall

Bride and groom kissing in front of wall

Bride and groom sitting on bench

Bride's colourful wedding bouquet

Vintage bride smiling

Bride and groom walking in grounds of Sledmere House

Bride standing against wall

Close-up of bride

Bride and groom's shoes

Wedding Styling

“As a day job I am actually a self employed wedding planner so I did the styling myself. I used a mixture of items I already own and additional items from eBay (paper pom poms and fairy/festoon lights), hobbycraft (a few decorative bits) etc. The drapes on the ceiling I put up myself using scaffolding, which was a bit unnerving! Even though the barn was vast, I managed to decorate it myself in the week leading up to the wedding (with a little help from family and friends!). A few of the larger items I hired, such as the easels, lights, typewriters and deckchairs. All the furniture was hired in, as were the toilets and audio visual equipment — it really was a full scale operation as the barn is a dry hire venue.”

Wedding reception sign

Wooden bar at wedding

Drinks being served at wedding

Wedding welcome sign

Pot plants on steps

Colourful pom pom ceiling decorations

53. Love Bunting - April and James Sledmere House Wedding

Kissing booth at wedding

Vintage typewriter

Vintage tin of flowers

Bright and Colourful Wedding Flowers

“The flowers were bright and colourful. I let my florist have free creativity over the flowers; I totally trust her and by letting her interpret my fairly loose brief I ended up with something I loved! Sunflowers are one of my favourite flowers, and there were peonies in there too, which were gorgeous.”

Rustic seating area at wedding

Colourful tassels hanging on wall

Wreath of colourful pom poms

Vintage tin of wedding flowers on table

Illuminate LOVE letters in distance

Wedding reception in the Barn at Home Farm Sledmere House

Wedding guests playing cards

Colourful crochet blanket

Plastic flamingos

Pizza, Ice Cream and Gourmet Burgers

“For our wedding breakfast we had pizza, salads and antipasti from a street food cart. It was amazing and our guests loved it! It meant people could eat as much as they wanted at their own pace, and could mingle. We then had ice cream from a vintage ice cream van for dessert. In the evening we had gourmet burgers and fries to give people the energy to keep on dancing, and amazing cocktails too, which were so delicious!

Pallet sign at wedding

Bride holding ice cream

Bride pushing ice cream into groom's face

Making pizza

Meat selection

Groom wedding speech

Bride sitting on hay bale listening to speech

Best man speech in Barn at Home Farm Sledmere House

Groom raising glass to toast best man

“Our cake was made by a local baker from the neighbouring village to where I grew up. It was a naked wedding cake covered in flowers and fruit. There was chocolate cake on the bottom tier, carrot cake on the next, and the top two tiers were lemon drizzle. Our three favourite flavours — yummy!”

Naked wedding cake with fruit and colourful flowers

Close-up of fruit on naked wedding cake

Small soft toy animal cake topper

Man Meat Fire counter at wedding

Burger and chips wedding food

Bouncy castle disco sign

Bride and groom on bouncy castle

Table with small vase of flowers at wedding

Moores letters on shelf

Pots of flowers on shelf at wedding

Wedding table flowers

Flowers on crate at wedding


“There are so many things I loved about our Sledmere House wedding. My gorgeous bridesmaids made me an adorable scrapbook with memories in, which made me cry! Also seeing everyone raving away in the disco dome with their glow sticks was brilliant! Another favourite moment was just after the ceremony when we took five minutes alone to take it all in. No family, no photographer, just us; that was really nice.”

Bride and groom standing next to Till Death Do Us Party illuminated sign

Guitarist playing at wedding

Bride and groom standing listening to wedding guitarist

Colourful wedding ceiling decor

Bar sign at wedding

Bride and groom first dance at Sledmere House wedding

Wedding guests dancing

Wedding party in Barn at Home Farm Sledmere House

Bride and guests dancing having fun

Illuminated LOVE letters

Photography and Videography: Silver and Light

Styling and Planning: April Moores (Bride) of Kook Events

Ceremony Venue: Sledmere House, Driffield, East Yorkshire

Reception Venue: The Barn at Home Farm

Wedding Dress: Baroness Pearl by Kitty and Dulcie

Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood Bridal Shoes and Dr. Martens Boots

Veil: Rock n Roll Bride for Crown and Glory

Glittery Bow: Crown and Glory

Bride and Bridesmaids’ Hair: Laura Dawson of Harlow’s Den

Bridesmaid Dresses: Penny by Dolly and Dotty

Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith

Groom’s Shoes: Russell and Bromley

Flowers: Becky Mundell of Tiger Lily Floral Art

Cake: Gaynor from Cakes Unlimited of Yorkshire

Pizza and Antipasti: The Pizza Pod

Ice Cream Van: Dairydale

Burgers: Man Meat Fire

Bar: Speakeasy Libations

Deckchairs, Easels, LOVE Lights, BAR sign, Typewriters and Lawn Games: Add Vintage

Guitarist: Sam Scherdel

Kissing Booth: Kayti Peschke

Photo Booth: Picabo Photography

Disco Dome: Ultimate Bounce

Owl Display: Owl Adventures