Rose and Koray’s Vegan Yeldersely Hall Wedding in Derbyshire
What was it like to work with Parrot and Pineapple as your Yeldersely Hall Wedding photographer?
It was a pleasure to work with you as our Yeldersley Hall wedding photographer! You were friendly and attentive before the day, keeping us up to date and letting us know what to expect. On the day you were fun, energetic and friendly to all the guests. They all loved you and we had lots of lovely comments!
We also appreciated that you were happy to take control to get the best shots. Nobody had any idea what to do with the confetti so I’m glad you could wrangle us all into some sort of order! You put us at ease and we didn’t feel so awkward in front of the camera, when one of us, in particular, is very used to being behind it.
How did you get started with planning your Yeldersely Hall Wedding?
We really wanted a woodland wedding but just couldn’t find a way of pulling it off in the wild without it being a logistical nightmare. Resigned to a venue instead, it was a struggle choosing between Manchester (where we live) and Derby (where I am from). We went for Derby as it has more green space.
We didn’t do anything until we found a venue. There didn’t seem any point until we had a date to work to!
How did you find planning your wedding?
It was fun for the most part! We never really had a set theme or idea other than we knew we wanted the ceremony outside. It was quite fluid and things were changing right up to the day.
Some things were more difficult than others. We had some stress from useless suppliers who really didn’t help! Which made us do even more of the wedding ourselves, which isn’t a bad thing at all.
Koray’s family coming from Turkey was somewhat stressful – it’s hard juggling all those balls when people aren’t even in the same country! It was a bit of a family affair with everyone pitching in, which was lovely! We couldn’t have done it without them. I really enjoyed the opportunity to be creative and make all these things myself.
The most stressful time was the week leading up to the day I think.
How did you bring your individual personalities and your values into your wedding day?
The whole wedding was very ‘us’! I am vegan, Koray isn’t, but it was his choice to have a completely vegan day because he didn’t want me to miss out on anything.
We also had to get the cats involved of course. We named cocktails after them, had a painting of them at the bar, and had cut-outs of them in our photo booth. They also made an appearance in some speeches!
The bee was a recurring theme – it was used on the invitations and save the dates, I had bee brooches/slides in my hair and a bee brooch on my dress. This was a nod to our love of Manchester (our adopted home) and the environment. We chose wildflowers and herbs for the tables as they are good for bees, and invited people to take them home.
Everything was biodegradable or recyclable, down to the confetti, as we wanted to keep our impact on the environment as minimal as possible.
We chose a ring blessing as we aren’t religious and the ceremony wasn’t a legal one. This kept everyone happy and was a way to involve everyone in the ceremony so they didn’t get bored. The wooden animals used as the table names are ones Koray has collected and built over the years – he likes the puzzles.
Why did you choose Yeldersely Hall for your Wedding?
We chose Yeldersley as it had everything we wanted in a venue – woodland area for an outdoor ceremony, a beautiful courtyard for socialising, a walled garden and glasshouse for photos, lawns for relaxing. Plus they are extremely encouraging about you doing your own thing and you’re not obliged to use their suppliers, decorations, caterer etc. This was very important to us!
What is your advice to other couples getting married? What would you do differently?
Start planning early. We put things off because ‘it’s still so far away’ but some of it could have been done earlier. I don’t regret this as I changed my mind a lot about what to do, so inevitably would have ended up not wanting what I had already done if I started too early!
Don’t take it too seriously – at the end of the day, it’s a big party and a chance to have fun and celebrate your relationship with all the people that matter.
Delegate where you can. People will be happy to help.
Don’t just go by the latest Instagram trend – it’s boring and you’ll look back and notice how dated it is!
Set aside time after your wedding for just the two of you, even if you’re not going on your honeymoon straight away. It’s been a month since our wedding and I’m still tired! We had family staying with us and then went back to work as soon as they left, which sucked.
How did you stick to your wedding budget?
We didn’t keep a strict eye on the budget (oops) but did get the wedding we wanted for a lot less than it would have cost if we hadn’t done so much ourselves.
Yeldersley Hall Wedding Suppliers
Venue – Yeldersely Hall
Brides dress – DIY
Brides blue ankle boots – Top Shop
Grooms Suit – Moss Bross
Brides bouquet – English Flower Farmer
Catering – Soundbites Derby
Doughnuts – Doughnotts
Bar – The Giddy Gelding