Claire & Liam Wass

It was the classroom that brought Claire and Liam together. The pair met during a teacher training placement at Yarm School. When the time came, after making many happy memories together, Liam had
a very romantic proposal up his sleeve. He took Claire back to the village of Wass in Yorkshire, where the pair had been on one of their very first dates. Very fitting as this was to be Claire’s surname.

The venue

The couple tied the knot at St Peter’s Church in the quaint village of Croft-on-Tees. A colourful wedding celebration followed at the beautiful Rockliffe Hall. The venue’s laid back and luxurious nature sealed the deal for Claire and Liam. After checking in for regular spa days as a couple, it seemed the perfect fit.

Keeping things simple and elegant was important to Claire – with a little bit of tasteful ‘Alice in Wonderland’ cheekiness thrown in, a nod to the venue’s new enchanting woodland garden, Mischmasch. Claire’s mum made Alice and Wonderland-themed quizzes for little ones to enjoy throughout the wedding.

The bride wore

A beautiful Caroline Castigliano gown from Bridal Collection Harrogate – complete with Emmy London shoes and accessories. Claire’s bridesmaids looked beautiful in blush Dessy dresses from Poppy Bridal, Darlington.

The groom wore

Liam and his groomsmen were suited and booted in Moss Bros three-pieces, stepping out in style with Dune London brogues.

The cake

Blossom Tree Cake Company were the brains behind the sweet creation. Three delicious layers of Victoria sponge, lemon drizzle and passionfruit, timelessly decorated with the initials C & L.

Special details

Guests were guided from the church to Rockliffe in Wensleydale Omnibus’ London-style double-decker, while the couple turned up in an uber cool convertible Jag. The Rockliffe Suite was brought to life with beautiful blush blooms by Eliza Blooms and an Omega Photobooth was set up for wedding keepsake snaps. Val Bilton set the soundtrack of the day with guitar acoustics throughout the ceremony and drinks reception, while Magnum Entertainment really got the party started with ‘top class’, school-themed floorfillers including ‘When I Kissed the Teacher’. Plenty of classroom jokes made for a running theme throughout the day. Liam’s best man gave him a lesson on love during the speech and Claire’s dad named her new school class Wass’ Wallabies.

The honeymoon

Post-wedding, the pair packed their bags and hopped on a plane to Paphos. A truly indulgent island escape and a place close to the couple’s hearts, having visited Cyprus together many times before.

The photographer

Stan and Jane at Stan Seaton Photography captured the day perfectly. Fun, professional and beautifully breathtaking.