As some of you may know I went away for a couple of days last week to celebrate being with my partner for 5 years! We decided to go to one of my favourite places in the country York …. as its my perfect combination of historic buildings, fabulous shopping and perfect tearooms!
We had a lovely couple of days, but more than that I came back totally inspired!
Tomorrow I’m going to share with you the gorgeous Boutique Hotel we stayed in which I found out also does weddings!

But for starters I’m desperate to design a range based on the beautiful ceiling in the Chapter House in York Minster below. I love the intricacy and slightly Russian peasant feel to the design. I’m imagining a stationery design with a real arts and crafts feel to it and some embroidery style font & Russian doll motifs ….

I was also incredibly inspired by the vintage ice cream van I came across outside the Yorkshire Castle museum. Not only did it sell amazing ice cream it had that real retro vintage styling I adore. I can just imagine this turning up at a festival style wedding .. perhaps with a candy floss cart as well! You can find lots of vintage style ice cream vans and carts online.

I also love the idea of a fairground style wedding …. and may well do a stationery design based on this in the future … so was delighted that right next to that gorgeous ice cream van was a beautiful old fashioned carousel! Base your wedding styling on the font and colours … or just have one at your wedding!
And finally …. I can’t really talk about my trip to York without at least giving a small mention to my favourite place in the world … Bettys Tea Rooms! I of course had to have Afternoon Tea there whilst we were in York. I adore the gorgeous silver cake stands and the pretty finger sandwiches and little pastries! You can easily replicate this idea for your wedding and serve afternoon tea rather than having a full Wedding Breakfast.

Remember to check back tomorrow for all the photos and wedding ideas from the hotel we stayed in in York!
Nikki x