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festival feels. sunflowers & smiles for a colourful outdoor wedding at abbeywood estate – alana & david

November 23rd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Forever fans of a festival wedding (have you seen that our WEDFEST’18 tour dates are out?!), we’re thrilled to be sharing the wonderfully relaxed and joyful wedding of David and Alana on the blog today.

Falling in love with the beautiful gardens of Abbeywood Estate, Delamere, they decided to wed outdoors, making the most of the gorgeous surroundings and countryside views beyond.

Keen for an informal rather than traditional celebration, the proceedings were laidback but fun with a prosecco afternoon tea wedding breakfast, garden games, colourful leis for favours and live entertainment.

To remain within budget, David and Alana planned, sourced and styled much of the décor themselves resulting in both pretty and personal touches being peppered throughout their day.

With images by Anna Beth Photography.

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alana says: We got engaged during a weekend trip to Venice in March 2016 to celebrate our ten-year anniversary. We went out for a meal in the evening and then for a walk. David had asked during the day where my favourite view was from and I had said the Ponte dell’Accademia over the grand canal. At around 10pm we arrived at this spot and took some photos while David looked around for someone who spoke English to take our photo (I thought this was odd as we had so many photos in that spot from that day). We eventually found a young couple who spoke English and the woman took one photo, David asked for her to take another and when I turned to look at him, he was down on one knee. I said “yes” of course and the woman captured the moment. Such a magical moment. Afterwards we went for champagne at Danieli. Perfect end to a perfect night!

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We got married on Friday 1st September 2017.  We wanted to get married late summer and this date seemed perfect!

Our wedding took place at Abbeywood Estate, Delamere. The ceremony took place within their gardens and reception took place in the Glasshouse. We chose this venue as it is a beautiful with amazing gardens and close to home. We could have the ceremony and the reception in one place and we could also have our dog with us to share our day. Having our ceremony outside allowed us to have a beautiful backdrop of the Cheshire hills and stunning gardens of Abbeywood.

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We decided on a more relaxed style of wedding as it reflected our personalities more than a traditional style. We started off with a festival theme in mind but as time went on it turned into a festival/garden party with lots of music, games and a very relaxed atmosphere.

We didn’t have a colour scheme in mind. David hates everyone wearing the same colour so my bridesmaids wore nude dresses from ASOS, and the best men and ushers wore grey and blue. We wanted it to be bright so had blue, purple and pink bunting, and all our guests were given different coloured leis to wear for the reception.

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My dress was an off-the-shoulder design. I tried on so many dresses in various boutiques however, I purchased my dress from Oxfam Bridal on the Wirral. From the moment I put this dress on it felt like my dress – I felt like a bride. The dress I bought was strapless and I bought a bolero (from eBay – still had tags on) to make it into the vision I had in my head since we got engaged.

David designed his own outfit and put it together from various different shops, including Next, ASOS and eBay. He wanted something he could keep. He wore blue trousers, blue and grey tweed waistcoat, a Thompson tartan tie, brown shoes and bright blue laces.

The best men and other groomsmen provided their own trousers and shoes and we provided blue braces from Primark and knitted blue and white polka dot bowties from eBay.

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our love story: laura & daniel

November 23rd, 2017 | Aislinn Thompson

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Jessica Stott Photography (14)

We love getting a sneak peak of our future brides and grooms before they tie the knot – seeing them looking so happy in their engagement photographs makes us really look forward to the occasion of their wedding, when we get to pour over yet more delicious images as they begin their married life together.

Today’s gorgeous couple, Laura and Daniel, visited the windswept Thurstaston Common on the Wirral Peninsula for their engagement shoot, where they strolled hand in hand through the rich colours of the heathland and romance was definitely the order of the day. Over to you, Laura…

With images by Jessica Stott Photography.

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laura says: Daniel and I met in January 2013 when I started my teaching career. I was covering a maternity post at the school Daniel worked at, also as a teacher. For our first date, we went to a lovely tapas bar in Liverpool called Schmooze.

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We got engaged at The Red Fox in Thornton Hough on 16th July 2017. It was a complete surprise! My whole family and best friends knew, as Daniel had asked my dad’s permission on Father’s Day.

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I knew Daniel was the one after our first holiday to Milan; it was so amazing and then we started saving for our beautiful house and, with all the excitement, I knew!

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Jessica Stott Photography (18)

We decided to have an engagement shoot because Jess, who shot it, will be taking our wedding photos, so it was a great opportunity to be photographed and see what her pictures of us will be like (they are fantastic!)

The shoot took place at Thurstaston Common, which we chose for the lovely views of the Wirral looking out across to Wales. We loved the session and are going to frame some of the photographs. It has made us so excited for the wedding and to see our wedding photos already!

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gorgeous gentry: a high society styled wedding shoot at adlington hall

November 22nd, 2017 | Aislinn Thompson

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Downton Abbey may no longer keep us warm on a Sunday night, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped daydreaming about slipping into one of Lady Mary’s elegant gowns and gliding down the wide staircase to be greeted at the bottom by an eligible suitor and served an endless feast of delectable delights from silver platters. So, when we read the brief for a ‘High Society & Countryside Pursuits’ styled shoot, we had no trouble at all finding ourselves right there in the moment

Coordinated by accessory designer Heidi Reid of Glorious Tiaras, who won The Wedding Industry Awards Best Bridal Accessory Designer in the North West award in 2016 and 2017, and who supplied the hair accessories for the shoot, enjoy a little escapism as we take you back to the turn of the 20th century and to one of the most beautiful, privately owned country homes in Cheshire.

With images by Zapimage.

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heidi says: Our working title for this shoot was ‘High Society & Countryside Pursuits’ luxe bridal inspiration. The history of the shoot’s venue, Adlington Hall, as a hunting lodge frequented by the region’s landed gentry inspired us to plan a shoot that had all the luxe elements you would imagine finding at a society dinner at Adlington Hall at the turn of the 20th century. I wanted the styling to reflect the historic location and picked suppliers I felt had the vision and creativity to understand the brief and the skill to bring that vision to life.

I’ve lived just ten minutes away from Adlington Hall for 20 years and, until recently, had never visited. My first trip to the country house and its gardens blew me away! I couldn’t believe that this hidden gem wasn’t as well-known as other Cheshire stately homes, with its intriguing history (Handel is rumoured to have stayed here and played the 17th century organ in the main hall), its beautiful formal and wild gardens, unique features such as an imposing mythological mural that takes up a full wall, huge marble fireplaces and a panelled ceiling featuring the Coats of Arms of other prominent Cheshire families. I knew that Adlington Hall was licensed for weddings and started to speak to other local wedding suppliers who I knew could use their talents and enthusiasm to develop a styled wedding shoot with me.

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Our aim for this shoot was to showcase Adlington Hall and Hunting Lodge as a unique venue with a rich heritage, whilst offering inspiration to couples wanting to embrace their love of the countryside and the outdoors in a more luxurious, less bohemian way. The rich décor of the interior of Adlington Hall inspired our colour palette of coppers, berries and deep fern-like greens, and featured in everything from the bespoke wedding stationery by Nina Thomas Studio and the Kaye Hannabuss-designed Harris Tweed waistcoat and bow tie, to the bridal make-up by Gemma of Dollface Makeup Studio, the floral arrangements by The Flower House, and our elegant three-tiered wedding cake from For Goodness Cake. Love Lights the Way supplied the beautiful blossom lights.

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We wanted to use elements that gave a nod to a turn of the 20th century, Agatha Christie-esque gathering of Cheshire’s landed gentry. To achieve this, we used coloured Edwardian glassware and vintage gold-plated cutlery supplied and styled by Maud and Mabel’s, a show-stopping copper candelabra festooned with a floral arrangement of pheasant feathers, fragrant roses, berry-toned hellebores and plum-coloured peonies to create the feel of a society gathering designed to impress. The feathers, the tweed, gundogs Fern and Elisa, and Secret, the beautiful Welsh Cob, were a must for our high society & countryside pursuits theme, and we absolutely loved involving these adorable animals in our shoot. We couldn’t quite believe what patient, willing models they were! Special thanks must go to Kim Wardle-Payler for bringing her horse and Labrador along for the day.

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Working with Helen of 7th Heaven Bridal we chose a luxe Charmeuse silk Justin Alexander gown, with flutter sleeves and a low back that we felt epitomised understated period glamour. Makeup artist Gemma worked to our palette of berries and coppers, opting for a strong lip colour to complement warm copper tones on the bride’s eyes. The hair was styled by Amy at Hushlounge with a deep side parting and elegant waves to give the look of understated glamour a lá 1940’s movie stars, like Ava Gardner.

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new designer alert: savannah miller collection arrives at LOVE bridal boutique

November 22nd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Forever a fan of a fashion-forward bride, we just love the opportunity to bring our readers exciting news of the hottest bridal collections out there – which is why we’re thrilled to be revealing details of a new designer to land at one of our Sponsor boutiques.

Leave space on your must-visit boutique list ladies, as this one is a biggie that you won’t want to miss out on. The lovely Emma Draper of LOVE Bridal Boutique in Altrincham, Cheshire, is now the proud and exclusive northwest stockist of the latest Savannah Miller collection; Avalon’s Song.

British-American fashion designer, Savannah, well-known for her label Twenty8Twelve, created with sister, actress Sienna Miller, launched her second collection in May this year at The White Gallery, London, where Emma fell whole-heartedly for the stylish bohemian designs which she knew would massively appeal to LOVE’s fashion-conscious brides who crave something a little different from the norm.

Keen to find out more, we invite Emma to the blog to give us an overview of Avalon’s Song as well as details of the stunning dress designs from the collection that she has chosen to stock at her beautiful boutique.

Images Jonny Draper/ Savannah Miller

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emma says: The gowns in the Avalon’s Song collection are timeless, effortless and the ultimate in “boho-luxe” glamour but with a relaxed quality.

Drawing upon Savannah’s love of vintage styling and the wild English countryside, gowns are made in the UK in sumptuously rich and textured fabric, paired with simple, flattering lines. Detail is pulled from the bohemian style of the 1930’s and colours are soft and muted with hints of delicate embroidery, resulting in the perfect balance between romance and glamour.

Her stunning gowns are comfortable to wear, using clever design and split sizing, which is great when somebody has a larger bust and smaller hips or vice versa. Savannah has really thought about the female figure when designing her collection, perfect for brides who have comfort high on their list of priorities but without compromising style.

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The dress that the collection is named after! This stunning gown features a beautiful cowl neckline which continues at the back of the dress too. We love the ingenuity of the removeable piece of lace that demurely covers the lower back during the ceremony but can be removed to reveal an alluring look for evening. It also, very cleverly, has a built-in bra so that it provides support when the back is out.

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party on: alive network’s top ten yorkshire wedding bands

November 21st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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With many talented musicians out there, even those with their finger firmly on the live music pulse can struggle when it comes to narrowing down the options to just one act to perform at their wedding.

And even once you’ve found a potential entertainer, you’ll need to check where they’re based, how far they will travel, what type of formation they have and what type of music they can play. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll also need to know that they’re reliable, and it’s imperative that they will deliver a performance to be remembered for all the right reasons.

To help make the search easier for those of you tying the knot in Yorkshire, our fabulous Sponsor Alive Network Entertainment Agency, has culminated a list of the hottest bands that are guaranteed to fill the dancefloors of weddings taking place across the county.

Here they share the essential info on their top ten Yorkshire wedding bands, so you can cut to the chase. It’s a right mix of rock, indie, chart, jazz, swing, rat pack, and rock and roll – meaning there really is something for all.

Better still, a place on Alive Network’s books mean that the agency can vouch for the reliability and performance skills of each act, so all you need to do is find the one that best fits the bill for your big day.

Blue Note Mitch and The Red Hot Jacks

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Wild, jumping and energetic – think The Blues Brothers meets ska, and you’re half-way there. Blue Note Mitch and The Red Hot Jacks are a fab five-piece, who’ve all performed at amazing venues world-wide, such as the Royal Albert Hall and Madison Square Gardens, to name just a couple… Their wide range of fun vintage music will fill your dancefloor big time.

Sinatra, Chuck Berry, Madness, Louis Prima, James Brown, Elvis, The Killers… their repertoire includes classics and funky takes on newbies. Dare you not to dance.

The MBB

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If it’s a big sound and a big night of supercool and ultra-luxe entertainment you’re after, West-Yorkshire based The MBB Band can bring it. This ten-piece jazz orchestra specialise in classic swing, jive, and pop in a swing style. They also offer a fun ‘singaoke’ option, where you can take centre-stage – could this be the most classy karaoke ever? We think so! The band embodies the smooth glam of the Rat Pack in sound, style and appearance, wearing dinner jackets and performing with professional vintage instruments for the classy 1940s Glenn Miller orchestra look. Members of the band have performed world-wide, including at prestigious music venues like Ronnie Scotts and Bridgewater Hall. So, if you want a memorable first dance and a band that will have you and your guests dancing (and maybe even singing!) your hearts out, look no further. Shake your tail feather to that!

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falling into you. vera wang for a stylish wedding at lartington hall – helen & john

November 21st, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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For today’s real wedding, we’re escaping to beautiful Teesdale for Helen and John’s special day back in April, following their year-long engagement.

We could begin by talking about their enchanting venue, Lartington Hall, nestled in 75 acres of parkland, with its exquisite ballroom, chapel and gardens. We could even talk about the couple’s bold teal and purple colour scheme, with peacock feathers thrown into the mix. We might even share details of their scrumptious chocolate Guinness cake and the fact that the wedding also coincided with the groom’s birthday celebrations, making the occasion extra special.

But we just have to throw the spotlight on Helen’s stunning Vera Wang Odette dress – offering you lucky readers a glimpse into what we think is a true fairytale-inspired moment. This oh-so-pretty floor-length ball gown, named after the leading female character in Swan Lake, is utter perfection and a welcome reminder to all brides-to-be out there that it really is worth making a statement with your bridal look. Trust us, your wedding album will thank you later.

With images by Stan Seaton Photography.

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helen says: Every year since we started dating we have gone to the Peak District in April for a long weekend, camping usually in fairly frosty weather, and 2016 was no exception. We had stopped on Eyam Moor to admire the view with not another soul in sight. Although beautiful, it was absolutely freezing, and I had already set off again when John called me back as he was ‘looking for his scarf’ in a bag, which concealed a Claddagh ring, which he had made with my birthstone as a proposal ring. He got down on one knee to ask the question and, of course, I said yes!

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Our wedding date was a bit controversial. There was availability for the date exactly a year on from our engagement, but as it was John’s birthday the week after, he thought it would be a great idea to combine this with getting married on the same weekend! So, 29th April it was! It turned out perfectly as it meant John’s family and friends from Ireland could join us for a double celebration and a bank holiday Monday in the UK so everyone had some extra time recover.

I’m originally from the North East and it was my mum who had heard about our chosen venue, Lartington Hall, and all the work that owners John and Shona had put in to the restoration and developing such a beautiful venue and grounds. As soon as we walked into the Grand Corridor, we knew it was the venue for us.

Combining two special occasions and being able to celebrate in this private and stunning setting was a dream. We loved the freedom of being able to host different parts of our day across the rooms at Lartington; from the chapel ceremony, ballroom for our wedding breakfast and dancing the night away to rounding the night off (with whoever was left standing!) in the drawing room. We knew we were in safe hands with the team at Lartington, who ensured our wedding day ran seamlessly.

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I have to credit my bridesmaid Jo for helping me when it came to our colour scheme! I’ve always loved bold colours, and John and I both like purple so that was our starting point, mixed with the organic natural forms of art nouveau, which I’ve always loved. That led us to peacock feathers so we added a teal to the purple along with silver accents. These ideas were carried through in the flowing lines of the sleepy S-shaped bouquets and the peacock feathers that featured in our stationery.

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My mum is a fantastic seamstress and made her own wedding dress, as well as her sister’s wedding dress from scratch, but I didn’t want to put the mother-of-the bride under too much pressure leading up to the big day. And so, I eventually chose a Vera Wang dress called Odette, which was fitting as I have always loved ballet. My mum then hand-stitched embellishments to the front and back of the bodice. It was so much fun to wear!

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