February 17th, 2016 | Julia Braime
This morning’s real wedding is all about the elegance, with bride Abigail deciding on a sophisticated theme of lace & pearls for her and Peter’s big day.
Having found their dream venue in the historic Samlesbury Hall, Abigail and Peter kept things simple with a classic cream colour scheme and picked details that would complement, rather than detract, from the stunning setting.
Prepare for romance & history to collide…
With images by Toni Darcy Photography.
abigail says: Peter’s proposal was a rather public one. He used the big screen at Manchester’s Christmas Market to pop the question – in front of 7,000 people!
We got married on 4th July 2015, which was three years to the day from when we had our very first date. Our chosen wedding venue was Samlesbury Hall, in Preston. We fell in love with it because it was the most beautiful and characteristic venue that we came across during our search.
We decided on a wedding theme of cream, lace and pearl which we felt would match the personality of the venue and give an overall feel of elegance to the day. In keeping with the theme, our colour palette was cream and pearly shades.
My dress was a classic fishtail design featuring lace and sparkles. I found it at Ava Rose Hamilton bridal boutique. The style of the dress went perfectly with the venue and character of the wedding. On the day my makeup was done by Kerry Baker who did a really fabulous job.
Peter wore a grey tails suit with a cream waistcoat and cravat, which we got from Greenwoods of Blackburn. The groomsmen suits also came from Greenwoods.
I found my bridesmaids’ gorgeous pink, one-shoulder dresses on a website and ordered them online.
Our wedding transport for the day was my mum’s Jaguar.
Toni Darcy captured our wedding day for us and we would highly recommend her to other couples. She was professional, engaging and totally understanding of all our needs.
For our bouquets and to decorate the venue we had lovely arrangements of cream roses to fit in with the theme. These were all provided by Floral Designs of Padiham.
Laura Holden of Padiham, provided our wonderful wedding cake. It was a three-tier strawberry and sponge creation, decorated with icing and ribbons.
Samblesbury Hall provided the food and wine for our wedding breakfast. The food in particular is among the best we have sampled. For the evening meal we had a hog roast.
As the entertainment we hired singer and DJ, CJ Stewart. He created a great atmosphere and really captured guests’ attention with his outstanding performance. We had our first dance to Al Green.
Following our wedding we would recommend Samlesbury Hall to other brides and grooms at the drop of a hat. Angela there was a reliable resource throughout the planning and up to the big day itself. She made it that our day ran so smoothly.
Looking back we’d say that the ceremony was our favourite part of the day – it was so magical and the venue made it every bit more special.
After the wedding we went on honeymoon to Canada for three weeks. We hired a 4×4 car and drove up the East coast. Along the way we visited city, countryside and everything in-between.
My top tip to other Brides Up North is – be smart, you don’t have to spend the earth to have a magical day. It’s best to spend larger amounts of the budget on the areas that are important to you, such as the venue or the dress.
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Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…
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