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christmas kisses. a festive wedding at the bowdon rooms – jo & david

March 29th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Winter Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Mick Cookson Photography (43)

With all the chocolate we’ve consumed over the weekend we’re all Easter-ed out and so are turning our thoughts to other bank holiday celebrations today, as we relive the wonderful Christmas wedding of Jo and David.

Following a festive engagement, today’s bride and groom decided December would be the perfect month in which to take their vows too. As a nod to the season, their romantic big day featured twinkling fairy lights, glittering baubles and shiny accessories, resulting in some super sparkly celebrations.

In case you’ve not heard, we will be hosting one of our fabulous Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at The Bowdon Rooms on Sunday 17th April, giving you the opportunity to see the fabulous venue for yourselves.

With images by Mick Cookson Photography.

A Winter Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Mick Cookson Photography (36)

jo says: David proposed on Christmas morning 2014, it was a complete surprise. I had to follow clues around the house which led to different presents (including a jigsaw of the world and a Manchester City gnome!) and further clues until I found my engagement ring under the tree.

Our wedding was on 27th December 2015. It was 12 months following our engagement and we wanted a Christmas/winter wedding, so the date was perfect!

A Winter Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Mick Cookson Photography (82)

We were married at St Vincent’s RC Church in Altrincham. The wedding breakfast and reception was then held at The Bowdon Rooms. It was the only venue we looked at, and loved how it was one big room with a stage for the band. Also, the room could be decorated to suit whatever style we wanted.

When it came to the theme we were both very easy going – we just wanted a Christmas wedding and for the venue to be decorated for that time of year. To fit the season we chose a décor colour scheme of red and gold.

A Winter Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Mick Cookson Photography (1)

I bought my dress from Love & Cherish in Ramsbottom, which I wore with a headpiece made by Rocks for Frocks. My dress turned out to be the complete opposite from what I originally thought I wanted.

David and the groomsmen wore traditional morning suits with waistcoats and ties. We didn’t have a colour scheme for the wedding attire and so we asked the guys to choose their own tie in whatever colour they wanted.

A Winter Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Mick Cookson Photography (8)

As the church and reception venue are located very close to each other we didn’t see the need to hire transport. Instead my uncle drove my father and me to the church, which was lovely and felt much more personal.

A Winter Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Mick Cookson Photography (16)

Mick Cookson was our wedding photographer and I would definitely recommend him. I had already seen the weddings Mick had done before as I had been a guest at a few of them. We did not want any formal shots, although Mick would have if we had asked him to. As a result the photographs capture the story and atmosphere of the day perfectly.

A Winter Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Mick Cookson Photography (20)

The wedding flowers were from Barkers in Altrincham. I had a bouquet of lilies and orchids with eucalyptus. The bridal party had lily button holes and the bridesmaids wore orchids on their wrists rather than carrying hand-held flowers.

The Bowdon Rooms provided the table decorations and the room was decorated with a huge Christmas tree, fairy lights and garlands.

A Winter Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Mick Cookson Photography (26)

Our wedding cake was a two-tier, square base design with a ‘Mr and Mrs James’ topper. It was made by my friend June Fitzsimmons, who makes fantastic cakes and had made them for lots of previous family celebrations.

As the wedding was just after Christmas we wanted the meal we served to guests to be something a little bit different but still warming as it was bound to be cold out. We trusted The Bowdon Rooms as we had heard very good reviews about their catering. We had soup to start, individual steak pies with vegetables and mashed potatoes for main, and Eton Mess for dessert. In the evening bacon sandwiches were served.

A Winter Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Mick Cookson Photography (31)

For the entertainment, The Bowdon Rooms had recommended a number of bands to us. We chose The Fraudsters as they fitted the style of music we wanted. We decided on a band rather than a DJ and The Fraudsters were amazing, and just perfect for the venue.

A Winter Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Mick Cookson Photography (51)

For couples searching for a wedding venue we would definitely recommend The Bowdon Rooms. It was so easy to organise the day and everything was just how we wanted it. The venue can also be treated as a blank canvass and you can pretty much have it how you want it. It’s a great room and perfect if you want a party atmosphere.

A Winter Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Mick Cookson Photography (68)

Looking back I think my favourite part of our wedding day has to be our first dance. Knowing that everything had come together, the ceremony was perfect and the guests all seemed to have enjoyed the meal, the speeches and getting increasingly merry. So all that was left was to make sure everyone was on the dance floor and enjoyed the music.

A Winter Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Mick Cookson Photography (83)

I was five months pregnant when we got married so we didn’t want to go too far away on our honeymoon. We chose to go to Hipping Hall in the Lake District for a few days and for the New Year.

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be – don’t get bogged down with all of the tiny details. It is so easy to get carried away thinking you need everything in order to make the day special. Also, if you are going to buy your husband-to-be a gift on your wedding day, such as cufflinks which are engraved with significant dates such as your wedding day or your first date, make sure you get the correct date. He still goes on about the fact that I got the date of our first date wrong!

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Rachel Parry
Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...

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