April 22nd, 2016 | Julia Braime
For those of you wanting a truly classic wedding, it’s time to take note – as this morning’s real wedding couple pulled it off perfectly.
After returning to their UK roots following three years in Australia, Heather and Fergus enjoyed a traditional church wedding followed by an elegant hotel reception.
For a wedding that wouldn’t age, the bride and groom chose a subtle travel theme, a sophisticated navy, cream and blush pink colour scheme, simple blooms and vintage travel. We love it all!
With images by Photography34.
heather says: We were engaged on Christmas Eve 2012 whilst on holiday in New Zealand. We’d hired a camper van for a two-week trip and were on a day trip to Milford Sound. On the way back to Queenstown we stopped for some lunch by the side of Lake Gunn. The scenery was beautiful and we were the only ones there apart from some little bugs! I’d asked Fergus to get the bug spray out of our backpack, when he spun round on one knee and instead presented my engagement ring and asked me to marry him. I forgot to say yes straight away and gave him a big hug. When we got back to Queenstown we went out for a lovely meal which was organised as a Christmas present by his twin brother and wife, from Canada. We were able to contact our families by Skype from the caravan park to tell them all the exciting news.
We were married on 20th June 2015. We moved to Australia in 2012 for a period of three years but were keen to be married in the UK surrounded by friends and family after we returned in 2015 as soon as possible.
We got married at St George’s Church in Thornton Hough, Wirral. My parents were married at this church and I was also christened there so I’d always imagined my wedding would take place there. Our wedding reception was at Inglewood Manor hotel, Ledsham. We were planning our wedding from Australia, with my mum and dad doing lots of the venue research. Fergus had visited the hotel a few times for family events and I had fallen in the lake in the grounds when I was very young, so it seemed like a good choice.
The majority of our guests had reserved rooms at Inglewood Manor Hotel as they were travelling from long distances, some overseas. Ahead of the wedding we gave them all a couple of printed luggage tags that matched our stationary with their designated room number on so that they could leave their bags before the ceremony with reception and the hotel would put them in their rooms ready for their return.
I wanted the look and feel of our wedding day to be elegant and timeless. We chose a travel theme for the day, as Fergus and I love to travel together.
The colour scheme was navy, cream and blush pink. I love these colours together as I think they complement each other really well.
I scheduled a day’s wedding dress shopping to coincide with my mum and dad visiting from the UK! We were about to give up after shop number three, but I tried on the 19th dress in about three hours and decided it was perfect. The dress was a two piece from a local designer in Perth. I loved the bead detail on the bodice and the skirt’s flow and movement.
My wedding shoes were from Chanel. I have a friend who works in Dubai, who I was visiting on my way from the UK to Australia. When they didn’t have my size in the London store I sent my friend a WhatsApp to see if she could find them in stock at her place of work. They did have them in and she put them on hold for me for a week until I arrived to try them on!
The bridesmaids’ dresses were from Ted Baker. We had just one day to pick these as well when I was on a short visit back to the UK from Australia.
On the wedding day we travelled in vintage soft top Rolls Royce hired from Chester Wedding Cars. The bridesmaids travelled in a vintage Princess Vanden Plas.
Tony from Photography 34 was our photographer. Tony is a friend of my cousin’s and had photographed their wedding day so he was highly recommended to us! Tony met with us for our engagement shoot near our old apartment in Leeds and we got on so well. Tony was brilliant on the day and took such beautiful pictures after the ceremony, despite the bit of drizzle.
Katie’s Floral Creations in Wallasey, Wirral, provided all of our flowers. Katie was fantastic, and we even met up on a visit she made to see her family in Perth, Australia to discuss some options. On the wedding day I carried a tightly presented bouquet of peonies with anemones.
Katie’s Floral Creations also provided the flowers for the wedding reception. The table bouquets were arrangements of mainly peonies.
Our favours were lottery tickets for St John’s Hospice. It’s close to our family as they took care of a family member.
Jennifer O’Neill made our lovely wedding cake. We chose three different flavours: lemon, chocolate and Victoria sponge. It was a simple white design with flower petals cascading down the tiers.
For our wedding breakfast we chose a starter of rose melon with raspberry sorbet, followed by mains of lamb and an Eton mess for dessert. We wanted the menu to be refreshing and not too heavy to complement the warmer weather we were hoping for in June.
As our wedding entertainment we hired a band called Madison. We were recommended the band by a few family members who had seen them perform at weddings and other venues in Liverpool. Their set included lots of our favourite songs and they could also do an acoustic set to welcome guests. They were brilliant and made the dance floor come alive.
Following our wedding we would most definitely recommend our choice of venue to other couples. Inglewood has beautiful grounds which Tony took advantage of in his pictures. They were very accommodating with our requests and it was really nice to wake up the next morning to have breakfast with everyone as well.
Apart from the ceremony itself, I’d say my favourite part of the day was walking back down the aisle with Fergus and seeing all of our family and friends, some of whom we hadn’t seen for three years whilst we had been away. We were so grateful for the effort that everyone had made travelling from long distance to be there with us.
We only returned from Australia in April 2015, and went travelling for a few weeks to Mexico and Belize before our wedding. So for our honeymoon, we chose a short trip to Hvar Island and Split, Croatia. We were joined for the first few days by my husband’s twin brother and his wife who we had only seen once in three years as they had moved to Canada shortly before we moved to Australia. It wouldn’t be for everyone, but we had a fantastic time with them wine tasting, going out on a private boat trip from the island. We had a few days by ourselves in Split after they had left which were really relaxing, spent exploring the old town and lying by the pool.
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be – don’t be afraid to ask to customise your wedding dress if there is a detail you want added/changed. I changed the back of the bodice to do up with buttons (which I had always wanted on my dress) from ribbon and was really pleased with the outcome. We also changed the buttons on the bridesmaid dresses.
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