December 14th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth
Today on the blog, we escape to Cheshire, to the captivating 17th century Hyde Bank Farm for Ali and Dave’s glorious summer wedding.
We’ve seen all kinds of unique and curious wedding themes on Brides Up North, but this is the first time we’ve encountered Lego – and we love it!
From cute Lego-inspired cake toppers and snazzy cufflinks and socks to Christmas baubles (yes, you read that one right!) – this is a wedding brimming with originality.
With images by Steven Rooney.
ali says: We got engaged in Mykonos in Greece. Dave had secretly purchased the ring and asked my dad beforehand. He was almost caught out by airport security staff who decided to go through his bag twice! Unable to wait any longer, he proposed on the first night, at the hotel, under the air conditioning, boiling hot as we had got lost on the way back from dinner!
Our wedding took place on 25th June 2016. We chose this date as there were only three dates left for 2016 at our reception venue, Hyde Bank Farm, and as I am a massive Christmas lover, it was fairly significant being six months to/from Christmas.
We got married at Norbury Church in Hazel Grove. I have connections with Norbury having grown up going there, and my dad is a clergyman there too (although he didn’t do the service!). We both wanted a church wedding so it fitted the bill perfectly.
We had a Lego theme. Our cake toppers were Lego figures and the groom, best man, groomsmen and father of the bride/groom all had different coloured Lego cufflinks with matching socks. We chose this theme as we’re both big kids at heart.
As for the colour scheme, we picked mint with a hint of blush. We thought this combination was quite summery and mint is one of those colours that suits everyone. The bridesmaids looked gorgeous in their mint dresses.
I eventually went with an Enzoani strapless mermaid wedding dress after trying on quite a number of different dresses. I saw the dress online, spent a while tracking it down, tried it on – and that was it – job done! It was very flattering and easy to get around in. The dress ticked all the boxes and also gave me the option of wearing a lace topper so I had two looks on the day. It was from the Wedding Boutique in Knutsford, which has since rebranded to Felicity Cooper bridal. Shoes wise, I got a pair of Rachel Simpson Matilda shoes online – only two inches high, and so lovely and comfortable.
My grandma kindly offered me her veil to wear for the ceremony which was a really special touch. She and my grandad got married in 1948 so it was very old! Unfortunately though it didn’t match my dress, so instead of wearing it, we draped it over the table that we signed the register on at the wedding to have it on show. I’m not sure how many people were aware of it but it was very special to us that it was there.
For hair and makeup, I booked Rebecca Anderton for my four bridesmaids and myself. She was so lovely and everything turned out great.
Dave wore a navy suit from Moss Bros with a mint coloured cravat, and paired the outfit with a pair of brown shoes from Next. The groomsmen also wore the same navy suit and mint coloured cravat from Moss Bros. They wore navy waistcoats whereas Dave donned an ivory waistcoat.
The bridesmaids wore Sorella Vita 8472 multi way dresses, which we purchased from Fairytale Brides in Whitefield. The decision was made in under an hour! They all chose their own shoes, from a mixture of ASOS and Debenhams.
In terms of transportation, we hired a Tourer convertible from Broadoaks. It even had an Aussie sat nav, which kindly alerted us that we’d arrived!
For our photography, we hired Steven Rooney after a recommendation. He was fantastic and we ended up with lots of natural and ‘in the moment’ photos, which is exactly what we were after.
For the bouquets, we decided on roses with gypsophila. My grandma had red roses so we wanted to bring roses into the theme somewhere. The flowers were supplied by Hazel Grove Flowers which was very conveniently located next to the church.
We chose gypsophila for the centrepieces. These were held in Ikea Skurar vases. The plan we’d had from the beginning was to make as much as we could reusable after the wedding, so we now have eight vases to decorate our new house!
Alongside these we had gold bottles with candles in, which we created by spray painting old beer bottles.
I clocked a giant clothes peg while shopping in Dunelm for £5 so decided to create a bride/groom figurine out of it. I’d seen mini ones on Pinterest but thought, why not make a large one? It sat next to a gallery of family photos we’d set up. We asked our parents and grandparents to give us a copy of their wedding photos so we had six lovely prints of the family throughout the different generations.
We created a Gameboy for our card box out of an old cardboard box and acrylic paints. We’d actually created a life-size Gameboy a few years back as a Christmas fancy dress outfit so we wanted to recreate that on a smaller scale.
We created the table plan ourselves, too. I created it in Photoshop and then had it printed online. It was a job and a half carrying it back from work! We named all the tables after American cities we’d visited and added a pin for each location.
All of these handcrafted creations, alongside our tables and chairs, were set up at the venue by Carla of Classy Blooms. This meant we weren’t running around decorating everything ourselves the night before.
As the date was six months to/from Christmas, we played on that by creating little Christmas baubles! Each one had love hearts and sparkles inside.
We had a three-tiered wedding cake consisting of carrot, chocolate and fruit cake. It tied in with the mint colour scheme and we had little Lego figures for toppers. It was made by Viv of There For The Baking, who is a lovely friend of a friend.
We also had a pork pie cake from M&S. As Dave is from Yorkshire it was deemed essential, and went down very well.
For our wedding breakfast, we had a choice of pate or melon for starter, chicken or beef and Yorkshire pudding for main (an easy choice for Yorkshireman, Dave), and then a ‘trio of desserts’. We thought they all sounded yummy, plus three desserts are better than one!
We hired a DJ through Jon from Cheshire DJs for our evening entertainment. Our DJ, Frank, was great and even managed to find and play our obscure Eurovision requests! We thought a DJ would be best as we’ve had so many fun times together centred around music so it just seemed like the logical option.
After our wedding, we would absolutely recommend our venue to other couples. For our wedding size (80 day guests and 100 evening guests) it was spot on. It was great because you had the room upstairs which was used for the meal and the disco and then the room downstairs which people used to chat and chill. Best of both worlds!
Looking back, I couldn’t possibly choose a favourite part of the day, there were too many moments! Although Dave’s rendition of Sia’s Chandelier and everyone dancing to Verka were probably high on the list, after actually getting married, of course!
We hopped around a bit for our honeymoon. We started off in LA visiting family friends, then we flew over to Hawaii for six nights to relax, and then flew home via three nights in Vegas, where we undertook a spot of gambling and actually came out $100 up in the end!
My top tip for other Brides Up North is – don’t sweat the small stuff. At the end of the day, it’s just about the two of you and all the frills and bells and whistles don’t matter. Your guests have come to celebrate the two of you!
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Originally from north of the border, Alexis has lived in the North East for the past 15 years and considers herself officially an adopted Geordie. A qualified journalist - Alexis took up the position of editor at the region’s longest running business publication in 2015 before moving into a marketing role for one of the UK’s largest independent arts and craft galleries. Alexis currently edits her own lifestyle blog, where you can find her latest musings on all things Newcastle-related, together with a smattering of her Instagram-worthy cocktail and foodie pics. Yet to find Mr Right herself, Alexis sees this as a mere formality when it comes to tying the knot, as she’s already picked out her dream wedding dress, theme and venue...
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