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real wedding recap: pronovias for a secret garden wedding in cheshire – katherine & phil

December 30th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 9th January 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from 2016. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

A Secret Garden Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jess Yarwood Photography (58)

Today’s wedding is nothing short of gorgeous and included a fair few surprises for the guests.

After a traditional church ceremony, the wedding party headed to bride Katherine’s parents’ house for a marquee ‘Secret Garden’ reception, held in the back garden. The blooms and décor that make up the setting are incredible and we think that bride Katherine looks absolutely stunning in her silk Pronovias gown.

The video that comes with this wedding is nothing like we’ve ever seen before and reflects the light-hearted and fun-loving atmosphere of the day perfectly. If you do one thing today, watch this! Next time, please can we join in?

With images by Jess Yarwood Photography and video by Lightspeed Film Co

A Secret Garden Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jess Yarwood Photography (48)

katherine says: We were in Meribel in France skiing with the family when we got engaged. The proposal started with a fantastic meal in our chalet, followed by a surprise firework display where Phil went down on one knee in the snow holding a giant LED flashing rocket reading “Will you marry me?”

We set the date for 28th May 2016, which was the Bank Holiday weekend. We got married at St John’s the Evangelist Church and then had the reception at my parents’ house in Kingsley, Cheshire, where I grew up. It has been a wish of mine most of my life.

Grease Wedding Video – Katherine & Philip – May 28th 2016 from Lightspeed Film Co. on Vimeo.

The theme was secret garden and cherry blossom. We had a secret garden filled with real flowers and a running waterfall made by my dad and brother. There was even a special gate that lead us to the evening celebrations that was kept a complete secret from Phil and I. To fit in with the theme we had a colour scheme of cherry blossom pink and grey.

A Secret Garden Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jess Yarwood Photography (52)

I chose a classic dress by Pronovias, which I purchased from Eternity Bridalwear. It was a simple, off-the-shoulder design made from Mikado silk. It was the neckline that I fell in love with and I always knew I wanted a long train. I never thought it would be that big though! My wedding day makeup was done by Lucinka Hodnett.

Phil wore a navy suit with a grey tweed waistcoat from Whitfield & Ward in Wilmslow. All the groomsmen wore the same suits as Phil from and the bridesmaids wore pink dresses by the brand Mascara.

A Secret Garden Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jess Yarwood Photography (26)

We travelled to the church in an old fashioned white car while Phil and the groomsmen were in a white Bentley and the guests travelled onboard a traditional red London bus.

A Secret Garden Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jess Yarwood Photography (33)

Jess Yarwood was our photographer and I would definitely recommend her. She is one of the most talented wedding photographers I have seen – her shots seem effortless. She captured the energy at a wedding which was our main aim when searching for our wedding photographer. She has a great personality and made me feel so at ease on the day – she even helped me get into my dress!

A Secret Garden Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jess Yarwood Photography (40)

I carried a waterfall bouquet of pink and white David Austin roses, created by a florist called Wendy Rae, who is a family friend.

Wendy also created the most amazing floral decorations for our day. From the top table to the bases of the 18 cherry blossom trees, the attention to detail was amazing. The secret garden that she created with her team Annie and John, was so beautiful and filled the marquee with a stunning scent all day.

A Secret Garden Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jess Yarwood Photography (54)

As favours we had traditional sugared almonds in special packaging, that once finished, guests could write us a message on and hang on the wishing tree.

We chose a simple cake made up of four tiers. It featured white icing with a tufted design on one layer and a polka dot pearl on the next. It was made my Maria Hudson, a family friend. I wanted simple and classic like my dress, but couldn’t help but add a bit of colour with flowers, supplied by Wendy, which cascaded down one side.

Simply Helen Catering supplied our wedding breakfast of salmon terrine, fillet of beef and a trio of desserts – sticky toffee pudding, Eton mess and panacotta.

A Secret Garden Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jess Yarwood Photography (68)

As entertainment on the day we had a Del Boy impersonator who made an appearance in the speeches, which was a great surprise. In the evening we had a swing band, fireworks supplied Blitz Fireworks, and another surprise in the form of ‘zombies’ appearing out of the field behind my parents’ house.

A Secret Garden Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jess Yarwood Photography (59)

As a special memory of our big day we made a music wedding video to a Grease medley that was edited by Lightspeed Film Co, which made the Manchester Evening News, and almost went viral! Ben and his team at Lightspeed are so professional, very creative and made my family and friends feel so at ease. They edited and completed our wedding music video in less than two weeks, and we were so happy with it.

A Secret Garden Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jess Yarwood Photography (70)

Looking back I’d say that the speeches were my favourite part of the day. It was an emotional rollercoaster and they were all brilliant in their own way.

A Secret Garden Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jess Yarwood Photography (84)

We’ve delayed our honeymoon until October when we will be jetting off to South Africa on a safari before heading to Mauritius.

My top tips to other Brides Up North would be to stay calm, do not stress and take it all in as I would do anything to go back to that day again. Also, if you’re having a big wedding try your best to get round all the tables during the meal to speak to all your guests.

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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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