Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

posh frocks & cocktails. justin alexander for a relaxed wedding at the bowdon rooms – hayley & tim

February 15th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Relaxed Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Stuart Hornby Photography (37)

Given that we’re super excited about our Brides Up North ‘Pop-up Wedfest’ at The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham next Sunday 26th February, we thought it best to showcase how fabulous the venue is with a real wedding that made use of its versatile function space.

Craving a relaxed yet fun big day, bride and groom Hayley and Tim chose The Bowdon Rooms as the ideal venue for their evening reception following a low-key ceremony at Altrincham Town Hall.

Keen to stray away from tradition, the couple threw the ‘wedding rule book’ out of the window and made the day all about what suited them – from posh frocks, suits and Jimmy Choos to an informal afternoon tea, signature cocktails and one big evening party.

So ladies, if you like what you see be sure to come view The Bowdon Rooms for yourselves at our event between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 26th February, by registering here (Hayley and Tim did!)

With images by Stuart Hornby Photography

A Relaxed Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Stuart Hornby Photography (26)

hayley says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2015 at our local Italian restaurant Coco’s in Altrincham. It was totally unexpected as after us both being married before, we had pretty much ruled it out. Tim chose my favourite day of the year to propose and I was truly stunned! One of our daughter’s Amelia was with us on the evening and she screamed louder than I did!

We chose Friday 28th October 2016 for the wedding. I’m a little impatient and didn’t want to wait too long!

A Relaxed Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Stuart Hornby Photography (29)

We got married at Altrincham Town Hall, which was beautiful, followed by pictures in Altrincham Market House, and afternoon tea and cocktails at the Sugar Junction in Altrincham. We for our evening reception by many more guests and partied the night away at the nearby Bowdon Rooms. We were very keen to have a low-key wedding, (despite going full out on the Justin Alexander gown and Jimmy Choo shoes of course!) and our day was truly perfect in every way.

With us both having been married before we very much wanted to shy away from tradition, so apart from posh frocks and a lovely suit, everything was kept very informal, hence the stand-up afternoon tea and cocktails! We did add just a touch of vintage styling.

A Relaxed Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Stuart Hornby Photography (2)

We chose a dusty pink colour scheme because it’s my favourite colour, plus it tied in with Tim wanting roses as the main flower (yes a man actually showed an interest in flowers!)

I choose a Justin Alexander Signature gown from Puure Bridal in Lymm – it was beautiful and I felt amazing in it. I picked my dress because I wanted something different, something a little sparkly but also something which I hadn’t seen anyone else in before, and I got it! The service at Puure was exceptional and I would recommend any bride to be to visit Angela and her girls. They also sourced my chief bridesmaid dress and my mum’s outfit too – amazing service!

A Relaxed Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Stuart Hornby Photography (11)

As we knew our eldest daughter wouldn’t want to stay in her bridesmaid dress all day, we provided all our bridesmaids (minus the chief one!) with customised bridesmaid hoodies supplied from Diamantes R Us. She was much comfier dancing the night away in this, but it was still clear she was our bridesmaid! Even our youngest bridesmaid our niece Edith, changed into hers!

Tim bought a blue three- piece suit, nothing too fancy as he hates overspending (he has no idea what my dress cost!) but he looked lovely.

A Relaxed Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Stuart Hornby Photography (17)

On the morning of the wedding, I was surprised by my dad with two vintage cars! These were from Kensington Wedding Cars, Altrincham, whose owner, Mike Banks, provided us with excellent service.

A Relaxed Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Stuart Hornby Photography (22)

Stuart of Stuart Hornby Photography captured our day beautifully! Stuart is a close friend of ours so it was only right he photographed the day but I would recommend him to anyone looking for something a little different. He really gets to know what you like and works with you to capture the images you want.

A Relaxed Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Stuart Hornby Photography (24)

In terms of flowers, I had a rose bouquet, which was hand-tied and featured an eclectic mix of soft pinks and greens. They were provided by Four Seasons in Wythenshawe, who I would highly recommend – beautiful flowers, fantastic service and very reasonably priced

Four Seasons also provided the flowers for the venue – a mix of large table arrangements and smaller roses in vases.

A Relaxed Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Stuart Hornby Photography (28)

Sticking with our non-traditional approach, we had an afternoon tea at Sugar Junction for our main meal, accompanied with our very own signature cocktail menu. Later at the Bowdon Rooms, we had a selection of hot baguettes and served sticky toffee pudding for the dessert instead of having a wedding cake.

To provide our entrainment we hired DJ Lee from Andy Murphy DJs.

Would recommend all our venues to other couples looking for something a bit different. The Bowdon Rooms in particular is an amazing versatile venue, which could fitted our theme perfectly. The Sugar Junction were exceptional, their service was second to none and we felt privileged to be their very first wedding!

A Relaxed Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Stuart Hornby Photography (38)

Looking back there were so many highlights and special parts to the day! Walking down the aisle with our daughters, our two nieces and my best friend Helen. My dad and I made a pact to take it very slowly as we are usually both impatient fast walking people, and seeing Tim’s face was priceless. Our two daughters read The Lovely Other Dinosaur reading which brought tears to everyone’s eyes, and was a particularly nice surprise for both sets of grandparents! Having our very close friend Helen also do a reading seemed very fitting, considering it was her who set us up in the first place. The whole ceremony was just exactly what we both wanted, surrounded by our very closest friends and family.

A Relaxed Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Stuart Hornby Photography (43)

For our honeymoon, we have booked to go to the Dominican at Easter, accompanied by both of our daughters, of course! Not a traditional honeymoon, but as both of our daughters were part of the love story to begin with, it only seemed fitting they join us!

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be – do your day how you want it, don’t let anyone interfere! Also, we attended the Brides Up North wedding fair at the Bowdon Rooms in the run up to the wedding and found all of the information and supplier contacts provided at the event really useful.

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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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