April 19th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Spring might have finally sprung (can you feel it?!) but this morning we’re stepping into the romantic backdrop of Eaves Hall in Lancashire, for today’s sublime winter wedding.
Deciding on a timeless white and silver colour scheme complemented by plenty of twinkling fairy lights and a pared back setting, Sally and Chris’s wedding is the epitome of elegance and class. Add in some rather pretty gypsophila flowers, a hint of glitter and some delicious cupcakes and we think you’ll be swept away by Sally’s recount of their special day.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Sally Eaves Weddings.
sally says: We got engaged in 2015, while in New York for Christmas. On the evening of Christmas Day, Chris took me to the Rockefeller tree and proposed there – it was the best trip of our lives.
We got married a year later, on Christmas Eve. Christmas is a special time for us, with it being the time we got together and also when we got engaged, so we thought, why not? We couldn’t think of anything better than being with all of our friends and family for Christmas.
We got married at Eaves Hall, Lancashire. We instantly fell in love with it when we visited. It is so unique and beautiful, and it makes the perfect Christmas venue.
We chose a winter white and silver theme, complemented by lots of Christmassy fairy lights.
I purchased my dress from Ava Rose Hamilton in Barrowford (now moved to Colne). I instantly fell in love with the gown because of the fabric. I wanted lace and I could have a lace top to go over it. I took this off for the night do, so it looked like two different dresses.
The bridal party stayed at the Eaves Hall lodge the night before the wedding while Chris hired a Range Rover from one of his friends to arrive at the venue in.
We booked Sally Eaves for our photography. She went above and beyond, and was more than a photographer on the day, helping the lads with their braces and buttonholes, and supervising babies while taking photos at the same time. She made everyone feel at ease. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone.
I opted for gypsophila flowers with a hint of glitter and diamantes from Rolands Florist in Rawtenstall. We also used Creative Cover Hire to decorate the ceremony space with pretty fairy lights and also for the chair covers.
As favours, we gave everyone crackers that contained Cancer Research snowflake pins and a card, which explained that a donation had been made on their behalf in memory of Chris’s mum.
We wanted cupcakes instead of a traditional tiered wedding cake and my mum sorted this for us.
For the wedding breakfast we had French onion soup, followed by roast beef and then a trio of chocolate desserts.
As for the entertainment, pianist Dennis played during the day, then at nighttime we had magician Roger Woods and Richie Smith, an amazing saxophone player. We saw him at the Eaves Hall wedding fair and knew we had to book him!
As a special wedding day surprise for Chris, I arranged for him to receive a letter from footballer John Terry congratulating us on our wedding day.
Following our wedding, we would most definitely recommend Eaves Hall to other brides and grooms – it was such a magical venue for our big day.
Looking back, I would say our first dance, to Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas was my highlight from the day, as everyone came on the dance floor and sang their hearts out!
For our honeymoon, we are going to Mexico in the summer.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is simply – don’t worry, enjoy the day and relax, as it goes unbelievably fast.
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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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