August 25th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Instantly falling in love with their venue, today’s couple Philippa and Kallum, swapped their original idea of tying the knot abroad for the beautiful Saddleworth Hotel. And we’re glad they did, as their wedding features so much gorgeousness, with dramatic images set against moody skies and captivating woodland.
With lots of rose gold and shimmer, and a punchy hot pink accent throughout their colour scheme, this glamorous yet understated wedding is beautifully complemented by cherry blossom trees, pretty rose petals and peonies galore.
Throw in a spectacular fireworks display, photobooth fun, disposable cameras and even a magician, and you’ve got one wonderfully entertaining and memorable line-up for their special day, as Philippa now reveals…
With images by Kate McCarthy Photography
philippa says: We got engaged in Sri Lanka in December 2016. I had been looking at what trips we could do whilst we were there and found on Instagram all these beautiful photos of people at the top of a mountain called Adams Peak. You’re so high you are above the clouds and it just looked magical, so obviously I made Kallum do it. After a full day trip from our hotel to our accommodation at the bottom of Adams Peak we had to wake up at 2am to get to the top of the mountain to watch the sun rise. After a 3ish hour hike up the mountain we got there way too early and didn’t realise how cold it would be so we just sat there cuddling for an hour to try keep warm; waiting for this once in a lifetime sunrise to happen.
When the sunrise finally came up, it was like nothing we had ever seen before – you really did feel like you were in the heavens. It was quite busy at the top of the mountain now with tourists so Kallum pulled me to one side to take some photos of us without anyone else being around. We walked down a few steps to a secluded spot looking over the mountains and rolling clouds and all of a sudden Kallum got down on one knee and pulled out the biggest diamond I have ever seen in my life and asked me to marry him! It was so surreal, it was the most wonderful and overwhelming surprise of my life. It wasn’t until after we got back down the mountain Kallum told me how stressed he had been (as we got engaged nearly a week into our holiday) keeping it a secret and trying not to lose the ring as we climbed the mountain!
We got married on 10th June 2017. The only reason we chose this is my mum found the wedding venue and this is the only date they had available in the summer. We always said we wouldn’t want a long engagement so we thought, why not?
We tied the knot at The Saddleworth Hotel, in Oldham. We always thought about getting married abroad or outside somewhere more rustic but when we viewed the venue, it was so glamorous we just instantly fell in love with it.
We didn’t have a specific theme, we just wanted everything to feel super sophisticated and glamorous to match with the venue. The tables were covered in gold sequin cloth, which made it feel so luxurious.
Colour-scheme-wise, I’m obsessed with anything rose gold, glittery or shiny which was reflected in the table décor. I was going to have the bridesmaids in a sequin rose gold dress, which looked amazing, but then they tried on a bright lipstick pink dress and they just looked so incredible we had to add that into the day too, so we added the bright pink to the flowers and the groomsmen’s socks.
I wore a beautiful Enzoani backless wedding dress from Scarlett Poppy, in Pudsey. In my mind, I always wanted a very fitted wedding dress that was quite figure hugging and backless. It was the first wedding dress I tried on and nothing else compared to it.
Miley Gardner did my makeup and she was amazing – I felt so lucky to have found her! The makeup she did on the bridesmaids and myself was beautiful and lasted all day long. As for our hair, my amazing friend Vicki did mine and also the bridesmaids’ hairstyles and made everyone look so flawless for the day.
Kallum wore a tailored Hugo Boss tuxedo. The best man had a matching tux, also from Hugo Boss, and the groomsmen had tuxedos from Dobell.
The bridesmaids wore dresses from Scarlett Poppy; bright pink, floor-length with an open back and a high neckline – they looked very flattering and just so stunning.
The bridal party stayed in the hotel the night before so it was just a short but very nerve racking walk to the alter the next day! The Saddleworth Hotel, meanwhile, picked up Kallum, his best man and his dad in their Rolls Royce from his parent’s home.
We booked Kate McCarthy Photography to capture our day. I cannot speak highly enough of Kate. From our very first conversation we knew she was on our wavelength. Kate’s photos are just so incredibly beautiful and captured our day just how we wanted. We have received so many compliments because they’re so different from the normal standing and posing shots that everyone has at their wedding. If you want timeless, amazing, dramatic wedding photos that will stand the test of time and capture your most precious moments, then you need to have her at your wedding – or any event for that matter!
The hotel recommended our florist, Kirsty from Harpers Floral Artistry, and she was incredible. She was so easy to talk to and went above and beyond to make sure everything was right on the day. My bouquet was mainly peonies and a couple of roses, made from white and pastel pinks and few hot pinks to tie in with the bridesmaids.
Kirsty decorated all the tables with flowers too and also our ceremony with giant cherry blossom trees, rose petals in the shape of a love heart down the aisle…the list goes on, it looked like a fairy tale.
In terms of favours, we gave some glow sticks that came with a card saying let love glow. We also gave out guest book cards with prompted questions, as I feel sending a book round to sign can be a bit awkward and you don’t know what to write so we thought this would be fun for everyone. We also had disposable cameras on every table.
We got a simple white wedding cake from M&S consisting of vanilla, chocolate and fruit cake, and Kirsty decorated it with flowers.
The food at the venue was unbelievable and as real foodies, we knew it would impress the guests. Everyone had two choices per course. For starters, guests could choose from chicken liver parfait, hedgerow jelly and toasted brioche, or seared tuna with caper and potato salad. For our mains, we had roast chump of English lamb and rosemary juices, or aged beef fillet with peppercorn sauce (both served with lots of vegetables and potatoes). To finish, our desserts were “Sandies” sticky toffee and date pudding, with pecan nut rolled ice cream and caramel sauce; or profiterole with white chocolate mousse and Belgian chocolate sauce.
For our entertainment, we had acoustic singer/guitarist Jonny Walker, who played after the ceremony and before the meal to keep everyone entertained. He is a fantastic singer and got everyone excited for the rest of the day.
Magician Magic Kay was recommended to us by the venue and as a lover of magic why wouldn’t you want one on your wedding day? We met her at an open day at the venue and she completely mesmerised us with her tricks so we had to have her. She entertained the guests after the ceremony and before the meal and everyone loved her!
We also had a photobooth for the evening, which also enabled guests to record video messages which was a great touch. The pictures were also personalised with our names and wedding date. It was a great service – I would definitely recommend the suppliers Funky Booths.
Finally, we had a late-night fireworks display, which made the night so special. The display was incredible and it was set to really dramatic backing music – it was amazing to watch and be a part of.
Following our wedding, we would highly recommend The Saddleworth Hotel to other couples. The lead up to the wedding was so stressful, but once I was at the venue they took care of every single detail. Everything ran with precision but yet didn’t feel like we were being rushed with the day. They’re so professional and just know how to run a wedding; it was flawless.
Looking back, the wedding feels like such a blur now, but I loved every second of our day. I think my favourite part was when I was finally at the end of the aisle and was standing next to Kallum. I was a complete nervous wreck until that point and once I was stood next to him I just felt so calm and excited that this was our day and I was ready to say ‘I do’! Kallum, meanwhile, says that the moment he turned around to see me walking down the aisle was his favourite part.
For our honeymoon, we are going to the Sensatori Resort in Crete and we cannot wait! We did go to Rudding Park on the Monday after the wedding for one night and had a spa day and a fancy meal, which did feel like a mini pre-moon.
Our top tip for other Brides Up North would be – don’t let anyone else make decisions about your wedding because that’s how everyone else does it. It’s your day and it should be unique to you; it’s not about making everyone else happy. You only have one day, so you might as well make it count.
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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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