October 5th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
This morning on the blog, we’re heading to the enchanting Colshaw Hall in Cheshire for Dawn and Jayson’s special day, which took place in August of this year.
Following a surprise engagement, the couple fell in love with this exquisite venue – and we can see why. Adorning the backdrop with a pretty palette of purple, lime green and pink, together with beautiful candles and petals – Colshaw Hall was every bit the romantic backdrop that the couple hoped it would be.
From a special reading from their daughter to a balloon release and a rather unique speech from the bridesmaids – they had every detail covered, and then some. We should also mention that we have a serious dose of cake envy – just look at their elegant four-tiered masterpiece.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.
dawn says: We got engaged in October 2015, in The Restaurant Bar and Grill in Liverpool. It was a complete surprise to me. Generally, I can sense when there is something going on, but this was a random night out, planned at the last minute – or so I thought. Strangely enough, we were looking at an auction site on the train there and this really ugly ring with a marquise diamond popped up and I said that it wasn’t very nice, little did I know that Jayson had a marquise diamond in his pocket! Afterwards Jayson said I really didn’t make it easy for him. We had a lovely meal and Jayson said, “you know I love you” and I said, “yes of course”, then he responded with “here goes” and got on two knees (not one) and pulled out my nana’s ring box. He then asked me to marry him. I was so overwhelmed and surprised. I loved the simplicity of his proposal, and said yes immediately. Jayson had been to the jewellery quarter in Birmingham and picked the diamond and the setting, designing the ring himself, I was completely blown away.
Our wedding date – 6th August 2017 – chose us, once we had found the venue. We knew that we would prefer August as we wanted to make sure that our children could be part of our special day. Colshaw Hall didn’t have any Saturdays available so we decided on a Sunday instead.
We had both our ceremony and reception at Colshaw Hall, as the venue has its own chapel called The Stables. We had looked at so many other venues, and even considered going abroad, however we kept coming back to Colshaw Hall, so we made an appointment to view it. We were shown around by the owner, David Irlam, and his passion and attention to detail sold it to us. Colshaw Hall is absolutely beautiful and completely unique to anything else we had seen. A venue that is exclusively yours for the day; you actually feel like it’s your home.
We discussed themes for quite some time, and originally we were going to have a Mediterranean theme, but as time passed, we decided to just go with vibrant colours and places in the world we would like to see over our life time together.
My favourite colour is purple, however we didn’t want to have typical wedding flowers so we opted for a colour scheme made up of purple, pink, lime greens and white.
Pinterest was an amazing help to build a picture of the wedding we wanted before I visited Qube Events and Productions in Bury. Qube provided our venue dressing and flowers, and surpassed all of my expectations.
I knew almost straight away what type of dress I wanted: Spanish looking, fitted, lace with detail and a full bottom with a dramatic train.
I visited a number of bridal shops and found nothing unique at all. So I did more research and found Ava Rose Hamilton in Colne. The boutiques that they have looked beautiful and they had a number of designers that I had never seen before so decided to book an appointment. I was welcomed by Kay and she instinctively knew what I wanted and pulled out a number of dresses. As soon as I saw the Enzoani dress I knew it was everything I wanted, and when I tried it on, I knew it was the one.
Jayson wore a gorgeous tailored suit by Whitfield & Ward based in Wilmslow. We first found them at a wedding show and Jayson was really impressed by the selection of suits, which were not run of the mill. The suit was RAF blue and we had a custom-made waistcoat which looked fantastic. The groomsmen’s suits were also from Whitfield & Ward.
The bridesmaid dresses and flower girl dresses were custom-made from Corniche Bridal Wear in Liverpool. I knew that I wanted something a little different and Marie turned that into reality.
Chelsea and Emma from Hair and Beyond did the hair for all of my wedding party, including myself, and everyone commented on how fantastic we all looked. Rebecca Lloyd Make-up also done the make-up for the wedding party and we looked flawless all day.
People to Places provided our transport in the form of a white Rolls Royce, which was fantastic and a definite hit with my 13-year-old son, as he was allowed to get behind the wheel. They were punctual and so professional too. I got ready at the venue but Jayson got ready at home so they had a great journey to the venue on the morning of the wedding.
We booked Lee Brown Photography to capture our day. Lee is fantastic and makes you feel completely as ease with a camera pointing at you. He is so friendly and a complete professional. He keeps control of the day without being pushy. We knew as soon as we got engaged that we wanted Lee to be our photographer as he was the photographer at my friend’s wedding. His photos capture all the moments of the day perfectly. I would recommend Lee to anyone.
YSD Media filmed our video. They were amazing – I don’t remember seeing them at all which is exactly what we wanted.
I’m not into flowers but I knew I wanted something bold and colourful for my bouquet. I carried out some research and fell in love with all different types of orchids which we then used throughout our wedding. I had a tear drop bouquet and I also had one yellow rose in the back, which was my Dad’s favourite flower. All of the flowers were provided by the very creative team at Qube Events and Productions.
Décor wise, we had all manner of arrangements from silk and fresh flowers in tall vases to low arrangements in gold mirrored boxes. We had a 6ft arrangement on our top table which was stunning. The chapel looked so romantic with candles lining either side of the aisle and petals scattered everywhere.
We didn’t give out favours, but we did have gold individual place names made of wood that looked fantastic.
We choose a four-tier cake from Blackrod Cake Company which looked amazing. We had four different flavours consisting of lemon drizzle, cherry Bakewell, chocolate caramel and mint chocolate. We also had a cake of cheese supplied from the Cheese Show of Dewley was also so tasty, and the company were so easy to deal with.
Barretts are the exclusive caterers for Colshaw Hall, however we supplied our own wine and Prosecco for the drinks reception and the meal. The food and service was fantastic and they could not do enough for us. We chose a triple starter which was served on a slate. This consisted of pate, fishcake and Lancashire tart with chutney. Our main was chicken with bubble and squeak and seasonal vegetables, and for dessert we had chocolate brownie with white chocolate ice-cream and gold leaf.
As soon as we got engaged, I knew exactly who I wanted for the entertainment: Stephen Bayliss. Stephen provides a party atmosphere and is no ordinary singer, he gets on the dancefloor, works the room and gets everyone involved. We had so many comments on how fantastic he was. One of the highlights of the day was magician Paul Grundle who had everyone in awe of his tricks. ProBooths in Merseyside also provided our magic mirror, which went down a storm – everyone loved it!
There were a number of things that we did to personalise our wedding day. Our daughter, who is eight, wrote her own speech – Jayson and I had no idea what she was going to say and there was not a dry eye in the house. Two of our children signed our register. We also did a balloon release, provided by Create & Cherish Balloons in Chorley, in the gardens for my dad, who passed away, as well as Jayson’s nana, which was a beautiful touch. In the absence of my dad, I had asked my bridesmaids to do a speech, which was fantastic as one of my bridesmaids did a rap to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
After our wedding, I would recommend Colshaw Hall to anybody. The venue is beautiful and just perfect if you want to have the whole place to yourself. The real praise goes to Shelley though, who was our wedding co-ordinator, as well as the Colshaw Hall team. They literally cannot do enough for you, and everything is seamless. Being a complete control freak myself I felt I was in such capable hands. A special thank you goes to Ian, our toastmaster, provided by Colshaw Hall. He was amazing from start to finish; he made sure the day flowed perfectly and was so enthusiastic – he was like a family friend.
We had so many favourite parts of the day it’s so hard to choose one as standout! The ceremony was beautiful and our registrar, Michelle Gibbs from Cheshire, was brilliant at making us feel at ease. The balloon release was so special as well.
For our honeymoon, we went to Mexico for 11 nights and stayed at the Secrets Maroma in Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya. The hotel was the best we have ever stayed in. They made our stay magical with lots of personal touches, it was paradise and we would go back in a heartbeat.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is, if you’re getting married at the venue, make sure you take 15 minutes to just be with each other. We managed to escape by going for a short drive in the car which was perfect. I would also say relax and sit back and try to take in all your hard work, don’t worry about trying to talk to everyone because you won’t manage it.
Also, we didn’t have a top table we just had a table for my husband and I, which was so special as we got to have our first dinner together without trying to talk to everyone on the top table. Finally, you cannot please everyone so the best thing to do is please yourself, it’s your day and it goes so fast so have everything that you want even if it’s not conventional.
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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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