December 4th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
We’re starting the week with a show-stopper of a real wedding – seriously, this is a beauty!
Though Victoria and Jay chose to keep the styling simple and had no set theme, the venue and decorative elements are pure luxury and class.
We adore the big blousy floral arrangements and bouquets, not to mention Victoria’s dress – wow! The back detail in particular has us all the heart eyes!
The grandest of reception rooms, a choice menu for the wedding breakfast and Molton Brown goodies as favours cements this as a big day we would have loved to have been on the guest list for.
With images by Hayley Baxter Photography.
victoria says: We got engaged on Easter Sunday. I had been away in the USA for two weeks with my family, and on the night I got back Jake wanted to take me out. We went for a meal and caught up on the past few weeks. Then, after the meal Jake produced an Easter egg and written on the egg were the words “will you marry me?” and he produced the ring. There were plenty of tears! Although we had been together since I was 16, it was still a surprise.
We set the date for 19th August 2017 as we wanted a summer wedding.
Our chosen venue was Thornton Manor, Cheshire. Jake had come across the venue through work about five years ago and we always said that when we got married we would take a look. It was always going to be the one, it is beautiful!
We didn’t have a set theme but we knew we wanted to keep things simple and elegant, so we chose ivory flowers, neutral colours and lots of candles. This also kept things light for summer and was in keeping with the classy feel of the venue.
When it came to my dress, I knew I wanted a slim fit design that was a little different. In the end I had to pick between my dress and classic strapless dress but chose mine because it was that bit different. I got it from The Confetti Box in Manchester. I had so many compliments on the day of people saying how unique it was.
I hired The Dollz for my bridal hair and makeup, who did a great job and my makeup lasted well into the night.
Jake’s and the groomsmen’s suit were from Whitfield & Ward, in Wilmslow.
We found the perfect bridesmaid dresses in One Fine Day Bridal, in Preston.
On the day of the wedding, we travelled from The Chester Grosvenor to Thornton Manor in cars hired from Grosvenor Cars. Me and my dad travelled in a White Rolls Royce Phantom, and the bridesmaids and parents travelled in white Range Rovers.
Hayley Baxter captured our day. She was so friendly, she made us feel so at ease throughout the day. She was like a guest. We wanted natural photos which are her style. She made a story from her photos and they were presented absolutely beautifully.
Our flowers were provided by Qube Events. We had ivory roses and hydrangea bouquets and then the venue was decorated in the same flowers, with lots of candles too.
In keeping with the décor, we gave our guests Molton Brown candles as favours.
Our wedding cake was a three-tier square design, consisting of Victoria sponge and raspberry and chocolate with ivory icing. It was made by Buttercup Cakes.
Barrett Event Caterers supplied our food and we gave guests a choice for the wedding breakfast. Starters were scallops and prawn or duck salad; mains steak or seabass and dessert a trio of desserts or chocolate brownie. We wanted to have something different to the standard soup and chicken, we also thought offering a choice was a nice touch. Everyone loved the food!
Entertainment-wise we had a violin player (Four Strings) to play during the ceremony then a four-piece instrumental with a jazz vibe during the drinks reception. In the evening we had an acoustic guitarist and vocalist, and also an eight-piece soul band called Soul Unit.
As special touches to the day, we had an oval top table in the middle of the room, which worked really well. We also had a polaroid guestbook where people could leave a photo with their message.
Following our wedding, we would absolutely recommend Thornton Manor to other couples. It is such a special venue that is so elegant and charming. It is large enough to have 200 guests but worked just a well with 87. It allowed people to freely move around. The venue is beautiful inside and out! If it is a nice day you can really utilise the gardens but it is equally stunning inside, should the weather not be as kind.
Looking back, I’d say my favourite part of the day was the wedding breakfast and speeches. It was lovely to see the room dressed, Qube did a fantastic job – it looked beautiful. We could look around and see everyone enjoying themselves, and it was also a good opportunity for me and Jake to have a chat with everyone between courses. The speeches were great, so funny but also touching.
For our honeymoon, we went to Bali for ten days. We stayed in Ubud for five days at Uma by Como, which overlooked the jungle. Whilst in Ubud we did a cooking class, cycled through local villages and rice fields, kayaked and visited temples. We then stayed on the beach in Seminyak for five nights, which was our chance to chill by the sea.
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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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