Charlotte Balbier
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belle of the ball. teal & coral for a fairy-tale wedding in the north west – amy & jamie

December 7th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Fairytale Wedding in Manchester (c) Robbie Venn Photography (45)

This afternoon’s gorgeous real wedding features a striking teal and coral colour palette, a truly exotic bouquet and some jaw-dropping stained-glass windows.

Amy and Jamie’s Saddleworth and Ashton-based big day also boasts some stunningly candid speech photographs and a top-drawer mother-of-the-bride outfit – full marks, mum, for co-ordinating perfectly with the colour scheme – the Brides Up North team salutes you!

What turns our head most though has to be Amy’s Disney inspired dress based on the ballgown of one of our very favourite princesses, the beautiful Belle.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Venn Photography.

A Fairytale Wedding in Manchester (c) Robbie Venn Photography (23)

amy says: We got engaged on 2nd October 2016, while we were on holiday in Puerto Pollensa, Majorca. We’d been out for an evening meal and were walking back to the apartment when Jamie said he’d seen something down on the beach, I followed him down to the sea, he got down on one knee and proposed with a gorgeous ring.

We chose 30th September for our wedding day; originally, we’d wanted 7th October, but the church was unavailable on that day.

A Fairytale Wedding in Manchester (c) Robbie Venn Photography (49)

We chose Friezland Church for the ceremony. I’d driven past it many times and thought it was a beautiful church in a stunning location. The reception was at The Village Hotel; it was a great location with easy access for all of our guests. They offered a great food and drinks package with loads of extras.

In terms of a colour scheme, we chose teal as the main colour. We found that teal dresses suited all of our bridesmaids beautifully. We also opted for a coral colour for the flowers to complement the teal.

A Fairytale Wedding in Manchester (c) Robbie Venn Photography (24)

I wore an Alfred Angelo Disney inspired dress based on Belle’s dress from Beauty and the Beast. I‘d seen the Disney inspired collection and thought the dresses were amazing. I went to Once Upon a Bride and knew as soon as I put it on that it was the one.  My shoes were custom-made Beauty and the Beast Converse hi-tops made by Becci Boo’s Custom Shoes.

Jamie wore a dark grey suit, a chequered grey waistcoat, a white shirt, teal tie and a top hat from Perfect Fit. The groomsmen wore the same as Jamie.

The bridesmaids wore floor-length, teal, halterneck dresses by Alfred Angelo and our flower girl wore a sparkly white dress with a teal sash. All of the bridesmaids wore coral Converse.

A Fairytale Wedding in Manchester (c) Robbie Venn Photography (21)

Transport-wise, we hired two retro Volkswagen Campers and two Volkswagen Beetles to take myself, the bridesmaids and my mum to the church from Funcampers in Stalybridge. As a surprise for Jamie and the groomsmen, I hired two Range Rovers, but ended up with a Jaguar XJ as one crashed the day before!

A Fairytale Wedding in Manchester (c) Robbie Venn Photography (5)

Robbie Venn was our photographer. I would recommend him 100% to anyone planning a wedding. We met with Robbie at our house and discussed what we were looking for and the locations. On the morning of the wedding Robbie arrived at my parents’ house where we were all getting ready and set to work photographing the preparation. From there, he captured the whole day, right up until the first dance. We got the pictures back and they are amazing – we couldn’t be happier.

A Fairytale Wedding in Manchester (c) Robbie Venn Photography (3)

I wanted something unique for my bouquet and went to my local florist Sandra’s in Glossop with some ideas. I was astonished by the bouquet she created. It was made up of protea, gerbera, freesia and gypsophila.

The table decorations were made up of gypsophila and roses in different coloured jam jars that I had decorated myself. I displayed them on slices of tree trunk to create a rustic feel and surrounded them with candles.

A Fairytale Wedding in Manchester (c) Robbie Venn Photography (18)

Our favours were Love Heart sweets with our names and wedding date, a packet of personalised flower seeds, an LED flashing balloon and some bubbles put together in a little box tied with twine.

My mum made our three-tier cake, which had two madeira tiers and one fruit cake tier. It was decorated with red roses and petals and topped with a glass rose from Beauty and the Beast with our names and wedding date engraved on the dome.

We kept the wedding breakfast menu simple in case of fussy eaters. We started with a potato and leek soup, chicken and vegetables for mains and profiteroles for dessert – simple but very tasty. In the evening we had a barbecue, which unfortunately we had to have inside due to the weather. The choice of food was fantastic and everyone loved it.

A Fairytale Wedding in Manchester (c) Robbie Venn Photography (25)

We hired a DJ for the evening entertainment who played all the right music: a balance of classic 80s, 90s and rock. We couldn’t have asked for any more; everybody was up dancing until the very end (me included!)

We hired a photobooth from Boothtube, for the evening too which kept everyone entertained with a huge selection of wigs, hats and other props. The booth took four photos each time and printed two copies – one for the guests and the other went in an album which all the guests signed. We also made our own candy cart with an assortment of sweets and chocolates in jars and striped pick n mix bags.  It was a huge success – there were hardly any sweets left at the end of the night!

A Fairytale Wedding in Manchester (c) Robbie Venn Photography (17)

We’d absolutely recommend The Village to other couples – the day went so smoothly, the room was decorated beautifully, the food was lovely, and the entertainment was spot on.  We were able to drop off all the decorations and our suitcases the day before when we had our final meeting to discuss the running of the day and they set the room up exactly how we wanted.

A Fairytale Wedding in Manchester (c) Robbie Venn Photography (29)

My favourite moment? Walking down the aisle towards Jamie. It felt like forever since I’d seen him, even though it was only a day. I walked down the aisle to the instrumental version of A Thousand Years and it was so emotional.  Everything about the wedding day was perfect, but walking toward Jamie at the front of the church and seeing his face was definitely the highlight.

A Fairytale Wedding in Manchester (c) Robbie Venn Photography (40)

We went to Zakynthos for our honeymoon. We booked a cosy little villa in the hills of Agios Nikolaos called the Emerald Suites. We flew straight after the wedding and were both so exhausted that we did nothing but lounge about for the first day. Once we’d recovered we hired a quad bike to get around the island and visited some lovely little villages. On one of the days we went horse riding around the olive groves which was incredible.

A Fairytale Wedding in Manchester (c) Robbie Venn Photography (50)

My top tip for other Brides Up North when planning the wedding, would be don’t make too much work for yourself. I wanted to do absolutely everything and, in the end, I had to take a step back and let others help me. Also, wear comfy shoes or have a backup pair. I had my shoes on from about 11am until late evening and I was so glad I‘d chosen Converse – it meant I could dance all night and not have sore feet!

A Fairytale Wedding in Manchester (c) Robbie Venn Photography (77)

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Laura McDonagh
Laura is a true Northophile: she married Adam in Durham in 2011 accompanied by 200 Northumbrian lamb shanks and a Mackem 1950s tribute band who did a rockabilly cover version of Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On. They honeymooned in Northumberland in a 1972 MG convertible, went surfing in Alnmouth and made it to the Edinburgh Fringe (let's ignore the fact that it rained all week). Her big mantra is 'no regrets'...but if she could travel back in time and wear a wedding dress with a Peter Pan collar and pockets, she'd pretty much die happy.

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