January 10th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Today’s real wedding delivers plenty of inspo when it comes to adding personal touches. How delightful is the personalised handkerchief for the bride’s father, with its tear-jerking message? And the cricket bat sporting a ‘play temporarily paused’ message, which made us smile. Then there’s the personalised chef’s hats for guests to wear while carving the meat at each table – great photograph opportunity!
The elegance levels are high in this beautiful big day too, with a flurry of gorgeous florals, classic wedding transport and an A-line gown fit for a princess!
Sally and Jack ended their celebrations with a party to be remembered, putting on a nightclub-style evening do in a tipi, complete with a live band and real fire. Let’s get in on the action…
With images by Shane Webber Photography.
sally says: We got engaged on 27th October 2015. Jack took me on a surprise half-term holiday to Paris; he proposed on the first night and, after a few days in Paris, we flew to London to my favourite restaurant (La Trompette in Chiswick) to celebrate.
We got married on Saturday 27th May 2017, a bank holiday weekend followed by a two-week half-term. We were hoping for the good weather we usually get in May/June.
Our ceremony was held at Holy Trinity Church in Hoghton, Lancashire, and we chose Hoghton Tower as our reception venue for its incredible driveway, stunning views and old English traditions. It was in the perfect location – between both our families in Preston and Darwen – and we would definitely recommend it. It’s historic, located in a beautiful setting and is the perfect fairy-tale wedding venue.
We wanted a traditional wedding that was personal to us so, for the colour scheme, we chose cornflower blue. Both sets of our parents also had a blue colour scheme at their weddings and we just liked the colour!
I wore the Ronald Joyce Robyn dress, bought from Wedding Belles in Blackburn. Susan and her team there are excellent. The dress was A-line with a high neck. It was the one I kept going back to after endless amounts of dress shopping!
Jack wore a three-piece grey custom tweed suit from Remus Uomo (a friend’s company based in Belfast) and the groomsmen wore grey suits from Moss Bros and custom waistcoats from Remus Uomo to match Jack’s.
On the morning of the wedding, my dad and I arrived at the church in a Rolls Royce 1933 classic wedding car and my mum and bridesmaids in a Beaumont Limousine – all from Classic Wedding Carriages in Mellor.
Our photographer was Shane Webber, who we would most definitely recommend. He was there right from the start and didn’t leave until he had captured our entire day exactly how we wanted it. He was personable, organised and efficient. When we got our photographs back, I didn’t even realise he was there at those points in order to take such amazing shots! He captured every moment perfectly.
For the wedding film, we used Ed from Beyond Weddings.
My flowers, by Margaret Mason, were a mix of sunflowers, with a variety of blue and yellow flowers in a cascading bouquet. My bridesmaids and flower girl had matching smaller versions of my bouquet. The centrepieces and minstrel gallery display at the venue were also provided by Margaret Mason.
Lancashire Chair Covers provided hessian bows and chiavari chairs for the main reception.
When it came to the favours, we love walking in the Lake District and, from every walk, we have always collected a rock. We deliberated over favours for a long time and eventually decided to combine them with our place names. We collected over 100 pebbles/rocks and wrote our guests’ names on them.
For the cake, we went to Sue at Champagne Cakes in Longridge, who designed and made our three-tier cake. We had chocolate, lemon drizzle and sticky toffee – our favourite flavours – although we didn’t get any on the night! There was buttercream icing on the outside, with real flowers between each layer provided by Margaret Mason.
Our food was provided by Campbell and Rowley Catering. Paul, Oscar and the team couldn’t have done any more and they played a huge role in our day. The wedding meal consisted of three soups served in mugs, the main course was sirloin steak (Hoghton Tower is said to be where the knighting of the sirloin happened) and chips and vegetables. One guest from each table had to carve the meat for their table. We had secretly stuck a gold star on the back of their rock to indicate which person would be the nominated person on each table. They were asked to follow the chef into the kitchen for a debrief and a few minutes later they came out carrying the joint for their table. Very entertaining for everyone else! For dessert, we had a Hoghton Tower garden chocolate pot.
For the entertainment, during our drinks reception we had the Endymion String Quartet playing in the courtyard. In the evening, we had Lake District-based band The Fusion Dukes, who learnt our first dance – Tom Odell’s Grow Old With Me – and played a selection of our favourite songs; they were amazing.
For our evening reception, we moved from the tower into three large tipis provided by Big Chief Tipis. The band was set up in there, along with a fire pit, and benches and tables for our guests to sit at.
My favourite part of the day was the speeches – the father of the bride, groom and best man all did an amazing job and had everyone in tears and hysterics!
For our honeymoon, we went to Sri Lanka for four days and then the Maldives for a week. We went on a safari in Sri Lanka and loved riding around in a tuc tuc. In the Maldives, it was everything we had imagined – sun, sea and snorkelling. We stayed in a beach villa for the first few days and then upgraded to a water villa to finish off in style!
My top tip for all other brides and grooms is to enjoy every moment – we want to do it all again! Get it filmed if you can – it’s the best way of remembering the day.
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Aislinn has a background in journalism, having filled all manner of publishing roles from editor to copywriter to feature writer. She is a former wedding photographer who ran her own business with her husband Michael. Together, they have travelled as far as Australia to photograph a client’s wedding (and spent all their earnings on a campervan trip up the Aussie coast!). Aislinn left wedding photography behind to take on the biggest commitment of her life as mummy to her young son Tom. She has been a bride, bridesmaid and even best woman (she has the speech to prove it!), which is almost all angles covered!
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