January 16th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Ahead of our first Luxury Wedding Fair of the spring season at the stunning Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire this Sunday, we’re sharing the wedding story of Rachel and Omar who chose this fine venue as the setting for their special day.
Exchanging their vows in the Hall’s impressive grounds beneath the lake-side gazebo, Rachel and Omar’s ceremony was 100% picture perfect.
The proceedings gave a tasteful nod to Disney (something we suspect their guests may have seen coming after a proposal by the Alice in Wonderland statue in New York’s Central Park!), and the couple further styled their day with a statement navy and coral colour scheme.
Other special touches to look out for include games on the lawn – something that should be a prerequisite for any garden wedding, we think, and a lovely string quartet to set the laidback ambience.
If you’re on the venue hunt in the North West, be sure to join us at this spectacular venue on Sunday 21st January, for our Brides Up North Bespoke Luxury Wedding Fair, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY. We will be joined by top suppliers from the area as well as the venue’s super helpful team. Pre-register to attend here.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Slice of Pie Photography.
rachel says: We were on a romantic city break to New York in February 2015, when Omar surprised me and proposed by the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park, in the snow.
We tied the knot on 30th July 2016. We chose that date as we wanted an outdoor wedding and summer is our favourite season.
The venue – Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield – was stunning and a great location for our friends and family. It had everything we wanted – outdoor facilities, a stately home and a contemporary feel for the evening reception.
We didn’t have a full theme for the wedding, but we chose certain aspects to show our favourite things and personalities. For example, I walked down the aisle to a Disney arrangement (arranged by my very talented best friend) and our tables were Disney couples instead of numbers. My cousin very kindly painted small canvasses with the couples on.
We decided on a navy and coral colour scheme – we felt it was appropriate for the season, with the six bridesmaids in three different shades of coral and the male members of the bridal party wearing three-piece navy suits.
I chose a lace-up tulle fishtail gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline and pewter lace appliqués, beginning on the body and continuing down the front of the dress and the train. The dress was from The Confetti Box in Eccles. It was just what I wanted; very grand for the venue and something I’d never really seen before.
Omar wore a navy morning tails suit with a grey soft tartan waistcoat, pocket watch and matching tie and pocket square in navy with small white polka dot. This was from Whitfield & Ward in Wilmslow.
The bridesmaids wore floor length, chiffon, halter neck dresses. As I had six bridesmaids, I chose three different shades of coral and placed two bridesmaids in each shade. They were from a store called YS Dress in Stockport.
The groomsmen wore the same as Omar but with navy waistcoats and coral ties and pocket squares; these were also from Whitfield and Ward.
We chose Slice of Pie as our photographers. They are a husband and wife team and they stay with you from the very beginning of the day and capture what they know will be important to you. We would definitely recommend them as they take the time to understand what it is you want to remember from the day, and the end product is beautiful. They are extremely friendly and make you feel relaxed in front of the camera.
In terms of flowers, I carried a bouquet of mainly roses, coral and ivory, with the bridesmaids carrying a smaller version. They were provided by Spreadboroughs in Cheadle Hulme.
The roses continued throughout the décor, for the long and low centrepieces, which featured silver candelabras with a halo of flowers around the base, again from Spreadboroughs. The rest of our room dressing was by Event Dressing Cheshire in Hazel Grove. We went with ivory chair hoods and ivory table cloths.
For our favours, we gave out chocolate covered fruit in birdcage boxes.
We chose a three-tier ivory chocolate wedding cake, decorated with coral and navy flowers, with a tall clear stand separating the top tier away from the bottom tiers. My mother kindly made the cake.
We chose our favourite food for the wedding breakfast. Bruschetta to start, lamb with summer vegetables for the main and a trio of desserts, including lemon sorbet in a brandy snap basket, chocolate orange mousse and vanilla cheesecake. We used Barretts Caterers and we would recommend them. The whole day ran smoothly thanks to them working closely with the staff at the venue.
Entertainment-wise, we had a string quartet, Adagio Strings, during the ceremony which took place by the lake under the gazebo, and for the garden party afterwards. In the evening, we had a band, The Provocateurs, as we prefer live music and think it sets a better atmosphere.
We also had garden games on the lawn between the ceremony and meal, as well as a photo booth in the evening and a quiet area.
Capesthore Hall is a beautiful venue. The staff are exceptional and know just how to give you the perfect wedding day. They listen to your ideas and bring them to life.
We don’t really have a favourite part of the day as it was all amazing! It was so much better than we could have expected, and that’s thanks to everyone who worked on it, both beforehand and on the day. We wouldn’t change any of it.
We flew to the Maldives the next day for our honeymoon to stay in a sea bungalow for ten days. It was just what we needed, and we enjoyed the spa, beach and sunshine. It was the perfect place to relax.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is, just enjoy it. Have people around you that will deal with any stress for you. Your job is to get married and enjoy the perfect day, so do not worry about anything else.
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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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