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true blue: a sapphire-inspired wedding in the north west – katherine & grant

February 16th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Sapphire Blue Wedding in the North West (c) Struth Photography (27)

While we fiercely champion all of our amazing suppliers, we also love to see a wedding that calls on the talents of the couple’s nearest and dearest and delivers handmade touches, like the wedding flowers in today’s real wedding that were arranged by the bride’s aunt, and the cake created by a family friend.

Katherine and Grant were married at the The Great Hall at Mains in Poulton-le-Fylde, an exclusive Tudor style venue, which they decorated with flashes of Kingfisher blue to echo the sapphire in Katherine’s engagement ring. The venue is set against a backdrop of the River Wyre and the Hall, with its high timber-framed ceilings, gigantic stone fireplace, gorgeous tapestries and medieval ironwork chandeliers, has a wonderful historic ambience.

The smile on Katherine’s face as she walks down the aisle towards Grant says it all though – it all comes back to love!

With images by Struth Photography.

A Sapphire Blue Wedding in the North West (c) Struth Photography (24)

[jenaopen]katherine says: We got engaged while on holiday in York. We took our dog, Toby, to a lovely forest for a walk. I got up from a bench to throw the stick for Toby and, when I turned around to sit back down, Grant had the ring out and asked me to marry him.

We got married on 28th May 2017. We picked this date as it was the closest weekend date available to our anniversary, which is 4th June.

A Sapphire Blue Wedding in the North West (c) Struth Photography (10)

We chose our venue – The Great Hall at Mains in Poulton-le-Fylde – because of its beauty inside and out, choosing blue as our main colour scheme as a nod to my sapphire engagement ring.

A Sapphire Blue Wedding in the North West (c) Struth Photography (31)

For my dress, I chose an oyster fit and flare strapless design with a white lace overlay. It came from Areles Bridal in Darwen. I picked it because I found this shape best complemented my figure.

My bridesmaids had beautiful blue wrap dresses, which we also found at the bridal shop.

A Sapphire Blue Wedding in the North West (c) Struth Photography (22)

Grant picked a dark grey three-piece suit with a blue cravat from Aults in Bolton, and the groomsmen wore the same.

A Sapphire Blue Wedding in the North West (c) Struth Photography (6)

On the day, I travelled to the venue in an elegant Rolls Royce from Clouds Cars.

A Sapphire Blue Wedding in the North West (c) Struth Photography (16)

Our photographers were the Struths. We instantly got on with them really well and they made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera. As such, we’d be sure to recommend them to other brides and grooms.

A Sapphire Blue Wedding in the North West (c) Struth Photography (23)

We were fortunate that some of our friends and family were able to contribute to our day with their talents. My auntie Anne put our beautiful flowers together, and a friend of my brother made our cake, which was silver and white with tree detailing.

A Sapphire Blue Wedding in the North West (c) Struth Photography (34)

For the wedding breakfast we had my favourite meal; chicken wrapped in bacon and topped with cheese, served with vegetables and potatoes, followed by sticky toffee pudding.

To keep the party going after the meal we had the in-house DJ to provide the evening entertainment.

A Sapphire Blue Wedding in the North West (c) Struth Photography (36)

My top tip for other Brides Up North is to simply enjoy every minute you spend together with your partner on the day because there isn’t much time to do so when making time to speak to all your guests too.

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Aislinn Thompson
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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