June 6th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Jade and Mike’s engagement may have begun with a few flying sparks – mainly due to the fact their car broke down and they had to hitch a lift all the way to Edinburgh with the AA – but it culminated in the magical glow of wedding celebrations on Bonfire Night weekend, with a gorgeous colour scheme of ‘autumnal sparkle’.
The burnt oranges and deep reds synonymous with this time of year were carried through every detail, from the thoughtful and very pretty hand-blown and leaf-decorated glass coasters given to each of the guests, to the table centrepieces, which featured gold-sprayed pine cones and luxuriously large lanterns glowing with candlelight. Even the gorgeous Sottero and Midgely wedding gown features a Swarovski crystal pattern reminiscent of falling autumn leaves and, in champagne, was the perfect colour to complement the warmth and sparkle of the well-thought-out scheme.
We love the hand-written cards Jade and Mike gave to each guest – each one explaining why that person is particularly special to them and causing a few happy tears, we don’t doubt. If your wedding day isn’t the time to proclaim your love, then when is?! Here’s Jade to tell us more …
With images by Lynsey Doran Photography.
jade says: We got engaged in February 2012. It was our seven-year anniversary and we had planned a long weekend in Edinburgh to celebrate. Mike aimed to propose once we got to the romantic city of Edinburgh, but nerves got the better of him and, just before we were due to set off, Mike got down on one knee. We then set off to Edinburgh but our car broke down on the way and we ended up with the AA! However, the sparkle of the ring still made it a pleasant journey.
We got married on Saturday 4th November 2017. We chose this date as we love the magic, excitement and sparkle of Bonfire Night.
We got married and had our reception at The Priests House, Barden Tower. Mike found this venue whilst on one of his regular cycle rides in the countryside. The venue has just been renovated and you can now have a ceremony and reception in the beautiful old chapel of the Bolton Abbey estate. We’d definitely recommend the venue – Debbie was great at organising a slick wedding.
Our theme was a whimsical ‘autumnal sparkle’, which included leaf shapes with hints of burnt oranges and deep reds, but everything had a touch of sparkle gold shimmer. The colour scheme was important to me and I wanted everything to match, so I used Brides Up North to get lots of inspiration. As it was the weekend of Bonfire Night, we wanted to embrace the warmth and sparkle of this time of year – including in my dress!
My dress was by American designer Sottero & Midgley. I chose this designer for their whimsical princess style. The chosen dress was called Amelie, which was a breath-taking princess gown with a ball gown skirt, featuring a bodice adorned with Swarovski crystals and pearls, and a plunging illusion V-neckline and back. The colour of the dress was champagne, which matched perfectly with the sparkle theme of the day.
The night before the wedding, I stayed in the nearby Stank House Farm, which is part of the Devonshire estate and is gorgeous. On the morning of the wedding, my mum Tania and her partner Mel drove me in their car (a white Mercedes) to the venue.
Our photographer was Lynsey Doran. I would recommend Lynsey, due to her ability to capture dramatic landscapes with love and the couple as the focus.
Our flowers were by florist Serendipity. They included a mixture of roses, vine leaves sprayed gold and South African flowers, as I am half South African.
The table centrepieces were made up of large candle lanterns surrounded by gold-sprayed pine cones and I handmade the table names from picked pine cones, sprayed gold, and added printed names.
For the favours, which showed off our autumnal sparkle colour theme perfectly, each guest received a hand-blown and decorated glass coaster with different shapes of leaves in warm, autumnal colours. Each coaster was then engraved with our names and the date of our wedding. They were hand moulded and etched by my sister and cameo glass artist Helen Millard. Helen handcrafted each favour from different glass colours melted together and decorated them with different leaf designs. They sparkled in the autumn light across the tables.
The beautiful cake was handmade by Mike’s step mum Mel Holdsworth. Mel had never made a wedding cake before but spent months practising and perfecting the perfect tiers of gold shimmer and blush decorations. The cake had three layers: two of carrot cake and a middle layer of chocolate velvet cake.
Our food had to fit the autumnal theme, so it was a classic roast beef with locally sourced meat. We had a goat’s cheese starter and sticky toffee pudding – Mike’s favourite.
For entertainment, we chose the awesome band Wild Ones, as we wanted a saxophone to create the party atmosphere.
We hand wrote a surprise individual card to each person/couple attending our day ceremony. Each card was written by one of us and detailed why that person or couple is special to us and why we wanted them with us to celebrate our day. This went down amazingly and the room was all teary eyed.
My favourite moment was walking down the aisle with my mum. My mum has been there all my life; we have a special relationship and I loved her walking me down the aisle.
For our honeymoon, Mike and I are quite adventurous so we went to Vietnam and travelled north to south down the country, finishing on the beautiful island of Phu Quoc.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is to relax on the morning of your wedding!
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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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