June 26th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Get ready for an achingly cool real wedding as we welcome fabulous newlyweds Jane and Nathan to the blog. The super fashionable industrial interior of Holmes Mill in Clitheroe provided the swoon-worthy backdrop to their big day; with its bare plaster walls, metal columns and cinema-style fold-away seating, perfectly styled with simple, blowsy blooms of hydrangea and sweeping curves of festoon lights. There’s even a chic Louis Ghost chair to perch on while signing the register.
Jane is effortlessly beautiful in a Halfpenny London dress, a classic vintage-inspired gown with fine corded lace and delicate cap sleeves. The open back and dropped waist add a modern feel that is totally at home with the industrial vibes. She finishes her outfit with a stunning pair of towering Jimmy Choo sandals in delicate grey. The guys are equally cool in black tie, which looks great against the shimmering blue of the bridesmaid dresses.
Family is important, and so the couple’s adorable twins quite rightly take centre stage, and fabulous details from those closest them, such as the hand-drawn table names by Jane’s father, add wonderful personal elements to the celebrations too.
Diary Date: Love Nathan and Jane’s choice of venue? Then be sure to join us for our Urban Luxe Wedding Show at the stunning Holmes Mill on Sunday 23rd September, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY.
With images by Stuart Hornby Photography.
jane says: We got engaged in Palma in June 2016, after almost six years together. I’d given Nathan quite the hard time about proposing, so I don’t think he had much choice!
We got married on Saturday 26th May 2018. We wanted a bank holiday weekend so we could have a ‘wedding weekend’, extending the festivities to the Sunday.
We had our ceremony and reception at Holmes Mill, Clitheroe. I found the venue by chance on Instagram and loved the pictures, so took Nathan along to have a look. We both fell in love with the place, which was very quirky and different to anything we’d visited already. We wanted somewhere our friends wouldn’t have been to before and, as this was a new venue, it ticked that box. We would absolutely recommend the venue – all the staff were amazing and the day went without any issues.
Our colour scheme was mainly blue and white, which was purely to match the bridesmaids’ dresses, which I’d already fallen in love with.
For my dress, I chose a Halfpenny London design, which was bought from The White Closet in Didsbury. I was actually 12 weeks’ pregnant with twins at the time, so I wanted something that wasn’t too fitted so as to not put too much pressure on me after the birth. The dress was called Violet, which was extra special as this was my grandmother’s name.
Nathan chose a black-tie theme for the men, as he wanted something a bit different to the traditional blue suit. He bought his suit from Reiss.
My bridesmaids wore Ghost dresses in blue, which I loved as they could each wear one that was a slightly different design. I actually found these dresses before my own!
Gemma Hallowell did our makeup and Paisley Gamble styled our hair. Gemma and Paisley both did a fantastic job making me and the girls look our best on the day – especially after drinking probably a little too much prosecco the previous night!
Our photographer was Stuart Hornby, who we found at one of the Brides Up North wedding fairs. I would definitely recommend Stuart, as he is a really nice, genuine bloke and he takes fantastic pictures. He made us feel completely at ease and we loved our time with him.
My bouquet consisted mainly of blue and white hydrangeas (my favourite flower), along with some roses. The bridesmaids carried white hydrangeas. Our bouquets and the flowers at the reception (mainly blue and white hydrangeas) were provided by the Flower Shop Clitheroe.
My dad did an amazing job creating our table plan and table names, drawing a picture for each table name of places we’d visited.
As ‘table favours’ we gave each table a selfie stick to capture their moments of the night.
Our cake was a three-tiered, semi-naked cake in three different flavours. It was provided by Hannah Crookston who runs Little Red Bakes and she did an amazing job.
At the wedding breakfast, we had ham hock for the starter, followed by chicken for the main, and ice cream for dessert. Holmes Mill makes its own ice cream on site and has a fantastic ice cream parlour, which is worth a visit.
For entertainment, we used James Anthony the Magician to wow our guests during the reception drinks. All our guests thought he was fantastic and were amazed by his tricks! Our friend Kiah DJ’ed in the evening – he did a fantastic job and we all danced all night.
When it comes to my favourite moment of the day, it was very special that our seven-month-old twins Lily and Leo were able to be there and share the day with us. Lily and Leo were born eight weeks’ premature and are our little miracle babies and, whilst they did make planning this wedding a little difficult, we wouldn’t have changed it for the world. They were both so well behaved and stole the show a little bit, with everyone wanting a little cuddle. We had a fantastic nanny (Sue) to help us on the day and couldn’t have done it without her.
A far-away, exotic honeymoon was out of the question, having recently had twins, but we have booked a three-night mini-moon in Palma to go back to where Nathan proposed.
My top tip for other Brides Up North – though I’m sure everyone says this – is, try and savour as much of the day as possible as it goes so quickly.
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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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