July 5th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
We’re over hump day and racing towards another scorcher of a weekend! So, to help the nine till five pass a little quicker we’re filling your days with lots of lovely inspo, including today’s beaut of a real wedding. Featured couple, Katie and Liam, chose a lovely colour scheme of creams and blues and threw a metallic edge into the mix, adding a modern sheen to a rustic, relaxed wedding day at the grand – yet equally intimate – Eden Barn.
A curtain of fairy lights from floor to rafters at the end of the aisle frames the bride and groom during the wedding vows and there are lots of gorgeous handmade details to admire; from the wooden pallet-style sign proclaiming the timings to the unusual table plan sporting tiny keys for guests to take to discover their table numbers.
A touching and beautiful idea dreamt up by the bride is the set of ‘memory stairs’ – a step ladder decorated with fairy lights, candles and sprigs of gypsophila that displayed photographs of loved ones who have sadly passed. Weddings are such emotional events that often conjure up poignant memories, so to be able to see loved ones represented who couldn’t be there is a lovely thought.
Katie stuns in a delicate off-the-shoulder Maggie Sottero gown with a dramatic illusion lace back and flowing, ball gown tulle skirt, accented with a sparkly Swarovski crystal belt. A gorgeous bouquet in blush and grey is a wonderful complement to such a stunning gown. We’ll leave it to the beautiful bride to tell us more…
With images by Fusion Photo Ltd.
katie says: Our engagement was perfect and magical! It was my 21st birthday and Liam took me to his parents’ house in Spain. He told me there was a surprise on the Wednesday (4th February 2015). I woke up and I could hear Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud playing. I started walking down the stairs and there were little notes scattered about; as I picked them up, I noticed they all had reasons why Liam loved me. There were about 15 notes and they led me to the doors of the dining room. The last note told me to open the door. Liam was there on one knee with a box in his hands. I burst into tears and can’t really remember much of what he said but it was so magical. He did good
We got married on 7th May 2018. The venue we picked was extremely busy but we knew we wanted May and they had that date available. It was May Day Monday, but it was something a little bit different getting married on a Monday!
We had both the ceremony and reception at Eden Wedding Barn, Little Musgrave. My mum and sister went to a party there and couldn’t believe how lovely it was, so we booked an appointment to view it and as soon as we walked in we fell in love with it. It was exactly what we wanted. The venue was absolutely perfect! Any couple getting married there is so lucky; I would recommend it over and over again.
We didn’t really pick a theme but there was quite a rustic, relaxed feel to the venue and that influenced our choice of decorations and flowers. Colour-wise, we mostly used creams, blues and metallic.
I got my dress from I Do in Cockermouth. My mum and I went one day just because I had never tried a dress on and I wanted to get a feel for what I liked so I could look further. As soon as I stepped into the shop, I felt so relaxed and comfortable. We picked out ten dresses of all designs that I thought I would like. I tried on the second one and instantly loved it; I walked out to mum and she burst into tears. Right then, I knew it was the one. It was nothing I imagined myself going for but it was perfect. The designer was Maggie Sottero and the dress was called Montgomery.
Liam wore a navy suit with a tailed jacket and a grey waistcoat. The groomsmen wore the same suit as Liam without the tail and with a navy waistcoat. The suits were rented from The Wedding Warehouse in Carlisle.
I had two bridesmaids and two flower girls. My bridesmaid dresses were from Carol’s Bridal Boutique in Carlisle. They were designed by True Bride and they were style M640. It was so difficult to choose a colour but we went for desert blue and it was beautiful. My flower girls’ dresses were ordered online from a seller on Etsy called Milly at MillyWeddingShop. She was lovely and let me change certain aspects of the dress so it was perfect for me.
In travelling to the venue, my mum, brother and bridesmaids went in a minibus and I was taken with my dad in a Range Rover. A close family friend, Stuart Hall, offered to take me and said it was an honour for me to accept.
Joanne Crone of Fusion Photo Ltd took our pictures and she was amazing from start to finish. She came in the morning while we were getting ready and she just blended into the background. Half the time I didn’t even know she was there! She made everyone feel so comfortable. So many people said to us how she was here, there and everywhere getting so many amazing pictures. She captured our day in the most perfect way that we can look back on in years to come. We couldn’t be happier that we chose Joanne.
For my flowers, I carried the most amazing bouquet created by The Flower Shop in Kirkby Stephen. We met with Rachel and all I told her was I liked blush and grey tones and I wanted something quite natural looking. I left the rest up to her and what she created was stunning; it was so beautiful I refused to throw it, so she also created me a throw bouquet!
The bridesmaids had bouquets like mine but smaller versions created by The Flower Shop. My flower girls carried bouquets made by my mum and sister. The centrepieces were provided by The Flower Shop and so were the rustic, wooden, light-up love letters, which they modified for me to light up and fitted in perfectly.
The rest of the decorations we made ourselves. We made a wooden sign, which we hand-painted with stencils. I used an old mirror frame and some antique keys to create a different spin on a seating plan, and the guest book was designed and made by me. I just enjoyed making things so much. I also used rustic wooden ladders as decorations; one I made into memory stairs for those who couldn’t be with us and this was a touch I thought most important with the tragic passing of my cousin and his girlfriend only a few weeks prior. As a further personal touch, we added pictures of my late grandparents into my bouquet and a picture of Danny, my cousin, into Bethany and Nicole’s bouquets.
I really enjoyed the DIY elements of the wedding and hope in the future I can start doing it as a business and making things for other couples getting married.
For favours, we gave the adults demijohn bottles filled with Kin Toffee Vodka and homemade shortbread heart biscuits with blue icing stamped with ‘love’. For the kids, we got plastic milk bottles and personalised them with their names and I made activity packs to keep them busy when the adults were being boring.
For the cake, I took inspiration from a picture I saw on Pinterest. We decided we wanted something quite simple but lovely. Katie from Katie’s Cakes made the cake and I have to say it was delicious and exactly as I imagined. She was very conscious to make sure the elements she chose to decorate the cake were exactly what I wanted and she didn’t stop until it was perfect.
When it came to the food, Liam is a chef so the food was very important to him. The venue didn’t have a kitchen so any team we got in needed a full, mobile kitchen. We chose Abbotside Events – the sample menu they sent over looked so lovely and Ian is so passionate about what he does. He couldn’t do enough for us; he allowed us to change dishes and ways of service, so it was perfect for us and he definitely didn’t disappoint! Everyone couldn’t believe how lovely the food was.
We provided our own wines. We chose Malbec as the red; it’s one of Liam and his dad’s favourites. The white was Pinot Grigio as I love it and the rosé was Barefoot white zinfandel; I personally didn’t want it but I think it’s the favourite wine of every woman in my family so we had to have it!
For the evening’s food, we went for something a little bit different and hired The Lake District Fish and Chip Company to come and cater. They parked up in the car park in a proper van you see at festivals. It was just what we needed after a few drinks and fuelled the party that followed.
As entertainment, we provided lawn games to keep the children happy during the reception drinks.
Soundwave Disco provided the music for the evening reception. We also had a sweet cart to keep the energy levels high through all the dancing.
The whole day was the most amazing day of my life and one I will never forget. On reflection I’d say my favourite part was the moment I stepped into the ceremony room; I linked arms with my dad and everyone turned around to look at me but all I could see was Liam waiting for me at the bottom. I was an emotional wreck, but I knew then we had the rest of our lives to look forward to. I wish I could relive that moment.
For our honeymoon, we went to Now Jade in Mexico. It was the most relaxing 11 days. We needed it after all the stress of the wedding build-up. We ate and drank too much but just enjoyed relaxing and spending time together.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every second of the preparations and especially the day; you can’t get it back. It comes around so fast and then all of a sudden it’s over, so just savour the moment. Also, prepare for sore cheeks: neither of us could stop smiling!
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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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