July 17th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
An understated 1920s theme weaves through today’s featured wedding, bringing in very subtle nods to the decade, such as the 1920s-style font used for the table numbers and the strings of beads draped over the candelabras on the table centrepieces. The cake meanwhile is a little more ‘out there’ – a spectacular confection in gold and white with a definite 1920s’ feel and topped with white feathers.
Stacey is beautiful and elegant in a fitted gown with a long train and an equally glorious cathedral-length veil. The dress features a pretty sweetheart neckline and cap sleeves and the illusion back with its white buttons all the way to the floor is nothing short of stunning. She finishes the look with a delicate bouquet of pale pink and white. Wesley’s smart tuxedo is the perfect complement to her timeless look.
One idea we’re certainly a fan of is booking a crèche to keep the little ones entertained during the meal as Stacey and Wesley did, especially if you plan to have plenty of speeches. It gives your guests a nice break from wiping hands and mouths and passing colouring pencils while also trying to enjoy your wedding breakfast! Let’s hear more from Stacey…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Nik Bryant Photography.
stacey says: We got engaged in Sardinia. It was a complete surprise and it was booked for my birthday in October 2015. We were out in the gardens of the hotel with a beautiful stream and, while we were on the bridge, Wesley got down on one knee and proposed!
We got married on 21st August 2017, as we wanted a summer wedding. The whole day was at Eaves Hall in Clitheroe and the girls and I stayed in the lodge the night before the wedding. We picked Eaves Hall because it was a beautiful setting with amazing gardens. We really loved the exclusivity of the venue and all the staff were really helpful. On the day, nothing was too much trouble. The venue was really classy but still relaxed and comfortable. We would absolutely recommend Eaves Hall to other couples. The fact they have the lodge, so you can stay with all the bridesmaids the night before is a really nice touch.
In terms of a theme, the table plan and decorations were very 1920s inspired but we didn’t want this to overtake our day, so we kept it minimal.
Wesley and the groomsmen wore tuxedos with a bow ties from Slaters Formal Hire.
My bridesmaids wore gold dresses from Debenhams’ evening wear. There wasn’t any real reason we chose this colour but, again, we wanted to keep their look comfortable and classy.
For hair styling we had Kate Simmons and Sonara Parker did our makeup. They were both great and we would recommend them to anyone.
Our photographer was Nik Bryant and he was amazing on the day. We had seen his work and loved it straight away. We wanted someone who could fit in and mingle with our guests and get the shots we wanted. On the day, he kept us calm and nothing felt forced or unnatural when it came to our couple portraits. He really kept us at ease. We would definitely recommend Nik to all our friends.
To video, we had Laura and Peter Lawson of Lawson Films. We asked Nik for recommendations and Laura and Pete were on his list. When their videos of other people’s weddings made me cry, I knew I had to book them for my own wedding!
I used The Flower Shop in Clitheroe, for all the floristry. In my bouquet, I had a mix of white and pink roses with peonies. They did all the floristry for the venue, along with Creative Cover Hire, who did all the chair sashes.
As favours, we gave out scratch cards for the adults in the hope of making a millionaire at our wedding, and gold chocolate coins for the children.
Our 1920s-inspired cake was made by Julie Ann Ritchie. We went for lemon sponge and chocolate sponge.
For the wedding breakfast, we had spring vegetable soup, followed by either roast beef and Yorkshire pudding or chicken, and a trio of desserts to finish.
As extra touches, we had a sweetie table after the meal so everyone could help themselves and we also had a wedding créche – Bluey and Baloo – for during the meal to keep all the children entertained.
My favourite moment of the day was walking down the aisle and getting married. I was full of giddy, excited nerves and couldn’t wait to see Wesley. The speeches were another favourite. Everyone was relaxed and had a drink and then the speeches just ran through and had everyone crying and laughing.
For a minimoon, we had a short spa break at Mottram Hall – just the two of us, which was lovely. We haven’t yet had chance to have a honeymoon as baby number three has just arrived! We are going to wait a little longer and have a full family holiday as a honeymoon.
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be not to settle for anything less than you want. If there are suppliers you really want, get them booked in as soon as you can. We knew the suppliers we wanted to make our day special and each one made it perfect.
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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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