August 21st, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Today’s real wedding between Chloe and Marc is all about the brights: bright suits, bright flowers and even brighter smiles! The couple chose an unusual but gorgeously effective colour scheme of baby blue and orange, which is carried through the day’s decorative details; from the elegant cake and blooms through to the delicate paper lanterns suspended from the reception room ceiling.
We love that Marc had Chloe’s married initials secretly sewn into his wedding suit as a touching personal addition to his smart attire. A sure-fire way to melt a bride’s heart! Another great idea to note is the sparkler favours – these provided some truly magical photo opportunities, and, along with the surprise firework display, helped rounded off the celebrations with dazzling bang!
Chloe also takes the heat up a notch in a stunning V-neck gown adorned in flower-patterned lace and shimmery details, crowned by a full, luxurious veil and finished with a pair of killer heels to sparkle up the dancefloor. Now, over to the beautiful bride herself for all the fabulous details…
With images by Joel Skingle Photography.
chloe says: We got engaged on 21st May 2016. It was my birthday weekend and Marc had taken me to York to celebrate. It turned out he had been the week before to choose which room he wanted to propose in at The Grand Hotel and Spa. He says he’d always planned for it to be a private moment and had arranged for champagne and flowers to be in the room; on arrival, however, the room wasn’t ready, so he managed to persuade me to stay in the hotel with a gin until it was. He says thank goodness for my love of gin, otherwise my impatience would have had us out wandering the cobbles of York!
We got married on 26th May 2018 – two years to the weekend that we got engaged. Thankfully Sheffield Wednesday didn’t get to the play-offs, or our guest list may have halved! We held our wedding at Sandburn Hall, York. We had the choice of an outdoor wedding, although the garden wasn’t completed when we booked it. We loved that everything would be at Sandburn Hall, which meant no commuting between venues. The views are incredible, and it felt like a mini holiday, having the log cabins next door. We would definitely recommend Sandburn to other brides and grooms: everything went perfectly. The staff have tons of experience and they put you at ease. The views and setting are perfect, and the option to extend our finishing time until 1am was a big thing for us – we like a party!
We didn’t have a theme as such; it was naturally rustic with the venue having wooden beams throughout. We just wanted to add brightness and freshness, so the colours were baby blue and orange. We wanted something different that we hadn’t seen before. It looked beautiful and colourful.
My dress was from Morilee and I purchased it from Blushes, Sheffield. I had tried a few dresses on at this point in other bridal shops and the stylist chose the dresses at Blushes. She was so confident in her choices and I loved both of them. I had hated every dress previously; I thought something was wrong with me. I knew I wanted a really long veil and the stylist found me the perfect one. The dress twinkled in the light without being over the top and had the low back I had wanted. It was everything I had described, and all the alterations were done there, too, which made wedding planning so much easier!
My shoes were a pair of amazing Charlotte Mills and the attention to detail with every shoe is beautiful. They were my favourite purchase for the wedding and I loved going to their boutique in Saddleworth to try them all on! I finally settled on Chloe (what a coincidence: it was meant to be). They were by far the best bridal shoes I had seen. I searched a lot!
The makeup artist was a friend called Nicole DeMarco. She was amazing. She arrived super early and made us all look beautiful; she really knows her craft. Our hair stylist was Hair by Vanya. Vanya totally knows what she is doing. She stayed right up until I walked out of the door to ensure my veil was secure.
Marc hired suits from French Connection with grey waistcoats. Marc had a different waistcoat to the groomsmen – a bespoke one made at Ted Williams, Sheffield, and as a surprise it had my new initials in the material on the back. What a cutie!
The bridesmaid dresses were from Chi Chi London. They were a bargain. They looked beautiful next to our colour scheme. When they didn’t have one of the sizes I wanted, I phoned them and the lady said there was one in the warehouse and she put it online there and then for me to purchase.
Our photographer was Joel Skingle Photography. We met Joel at a wedding fair and we were blown away by his photos. They were stunning. Joel arrived, and I instantly felt at ease. I was so nervous in the morning and Joel was calming and reassuring. At times, you forget he is even there. His experience in his work shows. He captured the day perfectly and there was not one missed shot. His organisation of the day was amazing. We were never away from our guests for a long period of time and, when he took us to have some couple photographs taken, we were ready for the break. It was like he knew! I would recommend him to everyone; the pictures speak for themselves. I can’t wait to receive the album he has created for us.
We chose our florist at a wedding fair, too. We were walking around and I saw colours: bright colours! I knew then that Ello Flower was for me. Janine was fabulous, and the flowers were stunning. I had a handtied bouquet and my bridesmaids had a smaller version. Orange roses were a must and I left the rest in the capable hands of Janine. She didn’t disappoint.
For other decoration, we had fairy lights and lanterns provided by Wedding Venue Lighting. We also had flowers on the pew ends and the archway during the ceremony. The top table and cake flowers were all provided by Ello Flower and Janine created a floral arrangement around the lanterns, which were from Matalan. Etsy soon became my best friend for other decorations!
For the favours, we finally agreed on sparklers, with a personalised sparkler tag and matchbox to go with each one.
The cake we chose was very simple and we added yet more flowers to decorate it. We chose lemon, red velvet and sticky toffee favours. Unfortunately, we were too busy partying to enjoy it. Apparently, it tasted amazing! It was made by Sarah at Blush Cake Company. She was fabulous and we got the cake stand from her, too.
For the wedding breakfast, we had brie in filo pastry to start, chicken risotto for the main and sticky toffee and pecan pudding for dessert. We had so many compliments about the food. We wanted something that wasn’t your normal wedding breakfast meal. For our evening buffet, we chose the barbecue option.
For entertainment, had a saxophonist who played during the welcome drinks and all the way through the wedding breakfast. We’d seen him at a wedding we’d attended and just had to book him. We had a DJ for the evening reception. Marc’s groomsman James also brought his guitar and did a set for us. He really got the celebrations going, playing our favourite songs.
We had fireworks at night, which none of our guests knew about, and this is when our wedding favours were used. The company we used was Ardent Fireworks and what a display they put on! This comprised my favourite moment of the day – having all our guests on the balcony to watch the fireworks. It was the perfect moment to reflect on a beautiful day and what fabulous friends we have.
We still haven’t honeymooned yet! We go next year to Singapore and the Maldives. We did a minimoon thanks to the in-laws, who sent us to Lake Garda and Verona. Lake Garda is incredible. We ate beautiful food and tasted some lovely wine. I would definitely recommend doing a food and wine tour in Verona – our tour guide gave us some great places to eat at and visit.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is – if you know what you want, book it or buy it as far in advance as you can. It takes the pressure off as it gets closer to your day.
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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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