August 9th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
‘I wanted everything to be fluffy, floaty and smelling gorgeous,’ states today’s bride, Stacey. A combination that sounds utterly wonderful to us. Who needs a wedding theme anyhow, when you have such a distinct vision for your big day?
Tying the knot at the fabulous Heaton House Farm in May 2017, Stacey and Vinny were keen to host a springtime wedding and make the most of the stunning English countryside. And the Cheshire-based venue, we think you’ll agree, more than fulfilled this brief! Greenery and white flowers with the scent of freesia and eucalyptus set the scene inside the venue, with the addition of candelabras, hanging crystals and sequin table runners transforming the space come nighttime.
And something especially for the grooms up north – prepare for some of the most memorable groomsmen photos you’ll ever see, as the boys pay homage to their favourite superheroes on the day, too!
With images by Suzy Wimbourne Photography.
stacey says: We got engaged during a trip to London in July 2015. Vinny popped the question whilst we were having drinks in The Shard. I didn’t have a clue it was about to happen and initially I thought it was a prank! We spent the rest of the day celebrating with lots of fizz, ending it by seeing Ed Sheeran in concert at Wembley. It was the best day ever!
We chose 30th May 2017, as our wedding date mainly because I just don’t think you can beat a spring wedding in the English countryside. The extra-long bank holiday weekend for our guests was a bonus!
Our ceremony and reception were both held at Heaton House Farm, just outside of Macclesfield. It was the only venue we looked at and we fell in love with it as soon as we walked into the oak beamed entrance barn. The outside space around the venue is just incredible, surrounded by fields, flowers and wildlife, with views of Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. You feel like you are the only people around for miles.
We didn’t really have a theme, I just knew that I wanted everything to be fluffy, floaty and smelling gorgeous! Although, the boys did have their own superhero theme with the cufflinks and socks that they wore! Our colour scheme was mainly white with navy blue to keep things classic and timeless.
I chose a strapless ivory dress with a sweetheart neckline, lace bodice and tulle skirt by Wtoo by Watters from Penny Gray Bridal in Oxton, Wirral. The detailing and fabrics were beautiful, so it was an easy decision to make.
Vinny wore a blue French Connection suit with matching waistcoat from Moss Bros in Chester, along with a light blue tie and brown shoes. His superman socks and cufflinks made an appearance once or twice too!
The boys all went for blue Ted Baker suits and waistcoats, also from Moss Bros, and my bridesmaids wore navy multi-way dresses. The flower girls looked so cute in their satin and lace ivory dresses from Monsoon.
August 3rd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
After a picture-perfect proposal on top of the Rockefeller Centre in New York, today’s couple tied the knot two years later at the bride’s local church before celebrating with family and friends at the serene Priory Barn & Cottages near Wetherby, West Yorkshire.
The marquee is perhaps one of the prettiest we have ever seen, with fairy lights and more than 70 paper lanterns, combined with a classy blush pink and navy colour scheme, giving us all those romantic feels. Look out for the fabulous confetti shot too – one image we think every newlywed couple would secretly like to capture on their big day!
We just love the favours handed out by the bride and groom – jigsaw pieces that created photos of the couple on each of their tables. And then there’s the giant balloons, hanging hearts, a flower arch and even more twinkly lights to add that something special to the gorgeous setting. We should probably stop swooning now and hand the blog over to Charlotte to tell us all about it – enjoy!
With images by Hayley Baxter Photography.
charlotte says: We got engaged on top of the Rockefeller Centre in New York, on the 5th December 2016. For the final night of the trip, we had tickets booked to watch the sunset over the city from the Top of the Rock. After a nerve-wracking wait through security with metal detectors (which thankfully didn’t detect the ring!), we made it to the top just in time for the sunset. Graham then got down on one knee!
We got married on 28th April 2018. We chose the date as we felt it gave us a perfect length of sunlight compared to other months with the added benefit of lots of spring blooms.
Our ceremony took place at St John the Baptist Church in Knaresborough. We chose this church as my mum and dad got married here over 30 years ago and I was also christened here. Plus, it’s a beautiful church in a perfect location in the centre of Knaresborough.
We hosted our reception afterwards at Priory Barn & Cottages. Even on a cold, dark January night we fell in love with the Priory on first sight. From the tree-lined driveway to the cottages framed with fairy lights to the beautiful marquee that we could completely style to our tastes – it was just perfect!
We didn’t set out with a specific theme in mind, other than planning for a traditional wedding. We added a nod to our heritage by including English roses and Scottish thistles in our flowers. Our ‘jigsaw’ theme evolved from having jigsaws for favours (each table had one complete jigsaw which was a photo of us). We then had a table plan, table numbers and guest book also featuring the jigsaw theme. Little did we know our guests expanded the theme, thinking all the wood was dedicated to my maiden name!
We went for a blush pink and navy colour scheme. We liked the contrast and traditional feel of these colours and again, these were dedicated to our heritage.
I wore a Maggie Sottero ball gown style dress from Hoops A Daisy in Wakefield. The dress originally had an illusion tulle high neck but was completely transformed to a beautifully delicate lace shoulder. These amazing alterations were undertaken by the fabulously talented Danielle McGilloway.
When purchasing the dress, I was 18 weeks pregnant and the dress was chosen to give me the best possible chance of fitting back in to my post-baby dress size.
Caroline Louise Professional Hairstylist did my hair and Jay Galton took care of my makeup.
August 1st, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
There’s a regal and romantic vibe running through today’s wedding with every element complementing each other beautifully; from the grand venue to the delicate blush colour scheme and the soft candle-light glow.
The floral displays are a real triumph, with glorious pink hydrangeas and roses taking centre stage. We also particularly love the luxurious flower garlands that line both sides of the staircase, where Carla and her mother made their entrance and proceed down the aisle. A truly beautiful spectacle – no wonder it was Martin’s favourite moment of the day!
Carla is breath-taking in a spectacular Ian Stuart gown with a tremendous silk train that gathers to deliver a sumptuous, ruffled effect. Topped with a detailed cathedral-length veil and a pretty headdress, she’s every bit the princess she hoped to be on her big day.
With images by Joel Skingle Photography.
carla says: We got engaged at Yorebridge House, Yorkshire, in October 2016. We were in a beautiful room called Rahmoune, a Moroccan hot tub room with a private garden. It was our two-year anniversary and Martin had surprised me with a night away. We were drinking prosecco in the hot tub while listening to our favourite singer Frank Turner. Martin came back to the hot tub after refilling our drinks and he literally slipped on to one knee and asked me to marry him! My step sister had got married at Yorebridge House the year before, so it was all that much more personal.
We got married on 2nd June 2018. We chose the date because we wanted spring/summer wedding and, on a personal note, my grandma has dementia and we wanted to make sure it was in enough time to ensure she really could enjoy it the best she could!
Our ceremony and reception took place at Allerton Castle near Knaresborough. Martin and I wanted a venue that was personal and inviting – kind of like a large house/garden-party vibe. We both fell in love with Allerton Castle the minute we walked in. Its aura, its beauty and the atmosphere just had exactly what we wanted in a venue. I would recommend Allerton Castle to anyone; the staff there are so incredible, the venue is stunningly beautiful – they go above and beyond to make sure your day runs perfectly without you having to worry about anything. Jessica and Hannah, the two main wedding co-ordinators, are amazing!
Theme-wise, we wanted to go for a romantic, classic style that would accentuate Allerton Castle, with flowers being a focus and a noted presence of roses. Martin’s late dad had grown amazing roses, so it was our nod to him throughout our day. We also carried the theme of music throughout the day, with lots of live music as the day went on.
Our colour scheme was dusky/blush pinks with a hint of blue. We chose this to lighten the venue with a summery vibe and to keep the soft and romantic look.
When it came to my dress, I knew what kind I wanted as soon as I got engaged. I kept looking close to home and everyone mentioned Ian Stuart as a designer that I needed to see. I went to Ian Stuart’s Blewcoat boutique in London and fell in love with my dress. Ian Stuart made changes to the dress to suit what I wanted and added a longer train and cathedral veil. The dress was fitted to the hip and then flowed with silk layers. It had that romantic princess look I was dreaming of. It was my dream dress.
July 23rd, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
There’s a very arty feel to today’s real wedding between Louise and Lee; from the editorial style images captured by the photographer, to the clever details produced by the bride.
As a fashion designer, Louise’s creative talents came into play throughout the planning – and yes, she did design her own wedding dress, which certainly lived up to the guests’ high expectations. We adore the statement leaf detailing and Louise’s careful consideration on exactly where the lace should be placed. Her attention to detail results in a gown that is both majestic and unique.
Further personal touches can be found in Louise’s fantastic handmade decorations, including the inventive table plan crafted from an old door displaying wonderful sketches by the bride and dressed with lush eucalyptus, as well as the table names, also beautiful sketches that represent important elements of Lee and Louise’s life together, such as the lovely drawing of their dog, Salvador Dali.
The cake, also designed by Louise, is wonderfully dramatic with silver leaf and a cascade of silver and green foliage down one side of its elegant three tiers. It would appear that this bride’s talents know no bounds!
With images by Tim Simpson Photography.
louise says: We got engaged in Paris in September 2015. Lee took me to Paris to finish off our annual holiday to the South of France. Since I had previously worked in Paris at a fashion designer’s atelier, I had always wanted to show Lee why I loved the place so much. We stopped for a sit down in the Louvre’s Tuileries gardens. I was checking my map and Lee was waiting until we had complete privacy before he slipped down on one knee and presented the most perfect diamond ring to me. We then quenched our thirst drinking pink champagne in the stunning Renaissance hotel!
We got married on Friday 13th October 2017. We have been asked “Why!?” many times. Our answer? “Why not!?” To us, every other day of the year except Christmas, birthdays and New Year have no significance. Friday 13th has impact, controversial connotations and raises eyebrows regularly. Sounds perfect for us. As one of my gifts to Lee on our wedding day, I had tattooed the number 13 on my finger. I revealed this to him at the altar in church! He thought I had drawn it on with eyeliner until my bridesmaid corrected him after the confetti throwing! He now has a matching tattoo.
We had our ceremony at St George’s United Reformed Church, Thornton Hough. It’s beautiful and ornate with wonderful curved ceilings, stained glass windows and calved patterns into the brickwork and is just 40 seconds from Thornton Manor, where we had our reception. The night before the wedding, my bridesmaids and I stayed in the Gate House at the manor. We got ready there and then I put my dress on over in the manor in the stunning Lady Lever Bedroom. Lee stayed in another of the manor’s many cottages in its grounds with his three best men
We chose Thornton Manor after scouring the north west for our ideal venue, marking every manor, castle and abbey within one-and-a-half-hours of our home (Lee made this distance rule to reduce the enormity of the mission). We spent many weekends visiting and analysing them. When we finally came across Thornton Manor, it ticked every box we had. Our guests stayed in the whole of the manor and the surrounding cottages and, inside, the manor was impeccable with original features, fabulous, grand rooms and gardens. It was faultless, and the décor and details were extremely tasteful and regal.
We would absolutely recommend the venue to other brides and grooms. There are so many rooms to use at different stages of the day; from a cosy lounge to the grand ballroom where we held the reception, to a long lobby room that looks out onto the gardens, to a music room. Everywhere you look the décor is fabulous. There’s even the Queen’s Bedroom and Queen Mother’s Bedroom, where royalty used to stay when they regularly visited Thornton Manor. Lee’s mum stayed in the Queen Mother’s Bedroom, which was special! The staff were very professional and I even had someone assigned to me throughout the day; he was literally on hand to help me whenever, wherever. He even stood at the side of the dance floor and would hold my drink! I felt like royalty myself and this treatment was never expected!
July 10th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Natalie Hamilton, a documentary style wedding, portrait and events photographer, was the creative brains behind the fabulous bridal shoot that’s gracing our pages today. But brides-to-be, step aside, it’s a shoot with a difference – as this one’s all about the bridesmaids!
Showcasing a handpicked selection of stunning, demure gowns, beautifully paired with delicate posies and oh so pretty floral headpieces – the shoot most definitely shines a spotlight on your #girlsquad and the best way to bring out the unique looks and personalities of your besties.
We just love the styling too – pared back yet classic – featuring oversized balloons, a prosecco van and rose gold love letters. And the backdrop – none other than the stunning Saltmarshe Hall in East Yorkshire, where we hold two of our famous Luxury Wedding Shows a year – the next one being on Sunday 7th October 2018. Trust us when we say this is a to-die-for-venue, with its sweeping staircase, grandiose décor and enchanting gardens.
So, pinning fingers at the ready ladies, as we dish up today’s dose of glam bridal inspo with plenty of shimmer!
With images by Natalie Hamilton. Models: Sophie Anderson, Charlotte Partridge, Charlotte Black.
natalie says: The shoot came about as a means of bringing all the small local suppliers together to showcase what we do and create beautiful images we can all use and benefit from.
The shoot was bridesmaid focused to bring inspiration to local brides who may be struggling to find those perfect dresses. Each model wore dresses of the same colour with different necklines complemented by different hairstyles and similar makeup. We did this to show that you don’t necessarily need to have bridesmaids all the same and that each of your bridesmaids can be different based on what they would prefer, to suit their body shape or to reflect their personality.
We chose Saltmarshe Hall, an exclusive venue in Howden, as the backdrop to the shoot, simply for its beauty. Inside, the venue is sophisticated and elegant which went perfectly with our beaded and sparkly bridesmaid gowns. The grounds have extensive manicured lawns too, which were ideal for showing off our balloons.
The styling was minimal in this shoot as we wanted to keep the focus on the models. Flowers were supplied by Lisa’s Florist, who wanted to keep it simple with daisies and hydrangeas with gypsophila and a full arrangement of calla lilies, peonies and statement bear grass. With some of the dresses being mismatched, we thought brides could also take a mismatched approach to the bridesmaids’ flowers and have some with headdresses and some with posies.
We had 3ft round balloons supplied by Imagination Creation complete with ombre tassels and available in a variety of colours, to suit any theme. Each tassel is intricately handmade. We also decided to add some love letters in rose gold. The Fizz Machine – a baby blue and white quirky little VW replica prosecco van – also popped by to add a quirky element to some of the shots.
July 3rd, 2018 | Rachel Parry
We’re turning the temperature up a notch on this super sunny Tuesday afternoon by showcasing the gorgeous new bridal shoe designs that have just landed in the 2018 Collection from our insanely talented Sponsor Charlotte Mills.
We love to see brides reflect their personal style on their big day and the footwear is an easy element of the attire through which ladies can let their personality run free.
We’ve seen brides don ankle boots, sneakers and even wellies, but the majority choose to stick with a heel for that extra confidence, height and poker posture.
With a style, heel height and hue to suit all brides, from the traditional to the fierce, we’re sure there will be perfect pair of Charlotte Mills shoes to complete your big day look. So, let’s waste no time in handing over the blog to the creator herself to tell us more about these absolute showstoppers.
What was your inspiration behind the 2018 collection? Does it have an overall theme?
charlotte says: I wanted to create a collection that suited a range of different style types. Whether you’re a modern, traditional, retro, super glam or vintage bride. I wanted to ensure we offered styles to suit everyone as well as incorporating the Charlotte Mills aesthetic.
What new shoe styles can brides find within the 2018 collection and which stand out for you?
Our new styles for 2018 are Meghan, Farah, Esmeralda Blue, Jane, George Pearl, George Silver, Frankie, Francesca and Blossom Pearl.
One of the most exciting new styles is the Meghan shoe, which was designed in preparation for the royal wedding. We love every wedding here at Charlotte Mills, but we particularly couldn’t wait to see Meghan Markle’s bridal style. Hence the production of the limited-edition Meghan shoe. This design features a pointed toe, pearlescent leather and pearl glitter details with a block heel. Not too dissimilar from Meghan’s shoes on the day! Each pair includes a specially dated sixpence in collaboration with the Royal Mint UK for an extra special touch.
What are your main considerations when designing a new collection?
Producing fashion forward styles which are elegant and reflect the Charlotte Mills brand image. All shoes are designed with comfort in mind! Fun and girly details are key!
How would you sum up the 2018 collection in three words?
Elegant, modern and unique.
What main colours and details are featured in the latest collection?
Ivory, blue, pearlescent leather, pearl glitter details and silver art deco piping.
Which shoes style from the collection would you suggest for the daring, fashion forward bride and which for the elegant, traditional bride?
For a daring bride it would have to be Francesca, while Anastasia would be perfectly suited to more traditional weddings.
What are your top three tips for picking the right wedding shoes?
Stick with a heel height that you’re used to; pick something you can wear again so you can re-live your special day all over again and break them in ahead of the big day
What bridal fashion trends are you enjoying right now, and can you predict any big trends to come?
It’s all been about the royal wedding, and I expect a lot of brides will want to mirror Meghan’s look for their own big days to come.
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