Today we join Brides Up North reader Emily and her new husband Nick for their traditionally elegant yet fun filled celebration (because isn’t that what matters most?) in Clitheroe, all captured beautifully by Brides Up North Featured Supplier and friend, Jonny Draper Photography.
Emily says: We got engaged on 5th October 2012 at Beetham Tower in Manchester in the same spot that he first told me he was falling in love with me.
We were married on 19th October 2013 at Eaves Hall, Clitheroe. It was one of the only venues we could find that was stunning from the outside but also modern and intimate on the inside. It brings together a stately home and a boutique hotel under one roof – oh and the best bit of it was, it was all ours.
Our theme kind of evolved over time, we took all the things we loved and that defined us as a couple, together with our venue and put them down on a board – when it all came together we recognised we had a kind of fun, romantic, British elegance theme – we ended up summarising it as playfully romantic.
We chose an ivory colour palette with shades of purple – from pinky purples to dark purples – we didn’t want a consistent or regimented block of colour.
I got my amazing, stunning and beautiful wedding dress from Emma Draper at the fabulous Love Bridal Boutique. Emma not only helped me find it, but helped me modify it to fit my individual style.
I also got my veil, jewellery, shoes and garter from Love Bridal Boutique – in fact on the day I was a Love Bridal bride from head to toe.
Eaves Hall has a fantastic little bridal lodge at the end of the drive, where my bridesmaids and I stayed the night before and got ready the morning of the big day.
Although they offered us their very plush cars to take us up to the hall in the morning, I wanted to walk up with my dad and the girls so I could take in the beauty of it all and soak in the moment.
One of the most important things for us was to get a photographer that understood us and what we wanted. That’s why we choose Jonny Draper Photography.
He instantly understood the best way to capture our day so that our photos would show the fun, relaxed essence we were looking.
We didn’t want lots of posed shots, we just wanted everyone to have a good time – we wanted our photographer to blend in with our guests and become part of the wedding- and Jonny is amazing at doing this.
He made our wedding day even more enjoyable than we could have imagined, by not only capturing every single moment and emotion but doing it in such a fluid and relaxed way that it blended into the day rather than felt like a chore for either us or our guests.
We worked with the very talented Flower Design not only for beautiful neutral tone flowers I carried on the day but for all the button holes, bouquets and venue dressing. The flowers were central to bringing our theme and wedding to life; they were stunning and brought the entire day together perfectly.
Our beloved bulldog couldn’t be there – but we didn’t want to leave him out of the day – so we not only incorporated him into our save the date, wedding cake and favours but we also had a cocktail hour in his honour – with a chubby bulldog cocktail served in a mini milk bottles with his face on them – using stickers from moo.com.
It was three tiers – vanilla, chocolate and lemon sponges. With sugar paste flowers to match our wedding flowers by Flower Design– with little dog bones and paw prints leading to the top of the cake.
Specialized Cakes also made our favours which were little chocolate cupcakes with dog bones on top – placed in a purple cake cases and boxed with a purple ribbon.
We had an evening DJ included in the Eaves Hall package, however, as we had an 11am start we had bits of entertainment throughout the day for our guests.
We had Steve Christie as our pianist as he was used his classical training to deliver modern, relevant music – which is more our style such as Rhianna and Kings of Leon. He played as guests arrived and during our drinks reception.
We also had Evan Young – an acoustic guitarist – who played modern ‘band style’ music in the bar during our cocktail hour. Giving it a relaxed pub feel.
If I had to pick my favourite part of the day I think it would be our first dance.
When we got engaged our first dance was the one thing I was dreading – never having danced in a formal way before. Now the song choice was easy to make – because it was ‘our’ song, but we quickly learnt wasn’t that easy to dance to. We choose Celo Green ‘Forget You’.
However, we were very lucky to have the amazing Ailsa Baker Dance, who worked out a simple yet fun routine for us and brought us together as dancing partners. She made us feel so relaxed and confident.
On the day it was so much fun to do and such a surprise for our guests – I think we literally took their breath away with our fancy footwork. It is a memory that will stay with us forever.
For our honeymoon we went to Vegas, baby!
What advice would I give to my fellow Brides Up North? Well, the best thing I did was have an open mind and a relaxed approach to the fact everything didn’t need to match. This meant it took the pressure off everything and everyone, making it all so much more enjoyable and relaxed.
The fact we didn’t have one consistent block colour also meant our wedding appeared to have more layers and textures and had quite a laid back feel to it.
Congratulations Emily & Nick!