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tale as old as time. lillian west for a wedding at the great john street hotel – sarah & stevie

April 13th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today’s real wedding is all about the magic of Disney – the enchanting Beauty and the Beast to be more precise.

Our couple, Sarah and Stevie, decided on a nod or three to their favourite family movie, with the film’s much-coveted teapot, clock and candlestick all making an appearance on their special day. Combine this with a few unconventional twists – such as serving popcorn and swapping a traditional wedding breakfast for a rooftop barbecue – and we think this is an informal take on wedded bliss at its best.

With images by Claire Basiuk.

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sarah says: We got engaged on 15th September 2015, while in Tenerife. We were on the second night of a family holiday, staying in a lovely hotel at the top a hill. Stevie was calling our daughter Sophia over to the terrace to have a picture taken against the sunset. Sophia, however, was more interested in going dancing, so was reluctant. I eventually talked her over where Stevie then picked her up, got down on one knee and asked to marry me. My reaction was “are you being serious?” – anyone that knows us will know why; we had been together nearly 11 years, already had a beautiful two-year-old little girl and marriage had never been on the table. I’d even been discussing how I would never get married on a hen do only two days before! My answer was, of course, yes and I will never forget that beaming smile on Sophia’s face, it was as if she knew what it all meant. The evening was then spent dancing!

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Our wedding date was 18th September 2016. I loved the idea of having a September wedding (maybe as my mum and dad got married then) and 18 is actually my lucky number so this worked out perfectly. We weren’t bothered about whether we did it one or two years after we got engaged but looking back now, it was lovely that it was almost a year to the day.

We wanted a venue that could accommodate both the ceremony and reception and chose Great John Street Hotel in Manchester. We had always wanted a venue that had something a bit different and had loved the idea of a barn style venue. I realised though that my main concern was guests being able to easily get to the venue, and barn style venues don’t really offer that.

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We were looking for a relaxed and informal feel to our wedding day and Great John Street offered this. It was different to any other wedding venue we had visited, and we just loved the quirkiness, the décor, all the separate areas that guests could relax in and, of course, the roof terrace with city centre views.

From the outset, we both agreed that we wanted to do our wedding a little differently, as neither of us like being the centre of attention. For us, it was all about celebrating with our friends and family, so we exchanged our vows later in the day, and decided not to have a formal wedding breakfast with speeches. Instead we opted for a barbecue on the rooftop where the guests could choose what food they ate and where they sat. This allowed us to mix with everybody. There was no pressure on Stevie, my dad or the best man to give a speech, this was entirely their choice, and they did this in the early evening with everyone on the roof terrace.

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I wanted to be a bit creative with the decoration aspect of the wedding, as opposed to having just a colour scheme. We have a love for Disney and chose a Beauty and the Beast theme. This is my favourite Disney movie; it was the first film song Sophia sang and danced to and it has become Stevie’s favourite, too. We also thought that Tale as Old as Time had quite a good meaning for us, having been together so long. We realised this could easily become cheesy but I wanted to incorporate classy and elegant details from the film. A lot of the decorations and flowers featured those classic Beauty and the Beast colours of blue, gold and red.

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Diary Date: White Memoirs At Festival Hall

February 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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As well as telling you all about out own events, we also like to share carefully selected diary dates from our sponsors and friends that we think might interest our discerning readers.  Did you see my big exciting announcement last week?!  Still buzzing from that one!

This lovely, vintage themed, event – White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fayre – brought to you by Brides Up North friend and Featured Supplier Rachael of The Social Butterfly – and including some of Brides Up North’s own favourite exhibitors and other featured suppliers – is one for your diaries.   

White Memoirs vintage inspired wedding fayre returns to Festival Hall, Alderley Edge on Sunday 23rd February, 11am – 4pm, free entry.  Housed in a 1920’s ballroom, the independent wedding fayre will bring together over twenty five Cheshire based bridal businesses from specialist craft backgrounds, guaranteed to inspire couples looking to put their personal stamp on their special day.

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Rachael of White Memoirs says:  The event aims to showcase the talent within the wedding industry on a local, independent level whilst inspiring couples to put their own personal stamp on their special day, using small businesses to handcraft their wants and desires. The exhibitors I work with do business in handfuls and are truly bespoke, both in the products they make and the services they offer.

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We look forward to hosting three catwalk shows from exhibiting bridal boutiques including true vintage bridal brand Honeybomb and bespoke wedding dress designer Erica Stacey.

Award-winning headwear designer, Karen Casper of Tulle and Candyfloss will be showcasing her exquisite collection of handcrafted embroidered hair accessories, created with the alternative bride in mind. Newcomer, vintage-inspired accessories designer Ophelia May will be presenting her stunning range featuring handmade sashes, garters and hair pieces, as well as offering a bespoke bridal service.

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There will be plenty of scrumptious foodie exhibitors to whet your appetite at White Memoirs! Tea With Tom will be running a pop-up vintage tearoom, serving a delicious array of too-go-to-eat cakes, lady-like finger sandwiches and copious amounts of loose leaf tea. If savoury is more your taste, the Pizza Peddlers are returning to White Memoirs in their reworked Citroen H van serving up stone-baked pizzas in just two minutes. New to White Memoirs are Hoban and Sons, offering a travelling bar service from an old converted ambulance! Be sure to arrive early and be one of the first 50 brides to receive a complimentary glass of fizz!

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Adding a touch of sparkle to White Memoirs with their giant, illuminated letters are The Word Is Love, hire ‘Love’, ‘Dance’ or make your special day super personal by hiring your initials! Ensuring everything looks perfectly pretty, event dressers, Pretty Little Trio will be showing off their styling skills and assortment of one-off props and curious finds to hire. 

Exhibiting with White Memoirs for the very first time are Grace and Faith Papercuts whose hand cut designs make wonderful keepsakes to remember your special day by. Once again, bespoke stationery company, Black Ribbon Design will be returning with their letter pressed collection and personalised wedding hangers.

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DIY brides looking for alternative hen party ideas can gain inspiration from travelling crafting party company My Craftea Day. Why not try out one of their taster sewing sessions at the fayre?

We are pleased to showcase three super talented photographers, creative duo Dotmoxee, award-winning Claire Basiuk and alternative twosome Stella Photography. Our wedding campaign, as showcased here, was also shot by Stella Photography.

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Of course no vintage wedding fayre would be complete without a VW campervan to ensure you arrive in style! Brides can look forward to meeting ‘Pumba’ from alternative transport company, Bay Camper Weddings!

Finally, Cheshire based make-up artist Kirsty Jane will be sure to make you look picture perfect, with free mini styling demos and trials on the day.

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Register in advance for White Memoirs emailing your name to hello@eventsbythesocialbutterfly.com and also by joining their Facebook event page to receive a free goody bag and copy of White Memoirs wedding zine upon arrival.

For more information visit www.eventsbythesocialbutterfly.com

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