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perfect posy. love, light and laughter for a timeless wedding at eaves hall – vicki & richard

May 15th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Rustic Wedding at Eaves Hall (c) Emilie May Photography (64)

Today on the blog we’re featuring the impossible elegance of Vicki and Richard’s wedding day at Eaves Hall in Clitheroe.

All of the details, from the fine surroundings of Eaves Hall to Vicki’s lace mermaid-cut gown, speak of classic sophistication. This super-stylish couple opted for a pop of cornflower blue in their otherwise neutral colour scheme and the most stunning bridal posy this side of the Pennines.

Their day was perfectly captured by their photographer, who certainly delivered on her promise of beautiful, relaxed and natural wedding photography.

Vicki tells us more…

With images by Emilie May Photography.

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vicki says: We got engaged at Room restaurant in Manchester on New Year’s Eve 2013. Richard proposed at midnight; it came as a total surprise as, after almost six years together, I’d given up on him proposing!

Our wedding date was set for 12th August 2016. We wanted to get married in summer: because Richard is a teacher, we were restricted to certain times.

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Our venue was Eaves Hall in West Bradford near Clitheroe. We had both the ceremony and the reception there. Richard’s parents had stayed at Eaves Hall several times when it was a guest house. They often talked about it and how lovely the house and grounds were. Richard suggested going to an open day at the end of January a little after we had gotten engaged. It was the first and only place we visited – we fell in love as we walked around the house. We went for lunch at the Waddington Arms to discuss it and then went straight back after to ask about dates. We didn’t regret a thing – there would be no point in seeing other places as we just knew that Eaves Hall was perfect for us.

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We had a rustic theme with lace and burlap and little wooden hearts. It suited Eaves Hall and its decor perfectly. I handmade our invites – they were cream and natural card with burlap and lace around the top and with a wooden heart in the middle. This theme carried on with the menus, vases, table plan, place names and so on. We also scattered wooden hearts on each table. We wanted to keep the décor simple with lots of little touches, along with lovely flowers. Eaves Hall is such a lovely house with beautiful decoration; it speaks for itself and doesn’t need much adding to it.

Overall, the colour-scheme was lots of natural neutrals, but we also chose a strong blue for the bridesmaids. The men’s suits were navy blue – I personally think Richard looks very handsome in blue, and I’m not a fan of grey suits.

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I chose a fitted lace mermaid-style dress with a low back and a jewelled waistband. I wanted to show off my curves – in the right places!

During the planning, I looked at lots of magazines including UNVEILED, attended a Brides Up North wedding fair and got inspiration from the blog to get plenty of wedding-related ideas, especially regarding my dress. I went to a few boutiques and salons and tried on lots of different shapes, which I would definitely recommend – you need to know that you’ve made the right choice! The dress I eventually chose was from Love & Cherish bridal shop in Ramsbottom. It’s around the corner from Richard’s parents and we often drive past it so I had to give it a try!

I also wore gold shoes with diamante jewels on the front which matched my belt and Swarovski jewellery.

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its a family affair. pops of pastel for a spring themed wedding at eaves hall – steph & matt

June 6th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Today’s real wedding couple Matt and Steph, fell in love with their chosen venue at first sight knowing that it would be just perfect for the family focused big day they had in mind.

Pops of pastels were picked to complement their springtime theme, while personal touches were added to remember their most nearest and dearest, resulting in a pretty and sentimental celebration.

And if you like the look of Matt & Steph’s wedding images, we have some excellent news that might just make your Monday. The photographers who photographed the day, the fabulous Katie and James from Fairclough Photography, are offering our readers an amazing £200 off their full day wedding package for those that book before 30th June 2016. Just quote ‘BUN16’, when enquiring/booking.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Fairclough Photography.

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steph says: We got engaged at the end of March 2014. We had arranged what I thought was a birthday meal for my sister in the restaurant we had our first date in. We had a gorgeous meal and a few wines and suddenly ‘our song’ came on in the back ground. I pointed it out to Matt and he just made this silly grin at me, and then there he was down on one knee in the middle of the restaurant with the most gorgeous ring in his hand. Neither of us spoke we just cried (like the big softies we are) – I’m not sure I’ve technically said yes yet.

We were married on 6th April 2016. We picked this date as it was the same date as our engagement party and we wanted it to be in the half term as Matt has two daughters and my sister works in a school. Generally, we just wanted everyone to be able to enjoy the build up to the wedding with us.

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Our wedding venue was Eaves Hall in Clitheroe. I fell in love with it at first sight, it’s the only place that we looked at because in my mum’s words “it just doesn’t get any better than this”. It was intimate and cosy, just perfect for the family filled wedding we wanted.

The theme was spring, we just wanted it to be pretty and understated and a little bit country, so this worked well. To complement the theme we chose pastel shades for the colour scheme and incorporated lots of different pastel flowers and some gorgeous daffodils, adding a lovely splash of colour.

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My dress was a lace A-line design, and lots bigger than I thought I would of picked! The train at the back was gorgeous and I spent most of the day swishing it around. I knew it was the dress for me when the lady in the shop went to help me out of it and I cried. My shoes were glittery blue shoes with a bow on the front from Irregular Choice. They were a gift from my sister (who was my maid of honour) as my something blue.

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Classic Vintage –Tweed, Lace & Handmade Details For A Real Wedding at Eaves Hall – Helen & Simon

June 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

This afternoon we join Helen and Simon for their beautiful Real Wedding at Eaves Hall.  With an abundance of lovely vintage style details, Helen managed to make her mark whilst keeping the overall feel of their big day pretty and classic. 

Helen harbours wedding planning dreams, and d’know what?  I think we might have a new talent on our hands.

With images by Gemma McAuley Photography.

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Helen says: We got engaged at home on Christmas morning. I was pottering around, getting a little stressed because the turkey wasn’t cooking. Just before I served lunch, Simon was in front of the fire on one knee. I said yes before he even asked!

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

We got married on 5th September 2013. It was the anniversary of when we started “courting”, what better date to get married on!?

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

We chose Eaves Hall, West Bradford in Clitheroe. We visited the venue on one of their open days and from the moment we walked in, we were blown away. Greeted with a glass of champagne and a single rose, a pianist in the corner playing classical music and brides walking around in fabulous dresses.

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Our theme was classical vintage, it was simple but effective.  I chose a colour palette of sage green, pink and white. I love the colour green and happened to find the ideal bridesmaid dresses, vintage tea cups for the tables (donated by my wonderful Grandmother) and perfect simple flowers.

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

I wore a David Tutera Zelda wedding dress, it was fitted, lace, ivory with a long train. The dress was exactly what I had envisioned; I just knew it was the one.

I found the dress in a tiny bridal shop in Clitheroe called Orchid Designs. The women there were lovely, patient and knew exactly what I wanted. They even added a little blue ribbon on the tie for “my something blue”.

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Simon wore a tweed suit with a green checked shirt from Next. It went perfectly well with the whole theme of the wedding.

The bridesmaids wore sage green Jenny Packham dresses and the best men wore grey suits from Next. They all looked fabulous.

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

I carried a mixture of pink peonies, gypsophila and white hydrangeas from In Bloom in Darwen, Lancashire.

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Our photographer was Gemma McAuley Photography from Darwen.

I would definitely recommend Gemma, she really took care and attention to what we wanted and certainly delivered. We had the studio photo booth (supplied and images taken by Gemma) in the evening which was a massive hit with the guests.

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

At our wedding breakfast we used a mixture of white and pink peonies with gypsophila for the centre pieces all displayed in teacups, rusted tin cans and old liqueur bottles surrounded with candles, books, buttons, and wooden bobbins and bunting hanging around the tables.

I made a great deal myself from our invitations to favours, centrepieces and seating plan. I’m seriously thinking about taking wedding planning up as a career. I have so many ideas and I’m bursting to try them all out!

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

I work for a local children’s charity Maddi’s Butterflies. The favour boxes consisted of homemade chocolate buttons and a charity pin badge with a little note explaining we’d donated to the charity on the guest’s behalf.

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

We had a mixture of canapés, mini Yorkshire puddings, mini cottage pies, chilli prawns and mozzarella with cherry tomatoes all served with a glass of champagne. Our wedding breakfast consisted of mushroom and tarragon soup, followed by a scrummy chicken dish and to finish off, sticky toffee pudding.

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Throughout the day we had Ken Robinson, a pianist, playing whilst the guests were arriving, whilst I walked down the aisle and throughout the wedding breakfast. At night we had a fantastic band from Liverpool called Madison Party.

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

The cake had four tiers, it was ivory in colour with a lace imprint covered with chocolate buttons all within the colour scheme. Leona Worth of Cakes For Dates in Preston made the cake. It went down a treat with the guests, one tier was chocolate orange, chocolate, lemon and vanilla. It was lush.

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

After the wedding we went on honeymoon to Morocco. It’s a fabulous place with great food and wonderful surroundings.

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take a step back for 10 minutes with your partner and take it all in on the day, as its over before you know it.

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Vintage inspired Eaves Hall wedding © 2014 Gemma McAuley Photography

Congratulations Helen & Simon!

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A Winters’s Tale: A Real Wedding In The North West – Alexandra & Christopher

March 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Well, the blog is nothing if not varied, is it?  After Sunday’s sun kissed seaside wedding (just beautiful and not to be missed – click here to catch up) it’s time for a snowy and romantic stately home celebration.  Inspiration from all angles and all climates, and all gorgeously Northern.  Le sigh. 

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Alexandra and Christopher’s Real Wedding, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Phil Drinkwater Photography is an absolute knockout.  Tasteful white on white styling, help from some very talented Brides Up North Featured Suppliers, a princess gown and pops of regal purple make an elegant and opulent setting for the perfect Winter wedding in the North West.

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Alexandra says:  Christopher proposed on Christmas Eve 2011, at home before we went out for a meal with our closest friends. I didn’t have a clue and apparently said ‘is that for me?’ (I had waited 11 years)!

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We got engaged on Saturday 26th January 2013 at Eaves Hall, Clitheroe.  If I’m totally honest, it was our wild card. We had been told about it by some friends, so decided to take a look as we loved that area of the country. It took our breath away the minute we saw it on the approach up the driveway. As soon as we walked through the door we both looked at each other and knew it was the place for our wedding.

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We opted for a Narnia and frosty winter wonderland theme. I had wished for snow from the minute we secured our booking… but never thought we’d be so lucky!

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I’m quite classic in my style so the invitations and décor were simple and elegant.  Eaves Hall has beautiful fires, candles, and our tables had candelabras so I wanted everything the compliment them. Our top table had hurricane lamps with ivory candles and glass votives filled with ivory flowers and cylinder vases to display the bridal bouquets. Crystal garlands decorated the beautiful candelabras and I added a handful of scatter crystals to the tables for a subtle hint of sparkle.

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We opted for an ivory colour scheme with accents of purple and a very pale gold and bronze.  I wanted to embrace the winter season so looked for sparkly wintry elements.

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My dress was by Trudy Lee and had been named Jemma. I bought it from Proposals Bridalwear, in Swinton. The dress chose me! It was the complete opposite of what I went in for, but once I started to dream about it, I knew it was the one for me.  My shrug was from Coast.

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My shoes were from Irregular Choice in London. I love shoes and wanted a pair I could wear again for any occasion.  I hand a pair of snowboots on standby, which came in handy.

My hair comb was the Vintage Multi Flower Pave Crystal Hair Comb by Ron Richard at Debenhams.  My necklace belonged to my gran, which she had in the 1920s, and was the perfect amount of sparkle for my dress.  Chris bought me some beautiful diamond earrings as a gift and the bracelet was given to me from my sister when I was a bridesmaid for her.

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My bridesmaids’ dresses were from Karen Millen and the flower girl’s from Ted Baker. I wanted something they could wear again.  Christopher wore an Italian wool morning suit and our groomsmen and pageboy wore black morning suits, all from John Francis Menswear in Bolton.

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Phoebe and Amy from Flossy & Leigh Make-Up Artist Company did my hair and make up. 

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Phil Drinkwater was our photographer for the day and we are so pleased with the results – he was absolutely amazing. 

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of ivory roses, white double lisanthus, ranunculus, a hint of purple lisanthus, grey ‘frosty’ greenery and silver brunia berries, adorned with crystal and diamante detail.  These flowers ran throughout the theme of the day and were by Laura at Laurel Weddings. 

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It was all so perfect, it’s hard to pinpoint one particular favourite moment. It was lovely to get some time together for a walk in the snow but even that felt like I was dreaming. Seeing the effort everyone involved went to in making sure they shared our day was overwhelming.

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Instead of wedding favours we bought a charity bear and donated money to the North West Air Ambulance. After experiencing first hand their fabulous work after having a fall from my horse, we both agreed it was the perfect alternative. We picked a name from an envelope during the speeches and they took home the charity bear as a keepsake.

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For our wedding cake we opted for two tiers of marble cake and one tier of vanilla sponge by Richards Cakes, in Urmston. I was speechless when I saw it… it was exactly what we wanted.

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I designed and hand made the invitations, table plan, table names, menus and place settings myself.

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Ken Robson played the piano throughout the day and the evening DJ was supplied through Eaves Hall –Pete Best Mobile Discos.

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We decided on Reykjavik, Iceland for a mini moon as we both really wanted to see the Northern Lights – which we did on our last night. Iceland is an amazing country with lots to do and we came home feeling we had only seen a glimpse of it.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to go with your instinct, and make decisions based on what you want for your wedding day. It will save a lot of time and unnecessary stress throughout the months of planning.

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Congratulations Alexandra & Christopher!

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