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snowflakes & lilies. a winter wedding at peckforton castle – lorna & dave

October 21st, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today’s elegant real wedding was arranged in just six months and perfectly illustrates the beauty of tying the knot in the winter season.

The couple, Lorna and Dave, had been together for more than five years before getting engaged. Briefly contemplating a beach wedding in the Caribbean sunshine, the couple couldn’t resist the allure of staying close to home and celebrating their big day at the magnificent Peckforton Castle.

Dressed in an off-the-shoulder, fluted fishtail gown, Lorna was every bit the fairy-tale princess.

With images from Jonny Draper Photography.

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lorna says: We got engaged on 23rd May 2015, at Tre-Ysgawen Hall, Anglesey, Wales. At this point we had been together for more than five years, so I’d pretty much given up hope, but it turns out he was waiting for me to stop hinting so that it would come as a surprise. Dave had taken me away for the weekend and chosen Wales because of my Welsh roots. We enjoyed spa treatments on the Saturday and even joked in the Jacuzzi that Dave was rubbish at keeping secrets! Later that day, he got down on one knee in a lovely little meadow in the grounds of the hotel. I was so stunned he had to prompt me for a response as his knee was getting wet from the grass!

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We tied the knot on Thursday 17th December 2015. We both wanted a winter wedding and weren’t concerned about the weather. We love Christmas time, so thought we could make the most of the gorgeous festive decorations at our venue, Peckforton Castle in Cheshire. We also first met on 17th January so there was certain symmetry to the date.

We got married in the Great Hall at Peckforton. Dave wanted to either wed on a beach in the Caribbean or in a castle. As I’m red head and not a huge fan of sand – the decision was quickly made! We looked at a number of other locations in and around Cheshire, but Peckforton was by far the most magical and perfect venue.

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We both love to travel so our table names were places we had visited together and our table plan was a map of the world. We also had a vintage suitcase for our cards. For us, this signified that we had already been on many adventures, and that we are now embarking on another big adventure together into married life.

We tried to keep a personal touch throughout the wedding, with my sister designing our wedding invitations and other stationery, and my mum making the most fabulous snowflake wedding cake. Overall, we were going for an understated but elegant look.

Our colour scheme was dark purple. It’s a rich shade that stands out for a winter wedding and it also complemented the decor in the castle – and we both love the colour!

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relaxed glamour: a monochrome & copper inspired bridal shoot at the holford estate, cheshire

July 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Styled Bridal Shoot at The Holford Estate (c) Mr & Mrs W (10)

Those talented North West wedding suppliers have been busy once again creating a gorgeous styled shoot to help inspire your big day choices; covering everything from the dress to the décor.

This styled shoot was primarily put together to help showcase a stunning new venue to the county of Cheshire, The Holford Estate. Set within 130 acres of beautiful countryside, the venue’s newly refurbished Holford Barn made the perfect backdrop for the suppliers to showcase their skills, products and services.

Inspired by the features and materials of the barn, stylist Rebecca Jenkinson of Pretty Little Trio Vintage Hire & Styling, worked with fellow artistic suppliers to create a relaxed yet glamourous big day look, which both complemented and enhanced the shoot setting.

To explain more about how the various looks that were created, we’ll let Rebecca do the talking…

With images by Mr & Mrs W.

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rebecca says: The shoot was a collaboration of North West wedding suppliers at a beautiful and unique new venue in Cheshire, The Holford Estate. The venue is a stunning barn conversion, surrounded by stable blocks and beautiful grounds. It’s quite opulent, rather than rustic in style, and so we took that as our steer for the shoot and aimed for relaxed, elegant glamour.

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There is a stunning copper staircase that cascades into the barn itself and little copper gold mice in the old brickwork of the barn, so we wanted to work with the lovely metallics and the warm colours in the brickwork around us.

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There is also beautiful black and white timber framed building in the grounds, and formal gardens, which gave us the idea for black and white florals and foliage, stationery, mojitos and, of course, the friendly black and white horse in the stables.

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midsummer night’s dream: an ethereal styled shoot in the north west

June 6th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon on the blog we have some dreamy eye candy in the form of a stunning styled shoot to ease away those Monday blues.

Put together by a talented group of Cheshire wedding suppliers, this shoot centres round A Midsummer Night’s Dream theme with relaxed, ethereal styling and beautiful boho dresses and accessories.

Here to fill us in on all the pretty details is Rebecca from Gypsy Rose Vintage, who provided the beautiful hair accessories featured in the shoot. We need to get us one of those rose flower crowns #lush.

With images by Boho Lane Photography.

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rebecca says: The purpose of the shoot was to bring together a group of like-minded bohemian and vintage inspired creatives to create a Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired shoot.

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The chosen location was a local hidden gem, Maggoty Wood in Gawsworth, Cheshire, which fit perfectly with the theme of the shoot. The open space woodland was perfectly quiet and tranquil on the day we shot, allowing us to have free reign to create a series of different backdrops, capturing the natural beauty of the area.

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The styling, which Pretty Creative assisted on, revolved around the Midsummer Night’s Dream/floral theme. We specifically wanted to include lots of feathers/dreamcatchers, colourful fresh fruits, such as figs and grapefruits, and, of course, lots of lovely flowers, which were supplied by Verity & Thyme. The stationery was created by Hattie Boo Designs and added a romantic pop of colour.

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fabulous florals. a pretty & personal homemade wedding in oldham – jennifer & warren

March 10th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Some may think that staging a big day at home makes the whole planning process that bit easier, but as this morning’s real wedding goes to show there’s a lot to consider and organise when hosting the celebrations in your own back garden.

Bride Jennifer and groom Warren, chose Jennifer’s parents’ garden as the perfect location for their wedding, enjoying an open-air humanist ceremony followed by a marquee reception.

Though thoroughly beautiful from beginning to end, the element that stands out to us most is all the fabulous florals, from the arch on the lawn to the suspended arrangements in the marquee and the beautiful 3D detailing on Jennifer’s dress – we’re in love!

With images by Tim Simpson Photography.

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jennifer says: We got engaged on 11th October 2013, at Rex Lookout, East Coast Australia, which is located approximately half way between Cairns and Port Douglas. We were embarking on a tour of the East Coast and had just collected our campervan from Cairns. On route to our first stop of Port Douglas we came across this amazing beauty spot and this is where Warren totally and utterly surprised me by asking me to marry him.

We set the date for 27th June 2015 as we wanted an outdoor ceremony and thought this time of year was our best chance for dry weather. We set a date pretty quickly as we had guests from Australia, Sweden and France and wanted to make sure that we gave people as much notice as possible.

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Due to us having a humanist ceremony it was necessary to also have a legal ceremony at our local registry office – we did this one week before the actual wedding day. It was an intimate affair with just family and two close friends. It was just lovely, a very simple ceremony and then a pub lunch which brought everyone together to mark the start of the official wedding week!

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