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summer bloom. an elegant country wedding at rookery hall – charlotte & tom

November 21st, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth

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This afternoon on the blog, we join couple Charlotte and Tom as they tie the knot in the captivating surroundings of Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa – an exquisite country house that dates back to the 1800’s.

The epitome of country chic, their big day brings together beautiful blooms, gorgeous ice creams and drinks on the outdoor terrace and dreamy photographs amongst the splendor of the venue’s stunning gardens and fountains.

With images by Mr Sleeve.

Charlotte and Toms Wedding Highlights from Love Gets Sweeter on Vimeo.

charlotte says: We got engaged on 21st July 2012 in Bruges, Belgium. Tom had flown out to Belgium for work and I joined him to make a holiday of it. After some Dutch courage (or just a casual drink from my perspective), Tom suggested a walk around the Lac D’Amour at sunset. After waiting what seemed like an age for a Chinese tourist group to leave the picturesque bridge, Tom got down on one knee and popped the question.

We got married on 28th August 2015. We chose this date to make the most of the Bank Holiday weekend and so that friends and family travelling long distances could make the journey more easily and enjoy the weekend more.

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We tied the knot at Rookery Hall in Nantwich, Cheshire. When we visited the venue, we immediately fell in love with its light airy rooms, grounds and the overall feel of the place.

We didn’t have a wedding theme, as such. Instead, we decided on summer tones with the groomsmen and bridesmaids wearing light shades of blue. We had brightly coloured flowers, with lots of wildflowers and herbs.

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Tom and our groomsmen wore slate blue suits from Next, and the bridesmaids wore a bluey-green coloured dress. We really struggled to decide on a colour; we didn’t want anything too dark or rich as we hoped for a lovely sunny day. We both liked blue tones though, and we thought that these shades would also flatter our entourage!

I wore the Cielo gown by Miquel Suay in ivory. After lots of online window shopping and a couple of visits to wedding boutiques to try on dresses of all shapes, this dress ticked all the boxes with a lace bodice and a soft, romantic feel.

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Our photographer was Mr Sleeve (Steve Longbottom). He was fantastic and captured some amazing shots; we loved his style of candid, journalistic photography.

We also had Charlene of Love Gets Sweeter as our videographer. Charlene was great too – she blended into the background and even helped out with an emergency safety pin and we have a lovely video to help remember our special day.

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Our flowers were supplied by Heather at Living Colour Flowers in Stockton Heath, Warrington. Heather was fantastic at understanding the overall aesthetic we were after, other florists seemed unable to offer any suggestions when we said we had no specific flowers in mind. The bouquet had bright Vuvuzela roses, purple veronica, blue thistle, yellow craspedia, bay, thyme, rosemary, succulents, and was wrapped in blue leather as a ‘something blue’. The bridesmaids had similar bouquets, and the boys had buttonholes of tiny succulents with a small flower, wrapped in twine.

The flowers for our reception were also provided by Living Colour, with an undone feel, lots of bright colours, with arrangements in little jam jars and scientific glassware (as we both have microbiology PhDs) and on wooden plinths. As for the room décor – Eventures in Manchester provided the chairs and room dressing.continue reading

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relaxed romance. a sage green outdoor wedding in chester – helen & michael

November 11th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Today’s bride and groom made their big day all about feeling relaxed and having fun. Though not wanting a church ceremony, Helen and Michael didn’t want to miss out on having their ceremony in a grand and historic building and so booked Chester Town Hall in which to say their ‘I dos’.

The party then got underway at their tipi reception complete with afternoon tea, barbecue, ice cream and a live band – what summer days and nights are made of!

With images by Marky Kirk Photography.

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helen says: We got engaged on a trip to The USA and Canada in summer 2013. We were in a Canadian Canoe in the middle of Lightning Lake in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia when Mike got down on two knees (to stop the boat from rocking!).

We chose 25th July 2015 so we could have plenty of time to plan the wedding and have fun doing it. Also, this happened to be the first weekend of the summer holidays. We got married at the Chester Town Hall as we wanted a non-religious ceremony but somewhere with a more traditional feel.

We also wanted a nice relaxed feel for the wedding without losing the historic grandeur usually offered by a church wedding, so the town hall fitted the formal side of the ceremony. Afternoon tea with a South African themed barbecue and ice cream in a tepee in a field followed, which provided the relaxed environment we wanted for the wedding breakfast and evening celebrations too.

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simply chic. ronald joyce for a blue, peach and cream themed wedding at thornton manor – hollie & martin

October 12th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Several elements of today’s real wedding instantly stood out to me when first viewing Hollie and Martin’s wedding photos.

Firstly, the venue. It’s certainly got the wow factor and makes it easy to understand why Hollie and Martin didn’t continue their venue search beyond this impressive building! Second – the elegant colour scheme. Hollie almost went for just peach and cream but then decided to throw blue (her favourite colour) into the mix and the soft, powdery hue works perfectly. Third – the smiles on everyone’s faces. This was clearly an enjoyable wedding and featured lots of entertainment to keep guests happy. Finally, the cake. I can’t believe this was created just the night before the wedding – move over Mary Berry, I think there’s a new star baker in town!

With images by Jess Yarwood Photography.

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hollie says: We got engaged in Liverpool on the Big Wheel at the Albert Dock. We were enjoying the view looking out the windows and on the third time around. Once the wheel stopped at the top I turned around and Martin was down on one knee with a lovely engagement ring.

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We set the date for 9th July 2015. Our chosen venue was Thornton Manor in Thornton Hough, Wirral. It was the one and only venue we viewed and as soon as we were inside we were overwhelmed and knew this was the place we wanted.

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We had a shabby chic, vintage style theme with a few other details, like our table names that followed a Beatles theme.

Our colour scheme was cream, peach and powder blue. I really liked the colours and how they looked together. I was set on the peach and cream but also torn as blue is my favourite colour, so decided to incorporate that too.

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My dress was a vintage style A-line dress in champagne satin, with pearls and diamantes. It was by Ronald Joyce. My bridesmaids wore powder blue Jenny Packham dresses.

Martin wore a traditional suit with tails in a charcoal grey and champagne tie and pocket square. The groomsmen wore the same suit but with a powder blue tie and pocket square.

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Our photographer was Jess Yarwood. I would definitely recommend her, our photographs are perfect and we just loved her style and the way she edits her photographs.

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For the wedding flowers we had peonies, cream and blue hydrangeas, cream roses and freesia. Claire from Frodsham Flowers did an amazing job with all the flowers.

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To decorate we had candelabras with floral arrangements. There were also willow branches in tall vases with hanging glass baubles with orchids and peonies inside and square glass vases with flowers in, which were placed on mirrors. To finish, the tables were scattered with pearls and crystals. My mum has her own wedding styling and decoration business, Angels Weddings & Events, and so she designed and did everything.

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As favours we gave Baileys to the women and Courvoisier to the men, with chocolates and sweets for children.

Our wedding cake was tall six tier design with cream icing. Our cake maker let us down the night before the wedding so my mum had to make our cake for us the night before and the florist decorated it with fresh flowers.

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Barretts Caterers provided the catering – they were brilliant their food is just amazing. They also helped run the day and ensured it went smoothly so we got a lot more for our money with their brilliant service.

Drinks wise we had Gallo rose, various red and white wine, prosecco and bottles of beer. Gallo is my favourite rose wine and we really enjoy prosecco. Beer was a good option for the men too.

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As an extra treat for guests, we had Isabelle’s Ices, an old fashioned ice cream cart and bicycle, which went down a storm and entertained the children for five minutes.

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Further entertainment on the day included a string quartet, which is something we really wanted. Hearing them play as we walked down the aisle and once we were married was just amazing. We also had a solo singer James Michael, who was on the Xfactor a few years ago, to perform and he was brilliant. To mingle amongst our guests, we had a caricaturist and Marshall Magic, the most amazing magician! Matt Tolley of Cheshire Wedding DJs provided the evening disco.

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We would definitely recommend Thornton Manor to other brides and grooms. It is the most beautiful venue with so much land and beautiful views. It has so much character and the staff were so friendly and helpful.

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We can’t choose a favourite part of the day as we enjoyed every moment, but seeing each other for the first time when I walked down the aisle with my dad was a really lovely moment and once we were married we were so relaxed and could enjoy the day without the nerves.

Due to work commitments we have yet to go on honeymoon but we are planning to go to Italy next year.

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My top tip to other Brides Up North is to stay calm and don’t worry on the day. So much effort, time, money and stress goes into it on the lead up to the big day that you should just enjoy every moment. Even if the smallest thing goes wrong, let it go, as it will be the most perfect day to you both regardless.

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