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Crazy In Love. A Real Gatsby Themed Wedding At Styal Lodge – Hannah & Adam

March 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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So Brides Up North… fancy another beautiful Real Wedding this Monday afternoon?  Why ever not!

In today’s second instalment,  we’re sticking in the North West for Hannah & Adam’s glorious day at Styal Lodge.  Their celebration was full of sparkly touches, lovely lace, Gatsby inspired details, bright florals, big kisses and special designer additions.  Just the way we like ‘em.

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Hannah says:  We got engaged on holiday in Nepal in November 2012 visiting friends. We had just completed a gruelling four day trek in the Himalayas and were relaxing in Pokhara – we took a tiny boat out onto the lake in Pokhara and in the middle of the lake, with no one around, surrounded by the Himalayan mountains Adam pulled out his Grandma’s wedding ring and asked me to marry him.

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We were married at Styal Lodge in Cheshire.  We were looking at venues close to home and we fell in love with Styal when we went to the open day. The wooden lodge reminded us of holidays in Scotland and it was so big, light and spacious. Plus as it was a blank canvas – we could really do whatever we want with the space. It was important that we could hold the ceremony and the reception in the same building. We had 120 guests so we needed a big space! Styal also has a bridal room which was big enough for me and my four bridesmaids (and my mum!) to get ready in before the ceremony – perfect!

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We chose a colour scheme of charcoal grey and dusky pink and opted for a Gatsby theme.  We were also lucky enough to have a Christmas tree as it was December but we didn’t want it to be too “Christmas party” – just a nod to the festive season! All the wedding stationery was designed by my younger brother and had a real art deco feel to it.

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My dress was from (Brides Up North Featured Supplier) Love Bridal Boutique in Altrincham. Emma (the owner) is a total dream – the experience of buying my dress from Emma was exactly what I thought buying a dress would be like. She gave us brownies and coffee and champagne when I finally chose my dress.

It was quite a traditional dress – lots of lace and a little bit of bling (on the belt!) I was lucky enough to wear my grandma’s fur coat for the outside shots (it was VERY cold in December!) and this was the coat my mum wore on her wedding day so it felt extra special (my something old!) I also wore a bracelet that belonged to my great grandma. My shoes were Vivienne Westwood – my something blue with the big blue bow on them! My “new” was my wedding dress!

I carried a bouquet of dusky pink roses with dark thistles, white gyposphila and black berries by Deila’s Florist.

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The groomsmen wore tails – charcoal grey with pinstripe trousers. These came from Moss Bros. We chose a pink cravat to tie in with the theme.  The dresses for my bridesmaids were Jenny Packham. They were charcoal grey. I also gave them white shrugs to wear for the photos outside. 

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My older brother performed the ceremony (he is a chaplain) which made the service really personal and we are so thankful he was able to do that.

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The table names were places we had been on holiday – including Pokhara (where we got engaged)!

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I wanted to use champagne corks for name places on the tables – every cork we used came from a bottle of ‘fizz’ that we drank in the period between the engagement and the wedding – 117 of them!

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We used Emma from Special Days to dress the venue, The Mighty Boof for a fun photo booth and The Word Is Love for big LOVE letters to decorate the dance floor. 

Catering was by Top Table Events in Altrincham. 

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We chose a wedding cake made of cheese from The Cheese Hamlet in Didsbury – who were super helpful with the tasting of the cheese and supplying the correct amount of cheese! We had 1.5kg of cheese in 5 trunkles and it was dressed with fruit. Then in the evening we had a buffet with cold meats and the cheese from the cake – I had also made all the chutneys to go with the cheese. We put out bottles of port for the guests to enjoy.

We also chose to do a cookie table – I had 8 big jars filled with different cookies I had made along with help from my mum, both my sister in laws and one of my bridesmaids. The jars all had labels on them and we put a sign out so people would know what they were. I had grey and white striped bags and cookie tongs so people could take them home if they didn’t want them right then! We had bowls of bonbons and flowers and I also made a one tier fruit cake and decorated it with old jewellery and ribbon. I love baking and this was one of my favourite things!

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My favourite part of the day was when my Dad had organised my friends who live out in New Zealand (the couple we had stayed with in Nepal when we got engaged) to be on Skype – it made me cry with happiness when I saw one of my oldest friends, on the other side of the world, 12 hours ahead – with a flute of fizz to say congratulations.

Also – after the ceremony, and the photos and the drinks reception when we were called into dinner (to James Brown – “I Feel Good”) and all the guests stood up clapping and cheering. It felt incredible to feel so loved by all of our friends and family.

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In the evening we had “The Gobots” who were incredible. They played a whole range of covers with a really rocky/indie feel. Everyone commented on how good the band were and the dance floor was full all evening.

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We flew straight to Copenhagen the day after the wedding. It was so romantic – the Tivoli gardens were all lit up and we spent lots of time walking from the galleries to the museums to the beautiful coffee shops. We were also lucky enough to get a table at Noma (currently number two in the restaurant world!) which was the perfect honeymoon venue!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that if your photographer is taking photos of you getting ready remember to pack something to wear for those photos! You don’t want those moments to be spoilt by jogging bottoms and a vest top.  I took a silk dressing gown with me!

Also, remind your groom to turn around when you walk down the aisle.  I was super nervous walking down but having Adam’s face to focus on was just amazing.

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Congratulations Hannah & Adam!

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Winter Blush: A Real Wedding In Cheshire – Hayley & Nick

January 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Let’s get this week off to a very pretty start, with this beautiful Winter wedding, sent to me by Joanne Kelly Photography and Brides Up North reader Hayley.  Looking around this little corner of the blogosphere, you might be able to tell that I am quite partial to a touch of pink, and today’s stunning celebration proves that you needn’t strike a blush colour palette off your wish list just because the skies might be looking a little grey.  Rather than raising temperatures with traditional berry reds, it’s time to subtly turn up the heat, with a pretty mix of pinks, golds and just a touch of twinkle.  All together now: ahh. 

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Combermere Abbey Wedding by Joanne Kelly Photography

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Hayley says:  Nick asked me to marry him at Mottram Hall on my birthday on 26th August 2011 and we were married on 21st December 2012 at Combermere Abbey, Whitchurch. 

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We instantly fell in love with the beautiful glasshouse and gardens at Combermere. The pathway up to the glasshouse is truly breath taking. We also really liked that you had exclusive use of the grounds on the day and we wouldn’t have to share our day with anyone else.

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Although we got married only four days before Christmas, we didn’t want it to run too much into our wedding day. We had a romantic vintage theme with low textured floral displays and lots of candles to give it that romantic feel, using a colour base of golds and taupes with dusky pink and dark lilac rose posies.

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I fell in love with the dress instantly. It was a Pronovias design from The Bridal Path in Altrincham. The dress was an elegant Grecian style, with the most stunning beading over the shoulder and down the back.  my heels were by Jenny Packham

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My makeup and HD brows were by Makeup by Lucy Hill and finished off my look beautifully.

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I had a posy in a range of Winter pink flowers to give a lovely vintage look and texture.

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The bridesmaids wore Jenny Packham gold/taupe full length dresses with jewelled waistlines and beautiful asymmetric drapes over the shoulder. The groomsmen had dark charcoal suits with low waistcoats and ties to match the bridesmaid dresses.

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My favourite part of the day was walking up to the glasshouse before the ceremony, it was the only part of the day that seemed to go slowly. Nick was very nervous for his speech so the evening reception was probably his favourite part of the day when he could relax!

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Our video was taken by Cinematic Vizion, I loved the unique documentary style that Chris used to capture the day.

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Our photography was by Joanne Kelly and we were delighted by all the beautiful photographs from both our wedding day and also the pre-wedding shoot. Joanne is really creative and is able to capture some stunning images.

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We used lots of music throughout the day.  For the ceremony we a harpist, Una Linett. We had a string trio to play during the meal and then for the evening reception we had The Livewires. The Livewires were the second thing we booked after the wedding reception, as soon as Nick heard them, and they were great!

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We had a beautiful plain three tiered cake, with roses dusted in a gold shimmer and trimmed with gold antique lace.

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We rented out all the cottage accommodation the night before and the night after the wedding. The guests really enjoyed sharing the whole experience with us and not just the wedding ceremony and evening reception.

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After the wedding, we wanted to spend Christmas at home with our family and move into our new home. We are hoping to go away on our honeymoon later in the year.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be on the day, forget about all the planning and worrying how well the day goes and just enjoy the day.

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Congratulations Hayley & Nick!

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  – Images © 2013 Joanne Kelly Photography

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