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fall in love. pumpkins & lace for a seasonal wedding at arley hall – heather & steve

August 15th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

An Autumnal Wedding at Arley Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (21)

We’re kicking off your week with an exceptionally beautiful real wedding that started with a rather impressive proposal (top marks Steve!)

Taking place at Arley Hall in Cheshire, Heather and Steve’s big day features simple yet striking details, inspired by the cosy autumn season.

Cue pumpkin centrepieces, bright bouquets and a totally swoon-worthy lace dress…

With images by Jessica O’Shaughnessy Photography.

An Autumnal Wedding at Arley Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (13)

heather says: We got engaged on 8th September 2014, while at El Matador Beach, Malibu. After our first full day of our two-week holiday travelling around California, Steve told me to be ready for 5pm but wouldn’t say what the plan was. When ready, we proceeded to walk downstairs to the foyer of our hotel on Sunset Boulevard. The receptionist giggled, and we were met by a driver who took us to a limo. We were driven to El Matador Beach and Steve told me we were going for a picnic. We walked around looking for a perfect place to watch the sun set when Steve knelt down and popped the question. He handed me a round, white box with a purple ribbon and within side it was purple cookie with “will you marry me” on it. Naturally, I said yes. We turned around and there was a photographer Steve had booked to capture the moment. It was perfect.

We set the date for October 17th 2015, as we wanted an autumnal wedding and also for it to be on a Saturday.

An Autumnal Wedding at Arley Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (27)

Our chosen setting was Arley Hall in Northwich, Cheshire. The hall had the option of a separate evening venue, which is something we wanted so evening guests felt completely part of the wedding and not thrown into the chaos from the day’s events. The hall and the grounds are gorgeous, and the history of the house makes it a fabulous backdrop for photographs.

As a nod to the season we had an autumnal “Fall in Love” theme, which included pumpkins, hessian and wood. There was no definite colour theme as we wanted a mixture of different hues.

An Autumnal Wedding at Arley Hall (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (19)

I didn’t have much luck when looking for dresses but after a day’s searching I found the one in the n the last shop we visited, Wedding Belles in Frodsham. When we arrived there was an Intuzuri event on that we were unaware of. We got there at 4.30pm and the event stopped at 5pm with the dresses being packed up as we looked so I couldn’t believe when I came across a dress that I had previously ripped out of a magazine and put in my wedding scrap book. The dress was floor length with a train, very fitted with lace full length sleeves. It was full Chantilly lace and had a low back to it. I also had a Chantilly, elbow length veil to match.

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pastel perfection. augusta Jones for a shabby chic wedding at willington hall – laura & adam

November 17th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Shabby Chic Wedding in Cheshire (c) Stephen McGowan Photography (6)

We love the bravery of today’s groom who popped the question to his now wife during a flight to the Dominican Republic. You’d have to be sure of a ‘yes’ wouldn’t you? Otherwise you’d be in for a rather awkward flight and holiday!

Anyhoo, ring firmly on finger, Laura and Adam decided on a shabby chic wedding with pretty pastels and a cute afternoon tea.

Executed to perfection everything fits in perfectly with the theme and setting, from the beautiful bouquets to Laura’s gorgeous mermaid style dress.

With images by Brides Up North fave,  Stephen McGowan Wedding Photography.

A Shabby Chic Wedding in Cheshire (c) Stephen McGowan Photography (21)

laura says: We got engaged on 8th April 2014, when we were on a flight to Dominican Republic. Adam asked the pilot to call me to the front of the plane, Adam then got down on one knee and proposed. All flight he was acting rather nervous and taking advantage of the free drinks – now it all makes sense, he was trying to calm his nerves. When I said yes, the whole plane cheered! It was such an amazing proposal.

Our wedding date was 12th September 2015. We always knew we wanted August or September for a lovely summer wedding and so when we found our perfect venue, the dates worked out well as it was the only available Saturday left.

A Shabby Chic Wedding in Cheshire (c) Stephen McGowan Photography (18)

We were married in Willington Hall in Tarporley, Cheshire. To be honest, it was Adam who found this hidden gem, much to my dismay! It was exactly what we were after, beautiful location, perfect intimate size and amazing staff. The views around for the photographs were perfect and it simply is a beautiful venue. After looking at so many ‘corporate’ venues, it was nice to find a place that remembered us by name, rather than a wedding date!

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the music sounds better with you. a sunny festival wedding in cheshire – nicola & andrew

April 9th, 2015 | Julia Braime

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (38)

Nowadays brides and grooms go beyond a colour scheme to theme their wedding day to reflect them as an individual couple – their personalities, passions and hobbies.

Today’s real wedding couple Nicola and Andrew did just that by arranging their ‘festival wedding’ around their love of music with vinyl decorations, gig ticket style invitations and live entertainment, in which the wedding couple themselves took part.

So grab your wellies and watch out for the mud as we share Nicola and Andrew’s soulful big day.

With images by Ricky Carrington Photography.

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (4)

nicola says:We got engaged on 23rd Feb 2013 while we were away in Paris for the weekend. I’d always wanted to go, and it was a surprise weekend away which Andrew organised.

We set the date for 17th May 2014. It was in the rugby off-season and was an available date at the venue we wanted – Willington Hall Hotel in Tarporley, Cheshire. We both really liked the venue as it was easy on the eye and the team there were very relaxed in catering to our needs.

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (19)

We decided on a festival/music theme for our big day – I play the electric guitar and Andrew plays the drums. We both played with the wedding band at our reception as a surprise to our guests. We played Spitting Games by Snow Patrol. Music is an important part of our lives and we wanted our wedding to reflect that.

To fit in with our theme the place names were old vinyls with guests’ names on them, the table names were groups/albums close to our hearts, our invitations were like gig tickets and we had lots of photographs with our guests in wellies.

To go along with our festival theme we had a yellow and blue colour scheme. I liked sunflowers and the idea stemmed from there really!

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (17)

Before trying on any wedding dresses, I didn’t have any idea of what I wanted so I went into a shop and told the assistant this. She then helped me try on a wide range of different types of dresses. I fell in love with a Jenny Packham dress – it was the third dress I tried on! I then went to a further two shops and ended up going back to the original shop to get the Jenny Packham dress. I can’t really tell you why I picked I just loved wearing it. The shop I got my dress from is called The Wedding Club in Birmingham. The bridesmaids got their dresses from there too.

Makeup and hair on the day was organised by the spa attached to Willington Hall and was absolutely fabulous. The hairdresser was called Sian Dutton who was recommended to us by the spa.

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (24)

All the male wedding party wore the same suit. It was from a local suit vendor called L & J Formal Hire. All the males wore converse rather than shoes which all matched, in keeping with our festival/music theme. I wore flat shoes for the wedding ceremony and converse which my friend had decorated especially for the day in the evening.

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (30)

Ricky Carrington Photography did our wedding photos. Ricky was brilliant and made everyone feel at ease which is a big help on the day. Any request we made wasn’t a problem and the photographs were amazing.

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (29)

The flowers were based around sunflowers with a few extra bits. Arrangements were done by Black Cat Floral Design who I would highly recommend. I’m not actually a big fan of flowers and Mel really helped bring out my one idea of sunflowers and made the flowers/venue look amazing. They arranged everything and everyone on the day, which is a lovely personal touch.

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (32)

We didn’t have any favours as such on the tables, instead we had a retro sweet table which the florist also decorated and set up for us. We had cupcakes rather than one big wedding cake, which was made by my close friend Natasha and reflected our musical theme.

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (31)

To provide entertainment we had live band for the evening called The Smooth Criminals. This was a true highlight of the day, especially when we played a song with them. Again, as music is a big part of our lives, it seems a good match to have a live band for the evening. To keep children (and some of the adults) entertained at the wedding we also had giant games such as snakes and ladders and Jenga.

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (34)

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (35)

We would definitely recommend our wedding venue to others. The venue is gorgeous to look at and you can get married outside, which we did. We had the entire venue to ourselves, including accommodation for all of the wedding party. The staff were amazing and no request was too much trouble for them. They made me feel in control of the decisions made for the wedding which they were supportive in, it didn’t feel like a ‘package’ wedding – everything felt individual. Sue was our wedding co-ordinator who I would recommend also!

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (39)

I couldn’t pick a favourite part of the day – we loved all of it!

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (27)

For our honeymoon we had a bit of adventure! As well as music, we also love to travel so we took full advantage of our three weeks off work and went to Hong Kong, Macau, Tokyo and Dubai. We spent every day exploring – it was amazing, especially Tokyo.

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (42)

My top tip to other Brides Up North is chill out – everything works out fine in the end!

a festival themed wedding at Willington Hall Hotel (c) Ricky Carrington Photography (50)

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