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sweet surprises. a mauve themed wedding with shabby chic touches at colshaw hall – helen & david

October 22nd, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Today’s real wedding comes with a spectacular surprise engagement that was so well thought out and executed that groom Dave deserves some sort of medal. I’ll let bride Helen explain all the details of the engagement and the wedding (which included another very sweet surprise) in her own words, but all I will say ladies is – prepare to be impressed!

With images by Suzy Wimbourne Photography.

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helen says: We got engaged in August 2014 at home. Unbeknown to me Dave had risen at 6am to create something he’d been planning for a while. When I woke up he wasn’t in bed but I noticed a little note on his pillow, which asked me to get dressed, go outside the bedroom door and to follow whatever I saw out there.

As I went outside the room I could see the beginning of a photo timeline. It started right outside the door and went off downstairs. Right at the start of the line was a red rose with a note saying ‘take me with you’. From the very first photo of us together, to our first time at Glastonbury and our first year anniversary, the photos went on and on. When I reached the TV in the lounge there was a little note saying ‘turn me and the DVD player on and press play’, which I did, only to find Dave on the television with his ukulele in hand. He’d recorded a little message and himself playing a song he’d written for me and then told me to carry on along the string line!

When the timeline finished, I was directed into the conservatory. Inside Dave had set up a table ready for breakfast with flowers, candles, pancakes and a fresh fruit smoothie. As Dave came back from the kitchen he looked a bit nervous and then proceeded to get down onto one knee and asked me to marry him!

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We set the date for 25th June 2015 as we’d always wanted a summer wedding when there was the best chance of it being sunny.

We got married at Colshaw Hall in Over Peover, near Knutsford. It’s such a beautiful venue in an equally beautiful setting. It’s in the middle of the countryside on a gorgeous estate. There’s also a wooden ‘mock chapel’ where we had the civil ceremony, which was exactly what we were looking for as we had decided that we didn’t want to get married in a church. It was great because you could hire both the hall itself and there were some cottages too where our closest family and friends could stay on site. They also served breakfast the next morning for everyone who stayed on site and it was delicious!

The theme of the wedding was shabby chic, natural, and I wanted to use hessian. The colour scheme I chose was purple/mauve.

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My dress was from a local shop in Poynton, called Timeless Bride.  It was simple and elegant. An A-line gown with a lace top, satin bow around the waist at the back and plain satin skirt. Buttons went all the way down the back of the dress. I also wore a single tier veil with a little bit of sparkle! I tried on all different styles of dress but in the end I always knew this shape would suit me best. I absolutely loved my dress!

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With it being a summer wedding Dave went for a light grey morning suit. We both wanted Dave to have tails but not a top hat and as it turned out the day was really hot and so this was good choice.

He wore an ivory cravat with the suit, all of which we hired from Whitfield & Ward in Wilmslow. The groomsmen wore the same suit as Dave but had a mauve colour cravat.

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The bridesmaids wore a mauve coloured dress from a shop called YS Dress in Stockport. The dresses were simple and classic. They were floor length, strapless designs with a sweetheart neckline in a lovely floaty chiffon material. I wanted something that would suit all my bridesmaids and that they would be comfortable in.

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We chose Suzy Wimbourne Photography to capture our day. It was a joy to have Suzy and Alex there on the day and we would absolutely recommend them to everyone! Not only did they take fantastic photographs throughout the day but they are also two of the nicest people we’ve had the pleasure of meeting, it pretty much felt like having two more friends with us on our wedding day!

We’ve nicknamed them ‘photography ninjas’ as we knew they were always there, poised to capture our day but we never felt that they were imposing at all and they just blended in perfectly. We didn’t worry about the photographs at all throughout the day as we trusted them completely and knew that they would capture it in exactly the style we wanted – natural and bright, and their photos really do depict the whole feeling of happiness throughout the day.

Everyone who has seen our photographs has commented on how fantastic they are and we totally agree. We really couldn’t be happier with the photos they took on the day and also in our pre wedding photoshoot a few months prior to the wedding.

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My bridesmaids all carried a bundle of gypsophila. My bouquet was of similar size but contained memory lane roses, white lady spray roses, astrantia, dried lavender, ivory astilbe, ivory wax flower, a few clusters of gypsophila and a touch of grey stachys. The bouquets were all bound in hessian. Sian at The Didsbury Flower Lounge was the fantastic florist for our wedding. She was absolutely brilliant.

Floral decorations included a long, low arrangement on the registrar table, which was later moved to the top table for the reception. For our reception table centre pieces we had cylindrical glass vases with twigs inside, coming up through the design with delphiniums and gypsophila clusters sat within the twigs inside the vase and memory lane petals were in the base. Each vase had a loose collar of flowers to complement the bouquets. The bridesmaids’ gypsophila bouquets were also put into vases on the top table. The flowers in the wedding breakfast room looked absolutely fantastic, we were over the moon with how they turned out.

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For our favours we decided to make a donation to a local hospice, St. Ann’s. One of my bridesmaids lost her dad to cancer a few years ago and he spent some time at St. Ann’s in his last few weeks, and so we wanted to spend the money on something that was close to our hearts.

We were very lucky to have our cake made as a wedding gift by my sister’s fiancé’s mum. It was absolutely spot on! It had four tiers – two of which were Madeira cakes, one was lemon and the top tier was a fruit cake, which we wanted to use in line with the age old tradition and save it for either our 1st year anniversary or to celebrate the birth of our first child. The cake tiers alternated between a smooth, white finish and ones with scattered flowers on. On top of the cake we had two little fabric ‘bride and groom’ birds which I had made with my own hands.

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With having the wedding at Colshaw Hall we had to use their preferred caterer (Barretts Events Caterers), however, this was certainly not a bad thing as the food we had was quite simply the best wedding food we have ever had! We have to give a special mention of the service they provided too – it really was second to none.

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When it came to entertainment, we had The Didsbury String Quartet to play during the drinks reception and a live band called The Live Wires, for the evening. Dave was quite adamant about having a string quartet, partly due to the fact that he loves stringed instruments and partly because he was planning on a little surprise involving them. He’d always wanted to play a song with a string quartet so when he finally convinced me to hire the string quartet he went about writing a song and asking them to accompany him on it.

So after we’d had all our photos taken Dave got his ushers to gather everyone around where the string quartet were playing and then he appeared with his guitar. He started playing on his own and then the strings came in and it was amazing! I couldn’t believe it! When they finished, all of our guests went crazy.

Our evening band, The Live Wires, were fantastic too. They got everyone involved and played such an amazing set of songs that got everyone going! We danced until we were allowed to!

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Both Dave and I really wanted the day to be a memorable one for everyone (including ourselves) and so we each made the effort to do something special. I really wanted to put my own mark on the day and so really got stuck in and made quite a few little decorative bits and pieces, including decorative jam jars for the tables and walls outside, the table plan, little flags in buckets for the table numbers, luggage tags to save the ceremony chairs for the bride and groom’s family, and also the bride and groom birds for the cake.

We both also wanted to surprise everyone on the night and do a good first dance so we had a good few lessons with a dance teacher who choreographed a dance for us to my chosen song, Save the Last Dance by Michael Buble! It went down a storm and we were so pleased to get through it fairly unscathed.

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We would 100 per cent recommend Colshaw Hall to other couples. There were just so many things about the venue that we fell in love with. From the fantastic wooden ceremony hall called ‘The Stables’, to the walled garden and the accommodation in the main hall and in the cottages. From the moment we first went round to look at Colshaw Hall the staff were absolutely fantastic. The attention to detail, the willingness to get involved and all carried out with such friendly professionalism. Shelly oversaw our day and she was an absolute star.

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Dave and I loved the whole wedding day, but we’d have to say the happiest part of it was the ceremony. The suspense of seeing each other, feeling totally overwhelmed when we finally did and then making the promises to each other in front of everyone felt so amazing and, this might sound cheesy, but enlightening too. It was something we’ll never do or feel again.

We couldn’t have a hymn as the ceremony wasn’t taking place in a church so instead we had everyone sing a ‘congregational song’ – Frank Sinatra’s You Make Me Feel So Young. We’d printed the words out for everyone and downloaded the karaoke music track and everyone really got into it!

We also had my sister and a close friend sing a couple of songs whilst we were signing the register, as well as three readings by my grandma, Dave’s dad and my cousin.

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Straight after the wedding we had a minimoon down in Cornwall in St Ives. We were blessed with great weather, just as we were on the day of the wedding, and we had a lovely relaxing few days reminiscing about the wedding day wishing we could go back and do it all again! We are planning on going to Africa for a safari next year for our main honeymoon in the Serengeti in Tanzania. Then hopefully onto an island in the Indian Ocean to get some relaxation time in (cash depending!)

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to relax on the day and just go with the flow. Don’t worry about the running of the day; you’ve got all the staff around to make sure it all goes to plan, so just enjoy it! Also, try and enjoy the food during the wedding breakfast! Dave and I didn’t eat much as we were so excited (and also because Dave was nervous about his speech), but afterwards we wish we’d savoured the gorgeous food more!

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Silver Streets: A Real Wedding In The North West – Becci & Mark

February 7th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North reader Becci upped the fashion stakes on her big day by choosing shades of silver for her simple, chic wedding in the style capital of the North. Throw in some great food and grand settings and this gorgeous celebration, with images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Richard Milnes Photography, carries some real city slicker class.

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Becci says:  We got engaged in Zell Am See, Austria, under the town’s giant Christmas tree whilst it was snowing in January 2012.  It was the evening of my 30th birthday. 

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We were married on 26th January 2013 at Manchester Town Hall, with our reception at Stock Restaurant in the old Manchester Stock Exchange. We love the architecture of both buildings and think the food and service at Stock is amazing.

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Our theme was “Dinner with friends” and we chose a colour scheme of pink, purple and silver. 

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I chose a bespoke dress made by Agape in a silvery, pink purple silk dupion.  The groomsmen wore 

Pronuptia morning suits and my bridesmaid wore a full length deep purple dress from Coast. 

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We travelled by black cab to the town hall and by foot between the two venues, which was a lovely chance for some photographs of just the two of us. 

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The marriage ceremony itself was my favourite part of the day.  It was really emotional and meaningful to say our vows in front of all of our family and friends. 

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I carried a bouquet of roses, thistles, steel berries, orchids, and other small flowers and silvery foliage focusing on texture and interest made up for me by The Didsbury Flower Lounge. 

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We chose a ceilidh for post meal entertainment (the Flaxmere Ceilidh Band) and then loaded our iPod with indie and cheese anthems. We had photos we had taken over the years of all our guests being shown on a large TV screen.

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Originally we were not going to have a cake but a friend offered to make one as a practise for her sister’s wedding. We were then amazed on the day when we saw an awesome three tiered cake made with handcrafted flowers!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in the Lake District for a few days to unwind. We are off to Thailand for the main event at the end of the year and can’t wait!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax and do not over plan the day. Good friends around you will make the extra special moments just happen for you.

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Congratulations Becci & Mark!

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Sugar For My Honey! A Real Wedding – Mairead & Adam

December 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Yippee!  Its Saturday! I’m in Manchester today celebrating with the girls on my friend Rachel’s hen party.  Rach lives in Dubai and gets married a week tomorrow, so we are making the most of her last days of freedom.  Whilst I sip my champers through a dubiously shaped straw (yes, we are that immature), I thought I would leave you with a Real Wedding in our weekend hotspot – an altogether more classy affair that looks like it was rollicking good fun too!

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Submitted by friend of the wedding blog, Nicola Thompson Photography, Mairead & Adam’s wedding day is a master class in simple, classy wedding pretty.  Be inspired. 

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Over to Mairead:  Adam proposed at home in October 2010. He had chosen a ring but it didn’t fit. We tried to get it changed that day but it took 3 weeks to get one in the correct size. We made the decision not to tell anyone (except our parents) until we had the engagement ring.  We were married on 19th August 2011 at Manchester Town Hall. The reception was at The Castlefield Rooms in the Castlefields area of Manchester.

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We wanted a city centre location so that our guests could and have a few drinks without worrying about driving home or expensive taxi rides.

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We had been on a tour of the town hall a year earlier and really loved the building. We chose The Castlefield Rooms for its location; inner city but in a conservation area. We also liked the fact that we could use three different spaces for different phases of the wedding. The drinks reception was held in the sun on the large balcony. The room for the wedding breakfast was a very modern and bright space and the evening reception was a bit more private and had a large dance floor space. There is also a great outdoor space, which is hard to come by in the city.

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My Mum bought my dress for me from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. It was a Maggie Sottero dress, slim A-line lace with a ribbon waist. I didn’t have a clue what type of dress I wanted and was dreading trying them on but once I got into the shop one dress jumped out at me. It was the first dress I tried on and I knew immediately it was the one I wanted.

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My bridesmaids wore 50’s style circle dresses, made in green satin by honeypieboutique.com, and Adam and his best man wore matching ties.

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It’s hard to pick a favourite part of the day but we both loved the ceremony.

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We chose our readings carefully as we wanted them to be meaningful. “I Knew That I Had Been Touched By Love” was read by our friend Rachel, Adam’s mum read an extract from Captain Correlli’s Mandolin about what love is, and my Mum read “An Apache Blessing”.

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My flowers were supplied by Sian Wild from The Flower Lounge in West Didsbury. She was brilliant as I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted and she spent some time talking through different ideas with me. Eventually I decided on a mixture of different textures in shades of pink.

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Wedding favours were supplied by Friars of Keswick. They allowed us to choose specific chocolate favours for each guest; chocolate footballs, cars, ladybirds, even chocolate boobs!  Dessert was delicious ice-cream supplied by The Rainbow Treats Trike.

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Adam’s mum made our cake. It was a traditional fruitcake, square, green ribbon trim and the florist made a posy of flowers to sit on the top. 

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Adam was resolute from the very beginning that he wanted his friend’s band to play at the wedding reception. They’re definitely not a typical wedding band but their list of modern and classic rock suited us and our guests. The dance floor was full all night.

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We honeymooned in Kefalonia, Greece. We set up an online gift list through buyourhoneymoon.com. Our guests bought us gifts for the honeymoon such as a meal out, souvenirs, a boat trip, cocktails, beach towels…

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be not to stress too much about details, if you and your husband relax and enjoy yourself so will all your guests. We were clear from the very start that we wanted everyone to have fun at the wedding and formalities and traditions didn’t matter too much. One thing that is definitely worth splashing out on is a good photographer (our choice was Nicola Thompson Photography). We are delighted with our photos and they will bring back happy memories for years to come.

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Congratulations Mairead & Adam

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