May 3rd, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
You have been warned: today’s real wedding is all about the emotion. Talented bridal designer and seamstress Suzi lost her beloved mum to cancer a few months before her planned September wedding. The world shifted on its axis; everything was cancelled.
The following year, with the help of husband-to-be Sam and a close alliance of family and friends, Suzi found a way to plan a vintage wedding that was both a fun and poignant celebration of their love, with plenty of fitting tributes to her mum.
The end result, we think you’ll agree, is a wonderfully joyous, vintage-inspired big day with lots of laidback homespun vibes. Get ready for the goosebumps: this is wedding inspo at its glorious best.
With images by Luke Whiteley and Dean Hammonds.
suzi says: Sam proposed in December 2014 under our first Christmas tree in our own home, with his grandmother’s beautiful sapphire and diamond ring which he‘d concealed in a bauble! A few weeks later, having been such a presence throughout Sam’s life, she passed away. I feel so honoured to have been given her beautiful engagement ring and so happy that she knew he‘d asked me to marry him.
We got married on 30th August 2016. It was actually second time lucky! We had originally booked and planned our wedding for September 21st 2015 – however, due to my mum passing away in May of that year, we decided to postpone it. My sister was really eager to get married (following two previous attempts!) so we put our wedding on the back burner and helped concentrate on giving Jo the brilliant day that she truly deserved despite our mum not being able to be with us all. We chose 30th August as it was the Tuesday after the bank holiday so it allowed our guests to have an extra-long bank holiday weekend.
We had our wedding ceremony in our local Methodist church in Matlock, Derbyshire. Our close friend Rachel did the address which was so personal and lovely and was definitely one of my favourite parts of the day. We asked some close friends to do readings – Polly read one of my mum’s favourite bible readings and Rosie read ‘He’s Not Perfect’ by Bob Marley.
We chose one of our favourite local pubs, The White Hart, to host our reception. They have a beautiful glass orangery and outside terrace and field. This worked perfectly as it was the most beautiful day! They were really flexible with all our requests, and as I was doing so much myself, I was happy to put my trust in our wedding coordinator, Emily, who accommodated all our requirements brilliantly.
While trying to plan the wedding, I lost one of the most important people in my life. My wonderful mum was diagnosed with a rare form of bowel cancer four years ago. We were adamant she was going to fight it and stood by her as she battled numerous operations, countless stints in hospital, different drugs and chemotherapy, trying to keep smiling and praying that it would soon all be a distant nightmare. However, it wasn’t to be, and in the winter of 2014 we were told that they were going to stop chemotherapy. We planned our wedding for the following September (2015) but sadly mum died in the May of that year. I was 26 and couldn’t believe that she was gone, that she wouldn’t be around for the rest of my life or to watch me marry Sam. It took me a while to get back to thinking about our wedding as I couldn’t imagine a day where Mum wouldn’t be there – it just didn’t feel right. Who was I going to call to discuss dresses and fabrics and all the little details that seem so important at the time? However, after a little time, we felt ready to start thinking about it; we decided to make it a day of fun and laidback celebration, including all of our amazing friends and family who had supported us on our difficult journey.
We didn’t really have any specific ‘theme’ as such; instead, we went for a summery, fresh and contemporary feel. We just wanted to stay true to ourselves and let the day represent us. Mine and Sam’s favourite colour is blue, so we had a loose blue colour theme for the day incorporating lots of white, touches of pink, grey and highlights of silver, too.
After finding the gorgeous fabric for my bridesmaids’ dresses – a blue floral with touches of pink, purples and grey – it became the main inspiration for our colours. I wanted to keep most things white and fresh so the bridesmaid fabric would make a real impact.
July 21st, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This morning we have a wonderfully elegant wedding for you to feast your eyes on.
After a traditional church service, today’s bride and groom, Stacey and Chris, enjoyed a memorable reception at The White Hart in, complete with delicious cake and fabulous entertainment.
Highlights for us include the classic wedding transport, timeless colour scheme and both the bride and groom’s attire; with Chris sporting a super-dapper tux, and Stacey wearing a stunning satin gown by our amazing Sponsor Amanda Wyatt.
With images by Claire Basiuk Photography.
stacey says: We got engaged on Christmas Day 2014. Chris surprised me with a treasure hunt around our house. It all lead to the final clue, which was to find a teddy-bear-shaped box on top of our Christmas tree that had a diamond ring inside. When I looked up at Chris he was down on one knee asking me to marry him.
We set the date for 23 April 2016 as we wanted a spring wedding. The ceremony was at St Joseph’s in Mossley, where we live, followed by a reception at The White Hart in Lydgate. We chose the church because it’s where my family and I go and my parents got married there. We chose the reception venue because it is close to where we live, it has a good reputation and beautiful surroundings.
We didn’t have a theme to the day as such we just wanted a very classic style. We decided on a very neutral colour scheme with nude/light peach and ivory colours.
My dress was a long, ivory, satin and lace Amanda Wyatt dress from Once Upon a Bride, in Hyde. I chose it because it was everything I was looking for. It was quite a plain, classic, satin dress. It was like a two in one dress with a beautiful lace attachment that was placed on top of the dress. The bodice was lace and this trailed all the way down the back of the dress with button detail.
Chris wore a black tuxedo with a black satin trim around the lapels, a black satin bow tie and black waistcoat, all from Swarbricks in Manchester. He finished off his look with black patent shiny shoes. The groomsmen were also in black tuxedos, waistcoats and bow ties to match.
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