No matter what your current mood, today’s real wedding is utterly uplifting thanks to its summery colour scheme and the huge smiles on everybody’s faces (especially Clare and Charlie’s)!
We love the fab choice of venues, simple styling and pops of colour, which all in all make for a bright and breezy big day.
With images by Kate Scott Photography.
clare says: We got engaged on the beach on Christmas Day in Sri Lanka. He disguised it by putting it in a larger box to try and throw me off the scent but I knew something was up when he started doing up his shoelaces on one knee!
We got married on 18th July 2015, we knew we wanted a summer wedding and that gave us 18 months to get everything sorted.
The marriage ceremony was held at the beautiful Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park, Lancaster. I’m from Lancaster so know the building well, it is totally unique sitting on a hill looking down at the city. The park surrounding it is stunning too and has its very own Victorian butterfly house.
The reception was held at Forrest Hills, just outside Lancaster. I was so lucky to have found this venue, it is such as hidden gem; a quirky thatched building in its own little valley, surrounded by countryside and looking out onto its own private lake.
Having a theme seemed a bit fussy and we felt there was a danger that we’d so things to fit with a ‘theme’ rather than because we actually like it. We did have a colour scheme though. I wanted the wedding to have a happy and informal style, so I thought the colour yellow captured that well. We then included some grey touches to help bring out the yellow.
My dress was by Mori Lee, I absolutely loved the contrast of the lace and beads on the top half with the plainer bottom half. It allowed a touch of sparkle without being over the top. My shoes were from Monsoon, they were so cute and yet really easy to walk in.
On the day of the wedding my hair and makeup was done by Rebecca Carle. I had met her six weeks before the wedding for my trial and was so impressed with her work.
Charlie wore a blue suit from Moss Bros, since the day we got engaged he had wanted a blue suit and I loved the one he picked. The groomsmen had matching suits to Charlie from Moss Bros.
The bridesmaids wore a lovely long grey dress by Little Mistress. The beaded top of their dress matched the style of my dress perfectly and the colour looked amazing with their yellow and white flowers. For a touch of fun they also wore cute yellow courts from Oasis.
I spent a long time deciding on the choice of cars. To be honest, I just really didn’t see anything that took my fancy until I saw the VW Beetles from Beatle Bliss. They were perfect, something different and totally in keeping with the style of the wedding.
We have known our wedding photographer, Kate Scott, for years and have always been such a fan of her work. She was just superb on our wedding day! The pictures she took were so relaxed and really captured the heart of the day.
The wedding flowers were arranged by my aunty who runs the Pop up Flower Shop. The bridesmaids and I carried bouquets of yellow freesia, roses and craspedia, against white roses and peonies.
My uncle built some lovely wooden boxes for the centres of each table containing more of the gorgeous flowers. These really added to the happy, summery feel that I had my heart set on.
To decorate the venue I also made yellow paper circle bunting (carefully following online instructions). I loved the effect of it against the venue windows and took a fraction of the time to make compared to traditional fabric bunting.
We wanted the favours to be something we knew people would enjoy and settled on loose Sri Lankan tea leaves as a nod to our engagement. We bought two types of loose tea in bulk online from The Kent & Sussex Tea and Coffee Company and then divided them into boxes bought from eBay. I roped my mum and sister into decorating them with ribbon and people’s names so they could double as place settings too.
Our wedding cake was a simple three tier design in three different flavours from Marks & Spencer. I fell in love with the design it yourself cake toppers by ReadyGo on Etsy, where you mix and match all the details to produce a mini bride and groom that are so adorable. We added one of these to the top of our cake.
One of the absolute highlights of the wedding day was the food. We knew we didn’t was something as formal as a three course dinner but still wanted something more than a buffet. We proposed the idea of wedding tapas to the caterer Newfields Catering and they absolutely excelled. Waves and waves of gorgeous food came out, first cold meats and cheeses, then hot dishes such as gambas pil pil, paella and halloumi.
For dessert there were six different mini desserts and people could create their own trio. Our guests absolutely loved the quality and choice of the food, I think there were 30 different dishes in total! I would recommend this style of food for weddings, it really allowed people to start getting to know each other early on and meant there were food choices for every palate.
To provide entertainment for the ceremony and at the drinks reception we hired the very talented Dotted Crotchets string quartet. Charlie is a massive Bowie fan so the first song after we got married was Heroes, followed by New Slang by the Shins and Skinny Love by Bon Iver, which I love. At the drinks reception we opted for a mix of film scores, Disney and modern pop classics for a bit of fun.
In the evening one of Charlie’s friends acted as DJ and did an outstanding job. Everyone was up and dancing into the small hours.
Following our wedding we would certainly recommend our wedding venue to other couples. Eileen and David at Forrest Hills looked after us so well, keeping in close contact to ensure the day was planned to perfection.
My favourite part of the day as probably the food as it was really informal and chatty with us having something to be shared, which is exactly what we wanted.
We have always loved travelling, so for our honeymoon we spent three weeks travelling around the islands of Indonesia. A perfect mix of beaches on Bali, volcanoes on Java and wild orangutans on Borneo, it was bliss.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be something lots of people told us to remember – to enjoy the day, and I think that is essential. Don’t get bogged down in the minutiae; no one cares!