Autumn Wedding

leafy chic. an autumn wedding with a nod to halloween at hilltop country house – joanne & chris

01st February 2016 | Rachel Parry

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An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (113)

Monday comes around quick, don’t you think? But to get you through what always feels like the longest day of the week, we’re sharing this gorgeous real wedding.

We absolutely love Joanne and Chris’s big day, not only because it took place during one of our favourite seasons (the other being spring), but also because it was held at a venue that we adore too!

Located in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, Hilltop Country House provides a stunning setting combined with first class service, exclusivity and delicious menus.

And how do we know all this? Because we’re fortunate enough to stage our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions in the romantic gardens of this charming venue twice a year – the next one is coming up on 3rd April 2016, so put it in your dairies!

In the meantime we’ll leave you to admire the pretty via Joanne and Chris’s wonderful wedding photos.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (20)

joanne says: We got engaged at midnight on 11th October 2014, while we were at home. We’d just got home from a trip to Matlock Bath to see the illuminations so were in high spirits.

Following the engagement we set the date of wedding for 31st October 2015. We wanted an autumnal wedding, but practically speaking, it had to fall in with school holidays as I’m a teacher and Chris is training to be one. The fact that it was Halloween was a nice extra touch.

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (116)

Our chosen venue was Hilltop Country House, in Prestbury, Cheshire. It’s close to where we were both brought up; I was brought up in Rainow and a lot of my family are from Bollington; Chris is from Disley.

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We wanted our wedding to reflect the time of year that we were getting married and so we decided on an autumnal theme, with just a touch of Halloween. We also wanted the wedding to be very relaxed and informal.

To fit in with the feel we were going for, we chose a colour scheme of autumnal colours, such as reds, oranges and greens.

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I found my beautiful dress at Vikki Leigh Bridal Lounge in Warrington. It was an elegant fish-tail design with a hint of sparkle.

Chris meanwhile chose a tweed style suit jacket with cord trousers and checked shirt as his wedding day attire which he purchased from the high street.

The groomsmen wore their own suits with coordinating red ties to match the Chris, and to go with the red rose buttonholes, while the bridesmaids wore a Debenhams Debut evening dress in midnight blue.

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (86)

Lee Brown was our wonderful photographer on the day and we would highly recommend him. Lee is very creative and artistic and seeks to create a story of the day.

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (112)

Our flowers were provided by The Mustard Seed Florist, based in Macclesfield. My bouquet was made up of red roses, mango callas, orange alstroemeria, hypericum berries and a mix of different foliage.

On the tables at the reception we had arrangements made up of seasonal flowers as well as blooms that matched the bouquets.

To fit in with the season we gave our guests Halloween themed chocolate lollies as favours; so skulls, pumpkins and the like. Each table was named after a character from the Addams Family and we also gave the children a trick or treat bucket and put a pot of sweets on each table, so they could go round trick or treating after the meal.

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (135)

Instead of a traditional wedding cake we had a tower of cupcakes, all in different flavours, which was created by Cherry Blossom Bakery, in Macclesfield. The cupcakes were decorated with autumnal coloured icing in leaf decorations and gold lustre.

The catering was all taken care of by Hilltop Country House, which made things easier to organise. Again, as a nod to the time of year, we had mulled wine as our post-ceremony drink, which warmed guests up too!

Hilltop Country House also arranged our DJ entertainment for the evening, which kept the party going.

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (189)

Following our wedding at Hilltop Country House we would most certainly recommend the venue to other couples. It’s just beautiful and the owners take all the stress out of the day and make you feel special from start to finish.

Looking back we couldn’t possibly pick a favourite part of the day – we loved all of it! We got to be with all the people we love for a whole day and celebrate and have lots of fun.

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (207)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure you have time off after the wedding to rest, relax and recover. We both had to be back in work on the Monday and the whole week was tough!

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