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A Cinderella Wedding at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire

the perfect fairy tale. a cinderella wedding at capesthorne hall – jessica jayne & andrew

31st March 2016 | Rachel Hirst

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This afternoon’s real wedding is a true fairy tale romance, with the bride and groom basing their celebrations on the well-known love story of Cinderella, which initially brought them together.

We love that bride Jessica Jayne embraced being a princess for the day by wearing a stunning ball gown style dress, travelling by horse and cart and celebrating in a grand hall along with her new hubby!

Judging on the images below, these two are destined to live happily ever after…

With images by ER Photography. 

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jessica jayne says: We got engaged on 15th November 2014. Andrew had apparently decided that he would ask my father’s permission before asking me and I don’t know whether he said something that made him think he already asked me, but as soon as I saw my dad he said congratulations and spilled the beans!

I was over the moon!  We had planned to spend the day Christmas shopping so on our way out  Andrew had placed a scroll on the passenger seat of his car, he told me to read it out loud and as I got to the end (through tears) Andrew was there on one knee to ask me to marry him. We cancelled Christmas shopping and celebrated the whole day, and as they say, the rest is history. It just goes to show that even if not everything goes to plan it can still be romantic and maybe even more memorable!

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Our wedding was on 10th October 2015. We both love autumn with all the beautiful colours and my brother had got married in October 2014, which gave the month more meaning. As it turned out our wedding day was a beautifully sunny, it seems that October nowadays is an Indian summer!

We got married at Our Lady and the Apostles RC church, in Shaw Heath, Stockport. It was very special to me and my parents as they had got married there 31 years ago. My dad was so emotional before we walked down the very same aisle he had walked my mother down, we both had tears in our eyes and had to catch our breath when the organist started to play the wedding march. Andrew and I both wanted a traditional church ceremony and because it was so personal it made it extra special.

For the reception we chose Capesthorne Hall. We both fell in love with the venue at first sight, the entrance to the grounds alone is just magnificent. It is a truly stunning venue!

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We touched on a Cinderella type theme for the wedding. Andrew and I met at New Mills Arts Theatre, it was the first time auditioning there for both of us. Andrew got the part of Buttons and I was Cinderella in the amateur pantomime. It was during this panto that we became best friends so it was very apt that we incorporated some touches, like table names and decorations, along these lines. That panto literally changed our lives – some fairy tales still do exist!

We chose a very simple gold and ivory colour scheme, the only other colour we added was the bridesmaids’ dresses, which were a lovely pink/lilac colour, and the bridesmaid bouquets had little dotted coloured roses, the same colour as the dresses. Because the venue is so beautiful and the room was so ornate and colourful, we wanted to keep everything looking simple, elegant and classy so ivory and gold fitted in perfectly.

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I chose a Tom Flowers ivory wedding dress called Romance, for the day ceremony. I was wedding dress shopping with my mum and bridesmaid Kirsty, in Sheffield at Berketex Bride, and they both insisted I try this big dress on. It was not what I had in mind at first, in fact it was the opposite, but once it was on, it was perfect – truly a Cinderella dress. I just felt fantastic in it. When they both burst into tears as I came out of the dressing room, I knew it was the one for me.

For the evening reception I chose a form fitting mermaid style dress from Stockport Wedding Outlet, as I wanted to be able to dance the night away, and of course, be able to move around the dance floor for our big moment – the first dance!

Hair and makeup was taken care of by Lisa Simms, who was simply the best! Lisa did my makeup exactly how I wanted it and she is super-efficient. It was incredibly noisy and crazy at my house on the wedding morning, with family and videographers and photographers, but she managed to get me and my bridesmaids finished in time and looking amazing!

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Andrew wore the traditional morning wear tail suit, from Slaters in Manchester. He added a scooped neck silver grey waistcoat, and ivory tie with a white shirt from Charles Tyrwhitt, with his initials embroidered on the cuffs.

The groomsmen wore a combination of tails and morning suits, again from Slaters. They had matching ivory waistcoats and the ties were matched to the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses, which were by Mori Lee. They were long, traditional and very flattering dresses in a beautiful chiffon material with lace-up backs so they fitted beautifully. I ordered the dresses online and it worked very well.

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We hired two white open-top Imperial cars from High Style Wedding Cars, in Manchester, to take us to the church from my family home. The cars were immaculate and so beautiful with impeccable service from the chauffeurs. After the ceremony one car transported the bridesmaids and family to Capesthorne Hall and one took Andrew and I on to Alderley Edge to pick up our horse and carriage!

We hired the horse and carriage from Oak Tree Carriages, in Macclesfield. When we first saw the beautiful black Friesian horses with their white plumes and the stunning ivory carriage, it took our breath away. It was a fabulous journey through Alderley to Capesthorne: it was such a beautiful day, lots of people were out waving and taking photographs, we really did feel like king and queen for the day.

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We chose Elbowroom Photography to capture our wedding. We found them through online reviews and on our first meeting we instantly liked Jo and John – they were fun and had lots of ideas and we felt relaxed with them. We felt we had a rapport and that they would do the best for us and they did just that. We knew we wanted a mix of traditional and informal but we left it to them to do the rest. They were fantastic on the day, we were running a little late, but nothing fazed them, they managed to run everything with military precision, without anyone noticing! I would highly recommend them and can’t thank them enough for a fabulous day.

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For my bouquet I had artificial flowers of ivory roses done for me by a lovely lady called, Monica from Art in a Vase, based in Broadstone Mill in Reddish. We designed my bouquet together and she made it perfect. I now have it to keep forever!

Monica also helped me with décor for the venue. I didn’t want to have flowers in the middle of the table, I wanted something in theme with Cinderella. She came up with beautiful gold mirror centrepieces and gold wired pumpkin carriages, which were topped off with a pretty ivory rose! They went perfectly with the gold rimmed glassware and gold beaded chargers. The tables looked incredible and exactly how I wanted them.

Our fresh flower arrangements were done by Hazel Grove Flowers, who were brilliant. They did some fabulous pedestal arrangements for the church and Capesthorne Hall in the wedding breakfast room.

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For our favours, my mum came up with a brilliant idea of a milk chocolate shoe with a white button on the toe for the ladies. We ordered them from Ash Tearooms in Reddish, they looked beautiful and it was gorgeous chocolate. For the male guests we ordered small jars from the internet, which Monica from Art in a Vase decorated with gold fabric and then Andrew and I spent a night filling them with Cadbury’s giant white chocolate and milk chocolate buttons. The idea was to incorporate the parts we played as Buttons and Cinderella and I think it worked really well – they tasted gorgeous too.

Buttercup Cakes from Whaley Bridge made the wedding cake for us. We had a lovely consultation with Linda and she did a fantastic job of making the cake of our dreams into a reality. We wanted a fairy tale cake in gold and ivory and very ornate. When I saw the cake in the middle of that beautiful room, it was spectacular. We used the cake for our dessert on the day as we didn’t want such a magnificent cake to be wasted. It tasted as gorgeous as it looked and we chose two different flavours for the four tiers: chocolate Guinness cake with Baileys and white chocolate buttercream and vanilla sponge filled with jam and buttercream.

To decide on the food for the wedding we had a meeting and tasting with Adam from Vanilla in All Seasons, who came up with a really tasty menu. Both the canapes and main of twelve-hour braised shin of Cheshire beef with dauphinoise potatoes and roast root vegetables, were absolutely delicious! In the evening we had a Staffordshire hog roasted with homemade apple sauce and sage and onion stuffing served in Brassington handmade bread baps. Vanilla in All Seasons were fantastic, all of their staff were professional, efficient and went above and beyond to help. The food was incredibly tasty.  Those that choose Vanilla to cater their wedding, will not be disappointed.

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To provide musical entertainment at the ceremony we had a soprano singer, Nicola Fox, who sang The Prayer and Ave Maria – there was not a dry eye in church. My brother, James Holman, is also a singer on top of his day job, and he did a set of rat pack songs just before we all sat down for dinner. It was such a special touch and he did a duet with my bridesmaid, Kirsty, as a special surprise. At the wedding breakfast we had a lovely pianist, Paul White, The Cocktail Pianist.

We had a band called New Vinyl, from Wakefield, to kick off our evening reception. They really set the tone and got everyone up dancing and in the mood for a great night. Our DJ was Andy Murphy. We looked online at the North West Wedding Awards to find out who to book and were so glad that Andy was available for us as he’s great and deserves all the accolades he collects! He kept the dance floor moving and judged the room perfectly. He is great fun too and gets involved without interfering. I would definitely recommend Andy to anyone who wants to have an awesome DJ.

As something really special, we also organised a ‘Weddiokie’ with our videographer, Seven Creative Movies. It was amazing! We filmed it to You’re the One that I Want from Grease and all the guests got to join in. We are so glad we did this as the footage is priceless! Phil, from Seven Creative, is a wonderful person, full of fun and great ideas. He also did an amazing job of capturing the rest of the wedding on video to treasure forever, we couldn’t have been happier with the finished products.

Other suppliers that contributed to our reception who we would recommend are Boothtube photo booths, Celebration Chocolate Fountain Hire, based in Disley, I Do Venue Dressing in Hazel Grove, who took a last minute booking for our candy cart and finally, Stockport Dance Centre who choreographed and taught us our first dance. Angela and Paul there are lovely and all their help and hard work made the first dance at our wedding one of the loveliest moments.

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Following our wedding we would definitely recommend our choice of venue too. During the day Capesthorne Hall’s welcoming rooms and gorgeous grounds are a magnificent backdrop, then in the evening the Lakeside area is perfect for a great party, with a fabulous lit dancefloor where everyone can gather around to watch the first dance. The venue speaks for itself, all you need to add is love, laughter and family, and you will have a truly magnificent day – as we all did!

There were so many highlights to our day including coming down the magnificent driveway to Capesthorne Hall in a splendid carriage pulled by two spectacular black horses, though I think the first dance was the top moment for me. I’ve had three major hip operations in the last five years and I never thought I would be able to dance at my wedding. Just a year after my last operation we started dance lessons with Stockport Dance Centre and choreographed a very special first dance, to You’re Just Too Good to Be True, by Frankie Vallie, which was sung by my brother James on the wedding day.  Everyone watching knew what a struggle I’d had over the past five years, and the emotion and love in the room at that moment just carried us around the dance floor. It was a truly amazing moment that will stay with me for all time.

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We spent the first night of our honeymoon at Kingsley Lodge Hotel in Wilmslow – words cannot describe how lovely this place is. We had a suite overlooking gorgeous grounds, the owners did special little touches like our names on the door and place mats, drinks with our names on and the date of our marriage and candles all around the room. We then flew out to Benelmadena Marina in Spain, for our ten-day honeymoon two days after we were married. We spent an idyllic time there in a beautiful apartment on the island, watching the yachts go by and soaking up the sun. Everything around the Marina is within walking distance so it’s an ideal location to enjoy nights out, a stroll along the beach, boat trips and lazy days spent up on the rooftop pool.

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My top tip to other Brides Up North is to have your mum as your wedding planner! Seriously, my mum, Ellen, did take the strain away from us. Sadly Andrew’s mum, Wendy, passed away when he was 10-years-old so we relied on my mum for a lot of help making decisions and planning the guest list. I’d also say book the main things early; such as the venue, DJ, photographer, videographer and caterer. Don’t stress about last minute changes to the guest lists either, as it all comes together on the day. I know it’s a cliché and everyone says it, but it really was the best day of our lives!

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