Today’s real wedding couple Matt and Steph, fell in love with their chosen venue at first sight knowing that it would be just perfect for the family focused big day they had in mind.
Pops of pastels were picked to complement their springtime theme, while personal touches were added to remember their most nearest and dearest, resulting in a pretty and sentimental celebration.
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With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Fairclough Photography.
steph says: We got engaged at the end of March 2014. We had arranged what I thought was a birthday meal for my sister in the restaurant we had our first date in. We had a gorgeous meal and a few wines and suddenly ‘our song’ came on in the back ground. I pointed it out to Matt and he just made this silly grin at me, and then there he was down on one knee in the middle of the restaurant with the most gorgeous ring in his hand. Neither of us spoke we just cried (like the big softies we are) – I’m not sure I’ve technically said yes yet.
We were married on 6th April 2016. We picked this date as it was the same date as our engagement party and we wanted it to be in the half term as Matt has two daughters and my sister works in a school. Generally, we just wanted everyone to be able to enjoy the build up to the wedding with us.
Our wedding venue was Eaves Hall in Clitheroe. I fell in love with it at first sight, it’s the only place that we looked at because in my mum’s words “it just doesn’t get any better than this”. It was intimate and cosy, just perfect for the family filled wedding we wanted.
The theme was spring, we just wanted it to be pretty and understated and a little bit country, so this worked well. To complement the theme we chose pastel shades for the colour scheme and incorporated lots of different pastel flowers and some gorgeous daffodils, adding a lovely splash of colour.
My dress was a lace A-line design, and lots bigger than I thought I would of picked! The train at the back was gorgeous and I spent most of the day swishing it around. I knew it was the dress for me when the lady in the shop went to help me out of it and I cried. My shoes were glittery blue shoes with a bow on the front from Irregular Choice. They were a gift from my sister (who was my maid of honour) as my something blue.
Matt wore a standard three-piece navy suit from Slaters. It had a faint tweed pattern and his waistcoat was a navy tweed, and he wore a pastel yellow tie. The groomsmen wore the same suit as Matt but Matt’s waistcoat was different and they all wore navy ties.
The bridesmaids were in long, chiffon dresses with lace detail at the top. Each of my bridesmaids had a different coloured dress, with my maid of honour in blue. They were from a bridal boutique in Poulton-le-Fylde. My three flower girls meanwhile, wore white sparkly dresses with a pink bow from eBay.
Our day was captured by Fairclough Photography. They were amazing, non-intrusive and captured the most beautiful pictures and some stunning emotions and memories of the day. I would, and have, recommended them in a heartbeat.
My flowers were supplied by Flower Barrow in Poulton-le-Fylde. There was a lovely mixture of lots of spring pastel coloured flowers, including delicate daisies and one yellow rose. Yellow roses are special to me as they were the flowers my dad bought my mum when I was born and always the flowers we laid with my grandad when he passed away.
When I was handed my bouquet I found out that Matt had asked for three pictures of my grandparents to be attached, which was a lovely touch. My mum and dad had also stitched my two grandads’ wedding rings to the inside of the belt on my wedding dress – both were so amazing to be able to have with me all day.
Flower Barrow also provided the top table arrangement, which was very similar to my bouquet. To decorate the reception tables we had little paper flowers in pastel colours and homemade jars wrapped in hessian and filled with daffodils, gypsophila and cherry blossom, from my nana and grandad’s garden. My mum made these and they were gorgeous. Our table numbers were vintage frames with pictures of our family members at their weddings, or special events, and the year it took place. Our table plan was by Just for You Invitations in Lytham, who also supplied our invitations. Both were just perfect and matched the theme amazingly.
As favours we gave homemade lemon curd in miniature jam jars, all made me and my mum.
Our wedding cake was three tiers of fruit, chocolate and lemon sponge, all made and decorated by Matt’s mum Alison. Across the front it read “You’re in my heart, you’re in my soul” the words to our first dance and the song that played when Matt proposed.
For the wedding breakfast we had a starter of ‘duck three ways’ or chicken terrine, main was sirloin of beef or leg of lamb and dessert was crème brulee with Bakewell tart or sticky toffee pudding. The evening buffet was meat and potato pie and peas, or Pork belly with pitta breads, dips and salad.
When it came to making choices on the food, we just went with the things we like best and it was all provided by Eaves Hall. For the drinks reception we had prosecco and bottles of Corona. We also had a special cask ale on for my dad with his very own beer font “Brun’s Beer” as my maiden name is Brundish.
For the entertainment we decided to just have a DJ in the evening, as we wanted a very relaxed day and chance to chat with our guests.
Following our wedding we would absolutely recommend Eaves Hall to other couples. They could not have been more professional and we were made to feel so special, nothing was rushed. The staff and the building as a whole were just perfect, I couldn’t recommend them enough.
I think my favourite part of the day was standing at the top of the aisle with my dad and seeing Matt’s face – we had both had a bit of a shaky morning, filled with emotion, and seeing him stood there was the most wonderful feeling in the world. All nerves disappeared into thin air with the realisation that in minute’s time that man would be my husband. The first dance was also a special and sentimental moment as it started with me dancing with my dad, who then handed me over to Matt.
Straight after the wedding we spent three days in St Ives, which was just fabulous – so relaxing and lovely to just get some time together. We go on our main honeymoon in June – we’re a bit greedy and wanted to drag the wedding stuff out as long as possible. We are travelling to Memphis where we have hired a car and will travel onto Gatlinburg Tennessee and finally onto Nashville. We could not be more excited for our American adventure – cowboy boots at the ready!
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be – don’t drink too much on your day as you want to remember every second and it goes by so quickly. Also, make sure you put some time aside to just be with each other on the wedding day. It’s all a bit overwhelming and you will need a few minutes just to regroup and enjoy your husband or wife.