To bring your week to a pretty close we’re featuring the lovely North West wedding day of Johanna and Drew.
Following a traditional church service, the bride, groom and their guests moved onto The Shireburn Arms for a relaxed and intimate reception, complete with rustic vintage wedding décor.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Zen Photographic.
johanna says: We got engaged in York on 25th January 2014. Drew proposed on a bridge overlooking the city at night, it was very romantic. We set the date for Saturday 25th July 2015 – exactly 18 months to the day that we got engaged.
Our chosen venue was The Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, as we felt that it was fitting to our personalities and would feel more intimate for us and our guests.
We wanted the day to be fun and for our guests to feel relaxed, and so we choose a rustic vintage theme for the wedding, which allowed us to put our own unique touches on the day. We didn’t have a colour scheme as such, though our bridesmaids and groomsmen wore a blush pink tone, which fitted in the summery time of year.
My dress was from Brides of Leigh. I picked an A-line design with a sweetheart neckline (similar to a dress I’d seen previously in a bridal magazine). I accessorised it with a long veil and added my own silver/purple waist belt to it to give it a unique touch. My bridesmaids wore long, sweetheart neckline dresses which I found on eBay.
Drew and all the groomsmen, including our page boy, wore three-piece light grey suits with an ivory waistcoat. The groomsmen wore a blush pink cravat and Drew’s was an ivory cream colour. These were hired from Groom Hire in Warrington.
As our wedding day transport we hired a 1948 MK V Jaguar from Halifax Prestige Wedding Cars, which took the bridal party to the church. Drew and the groomsmen made their own way to the there.
Zenna of Zen photographic was our photographer and we would recommend her to anyone. She has such a unique eye, relaxed style and didn’t make us feel rushed in any way when taking the formal photos. We meet with Zen prior to the big day to discuss what photos and style we wanted, we also had an engagement shoot to get used to being in front of the camera.
I carried a poesy of summer/cottage flowers which Simply by Arrangement in Burnley, prepared for me. They were great at capturing my vision. My bridesmaids’ flowers were silk and put together by my mother and I.
To decorate the venue placed birdcages on a mirrored stands on each of the guest tables which were dressed with silk sweet peas and candles. We did our own table and place names and had bunting for around the pillars indoors and around the trees outdoors, which was provided by a close family friend. Nicola of Brides Little Helper, assisted us in setting up the venue up and helped to bring my imagination to life.
To keep cost down we decided not to go crazy on favours, and so bought a bag of chocolate pieces from John Lewis, which each had a general wedding trivia question on to help get the guests talking.
We chose a simple three-tiered cake with iced flowers for décor. This was made and delivered by Darwen Deli. Each tier represented a flavour of Neapolitan ice cream.
For the wedding breakfast we decided on The Shireburn Arms’ set menu of leek and potato soup to start, chicken with a white wine sauce and vegetables for main and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. In the evening guests had a choice of vegetarian lasagne or steak pie.
To provide entertainment we had the resident DJ from Shireburn Arms, which was included in our wedding package.
We’d recommend all the suppliers we used to make our wedding day so memorable, including Smooch Rings. They are a mobile company who visit you at home so you can try on lots of different styles in the comfort of your own home, making picking the rings a lot less stressful.
We’d also highly recommend The Shireburn Arms who were incredible on our wedding day. They dressed the venue exactly how we had described and were flawless with their service and attentiveness. If you are looking for a relaxed venue with great views, then this is the place.
Looking back I’d say my favourite part of the wedding day was arriving at the church and seeing Drew’s reaction as I walked down the aisle. Also seeing the reception room all dressed up for the first time was a lovely moment.
For our honeymoon we went to a Thomson resort in Riveria Maya, Mexico – it was an all-inclusive 5* hotel. It was simply amazing and just what we needed after a busy year of planning our wedding.
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute of your day as it goes at a blink of an eye and don’t let anything (including the weather) ruin your special day. Also, it’s so easy to get carried away with spending lots on a wedding but it is possible to keep costs down by doing things yourself. We had a budget and stuck to it.