This morning we have a wonderfully elegant wedding for you to feast your eyes on.
After a traditional church service, today’s bride and groom, Stacey and Chris, enjoyed a memorable reception at The White Hart in, complete with delicious cake and fabulous entertainment.
Highlights for us include the classic wedding transport, timeless colour scheme and both the bride and groom’s attire; with Chris sporting a super-dapper tux, and Stacey wearing a stunning satin gown by our amazing Sponsor Amanda Wyatt.
With images by Claire Basiuk Photography.
stacey says: We got engaged on Christmas Day 2014. Chris surprised me with a treasure hunt around our house. It all lead to the final clue, which was to find a teddy-bear-shaped box on top of our Christmas tree that had a diamond ring inside. When I looked up at Chris he was down on one knee asking me to marry him.
We set the date for 23 April 2016 as we wanted a spring wedding. The ceremony was at St Joseph’s in Mossley, where we live, followed by a reception at The White Hart in Lydgate. We chose the church because it’s where my family and I go and my parents got married there. We chose the reception venue because it is close to where we live, it has a good reputation and beautiful surroundings.
We didn’t have a theme to the day as such we just wanted a very classic style. We decided on a very neutral colour scheme with nude/light peach and ivory colours.
My dress was a long, ivory, satin and lace Amanda Wyatt dress from Once Upon a Bride, in Hyde. I chose it because it was everything I was looking for. It was quite a plain, classic, satin dress. It was like a two in one dress with a beautiful lace attachment that was placed on top of the dress. The bodice was lace and this trailed all the way down the back of the dress with button detail.
Chris wore a black tuxedo with a black satin trim around the lapels, a black satin bow tie and black waistcoat, all from Swarbricks in Manchester. He finished off his look with black patent shiny shoes. The groomsmen were also in black tuxedos, waistcoats and bow ties to match.
My lovely bridesmaids wore nude/light peach coloured Amanda Wyatt dresses from 7th Heaven in Congleton.
Hair and makeup was taken care of by two makeup artists who are friends of ours, Louise Rothwell and Michaela Taylor. They both did an amazing job.
For our wedding transport we hired a silver and ivory Regent Landau from Platinum Wedding Cars in Manchester.
Claire Basiuk Photography captured our day and we would recommend her to anyone. She met up with us prior to the wedding day and really listened and understood what we wanted on the day. Our friends had booked her as their photographer so we had seen her work previously and really liked it.
For my wedding flowers I carried a bouquet of ivory roses and peach roses called Pearl Avalanche, to match the bridesmaid dress colour. These were from Fletcher’s Florist in Grotton.
Fletcher’s also provided the flowers for the venue. Our centrepieces were candelabras filled with ivory and Pearl Avalanche roses, white hydrangea, hypericum and ivy. We also had jars filled with these flowers on the top table. The Venue Stylist in Altrincham, provided the candelabras, up lighters around the room and starlight backdrop behind the top table. We decorated the pillars in the room with cream fairy lights and the atrium with puff balls and giant light balls.
On each of the reception tables we also provided disposable cameras and sweet jars for guests to enjoy.
We used printed.com for all our stationery. We would recommend them because the service from them was fantastic, they were very helpful with all our questions and their rates were very reasonable compared to other printers we looked at.
As favours we gave our guests vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream decorated with a personalised cupcake toppers. These were provided by Candy’s Cupcakes in Stalybridge.
When it came to the wedding cake, we chose a three tier design that was a 12″ chocolate orange cake at the bottom 10″ vanilla sponge in the middle 8″ vanilla sponge at the top, again made by Candy’s Cupcakes.
On arrival at the reception our guests enjoyed canapés with Pimms and lemonade or a beer. The wedding breakfast that later followed was a starter of French onion soup with cheese crouton, main of roast beef with potatoes, vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and a red wine gravy and dessert of sticky toffee pudding with vanilla custard. For the evening buffet we had a hog roast. We had a food tasting evening prior to the wedding and picked all of these as they were our favourites from that evening.
To provide entertainment during the ceremony, welcome drinks and wedding breakfast we had Trappini Trio, who played violin, cello and piano. In the evening we had DJ David Lee, from Oldham, to play the reception and we hired a photo booth from The Photobooth Team, where we got copies of all the photos taken.
All of the suppliers we used were fantastic, we would definitely recommend them all, as well as our venue. The food at The White Hart is amazing and the staff are very helpful, it has a good reputation and is in a wonderful setting. It is the perfect venue for any wedding.
Looking back there were too many favourite moments from the day to just pick one thing. Walking down the aisle getting to see everyone as you walk past them was quite an emotional experience. The private time of having our photos taken together away from all the guests was nice because it gave us time to be alone and take time out, away from all the hype for a few minutes. Getting to speak to all the guests once we arrived at the venue was lovely and the evening time was great to dance the night away.
For our honeymoon we went to Riviera Maya, Mexico. It was an adults-only holiday and very relaxing. The hotel was amazing – very luxurious. There was plenty to do if you wanted to, with the day trips and the spa, or you could choose to relax and do nothing. It was a nice break after all of the months of organising the wedding. We upgraded to a suite with our own swimming pool and lazy river. We would definitely like to visit again one day.
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to try and take it all in and enjoy every minute of it. Also, we set up an account on Wedpics for all our friends and family to share their photos from the day. We would definitely recommend getting something like Wedpics to other brides and grooms because it was so good to see everyone’s photos of the day and to see moments that we might have missed.