We’re getting Monday off to a very pretty start here on the blog by heading North West to relive the gorgeous wedding of Cecilia and Philip.
Deciding on a chilled-out garden party wedding theme to complement their chosen venue, Cecilia and Philip styled their day with lots of flourishing florals and paper pompoms in sugary pastel tones.
As well as the setting, we love Cecilia’s choice of voluminous ruffle wedding gown, topped off with a cute pink flower crown. B-e-a-u-tiful!
With images by Tim Simpson Photography.
cecilia says: We’ve been together for almost ten years so it was about time we got engaged. It happened whilst we were watching the sunset on a summer’s evening after dinner at Bon Ton overlooking over the lagoon on a holiday in Langkawi.
Once engaged we set the wedding date for 31st May 2015. We thought the end of spring/beginning of summer would be a lovely time of year to marry and it’s also a great time for lots of blossoming flowers.
When deciding where the wedding should take place Liverpool sprang to our minds as it was the city in which we first met. Grade II* listed Sefton Park Palm House was our venue of choice. We loved the crisp white architecture of the glass house and surrounding beauty of greenery. Also the aromas from the glass house flower as soon as you walk into the venue. We had both our ceremony and reception there.
For the wedding theme we agreed on a relaxed garden party vibe with lots of floral décor. The colour scheme meanwhile was light shades of pinks, with splashes of blue and lime green. I thought that these would be easy on the eye but also pop out well against the white linen tables whilst blending in well with the floral green house.
I had two wedding day outfits: my white wedding gown and then a little red dress for the tea ceremony. It is the Chinese tradition to wear red on the special day with the lucky meaning. My wedding gown was a princess bell shape with long train, which after trying various styles of gowns, is the shape that suited me most. The ‘dome’ was formed by multi layers of lightweight fabrics so even though the train was quite long, wasn’t that heavy to stop me from moving freely. I ordered by wedding dress from an online shop on Taobao (China’s equivalent of eBay), which was custom made to fit my size. The red dress I wore was from another shop on Taobao which turned out to be a bit of a headache – I later wished that I had ordered it from the same shop as where I got my wedding dress from. If brides do fancy getting a nice outfit from Taobao, my advice would be to make sure they find those with an excellent reputation, and ideally with high street store. Oh and allow plenty of time for ordering and delivery.
Philip wore the royal blue suit jacket from Marks & Spencer and trousers from Zara. The suit was on offer with a little altering, teamed up well with some dancing tan leather shoes (and Fred Perry trainers for the morning). The groomsmen wore light grey slim-fit suits with black shoes and tie from Marks and Spencer.
I ordered my bridesmaids’ dresses from ASOS, which had pretty lace detailing and matched with our pink colour theme.
Tim Simpson was our photographer and I would absolutely recommend him to other brides and grooms. He followed our very detailed brief perfectly. We would be happy to use his services again in future.
We arranged the wedding flowers ourselves with help from our closest friends! The rest of the reception décor was paper pompoms ordered from Taobao (which were very labour intensive) and floral bunting ordered from eBay.
As favours we gave our guests love flower seeds wrapped in paper envelopes, which were then placed on miniature wooden animal holders on the tables.
Our wedding cake was a yummy all-butter sponge filled with buttercream and raspberry jam and covered in soft white icing. We bought it from Marks and Spencer.
Chapman Holmes provided the catering for the wedding. They provided a good taster menu for us to sample and then made it even better on the wedding day! Sue was very experienced in the field and is very efficient and well prepared.
As part of the day’s proceedings we had a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony. Serving tea is an opportunity to pay our respect and gratitude to both the bride and groom’s parents, grandparents and elders of each family.
When it came to the entertainment we decided to keep the cost down by using Spotify to provide the music. We played all our favourite songs throughout the day, from the procession to the reception. In the evening the dance floor was full and everyone wanted to have a go at being the ‘DJ’! To provide lots of unforgettable and hilarious memories we also had a photo booth for the reception.
Without doubt we would recommend Sefton Park Palm House to other brides and groom following the enjoyment of our big day. Rosemary and her team looked after us very well!
As painful as it can be, my top tip to other Brides Up North would be – plan, plan, plan! You get more satisfaction at the end of it when decisions go your way!