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sophisticated simplicity. a timeless cheshire wedding at hilltop country house – rosie & chris

02nd November 2016 | Laura McDonagh

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Today we’re bringing you Rosie and Chris’ country house wedding in Prestbury (at one of our sensational Brides Up North event venues, Hilltop Country House, no less!). And boy, is it packed full of pretty with a bouquet to die for and gorgeous mismatched bridesmaid dresses.

As Rosie quite rightly says, sometimes less is more, and this classy couple avoided fussy details in favour of timeless simplicity. The result, we think you’ll agree, is simply stunning.

If you love rustic romanticism, this one’s for you!

Photographs by Matthew Horan Photography.


rosie says: Chris proposed to me on my 31st birthday in a beautiful part of mid Wales. He’d booked a surprise stay in a lovely guesthouse and popped the question on a walk in the hills.

Our wedding date was 8th April 2016. We chose this date as we both love the springtime, plus we wanted to avoid the disappointment of rain if we had a summer wedding. We knew we’d inevitably get some April showers so it lowered the pressure!


We got married at the beautiful Hilltop Country House in Prestbury very close to where we live. We’d fallen in love with the area and moved out to ‘the sticks’ together a few years ago. We felt the venue was perfect for a sunny or rainy day, so it ticked our boxes!

Our wedding had a rustic, romantic feel to it. We were both quite nervous about the big day and thought this would be a nice, relaxed theme – and that would perhaps help us to relax! After scouring Pinterest for ‘research purposes’, I thought it would make a really versatile theme, and one which would work well for our venue.


My bridesmaids wore different coloured dresses from Coast; one was a sage green colour and the other was dusky pink, both with lace detailing. They complemented each other beautifully and provided the colour palette for the flowers. In fact, they bought the whole thing together beautifully, but avoided everything being too ‘matchy’.

For my dress, I surprised myself and went for a more traditional gown in lace. I just loved it straight away. It had little cap sleeves and a sweetheart neckline.


Chris wore a classic navy suit from Armani, a white shirt with subtle floral patterning and a light grey waistcoat. We also sourced some lovely sage linen ties and had some floral Liberty print pocket squares made which he and the groomsmen wore. The groomsmen wore the same navy suit as Chris and they all had beautiful matching buttonholes with rustic flowers and foliage to echo mine and the bridesmaids’ bouquets.


Where transport was concerned, we broke with convention. I actually drove myself and my bridesmaid as we got ready at the venue. I just loved the excitement of hearing the guests arrive as we sipped champagne and touched up our makeup – it was such a thrill!


Our photographer was the wonderful Matthew Horan, who I would definitely recommend. He did the two things we wanted: captured the day perfectly and was very unobtrusive.


I absolutely loved my flowers. I carried pale peach and pink Juliet roses alongside hellebores, hydrangea, astrantia, astilbe and ranunculi tied together in a loose and natural design. Colour-wise, the flowers were a glorious mix of pastels, blush pinks, silvers and greens. They were just gorgeous. They were provided by Zara Reid Floral Design who I would highly recommend.

Zara also provided the flowers for the reception. We had candelabras which were beautifully decorated with roses and foliage, a gorgeous fireplace display and decorated lanterns. She even decorated the cake with fresh flowers.


For favours, we kept it simple and had Green & Blacks dark chocolate with name labels tied on with garden twine.

The cake was a very simple M&S sponge decorated with a glittery ‘eat me’ sign and Zara’s wonderful flowers.

For the wedding breakfast we had pate and bread to start followed by roast sirloin. For pudding we had Eton mess. It was all absolutely delicious and, we felt, very in keeping with the rustic feel.


To keep our guests entertained, we arranged for a singer/guitarist to perform as the wedding switched over from day to night. His style was very relaxed but upbeat with covers of James Bay and Daft Punk which proved a great warm up to the DJ. We requested lots of Bowie and a few guilty pleasures like Lionel Richie to get the party started!


Despite my early Pinteresting, we tried to avoid getting carried away with lots of details – I really do believe that less is more. However, we did have a few extras including some garden games and a sweetie cart, which went down very well. We also had wooden hearts for our guests to sign and pop in a glass box frame so that we had a beautiful keepsake from the day.


I would recommend Hilltop Country House to anyone looking for a beautiful rural country house wedding venue. The owners were absolutely fantastic and looked after everything. I liked that we didn’t have to coordinate loads of different people to do different things as they provided the whole shebang apart from flowers. A special mention is also due to Thirst Aid who provided our drinks; I would definitely recommend them to any Brides Up North readers.


My favourite part of the day? Probably the ceremony. I’d actually been really nervous about it in the run-up to the wedding but on the day it was lovely to say my vows out loud in front of our friends and family. When I walked up the aisle, I looked back at everyone and had a little moment. It made me so happy.


For our honeymoon, we went to Cornwall. It’s one of our favourite places and we really wanted to take our little boy without the stress of an overseas flight. The hotel was absolutely beautiful and right in Watergate Bay, close to St Ives.


My top tip to other Brides Up North would have to be – don’t get too stressed! It really can spoil things. There’s so much to think about in the run-up, but on the actual day it all comes together – honestly – and is just lovely! So many people said to me that the whole day passes by in a flash and they were right, so appreciate every moment.

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  • November 2, 2016 | Permalink | Reply

    This wedding oozes sophistication, love the use of soft pastel colours in the decor and floral arrangments.

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