Bright and beautiful are two words that could easily be used to sum up today’s super-lovely real wedding.
Rather than simply picking her favourite colours and flowers to style the day, bride Emma put personal reasons behind her choices, picking yellow and sunflowers in memory of her late-grandad, and blue and forget-me-nots as a nod to her grandma, who wasn’t able to attend the wedding due to being in a nursing home.
These gorgeous blooms and hues added to the happy and joyful vibes of Emma and Simon’s rural style wedding, which also featured delicious food, fun transport and one rocking party.
With images by Pixies in the Cellar.
emma says: We had been together 12 years when we got engaged. We were in South Africa for an old friend of Simon’s wedding and decided to take a trip to Zimbabwe. It was at Victoria Falls on a day trip that he got down on one knee. I honestly couldn’t believe it and had the ring on so quickly I forgot to say yes. We celebrated that night by going to a traditional Zimbabwean barbecue.
Our wedding was on the 8th July 2017. We got married at St Helen’s Church in Waddington, and had our reception at Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn in Clitheroe, Lancashire. We had wanted a Yorkshire wedding, which is where we had met and gone to uni, but couldn’t find anything with the rustic feel that we were after. The minute we walked into the barn at Browsholme we fell in love, it was perfect. It was close to where I had grown up and spent time in the Trough of Bowland, my dad had also played cricket in Waddington close to the church.
We wanted a simple and rustic for our theme; lots of wood slices, lace, hessian, nothing too fancy. The venue didn’t need anything fancy as the beautiful stone spoke volumes.
The colour scheme went back to my childhood, we had yellow as a main colour. I lost my grandad when I was 21 and he had been a huge part of my life we always used to grow sunflowers and see how tall we were next to them, we used to pick sweet peas and daisies also. My grandma unfortunately has dementia and is a nursing home so we had forget-me-nots included in the wedding also. These were built around the navy suits for the boys and navy dresses for the bridesmaids. We facetimed my grandma in her nursing home from church and apparently when I said “hi” to her there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
I thought I wanted a vintage lace dress for the day but once I started trying dresses on it was clear that I wanted something a bit simpler. I had lost quite a bit of weight prior to the dress fitting and once I tried the dress on I knew it was the one, I felt like a bride. I got my dress from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, who were fantastic from start to finish.
Simon wore a suit from TM Lewin, he wanted to be different from the groomsmen and have something he could keep. The suit was navy and had a faint lighter blue check through it, he had brown shoes from River Island and tie and pocket square in sunflower gold to tie in with the colour scheme of the flowers.
The bridesmaids wore navy long dresses with a lace back from ASOS. They wore their own shoes but all kept to a neutral colour.
The groomsmen wore Ted Baker navy suits from Moss Bros and all wore their own brown shoes and had the same sunflower gold tie and pocket square as Simon. We also hired tweed waistcoats. Each of the groomsmen had a personalised vintage football pin attached to their button hole according to what team they support.
On the day of the wedding, both the groomsmen and the bridal party used the same transport as we wanted everyone to be able to travel together in their respective parties to the church. We hired a campervan from Coach House Limousines based in Blackburn. It was a cream campervan and decorated with hessian bunting.
Our photographer was Pixies in the Cellar, based near Manchester. Searching for a photographer was Simon’s domain as he has an eye for detail being a creative artworker. They were fantastic from start to finish, they helped with direction in organising groups and order on the day. The images are amazing that they have produced, they capture the story of the day perfectly and couldn’t recommend them enough.
We also hired a videographer to capture the day, and wow, what a memory it is from start to finish! We used Appleyard Productions and couldn’t recommend them enough.
Our flowers were provided by Flower Design based in Poulton, Blackpool. I designed a mood board for Jane, which she used to provide me with samples of bouquets, table designs and pew ends. We had sunflowers, sweet peas, peonies, daisies and forget me nots. I had a picture of my grandad tied around my bouquet so he was always with me. My bouquet was my childhood in a bunch of flowers and was perfect.
All the floral decorations that we had at the church – the pew ends, crates, floral arrangements and bay trees, were all moved by Flower Design from the church to the reception venue. We also decorated two pallets for the venue, one for the table plan and one for the order of the day. They tied in with the rustic feel of the day.
Our favours were small jars of fudge with a hessian lid, tied with twine. My sister and my mum spent hours making the fudge at home.
Pink Frosting Cake Company made our wedding cake. Kelly from Pink Frosting is an old friend from primary school and her cake designs look amazing and taste even more divine. We have frozen some of the cake for a later date to enjoy together.
The food and wine was a really important element of the day to us. Browsholme have outside caterers and we picked Twelve, who are based in Thornton near Blackpool. We had a sharing platter for our starter based around cured meats, mozzarella and olives. The main was fillet steak with dauphinoise potatoes and desert was a mix of both of us. We had a white chocolate cheesecake with a dark chocolate top and poached fruits. The wines were South African, we had a Pinotage for the red as we were introduced to this when we got engaged.
On the evening, we used the pizza oven based onsite to feed our guests, and it went down a storm. They even saved us some to take home with us as we totally missed out as we were too busy enjoying the evening.
We are known for throwing great parties and even have a name of “Club Millbanks” so entertainment was also really important. We used Dancefloor Couture based in Leyland, Lancashire. We had a lit dancefloor and a DJ. He knew exactly what we were after including old school garage and finishing with an old school rave complete with lots of fancy dress and glow sticks.
Our first dance was a very special moment as it was a song Simon used to sing to me when we first got together and were on a night out together. Having Pharrell’s Beautiful as your first dance definitely sticks in people’s memories.
Following our wedding, we would definitely recommend Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn to other brides and grooms. The venue is perfection, it is a blank canvas for whatever you want to do. Rebecca helped us to organise everything at the venue and whenever I sent her a question (which was on a regular basis) she was always prompt at answering.
Looking back, we struggle to pick a favourite part of the day as it was amazing from start to finish. We couldn’t have planned it any better if we tried. We have had so many compliments about the day – the food, the wine, the evening reception, the venue. We did enjoy utilising the lake at the venue and the grooms party went out on the lake whilst the bridesmaids and myself looked on. We got some great footage of this from both the photographer and videographer.
We went to Bali on honeymoon. We travelled around Ubud, Gili T and then onto the W Hotel in Seminyak. It was truly amazing, we visited waterfalls, temples, rice fields, snorkelled with turtles, partied, had brunch and some amazing food and drink. The Balinese people are so beautiful and couldn’t do enough for us. Bali is a beautiful country and can’t wait to return one day.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is to remember it is your day and it is about two people celebrating their love for one and another coming together as one. Remember to take time out together to take it all in, we had sunset photos together away from everyone else.