It’s not every day that we see a llama making an appearance in a wedding photo. But that’s exactly what we have in store for you today on the blog, as we head to the wonderfully unique Wellbeing Farm in Lancashire – an alternative wedding venue with that all-important wow factor. Bride and groom, Cassie and Sam could really put their stamp on the space when they tied the knot there last summer – decorating it with gorgeous floral displays, homemade jam jars and even milk churns.
Music played a big part in the couple’s day too – and not just in the way that you’d first expect. Along with a guitarist and live band, Cassie and Sam incorporated records and song lyrics within their centrepieces and menus – a nostalgic throwback to their early dating days in Manchester.
Other stand-out ideas likely to get you hovering over your Pin button include a wedding cheese cake, limoncellos for favours (a lovely link to their honeymoon destination in Italy) and an all-out indulgent cake cart, complete with caterpillar cake!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Slice of Pie Photography.
cassie says: We got engaged on 20th November 2015 at home. We were about to go to New York and Las Vegas for Sam’s 30th birthday and I had a feeling he was going to propose then. Turns out, he surprised me – and himself – and did an impromptu proposal at home. The fire was roaring and there was prosecco and cheese on toast – and then it started to snow. It was perfect. We kept it a secret from friends and family for three whole weeks while we were away.
We got married on 26th August 2017. We didn’t want to put too much pressure on a specific date and wanted to get a great venue. We had said the August bank holiday weekend would be perfect. The wedding venue we went for was up and coming and luckily had availability that weekend, so we reserved the date, and two weeks later it was all booked!
We got married at The Wellbeing Farm in Edgworth. We had both the ceremony and reception here. We chose this venue as it was so very different to the traditional wedding venues we had been to before. It definitely had the wow factor and potential to be flexible in what we wanted. It was quite a new in terms of a wedding venue and they had big plans for additional features, which we loved.
We had a music theme as we both love music and met while going out to indie clubs in Manchester. Our centrepieces were records, featuring one of our favourite song titles. Each table also had a section of our favourite lyrics from each song displayed with the menu.
We had a bright colourful summer colour scheme and the bridesmaids and groomsmen matched each other. The colours were powder blue, mint green, lemon, coral and lilac. We went these shades as they were summery and were a great burst of colour.
I chose an Allure dress, which was all-lace and mermaid style. It was the first dress I tried on at a wedding fair but I thought I best try some more on first. My mum was the one who spotted it and told me to try it on. Mums know best! My mother-in-law found it in a shop in Ramsbottom called The White Gallery. It turned out the dress was being discontinued and we got it half price, which was a bonus!
Sam rented his suit from Swarbricks in Middleton. He knew he wanted a navy blue suit with tweed incorporated, which he got with the waistcoat. He went with a navy and white dotty tie. As the venue was in the countryside, he wanted that country look without going too overboard.
The bridesmaids all wore the same dress but in different colours which were by Debut in Debenhams. The groomsmen hired their suits from Swarbricks, which also had all of the coloured accessories (ties and pocket squares) to match the bridesmaids’ dresses, which were great as we had nine suits to hire! It definitely took the pressure off having everything in one place.
Sam drove to the wedding venue in his work van with all of the groomsmen! One of the groomsmen thought it would be quite funny to tie a wedding bow on the van! I travelled in a VW campervan as did the bridesmaids and this was hired from Posh Pampa Campa.
We booked Slice of Pie Photography to capture our day. We would definitely recommend them as they create the most beautiful memories with their photos. We really love how they capture those ‘in the moment’ shots! Sam was keen on this as he does not like posing for photos but he was a pro by the end of the day. Slice of Pie are great at making you feel relaxed and help you to really enjoy your wedding day. They have great ideas and know how to handle the wedding party and get them organised for the group shots. We had great fun with them and they are a lovely couple to help you capture your special day.
We had our day videoed too by Creative Camera and they did an amazing job. They are very dedicated and went above and beyond on the day. We love our wedding highlight video which is to the Courteeners song Summer.
The Flower Farm based in Lancashire did all of the flowers for our wedding day. I carried a large bouquet of wild flowers which were tied with lace. My bouquet had an explosion of the colours that the bridesmaids wore. The bridesmaids, meanwhile, had a bouquet to complement their dress, which matched the colour they were wearing; as did the groomsmen with their button holes.
The Flower Farm completed all of the flowers for the ceremony and reception – British grown too! My mum made jams jars decorated with lace and twine for the flowers to go in and these were placed on rustic logs. We had two very amazing milk churns with large displays of flowers in which complemented the colour scheme. These were utilised throughout the day. I also had a flower crown in my hair which lasted until our post wedding barbecue two days later.
We also used Love Rosie Decor to dress the tables, aisle and chairs. They did an amazing job and they were very reasonably priced.
Our wedding favours were homemade limoncellos. We were heading to the Amalfi Coast on our honeymoon and both enjoy a tipple so it seemed most fitting.
Instead of a traditional wedding cake, we had a wedding cheese cake which was provided by the wedding venue. This was the cake we cut and I bought a personalised cake topper from Etsy. My auntie works in a cake factory so we had cake cart as well! This had two M&S three-tiered cakes and a large selection of other cakes for people to enjoy. We did have the Colin and Connie caterpillar cakes too, which are also by M&S!
We had a ‘rustic fun’ option for our wedding food. The starter was an antipasti board with a selection of meats, chutney, olives, artisan breads and oils. We then had lamb, chicken and sausages for the main. These were all served with selection of green salad, pesto pasta, feta and tomato and garlic and rosemary potatoes. And for dessert we had ‘wellbeing mess’ which was a spin on the classic Eton mess. In addition, we had canapés at the drinks reception which included rare beef in Yorkshire pudding and red onion and feta cheese tartlets. We went with this option as it had a summery feel. There were so many options to choose from though and we attended a taster evening which helped us choose. We also had a selection of white and red wine which had llama on the label which was very fitting for the venue!
For our entertainment, we had classical guitarist, Matt Wilkinson during the ceremony and drinks reception. He played a mix of modern and traditional wedding songs. We then had Band of Covers in the evening. They are a bunch of great lads from Wigan – they didn’t play any cheesy wedding songs, instead it was all indie. They also did a DJ set until the 1am curfew and incorporated lots of Motown hits, which is my favourite.
As some extra entertainment, we created a competition for our bridesmaids and groomsmen. We gave both groups an instant camera at the meal the night before the wedding. The best ten photos won the competition. Of course, the bridesmaids won!
I would recommend The Wellbeing Farm to other couples as it is very quirky and different to other traditional wedding venues. Their staff are dedicated, and you get a coordinator in the lead up to your wedding. We had several meetings to discuss what we wanted for the big day. The venue is very adaptable to price ranges and you can pick and choose different elements. The animals and the views (especially sunset) just make it picture perfect.
I had so many highlights from the day that it’s too hard to choose just one! However, one of my favourite parts of the day was escaping with Sam in the VW van and just enjoying the moment with a glass of bubbly before having our photos taken. We both enjoyed going for photos with the bridal party after the meal when we were all tipsy! This resulted in the groomsmen picking me up and throwing me up and down!
We went to the South West coast of Italy on our honeymoon. We visited seven destinations in eight days and Sam did all the driving. We started in Naples and climbed Mount Vesuvius. Then onto Pompeii, Vico Equense, Capri, Positano, Ravello and then Matera. We then flew to Santorini and had six nights of luxury in a cliff side suite with our own hot tub! We had the most amazing time.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is, do not stress out! Everything will work itself out in the end. And enjoy every minute of it as it goes so fast!