Can we get a Fri-yay!?
We are particularly excited for the weekend to come as on Sunday we have our final to Luxury Wedding Shows of the autumn, which will complete another epic event season that we are just so proud of and have thoroughly enjoyed! From visiting the finest venues in the north, to seeing the spectacular big day inspiration delivered by talented local suppliers and, of course, meeting you fabulous brides- and grooms-to-be and hearing all about your fabulous big day plans.
So whether you’re at the initial newly-engaged stages of the venue hunt, or are just looking for those final finishing touches to complete your impending big day, be sure to join us at either Denton Hall in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, or The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham, Cheshire, this Sunday 4th November, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY, for our fabulous final shows of 2018 (don’t worry, we’ll be back early 2019 with another incredible show line-up for you).
And it’s Cheshire that we’re heading to on the blog today as we relive the unbelievably beautiful wedding day of newlyweds Jade and Jess.
A real family celebration, Jade is quick to point out that the key aim of their special day was to be a reflection of their lovely family of four, including super sweet son Jacob and daughter Jessica, which we think they achieved admirably. The second key element was flowers (clearly Jade is a girl after our own heart!) and so the day is decked out with the prettiest of blooms including the bride’s favourite – peonies, despite them being out of season.
A stunning example of a British summer wedding, there is so much to be admired and to take inspiration from, including the picturesque church, lush outdoor reception setting, pastel colour palette and, in particular, Jade’s hugely swoon-worthy Caroline Castigliano dress with pretty blush bodice underlay – we love!
With images by Jess Yarwood Photography.
jade says: We got engaged during a surprise trip away. I’d come home from work one evening when Jay told me to pack my case! I had no idea where we were going until we got to the airport when the lady at the check in desk confirmed it was Rome! I was so excited! We met was I was only 18 and he knew I’d always wanted to go. Jay said that keeping the ring from me was harder than he had anticipated and ended up proposing on the first night after a beautiful meal on the hotel balcony over-looking the city. I had phoned my whole family before I even gave him a proper answer!
We got married on the 27th July 2018 – we booked and organised it in just six months, deciding to finally set the date just after the birth of our second child. We hoped for a hot, sunny day – it turned out to be the hottest day of the year – furnace Friday.
We got married at St Mary and All Saints Church in Great Budworth, because that is where my grandparents married 52 years previously and partly because Great Budworth is one of the most beautiful villages I have ever seen. We knew if we married in England it was only ever going to be there! The reception was held at Arley Hall & Gardens, which is only five minutes from the church and a place we have often visited over the years.
For us, the wedding wasn’t just about me and Jay getting married – we are a family of four and wanted our wedding to reflect that. A big family celebration, and flowers – I love flowers!
As it turned out the whole wedding was planned around the flowers – I wanted delicate, pretty flowers in pinks, purples and blues. Everything else fell into place from there with pink becoming the base colour.
In terms of my dress, my sister and I fell in love with a certain Caroline Castigliano gown before it had even come off the rail. I bought it from Agape Bridal Boutique in Altrincham, after going on a whim thinking I was going to choose a different dress from a previous shop! I ended up adding two different removable straps to the dress, thicker for the day and spaghetti for the evening.
We travelled to church and the venue in a vintage Jaguar Mark 2 supplied by Grace, Space, Pace Wedding Car Hire.
Our day was captured by Jess Yarwood. Jess is so fabulous at her job that you forget she is there! She made the time to get to know us before the day so that she was able to document and tell our story perfectly. Her relaxed style is just what we had wanted. I couldn’t recommend Jess more.
We also had our day videoed by Busy Bird Wedding Films. We literally decided about five days before the wedding that we were going to have a video. I had loved Busy Birds style for months and we finally decided that we couldn’t have the day without filming it! Luckily, they could fit us in! They were amazing on the day. Most of the time I had no idea we were even being filmed!
Our florist was Flossie’s Weddings. The bouquets were made up of peonies, ivory roses and delicate, pretty flowers in pinks, blues and purples. We were just out of season for peonies so I didn’t think we could have them, but when Flossie’s brought the bouquets round to me on the morning I burst into tears when I saw them! They had managed to have them specially delivered from Holland – I had no idea.
Flossie’s continued the theme of the flowers with displays in both the church and the reception venue.
For our wedding cake, we chose a white chocolate and raspberry creation by Caked in Sugar.
We wanted the food we provided at the wedding to reflect us as a couple – and no one to go home hungry, or sober! The wedding breakfast was a recreation of some of our favourite meals we’ve had over the years – artisan breads and dipping oils to start, Jacobs ladder of beef with burnt onion puree, scorched onion petals, onion ash, garlic and rosemary with a red wine jus for main and hot and gooey chocolate brownie with warm chocolate sauce, summer berries and vanilla ice cream to finish. There was a pizza van serving guests in the evening with cones of chips. All the children had milkshakes and cookies once the sun went down whilst the adults had Peaky Blinders inspired whiskey and gin cocktails.
Entertainment-wise we had a jazz band and Peaky Blinders photobooth for the evening drinks reception, followed by a five-piece band which performed during the evening party. We couldn’t resist having a Peaky Blinders hour at the home of Thomas Shelby (part of the series is recorded at Arley Hall)!
We incorporated several special touches into our day, including placing a single Lily on the top table as a symbol for Jay’s nana Lily – Jay also carried her wedding rings in his pocket on the day. Our son Jacob had a matching waistcoat made to Jay and our daughter Jessica’s dress was made out of the same fabric as my dress. Walked down the aisle to Glasgow Love Theme and our fist dance was an acoustic version of Oasis Wonderwall. Another special element was that we were married by two reverends, a father and daughter – it was their first service together.
We would also recommend our choice of venue to future couples without hesitation. Arley Hall was the most magical venue for us. We’ve spent many an afternoon walking in the area and had decided this was where we wanted to hold the reception on one of our winter walks.
The day passed in a blink but three moments stand out; I’ll always remember the feeling of walking out of church as a family of four, I can’t even recall hearing the bells, I just remember the feeling. The moment we first saw our wedding venue dressed for our wedding breakfast blew me away. Finally, our first dance – it felt like we’d waited a lifetime to dance that dance!
Following the wedding, we went to Venice for a couple of nights – I didn’t want to leave the kids so my parents booked it as a surprise. I’m so glad they did! We probably won’t get the chance again for the next 18 years! And it extended the celebrating!
My top tip for other Brides Up North is – do it your way, it’s your day! Jay says his tip for grooms would not to take the mother of the bride to help pick the engagement ring!
I also found Brides Up North useful during the planning stages, using the real wedding photographs and supplier posts as inspiration.