After a picture-perfect proposal in Lake Garda, which saw Rosina and Liam bring in the New Year in style, the couple tied the knot in July of this year back in the UK at the beautiful Hooton Pagnell Hall, South Yorkshire.
Keen for a summer wedding, they decided to showcase a seasonal vibe on their big day – think blush pink and rose gold tones, complemented by gorgeous roses, gypsophila and foliage for an understated and oh so summery look.
The couple admit they’re big on tradition, and with hubby Liam an officer in the Royal Navy, there were plenty of nods to this in his attire and the traditional guard of honour, of course.
As for Rosina’s bridal day look – she couldn’t look any more perfect in her crisp white Caroline Castigliano gown with its luxurious silk organza skirt and barely-there straps. Simply stunning!
With images by John Hope Photography.
Rosina says: We were spending a few days in Lake Garda, Italy, and on New Year’s Eve, we went out for a meal to a local restaurant. Then, at around 11.30pm we went to a quiet beach to watch the fireworks from Malcesine Castle. Liam had brought a blanket, music speaker and prosecco for us to enjoy bringing in the New Year. When midnight struck we watched the fireworks for a couple of minutes. We were happily taking it all in, then Liam got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was over the moon, we sat in the darkness for a bit taking it all in, then went back to our hotel and had panettone which is meant to bring good luck.
Our wedding date was 14th July 2018. I always wanted a summer wedding. It is also two days after my parents’ wedding anniversary, who have been happily married for 42 years so I took that as a good omen. It was lovely to celebrate their anniversary in the lead up to our wedding and it just brought home what this really is all about.
We got married at All Saints Church in Hooton Pagnell and the reception followed in Hooton Pagnell Hall. We chose this venue as my family and a lot of my friends are from Doncaster or the north, so it was convenient for them (not so much Liam’s family who are from the south though). Also, when we viewed the venue, we were taken aback by the stunning grounds, which are so beautifully kept. The church was also a beautiful setting and what really made it for me is that it was just a short walk from the church to the lawns for the reception – this is something we both definitely wanted, so there was no need for transport between the ceremony and reception.
Our marquee was provided by Mudford Marquees. We had the front open as it was a beautiful day, so it created the feeling of being outdoors, and really made the most of the gardens.
We wanted a fresh summer vibe and to keep to traditions but with a relaxed feeling.
We chose a blush pink and rose gold colour scheme as they go well together, especially for the time of year. Myself and my bridesmaids are all fair and so the blush pink complemented us perfectly. The rose gold added a modern touch and made it feel current.
I wore the Tertia gown by Caroline Castigliano. I purchased it from The Bridal Collection in Harrogate. It was a fitted bodice with beautiful guipure lace detailing and thin barely-there straps. It pinched in at my waist and flowed out to a luxurious silk organza skirt which fell beautifully. I chose it simply because when I put it on, I felt amazing. I loved the way it felt as I walked around the shop and I didn’t want to take it off. I felt like a bride and I could picture myself in our venue in that dress.
Liam is an officer in the Royal Marines. He wore his ceremonial uniform for the ceremony, which is a navy blue uniform, including a hat, sword with leather belt and his medal for Afghanistan Campaign, which was received following two tours of Afghanistan.
He changed into his Mess dress for the reception, which is the military equivalent of black tie. This is black trousers with a red stripe down the side, a dress shirt with a bow tie and a red jacket with rank and medal.
All the groomsmen were serving military personnel. The best man wore his ceremonial dress and then changed into a casual suit. The two ushers wore the same as Liam; Royal Marine ‘Blues’ for the ceremony and Mess Dress in the evening.
My father, page boy and father-of-the-groom wore black morning suits with grey stripe trousers and silver waistcoats, all hired from Young’s Hire.
My bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses from Tickled Pink Bridal in Doncaster. I had two styles. The first was a strapless sweetheart neckline and the second was a high neck with a low back and strap detailing. I picked the two styles because they complemented the individual bridesmaids. I also liked the idea of having two styles in the same colour, which was made easy with Dessy.
My hair and makeup was done by the very professional Julia Jeckell. She was such a calming influence on the morning of the wedding, I knew I was in good hands. My bridesmaids’ hair was done by Lindsay (also from team Julia Jeckell).
We used Fairytale Wedding Cars. I had a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II Brigitte to take myself and my father from my parents’ house to the church.
We used John Hope Photography based in Leeds. We would highly recommend him. He had a very relaxed nature on the day which was calming. We trusted him to capture our day and he did not disappoint.
We used Papertwin Wedding Films. We have had the highlights trailer and are waiting for our full film. On the day they were so professional. There were two videographers and they worked together to capture the day from different angles.
I had a handtied bouquet with blush pink roses, ivory roses and various cream and green seasonal textured flowers and plenty of foliage. My bridesmaids had smaller versions of my bouquet and my flower girl had a handtied bouquet of gypsophila with a blush ribbon. My flower girl also had a hair circlet in gypsophila as I just couldn’t resist! These were supplied by the very talented Lily’s of Bramhope.
In the church, we had milk bottles filled with gypsophila and tied with a blush ribbon for the pew ends. We also had two large pedestal arrangements in the church and at the entrance to the marquee.
The lawn had a beautiful tree which I really wanted to make into a feature, so we had hanging glass baubles with tea lights and hanging moss hearts.
The black iron gates which divided the gardens were decorated with a foliage hanging swag.
In the marquee we had three large hanging hoops covered with hanging foliage. Then on the tables we had a mixture of tall rose gold candelabras with flowers arranged at the top between the candles and tall candlestick arrangements.
For our favours, we had a small glass jar with a label saying “We tied the knot now have a shot”. We filled them with a variety of gin: gin and elderflower presse, gin and raspberry lemonade, and gin and ginger beer.
We chose a four-tier cake made by SJ Cakes Studio, consisting of rich chocolate with salted caramel ganache for the bottom tier, then lemon and white chocolate for the second tier and lemon and elderflower for the top two tiers. The bottom tier had a ruffled icing effect and the top three tiers were semi-naked.
We used Mayfayre Catering and had a variety of 20 hot and cold canapes on the lawn with prosecco or gin.
For our starter we had a fish platter: hot roast salmon, smoked salmon, king prawns, smoked tuna served with rocket and salsa and rustic breads with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and butter. The main was fillet of beef wrapped in pancetta with a rich mushroom sauce accompanied by dauphinoise potatoes, asparagus and green beans, sugar snap peas and carrots. We then had a trio of desserts which included Eton Mess, rich chocolate torte and lemon pana cotta.
For the evening, we had a large cheese board with French bread, fruit breads, celery, grapes, apple and homemade chutney. Bacon sandwiches and fish finger sandwiches were served later on when the guests were peckish again.
The Nutmegs played during the drinks reception. They are a three-piece folk band and were the perfect sound for the sunny afternoon on the lawn. They played a mixture of current songs and classics all with a folky twist.
For the evening entertainment, we had Supercharged. The name really does speak for itself. They had so much energy; they got the whole dance floor full right up until the end of the night.
We found both of these bands on Warble Entertainment online, the booking was so easy and both bands got in touch with us nearer to our date and were so helpful with planning the song lists and timings.
In addition, guests could enjoy lawn games, including ring toss, beat the buzzer and space hoppers. We hired these from Add Vintage based in Leeds. The lady was really helpful with when we wanted to pick them up and drop them off. She had a great selection.
We had a Polaroid camera station too saying “leave us a memory” and sharpie pens for the guests to take pictures and peg them up on the station. Liam made the station himself out of wood and fairy lights on a copper wire. We have now made a collage of the pictures in a large frame which is hanging in our downstairs loo!
We would absolutely recommend our venue to other couples; it was perfect. The church is stunning and so personal, and the reception being so close is great too.
The end of the day was my highlight: we were on such a high from the amazing day and all our guests were on the dancefloor in a huge circle singing and dancing together in a huddle. The band kept telling us that this was their last song, but everyone kept chanting “one more song” and they played another for us (and then another). It just felt so amazing to have the most special people there with you at that moment and everyone seemed to be so elated.
There was also a moment, after the ceremony, when Liam and I were waiting to come out for the “guard of honour”. We were hiding in a little vestibule waiting for everyone to exit the church and it was our first time alone as a married couple. It was such an exciting moment for me as we were married but had the rest of the day still to come and we were feeling this together in that little minute.
When you marry a Royal Marine you marry an adventurer. We honeymooned in Botswana on a self-drive safari around the Okavango Delta. This was for ten days where we camped in the company of wild animals. We had no phone signal or wi-fi and had ten days together as newly-weds with no external distractions. After Botswana we moved onto Mozambique where we stayed in a luxury resort called Machangulo Beach Lodge, which is on the Machangulo Peninsula off the coast of Maputo (Mozambique’s capital city). This was my part of the honeymoon which consisted of relaxation on a private beach and luxury living for a week.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be, don’t sweat the small stuff, nobody really notices all the little things, which you may be worrying about in the run up. Everybody there is someone you care about, so there’s no need to be nervous, everyone will be in good spirits as they are happy for you and that’s really what makes a good day.
Enjoy the day because it goes so quickly but also don’t be sad it’s over because what’s on the other side is even better and you have great memories to look back on to start married life together.
I was constantly checking Brides Up North, especially on Instagram. I found inspiration from the real weddings featured. There are so many unique and great ideas out there and it’s such a help finding them all in one place.
Where possible use suppliers recommended by others. Our caterer was recommended and was hugely experienced, so she thought of things which hadn’t even crossed our minds. She also played a huge role in setting up on the day and tidying up the day after which we completely took for granted until we realised all that she had done.