An exquisite gold, neutral and pink palette, offset by some absolutely beautiful floral arrangements, all come to life in today’s super classy wedding at Colshaw Hall in Cheshire.
Tying the knot in August, Hannah and Steve instantly knew that this popular 300-acre estate was the idyllic venue for their big day, offering a luxurious setting with a rustic twist and – we’re sure you’ll agree – some rather beautiful backdrops to their outdoors photography. Cue some picture-perfect walks in the surrounding grounds, which really show off the bride’s gorgeous Pronovias gown and veil.
And with meringues kisses and miniature jars of gin and rum shots for favours, not to mention a rather elegant, pared back cake – this is one wedding that’s fulfilling all of our foodie desires! We think it’s about time we handed the blog over to Hannah to tell us more…
With images by Jess Yarwood.
Hannah says: The engagement took place on New Year’s Eve 2016, when we were visiting my dad in Durham. That night we went into Durham town with the family and Steve had planned to sneak me off just before midnight and take me to the Palace Green, outside Durham Cathedral, which is where we spent our first New Year’s Eve together. Just before the countdown to midnight, Steve asked me about my highlights over 2016 and then got down on one knee and proposed. He had already asked for my dad’s permission, so everyone was already aware and when we then re-joined them, they were all there celebrating with bottles of champagne and party poppers!
We got married on Thursday 9th August 2018. We knew the dates at our perfect venue – Colshaw Hall – would be taken very quickly and we wanted a summer wedding. The second we arrived at Colshaw Hall, we knew it was the place we would get married, it was perfect, and the staff made us feel extra special.
For our colour scheme, we went for golds, neutrals and pale pinks. I wanted something girly but classy and I found these colours worked perfectly together.
They always say when you try on your dream dress ‘you’ll know’, and I did! It was the second dress I tried on and while trying on seven dresses after (just to be sure) all I could think about was this one. It was a Pronovias dress which I purchased from a family run wedding dress shop in Staffordshire.
Steve wore a blue suit, brown shoes and a floral tie from Next. The groomsmen also wore blue suits, (all slightly different shades) with brown shoes and a floral tie.
My bridesmaids wore pale pink, long dresses with a gorgeous bow on the back, from Asos.
Hair by Lucy styled my hair, and Bethany Grace did my makeup on the day.
We booked photographer Jess Yarwood and would 100% recommend her. Jess fitted in like she was a guest at the wedding but was also super professional. The balance between a documentary of the day and group and couple photos was perfect, and exactly what we wanted.
The range of flowers in my bouquet included pale pink roses, dahlias, hydrangeas, gypsophila, astilbe, ranunculus, eustoma, eucalyptus, thlaspi, bouvardia, veronica and freesias, all provided by Steph’s Flowers.
The bridesmaid bouquets were a smaller version of mine, and these were added to the top table along with candles dotted on all of the tables.
To decorate the venue, we had large, tall vases filled with the same types of flowers as in my bouquet.
As favours, Scrumbles provided us with mini bags of meringue kisses in pale pinks and whites and we tied with nametags to double up as name places. We also had miniature jars of gin and rum shots (mine and Steve’s favourites).
For our wedding cake – we had two flavours, white chocolate and raspberry and chocolate orange, provided by Bloomsbury Cakes.
Steve and I chose a starter, main and dessert each and then gave our guests a choice. We paid for corkage, so we could pick our favourite wines.
We would certainly recommend our choice of venue to other couples – it’s incredible. I am obviously biased, but it is by far the best venue I have ever been to!
The reception drinks were a great chance to mingle and see everyone and thank them all for booking time off and travelling, but the speeches were also among my favourite highlights from the day. The effort everyone put in to them and the words that were said were just perfect, I will remember them forever. Then, of course, the partying – time to let our hair down!
We went to Parga, Greece. We wanted somewhere we had never been, somewhere in Europe as it’s hot in August, and where we could fully relax and recharge ourselves. The place was perfect, we had heard it was one of those places you always return to, but shouldn’t tell everyone about, so it doesn’t get ruined. We will be back, without a doubt!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be, do what you want and only what you want. Yes, it is nice to want to please everyone, but it’s your day and everyone will love it regardless, because it’s your day.
In the run up to the wedding, I attended a Brides Up North wedding fair and continued to check the website throughout the planning process for extra tips.