Sharing their big day with none other than a certain royal couple last year, Amy and Oona tied the knot at The Whitaker in Lancashire, a captivating museum and art gallery that dates back to the 1840s.
The venue is close to where bride Amy grew up and where the newlyweds now live, so not only did the venue look the part on their big day, but it had lots of sentimental value too.
Going for rustic vibes combined with a sophisticated navy and blush pink colour scheme, the couple took a DIY approach to their décor and styling – making their fabulous wooden signs, seating plan and their very own sweet and cake table. They even crafted their own batch of gin!
Doing things differently (something we always like to see!) they carried bouquets made from silk flowers and decided to go for Moroccan style food for their wedding breakfast. They even swapped a traditional cake for the most scrumptious selection of cupcakes. And for a little bit of heart-warming nostalgia, the brides booked a band they had originally seen when they first started dating – such a lovely touch!
With images by Nik Bryant Photography
Amy says: We got engaged in September 2016, in Mexico. Oona had planned for months that she was going to propose there.
We got married on 19th May 2018, the same day as the royal wedding. Our venue, The Whitaker in Rawtenstall, only did a select number of weddings so that was the date that worked for us.
The venue is local to where I grew up and where we both live now. My brother and I used to play there a lot when we were younger as our grandma lived on the edge of the park. Oona and I walk our dog Hugo in the park as well.
There wasn’t a particular theme – we used a lot of wooden crates and log slices, so we went for a rustic style just because it looked good! We chose a navy and blush pink colour scheme as that was the colour palette that stood out to us the most.
Our bridesmaids wore navy dresses from TFNC.
Amanda Blinkhorn did our makeup on the day and Charlotte Spencer styled our hair.
Our groomsmen wore navy suits – some of the guys already had suits that were suitable, and we were relaxed about them not matching. The majority were from Slaters.
We hired a chauffeur we found online! Oona got ready in a hotel in Ramsbottom, so he picked her and her family up first, dropped them off at the venue, and then went up to pick me and my family.
Nik Bryant was our photographer and, yes, we’d recommend him as his photos are excellent and he makes you feel comfortable and at ease. You can put all your trust in him that he will capture your wedding day and preserve the moments forever.
We booked videographer Hannah Kennedy. She captures your day so beautifully and the way she edits the film, it means that you re-live the whole experience again and feel all the emotions from the day.
I made all the bouquets out of silk flowers. We also used silk flowers in empty gin and bourbon bottles, along with mason jars and old tins.
Polaroid photos were dotted everywhere on mini easels and we made all the wooden signs, table seating plan, and sweet and cake table. We did everything ourselves.
For the favours, we made our own gin called Casswood gin (our surnames are Cassidy and Greenwood) as we both love gin. We designed the label and then hand poured the gin into mini bottles.
We didn’t have a traditional cake. Oona’s friend Stephen created a range of different cupcakes as a wedding gift. We also bought donuts, brownies and cookies along with lots of different sweets.
Our wedding breakfast started with an anti pasti sharing platter, as that is our favourite type of food to eat at home. For our mains, we had sharing style Moroccan themed food as we wanted it to be more relaxed and less traditional.
We booked the band Easy Feet as we had seen them performing in a restaurant on one of our first dates and loved them. When we got engaged, we emailed them whilst on the beach in Mexico asking if they would perform at our wedding!
We handmade pretty much everything, so we think that added a special touch to the whole day.
We would absolutely recommend our venue to other couples. If you want a chilled out, intimate, relaxed kind of wedding, then the Whitaker is for you.
The immediate time after we got married, when we were all stood outside in the sunshine, was a highlight. The pressure was off at that point and we were actually married, which was an amazing feeling. We were surrounded by our closest friends and family as it was a very small intimate wedding, and then my auntie brought our dog Hugo up to see us for some photos. We were all just having a lovely time, listening to Easy Feet and everyone was so happy.
We travelled along the west coast of America for three weeks. We started in Las Vegas, then went to San Francisco. We hired a car and drove up to Napa Valley to the vineyards and from there all the way down the Big Sur stopping at places like Santa Cruz and Monterey to our final stop of LA.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be – just go with the flow! You may have an idea of how you want something to be in your head, but that will change about ten times before you get the end result. Once we realised that, and just became relaxed about every decision, it made everything way more fun and enjoyable!