I really do love you guys, I am pretty bias towards WWW reader weddings, oops, I can’t help it. I think you choose the coolest venues, the best themes and stunning outfits too. Then I get to feature those sublime images, so spoilt.
WWW readers Katie and Andrew chose to tie the knot on the 9th April 2016 at Beeston Manor in Lancashire. They hoped to create a vintage rustic feel to their nuptials, with classic choices against more natural elements. The barn setting was rather special indeed, draped in swags and fairy lights not to mention the pretty florals.
Katie’s lace Stella York gown looked ethereal and beautiful, while Andrew rocked that bow tie with a classic suit. Oh so stylish.
Thanks so much to Ally M Photography for sharing these brilliant shots today.
THE PROPOSAL | Andrew proposed to me on Christmas morning. I was awoken with breakfast in bed with all the trimmings, I was obviously oblivious to what was about to happen and just tucked straight in! He was ushering me to drink my coffee and as I moved the cup there was my Christmas present, wrapped in a small package. I opened it up to turn and there he was down on one knee asking me to be his wife.
THE VISION | My vision was rustic straight away, I’ve always loved the vintage rustic look, wooden logs, lace, hessian, country flowers and bunting.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had been engaged for 6 years before a little push from the parents to finally get it booked. Once we had found our venue, which was surrounded by beautiful countryside and fitted our vision perfectly, we started to plan. I am quite organised and knew what I wanted so it was all about finding the right people to help my vision come alive.
BUDGET | 16k
THE VENUE | Beeston Manor, Houghton, Preston. Wow, this place is beyond stunning. A converted 16th century sandstone barn, exposed beams and exposed sandstone walls… perfect. It completely suited the natural rustic theme we had in mind. We had looked at a lot of venues but nothing compared to Beeston Manor. As soon as we walked in we both looked at each other and said “this is it” we booked it there and then. Janet and the team did the most amazing job, all our guests complimented on the beautiful rooms, the food (which was to die for) and the family feel of the place. We even converted a few traditional church wedding guests into registry lovers.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Stella York – Emma Louise Bridal, Bolton.
FINDING THE DRESS | Strangely, I hadn’t given my dress too much thought previous to visiting the shop as so many people had said to me “you probably won’t end up in a dress you think you might like”, for me this wasn’t the case. I had noticed a bridal gown on Emma Louise Bridal’s website as the new Stella York collection had just arrived and I just glanced through and thought it was just lovely. As I went into the shop and sat down, Emma asked what type of dress I was looking for, I showed her the picture of the Stella York gown, she was so excited as no one had tried this dress on yet, I was the first! We went upstairs and tried on around 8 different styles of dress to distinguish my gown style, I had my 8 year old daughter with me also so she picked the big puffy pink dress (not for me!) but it was lovely to see her face when i tried it on. We quickly came to realise I was definitely a Stella York bride, so I tried the dress I had first shown her and it was perfect.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | We went quite formal with the grooms suit, a beautiful navy 3 piece with a last minute decision on a silver bow tie which was the perfect touch, along with a tan leather shoe.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We chose instrumental music for guests arriving, bride entrance and ceremony. Canon in D Major, J.Pachelbel.
Thousand Years, Piano Guys
Love me like you do, The Brooklyn Duo
Cant help falling in love, Piano Guys
Sky full of stars, Piano Guys
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Lauren Parkinson (maid of honour) who is also my sister, had previously moved to Australia 14 months before the wedding so it was such an honour that her and her partner Joe had travelled all the way back home to be with us on our special day. Abigail Holroyd, my beautiful niece. My flower girls – Megan Kidd, my daughter. Jasmine Phillips, my niece.
THE FLOWERS | LilyBets Flowers, on my first meeting with Lizzie she knew my style straight away. Her work is so beautiful, I wanted soft pastel colours with bouquets wrapped in hessian and lace.
THE CAKE | Mark Butler, Slatterys. The cake was a big success, the detail that went into it was great, we met with Mark and together came up with a few ideas and he created a real masterpiece.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Ally M Photography. I had seen Ally’s work previous to the wedding and I knew he had to be my wedding photographer. He’s exactly our style, very natural. He has a keen eye for detail and he really tells a story with his images. We also had a pre-wedding shoot with Ally and Lucy his assistant, in order to get a feel of his style and ours, we found we were the perfect team. Me and Andy are quite laid back and can be silly when we want to be and Ally really embraced that, some of my favourite images are the ones of us both laughing at each other.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | As our theme was rustic vintage we were able to do most of the décor ourselves. Hand decorated jars wrapped in hessian and lace filled with gypsophila and a variety of flowers, name tags with a vintage key tied with brown string. One of our main features was a wooden pallet which we rescued from the scrap heap, I decided to paint our names on along with the date of our wedding. We also wanted it to have a romantic feel so went with the lace caped seat covers in mocha and blush lace table swags.
THE HONEYMOON | Brimstone Hotel, Ambleside. Our mini moon, we have 2 children together Megan and Teddy and didn’t want to leave them for too long so we took a short break in the Lakes just the 2 of us.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Our most memorable moments, we definitely have a few. The first being me walking down the aisle, Andy became quite emotional, it was such a beautiful moment. The speeches definitely stick out, all 3 were amazing and memorable, lots of tears and laughter involved.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Try to take a little time out together to really take in your day. After the ceremony me and Andy had arranged to go for a drive in our wedding car and it was a great time for us to just be together and take in that we had just become husband and wife. We almost felt like celebrities, people were stopping, cheering and beeping their horns, it was surreal. Look for the right photographer, they need to understand you as a couple – Ally and Lucy really added to our day and the pictures are our memories forever. Try to do as much yourself as you possibly can, we got a lot of enjoyment out of it and to see something you have created just the way you want it is pretty special.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Ally M Photography
Flowers | Lilybets Flowers
Chair cover hire | Creative Cover Hire
Log hire | Rustic Wedding Settings
Letter Lights | Light a Letter
Wedding Cars | Malvern Wedding Cars
Dress | Emma Louise Bridal
Hair & Make up | Louise Hall
Grooms suit hire | Slaters
Cake | Slattery
Wedding invitations | Sarah Wants
Well wasn’t that just pretty gorgeous?
Thanks so much to Katie and Andrew for sharing their very special nuptials with us xo Lou