A Relaxed Classic Wedding

relaxed classic wedding

WWW readers Sarah and Matthew were married at Didsbury House followed by a reception at Eleven Didsbury Park. They wanted their day to be relaxed with a vintage feel and planned the whole affair in 4 months. I adore Sarah’s lace tea length dress, she looked beautiful, while Matthew chose a three piece custom made suit which looked very dashing.

I love the pretty flowers, the amazing cake table and the gorgeous navy bridesmaids dresses. Such a wonderful wedding.

Thanks so much to the brilliant Foley Photography for sharing their images with us today.


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Names…. Sarah and Matthew

Wedding Date….  26th August 2012

The Proposal…. On my 29th birthday which was Christmas Eve 2011. Matt had wrapped 4 presents and put them under the Christmas tree saying 2 were for my Birthday and 2 were for Christmas. Then on my birthday I had left Matt’s presents to open last. I opened the card which said surprise in it and as I looked up he was leaning around the back of the sofa to get the ring. He just opened it and didn’t say anything so I said ‘well you have to say something, otherwise it’s just a pretty ring’ so he replied ‘so do you want to get hitched then’. We then spent the rest of the day drinking champagne and eating, it was lovely.

The Vision for the day….  We wanted it to be nice and relaxed, with a bit of a vintage feel. I kept warning people that if they wanted to talk to me on the day they’d find me on the dance floor.

The Planning process….  Was really stress free, quick and easy to be honest. We organised it all in 4 months.

Budget….  expensive!

The Venue… We got married at Didsbury house a beautiful boutique hotel and then had our reception at their sister hotel Eleven didsbury park which was about 50 metres down the road from Didsbury house.

The Dress + Accessories….. I got my dress from a famous bridal shop in Cheshire called “Agape brides” in Knutsford and it was designed by “Forget-me-not” designs at the Isle of Wight. I also got a veil and headband from there. My shoes were from Ted Baker. EVERYBODY loved my wedding dress. The lace was stunning.

Finding the dress…. The dress hunt was a 2 day affair, firstly because it turns out that 4 months is cutting it fine for wedding dresses and secondly because my bridesmaid lives in Essex and had to make the trip up North to help out. She was on maternity leave at the time with a 3 month old so her mum came along to help look after the baby. We went to 4 shops but it turns out that the dress was in the first shop. I knew I wanted a tea length dress with lace and no ‘bling’ and the dress was perfect. I fell in love with it. It’s true what they say, you know the dress is right.

Groom’s attire… Matt and his brother (the best man) had suits made for them. The suits were navy. Matt had a 3-piece whilst his brother Alex stuck to a 2 piece. Matt also got them both ties and pocket squares made by Richard Smith in Manchester.

The Readings + Music…. I walked down the aisle to the Vitamin quartet’s version of Perfect by the Smashing pumpkins. We put together a ‘quiet’ playlist that was played during afternoon tea and then al fresco dining in Manchester? Really? Lou they thought we were mad. Butwe had a BBQ and a different playlist for the dancing.

Beautiful bridesmaids….. I had just one bridesmaid, my best friend Ellen. We met on the first day of University 11 years ago and have been close friends ever since. We had a dress made for Ellen by a designer called Julie Ellemore in Essex. I wanted a 50s style dress in navy made with non-shiny fabric and with lots of netting. Ellen said that it was ‘the coolest bridesmaid dress ever’ and I definitely agree. She looked beautiful and we did some amazing dancing together swooshing our skirts!

The Flowers… The flowers were from The flower lounge in Didsbury. I wanted vintage looking roses with lots of greenery for the bouquets and we just had small vases with a few stems in each one dotted around the venue. I really didn’t want the flowers to be too structured or formal and Sian did a great job.

The Cake… We didn’t just have one, we had a table of cakes made by …and the dish ran away with the spoon in Didsbury. They were amazing, although neither of us managed to taste any on the actual day.

Your Photographer…. We chose Foley photography to do our photography. As soon as we both saw their website and their documentary style of photography we knew we wanted to meet them. They were brilliant when we met and their philosophy about capturing the real moments of the day really matched ours. Sadly Manchester hasn’t got many talented photojournalists so we booked them on the spot and I can tell you: Amedea and Scott did such a fab job and every little detail of their service was amazing.

The Details + Decor…. The hotels are so beautiful with loads of little quirky and whimsical details that we really felt we didn’t need to do much. The weather was great on the day and so everyone stayed in the garden. With all the lovely flowers out there we didn’t need to do much. We had just a few strands of bunting and vases dotted around with flowers. We also had a Mr & Mrs Hodge sign made by a friend which was great.

The Honeymoon…. We spent a few days in a spa hotel in Wetherby but we plan to have a ‘proper’ honeymoon in 2013.

Memorable moments… I think everyone remembers Matt’s response to the line ‘all that I have I give to you’ being ‘nothing…I have nothing’ which was met with a lot of laughter. I loved every bit of it though, I know it sounds cheesy but it’s true, the entire day was brilliant and so much fun which is exactly what we wanted.

Advice for other couples… I would say have your day exactly how you want it. We didn’t necessarily follow the traditional format as traditional formal style weddings aren’t really us. Instead we did exactly what we wanted and I know that’s why we enjoyed it so much.

Credit where credit is due…

Wedding Dress – http://www.agapebridalboutique.com/
Flowers – http://www.didsburyflowerlounge.co.uk/
Cakes – http://www.dishandspoonfood.co.uk/
Bridesmaid dress – http://www.julieellmore.co.uk/
Groom’s tie and pocket square – http://www.richardsmithbespoke.co.uk/
Eleven Didsbury park – http://www.eclectichotels.co.uk/eleven-didsbury-park/
Didsbury house – http://www.eclectichotels.co.uk/didsbury-house/

Photography – http://foleyphotography.co.uk/


Oh how lovely :-) thanks so much to Sarah and Matthew for sharing their beautiful wedding with us today XOXO Lou

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