Jasmine and Curtis tied the knot in a church ceremony followed by a gorgeous reception at Heaton House Farm in Cheshire on 2nd September 2017. Their wedding was a beautiful day full of happiness and magic, colour and a real sense of the bringing the outdoors in. You’re going to love it all, from the vivid florals to the splendid naked cake. I’m a huge fan of the orders of service too!
Jasmine didn’t think she wanted a princess dress but she fell in love once she tried it on and I think you’ll agree, she looks simply stunning. Don’t you think our pair’s children look absolutely darling in their outfits too?
Jasmine and Curtis’ photographer got some absolutely incredible shots of their day. Steven Rooney captured all the beauty but has also provided us with some really fun shots, make sure you check them all out. It looks like a lot of fun was had with the space hoppers!
We had driven home from Wrexham on Christmas eve, something we do every Christmas eve, as we go and spend time with Curtis’ family. It was late when we got in and I wanted our little girl Betsie to get straight in bed as she was only 2 years old. However Curt insisted on her giving Mummy something to hang on the Christmas tree. She tottered over shaking something in her hands, saying “snow mummy snow”, as she got closer I could hear something rattling inside this bauble and when she gave it me I knew straight away what it was…The most beautiful hand designed ring. Instantly I said yes and then couldn’t sleep properly the whole night, due to excitement about telling everyone!
We originally wanted a very low key small wedding in Ibiza. We wanted to hire a villa and have around 50 guests for the weekend but have 20 guests made up of family and friends out for a week…Well this idea just got a little out of hand and therefore it switched up. Also during this time, I found my dress…it was not a beach dress! Ha We briefly looked at French Chateaux, but it just wasn’t coming together. I had never been a majorly wedding girl before I started this journey and so trying to plan a wedding abroad was becoming harder than I first thought it would be.
After chatting through everything with our parents, it became clear that the best idea would be to have the wedding here, at a venue we could stay at that was fairly local, but would hold a large amount of people, and to switch the small wedding to a giant wedding!
The Readings & Music
We chose hymns that made us happy, that had been a part of our lives. We also had a the Rhos Choir singing whilst guests were arriving and we signed the register.
We had Jerusalem, Calon lan (a welsh hymn) and the readings were done, by two of our best friends. The first reading by Ally Hill – Your walled garden and the second by William Jackson – Corinthians 13: 4-8. Two simple readings that were perfect for us as a couple.
For our entrance into the wedding breakfast we chose, Unforgettable by French Montana, as at that time it was a brilliant song and was perfect for the day.
Our first dance was always going to be My Destiny – Lionel Richie, but sung by a very close friend of the family who is a Lionel singer. Malcom Pitt. He nailed it and it was just perfect.
The Planning Process
We didn’t really look at too many venues as I had a friend working at Heaton House Farm, and I knew it would be the perfect location. The church was simple, St Peters in Prestbury has a special place in our heart. A place where our children have been christened and other family weddings had been. Everything came together fairly last minute, after having two and half years to plan it all, I think I ended up having to do it all in about 8 months!
Once the venue was confirmed, I knew I just wanted it covered in flowers and greenery. Hanging pieces, old ladders, lanterns, candles a plenty. That magical whimsical feeling. I’d searched different colour schemes for a while, but we just went for it with the help of the florist. Colours, textures, different lengths. There was a hint of rose gold, with the crockery and rimmed glasses, personal touches hung everywhere, from pictures to things I had spent hours making.
The bridesmaids dresses had been bought months and months before and thankfully I still loved them the month before the wedding, however, we did have a little panic and have to buy a second dress (which in hindsight wasn’t necessary in the end)
My dress was bought before I was even pregnant with our little boy, I planned this, because I knew I didn’t want to have to look for a dress when I was pregnant, or just after as you hold onto so much weight, I didn’t think I’d feel comfortable in a wedding dress. I’d been to about five or six shops before I found the one, nothing was jumping out at me. They were lovely but just not hitting it quite right. The last shop I tried was just down the road from me. I had put on about eight dresses in the shop, didn’t like any of them, and as we were walking out, Mum said to me “ Ohh what about that one?” On the hanger I wasn’t sure at all, but at this point I just thought “What the heck, give it a go”. Well as soon as I put it on, I knew!!! I instantly wanted to walk down the road and dance around like a princess. I just Loved it! It had my name all over it. So all I had to do was make sure I fitted back in it a year later! Ha!
We didn’t majorly have a budget in mind. Our parents were both very generous throughout the whole process and thanks to them we had the best day ever, one we’ll never forget.
Heaton House Farm, A beautiful venue up in the hills of Macclesfield. Only about 30 minutes away from the Church.
Your Outfits & Accessories
The Groom’s suit was from Hugo Boss. A slightly different colour blue, a little deeper and richer to make him stand out. He also wore a Bowtie, with similar flower detail. This was just bought online (can’t remember the shop) He also wore his wedding gift – The pocket watch. Something I knew he’d love.
My dress was from Atelier in Alderley Edge, by the designer Monique Lhuillier and my shoes were the most comfortable things ever from The Rainbow club.
Page boy and flower girl – Betsie’s dress was from a little shop in Buxton called GracieBleu Bridal. I’d spotted it at the venue on an open evening and after trawling the shops, instantly knew that was the dress for her. She managed to match her sash to the bridesmaids’ dresses, so it worked brilliantly. I also bought Betsie’s shoes from The Rainbow club, because again they were just so comfortable. Bodie’s little suit was from Roco clothing, I think we got the whole five piece suit, including a bowtie to match Daddy for about £50 which was just perfect. His shoes were from Ninos boutique on Instagram.
The bridesmaids dresses were from Asos and a really simple flattering style for all four of them in a soft baby blue, which matched the groomsmen ties.
We hired the groomsmen suits from Amelias in Clitheroe. I had first thought about Whitfield and Ward in Wilmslow, however we had left it so late that they had run out of stock. Thankfully they suggested Amelias, which had the same suit make in and stock! We wanted a clean crisp suit that went with the bridesmaids dresses. A subtle hint of flowers was added using a soft blue tie and smart shiny black shoes to keep it classy.
Again, another friend! Someone who bakes as a hobby, but is absolutely insane at it! She’s called E.T cakes and is based in Woodsmoor, Stockport. She’s baked many cakes for me through the years and I knew I wouldn’t be asking anyone else to do our wedding cake! I found an image from a previous bake off winner, who had done the most amazing wedding cake. I basically asked Emma to tweak it up a little but to stick with the same style as I loved it. So a naked cake, but covered in strawberries, raspberries, white chocolate hearts, flowers, greenery, on top of a big wooden log! It was amazing and also tasted incredible as always.
A friend of a friend owned a flower company and so it seemed silly to go elsewhere when she was so close and knew her stuff. The company is called Precious things and they are based in Poynton, so meeting up to chat through stuff was really easy. Jacks was so great at helping me choose things that would work with the ideas I had, and her barn (or should I call it Aladdin’s cave) was just incredible and had everything I needed and more! What she had finally produced on the day, was way beyond my ideas and dreams!
My hairdressers came to our house the morning of the wedding to do everyones hair. We were going for simple curls with flowers inserted in a plait of some sort. I was very relaxed about how the girls wanted it. I had bought Bets and myself matching head pieces, I wore mine round the back over two plaits and Bets on the front.
Our make up was done by a friend who works for herself. Very natural soft make up, with a hint of a smokey eye. I actually couldn’t have been happier with how amazing everyone looked.
The boys, got themselves sorted. I think Curtis may have popped to Pascha in Alderley Edge a couple of days beforehand to have a beard shape etc, but other than that they’re a pretty smart bunch!
So this was always going to be a hard one for me as I love photography and therefore study things way too much. But you want your wedding photos to be the best out of any don’t you so…I looked through many many websites, contacted lots of people and with us doing things fairly last minute, kinda missed out on some I had my eye on. However I always say things happen for a reason, and thankfully a very kind couple put me in touch with Steven Rooney. Well instantly I loved his style. Quirky and fun, yet stylish, cool and sophisticated when needs be. He would also supply me with a second photographer which was a big deal for me. It helps get those super candid moments.
We used James Wray Films as I really liked how different every video was that he produced. Clever angles, shots and features made them really tailored to your day and that for me was a big thing. I don’t think it’s very personal when every wedding video you see starts with a similar shot. He also provided a second filmmaker and therefore the shots and footage they got was just amazing.
The Details & Décor
I think I’ve covered lots of the details and decor.
But just think, an indoor/outdoor wedding. Stunning flowers, jam jars, lanterns, sweets, a touch of elegance but keeping things flowing and free with hanging pieces and trailing greenery. Nothing was too structured, things were kept fun.
We didn’t do a honeymoon as such, as we didn’t want to leave the kiddies for too long and our little girl started reception 2 days after the wedding. So a few quiet days in Tenerife were enough and a special treat to Disneyland Paris were enough.
Gosh there’s so so many from the whole day. I can’t say I’ll forget anything. But certain ones that stood out:
The doors of the church opening and seeing everyone stare at me and dad.
Laughing about Curtis getting the ring on my finger, looking at him and feeling just a little less nervous.
The speeches, each and everyone will stay in my memory forever. The way they made me feel, the tears that pricked at the back of my eyes, the laughter they brought to the room.
Dancing until I couldn’t move any longer!
Advice For Other Couples
Enjoy every moment. When people say to you the day goes fast, believe them! It’s weird how fast it goes. Do what you want to do. It’s your day, make it that!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Heaton House Farm
Vanilla in Allseasons
Jasmine and Curtis, what a marvellous day you had. Thank you for sharing the colour and love with us. Rachel x