Morning WWWers, I hope you had a great start to the week. Ready to feast your eyes on this fresh and pretty celebration? You are just going to adore it.
Lisa and Christopher tied the knot on the 31st May 2015 at the lovely Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire. They hoped to create a relaxed and rustic day with live music in the evening to entertain their guests.
There were gorgeous peachy blooms, long pale green bridesmaid dresses and cute décor in the barn, which included pastel tassel garlands. Lisa wore a lace Mori Lee gown accessoried with an elegant veil, hairpins and earrings from Supplier Love members Britten. Didn’t she look sensational? Christopher was suited and booted in M&S’ finest teamed with tan shoes and blue tie.
Thanks so much to Lisa Howard for sharing her super beautiful imagery with us today.
THE PROPOSAL | 1st October 2012. Christopher proposed whilst away on a weekend to Rome, Italy. We were site seeing one evening and had wandered up the Spanish Steps enjoying the views in a nice quiet spot near a fountain when he got down on one knee and popped the question.
THE VISION | Relaxed and rustic. We loved the idea of being married in a barn, somewhere our guests could relax and have a good time. We envisioned a live band for the evening entertaining our guests too, to help everyone let their hair down!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We chose our venue first, secured our date and then prioritised what was important to us and booked these things first, such as the band and photographer. I then chose my dress and everything else all came together after that.
THE VENUE | Sandhole Oak Barn, Congleton, Cheshire. We fell in love with the venue from our first visit, a beautiful barn with picturesque surroundings; the perfect mix of what we wanted. The barn has cottages on site too, which was perfect for our friends and family to stay in. We were also able to decorate the barn just how we wanted it, which was really important to us.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was a Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner, in an all over Alencon ivory lace with a beaded satin sash from a local bridal boutique called Always & Forever. My accessories were three freshwater pearl spray hairpins; a full length single tier cut edge veil and pearl and crystal drop earrings all from a gorgeous online shop called Britten, where everything is handmade and beautifully packaged when arrived. My shoes were from Debenhams, and my bracelet was white gold with diamonds, which was a gift from Christopher on the morning of our wedding.
FINDING THE DRESS | I found it quite stressful wedding dress shopping! I had a vision of what I wanted, but made sure I tried all different styles on to see what suited me. When I found my dress I didn’t know if it was ‘the one’ as I didn’t have that ‘moment’, I wasn’t sure if I wanted something more decorative but after trying few more dresses I realised it was my perfect dress. It fitted my vision perfectly on the day.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Christopher wore a royal blue three piece suit from good old M&S, with a white shirt, brown shoes. His duck egg blue tie was bought from an online shop called Mrs Bowtie. His best man and Dad wore matching suits and attire.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked down the aisle to ‘Pachelbel Canon in D’ as I’d always imagined myself walking into a piece of classical music, and we walked out to Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Everywhere’ one of our favourite songs. Signing the register we had two songs, ‘Grow Old With Me’ by Tom Odell and ‘How Long Will I Love You’ by Ellie Goulding.
Our first dance was ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green which is one of our first favourite songs together. In the evening we had a band called Groovy Revolution who were fabulous and had everyone up dancing and singing at some point.
Our reading was ‘I’ll Be There For You’ by Louise Cuddon, read by my bridesmaid and Sister Sarah. Being a Teacher she did a perfect job!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We had two bridesmaids; my big sister Sarah and my twin sister Ruth. Their dresses were from Debenhams which were amazing and fitted really well with both the colour scheme and my dress, with the waist details and lace. They looked just as I had envisioned.
THE FLOWERS |The flowers were definitely an important part of the day; I knew I wanted peonies, peach and coral colours. Amanda a local florist from the Bouquet Residence managed to capture what we wanted. The bouquets looked stunning and just what I wanted.
THE CAKE | The cake was beautiful with three tiers and frosting, lovingly made by our talented friends Ben and Lindsey, who married last year. It was just what we wanted and can’t thank them enough for contributing to our special day.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Lisa Howard Photography (no relation!) Lisa was amazing and made us feel so relaxed. As well as the planned group photos, Lisa took some great action shots throughout the day, which was why we chose her. When we looked at our photos we hadn’t even realised she was around to take some of them, which shows how professional she was.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | As the barn was already so beautiful, it didn’t really need any dressing up, however we added a few extras to put our own stamp on it. We had fairy lights wrapped around the wooden beams on the ceiling along with paper lanterns to match our colour scheme. We had plenty of candles on the tables in gold sparkly votives that we made ourselves. Our wedding favours were bars of posh scented soap, which smelled incredible!
HONEYMOON | We travelled to Las Vegas to carry on the celebrations before moving on to Riviera Maya, Mexico for some relaxing and finally onto New York for sightseeing and shopping.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | All of it! If we had to pick one, we would say being introduced into the room for the first time as husband and wife to a standing ovation from our nearest and dearest.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Enjoy it! It genuinely was the best day of our lives. Christopher was anxious about his speech but his advice would be not to worry about it. Everyone there is family or friends and wants you to do well; even if you mess it up, nobody would criticise you! Also, enjoy the planning; it’s something that you only plan to do once, so have fun with it, especially if you are making things yourself. We would advise trying to get everything sorted with a week to spare so you can be relaxed and refreshed in time for the big day.
Also, string it out for as long as you can to make the most of it! We spent the evening before our wedding day with some of our close friends and family for a nice meal and a few drinks. This made a great start to our wedding weekend and gave the opportunity for different groups of friends and family to get to know each other before the big day.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Lisa Howard
Venue | Sandhole Oak Barn
Band | Groovy Revolution
Flowers | The Bouquet Residence
Caterer | Top Table
Dress | Always & Forever
Hair and Make Up | Beauty Box
Accessories | Britten
Ties & pocket handkerchiefs | Mrs Bow Tie
Just so lovely.
Many thanks to Lisa and Christopher for sharing their super happy nuptials with us xo Lou