This morning we have truly the prettiest sperry tent wedding to share with you. Helen and Ed were married on the 24th August 2019 at Dorfold Hall in Cheshire. Their wedding was a day filled with sunshine, love and gorgeous flowers everywhere. You are going to just adore the line of flowers on the top table, they looked amazing!
Helen looked utterly beautiful in her chosen gown, a skirt and top combo by Charlie Brear, which she teamed with a delicate veil and Jimmy Choos! Ed meanwhile opted for a bespoke suit with floral tie and pocket square. What a stylish pair!
I must also mention how romantic and enchanting the sperry tent looked come evening lit with fairy lights, not forgetting the gorgeous floral and copper cake, which sounded delicious!
Ed and I had booked a trip away to Ivalo to stay in the glass igloos for a joint 30th birthday celebration. We’d spent New Year in Helsinki before flying over to Ivalo for a few days. Our first day there, we spent it tobogganing and doing a snow mobile safari at night, chasing the Northern Lights. After we got back to our igloo, Ed surprised me by getting down on one knee with a stunning yellow diamond engagement ring from my favourite jeweller, Phillip Jennings. I said yes of course!
As soon as we started thinking about what we wanted from our wedding, we knew we wanted it to be full of colour, bright and vibrant with a relaxed atmosphere. We both thought about things we enjoyed most from other weddings and food and music were high priorities for us to ensure everyone had an amazing and memorable time.
The Planning Process
Most of the planning was completed relatively quickly – Ed was happy for me to do most of the planning and run ideas by him like the music choices; his favourite part had to be the food tasting! My mum and dad were instrumental in helping me plan everything; it’s really good to have different people who know you well to bounce ideas off and think about how friends and family would respond.
I have a large family and wanted everyone to celebrate our wedding with us which was an important factor as we considered wedding venues. Within 2 weeks of becoming engaged, we had already decided upon Dorfold Hall as our wedding venue. The moment we saw it, we knew it was the perfect place to host our wedding; the hall is exquisite with a rich history and culture behind it whilst the grounds provide a magical backdrop to the sperry tent.
The caterers we chose were Catherine Skates Catering and the food we had was exceptional! We still get comments on the food from our wedding as it truly was of the highest standard! Escapade Bar was wonderful, and never allowed our glasses to run dry, even recreating our favourite cocktails as welcome drinks for our guests.
Our cake was from Cheshire Wedding Cakes, with lemon, sticky toffee and raspberry and white chocolate flavours. The top tier was a metallic copper and the bottom tier was hand painted flowers to match our wedding invitations. It tasted incredible and there was none left the next day!
Our stunning flowers were created by Robie and Gus at Robie Flowers. The only direction I gave them was to be as colourful as possible with lots of loose, natural shapes. The flowers were a cacophony of colour and were a focal point of our day.
I did my hair and make up myself – often I don’t feel like me when someone else tries to do my make up as I prefer a more natural look. It was great on the day as the morning was so relaxed, getting ready with my bridesmaids and family! We only started getting ready an hour or so before the wedding, and instead enjoyed a relaxed morning in the grounds of Dorfold with a glass of champagne!
Your Outfits & Accessories
My dress was a stunning two piece from Charlie Brear. I wore the Carenne dress in ivory with the Canya skirt on top with an ivory sash from The White Closet in Didsbury. When I went to purchase my dress, I was actually about to purchase a completely different overskirt but for that weekend only, The White Closet had the Canya skirt visiting the shop, and from the moment I saw it, I knew it was ‘the one’ for me. I loved the detailing on the skirt and my mum and auntie were head over heels for the dress as well! My veil was the Poppy Veil from Helen Martin with tiny flowers scattered across it with pearl centres. I wore the Emily 100 heels from Jimmy Choo as my footwear of choice.
I wore the Coco tiara from Halo&Co covered in Swarovski crystal pearls, opals and tiny flowers. My necklace was the Gem Drop Petal pendant from Dinny Hall with blue topaz and tanzanite pendants for my something blue.
The groom’s outfit was a bespoke suit from Papa’s tailoring; Jo was wonderful at helping us choose the right fabric and every imaginable detail possible right down to the date of our wedding on the inside of his jacket. His tie and pocket square were from Hunter and Wells who create stunning ties from Liberty London fabrics.
The Readings & Music
We chose 2 readings for our ceremony: one was Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare and the other was from The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman.
We had the Didsbury String Quartet play for us during our ceremony and drinks reception playing a mixture of Disney and modern chart music. During my entrance, they played ‘Can’t help falling in love’ by Elvis Presley and we left to ‘I’m a believer’ by The Monkees.
In the evening, The Different Lights band played and kept the party going long into the night with the dance floor never empty!
The Details & Décor
We had Vintage Venue Dressers come and dress the venue before our wedding, with copper detailing on both the table decorations and the wedding signs.
We had a magician, called Andrew Green, to entertain our guests in the evening who didn’t fail to amaze and astound everyone – I still don’t know how he made those tricks work!
Tom, from Exclusive Scoop, provided delicious homemade ice cream for everyone which the guests loved, especially as it was scorching hot that day!
One of the hardest parts to find, was actually the photographer! Finding someone who had the exact style we were looking for was really difficult so we were extremely happy to find Hayley Baxter Photography. Her relaxed style and stunning landscape photography were exactly what we wanted. She was there every step of the way and produced incredible pictures that are impossible to choose between.
Our filmmaker was one of the best decisions we made regarding our wedding. Your Story Films were exceptional, capturing every part of our day and allowing us to see moments we’d missed through a wedding video that tells a story.
The bridesmaids dresses were the Ghost Ivy dresses in navy whilst the flower girl dresses were from Tutu Du Monde as the Dazzling Heart Tutu Dress.
The groomsmen’s suits were the Ben Sherman Navy Check Skinny Fit suits, bought to compliment Ed’s suit but allowing Ed to stand out.
We’ve only just booked our honeymoon and head off in February to Bulgaria for a week of skiing in Bankso! We also spent a few days in the Lake District straight after the wedding to enjoy some time alone together after a frantic planning period. It was lovely to relax and enjoy time together hiking.
One of my favourite moments from the wedding is walking down the aisle – most brides would dread their veil coming off but for me, the pictures from that moment are some of my favourites. My flower girl stepped on my veil as I walked down the aisle and my dad held it up behind me as we laughed our way to the front of the aisle. It set the whole tone of the wedding as one full of laughter and smiles! Seeing Ed’s face as he saw me for the first time in my dress was another of my favourite moments as we celebrated with all our family and friends.
Advice For Other Couples
Popular advice is probably to take time out for each other during the day as you really do miss moments when everyone is clamouring for your attention. I’d strongly recommend having a videographer as you can see moments you missed; it can remind you of things you may have forgotten or don’t remember in crisp detail later on. I’d also suggest having some of the canapés follow you around during the photos – you definitely don’t want to miss out on those!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Hayley Baxter Photography
Catherine Skates Catering
Your Story Films
Helen Martin Veils
Engagement Ring & Wedding Band
Helen and Ed, thank you so very much for sharing your super gorgeous wedding with us xo Lou