It’s just marvellous to be headed to WWW faves and Supplier Love members The Wellbeing Farm in Lancashire this fine Wednesday, for the relaxed and fun wedding of Zoe and Dale who were hitched on the 2nd June 2018. The venue was just perfect for their family friendly vision, with it’s rustic setting, beautiful barns and scrumptious cuisine, not to mention the stunning rolling countryside surroundings. The barn itself looked stunning with it’s draped ceiling, fairy lights and all of the gorgeous pink décor added by our couple. Giant helium balloons, abundant florals and Disney inspired centrepieces all feature. It was all ever so dreamy and what a magical spot to say I do.
Having a young daughter, it was really important to Zoe and Dale that she was fully included in their day. In fact, all of their family were included and thought about, which is an ethos I just love. There were fun and games aplenty, with Llamas entertaining the guests too. Be sure to check out the gorgeous outfits, the glorious alternative to a wedding cake and all of the little touches.
Huge thanks goes to Anna Wood Photography for sharing these utterly perfect captures with us. So romantic!
We got engaged on my birthday (21st May 2015) at Armathwaite Hall in the lakes where we had gone for a babymoon before the arrival of our daughter in the September.
Dale proposed by getting my favourite Disney character in a soft Toy (Stich) embroidered with ‘Will you marry me?’ and had it delivered to the room where we were saying as an extra birthday present. After the shock at reading the words and looking round to see him on bended knee I said yes.
To have fun and share our magical day with our friends and family by:
- Creating a relaxed and informal party style atmosphere
- Doing what is important to us rather than what was expected
- Being natural, not staged
- Incorporating all the family
The Planning Process
We are both very organised (driven by our jobs) and wanted to get the details sorted early. I’m more vision and big picture kind of person, while Dale likes the detail and needed more visualisation. So I did most of the conceptual work and Dale kept me on track with the timeline.
We wanted the planning to be fun, relaxed, and simple and completed in good time so we can enjoy the build up to our big day. We asked our suppliers to be honest, open and helpful in shaping our ideas for the day – if they couldn’t do it, thought of a better idea/way of doing something then we encourage them to share their advice and guidance. Throughout our planning process a key consideration was our daughter. By the time of the wedding our daughter (Grace) would be 2 and a half and we wanted it to be a family day with the focus on the three of us rather than just the bride and groom.
We didn’t really have a budget we just got pick and mix pricing options for the majority of suppliers and then worked up from there based on what we wanted and what was value for money.
The Wellbeing Farm. We choose this venue as it offered the laid back sharing style breakfast we were after while still having amazing tasting food and loads of things to do for the children.
Dale chose his own suits for him and groomsmen from Slaters.
Your Outfits & Accessories
I wanted to go for a more glamorous 1930’s style look but also be in keeping with my bridesmaid dresses and still have a fairy-tale feel about the dress. By having the over skirt and veil it allowed me to have a number of looks throughout the day which was great.
- Knutsford Wedding Gallery: Brides Dress, Diamanté Edged Veil, Tulle Over Skirt, Belt
- Debenhams : Hair Comb
- Swarovski: Bracelet
- Beccibooscustomshoes – Etsy: Shoes
The Readings & Music
We had a string quartet for our wedding music as I wanted to walk down the aisle to ‘when you wish upon a star’.
I asked my fried Sarah B and Dale’s sister to do our readings.
- Entrance & Exit Music: String quartet
- Reading 1 : Sarah Beetson :- The bride across forever, Richard Bach
- Reading 2: Sarah Osborne: The One, Author Unknown
I had been growing my hair for the wedding and hadn’t worn it up in a long time so was a little unsure of what I wanted. I have rosacea and oily skin so was keen for my make to cover that and also stay on while having a natural look. I had a number of hair trials with Sarah prior to the day to refine what I wanted. She was really helpful and her chilled out nature was great for me. My everyday hair dresser doesn’t do up hair so I couldn’t use her for my wedding but she did my colour and also sourced some great hair extensions I used to bulk out my hair – I don’t think anyone could tell they were not mine they matched so well
- Hair and make-up on the day: Sarah Morten
- Pre wedding hair colour: Shelly Randels
- Nails: Fantastic Nails and Beauty
I wanted to give my bridesmaids a choice of styles of dresses in order to allow them options regarding shape, fit and colour. The Motte Maid’s dresses were perfect for that.
- Bijou Brides/ Motte Maids : Adult Dresses
- Necklaces: Beaverbrook’s
- Roco Clothing: Child’s dresses
- Bridesmaids Hair: Sharon Crawford, Sarah Morton
- Make Up: Sarah Morton & Chloe Evans MUA
We choose Anna as her style of photography fitted really nicely into our vision for the wedding. Really laid back, lots of natural photos and with having children, Anna was really great at getting our daughter to play ball on the photos.
I took a mood board of things I like and colours to the flower farm ladies, ate some cake and had a lovely chat and they then worked their magic interpreting my vision.
My dad made the copper archway that was used at the wedding and dressed in flowers by the flower farm.
I asked Love Rosie to do my centre pieces as I wanted to incorporate a little bit of suitable Disney into the wedding. Each centre piece while in keeping with the theme of the wedding had its own little Disney surprise from my favourite films.
The Details & Décor
I wanted to have a consistent theme from beginning to end which started with our invites. I picked a let love grow idea to bring a lot of the décor/stationery etc. together.
- Save the Dates: Seed Packets of forget me knots
- Invites: Bulbs of Peonies (Wedding Flower) and Grace Tulips (Named after our little girl)
- Favours: Mini Watering Cans with a plant in
- Table stationery all matched the same theme and we added extra favours of charity pin badges for Alzheimer’s society as my grandparents are currently suffering from dementia.
- You will also note bees on all our stationery. We live in Manchester and unfortunately my auntie was very seriously injured during the Manchester bombing and we wanted to use the bee as a positive reminder of our families strength, determination and courage through what was a difficult time.
- Love Rosie – Balloons, table centres, post box, banister covering, table linen.
- Other flowers – The Flower Farm
- Wedding stationery: Lain Carter (Bridesmaid)
We took our daughter on our first family holiday to Portugal, which was amazing and great for kids while still catering for foodie adults.
We are also planning a 2nd honeymoon to Madrid for myself and Dale later in the year.
Both myself and Dale love pies… I hadn’t eaten one for 6 month prior to the wedding so it was a must! Pork pie and cheese cake by The Wellbeing Farm.
My daughter stole the show and spent most of the actual wedding inside the skirt of my dress and asking the register what was going on.
The Llamas where also amazing and loved by the guests.
The most memorable moment for me were the speeches, which were given by my dad and my now husband. Both hate public speaking and were in fact petrified but both were amazing. My dad delivering an emotional tribute to my nanna who sadly could be with us but was a huge influence in my upbringing and Dale’s speech which was amazing given 12 months before he would wake up having nightmares about presenting in front of work colleges.
Advice for Other Couples
Get on the planning early, your initial vision will change as you get closer to your wedding as you refine your ideas and work with your budget.
Only you know what is meant to happen on the day so don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy yourselves.
Do want you want.. if you don’t want formal pictures don’t have them, if you don’t want to spend all day meeting and greeting get up and walk around over dinner or don’t invite loads of evening guests.
Control the controllable.
Decide what you are not willing to compromise on and work from there.
Ask for help if and when you need it.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Anna Wood Photography
The Flower Farm
Bijou Bridal Boutique
Thanks so much to Zoe and Dale for sharing their splendid and super happy celebrations with us xo Lou