Maeve and Geoff’s sunshine filled wedding is the perfect antidote to this cold and dreary October Monday.
Maeve chose white flowers and simple elegant décor making the final effect very clean and fresh. Perfect for her beautiful venues – the magical Ness Botanic Gardens and the spectacular Sheldrake Restaurant.
The images, full of light and laughter, come from Rivington Photography.
An Outdoor Ceremony
Maeve the Bride:Our ceremony was held at Ness Botanic Gardens as apart from being stunningly beautiful it’s one of the few places on the Wirral that holds ceremonies outside (weather permitting of course!) and our reception was held at Sheldrakes, a lovely little beach side restaurant with beautiful views.
We decided on both venues quite late into planning as we made some pretty drastic changes to our day. We’d initially planned to have a marquee wedding, but soon realised that it just wasn’t the wedding we’d envisaged. The venues we picked were absolutely perfect for us.
Natural And Soft Make Up
I can be a bit of a fussy thing when it comes to hair and make up, but enlisting the help of professionals on the day was without a doubt a great decision. I wanted something very natural and soft and was so happy that Hollie my makeup artist ‘got me’! She was totally wonderful!
I’m not normally a ‘lippy’ girl, but the lip colour Hollie used (MAC Ample Pink) finished the look off perfectly. My hair…….well, it wasn’t until a week (yes, a week!) before the wedding that I actually decided to find some help! Samantha from Majestic saved me and I was absolutely delighted with what she did!
The Most Romantic Little Place
I found my dress Blue by Enzoani, Champagne, in the beautiful Bellissima Brides in Brimstage. The boutique alone is the most romantic little place!! My very heavily pregnant friend and I went to ‘just go and have a nose’ and the next thing I knew I was parading around the shop saying ‘I feel like a real woman!’ – it was safe the say it was ‘The One’. The style I thought I’d go for just didn’t suit me and as soon as I saw all of that beautiful lace, I was sold!
My Most Treasured Possession
I was a little torn on whether to go for a veil, but after some deliberation (and some Aunty Viv advice!) I decided it would be a real shame not to being a Bride and all! I wore a beautiful hair slide, a gift from lovely friend Hannah and a pair of vintage earrings. I found a perfect little pair of silver glittery shoes from Aldo called ‘Corrinne’ and I borrowed my Aunty’s silver bracelet (extra special as it was my Mum’s).
But the most important piece – my Mum’s wedding ring. Simon from Fraser Bell Jewellers did the most fantastic job on slightly redesigning it to fit with my engagement ring. It’s my most treasured possession.
One of the most important things to both of us was that we didn’t feel pressured to follow ‘the rules’. Our wedding party was everyone!! Geoff has a ridiculously large group of friends and I have a small group of my best girls! I had my four ‘honorary’ bridesmaids who all wore whatever they wanted (I didn’t fancy my chances telling four very different, fully grown women what to wear…) and our nieces and nephews were our fabulous flower girls and page boys. Geoff, his two best men and our Dad’s wore grey suits and green ties (Geoff’s favourite colour!)
A White Obsession
I didn’t have a ‘theme’ as such. I have a rather worrying obsession with white so there was never any doubt that there’d be a lot of it. I love the fresh, clean, classic elegance you get from it and although I was often tempted to go for something totally different, I stuck to my what I know I love – and I’m glad I did. I seemed to be drawn to polka dots when I was planning, so they popped up every so often. Ness Gardens is a natural beauty so there was no need for anything decorative!
Jars, Jars, Jars
When Geoff proposed in 2011 (which by the way was the biggest shock of my LIFE!!) I started collecting glass jars. There were absolutely no wedding plans in place, but one thing I knew was that I wanted jars – and lots of them! I used them as little vases on our tables with white hydrangea and white dahlia and tea light holders scattered between.
Our amazing florist Julie knew exactly the look I was going for and created the most beautiful bridal bouquet for me made up of heaps of my favourite flowers – big white peonies! I really wanted an oversized bouquet and she nailed it!! The ‘bridesmaids’ and flower girls had a peony wrist corsage each.
The Happiest I’ve Ever Felt
The entire ceremony was just amazing! It was the happiest I’ve ever felt in my entire life and if you could bottle that feeling, I’d be hooked! Apart from actually saying ‘I do’, my favourite part of the ceremony has to be the surprise I’d organized for Geoff. My amazing friend Chrissie (who has the voice of an angel) sang one of our favourite songs ‘There’s A Place’ by The Beatles accompanied by a violinist as I walked down the aisle (or over the bridge!).
It was so lovely and personal. Our flower girls and page boys were stood around us as we said our own vows, which made the whole thing so natural and relaxed. Hannah one of my bridesmaids did a beautiful reading for us – an excerpt from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Berniers – ‘Love is a Temporary Madness’
“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love”, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.”
Playlists For The Whole Day
Geoff has a brain like a jukebox, he’s a massive music fan (as am I!) so he meticulously sifted through his collection and made playlists for every part of the day. They worked an absolute treat! We’re both big Elvis fans so decided on “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’ as our first dance which our fantastic duo Afrika Fuentes and drummer did a brilliant cover of – definitely got the party started!
Something For Everyone
Food and drink were important! Our tables were long and because of that, we wanted the food to reflect that ‘sit back and enjoy yourself’ feel. We had sharing platters of antipasti and dips to start, spring lamb and fresh veg followed by a trio of seasonal deserts – something for everyone we hoped!
I made all of our favours myself – the girls each had a Seed Packet of forget-me-nots with ‘Let The Love Grow’ stamped on the front and the boys each had a little bottle of ‘Love Potion’ aka, a shot of Grey Goose!! I made colouring books for the kids and made sure they had crayons and pencils to keep them occupied!
Our amazing cakes were by the truly talented and very lovely Vicky – my friend (and bridesmaid!) who owns a cake decorating business. I really wanted something different and decided that three different size and shaped little cakes would be a great idea!
Embracing The DIY
The best part of the entire planning process was applying a bit of DIY! I loved making everything. I designed our invitations and printed them myself and as a result I’ve just started my own little print design company called Too Wordy (website coming very soon!).
I also found a fab site called Wedding In A Teacup that supplies lots of gorgeous bits and pieces to create your own look. I used luggage tags as a vintage stamp set as place names. Our cake table was also very important to me as I had framed pictures of both mine and Geoff’s parents cutting their cake at their weddings.
Savour Every Moment
Our day was beautiful and we’re both so thankful. Perfect? Well nothing’s perfect is it? I had a huge part of me missing on my day – my Mum. I lost her to cancer 4 years ago and in all honesty there were some pretty tough times during the planning process – I just wanted my Mum there. But, I know she was there on our day – the sun was shining, it was the happiest day of my life and I know she’d be so proud to have Geoff as her new son.
My best advice is to enjoy every minute – planning & the day! I know it’s a common one – but there’s good reason for that! It’s about you and your partner, it’s the joining of families and sharing your happiness with your friends, so lap it up and savor every moment.
Our photographer, well what can I say?! Hollie was an absolute delight! So relaxed, such beautiful style and we’re so happy she captured our day for us. Each and every one of our suppliers went above and beyond to make our day so special and we can’t thank them enough!
Bride’s Gown – Champagne, Blue By Enzoani at Bellissima Brides
Bride’s Shoes – ALDO
Make-Up – Hollie Sadler
Hair – Samantha Gannon at Majestic Hair Boutique
Suits – Cain of Heswall
Groom’s Shoes – Dune
Flower Girls – Pippa & Julie Dresses stocked at TK MAXX
Page Boys – Next
Ring – Simon Hughes at Fraser Bell
Invitation Printers – MOO
Table Supplies – Wedding In A Teacup
Florist – Julie Roberts at Stamens Flowers
Cakes – Vicky Sargent at Lemoncake Studio
Gifts for Bridesmaids – Jungwha on Etsy
Singer – Afrika Fuentes
Ceremony Venue – Ness Botanic Gardens
Reception Venue – Sheldrakes
Photographer – Hollie Rivington-Edwards at Rivington Photography
I love an outdoor ceremony – I’m so pleased Maeve and Geoff had such beautiful weather.
Aren’t the cakes gorgeous too? Really different and perfect for the relaxed feel to the day.
Have a nice Monday everyone,
Lots of love,