With no particular colour scheme, a nod to tea party style, a touch of vintage inspired accessories and a quirky yet pretty venue, Holly and Craig’s big day was the perfect mix of eclectic and personal. I love that their daughter Isla was so involved in the whole affair, it truly was a celebration filled to bursting with family, friends and happiness.
There are so many beautiful portraits I had to include a fair few in the gallery, not least to make sure you folks got to have a proper butchers at Holly’s stunning engagement ring and AMAZING lashes. Oh and did I mention the flowers? an absolute rustic rainbow of delight.
Enjoy the JOY you lovely lot you!
Holly The Bride: I knew that I wanted a vintage feel to the dress, but wanted that experience of trying a new dress on that would be mine! I had an overall idea in my head of what I thought the dress might be like, but was purposely openminded when trying dresses on and ended up with a much bigger dress than I ever expected! I wanted pearls for the accessories to complement the vintage-esque softness of the lace in the dress.
The Grooms Attire
After deliberating between hiring a suit or buying one I met Craig from Whitfield and Ward at a wedding fair in Manchester and loved the quality of their suits. Husband-to-be Craig has never been a fan of tails on himself and always said that he wouldn’t want to go down such a traditional route, so the beautifully cut, made-to-measure, fashionable blue suit with a very dapper country chic tweed waistcoat was the perfect choice!
Well round and round in circles we went for a couple of years about where we would get married. Ibiza, anywhere in the North of England, Manchester city centre – they were all in the mix at first, but after some serious thought (interrupted by a year or so while we had our daughter) we decided we had to narrow it down to at least one county and opted for the stunning Lake District as it’s somewhere we both love. Then came the task of shortlisting venues – we needed somewhere to cope with our numbers but that didn’t have the old fashioned fussiness that lots of Lake District hotels have. We got it down to 5, then set off to see them all across 2 days. The Swan was the last of the 5 venues that we saw and it’s fair to say that our minds were made up within seconds of stepping through the door. Turning to each other, me grinning like a Cheshire cat, Craig simply said “So this is where we’re getting married then?!” The decor has the right mix of modern and quirky, with a traditional feel. And the Ballroom where the Ceremony is held is quite simply stunning! For me it perfectly combines the ‘boutique hotel’ feel whilst being big enough for 100 day guests. It’s just beautiful. And homely. And warm. And grand. All at the same time.
To be honest the idea here was not to have a set colour theme, but to have lots of vibrant and soft colours mixed in together. Softer pastel colours with a pop and vibrancy.
The mixture and soft and vibrant colours and the natural textures really came through in the flowers – Kerry encapsulated my ideas here perfectly and when the flowers arrived on the morning of the wedding they by far exceeded my expectations and were absolutely perfect!
The Wedding Party Fashion
I wanted the Bridesmaids dresses to have a vintage feel and the floral tea dresses from Billie & Blossom hit the spot… my Sister and I found them after just one night of trawling through Google Images! The shape of them worked really well on all of the girls too.
Dusky pink dresses for the Flower Girls was what I had in mind all along and the dresses from Next were perfect.
And for the Page Boy and Groomsmen the sharp blue suits and tweed accessories brought in more of the country chic look that we were going for as well, which fitted so well with the venue.
My Cousin had travelled all the way from Australia to be at the wedding so it meant a lot that she was able to read and the poem that Craig’s Sister Erica read we had adapted slightly to ‘we’ll go more a raving’! Although we can’t promise that’s strictly true!
We were set on having a DJ from the outset as we have both loved clubbing in the past (and every now and again these days too), so when we sat down with Dance Floor Couture and realised how much input we would genuinely be allowed we were made up and set about spending many hours raving in our kitchen whilst selecting the tunes that just had to be played!
The food at the Swan is really excellent so it wasn’t hard for us to be assured that whatever dish we chose it would be well received.
The cake of cheese – neither of us are huge dessert fans but we can devour a stack of cheese in no time at all, so it was always the obvious choice for us! The tasting session in order to chose the layers was pretty good too.
Hayley was recommended to us by a friend of a friend over a few drinks at a 1st birthday party and I can not thank her enough. Hayley’s photographs are the most beautiful wedding pictures I’ve ever seen and the soft vintage style of the images is so in-keeping with the look I was trying to achieve for the whole wedding that it wasn’t a difficult decision to make. The whole process with Hayley has been enjoyable and relaxed and the pre-wedding photoshoot really helped us to relax in front of the camera (a particular concern for Craig) ahead of the big day.