Marilyn & Jenni married at the stunning Recommended Venue, Bowcliffe Hall in West Yorkshire, a classic Grade II listed Georgian wedding venue that doesn’t need an introduction. The couple married in October and used the autumnal season as the styling inspiration behind their day. The autumnal colour palette and blooms by Recommended Supplier, The Little Flower Hut, naturally complemented the traditional country house wedding venue. Marilyn & Jenni’s wedding was also about symbolising the brides’ two cultures coming together. Ghanian traditions were included in the day including Marilyn’s waistcoat, which was made from Kente Cloth. The heartwarming day was captured by Recommended Supplier, Hannah Brooke Photography. Without further ado, let’s show you this day…

Bowcliffe Hall wedding with Ghanian traditions including Kente Cloth

We loved every part of the day! Especially seeing all our friends and family together celebrating us. Two stand-out moments were the first look, which gave us a chance to see each other and calm our nerves before the ceremony. Singing and dancing along with the live band in the evening with our friends was another moment. There were even some roly-polies happening!

Marilyn & Jenni

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Marilyn & Jenni’s vibe was autumnal, utilising in-season flowers and colours throughout the day at  Bowcliffe Hall. The couple chose the country house because of the amazing rooms and designs throughout. The brides could relax knowing they wouldn’t have to worry about extra decor for the venue and let its traditional yet modern elements speak for themselves. For the ceremony, Marilyn & Jenni used the traditional hall and for the evening, they moved to the Blackburn Wing. The show stealer was the flowers! All the guests commented on how beautiful the flowers were! The florist used autumnal flowers that also tied in with the flowers in Bowcliffe Hall’s gardens.

Ghanian Traditions

Music was something Marilyn & Jenni wanted to feature heavily in their day. The brides had live music at every part of the day (ceremony, drinks reception and evening)! As well as reflecting things they love, Marilyn & Jenni’s marriage is about two cultures coming together. Marilyn's waistcoat was created out of Kente Cloth, which is a traditional Ghanaian cloth. For the wedding cake, flowers were made out of the Kente Cloth to add as decoration. Plantain chips were given out to guests in the evening too. Marilyn & Jenni had DIY elements too, Jenni's dad made a card box and Marilyn's sister got to work on the calligraphy and save-the-dates.

As we always say, there aren’t any rules when it comes to planning your wedding day, it’s your day, your way

Stick with your gut feeling on how you want the day to be. Decide whether you want suppliers to be hands-on or off (we wanted suppliers to be more hands-on as they are the experts). Our budget spreadsheet helped to keep us on track with suppliers. Don't feel pressured to do everything trending on social media!

Marilyn & Jenni

Including aspects of their culture and heritage as well as DIY projects were just some of the ways Marilyn & Jenni made their wedding feel personal and unique to them. Another way you can do this is with wedding readings and music throughout the day. Music was such an important thing for the brides and they had their first dance to For My Hand by Burna Boy ft. Ed Sheeran. For the reading at their ceremony, the couple had The Art of Marriage by Wilfred A Peterson.

Leah Blundell

Written by Leah Blundell

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Venue: Bowcliffe Hall | Photography: Hannah Brooke Photography | Florist: The Little Flower Hut | Cake: Hannah’s Kitchen | DJ/Band: Warning Tones | Stationery: With Love from X | Saxophone: Official Emily on Sax | Pianist: White Notes Music | Makeup & Hair: CMLH | Suit: Hemingway Tailors | Wedding Dress: Angel Brides | Wedding Favours: Where The Ribbon Ends

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