floral hairpieces, soft purples and rustic decor for a Lancashire wedding | uk wedding blog

facebook-profile-picture By Phoebe

Morning! Phil and Charlotta Hargreaves met at Manchester University and used this to tie in a little decor to their day, focussing on the colour purple. (Stirling was forest green and silver, yuk!) I love Charlotta’s fresh floral headpiece, and the back of her Mori Lee dress is beautiful. Also really liking the mother of the bride outfit in this wedding. Very elegant but modern.

Photography by Jules Fortune 

0001 0002 0003 The Hair and MakeupManchester Bridal Artists

0004 0005 0006 0007 0008 0009 The BrideMori Lee – My simple lace gown was the first dress I tried and it was perfect. Although I tried other dresses, I knew I’d found the one. I took my shoes off the minute we got to the reception swapping them for a pair of the evening flip flips we have for the guests. No one knew because the dress covered it, and I could dance all night.

Hair accessories – fresh flowers from The Flower Farm.

0010 0011 0012 0013 0014 0015 0016 0017 0018 (1) 0019 0020 00210023 0024 0025 0026 0027 0028 The BridesmaidsMy maids are all different in looks and personality. I was keen to not make them wear identical dresses so looked for slight variations on similar dresses. I spent a great deal of time on the website etsy.com and this is where I eventually found the dresses and had them tailor-made in 3 shades of purple, chosen by the girls.

0029 0030 0031 0032 0033 0034 The VenueSt Saviours chapel, Ribchester, We stumbled on this hidden gem, when we took our dog for a walk in the lovely Lancashire countryside. The minute I saw it, I knew that was where I wanted to marry Phil. The chapel dates back to the 12th century and is used only a couple of times a year as it has no electricity or heating. It was incredible to be able to say our vows in such an old and amazing piece of history.

Reception – Tithe Barn, Borwshome Hall. I found the barn early on in the planning process and once again, I knew we had to have the reception here. It was everything we were looking for and more. And once we met with Rebecca I couldnt have been happier with the chice. She was great.

0035 0036 0037 0038 0039 0040 0041 0042 0043 0044 0045 0046 0047 0048 0049 0050 0051 0052 The DecorAlthough there was no theme to out wedding, we knew we wanted to incorporate the colour purple as it is the colour of Manchester University. which is where we met. We wanted to ensure that the wedding was relaxing and hoped to portray that through the simple homemade decor

Favours were homemade blueberry or blackberry gin made by Phil in taster bottles.

0053 0054 0055 0056 0057 0058 The PhotographerJulie Fortune – Neither Phil nor I wanted to spend too much time away from our guests on the day taking photos. We wanted someone who could capture the day and all the happy memories in a natural way and Julie did this perfectly! She blended so well with the guests and took some incredible shots.

0059 0060 0061 0062 0063 0064 The GroomPhil wore a traditional morning suit from Groom Hire, Manchester. His waistcoat and cravat were matched with out dad’s ties, in a soft silvery paisley print. He looked great!

0065 0066 0067 0068 0069 0070 0071 0072 0073 0074 0075 0076 0077 0078 0079 0080 0081 0082 0083 0084 0085 0086 0087 0088 The FlowersClare Ashcroft, The Flower Farm. Clare grows all her own flowers on her farm in Lancashire. The arrangements were beautiful and had an organic, freshly picked feel to them. The only request I made was roses, my favourite. I left the rest up to Clare’s creative flare. perfect.

0089 0090 0091 0092 The CakeA 4 tier traditional cake made by Ros Hargreaves, Phil’s mum.

0093 0094 0095 0096 0097 The EntertainmentString Quartet, Serenade wedding Music played out church music and at the reception drinks. Chris Fletcher, played some acoustic tracks after the meal and Dancefloor Couture Dj at night.

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