Gooood morning! Skipping a season or two (though seems quite apt at the time of writing, as I am huddled under a throw) to this beautiful winter wedding in Lancashire. Adoring the berry tones, beautiful flowers and the tweed Victoria and Edward chose for their day. Their styling is so relaxed and effortless but injected with little bits of their personality. I want quizzes during the meal to become a tradition! I hope Monday treats you well and this is a pretty way to start it.
photography | Hayley Baxter
Joanne @ Fletcher and Foley (Manchester)
Shoes – Heartbeat Lace-up Satin boots by Diane Hassall
Dresses – Biba @ House of Fraser
Tailor-made Irish Tweed suit by Frank Rostron Tailors, Manchester
Gold engraved pocket watch from NotOnTheHighStreet.com
Tie – M&S to match the groomsmen
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories: Tweed blazer, forest green corduroys and berry red knit tie all from Marks and Spencer.
Walking down the aisle to see all my family and friends – and the love of my life – in front of me. I would advise all brides to take their time with this moment; it is so precious – take it all in – don’t be shy – look around you and smile/cry! I loved this moment.
We also loved walking into the great hall being introduced as husband and wife for the first time – we totally milked it – high fives and everything! We also loved that everyone had embraced the fun and were wearing their crowns/tiaras proudly.
We had crowns for the men, tiaras for the ladies and the odd joker for the jokers in the pack. This added to the party atmosphere and the jokers were used as team leaders for the (Vicward) quiz and games during the meal.
It was a winter wedding so that set the scene. We also chose banqueting style for dinner hoping it would look like a medieval style Christmas party! We also had medieval fancy dress and wooden stocks for fun! The name cards were kings/queens and jokers, too. We wanted something rustic, homely and relaxed (less formal but still traditional).
Samlesbury Hall, Preston
Catering/food/drink: Sanlesbury Hall
Alcohol – Majestic Wines.
Live Wires (band) from Alive Network
Raffles Hotel, Seychelles
- Make sure you go with your gut – you are never going to please every single guest, but if the wedding is truly representative of you and your partner, everyone will have a good time! Do what YOU want. We wanted long banqueting tables – we were told to have round – we went with long! Damn right!
- Have a budget but expect to go £1000 over (realistically).
- Wilkinson’s Retailer does really cheap lace and materials for invitations/flowers/favours, etc.
- Don’t worry too much about the tiny details – guests won’t remember our table settings but they’ll remember the venue, the food, the music, the atmosphere – the main stuff!
- Get a videographer it’s so worth it! (Like walking down the aisle and crying at the speeches all over again).
- Do the speeches BEFORE the meal – don’t make the men sweat it or get too drunk to talk!
We got engaged on the 22nd December and while celebrating/getting tipsy on champagne, we thought wouldn’t this be an awesome time of year to get married – just before Christmas – when everyone is looking forward to the holiday season (plus who cares about the weather in winter!) Best decision ever – winter weddings are atmospheric and truly romantic.