Ciao bella’s! So I’m back from Italy (a post will be up soon) super relaxed and more in love than ever with my year old husband. So, with all this love-ness I’m very excited to be sharing Jenny and Mike’s beautiful winterish wedding today. Their blush gold travel-themed wedding took place on 26th February 2016, full of beautiful details you will most certainly be swooning over. My favourites are the berries in Jenny’s bouquet and Mike’s flamingo suit pin.
Their venue, Styal Lodge is incredible. I can’t believe this wedding is the first time I’ve come across it. The moments Lucy from Clara Cooper Photography has captured are all wonderful. But in particular, I love all the outdoor couple portraits, the love just beams from all the photos. Happy wedding Wednesday lovelies, enjoy!
Photography by Clara Cooper Photography
How we met
Jenny, the bride: Mike and I have been together since we were 17 and went to the same college. But we actually met at a gig in Manchester – in fact, if you want to get technical, we actually started talking on Myspace, discovered we were both going to the same gig and that our mutual friends were already planning to meet up at said gig! After that, Mike started walking me home every night and we quickly became a couple. We both decided to stay in Manchester for university and we’ve been inseparable ever since! For Christmas in 2014, Mike surprised me with a trip to Rome. We stood by the Colosseum watching the fireworks and Mike produced a ring. The rest is history!
My dress was ‘Dakota’ by Enzoani, bought from Love Bridal Boutique in Altrincham. I have always imagined what my wedding dress would be like and fell in love with Dakota straight away. The beautiful lace and classic style was exactly what I wanted. I tried on a few other styles but none of them came close to Dakota! I felt amazing in it!
Claire and Emma at Love Bridal Boutique were absolutely amazing! I’d worried that I wouldn’t find a dress to suit me, but they made me feel completely at ease straight away. My dress was altered to have a sweetheart necklace by Corinne at Cupid’s Treasure. Corinne is brilliant – I lost a lot of weight quite quickly in the run up to the wedding which meant the dress had to be altered a couple of times. I picked it up just 4 days before the wedding and it fit beautifully!
I wore Jenny Packham for Debenhams shoes and a hair Vine by Klaire van Elton which I found on Liberty in Love. The beautiful vintage necklace was from Corinne at Cupid’s Treasure, and my ‘something borrowed’ were diamond earrings from cousin Gemma.
I loved my vintage necklace, I didn’t want anything too big or blingy as I didn’t want anything to take away from the beautiful lace of the dress. It was just the right amount of sparkle and I loved that it could be my something old too! Mike had a flamingo label pin that all the guests commented on, which came with his suit!
Bridesmaids & Ushers
The ushers wore navy suits from River Island and the bridesmaids had blush pink dress from Phase Eight. My junior bridesmaid wore a dress from Monsoon and amazingly the colour matched perfectly with the adult bridesmaid dresses!
We had planned to get each other romantic surprises… but forgot until the last minute! In the end, I got Mike a tie clip and cufflinks. He got me a Colosseum Pandora charm to symbolise our engagement.
Blush gold travel themed wedding
Our colour scheme was blush pink, gold colour scheme with touches of navy. We got married as the seasons started to change, so wanted colours that would suit both winter and spring. Travelling together is one of our favourite things, and had guests travel from America, Poland and Germany to be with us so we wanted to celebrate this as our theme. We had a world map table plan, with the tables named after different places we’ve been together, and we had signs to show how far some of our guests had travelled.
Emma from Special Days dressed our reception venue, Styal Lodge with beautiful drapes, candles and fairy lights, which looked amazing. My dad made the sign post and signs to represent how far our guests had travelled. We also had photo props and an Instax-camera for our guestbook.
Partially to cut costs (and partially because I can be a bit of a control freak!) I designed our invitations and some ‘wedlibs’ for our guests to fill out during the meal and did all the calligraphy. We also hand made the table plan. With the help our bridesmaids we painted the photo frames for the table names, created favours and created a photo timeline of our relationship!
We had a Catholic ceremony (full mass) at our local church, Our Lady and the Apostles Church. It was the church I was baptised and had my first holy communion in.
Our photographer was Lucy of Clara Cooper Photography. We found her on Facebook and loved her photos and candid style. We wanted a photographer that captured all the personal moments and the emotions of the day rather than anything too formal. Lucy was the first supplier we booked and the only photographer we spoke too! Having Lucy around on our wedding felt more like having a friend around! When I look back at the photos Lucy took of our day, it brings back all of the emotion of the day – they are perfect.
Originally we hadn’t planned to have a video of the day, but came across Shoot It Yourself in a wedding magazine and loved the idea. We wanted a video that was candid and personal – much like the drunken videos we always find on our phones after nights out with friends! Our friends filmed the day two cameras and we sent them back to Shoot It Yourself to edit. The video is a brilliant mix of all the special moments and personal messages, plus some hilarious footage of the evening party! Our wedding party did a fantastic job. The great thing about Shoot it Yourself is that you can also get all of the unedited footage (which unearthed some real gems)!
My flowers were from Jill Naugton – JN Flowers. I don’t know much about flowers and only had a rough idea of what I wanted. Jill was able to interpret my ideas into beautiful bouquets and centrepieces, with sweet avalanche roses, pink gypsophila, thistles and berries!
The wedding cake was by Rachel of Marie Antoinette Cakes. It looked and tasted amazing! I had originally wanted a naked wedding cake but after seeing some of Rachel’s cakes, we decided to go for an iced design to match our colour scheme. Rachel perfectly matched the blush pink and created amazing sugar paste roses to match our flowers. Each tier was a different flavour – white chocolate and raspberry, red velvet, Victoria sponge and butterscotch with toffee buttercream (my favourite)!
Karl and Kate of Deckheds were our brilliant DJs. I think I was on the dancefloor for the majority of the night! They made a real effort to understand our music taste and what we did and didn’t like. They played all of the music we wanted to hear and more! All of our guests have talked about how brilliant the music was! We couldn’t agree on a song for our first dance until about 2 weeks before the wedding! We chose ‘Baby I’m Yours’ by the Arctic Monkeys – the lyrics were perfect.
Our last song was also special to us – we are huge Kasabian fans and have to a few of their gigs together. At the end of some of their shows, they play a cover of Praise You by Fatboy slim which merges into their song L.S.F. but it’s never been recorded. Our fantastic DJ Karl of Deckheads was able to mix a version from a recording of their Glastonbury performance which was absolutely perfect for us.
We had personalised love hearts as our favours. We packed them into little favour bags with Hershey’s kisses and chocolate love hearts.
I designed our stationery on photoshop and we printed it all using Mike’s dad’s printer!
Looking back I probably tried to do too much of the DIY myself, when I should have let my mum and bridesmaids help more earlier on, rather than try to do everything myself! I worried I would ask too much of people, when in fact they were keen to help out!
We wanted something different for our transport and our fans of vintage VWs. I found Lovely Wheels online – we had a vintage VW Beetle and Campervan. The colour was fantastic!
Our caterers, Pink Pepper, were superb – we really can’t rate them highly enough! Sarah is a brilliant chef and all of our guests raved about the food and said it was the best they’d had! Sarah made individual pies for every guest (steak & ale, chicken, fish and veg) which went down a storm and were perfect for the cold weather. Neil looked after the front of house and made sure everything went smoothly – nothing was too much trouble for him. They are a brilliant couple and a brilliant team.
We were lucky to have friends and family to help us get ready for the day. My bridesmaids were incredible and helped with so much of the DIY. And before getting ready themselves, my friend Sam and auntie Janet did mine, my bridesmaids and my mum’s hair and makeup. Our friend David was our toastmaster and raised a few laughs introducing the speeches.
Favourite part of the day
It’s really hard to choose a favourite part of the day. But I’d probably say the evening reception, throwing some shapes on the dancefloor!
Words of wisdom
Take time out to do things as a couple which aren’t focused on the wedding! We made sure we went for a few nice dates before the wedding.
We’ve had two honeymoons! The first was a mini-moon to Lisbon, and the second was a month travelling in Asia. We visited Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. All thanks to our very generous friends and family who contributed to our honeymoon fund.
Jenny & Mike’s Little Black Book
Photographer – Clara Cooper Photography
Ceremony venue – Our Lady and the Apostles Church
Reception venue – Styal Lodge, Cheshire
Bride’s dress – Enzoani, from Love Bridal Boutique
Bride’s shoes – No. 1 Jenny Packham, Debenhams
Hair & Make Up – Sam McCumesky (Hair) and Janet Iveson (Make up)
Bride’s accessories – Cupid’s Treasure and Klaire van Elton
Bridesmaid dresses – Phase Eight and Monsoon
Groom’s Attire – Ted Baker
Flowers – JN Flowers
Catering – Pink Pepper Catering
Cake – Marie Antionette Cakes
DJ – Deckheds
Venue dress – Special Days
Transport – Lovely Wheels