Vintage, elegant, classic… there are too many ways I could describe Steven and Jamie-Emma’s Lancashire wedding. I love their story, their passion and their obvious love for their family and friends.
I also love Jamie’s wedding corset and skirt; I love the teacups and birdcages, the vintage table plan. I love how beautiful Jamie is, and I love the look on her mum’s face as much as I love the laughter and the hug for the little boy after what I hear was the best speech of the day.
Jamie and Ste have written their own wedding report, so I will leave you to read that (and it’s worth spending a few minutes having a real, proper read of this one I promise!) and to admire the lovely and sensitive images taken by contemporary Lancashire wedding photographer Anurag Sharma (Shutterleaf Photography). Let’s kick off with a few engagement photos though, simply because these are gorgeous! (And I miss sunshine!)
The bride and groom: Jamie-Emma & Steven Hugo
Steven proposed after a romantic meal, we went back to his mother’s where he had set the house out with a thousand tea light candles and fresh roses and rose petals.
He then blindfolded me as I walked through the house, and took me into the living room where he had also written “will you marry me?” in the living room mirror! He then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
An elegant, vintage-inspired, Lancashire wedding
I wore an ivory two piece skirt and corset top, the skirt was Demetrios and the corset top had been designed by myself and made by a dress couture designer. I also made a few alterations to the skirt.
I also had a cathedral length ivory and crystal veil and ivory bowed shoes.
Ste – I wore a dark grey suit from the Peter Posh collection
Wedding venue – St Bartholomew’s church, Chipping
Wedding photographer – Anurag Sharma http://shutterleaf.co.uk/
How would you describe your wedding style? Vintage Elegance
Wedding day highlights
Jamie-Emma: My highlights were getting ready at Gibbon Bridge with all my bridesmaids, mother, family & friends; and when I saw Ste’s face when I was walking down the aisle. He was really nervous and really emotional.
Steven – My highlight was when I saw Jamie walking down the aisle. Her dress was amazing and nothing like I had imagined – she just looked breathtaking. I also really enjoyed singing Oasis on stage with the band in front of my wife, family and friends – it was really good fun.
The wedding reception – Gibbon Bridge Hotel
Venue styling- we went for a summer/garden/vintage feel as the reception room was a glass fronted conservatory which looked out onto a beautiful garden.
So for my centrepieces I had cream birdcages dressed in lace, organza, pearls, ribbon and bird feathers and then I had candles inside the middle of the birdcages
The tables were also named after birds.
Also on the tables I had vintage tea cups and saucers with fresh ivory and baby pink gerbera flowers in.
My table plan was a vintage style screen which was dressed in lace, pearls, ribbon, diamond jewellery and all kinds of vintage loveliness!
For the children’s table I went for a vintage circus theme where I had all over the top bright coloured sweets, cameras, games, and bubbles.
For the centre piece I had circus themed cupcakes on a bright red cupcake stand.
My favourite part was the huge red lollipops which had little lollies inside as my table place names.
Jamie – when my auntie Edwina gave me my bouquet as I was getting ready as she had done all my bridal flowers and venue flowers.
My cousin Beth had an ivory ribbon made with my old initials and new initials on. They were wrapped around the stem of my bouquet.
In the horse and carriage with my mum, maid of honour and two bridesmaids on the way to the church.
My mum walking down the aisle and giving me away to Ste, and the two of them giving each other a huge smile.
Wedding day advice
Enjoy every moment leading up to the wedding no matter how stressful it becomes.
Recommended Lancashire wedding suppliers:
- The band – The Heat www.alivenetwork.com/bandpage.asp?bandname=The Heat (Based in Hampshire)
- Photographer – Anurag Sharma, Shutterleaf Photography http://shutterleaf.co.uk/
- Horse and carriage – Sue Burras www.BurrasWeddingServices.co.uk
- Makeup Artist – Ashleigh Beasley 07871977837 (Based in Blackpool)
- Hair – Emma O’Brien Gleeson – 07852249342 (Based in Blackpool)
We’re not done yet. I spent a fair while on photographer Anurag’s website today reading about Jamie and Ste’s wedding day in his own blog post here: Lancashire photographer Jamie and Ste and in the same feature, about how Anurag works.
Wedding photography – behind the scenes
I often wonder about the gap, if you like, between the perception of how much work goes into wedding photography and the actual processes and time involved. Key to me is that photographers can’t really explain their work methods in great detail to brides and grooms, and yet it’s key to understanding pricing and the dedication of a great wedding photographer to his or her work.
Anurag doesn’t set out to justify his prices, or to ‘educate’ brides and grooms, but offers an understanding of the process which I wish every couple getting married could read. (Read ‘behind the scenes‘ from about two-thirds of the way down this page.)