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A Cheshire wedding blog – Karen and Simon at Arley Hall

Morning everyone, and Happy Friday! I’ve been saving today’s gorgeous Cheshire wedding blog for this morning – it seems to fit with that whole Friday feeling thing. There’s sunshine and romance, and a stunning bride and groom – in fact wedding blog subscribers will recognise Karen and Simon from their wedding highlights film which I was so proud to feature back in January (see an autumn wedding in Cheshire).

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I love this quote from the happy couple:

Try to leave yourselves as much time as possible between all the day’s activities to spend with family and friends, after the day those will be the moments you cherish the most.

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Karen wears a fabulous dress by Sassi Holford and the day has a purple theme because it’s the ribbon colour for pancreaticcancer.org.uk – a cause very close to the hearts of the bride and groom. This is all explained in the wedding report which Karen and Simon have shared with us today, and you’ll see some really beautiful images from Cheshire wedding photographer Martin Hambleton – with unexpected and wonderful moments captured as well as some magical portraits. I know you’ll love this! Grab a Crunchie (after all, as Wendy always tells me, we should celebrate Fridays in style!!)
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Karen and Simon at Arley Hall – a Cheshire wedding blog

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Wedding venue:

St Michaels Church, Aughton & Arley Hall and Gardens

Wedding photographer:

Martin Hambleton – www.hambletonweddingphotography.co.uk

How would you describe your wedding style?

Classic

A little about the wedding ceremony:

The ceremony was at Karen’s family church where her Mum & Dad got married in 1979. Rev Canon Michael Smout conducted their ceremony (it was his first at his new church) and kindly agreed to come back to conduct ours as well! It made it extra special as he is a friend of the family too as are many of the people at the church including Christine who helped us put together the order of service and made sure everything ran smoothly on the day.

Which readings did you choose?

We had Colossians 3 v 12-17 which was read by Simon’s brother Paul and a special reading which my cousin Jennifer found in my favourite book Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon. It was a beautiful excerpt from a very moving part of the book and it meant so much to us that she took the time to find it.

Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:

The purple colour scheme was very important to us as it is the colour of the pancreatic cancer ribbon. Unfortunately Karen lost her Dad to pancreatic cancer in 2010 so this is a charity that is very close to our hearts. The wedding favours were donations to the research trial that he was a part of. www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk

For the rest of the details we tried to keep things simple and elegant as our venues were so stunning they didn’t need too much decoration.

Invitations and reception stationery:

The invitations were by Foto Fusion and used a photograph that Martin kindly let us use from our engagement shoot. The rest of the stationery was hand made by ourselves to match our colour scheme in fact the table plan is actually the mirror from above our fireplace!

Wedding music and entertainment:

During the reception drinks we had the amazing Pachelbel String Quartet who played a selection of music from traditional classical pieces to more modern Beatles classics. In the evening we were lucky enough to have the Funky Doctors who everyone agreed were brilliant! They kept everyone up on the dance floor all night and people still talk about how fantastic they were now.

What did you wear?

I wore the beautiful Sassi Holford Georgie gown. I fell in love with it on a trip to Beaconsfield but struggled to find a supplier near home. Fortunately I found Karen at Agape in Knutsford. She very kindly agreed to have the dress shipped up to Knutsford from Sassi Holford for me to try on!

Karen was brilliant and helped with all the alterations even adding a bit of bling to the dress and customising my tiara to make it perfect! My shoes were by Bourne and were a bargain from eBay, even though they were super high I wore them all day they were so comfortable!

My Mum bought me the most gorgeous pair of pearl earrings as a wedding present and I also wore a diamond bracelet that Simon had bought me a few years before.

Simon wore a classic morning suit hired from Moss Bros, with cravats to match the purple colour theme and a new Omega watch which Karen bought as a surprise present for the wedding day and hid in a tin of chocolates!

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Memorable wedding day moments:

Simon – watching Karen and the flower girls walking down the aisle, and being chauffeured around in a Bentley with champagne.

Karen – There are so many! Crying the whole way through my vows and regretting not choosing waterproof mascara, walking through a wall of confetti outside the church in the glorious sunshine, the wonderful speech my Mum gave before dinner, listening to my cousin Ross playing the piano for everyone after dinner and getting to spend time with all our family and friends and dancing the night away.

Wedding day advice:

It doesn’t matter how much you plan, the day will go by so quickly. Make sure you make time for just the two of you, and try to leave yourselves as much time as possible between all the day’s activities to spend with family and friends, after the day those will be the moments you cherish the most.

Recommended wedding suppliers:

All that we used. They were excellent throughout the whole wedding process and made everything so much easier for us.

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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4 COMMENTS
  • Sara
    7 years ago

    Fabulous day! So lovely to relive Karen & Simon’s wonderful wedding again. Sx

  • Great work Martin, I remember seeing the wedding on his blog after the big day and the shot that always stands out is the table plan, I would never have thought of that. Continue the good work. 🙂

  • Anne Ager
    7 years ago

    I love the whole wedding write-up and I think that the photos are stunning! It was also very moving to learn of the fund arrangements on behalf of pancreatic cancer. Very beautiful ……. and very moving!
    Thank you for sharing these moments …………

  • Jennifer
    7 years ago

    This is truly a beautiful celebration in a stunning atmosphere. I find myself especially drawn to the second picture of them kissing in the garden. That setting is AMAZING! I could only HOPE to celebrate my big day in a garden as beautiful as this one. Everything about this ceremony is so classy and elegant, but once night hit, it’s as though they were at some club…AWESOME!!!

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