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Jayne and Steven’s traditional English wedding at Rowton Hall in Chester

Hello lovelies! I hope you’re having a nice week – anything exciting planned for the weekend, anyone? I’m feeling ever so loved-up this morning as Jayne and Steven’s English Wedding Blog report is just wonderful. So rather than me wittering on, I’m going to share a quote from today’s beautiful bride Jayne to introduce today’s real wedding on the blog:

Enjoy every minute of your wedding day. Because once you get to that point, none of the planning etc. matters, just the day when you get married to your best friend and sharing it with those nearest and dearest to you. Remember the feeling of the whole day, the nerves, the joy, the laughter. Hold on to the moments when it is just the two of you, but also soak up the feeling of being surrounded by all the people you love the most in the same room there to celebrate your love. It’s pretty darn amazing – you won’t remember everything, it will fly by and you will want to relive it over and over – but that is what the photos and videos are for. Life will return to a form of normality afterwards, but if you hold on to that feeling, it will forever make you smile.

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All of today’s gorgeous photos are by the lovely Jamie of Vickerstaff Photography, and there’s a fantastic wedding video to watch as well. My heartfelt congratulations to Jayne and Steven and thank you for sharing such a lovely wedding report. Claire xxx

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The bride and groom: Jayne & Steven Golden

Wedding venue:

St Luke’s Church Widnes & Rowton Hall Chester

Wedding photographer:

Vickerstaff Photography

How would you describe your wedding style?

Traditional and classic

A little about the wedding ceremony:

We had a traditional church ceremony at the same church in which the bride’s parents married some 40 years before

Which readings did you choose?

At church:
1. 1 Corinthians: 13,
2. What is Love
3. Song of Solomon 8: 6-7

At our wedding breakfast reception:
1. The Day

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What did you wear?

Jayne wore an ivory full length French taffeta gown, made by Jonathan James Couture. It had a fitted plain bodice with A-line skirt and long train with pick me ups and flowers throughout. There was a single matching flower at the top of the bodice. For church Jayne wore a small ¾ quarter length sleeve lace stole with full-length veil and ivory pearl comb at the front of her hair, which was pinned up.

The veil came off for the wedding breakfast and then for the evening reception the train was shortened, jacket removed and a halter neck strap attached to change the look to a more casual feel for the evening.

Jayne also wore a simple bracelet which was borrowed from the mother of the bride, diamond stud earrings and wedding rings. Her shoes were from Rainbow, and were ivory satin with tiny pearl shaped flowers. She carried something old: a penny in her shoe, something blue – the words ‘I do’ in blue rhinestones stuck to bottoms of her shoes.

Steven wore navy pinstripe trousers, a navy tail jacket, ivory cravat, handkerchief and waistcoat. (Other groomsmen wore navy cravats and handkerchiefs)

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

Jayne’s bridesmaids wore long navy fishtail dresses with navy shrugs and carried ivory roses with matching flowers in their hair. The matching colour theme throughout was navy with ivory flowers. All the gents wore navy tails.

The wedding cars were traditional old classic ivory cars. Our cake was a 4 tier ivory wedding cake with flowers on the top. The decoration at the reception was candelabras and flowers as centrepieces with candles throughout the other rooms. We also had navy tiebacks on chairs, and Green & Blacks chocolates for favours.

Invitations and reception stationery:

From the Letterpress of Circencester. We chose a classic ivory, traditional invite with navy bow with reply slip etc. Our name places, table plan, menus and order of service all matched, also table names which were Krispy Kreme donut flavours in honour of the groom’s obsession with them!

Wedding music and entertainment:

A string quartet played in church for the arrival of our guests and for the bride’s entrance (Pachelbel Canon D), signing of registering and exit. Then they also played at the drinks reception.

A band called Harlequin provided entertainment for the first dance and main part of the evening playing a mixture of old classics and modern tunes, then a DJ played until the early hours.

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Memorable wedding day moments:

For the bride: my wonderful bridesmaids taking the greatest care of me; the nerves when pulling up to the church. My godson, a pageboy, telling me Uncle Steve was waiting for me at the front for me when I arrived at the church. Seeing Steve as I walked down the aisle and just being surrounding by so much love and joy all day.

For the groom: The surreal feeling seeing all the guests in the pub before the wedding; seeing Jayne walk up the aisle, walking out the church seeing everyone smiling and clapping and having a quiet moment with the wife just before walking in to the wedding breakfast room.

Recommended wedding suppliers:

  • Vickerstaff Photography!! Lovely, thoughtful, personable, patient, and the photographs are fantastic!!
  • Jonathan James Couture – Ivory lounge in Chester is their flagship shop and the lady who runs it – the designer’s mum – is just the most wonderful person who makes you feel like a proper bride!
  • Rowton Hall in Chester – great place to have a wedding reception – they look after you and make everything so personal!
  • Darren Tyler Hairdressing in Cronton – he opened especially early for me and my entourage of bridesmaids and he and his staff were an absolute gem in the run up with one very stressed nervous bride!

Jayne and Steven’s wedding video

Jayne and Steven wedding trailer from Henry D. C. Williams on Vimeo.

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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3 COMMENTS
  • Martin Hambleton
    6 years ago

    Sometimes a bit of tradition is all that you want. This is lovely from start to finish.

  • Julie Boyd
    6 years ago

    Lovely photographs Jamie. What a gorgeous couple. Love the dress and the colour scheme. Nice blog Claire xx

  • Darren Tyrer Hairdressing
    6 years ago

    Stunning photographs Jayne, it looks a fabulous day from start to finish, glad we could be part of it. Your hair still looked as gorgeous on the photo’s as it did when you left the salon xx

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