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Best man bingo and party bags instead of favours – Stephanie and Michael’s Rushton Hall wedding

I’ve just been out for a little walk down to the beach and been mobbed by butterflies! Dozens of them wherever I looked – what an amazing thing! Anyway – I made it back alive so I can share Stephanie and Michael’s Rushton Hall wedding with you. The phrase “best man bingo” tickles me, as is the thought of the heckling table! I also love their idea of giving away goodie bags with crisps and chocolate at the end of the night instead of wedding favours – genius.

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Thanks to wedding photographer Aaron Collett for sharing today’s gorgeous wedding pictures on the blog. Stephanie is beautiful and Michael her perfect match – the smiles say it all (and I’m smiling right back while I prepare the blog feature for you!) Congratulations guys, and thanks for your amazing wedding report. I love it!

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Everyone – enjoy. This is a fab wedding with some great ideas. Don’t miss the wedding report at the end of the feature. Have a brilliant day!

Claire xxx
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Stephanie and Michael’s Rushton Hall wedding – traditional with a twist!

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Wedding venue:

All Saints Church, Rushton and Rushton Hall, Northants (more real weddings from Rushton Hall)

Wedding photographer:

Aaron Collett Photography (more weddings by Aaron Collett)

How would you describe your wedding style?

Traditional with a few twists!

A little about the wedding ceremony:

A church wedding with 120 friends and family. Michael and the groomsmen arrived on a tractor pulled trailer and Stephanie and Dad on a horse and carriage. Although there were 4 best men, it was Michael’s brother who stood with him at the front of the church. We had 3 bridesmaids of different ages who looked gorgeous!

We each choose a hymn that was important to us (Stephanie from her childhood and Michael from his Irish roots) and then one that was about love and marriage. We exchanged traditional vows and rings, and walked down the aisle to Here Comes the Bride and the Wedding March, but indulged in some Westlife for signing the register!

Which readings did you choose?

  • ‘On your Wedding Day’ for Stephanie’s sister to read as it was informal and the words were incredibly relevant.
  • 1 Corinthians because the meaning and biblical reference was important to us.

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

Our flowers were white roses as Michael’s family are from Yorkshire. We used these for our button holes, bouquets, pew ends and table decorations. Instead of favours, we gave each guest a goodie bag at the end of the night with water, crisps, chocolate, headache tablets and a personal note written on the back of one of our pre-wedding photos!

On the table each guest had a scroll with a menu, ‘guess the first dance’ and ‘best man bingo’ game card. We tied these in ribbon to match the bridesmaids’ dresses which was impossible to track down, but completely worth it to know it all matched! In the evening we used balloons to decorative the party room!

Invitations and reception stationery:

All created by the wonderful Lydia of Hand Drawn Maps, we had a bespoke motif with our initials (our parents had this put on champagne glasses for the day!) and she incorporated the rose theme into all the stationery. She drew an amazing map of the local area with some lovely personal touches like the chickens in our back garden – as well as sending with the invites, we also had it blown up on the day. Our favourite item from her was our table names – all the places we love in Cornwall on a brilliant map showing everything that is special to us about those places.

Wedding music and entertainment:

Milo Max provided the evening entertainment – a fantastic band with an amazing playlist. We also had fireworks from MLE – despite the cold and rain, everyone joined us outside for a shot of Lemoncello and a display set to Take That’s Greatest Day!

What did you both wear?

Bride (dress, shoes, accessories): Suzanne Neville’s Besotted & bespoke Kate Spence shoes. I made some pearl hair pins to match my jewellery from my mum’s wedding headdress as my something old.

Groom: A tailor made Jack Bunneys suit and shirt and cufflinks with our motif on!

Memorable wedding day moments:

  • The best bit was seeing Michael as I walked into the church – it felt perfect.
  • The speeches – funny and emotional, including one table heckling for words in order to win best man bingo!
  • Transporting the guests to the venue in tractors and trailers. It was cold and wet, but everyone got in the spirit!

Wedding day advice:

After the ceremony, we had 20 mins to ourselves in the horse and carriage with a bottle of champagne. The rest of the day was so busy, it was great to get some time to ourselves.
Because the weather was so wet, we did our outdoor photos a few weeks after the wedding – not only was it great fun getting dressed up again, but it meant we had loads of times to socialise on the day!

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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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