Hello my lovelies! I have a treat for you this morning from a gorgeous and creative couple – Jessica and Mike. Their wedding at Thornton Manor in Cheshire is full of little luxuries and special touches. As Jessica herself told me, “the devil’s in the detail” – a nice motto for a wedding, don’t you think?!
Jessica and Mike chose their wedding suppliers carefully and with such a professional team in place they really couldn’t go wrong. A top class venue – Thornton Manor – set the scene. Their photographer is the lovely and talented Martin Hambleton. Flowers, music, scented candles and more combined to make this a truly memorable and special wedding day.
Congratulations Jessica and Mike, thanks so much for sharing your awesome wedding report with us on the English Wedding Blog today. I wish you many years of happy married life together! Thank you as well to Martin for sharing images of this wonderful wedding. Do visit his website if you’re looking for a Cheshire wedding photographer – www.hambletonweddingphotography.co.uk
Jessica and Mike – a classic English wedding at Thornton Manor in Cheshire
The bride and groom: Jessica and Mike
How would you describe your wedding style?
Classic with a hint of vintage
Which readings did you choose?
Untitled by Bee Rawlinson. This was a little bit cheeky and funny but with a real sentiment to it.
To Love is not to Possess. This summed up our relationship; we are our own little family and we devote our lives to one another, but we also go away and do our own thing and have separate interests.
Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:
First of all, planning our wedding was the best thing I have ever done. I had so much fun with it and if there is one piece of advice I would urge all brides to listen to it would be: Your wedding planning is as stressful as you make it. Enjoy it all, make good and fast decisions, get a scrap book of all your ideas together and keep them in sections and believe me, it will be easy!
Thornton Manor as a venue was perfect for us. Full of character and drama and told its own story somehow, so I didn’t want to do too much to it. Flowers were very important to me, and I wanted them everywhere, but I did not want a lot of colour. We went with an English country garden feel with lavender, sage, cream roses and mottled hydrangeas to name just a few. We had a huge display in the entrance hall surrounded by candles in hurricane lanterns which looked spectacular.
Our table plan was the brainchild of our florist Wendy as I said I did not want a typical table plan on a board, so after bouncing some ideas around, she came up with the idea of a present table; so we had boxes covered in flowers with large tags on which had the table names on. It was beyond what I imagined it to be and looked so stunning. We had flowers and small displays dotted around the whole venue just to add something to the already stunning interior.
Our ceremony room was very dramatic so didn’t need too much, so the chairs (which were moved into the wedding breakfast room) were covered in a sheer organza with some small arrangements on the side facing out onto the aisle. We had a large arrangement at the top of the aisle and also some more at the bottom on a large table.
The tables were carefully planned out as I wanted high quality linen so we chose a stunning damask print for the table cloths and napkins. The table displays ranged from huge candelabras to large floral displays, to smaller displays with more detail (cake stands, mirrored placemats etc.). I didn’t want every table to look the same as I don’t like things to look too uniformed!
I should add at this point that I had a motto for our wedding: the devil’s in the detail. As far as I was concerned, the one thing which would make our wedding stand out from others was the finer details. I knew I wanted candles everywhere, but I also wanted a scent to match the season (autumn) and so we went for Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir. We had about 20 of these candles dotted around the venue and boy was it effective. Whenever I smell this now I am transported back to our day, and it was noticed by so many guests who said it made a real impact.
I walked down the aisle to a string version of One Day Like This, but I walked from outside into the ceremony room which was a lovely touch and added to my feeling of it just being me and Mike in the room, it felt very romantic.
We thought very carefully about favours, and we decided to give only to the women (every man we asked never seemed too bothered!) and these were small ceramic hearts which had ‘laugh often, love much, live well’ on them. I still smile when I go to friends’ houses and they have these hung.
We had a sweet station which was a great success with adults and children alike! We also had small personalised canvas bags for the children to have during the champagne reception with a small toy, juice and snacks plus they then had a keepsake from the day. We also left a present at each place setting for them to play with during the wedding breakfast; all the children were on their own table so it was good to have something to occupy them.
Our cake was from Slattery’s and was gigantic, but it needed to be a dramatic cake as it was on a table by itself in a large space. It was spectacular and tasted delicious as well!
We concentrated on details to make sure our guests had a fun day and from what we are still told one year on, this worked! The effort that goes into creating your perfect day is worth it, not just for you but for your guests as well.
Invitations and reception stationery:
Letterpress of Cirencester. We chose the Orchid design and used Oyster Wove and Slate colour plan, and this ran through from Save the Dates to the thank you cards after our wedding. I don’t like a lot of colour so these were perfect; simple but effective and classic.
Wedding music and entertainment:
Bluejuice Music Group. Giles the musical director also took care of our lighting in the wedding breakfast/reception room, the string trio who played before and after the ceremony (including walking down the aisle) and music we had played throughout our wedding breakfast until the speeches. This made everything so much easier as he was basically our centre point for all music throughout the day.
What did you both wear?
Bride: Dress and bolero: Stewart Parvin from Aphrodite Knutsford. Shoes: Jimmy Choo. Earrings: Victorian antique. Headband in evening: Sash and Co.
Bridesmaid and flower girl dresses were one off designs and made to fit with the lace aspect of my dress
Groom: Suit from Papa’s Tailoring in Knutsford. Mulberry Cufflinks.
Memorable wedding day moments:
Walking towards my husband-to-be and saying our vows. As far as I was concerned, we were the only people in the room and we didn’t take our eyes off each other.
Walking into our wedding breakfast and being introduced as Mr and Mrs Healey for the first time was also amazing. Our family and friends made so much noise you couldn’t even hear the song we chose (Take That ‘Greatest Day’), and we had that playing so loud! Our photographer Martin said he had never heard so much noise! It is probably our fondest memory aside from actually getting married, and makes me smile every time I think about it.
Our evening reception was so much fun, basically a big party with everyone we love dancing the night away. The sunset before we went in for dinner was spectacular and was wonderful to walk around the grounds of Thornton and watch it with my new husband.
Finally, being with all our friends and family and celebrating with them. It was the most perfect day!
Wedding day advice:
ENJOY!! Everyone tells you how fast the day goes and you have no idea until it is your day. Don’t worry about anything; there are so many people around you to make sure everything goes to plan. Take some time to take it all in. Your wedding day is so overwhelming at times, especially if you have a lot of guests, so take a few minutes to breathe and soak it all up. I made an effort to speak to every single person there before our wedding breakfast was over because I wanted to dance the night away and relax a bit more. This worked perfectly for me and I felt I gave everyone there some of my time, even if it was only a couple of minutes!
Recommended wedding suppliers:
Barretts Event Caterers. They are simply outstanding and help with so much more than catering! Their food is stunning, the staff are so efficient and are all so nice. We couldn’t recommend them more.
Reel Vision were our videographers and they were amazing – you forget you’re being filmed! The finished product is more than we could ever have imagined and we still watch it regularly as it is like watching a movie!
Our florist Wendy Morrow was a dream. Unfortunately, ours was the last wedding she did which was very emotional as I spent a lot of time on the flowers with her, but we couldn’t have asked for more from her, she was an angel.
Finally, our photographer Martin. He is such a nice guy, super talented and just a joy to work with. Again, we couldn’t recommend him more. Martin Hambleton Photography