Becky and Ali’s wedding at The Shireburn Arms is just lovely: a perfectly English venue, a relaxed and charming atmosphere, and the prettiest details. Today’s couple are gorgeous and fun – their wedding was all about the party and Becky even told me they skipped wedding readings because they “would have taken away some of the drinking and partying time”!
I love Becky’s style: her dress is a simple, elegant high street design which cost less than £200 – and the sash is gorgeous, don’t you think? Ali’s navy pinstripe suit is perfect for an English gent and he had blue laces in his shoes – while his beautiful bride was still choosing her shoes on the morning of the wedding!
Images are by DJ Archer Photography, Danny and Lizz, who are based in Lancashire. Do have a look at their website if you’re looking for photographers in the North West – they photograph weddings in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria.
Time we had a proper look at this gorgeous Lancashire wedding? I think so too! Enjoy.
Our wedding report: Rebecca and Alastair
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Very. Our photos capture the bits we didnt get to see during the day. Natural expressions as opposed to posed smiles. We didnt want to spend hours during the day having photos taken with sets of families and friends. Our photographers blended into the surroundings, It never felt as though they were intruding on our day.
The Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Family, friends and fun.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Excitement and joy
Your wedding style and theme:
No great theme. We just wanted a relaxed, informal and fun day with the people we care about most.
Any happy tears on the day?
How did the two of you meet?
Through mutual friends.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Nine months engaged. Booked a date 6 months in advance, probably spent the 3 weeks before the wedding ‘planning’ the day.
Best bit of budget advice?
Hog roast for the wedding breakfast. Cheesecake as opposed to sponge cake.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
DIY and printed through an internet company.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes but now thinking about dying and altering it so I can wear it again to other occasions.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
High Street, under £200.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
Bright pink patent shoes
The groom wore:
A blue pinstripe suit. Brown shoes with blue laces, quite a talking point during the day.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
No bridesmaids. My best girls got to wear whatever they liked and felt comfortable in. I wouldnt have been able to choose a dress or colour that would have complimented all of them.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I own a couple of hair salons. My manager or wife as she calls herself did my hair. An old school friend did my make up.
Pot plants from the local garden centre were used as table decorations. They are now planted in the borders of my back garden. My boquet was ordered on the Wednesday before my wedding on the Saturday and it was perfect.
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
Smiling and laughing with my husband to be.
None. It would have taken away some of the drinking and partying time.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue was chosen for its location and relaxed ambience. We knew they were happy to cater for our ideas and tailored our package to suit us. We didn’t need much decoration but did put up some bunting, added some colour with plants and put jars of sweets and biscuits on tables for our guests to enjoy throughout the day.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We spent £100 on a 3 layered cheese cake. Tasty lancashire, crumbly lancashire and a garstang blue. Assembled and decorated with fruit and chutneys by my sister in law. Served as a dessert/cheese course after the speeches and eaten for a week after our wedding. Great value for money.
The Shireburn Arms has a game room with table football, pool table and darts. We took a giant connect 4 and giant Jenga and set them up in the gardens. In the evening we just had a DJ and a good dance.
On the day tips and advice:
Enjoy, it goes so quickly.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being someone’s wife.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
- Dewlay cheese, Preston.
- Shireburn Arms, Clitheroe.
- Hopes boutique, Clitheroe.