Today’s bride Louise has a smile which could light up any room – she’s stunning. She’s also a real star for writing an amazing wedding report and sharing tips and experiences of her day.
Louise married Gary in April this year, and their Manchester & Cheshire wedding was gorgeous, but not without incident. Louise told me their wedding cake didn’t quite go to plan (read about that later); also there were tears as her Grandad had to go to hospital after a fall on the day but this fantastic family all came together and made the wedding a day to remember.
The styling of the day is beautiful. Louise told me their reception venue – The Pointing Dog in Cheadle – “was perfect as it was all stag horns, crates, cool seating, wooden boards and natural walls. We just added flowers for the tables and a few other bits and pieces“.
I think it’s amazing – but only a fraction as amazing as the couple themselves. Louise and Gary are gorgeous, creative and fun-loving – the perfect bride and groom!
Images are by lovely Jules Fortune Photography. Julie is based in Lancashire and travels across the north west to photograph weddings – you’ll find more info here:
Our wedding report: Louise + Gary
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Really pleased. Julie captured the day so well for us. I absolutely love them!!
The Pointing Dog in Cheadle
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A super chilled, relaxed and fun filled day.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We were on our honeymoon and I got butterflies! Just brought back all the memories of the day and how much we loved it!
Your wedding style and theme:
Relaxed, a little different and lots of bright floral colour
How did the two of you meet?
We met in a house share.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
About 8 months
Best bit of budget advice?
I bought my flowers from the florist then I did my own vases the day before. Got my logs from my brother in law who cut them to size for me for the centre pieces. The guys wore their own suits an we just bought them ties. We also didn’t go for a traditional wedding venue and that kept the cost down too.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
I used black ribbon design to do my invites! They were brown card hessian and floral material. I bought the name tags for the tables and my sister wrote them out, didn’t want anything too fancy. I bought wooded crates off e.bay to create my seating plan. I also put things in the crates from around the house like vases, a pic of my grandparent, a brass horn and our initials.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I had in mind what I wanted and what shape I wanted but looking back I wish I’d chosen something else. Finding underwear was a pain and didn’t feel that comfortable in it on the day.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Ellis bridal from Maria mode in Macclesfield
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I had some vintage looking earrings and a little gold and diamanté clip for my hair
The groom wore:
Gary wore a Ted Baker suit and shirt. He hates ties so he just had an open collar. Shoes from Aldo.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The girls wore floral dresses, they looked amazing all different but matched perfectly. 1 of my bridesmaides was pregnant so we bought 2 dresses and had a hint of floral added to a plain pink dress as it was so difficult to find something for her. I didn’t want anything to formal for them and I wanted them bright and a bit different. They all had different coloured shoes too and smaller bouquets of what I had. You could see them from a mile off!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I’m a hair & make up artist so I did my own! I’m a control freak ha
We had all wild natural bright flowers! I loved them!
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
I remember walking fast down the aisle and practically dragging my dad. I also remember the registrar giving us a history lesson about the town hall which was very informative and lovely as we had quite a few people that weren’t from manchester.
We had 3 readings. We had a reading from Gary’s sister which was the words from our wedding song “to be loved” by Jackie Wilson. We had the Irish wedding blessing read by my auntie Elaine. And a Bob Marley song read by my friend Lucy
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Our venue was perfect as it was all stag horns, crates, cool seating, wooden boards and natural walls. We just added flowers for the tables and a few other bits and pieces.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Well!! I did have a 3 tier Victoria sponge but my mum and dad didn’t transport it very well so the venue had to put an icing on it. I was gutted! When I saw the pics afterwards I was like, that’s exactly what I wanted 🙁 everyone said it tasted amazing so I guess that’s all that matters!
We had a singer who was great! I walked into the venue, he started playing and I instantly started dancing! Everyone said how good he was. I. The evening we had a dj that was also brilliant, people are still telling us how good he was.
On the day tips and advice:
Take it all in, enjoy every minute and if anything goes wrong, it’s not the end of the world. If there’s a name tag in the wrong place or like me ur cake gets trashed it’s really not a big deal!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Oooo, not having to plan a wedding 🙂 and calling someone your husband!
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Invites: Black Ribbon Design
Florist: Zuzu Petals Stockport
Venue: Pointing Dog Cheadle
DJ: Nick Campbell www.nickcampbelldj.co.uk
Singer: Michael Mulholland
Make up for the bridesmaids: Maria Connelly & anja Coleman
Hair piece: Glitzy Secrets.
Cake: Scoff a Cake (Facebook)
Photographer Julie Fortune www.julesfortunephotography.com