Today’s wedding is more than amazing – so many breathtaking images and a fabulous wedding report (with equal doses of advice, emotion and chuckles) from beautiful bride Laura.
There is a subtle map theme to the day, but overall the style is relaxed, intimate and LOTS of fun! Laura told me “It was like being in a candy-floss cloud…” and when I asked about her Naomi Neoh dress she said “I put her on (blush pink and softer than angel hair) and did not want to take her off… ever.”
I’ve always loved The Belle Epoque as a wedding venue. In the early days of The English Wedding Blog I featured so many weddings there… but it’s been a little while and I’ve missed the place! It’s a quirky boutique venue with tons of character – perfectly fitting for Andrew and Laura.
Images are by lovely wedding photographers Peter and Sara at Pixies in the Cellar. They’re brilliant and come highly recommended so do check them out:
I can’t wait any longer to show you all of Laura and Andrew’s amazing wedding pictures – you’ll love today’s wedding I promise! Enjoy.
A beautiful English wedding at The Belle Epoque: Andrew + Laura
Our wedding report: Andrew and Laura
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
No… we were thrilled with them! They are friendly, talented, up for anything and down to earth.
Ceremony: St Wilfrid’s Church Mobberley
Reception: Belle Epoque, Knutsford
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
It was like being in a candy-floss cloud where our friends and family surrounded us with every good feeling.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
A big fat grin. We knew they would be great… our paint fight engagement photos were extremely awesome, we were in good hands!
Your wedding style and theme:
We had a bit of a map theme but as for style… we just wanted a relaxed come-as-you-are vibe.
Any happy tears on the day?
Andrew got teary eyed when his best man (his friend since birth) made his speech. They’re more like brothers than friends.
How did the two of you meet?
Dancing to Cotton Eyed Joe at university in Sheffield. We linked arms, danced the night away and haven’t stopped since.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
About 18 months. We took our time.
Best bit of budget advice?
Spend on the important things (food, photographer, entertainment) and if your mum gives you envelopes of don’t-tell-dad money – just go with it!
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
We love exploring England and think that OS maps are one of our country’s finest creations. We got engaged on top of Coniston Old Man in the Lake District and there are lots of places in this green and pleasant land which hold special significance to us so we put maps of (pretty much) everything on the stationery.
All the stationery was home-made by Laura’s dad who is one of the most creative people we know. Laura came up with basic mock-up designs for everything and then it was up to dad to get them made!
On the day the church was decorated with map hearts which we made at home. Lots of our friends and family now have them hanging in their houses.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Actually yes… I didn’t think I would but I really really did!
I knew she was really too expensive but I put her on (blush pink and softer than angel hair) and did not want to take her off… ever.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Naomi Neoh – Marianne is my dress. I ended up buying the dress directly from Naomi Neoh and my fittings were at Jean Jackson Couture in Urmston. Jean is just the most professional, friendly, knowledgeable and stylish lady.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I bought FIVE expensive headdresses but (while I love them all) none were quite right with the blush pink of the dress so on the day I wore my veil during the ceremony and then just a cute pink clip in flower from Accessorise in the evening.
My veil was an ivory chapel length with fringe lace trimmings. It was made by Jean Jackson Couture in Urmston. Jean is so amazing. I trusted her instantly and she did not let us down.
The groom wore:
He’s very tall (6ft7) so this was one of the hardest parts to get right. After trying on many suits and realising we definitely weren’t buying him a custom made one we went with Greenwood’s suit hire. He had a pale grey suit with green and pink trimmings. He looked great!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
They looked stunning (I want their dress). Green has always been my favourite colour so they wore emerald green full length dresses from Dessy. Purchased from Dream Capture Bridal in Bispham.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I’m quite creative with my hair and make-up and I really do enjoy it so on the day I did my own make-up. We did have a make-up artist for the bridesmaids and she also did all of our hair. She is a beautician from Thornton near Blackpool called Ami Taylor at Retreat. She came all the way to Knutsford on the morning of the wedding and was a star.
I found Fletcher and Foley completely by accident. They were really creative, really adaptable and willing to work with me and my mum. We gave them ideas and they did the rest. They gave us options along the way and made the experience so much fun. I wanted blush pink and green to go with the dresses, maps etc and they found some stunners.
The beautifully scented Voyage roses and O’Hara roses blew my mind!
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
Grinning and feeling proud.
As an English teacher I thought it would be nice to have a novel extract so we had an extract from Far From the Madding Crowd and Andrew chose the Bible reading as it has always been his favourite: Philippians 4 v4-9.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
No. That’s part of the reason we chose it. Belle Epoque is a stunning, quirky and original place. We had been looking at barn venues (which we loved) but we wanted something more a bit different. It is sumptuously decorated and feels so special.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
I suppose a bit of both. We had a simple cake by Marie Antoinette Cake Company in Manchester. Cake tasting was definitely a highlight of wedding planning. We had lemon, red velvet and carrot all with chocolate ganache icing. It was SO yummy. We ate the top layer (carrot) when we got back from Norway.
The Versions. I went to school (many years ago) with the lead singer and once we’d heard them perform, we didn’t want anything else. They have a style and set list which perfectly mixes the things your parents want but also stuff that’s cool. Andrew is a massive music lover so it was important for us. They learnt a few songs especially for us (including Accidentally in Love for our first dance). Quite a big chunk of our budget but well worth it.
On the day tips and advice:
Drink it in… the cocktails and the atmosphere!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being able to plan the next adventure and hoping that at some point we get the opportunity to have more photographs taken by Peter and Sara!
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Bridal Boutique: http://www.jeanjacksoncouture.com/
Bridesmaid dress boutique: http://thebridalboutiquebydreamcapture.co.uk/
Suit Hire: http://www.greenwoodsonline.com/
Hair/Make-up: Ami Taylor – Retreat