Say the words “Winnie the Pooh – not Disney” and I’m on your side already 🙂 Liz and Jimmy’s wedding is creative and fun, with playful touches like everyone’s (original!) favourite bear – and I love it!
Today’s gorgeous couple married in Marple Bridge, with their reception at the fabulous Peruga restaurant. They incorporated the things they love: spring flowers and bright colours, and a nod to surfing… despite being 60 miles from the sea!
Liz’s advice that “DIY isn’t necessarily cheaper” is so very true, and while the crafty touches on their day are wonderful I’d urge brides and grooms to consider buying when time is short. Spend your weekends playing out and having fun instead! What I really do love is the ‘Expotition Beer’ which was especially made by a local craft brewery… to find out more read Liz and Jimmy’s English Wedding Blog interview at the end of today’s post!
Huge thanks to Liz and Jimmy, and to lovely Peter and Sara, wedding photographers at Pixies in the Cellar. Do check them out:
The English Wedding Blog interview: Liz and Jimmy
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Unbelievably so… Peter and Sarah were amazing – they made us feel totally at ease when we were doing the more intimate photos, have a great eye for photo opportunities and, throughout, were great at discretely being everywhere, capturing all aspects of the day. They really encapsulated “us” and our friends in the photos they took – we couldn’t have asked for better.
St Michael and All Angels Church, Ashton under Lyne. Peruga at Woodheys, Marple Bridge near Stockport.
11th April 2015
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A mix of classic and contemporary ideas sewn together with springtime colours, a dash of Winnie-the-Pooh (classic not Disney!) and a splash of surf culture.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Blown away. They immediately took us right back to the day and all the emotion and excitement that went with it. We couldn’t stop flicking through them!
Your wedding style or theme:
Eclectic… At the heart of the day were spring flowers & bright colours. Around the edges was a little bit of Pooh Bear and, despite being 60 miles from the sea, a nod to our love of surfing…
Where did you find your suppliers?
Most were either people we knew or recommended by friends, e.g. our photographers are the uncle and aunt of one of the bridesmaids, our florist was recommended by a friend of Liz’s parents, the cake was made by Liz’s work colleague and we even had a wedding ale brewed by friends with a micro-brewery.
Best bit of budget advice?
DIY isn’t necessarily cheaper…especially in terms of time! Egg cups and ceramic transfers still bring us out in a cold sweat. Photobooths are really popular but can be quite a costly extra; however, we made-up our own surf-themed version. We had a few bits and pieces anyway (surfboard, Hawaiian shirts, posters for the backdrop) but you can get lots of fun stuff really cheaply from online retailers and Jimmy made up a couple of speech-bubble blackboards. One of our digital cameras lasted all evening and gave us some great fun shots to complement the official photos.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
We decided to DIY all the wedding stationery, from invitations to table plan to table names. In hindsight, we think we over-complicated the invitations… they took ages to make!! Jimmy designed a wedding logo featuring our initials and Pooh and Piglet (a shared childhood favourite) which featured on all the stationery so, overall, we think we added a nice personal touch to the day.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Absolutely! I’m not a very decisive person, so I really didn’t think I’d know “the one”, but as soon as I tried it on I knew there was no point looking any further!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
It was an Ellis dress, which I bought from the lovely girls at Blush Boutique in Uppermill, Saddleworth.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
Veil was also from Blush. I wore a gorgeous gold and pearl hair comb from vintagestyler.co.uk. My beautiful shoes were from Monsoon – they were a much higher heel than I originally planned to wear, but I fell in love with them! I didn’t have a necklace due to the high neck of the dress, but I wore gold and pearl earrings from H.Samuel. On my wrists were my something old (an antique gold bracelet watch that used to belong to Jimmy’s grandmother) and something borrowed (a gold and diamanté bracelet borrowed from my mum in a hurry on the wedding morning after the pearl bracelet I intended to wear broke whilst putting it on!)
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
A 3-piece tailored suit from ASuitThatFits.com; it was a grey Prince of Wales check, with a slim but otherwise classic cut and yellow detailing and accessories to match the spring colours. Jimmy had always wanted a made-to-measure suit and said if Liz was spending that much on a dress for one day, he could definitely splash out on a suit that he could wear again… Shoes were British-made burgundy-brown leather brogues from Charles Tyrwhitt.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I wanted the bridesmaid dresses to reflect the spring theme, so I went for pale yellow. I let the girls choose the style, and they went for full length satin gowns…perfect for the grandeur of the church! The dresses were Alfred Angelo, and we purchased them from Once Upon a Bride in Hyde, Greater Manchester. Their shoes were from Debenhams, with nothing higher than a kitten heel on account of the fact that all three adult bridesmaids tower over the 5ft tall bride! My niece, Harriet, was the flowergirl. She looked beautiful in an ivory dress from John Lewis that complimented the bridal gown.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I hired a professional, Michelle, who is a good friend of my sister-in-law. She was fantastic – she arrived at 7.30am and managed to do the hair and make-up of the bride and all the bridesmaids with plenty of time to spare!
We wanted a mixture of spring flowers for the bouquets; the adult bridesmaids’ bouquets contained bold and bright flowers, whilst the bridal bouquet was mainly cream with little bits of pink and blue. The flower girl had a miniature version of the bride’s bouquet. The gents had subtle buttonholes of small spring flowers and foliage. The church was decorated with miniature daffodils (Liz’s favourite flower), and the venue’s flowers continued the bright and bold theme: simple white ceramic teapots, bursting with colourful flowers, were used for the centrepieces.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
As you’ll see from the photos, the church is stunning, so very little decoration was needed there! Peruga has impressive views over the Etherow valley so, again, we didn’t want any decoration to detract from that. We kept everything very simple with classic white and small but colourful centrepieces – we wanted to squeeze a lot of people in so keeping the decoration to a minimum also avoided making the venue feel “overcrowded”. We hired a marquee to extend the space available at Peruga, to give us plenty of room to mill about during the drinks reception, and the hire included decoration with ivory drapes and lighting, etc.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
As explained earlier, we made all our own wedding stationery – pocket fold invites with a bow to match the colour scheme, information sheets and RSVP cards. We also made our own wedding favours, which were simple white egg cups personalised with the guest’s name on one side (so that they doubled up as a place setting) and our wedding logo on the other; guests had a Kinder Surprise in their egg cup at the table.
Table names were all brands of gin – our favourite tipple – so we made up table name cards incorporating the bottle logos as well as elements from the invitations and our own logo.
Jimmy also designed the label for our own special batch of bottled ale produced by our good friends at Bobage Brewery.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
It was traditional in terms of it being a 3-tiered cake, but the design was simple and modern; plain white with a few bright flowers. The bottom tier was fruit, the second plain sponge, and the top chocolate. A work colleague of Liz’s made the cake, and it was stunning!
The music at the church was provided by the Adamson Military Band, but they were missing a clarinet player (the bride!) For the canapés and reception drinks, we had a fantastic jazz trio hired through musicstudentsforhire.co.uk. The evening entertainment was provided by our friend Russ who put on a masterclass of party DJ-ing keeping the dancefloor bustling.
On the day tips and advice:
On the big day, never underestimate the knowledge right in front of you with the photographers – they’ve seen every type of wedding and all sorts of parties. Not sure what you should be doing? Want some quick advice? Got timing issues? Have a quiet word with your photographer!
Enjoy the journey to the reception venue! You don’t get much time on your own during the day so, whilst our sedate journey up to Peruga in a VW split-screen camper was great fun, it was also much cherished time together.
And, most importantly, if anything goes a bit wrong or doesn’t quite work out – don’t get stressed about it. Your guests probably haven’t even noticed – they’ll be swept up with the occasion and almost certainly a couple of drinks to the good, so just relax, go with the flow, and enjoy your day.
What’s the best thing about being married?
We had been together for a good few years before getting married and it’s hard to put your finger on what the difference is – but there definitely is a difference – and it’s a fab feeling. There’s also the relief of not having to organise a wedding…
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Bridal boutique: www.blush-weddings.co.uk
Groom’s suit: www.asuitthatfits.co.uk
Bridesmaid dresses: www.onceuponabrideuk.com
Reception venue: www.peruga.co.uk
Marquee hire: www.thewhitemarquee.co.uk
The Adamson Military Band: www.adamsonband.co.uk
Jazz trio: www.musicstudentsforhire.co.uk
VW camper hire: www.funcampers.co.uk