Have you been to the Midland Hotel in Morecambe? It’s fabulous: an art deco hotel on the seafront, lovingly restored and restyled with so much character, and a superb wedding venue. I was there for the very first time only a month or so ago but the hotel has featured on the English Wedding Blog many times…
And so today I’m over the moon to have a fabulous wedding from the Midland Hotel to share with you. The details are classy and understated: flowers are white; stationery is stylish with a dash of art deco, and our brides are absolutely gorgeous!
Amy and Krysta found their suppliers online, at wedding fairs and through recommendations from the venue. They loved their bridal boutique in Preston for the super helpful advice they received – and for being able to choose dresses which worked well together even though they couldn’t see each other’s until the wedding day! Don’t they look amazing?!
Images are by lovely Lisa Hindle Photography, a creative documentary wedding photographer based in Lancashire. Find out more about Lisa here:
Before I show you all the fabulous images of the day, I need to remind you to read Amy and Krysta’s interview at the end of the feature. They share some excellent supplier recommendations, budget tips and advice… but most of all I LOVE this:
“We are extremely content and and feel overwhelmingly protected and loved by each other after undertaking the biggest commitment we could possibly take with each other. Despite many obstacles in our way we managed to pull off a day that exceeded our wildest expectations……..Life just got a whole lot better!!!!”
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Amy & Krysta
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We found Lisa at a wedding fayre, we adored her previous work and loved that she wasn’t in anyway pushy or cocky.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Lisa is fantastic! From our first chat we felt like Lisa understood us as a couple, and although she deals with loads of people week in week out everything felt very personal to us.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We were completely overwhelmed with emotion when Lisa sent us a preview of our photos while we were on our honeymoon, we couldn’t wait to share them with our friends and family who thought they were equally as amazing as we did.
The Midland Hotel, Morecambe
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A fantastic, magical day filled with love and laughter
Your wedding style or theme:
A classy white wedding with a rustic edge
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Dress shop- recommended by a friend
Rings- Firths, local family jewellers with a specialty in bespoke jewellery.
Make up artist- online
Flowers and chair covers- recommended by the venue
Sweet table- family friend, Claire Amos
Caricaturist- internet, warbleentertainment.co.uk
Ice Cream cart and light up letters- wedding fayre at the venue
Photographer- wedding fayre
Videographer- recommended by photographer
Guest book (drop heart guest book) Bespoke at wedding fayre
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Always ask for a discount, we saved quite a lot from being a little bit cheeky- after all they can only say no.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Although the chair covers were not a necessity they completely transformed the room. We are very pleased we opted for a photographer and videographer, Krysta originally had doubts due to cost but we have now have the most amazing, priceless memories.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Our Save the Dates and invites were from www.zazzle.co.uk- a website which allows you to custom- make just about anything at an affordable price.
Our place cards were supplied by the hotel.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dresses?
Krysta typically fell in love with the first dress she laid eyes on- anything for an easy life. I however visited several different shops trying a variety of styles before settling on ‘the one’.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Mori Lee A-line gown and Ronald Joyce fishtail style gown, both from Dan Kerr Brides in Preston who were absolutely amazing at helping us to pick coordinating gowns that suited both our styles without us seeing each others choices until the big day.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Krysta wore a pearl and diamante headband with a vintage pearl bracelet and earrings, all purchased from The National Wedding Show. I wore a pearl and diamante hair comb from online boutique Queenie and Lily, Diamond earrings from Ernest Jones which were a wedding present from Krysta and my late Nana’s ring which was my something borrowed.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Our adult bridesmaids wore one shoulder dresses with bead detail on the waistband from Monsoon. Our Flowergirls both wore white dresses with silver detail from BHS.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Our make up artist was Joanna Needham of JoCoole Make up- Jo made up our adult bridesmaids, our mums and both of us. We’re lucky enough to have a good friend, Kerry Shuttleworth who is a fab hairdresser, she styled the adult bridesmaids and both of us
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Our bridal bouquets were arranged by Abi’s Arrangements and were a beautiful mix of white hydrangeas and white roses, our bridesmaids and flower girls held bouquets of white hydrangeas and our female and male wedding party corsages were single white roses with a hint of foliage.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The Midland has its own unique character with a stunning backdrop whilst at the same time allowing us to inject our own stamp with vases and tea light holders to complement our styling and hessian runners which matched the sashes provided by the chair cover suppliers.
Lights- Supplied by Typical Type, we chose the word DANCE which became the backdrop for our band and dance floor.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We bought a personalised stamp bearing our initials and wedding date, this was used to personalise gift tags on our favours and Claire Amos used the stamp to personalise our sweet bags for the sweet table. It was also used to stamp the back of our invitation along with a heart made from our fingerprints. The children that attended the wedding were kept entertained with a bag each full of hand picked games and goodies.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We chose a 3 tier white rose wedding cake from Marks and Spencer which suited our theme beautifully. It was easy to order and collect and a lot more reasonably priced than the quotes we had from independent shops.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Music provided by Blank Cheque, a band we saw on a night out in Manchester. They were absolutely amazing and so many guests have commented on how fab they were. They sang loads of fantastic covers of songs, dj’ing in between. They managed to get even the most dance floor shy out of their seats. Honestly couldn’t recommend them highly enough!
Ice Cream Cart- supplied by Love My Trike, friendly staff and a great ice cream selection.
Sweet Table- supplied by Claire Amos. A brilliant selection of sweet treats which kept everyone very happy, all on a table which was decorated to beautifully and fitted into our theme perfectly.
Caricaturist- Mike C from Warble Entertainment- This provided fab entertainment in-between the wedding breakfast and the the evening do. Mike drew some very realistic looking caricatures with a fun comedic twist.
On the day tips and advice:
Although the wedding day can be quite stressful, try your best to relax and enjoy the moment and don’t drink too much, nothing is less classy than a drunken bride and nobody wants to have memory loss of the day they have waited a lifetime for.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Despite being told numerous times that being married feels no different, we feel completely different. We are extremely content and and feel overwhelmingly protected and loved by each other after undertaking the biggest commitment we could possibly take with each other. Despite many obstacles in our way we managed to pull off a day that exceeded our wildest expectations……..Life just got a whole lot better!!!!
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
The venue- Midland Hotel, www.englishlakes.co.uk
Photography- Lisa Hindle, www.lisahindlephotography.co.uk
Videography- Jo Gendle Films, www.jogendlefilms.com
Sweet table- Claire Amos
Ice cream cart- Love My Trike
Band- Blank Cheque, www.blankchequeband.com
Lights- Typical type, www.typicaltype.co.uk
Make-up- Jo Coole Makeup, www.jocoolemakeup.com
Hair- Kerry Shuttleworth
Caricaturist- Mike C, www.warbleentertainment.com
Dresses- Dan Kerr, www.dankerr.co.uk
Flowers- Abi’s Arrangements, www.abisarrangements.co.uk