Happy Sunday morning my lovely! I have something extraordinarily special for you this morning: a beautiful real wedding from Lancashire’s Eaves Hall. Gorgeous couple Stephanie and Lyle were married there, and I have a delicious selection of images from their day to share with you.
There’s more than just gorgeous images and fabulous details though. Stephanie shares some brilliant advice with us all today – for starters, “I would recommend that all future brides go to a wedding fair early on… I went when everything was pretty much booked. It would have saved me a lot of time and research because it was amazing and everything was in one place!”
The beautiful bride told me Eaves Hall is “traditionally beautiful and combines the old with the new so we could have got away with doing nothing. That’s not us though… we had drapes from the chandeliers, a fairly lit back drop, a LOVE light up sign, sweet cart, post box and our own personal touches…” Do read Stephanie and Lyle’s English Wedding Blog interview at the end of the feature to find out more!
“Lyle was amazing and designed and made all of the wedding invitations, place cards, table names and the table plan. It took him hours and probably cost the same as buying it ready-made but it made it so special.” (And wow – I LOVE that table plan!!! Claire x)
Images are by Liverpool wedding photographer Andrew Keher. Andrew photographs weddings all over the UK so do get in touch if you love his style as much as I do!
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Stephanie and Lyle
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We were looking for a natural photographer that put us at ease. Lyle is not one for staged photos so we wanted someone who could capture those key moments without having to pretend! Andy offered an engagement shoot as part of our package and from the moment we met him, we both agreed that he was the one for the job. We spent a relaxing afternoon walking around the Deansgate Locks and ended up with the most beautiful photos…
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Andy is really friendly and relaxed. It felt like another friend at our wedding … he really put everyone at ease. He stayed for even longer than required to capture some beautiful evening shots at no request… he went above and beyond, nothing was too much.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We had a few sneak previews posted online by Andy whilst on our honeymoon in Bali which got us really excited! Andy gave us the option of viewing our photos on an online gallery or by way of a memory stick which he presented in a beautiful engraved wooden box with a few printed pictures. We chose to wait for the memory stick to arrive by post and sat down with a bottle of champagne for the evening. We both cried when we saw some of the pictures, there were some really beautiful moments captured.
Eaves Hall, Clitheroe
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Romantic, elegant, fun, picturesque – the best day of our lives
Your wedding style or theme:
I would say elegantly glitzy!
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
I found all our suppliers online, through recommendations from our wedding venue or at the Wedding Fair at the MEN. I would recommend that all future brides go to a wedding fair early on… I went when everything was pretty much booked. It would have saved me a lot of time and research because it was amazing and everything was in one place! If you’re confident enough to try on dresses in public, use this to also get an idea as to different wedding dress designers and suppliers. I must have visited nearly 30 shops and only 2 had dresses in the style I wanted.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Keep a spreadsheet… your wedding will be one of the biggest expenses in your life. The cost of things can mean that you lose idea of the value of money. What I mean by this is, you may spend £80.00 on dried petals for your confetti – this is so much less than the other big things that you think it’s not a lot… but you need to keep a perspective of the cost of all those ‘little’ extras which really add up!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
My dress – I felt like a princess.
Food and drink – it’s big in our lives so we really went all out to treat the most loved people in our lives.
Honeymoon – the most important holiday of our lives and one we could never forget.
Videographer – it’s so wonderful to have our wedding to watch as many times as we wish! They were so un-intrusive and captured so many wonderful moments from our day.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
It was a labour of love for Lyle. He was amazing and designed and made all of the wedding invitations, place cards, table names and the table plan with no help. It took him hours and probably cost the same as buying it ready-made but it made it so special. We have our table plan mounted on a wall in our house now – a lovely reminder of our wedding day.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes – I knew before I tried it on. I spent hours browsing Pinterest the week we got engaged and pinned a dress that was near enough identical to the one I bought! I now have it stored in a beautiful box… it will stay with us forever!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Pronovias, Swarbrick Brides
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I was tempted to buy a pair of designer shoes I had fallen in love with but who was going to see them under my huge dress! I am so pleased I had the sense to do this because after walking through all the venue grounds and dancing all night, they are very much ruined! Remember to go for a lower heel that you normally would too… who wants to be barefoot on their wedding day?!
I wore delicate and glitzy jewellary because my dress was the statement – I didn’t want to take away from this. The most important jewellery on my wedding day was my Nan’s wedding ring which my bridesmaid sewed in to my dress on the morning of our wedding day – my grandparents were so dear to me and had the most wonderful marriage.
I also had a veil to cover my backless dress for the wedding ceremony – this came off for the party later on!
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
Lyle wore a traditional light grey tail suit with an ivory waist cost and tie. The waist coat had discrete glitz on it too! We hired all the suits from Swarbricks too (where I got my wedding dress). They were great… they even custom made a tailored waist coat for our dog Buddy in the same fabric as Lyle’s so he matched the wedding party.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I chose some beautiful long length dresses from Coast in duck egg blue. Unless your bridesmaids are all the same body shape, it’s best to stick with what suits them and/or long length. They loved their dresses and shoes – I spent weeks choosing their dresses. It was so important that they felt comfortable, confident and happy on our wedding day.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Yes. I used Samantha Mercer for all make up and other hair styles. Our make up was flawless, I was so pleased. I had my own hairdresser, Angela Mason on the day… this hadn’t always been the plan but I got nervous in the run up and wanted someone who had styled my hair regularly before. I also changed my hairstyle to an up do last minute – having your hair down is a risk unless you are a pro or have a pro at your wedding!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Sara from Flowers with Passion was our florist. We had senecio leaves, succulents, silver brunea, pale pink roses, hydrangeas and gypsophila. They were blowsy, luscious arrangements and looked absolutely amazing on the day.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We were fortunate that our venue is traditionally beautiful and combines the old with the new so we could have got away with doing nothing. That’s not us though… we had drapes from the chandeliers, a fairly lit back drop, a LOVE light up sign, sweet cart, post box and our own personal touches like photoframes with pictures of our time together, toiletry baskets for the male and female toilets etc, custom made signs including ‘What you didn’t know about the Bride/Groom’ etc… it’s these little things that will make your day that little different. Some people say no one would notice either way but we had so many comments from everyone that they loved how personal our day was.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I’ve already touched on Lyle making all of the wedding stationery which was a huge part of the day. Separate to this, we had engraved shot glasses as wedding favours which I packaged. These took me about 3 weeks to put together! A huge task but so worth it and a nice keepsake from our wedding day. Why shot glasses? Lyle proposed in Vegas so we wanted to carry a little of this theme over to our wedding! There wasn’t much else in terms of handmade elements… we tried to keep this to a minimum after we spent weeks (which should have been days!) on the wedding invitations.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
My sister in law is a head patisserie chef so we were very fortunate to have a custom made cake from the very best there is at no cost. This was so generous of her, she had to take a week off work to make it! We spent a weekend in advance trying different flavours and opted for the traditional fruit layer, chocolate orange, lemon raspberry and vanilla with butter cream and strawberry. It was towered and had tumbling flowers with duck egg ribbon and pearls throughout.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
The Warning Tones did an acoustic set for our ceremony which was beautiful. We loved them so much we also booked them for our evening do. They were fantastically talented and created a great atmosphere with some of our all time favourites including lots of 60s hits!
On the day tips and advice:
As the bride, don’t be the last to get ready! It’s important not to feel rushed and to enjoy special time with your parents and bridesmaids in the run up to the big moment. If you have a great hair and make up artist you don’t need to worry about your hair and make up lasting all day and night! Mine didn’t budge!
Make sure you spend time with each other – it’s YOUR wedding day after all. This was the best advice we had for our day and we were so grateful for it – there is a real risk that before you know it, the day is over and you have few ‘shared’ memories from your big day.
What’s the best thing about being married?
The beauty of us making that life long commitment to each other. We will always be 1 for our whole lives. I also burst with pride at being able to call Lyle my husband… I don’t think I will ever tire of the eek moment when I get to say it!
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Photographer – http://www.andrewkeher.co.uk
Videographer – http://www.lancashireweddingvideo.co.uk
Hair and make up – http://www.samanthamercer.co.uk
Post box/Sweet cart – http://www.theweddingboxlancashire.co.uk
Flowers – http://www.flowerswithpassion.co.uk
Venue Dressing – http://www.creativecoverhire.co.uk
Acoustic set and band – http://www.warningtones.co.uk