Time for a little Pinterest, I think… as today’s Lake District wedding is so full of beautiful, colourful, gorgeous details and flowers I hardly know where to begin. I adore this day: the venue is one I love (see my review from last year), the bride and groom are stunning, and oh, the flowers… just perfect.
“The Wild Boar has its own very distinctive décor and did not need much help to create a rustic, vintage vibe. The Wild Boar is full of character with low ceiling beams and roaring log fires, so we managed to achieve the relaxed, intimate atmosphere that we wanted quite easily.”
“About 1 week before the wedding I emailed every supplier who was attending the wedding to ensure they had the correct date and there were no problems etc. This relaxed me completely and prevented any last minute complications!”
Images are by Leeds Wedding Photographer Hayley Baxter. Do take the time to find out more about Hayley here:
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Photographer: Hayley Baxter Photography
How did you choose your photographer:
Hayley was recommended to us by a very well-known local wedding photographer. We had a look at Hayley’s website and her wonderful pictures. From there we knew she would be ideal at our wedding.
Were you pleased with your wedding photogapher? Do tell…we love a brilliant review:
We were incredibly pleased with Hayley, she has a superb talent. Hayley was a joy to have with us on the day, she was a lovely, calming, reassuring influence to have around you on a very emotional day.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We actually watched our photo DVD first which Hayley had created to music including our first dance tune which was very thoughtful of her. The first time we watched it and since has had me in tears and I’m sure even Paul welled up! It showed a wonderful story of a perfect day.
The Wild Boar Crook, Windermere
Can you describe your wedding in less than 10 words:
Romantic, rustic, vintage, intimate, party
Rustic with a vintage twist
Where did you find your suppliers:
The majority I found by word of mouth or who friends had used for their wedding.
What’s your top tip for saving money:
Don’t spend a lot on the things which people won’t notice or use such as wedding favours which often get left on the tables and thrown away!
….and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on??
The food, the flowers and the entertainment.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery from:
I used a fantastic lady called Harriet at Amoretto Wedding . She did the stationery for my friend’s wedding which was beautiful so she came well recommended. We spent time together discussing ideas and the kind of design, theme that we wanted running throughout the day and Harriet created exactly what we had in mind.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress:
I had two weeks to find my dress! From Paul’s proposal to when we got married was a total of six months and dresses often take this long to arrive so I was on a mission! Mum and I travelled all over the Fylde to find it and I must have tried on numerous different styles.
It was only when Emma, a good friend of mine had bought her dress and told me about the gorgeous shop she bought hers from that I headed straight to Lu Lu Browns of Whalley, Ribble Valley. I spotted a dress, tried it on and knew straight away that it was ‘the one’. I then had the breath holding moment to check I’d not picked the same one as Emma! After a nip, tuck and 3000 beads later by the wonderful Charlotte at Legend Bridal Designs of Blackburn I had the dress I’d dreamed of.
Bridal Gown: Blue by Enzoani Fada dress at Lu Lu Browns Whalley
Bridal Alterations: Charlotte at Legend Bridal Designs
Tell us about your accessories:
I didn’t accessorise too much as the dress had so much detail on it so it didn’t need any help. The jewellery I wore was my own and the shoes were from a vintage shoe company called Rachel Simpson.
And what did the groom wear:
The groom wore a bright vivid blue suit from Amelia’s Bridal Boutique in Clitheroe and he looked very handsome. We wanted a traditional look with a modern twist so we chose jackets with tails for Paul, the dads and the best man whilst the ushers had normal length suit jackets to try and add a little twist. Whilst Paul wore a plain ivory cravat, we put the rest of the men in a blue flowery cravat which I am not sure they were all entirely happy about! We bought all the men matching ‘Wild Boar’ cufflinks to link in with the venue and they finished the suits off nicely.
Groomsmen: From Amelia’s Bridal Boutique in Clitheroe.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear:
From a very early stage I knew I wanted vintage pink and bright blue as our main colour theme for the wedding (we both picked a favourite colour!). With the boys in blue, the girls bridesmaid dresses had to be pink and I got them from the ‘Dessy collection’ at The Bridal Boutique in Bispham who were on hand to help every step of the way. As we got married in February, I was worried about the girls being cold so mum and I hunted everywhere for the perfect accessory to match the dresses. Mum rang me one day whilst I was in work and said she had managed to pick up four bright blue shrugs made from marabou feathers from a little boutique shop and thought they would look lovely on the girls. When I first saw the shrugs, I noticed the sizes were not right and I really wasn’t sure the look was going to work! I was worried as they couldn’t be refunded. Mum said ‘trust me’ and as soon as we tried them on with the dresses they looked great – the bright blue contrasted with the pink beautifully and looked even better in the pictures! Mum did a little bit of stitching to make them all fit and they were perfect. Moral of the story – always trust your mums instincts!
Bridesmaid Dresses: ‘Dessy’ collection at Bridal Boutique Bispham, Blackpool.
Hair and Makeup: did you DIY or hire a professional:
Makeup I DIY’d. I practiced practiced practiced beforehand! Hair was done by the wonderful Mairead Meechan who can be found on facebook.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you:
Our wedding flowers were just beautiful, colourful, rustic, and whimsical with a hint of spring. Jane from Flower Design is exceptionally talented at what she does, I knew on the day I could just leave it all in her hands and it would be perfect. Everyone commented on the smell of the flowers as they entered the wedding breakfast, it was just divine!
Florist: Flower Design, Blackpool.
General styling: did your venue need much decoration?
The Wild Boar has its own very distinctive décor and did not need much help to create a rustic, vintage vibe. The Wild Boar is full of character with low ceiling beams and roaring log fires, so we managed to achieve the relaxed, intimate atmosphere that we wanted quite easily. Our home is always covered with candles and fresh flowers so I knew these were important to me to have on the day.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Paul’s aunty Janet is a fantastic cake maker so I knew I was in safe hands here. I got the idea of the cake in a bridal magazine and Janet simply recreated it perfectly. I knew I wanted it to look quite simple but elegant again including a flower theme and I think Janet got it just perfect.
Cake: Janet Clark 2nice2slice
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats:
When organising our wedding, one of the main things we wanted was constant entertainment which was probably where a lot of our budget went. We wanted to ensure our guests were entertained and enjoyed themselves from start to finish.
We started with a string trio in the church ceremony who played a mixture of classical and rock music including Wonderwall by Oasis (clearly not my choice but Paul is a huge fan!). At the drinks reception we had an acoustic band called The Delta Tones who also played as a live band for us in the evening. We took a gamble on the Liverpudlian lads as we had never listened to them before but we were glad we did, the dance floor was never empty. Singing through the wedding breakfast was Matt Johnson who has an exceptional talent, the atmosphere he created with his voice and the songs he chose to sing are moments we will always remember.
Finally in the late evening we had a live saxophonist play to funky house music which kept the party going until the early hours! I think this was a nice little unexpected surprise for everyone!
Entertainment reception acoustic set and evening live band set: The Delta Tones
Entertainment wedding breakfast: UK Wedding Singer Matt Johnson
On the day tips and advice:
My main tip is actually before the day! About 1 week before the wedding I emailed every supplier who was attending the wedding to ensure they had the correct date and there were no problems etc. The relaxed me completely and prevented any last minute complications!
On the day my main tips would be, take a moment at every point to just look around and take it all in because in a flash the day is over.
Also make the time to have your photos taken, a lot of people these days want to rush this part but that it what creates your memories!
Whats the best thing about being married:
The comfort and security of knowing he’s yours!
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