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Sarah and Aaron’s relaxed and informal Consall Hall wedding, with Ragdoll Photography

Aaron and Sarah’s wedding has wow factor: the locations around Consall Hall are simply breathtaking. Those trees... really, these are some of my favourite wedding pics so far this year. I love their day for its simplicity, rustic appeal and romance – and the beautiful bride and groom are just made for each other.

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We chose a vintage/rustic theme as Aaron proposed after an afternoon tea (which we then chose to have as a wedding breakfast), and because we love the informal/relaxed style. We did a lot of the preparation ourselves, we made all of the stationery including invitations (huge saving!), and we kept things simple.”

I loved making all of the stationery, but then I am a perfectionist and I knew exactly what I wanted. One person we met with said that the design wasn’t possible in the size we wanted (A6). Luckily I am a crafty person, so determined to have what I wanted, I made it myself (and succeeded!)

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We were very lucky as overall the whole cost of the wedding was less than what we had put aside. The biggest cost was the venue, which included all of the food (wedding breakfast and evening meal), soft drinks during the meal, exclusive hire of 70 acres of stunning landscaped grounds, two golf buggies with chauffeurs, general room decorations and two fantastic coordinators. It was definitely worth it!”

Images are by lovely Rosie at Ragdoll Photography. Discover more from her here:

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The English Wedding Blog interview: Aaron and Sarah

Wedding photographer’s website:

Ragdoll photography

How did you choose your photographer?

Sarah knows Rosie through their day jobs (School based)

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!

We were very pleased with the numerous images taken by Rosie. She was considerate, amenable and fun to work with on the day.

Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?

We couldn’t believe how many there were! We were very pleased with the range and the amount of photos provided.

Wedding venue:

Consall Hall and Gardens, Staffordshire

Wedding month:

March

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Informal, exciting, fun, full of love, exactly what we imagined!

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

In various places; through personal connections, recommendations, at wedding fayres and through an Internet search.

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

Having met with a few different people who offered a stationery service and not being overly impressed, Sarah made all of the stationery. It was the right decision.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

My dress was the second that I had ever tried on, and thereafter nothing else compared. It was perfect!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

The dress came from Elle Louise Bridal in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

I bought my shoes over the Internet from the shoe company Else; I wore various pieces of jewellery that had been given as presents for prior occasions (mostly from Aaron) and a pearl head band that came from Debenhams.

And what did the groom wear?

Aaron wore a blue three piece Ted Baker suit, an ivory shirt, brown shoes (Hudson) and a yellow tie/pocket square/tie pin from Next. In the evening he wore a grey suit from Burtons, with a blue shirt from Next.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Full length, pistachio green chiffon dresses in a Grecian style.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

We did our own hair and make up.

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

The flowers came from Parsley and Sage (Longton, Stoke). The bridesmaids each had a handheld bouquet of gypsophila and I had a handheld bouquet of baby pink gerbera mixed with gypsophila tied in twine. Our mums also had a write corsage each, using the same flowers as my bouquet.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

We provided some items that we wanted to use but the venue was well equipped with decorations that we were able to use should we want to.

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

We had a three tier cake presented as large French fancies including the paper case (made of icing!), because it tied in with the afternoon tea. We had seen a similar cake on Pinterest, and fell in love with the concept.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We used a DJ recommended by the venue, DJ Ian Stewart, also based in Stoke.

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

Make sure that you get some alone time, we were lucky as we chose to eat alone during the wedding breakfast at a sweetheart table for two. Best decision we made, as other than during the photos we didn’t actually see each other!

What’s the best thing about being married?

We couldn’t name any one thing, being married means that we are comitted to each other and we are looking forward to starting a family next!

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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  • Rebecca Wilkie
    2 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding and I love the comment at the end. ‘We couldn’t name any one thing, being married means that we are committed to each other and we are looking forward to starting a family next!’ So many people see weddings as an isolated event. But they’re not. They are just the start of the fairytail

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