Today’s wedding is guaranteed to bring a smile: the colours are stunning, the styling absolutely beautiful, and the bride and groom gorgeous as can be! Elaine & Matt were married at West Tower, Aughton, and describe their best day ever as “a traditional, bright and colourful day filled with smiles“.
“I wanted a vintage classic dress that would suit my petite figure. However all I knew was that I wanted some lace and a high neck, so I was very open minded.
“In order to give the illusion of height I went for a more figure hugging design. I tried on a huge variety and loved the whole experience of trying on all styles. However, when I put on the dress I chose I knew it was ‘the one.’ My mum could tell by the huge smile on my face.”
Images are by lovely Yorkshire wedding photographer Samantha Ward – Sam’s images are out of this world – do take the time to discover her work here:
The theme of the day is just so wonderfully colourful – I love it! “It was quite hard to get the balance right of colours without it being too much like a clashing rainbow. I used the Ted Baker bridesmaids dresses as a guide for the rest of the shades and colours of accessories and decorations. This gave us so much flexibility and didn’t tie us in to a theme or precise colour. Different shades brought a great contrast.”
The English Wedding Blog interview: Elaine & Matt
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Sam captured the day perfectly. Most photos were taken when people were unaware and so it captured the natural essence of the fun, socialising and celebrations of the day. By doing a pre shoot with her it meant that we got used to (and actually enjoyed) being photographed and we felt more natural posing on the big day! It was so much fun. Sam also used the natural environment surrounding the venue as stunning backdrops including an incredible sunset. A little thing that went a long way was the fact that Sam kept us all calm during the final preparations – especially doing the fiddly stuff like securing my veil and pinning on the flower button holes. She was fantastic, we’d highly recommend.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We couldn’t stop smiling, laughing and crying. A whirlwind of emotions. It was if we were transported right back to the day. It brought back so many memories and captured things which we hadn’t actually managed to see in person. The colours were fantastic. Plus she managed to catch some great facial expressions during the speeches. The way Sam had captured the natural landscape of trees and fields at the same time as all of our guests enjoying the day was incredible.
West Tower Country House, Aughton. Half of our wedding party were travelling up from Bristol which is where Matt is from and we currently live, therefore accommodation on site was a must. West Tower ticked all the boxes with a historic building in a rural setting with beautiful accommodation on site.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Mainly through local suppliers which I’d already heard of or had been recommended.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Focus on what is important to you. We saved a lot of money on flowers by working closely with Irene, the flower lady at the church. She arranged locally cut flowers into recycled jam jars which were used twice. Firstly in the church and then they were transported to the venue to decorate the tables including the pew-end flowers which finished off the top table and cake table perfectly. One of our friends also supplied us with some wooden plinths on which to set the flowers to give a really natural and rustic centre piece.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The venue with on-site luxury accommodation which we subsidised – this meant that our guests who had travelled far and wide could relax and enjoy the day without planning taxis, hotels etc.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Paperchase- Floral and Bright range. Sums up our theme nicely. They did invitations, place cards, thank you cards.. the lot!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Ronald Joyce, Brides Gallery, Heskin Hall
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Accessories – I wore a cathedral length veil and added colour with flowers in my hair and emerald earrings to match my engagement ring with a pearl bracelet.
Shoes – pastel floral flatforms- to give me height and comfort!
Flowers – A fabulous burst of colour made with a variety of flowers.
Elaine’s Wedding band – rose gold bespoke design hand engraved with the same pattern from my mum’s wedding band, from John Titcombe, Clifton, Bristol and Matt’s wedding band made at Heather Scott, Cedar Farm, Mawdesley, Lancashire
And what did the groom wear?
The Boys – We went for a navy Ted Baker suit and mint coloured accessories to tie in with the colours in the bridesmaid dresses. I friend William Crookshank made the cuff links using multi coloured buttons.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Flowers at High Tea by Ted Baker
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I used my usual hair and make up ladies!
Hair – Ivydene, Skelmersdale
Make up and nails – Beauty Barn, Burscough
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
A beautiful burst of colour. The florist understood completely what I was after – nothing too neat and fussy and the colours blended in perfectly with the other colours used across the day. Again we used the bridesmaid dresses to select the colours and flowers for the bouquets. We wanted a rustic, wild meadow selection of flowers.
Garlands Florist, Standish near Wigan as recommended by my sister.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We kept decorations simple. Red events (Bootle) provided chair decorations, floating candles in bases and dotted tea lights around the venue. Again we matched the colours of the organza ribbons and swags to the bridesmaid dress colours – pastel pink, lemon, blue and green. The multi colours made the room look amazingly colourful and bright but because we used organza it wasn’t too bold. Red Events did a fantastic job of adding a splash of colour
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We didn’t want any large centre pieces getting in the way of people’s conversations and socialising so we went for a simple but effective display of a natural wooden plinth (cut from a felled silver birch tree) with jam jars with tea lights in. We wrapped ribbon and jute around the jars to tie in with the wooden, natural theme.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We thought individual cakes could be easily enjoyed and created less waste, in fact no waste as they were all eaten up!
Fairy cakes were vanilla with buttercream – so light and fluffy. The paper cases in which they were in added a great splash of colour and they were arranged beautifully on a stand. Matt’s favourite cake is carrot cake – so my sister make a cake which we could cut which sat at the top of the stand.
Cake Maker: Jayne Potts – my sister.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Entertainment (evening) – Daz, Bristol. The dancefloor was NEVER empty. Daz manages to provide a huge range of songs which everybody can enjoy with added entertainment of humour, and him playing the guitar and keyboard. Our guests said they had never seen a dancefloor so busy! Daz also struggled to take a break as the guests didn’t want to stop dancing!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Decide on what’s most important and spend more focus times / money on that area to get it just right.
Go with what makes you as a couple happy. The theme or colours are a chance to show off your personalities.
What’s the best thing about being married?
It feels different. As a couple we feel an even closer bond. However, it’s still not a reason to grow up!
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Aughton weddingBeauty BarnBrides GalleryClassic Wedding CarsGarlands FloristHeather ScottIvydeneJohn TitcombeLeeds wedding photographyPaperchaseRed EventsSamantha Ward PhotographyTed BakerWest Tower Country HouseYorkshire wedding photographers