A candlelit white wedding in Cheshire
22 Mar 2019
The rain didn’t spoil Lauren-Lee Broomhead and Aaron Day’s special day at De Vere Cranage Estate
How did you meet?
We met on a photo shoot in Chester. We had both joined an agency and were having our portfolio shots. We were asked to have photos together – we still have these shots.
Tell us about the proposal.
It was beautiful. My happy place is London’s West End. I have a degree in musical theatre. My 21st birthday was the day before and Aaron surprised me with a weekend away in London with tickets to see Kinky Boots. My parents also came along. We all got the train and headed for brunch where I was greeted by a bottle of prosecco from Aaron’s parents. We then headed to the next location – it was a rooftop bar overlooking London. We had our own area with balloons and prosecco which I thought was for my birthday. Aaron then handed me a book and asked me to read aloud. It was a poem with pictures of us from the last six years. The final two pages said: “To find our next chapter turn the next sheet, will you marry me?” He got down on one knee and the church bells began to ring. It was lovely. A few moments later fighter pilots flew overhead as it was the Queen’s 90th birthday. My mum filmed the proposal. It was played on our wedding day and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Blushes, nudes, ivory and dove grey.
What venue did you choose?
Aaron is originally from Derby and I am originally from Stockport. We moved in together in Cheshire two years ago. We knew we would need a venue with a lot of bedrooms as we both have large families with very few relatives living in Cheshire. It was actually only the second venue we viewed. We attended a wedding fair at De Vere Cranage Estate and we instantly fell in love with the grounds and the venue. The whole team were so friendly and couldn’t do enough for us. We felt so looked after before we had even agreed to anything, so we knew we would be in good hands.
When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?
Where do I start? I have always known exactly what I wanted but I just couldn’t find the dream dress. I tried several shops. Everyone said to me you just know when you find the one but I never had that experience. My dress originally had a high back, layered ruffle skirt and no detail on it whatsoever. I fell in love with the simplicity of the bodice so I decided to have it custom made. I knew I wanted something backless and simple with a touch of lace detail but nothing on the bodice. J&J Designs captured my vision perfectly. I also had my veil custom made to match.
What did the bridesmaids wear?
I had four bridesmaids: sister-in-law Laura Day, friend since birth Demie Edwards, best friend Chloe Johnston and my best friend from university, Lydia Garnet. I bought their dresses from ASOS. They were mink dresses from TFNC – they were beautiful.
Where did you find your suits?
Moss Bros. at Cheshire Oaks. It was a DKNY design.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
We went for a lot of floating candles, tea lights, candelabras and lanterns so we kept the floral arrangements quite simple. We had fresh gypsophila in tall vases on the long tables and gypsophila interspersed with the candelabras. We also had lots of tiny vases with hydrangeas dotted around the tables. My bouquet had ivory roses and the bridesmaids’ bouquets were gypsophila with ivory roses. All the flowers were white and ivory to tie in the blush tones with the ruffle chair covers and rose gold floating candles. We also had two flower walls – one blush and ivory, and one was just ivory.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
- Everyone who knows me knows I love candles so it was only right that our function room was filled with them. My mum and I love Aldi’s candles as they are affordable and smell just like Jo Malone. Once we burnt them in our homes we kept the glass jars and collected them over the two years we were engaged. A week before the wedding we had 40 glass jars. We rinsed them, poured in water and used them as cylinders for our floating candles. This saved us so much money and they looked beautiful.
- We had a selfie mirror which was great fun.
- We also had a virtual guest book which we think is the way forward – it's lovely to watch back and hear messages from your loved ones.
- A special detail for me was my present which Aaron gave me in the morning. I was gutted that I had nothing blue as I am very traditional. Aaron bought me a Gucci bracelet with a blue stone which I absolutely love. I made Aaron a box with all his favourite things.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
I was so nervous all morning but I kept it together. When the car pulled up to the church I burst into floods of tears. Aaron and I went to church for the two years we were engaged so for the day to finally have arrived and to hear the bells was so overwhelming. Walking down the aisle was amazing. Seeing all the people you love and care about in one room and of course Aaron at the bottom of aisle made me emotional. Having my dad by my side was the cherry on top.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
I always imagined myself walking down the aisle to Here Comes the Bride which was the plan until a week before the wedding. Aaron chose the song Over and Over Again by Nathan Sykes. He played it to me one evening the week before and the second I heard it I knew that was the song. Aaron’s Uncle Neil did a reading about me and Aaron which he wrote himself – it was beautiful. My mum made the pew ends herself and the bride getting married at the church the next day asked if she could keep them up for her wedding which we were delighted about. We had blossom trees at the end of the pews and bay trees outside with fresh white flowers and a flower heart.
What was your most memorable moment?
Coming into the reception to Signed, Sealed, Delivered was a highlight for me. Sitting down at the top table and seeing everyone having a good time felt so surreal. The years of planning had had finally all come together. Our vows were also a memorable moment for us, one we will cherish forever.
What was the most important investment for you?
The photographer was the most important investment for us as the photographs are all you have to look back on once your day is over. Memories are so important – I always looked at my mum and dad’s wedding album and watched their wedding video growing up, so I knew I wanted great photos for my children to look at one day. We knew we wanted Lesley Meredith from the start.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
We chose Perfect by Ed Sheeran.
Did you have any evening entertainment?
Yes, we had Callum Wright, a brilliant singer who sang during our wedding breakfast and also sang our first dance song. We had a saxophonist in the evening which was brilliant, definitely the highlight of the evening.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
It was HUGE. A five-tiered cake – we knew we wanted a massive cake but we knew we wouldn’t eat it all so the first three tiers were a dummy, which saved on costs too…
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
I really wanted to throw my bouquet but we were running really behind during the day and by the night came I had completely forgotten.
Did anything go wrong on the day?
The traffic was horrendous from the church to the venue which made everything run an hour behind.
Did you have a hashtag?
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
To not stress about the weather. I was so disappointed as it was forecast for rain on our special day. I thought it was going to spoil the whole day. There were a few showers throughout the day but it honestly didn’t matter and we didn’t really notice. It was beautiful and bright all afternoon so we were able to go out and have our photos taken.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We waited until three weeks after the wedding to go on our honeymoon and it was honestly the best thing we did as we had something to look forward to once the wedding was over. We went to Mauritius, an absolutely beautiful place. The people were so friendly and great weather.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Enjoy it – it’s your day so be selfish and choose the things you want and love.
Watch their wedding story unfold below.
Steal their style:
Dress: J&J Designs
Bridesmaids' dresses: ASOS
Venue dressing and flowers: Flower Land Reddish and Cover Story Event Dressing
Cake: The Cake Box
Make-up: Chloe Johnston and Demie Edwards
Hair: Tracey Broomhead
Hair extensions: Locks of Love
Favours: Poppies Bakehouse
DJ, band and lighting: AO Events
Singer: Callum Wright
Video: Victoria Louise Videography
Wedding bands: Goldsmiths and Ernest Jones
Suits: DKNY and Moss Bros.
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