A fun-filled Easter wedding in Lancashire

04 May 2022

The focus was on fun for all the guests at Caitlin Acton and Carl Lutkevitch's Easter wedding 

How did you meet?

At university.

Tell us about the proposal.

Carl arranged for us to go to the Sky Lounge at the Hilton in Leeds as we were out for his birthday so I wouldn’t suspect once we got there. A balloon box was arranged to appear with 'Will you marry me?' on it, however it took about an hour for it to come out and at first I thought it was a puppy! As I opened the box, Carl got down on one knee and I said yes.

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How was your wedding affected by Covid-19?

We cancelled our wedding twice due to Covid and switched location from Skiathos in Greece to a UK wedding. Our wedding took place two years later than originally planned. 

What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

Fun and joy in a colour palette of blush and ivory.

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What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?

We chose Bartle Hall in Preston. We just fell in love with it and the staff were amazing when we went to look around; they made our day so special and nothing was too much for them to do. They allowed our puppy in the venue too, so it was an absolute winner.

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How did you know you’d found ‘the’ dress?

I tried on more than 30 dresses in several different boutiques, all of a style I thought I wanted: a plain, slinky number. I ended up rummaging through the Abbey Wedding Warehouse in Kirstall, Leeds alone, where an sample ex-runway dress was hanging up and I knew as soon as I saw it that it was the one. It was the complete opposite of what I thought I would choose. No one actually saw my dress in person until the big day, and it was a hit.

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Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?

I had Ellie Bedford as my maid of honour, and my bridesmaids were: Ailish Acton, Jenny Goodall and Carla Marks, plus our daughter Niamh Acton-Lutkevitch as a mini bridesmaid. They all wore the blush Maya Deluxe dresses in different styles to suit their shapes and preferences.

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What did the mother of the bride wear?

My mum's outfit was pieced together from Phase Eight, Coast and The Snooty Frox in Harrogate.

Where did you find your suits?

Carl and his groomsmen wore suits from Owen Scott, and Carl's jacket was from Debenhams.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

The flowers were provided by a friend whose attention to detail is incredible. I gave her a small brief of large roses, bunny tails and pampas, and she created the most spectacular arrangements. We gave the mothers and bridesmaids large dried flower arrangements as gifts from a local small business called Darla Bloom with personalised ribbons. I wanted something for them all to keep and appreciate. They all loved them and they looked fantastic. 

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day

  • I did a lot of DIY with a little help from my friends. As it was Easter, we had a mini Easter egg hunt for the children and provided miniature Lindt bunny chocolates as favours.
  • My maid of honour read a small poem and provided mini shots of limoncello as part of her ending for all the adults.
  • The centrepieces were candelabras with artificial large rose heads and foliage on decorated by my bridesmaid and florist, Jen.
  • The photo booth was one of my favour parts of the day: a bright pink VW van called Birdie. Kitty and Dave provided ice creams and a converted Mini boot to display drinks and sign the guest book on.
  • The place names were everyone's own Polaroid picture. We designed our seating plan through Etsy, featuring some of our favourite spirits with guests' names in the bottles and used the corresponding bottle on each table. The artwork for the seating plan was excellent.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I didn’t notice anyone else. The room could have been empty or full of naked people. It was like I had blinkers on and all I needed to know was that I had my dad by my side. I was conscious not to walk too fast, but all I saw was my husband-to-be and the gospel choir. I felt this overwhelming sense of love, relief and happiness. It was truly joyous.

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How did you make the ceremony personal to you?

We had readings by our eight-year-old niece, Freya, who read beautifully. We initially arranged for our ten-year-old daughter Niamh to read, but she declined at the last moment. The readings were in the newspapers we had made and handed out to guests on arrival, so we asked everyone to look at these at their leisure. The gospel choir was definitely something that made it personal to us; Carl picked out all the songs according to each part of the ceremony including Signed, Sealed, Delivered during the signing of the papers, and Crazy In Love for our exit.

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What was your most memorable moment?

Carl's best moment was seeing me come down the aisle to the choir singing and seeing the surprise on my face.

For me, hearing the song How Long Will I Love You sung live by the choir, rather than playing through the speakers, for me to walk down to. 

What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

For Carl, it was the seating plan as he wanted to make sure everyone was sat with people they knew or would get on with. I left most of the groundwork to Carl so I felt like a very lucky stress-free bride.

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What was the most important investment for you?

Carl: It was the whole day. Weddings aren’t cheap and we will only be doing this once, so I wanted it to be perfect for us and all the guests.

Caitlyn: Everyone commented on the food after the day. I didn’t realise how important that is for guests, but I would say in hindsight this is something to really invest your time, money and effort into to make sure it is right for you and your guests. Also, the venue as I wanted venue exclusivity but without it being too grand. I wanted a separate room for the ceremony and the function room, so there was no waiting for a turnaround. And, most importantly, I wanted the space for fabulous photos, outside entertainment and for children and adults to enjoy (and the puppy, of course).

What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

We had Still Falling For You by Ellie Goulding for a few reasons: one, I am obsessed with Bridget Jones which the song features in, and for Carl, the words fitted our story.

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Did you have any evening entertainment?

We had the Remix Live band in the evening, who played two sets: function favourites and Ibiza classics with a saxophonist alongside. We also had a DJ until 1am.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

It was a three-tier cake in two 'his and her' flavours: chocolate and salted caramel for Carl, and lemon and blueberry with a lemon curd filling for me. 

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Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

To try and take all of it in; it goes in a flash and it’s a haze of little moments of the day.

Where did you go on honeymoon?

We went to the Lakes the morning after and we went to Ibiza for the proper celebrations a month later. 

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

Set a budget and stick to it. Don’t get concerned with keeping up with appearances; it’s your day, so do what you want as it's your memories you are making. Also, enjoy it as it's such an amazing time, so embrace it all.

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Steal their style: 

Photography: Lucy Henzell Photography
Venue & catering: Bartle Hall
Dress: Abbey Wedding Warehouse 
Rings: Ernest Jones
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Jewellery: The Diamond Store 
Hair: Katy Corcoran KC Bridal Hair Stylist
Make-up: Harriet Cooper
Suits: Owen Scott
Bridesmaids' dresses: Maya Deluxe
Flowers: Amy Choi and Darla Bloom
Cake: Katy's Cake Kitchen
Band: Remix Live
Gospel choir: New Freedom Gospel UK
Venue dresser: Expose Events 

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