Lancashire couple Amy and Adam chose a traditional church wedding at St Peter’s Church, Salesbury, followed by a fun-packed reception with flashes of navy and blush pink at the Tithe Barn, Browsholme Hall. We find out more about their special day.
Photography by Lottie Designs
How did you meet?
We met through Saturday football, where Adam was a young player on the same team as my dad.
Tell us about the proposal.
The proposal was at home on Christmas morning. Adam had been acting very strange for about a week beforehand – not sleeping properly and generally being out of character. He was up very early on Christmas morning and said it was because he was too excited. He told me to get up and get ready and I was not pleased about being up so early. I went downstairs and Adam had laid all our presents out and told me to open my stocking first. I pulled out the ring box and he went down on one knee and popped the question.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
We didn’t really have a specific theme, but we went for navy blue and blush pink as our colour theme.
When did you know when you’d found your dress?
As I had been to another bridal shop the day before and had such a disappointing experience, I was quite wary of trying more dresses on. Thankfully, the second shop I went to provided the experience that I had always imagined and I knew I’d found the one when I didn’t want to try any more dresses on.
Where did you find the suits?
At first we arranged to hire suits, but were not happy with the overall fit and so tried some suits from Next which fitted perfectly. The quality and fit were far superior to the hire suits.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
Flowers were an important aspect of the wedding as the venue was such a blank canvas. We decided to focus on whites and ivory textures with a subtle flash of pink to tie in with our theme. As the venue had such a high ceiling, we were able to make the most of this by having a number of larger table centres to add height. The top table was decorated with mirrors and candles to reflect the light.
Tell us about the details of the day.
Our wedding was full of little details that we planned in order for our guests to enjoy themselves as much as possible. We had a saxophone player during the cocktail hour which really got the party started from the beginning. Our favours were little bottles of homemade damson gin for the ladies, and vodka and cranberry for the men. We booked Howard Wing to entertain our guests throughout the wedding breakfast and this gave us the party atmosphere that we were keen to have. We bought a personalised Instagram frame that guests could use to have photos taken in, and this went down very well later on.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
I was very nervous. As a result I practically sprinted down the aisle and got to the end before the music had really kicked in.
What was your most memorable moment?
Amy: My most memorable moment was during the wedding breakfast. Just before the desserts were served, Howard made us all stand on our chairs and dance, and then a conga line started. I remember looking around and seeing a huge smile on each and every one of our guests’ faces and just thinking that everything was perfect. We wanted everyone to have a great time and to see all our friends and family getting involved was brilliant.
Adam: Mine was turning round in church as Amy was walking down the aisle. This is my strongest memory from the whole day.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
Keeping everybody happy. When family are contributing to the cost of the wedding, it was hard to make sure they were happy as well as planning the day we’d imagined. Large families on both sides also added to the fun.
What was the most important investment for you? Food, drink, honeymoon?
Our priorities were the food and entertainment. Both of these combined were a large proportion of the final budget, but we still maintain that this was money well spent. We also had a video made of the day, which was a fantastic investment and will be something we can treasure forever.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
We chose Sam Smith and John Legend’s Lay Me Down. We both liked the lyrics and felt we would be able to dance comfortably to it.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
A cake wasn’t really a big priority for us so we went for a small macaroon tower with a cake base, in colours to mirror our theme.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
I would walk down the aisle much more slowly!
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
That it really doesn’t matter if it rains. We thought we would be heartbroken if it rained, but in reality it made for an even better atmosphere as everyone stayed together rather than drifting in and out all evening.
Where was the honeymoon?
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Make sure you don’t sacrifice what you want to keep other people happy. Invite as many of your friends to the day if you can – these are the ones who will get involved and make the day as memorable as the evening.
Steal their style:
Photography: Lottie Designs, www.lottiedesigns.com
Venue: Browsholme Hall, www.browsholme.co.uk
Dress: Amelia’s Bridal Boutique, www.ameliasbrides.com
Bridal make-up: Kirsty Eaton MUA, www.kirstyeaton.co.uk
Bridal hair: Northcotes Hair, Chorley, www.northcoteshair.com
Suits: Next, www.next.co.uk
Flowers: Flower Design, www.flowerdesign.co.uk
Catering: With A Twist, www.withatwistcatering.co.uk
Entertainment: Howard Wing, www.howardwing.co.uk
Car: Classic Wedding Carriages, www.classicweddingcarriages.co.uk
Wedding film: Adam Wing Films, www.adamwingfilms.com
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