A Pastel, Lace and Tweed Cheshire Wedding: Ann Saville and Peter Blackburn
19 Oct 2015
Ann and Peter dreamt up a heritage-style wedding in Cheshire with grand vintage details including delicate lace, pearls, lush gardens, pastel bridesmaid dresses and light grey tweed suits for groomsmen. The results were simply stunning, with the joy of the day reflected in the images captured. We hear the story behind their special day.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
We had the idea of having a British heritage wedding, therefore we were looking for a manor house as the venue. Just to make sure, we looked at almost every venue in the north west. As soon as we visited Arley Hall we knew it was the one. It ticked all the required boxes such as the manor house for the wedding breakfast and the contemporary-style barn for the evening reception. The stunning gardens also added that extra touch for our guests to wander around and enjoy. To suit our vintage theme, we chose pastel colours. The bridesmaids wore the same dress, one pastel pink the other pastel green. The groomsmen wore light grey tweed suits that complemented the theme perfectly.
When did you know when you’d found thedress?
I knew I wanted a fishtail lace, vintage-style wedding dress to suit the theme of our wedding. The designer was Benjamin Roberts. I loved the lace detail and every dress I tried on after it just did not compare. I had the neckline changed to a sweetheart neck and had a bolero made for the church service.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
The morning of the wedding was surprisingly calm, my bridesmaids, mother and I were having our hair and make-up done while enjoying some bubbly. The nerves set in on the journey to the church as part of the M56 was closed therefore diversions were put into place which made everybody late. This meant the service starting an hour late. I thought I would cry walking down the aisle but the excitement of the day took over and I loved every step.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
My bouquet was the most beautiful creation, held together with lace and a pearl brooch. The flowers were a surprise on the day for us. We had discussed with Mat from Red Floral the theme we wanted and knowing his talent we had very little input so had little idea what our flowers or dressing of the room would look like.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail –tell us about the details of the day.
Arriving at the venue in our vintage Rolls-Royce, the VW camper van, ‘Polly’s Parlour’, was parked up perfectly outside the manor house ready to serve our wedding guests a selection of ice creams. Walking into the main hall took everybody’s breath away. It was beyond everything we had imagined. Each table was decorated with bouquets in glass decanters, lace, pearl and vintage keys along with draped lace covered chairs. The décor Mat had put together made our wedding a dream come true. We chose Lucy Little and Shutterbox Films as we loved their style. They work as unobtrusively as possible, capturing events as they unfold to create a collection of images and film that tell the story of the day in all of its glory. Everyone at Arley Hall did an amazing job and helped the wedding run smoothly. They served a delicious three course wedding breakfast, many of our guests said this was the best wedding breakfast they had ever had.
What song did you choose for your first dance?
The evening entertainment was provided by the Jeps band. They did a great job of keeping the dance floor full all night where all of our female guests were thankful of the flip-flops we provided incase of sore feet. Our first dance was to Use Somebody,covered by Boyce Avenue.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We enjoyed three weeks in Thailand for our honeymoon travelling from Bangkok to Phuket, Phi Phi, and Koh Samui.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Don’t get too stressed and caught up in the small details that only you will notice. Take five minutes with your groom at some point in the day and take in what’s happening around you, watching all your family and friends enjoying your day that you have planned.
Steal their Style:
Photography: Lucy Little Photography, Manchester, www.lucylittle.co.uk
Venue: Arley Hall and Gardens, www.arleyhallandgardens.com
Dress: Benjamin Roberts, Cheshire Bridal Wear, Altrincham, 0161 927 9393
Groom’s outfit: Burton’s montague; Bowtie: Belle & the Beau; Shoes: Grenson
Accessories: Jimmy Choo shoes
Hair: Kelly Eathorne Hair, Cheshire, 07852 259 799
Make-up: Make up by Ashley, Cheshire area, www.makeupbyashley.co.ukWedding rings: Simon Washbrook, Cheadle Hulme, 0161 485 7142
Bridesmaids dresses: Ted Baker, www.tedbaker.com
Florist and venue dresser: Mat at Red Floral Architecture www.redfloral.co.uk
Cake: Marks and Spencer, www.marksandspencer.com
Catering: R W Bespoke events, Cheshire, www.rwbespoke.com
Polly’s Parlour VW Ice Cream Camper van, www.pollys-parlour.co.uk
Transport: Broadoak of Manchester, www.manchesterweddingcars.co.uk
Videography: Shutterbox Staffordshire, www.shutterboxfilms.co.uk
Entertainment: The Jeps Band, Fylde, www.thejeps.co.uk
Lighting: ‘LOVE’letters in evening reception –The Word is Love, www.thewordislove.co.uk