A blush and ivory fairytale in Cheshire
02 Oct 2020
A customised dress, flowergirls dressed as angels and beautiful floral decorations all added to the fairytale theme for Jenna Kellie and Adam Gibson’s wedding
Photography: Joe Bickerton
What was the theme for your day?
We wanted a real fairytale feel on the day. Our colour scheme was ivory and blush tones.
What venue did you choose and why?
After looking at various venues we stopped looking when we visited Inglewood Manor in Cheshire. We got that feeling that this was the right place – the wooden carved décor, the black and white Tudor style of the Manor House and the grounds were just beautiful. We had a meal there and the food was really good. It’s a really special place. We liked the look of it online, but when you actually go there in person it’s really magical.
How did you know you’d found the dress?
Finding a dress was really hard. I work in a bridal boutique and see a lot of dresses and wanted something I hadn’t seen before. I originally sat down with a designer for Ronald Joyce and designed my dress only it wasn’t quite what I imagined, there was another dress by the designer I really liked and I ended up choosing that one and having it customised by myself and the ladies who work in the boutique to get it how I wanted. It was a long process and was really scary with lots of fittings – I didn’t actually see my dress finished until a few days before the wedding. It was nerve-wracking, but worth it in the end.
Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?
Altogether we had seven adult bridesmaids and four flowergirls. The adult bridesmaids wore long, pink chiffon dresses with illusion necklines, customised by adding long cape sleeves and jewelled padded shoulders. The flowergirl dresses were kept pretty classic – tulle, A-line dresses with a jewelled motif on the waist. I made angel wings with feathers for them and had flower halos made by Adam’s auntie. We wanted them to look like little angels or cherubs.
What did the groom wear?
Adam’s suit was a black velvet dinner suit from Groom Liverpool. His ushers also wore dinner suits hired from Trudy Smith Bridal Boutique.
Tell us about the floral arrangements
We had ivory hydrangea flower arrangements for the church and the same for the centrepieces but with hanging candles in round glass balls. We also had a long, trailing hydrangea arrangement on the top table with lots of tealights. Our table plan and order of the day was also framed in ivory flowers and the bouquets were also made from hydrangeas – mine being a little bit bigger than he bridesmaids’ bouquets. As a wedding gift Adam’s auntie Jackie made all the buttonholes for him and his groomsmen and the halo headdresses.
Tell us about the details of the day
We wanted to do something ourselves and we wanted the people we have lost over the years to be part of our wedding, so we set up a table with photographs and candles of friends and relatives. On arrival at Inglewood we had a guitarist playing and a drinks reception. We had a magician doing close up tricks with guests keeping them entertained. We hired a prosecco bike filled with various drinks for our guests and also canapes were given out. In the evening we booked Liverpool radio DJ Lee Butler to do a 90-minute set and a sax player too. We also had a selfie mirror with props – it makes me laugh thinking back as a lot of people kept the props on throughout the night!
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
We had the song, First Step by Hans Zimmer played by the organist as I walked down the aisle and when leaving the church the traditional bells rang out. My uncle who travelled from Africa said a few words before I arrived at the church – St Andrew’s in Maghull – and then my mum’s partner Graham did a biblical reading halfway through the ceremony.
What was your most memorable moment?
Taking our vows at the church.
What was the most challenging part of planning this wedding?
It’s a lot of pressure planning a wedding – you want everything to be perfect and feel that everything you do is a reflection of who you are, all witnessed by lots of people. So, I’d say the pressure of it all was the most challenging aspect.
What song did you choose for your first dance and why?
Best Blessed by Popcaan. Adam liked the song so I let him choose it as I had a lot of input with everything else. We both like reggae music so it just felt right.
Tell us about your wedding cake
I was let down over my wedding cake two weeks before the day so, my maid of honour offered to organise it for me. I had so much going on at that late stage, I just told her what colours I wanted and let her sort the rest. It was white with lots of bling – and lots of matching cupcakes.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their wedding?
Try your best to focus on the real reason why you are getting married. It’s so easy to get caught up in the whole circus that can sometimes come with planning a wedding. I know with working in the bridal business that a lot of weddings are being postponed due to Covid-19 and a lot of brides are really upset. All I can say is please stay positive – look at it as you have more time to plan and get excited. Your big day will come and all this added stress you have now will make it more special and meaningful in the end.
Steal Their Style
Photography: Joe Bickerton
Ceremony Venue: St Andrew’s Church, Maghull
Reception Venue: Inglewood Manor
Bridal dress: Trudy Smith Bridal Boutique
Bride’s Hair: Hannah Creedon
Hair: Becky’s Hair Boutique
Make-up: The Doll’s House, Liverpool
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Trudy Smith Bridal Boutique
Flowergirl dresses: Trudy Smith Bridal Boutique
Groom’s outfit: Groom, Liverpool
Stationery: The Paper Doll
Flowers: Foam Flowers by Joanne
Venue dresser: Rainbows
Videography: Lauren Simkin
Entertainment: TK Entertainments, DJ Lee Butler, Zanda Magic, Feel Good Guitar