A Gin Themed Best of British Wedding: Clare Atterbury-Nash & Rob Bentham

09 Jun 2015

This Cheshire wedding, held at Colshaw Hall, had the perfectly personalised (and British) theme of… gin!          

Photography by Mark Williamson

Clare and Rob – headhunters working in the financial services – had a blush peach, moss and tweed-themed wedding, with a dash of British cool with gin, and they knew when they’d found the perfect venue for their beautiful decor: “It was the first venue we’d viewed and we fell in love with it from the start. We loved the intimacy of the hall, coupled with the modern, stylish feel.”

Keen to hear more about the inspiration behind their very British day, we spoke to bride, Clare:

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When did you know you’d found the perfect dress?
I ended up trying on about 20 dresses – which I don’t think is that many!  The one I went for was lucky number 20. I had it customised (made into a sweetheart neck line).

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And what did you pair it with?
My sister is very creative and customised a pair of ballet slippers with vintage lace, ribbons and feathers to wear with my dress.

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How did you feel on the morning of the day?
I was very calm and chilled out on the morning of the wedding! I think I got all my wedding stress out in the two weeks before the big day. I wanted to be able to enjoy the day and not be overcome with nerves! As the doors opened to the church, I was slightly nervous but I could see Rob waiting at the end of the aisle – I couldn’t wait to join him. Our vicar, Jayne, was great – she added some fun into the ceremony and was very calming.

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Did you have a colour theme for the day?
The colours for the day were blush peach, moss and a hint of tweed (the groom’s and male bridal party’s waistcoats were tweed… and there was a hint of tweed on the bouquet handles and also on the place settings at the reception). Living Colour and Kristin Williamson did a fantastic job of bringing all our ideas together – I couldn’t believe how wonderful everything looked in the church, as well as the reception venue.
We had a gin theme – all the tables were named after gins, the favours were mini customised gin bottles and one layer of the wedding cake was G&T flavoured! Both Rob and I are big fans of gin!

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Tell us about the big day.
Rob and I were fortunate to have quite a sunny day which made Colshaw look even more beautiful. There were plenty of flowers at the reception, along with artistically placed branches and logs – we wanted quite a rustic theme.
We decided not to go for a formal Master of Ceremonies, as we felt that may be a bit stuffy. Instead, one of the ushers, David Parker, assumed the role (and even acquired his own gong!) and did a great job. It was much less formal and a lot more personal.

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Who was capturing the day?
Mark Williamson, our photographer, was with us all day. They are superb! Extremely natural and capturing people in the moment, as opposed to contrived, posed shots. He was a reallycalming influence when he was photographing me getting ready.

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Tell us about your catering.
The wedding breakfast was outstanding. We decided to forego a starter as we felt that our guests (who were quite a young crowd) would prefer to have more of an evening do. We had lots of canapés with gin and elderflower cocktails upon arrival. The Wedding Breakfast itself was a traditional British theme: Boddington’s Steak & Ale Pudding, seasonal vegetables and creamed Cheshire potatoes. We had a palate cleanser of Hunter’s gin and tonic sorbet before dessert. Dessert was a miniature English garden which included lemon posset, summer pudding and apple crumple, all served in mini watering cans/plant pots. It even came with edible soil!

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How about the evening food?
For evening food, we had a cheese wedding cake (19kg of cheese!), which we had served with pate, chutney and rustic bread.

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Wow! And I see you had a more traditional cake too?
Our wedding cake continued our rustic/country theme; it was a four-tiered cake, with buttercream. We had the toppers custom made – wooden flags with the lyrics of our first dance. Each layer was a different flavour – the largest was G&T flavoured with lime buttercream.

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What entertainment did you have?
Our band was the fabulous Gypsies of Bohemia. They cover modern songs in a gypsy jazz theme! Rob and I had heard them play on several occasions and we were so glad they played at our wedding.

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And the first dance?
Our first dance was Sigh No More by Mumford and Sons. Rob and I have seen them live on several occasions and this song means a lot to us both. It’s difficult to dance to though!

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Do you have any words of wisdom for to-be-wed couples?
Take a moment to enjoy the day – it goes so quickly! I made sure that I stood back to watch all our friends and family having an amazing time.
Also, don’t drink too much champagne when you’re getting ready!

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Finally, where was your honeymoon?
We had a ‘mini-moon’ directly after the wedding. We went to Budapest and stayed at a gorgeous boutique hotel in the old part of the city, Baltazar Budapest.
We are also intending to go to Bora Bora.

Steal their Style:

Wedding Planner: Mr & Mrs W – Kristin Williamson, www.mrandmrsw.com
Photography: Mr & Mrs W (Mark Williamson) www.mrandmrsw.com
Venue: Colshaw Hall, Stocks Ln, Over Peover, Cheshire WA16 8TW, www.colshawhall.com
Dress: Misouri - La Sposa by Pronovias. Knutsford Bridal Gallery, www.knutsfordweddinggallery.co.uk
Accessories: Sash & Co (Bridal hair clip), www.sashandco.com; Veil, Knutsford Bridal Gallery, www.knutsfordweddinggallery.co.uk
Wedding rings: OC Jewellery, Chester, www.ocjewellery.com
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Knutsford Bridal Gallery
Hair: Mai ha, trevor sorbie, trevorsorbie.com
Groom’s outfit: Whitfield & Ward, Wilmslow, www.whitfieldandward.co.uk
Stationery: TripleSeven, Knutsford, Cheshire. WA16 6EN. www.tripleseven.uk.com

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