A romantic and intimate wedding in Cheshire with plenty of flowers
12 Jan 2021
Kayleigh Ford and Daniel Woodvine filled their wedding at Willington Hall in Tarporley, Cheshire with personal touches and a blush pink and floral theme
Photography: Jodie Flackett Photography
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
We chose Willington Hall in Tarporley as it is a beautiful country house hotel that resembles Downton Abbey with its exterior beauty. Inside the venue had a lovely romantic feel with all of its original mahogany features. The venue is not oversized which created for a romantic and intimate atmosphere. As soon as we viewed the ceremony room (the orangery) we knew that the venue was the one.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
The theme for our wedding was rustic and we had a blush pink and floral colour scheme.
Tell us about the dress
I knew that my dress was the one because as soon as I tried it on I felt more special and amazing than I have ever felt about myself in my life - it gave me the self confidence that I needed to know that I would feel like a princess on my big day. My dress was by Anna Sorrano. It was the fourth dress that I tried.
Did the dress match the one you originally thought you would choose?
No, it was the complete opposite to the dress that I’d pictured. When I tried the dress on that I thought I wanted, it really did not suit me.
Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?
I had four bridesmaids and a maid of honour. Three of my bridesmaids were my best friends, one was my sister-in-law and my maid of honour was my other sister-in-law. They wore long blush pink dresses with lace detailing on the straps similar to the detailing on my dress.
And the groom?
We hired the suits from Platts Menswear in Crewe, Cheshire. The groom wore a navy blue tailcoat suit with a floral pink and white tie.
Tell us about your floral arrangements
I had tall martini glass vases on the wedding breakfast tables with ivory and blush flowers beautifully displayed. On the top table we had a beautiful display of flowers. Myself and the bridesmaids had blush pink and ivory bouquets. My friend Gemma who is a florist made my wedding flowers and did a perfect job.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day
I made most of the wedding decorations. For the order of the day I wrote onto a pallet decorated with flowers and fairy lights, the table plan was displayed on a ladder covered in flowers, fairy lights and Polaroid pictures of myself and my husband.
I made the invitations myself with the help of my sister-in-law, I created my own floral wedding arch and made my own confetti bags. Favours for the men were miniature bottles of Jack Daniels with a tag on saying “now that we have tied the knot please take a shot", the ladies had a miniature wedding day Yankee candle presented in a gift box. The children had activity boxes with disposable cameras, sweets and personalised colouring books in.
I painted and personalised my own sweet cart, bought all of the sweets to go on it and bought personalised bags to go with it. I also made the name place cards for the tables. We had an LED dancefloor, LED LOVE letters, a photo booth, a DJ and saxophone player. During the day we also had a pianist and an ice cream man.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
I cried. I felt really overwhelmed and emotional, I was full of joy as I was about to marry my best friend.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
We had a pianist playing John Legend’s All of Me as I walked down the aisle as it is our favourite song. We chose our own readings beforehand to make it more personal.
What was your most memorable moment?
Our first dance, I loved it. We chose Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran – the lyrics fit perfectly to our relationship.
Tell us about your wedding cake
Our wedding cake was a three-tier reveal cake. It was my favourite thing. At the front it had a silhouette of myself and my husband in icing holding a cluster of heart balloons and at the back it had a surprise revealing of Harry Potter themed layers. It was perfect and personal as we both love Harry Potter.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
To take a deep breath and take my time walking down the aisle as I felt as though I was rushing.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Plan early to make it easier and less stressful. Think about all the little details and all of the personal touches
Steal Their Style
Photography: Jodie Flackett Photography
Videography: Lavalette Productions
Venue & catering: Willington Hall
Dress: Anna Sorrano
Hair and make-up: Jessica Mair MUA
Groom’s suit: Platts Menswear
Cake: Custom Cakes Crewe
Flowers: Gemma Pott (friend)
Aisle runner, chair sashes, table covers and runner: Kandy Kreations
Ice cream: Vitalianos
Entertainment: Pianist Nick Wiley and Jonny Ross Music
Photo booth & dance floor: Booth Xperia