A Rustic Lancashire Summer Wedding with Bunting and Bows: Leanne Bird & Tom O'Brien

15 Apr 2015

A rustic summer wedding at Beeston Manor, near Preston, Lancashire, featuring bunting, bows and shades of pink, lilac, lemon, green and ivory.

Leanne and Tom had a rustic wedding at Beeston Manor in Hoghton with a pastel colour theme

Keeping your wedding 'you' isn't easy, but Leanne Bird and Tom O'Brien kept things in tune with their relaxed attitudes with a informal BBQ and rustic decor, in a day of fun and laughter. With bunting and bows, cake and candles, we talk to Leanne about the day before she turned 30... and got married: 

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How, and why, did you choose Beeston Manor as your wedding venue?
We chose the beautiful Beeston Manor in Hoghton because the location was ideal for both sides of our family to travel to. It was a family run business and we loved the story of its history, being transformed from an old run-down ruin of a barn into a stunning wedding venue, by its owners John Bickerstaffe and his father. The grounds and gardens were amazing and each room had a lovely intimate feel to it. It was a blank canvas which I loved as I am quite fussy with decor and a lot of places we looked at had pictures on the walls or carpets that clashed with the wallpaper. We loved all the stone and the wooden beams.

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Tells us about your wedding theme.
The style of the wedding was quite rustic; hessian bows, bunting, jam jars, etc. We chose this as it worked well with the style of venue and all looked so pretty.The colour scheme was brought out mainly with the flowers. I chose ivory for my dress and also for my flower girls then pastel shades of pink, lilac, lemon, green and ivory for all the flowers and the cupcakes.

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When did you know you'd found 'the' dress?
I chose an Essense of Australia gown from Butterfly Bridal in Lancaster. It was ivory, strapless, with a sweetheart neckline, drop waist and full skirt. The bodice was lace with a full tulle skirt with lace detail between each layer. It was stunning! I chose that dress because it was completely different to anything I had originally wanted and it made me feel like a princess. It was classy and glamorous and after trying on hundreds of different dresses that was the one that I kept thinking about and going back to.Tom wore a tailor made brown tweed suit by Victor Valentine. It was pretty unique. We didn't have groomsmen, or big bridesmaids, but the flower girls wore ivory dresses that had a full net skirt with scattered Swarovski crystals and big flowers attached from BHS. They also had flower crowns by Abi’s Arrangements. 

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Tell us about your photographer.
Our photographer was Arusha Jenks from Arusha’s Images Photography. She was fantastic. She arrived early so she could look around the venue and the grounds and find the best spots for our posed photos. She took photos throughout the day and captured all the special moments without intruding or getting in the way. She has produced beautiful photos that we will treasure for the rest of our lives!

Which decoration did you choose - from flowers to table decor?
My hand tied bouquet was provided by Abi's Arrangements in Bare, Morecambe. She used a mix of flowers including spray roses, phlox, lisianthus, peonies, and gypsophila. Other decorations included decorated jam jars, hessian place mats and top table runner, bunting, place names cards and  seating plan. All these little details were made by my mother in law, Shirley. She worked tirelessly to recreate all my ideas and she did a wonderful job. The chair covers and bows were provided by Dalton's Catering of Morecambe.

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Did you have wedding favours?
Yes. These were shortbread biscuits with an iced heart design, they were wrapped in brown paper and tied with string and a "with love T & L" gift tag. We decided to have cupcakes instead of a tiered cake. We chose vanilla, lemon and white chocolate cupcakes, decorated with iced flowers in pastel colours. They were yummy.

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How did you keep things 'you'?
We decided to have a BBQ instead of a sit down three course meal. We both wanted something informal and it worked so well. In the evening, cones of chips were given out to our guests with all the condiments on the table. It was a great idea and perfect when you've had a few beers.

During the day we had an entertainer called Brendan McMahon, who sang and played guitar. I had found him busking in Manchester city centre a couple of months before the wedding, and just asked him there and then if he would play. He was fantastic! Later in the evening we had a band called Sold to the Sky. They are very well known locally and were my first choice. They played a mixture of songs from ACDC to Rhianna and had everyone up dancing all night.

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