Wedding of the Week: Stevie Leigh and Elliot Whitnall
29 Oct 2018
For Stevie Leigh and Elliot Whitnall, the people who attended their special day made it one to remember with the mother of the bride even creating the bridal party's outfits
How did you meet?
Through a friend as teenagers.
Tell us about the proposal.
On a bridge in a hotel resort in Cape Verde, on our 10-year anniversary.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Classic rustic, autumn theme.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
Abbey House Hotel & Gardens in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria; a beautiful setting with gorgeous surroundings.
When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?
My mother made my dress. She is a very talented seamstress and we bought the fabric, named ‘Cherish’, and designed the dress together.
What did the bridesmaids wear?
My bridesmaids were Tina, Kelsey, Jordanna and Carly. They wore a white lace top with a sage, crepe floor-length skirt. My flower girls were Layla and Willow. They wore mini dress versions of the bridesmaids' outfits. My mother made them all.
What did the mother of the bride wear?
She wore a raw silk-tailored dress and bolero jacket with subtle leaves to reflect the theme by designer Gabriela Sanchez.
Where did you find your suits?
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
Eucalyptus was spread around the room to give a rustic feel, with beautiful succulents and berries in our bouquets and wedding gifts.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
I bought a classic car for my husband to restore, a Morris Minor. This was gifted to him on the morning on the wedding in a little box with a Polaroid photograph and the key. Our favours were homemade by us. We bought hexagon glass jars and made candles with vanilla and cotton scents.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
Overwhelmed with love from all my family and friends. Our wonderful friends/family came from all over the country along with special guests from Spain and Australia.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
A very dear family friend conducted the ceremony. We both wrote our own vows and although they were meaningful vows we added a hint of comedy for our guests.
What was your most memorable moment?
During the meal, when the large digital screen emerged from the ceiling to present videos from our good friends in Australia who couldn’t make it.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
Probably the transport for everyone.
What was the most important investment for you?
Our venue, luckily they provided all food/drink etc.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud. We first heard the song when we lived in Australia; a place we both love and the lyrics are very appropriate.
Did you have any evening entertainment?
We had a DJ, photo booth and candy floss machine.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
We had cheese cake: Mrs Kirkham's cheddar, stilton, brie, smoked applewood, and a goats cheese topper, along with fruits, chutneys and crackers.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
Stop worrying about the minor details. You don't worry about the finer details on the day, but see the bigger picture; your guests mean more when the big day comes around.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We left a week later and enjoyed a honeymoon in Cuba.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
After the wedding is over, nothing else matters except the people that were there. This is the most important aspect of your day. We were very lucky to have my dear grandmother make the wedding, but she sadly left us shortly afterwards.
Steal their style:
Venue, catering, DJ & cake: Abbey House Hotel and Gardens
Photography: English Heritage (in the Furness Abbey ruins); and family friend, Damien Furey
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