A stunning Castle wedding

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I'm really pleased to share Rebecca and Brian's stunning wedding with you today. I simply love everything about this wedding, the dress is beautiful from my favourite boutique the fabulous Dotty Bridal. The styling is amazing, the venue is breathtaking and the photography I could go on and on...…. I'll leave you with Rebecca to tell you all about her and Brians amazing wedding day.

 

We have known each other since 2004, however we met up again in Dubai in 2015 for a coffee (where I was working as Event Director and Brian came over to play a charity rugby game), we met for a coffee through a mutual friend, the same friend that tried to set us up all those years ago, later that year when I came to the UK for Christmas we met again - 2015 and the rest is history. We married on 17th December 2018.

The proposal story| It was so simple and very romantic at the same time. I was with our baby girl at the time, she was only Four months. It was around Christmas time in 2017 sat in front of our log fire, Brian got down on one knee. I actually thought he was joking.

The wedding planning| Firstly being a planner, I did most of the planning with my business partner and Aunt Sue Wheater. When Brian did have something to do it took far too long and usually ended up in a mess!!  So I just decided it was easier for me to deal with it.
Brian being Irish, and the time of year we planned to marry (Christmas time) we decided to go for a timeless style with white and gold complimented by a jewel toned deep green colour scheme, with the overall look being in tune with the castle/venue.
After selecting the venue the vision, I had in mind came to life more so, I always prefer to create the look and feel after selecting the venue. So, we went with a very organic, botanical feel with the flowers and foliage to soften the stone in the castle. We added a touch of luxury with the gold foil in the artwork of the stationary and welcome boards and table plan. This was also reflected through the use of brass candelabras, storm lanterns and the large rectangular structures for the centrepieces.

 The venue| We chose just one venue that was used throughout the day. It was Peckforton Castle in Cheshire. Few reasons for this

1. Number of rooms for fly in guests.

2. We had exclusivity so could use all rooms.

3. It was great for the guest numbers we had which was 120.We utilized the Great Hall, Long Bar, Drawing Room and the Hexagonal Room for the kids

4. With so many of our guests coming in from overseas we thought it would also give the wow factor yet at the time it felt homely with open fires, Christmas trees (with our wedding being the 17th December).

5. We used one of the rooms for a guest meet and greet the day prior too.

What type of ceremony did you have| Civil Ceremony held in the Great Hall at Peckforton Castle. We had three readings from the guests. And an owl to deliver the rings to the best man (who is a little scared of birds).

Finding the dress| I had one of my best friends with me and my mother too.
It was the first shop I visited and the third dress I tried on. Something I was certain I was not going to get, and I ended up buying it. Just fell in love with it. The designer : Nicole Spouse. Nude beaded style fitted top with an open V back and tulle bottom accompanied with a very long veil – One layer with added tiny Swarovski crystals
My something blue was my shoes they were Rachel Simpsons mimosa powder blue – light blue and silver in colour.
The shop is in Holmfirth called Dotty Bridal. Excellent service, amazing attention to detail with the alterations and just an all-round great vibe to the boutique.
My second dress was a fitted style, I had the train cut and altered so I could move around and dance.

Night and Morning before the wedding| Not going to lie, it was hectic. We had a lot of guests coming in from overseas – Ireland, America, Hungry, Australia, Middle East so the run up to the wedding was also a little crazy. We headed to the Castle on the 16th midday, the day prior to our wedding and had an informal evening with our guests as a meet and greet over drinks and food. It was such good fun and great way for families and friends to meet. This night still brings me great memories as some guests, Brians very close friends flew in from Australia and I met for the first time.

The next day 17th was our wedding day. The morning started of pretty calm, however by 11am is was hectic – my baby girl, my mum, bridesmaids and flower girls were all in the room. Music playing and champagne flowing…. Not too much just enough to calm the nerves.. I don’t know why I was getting nervous as everything was going to plan.

We had all the bridesmaids, my mother and all the flower girls.. I have just lovely memories of this as all the little girls were looking after my daughter – it was so cute to watch. The ushers came to our door with the toast master just 10 mins before we headed down to the ceremony. I could hear them outside the room full of excitement running up and down. But I got a shock as when they came in the room they walked in a line and Jack one of the page boys gave me a horse shoe for “good luck” he said… I just filled up.

 Groom wear| The groom and groomsmen look was a mixture of grey tweed suits and dark green ties.
The Best Man was Matty Johns – Brians long-time friend from the days when they played rugby league together.
Niall O’Mahony – old school friends they grew up together in Ireland
Sean Carney (grooms brother) and Calum Selby (brides sister) were part of the wedding party too. Calum was asked by Rebecca’s Dad to do the honour of walking her down the aisle.
We had Four ushers dressed in a (slightly different style and colour) grey tweed suits with a dark green dickie-bow

Grooms suit was Richard Smith Bespoke based in Manchester
Groomsmen and Best Man – Magees based in Donegal in Ireland
Ushers – www.rococlothing.co.uk
Green knit tie from Marks and Spencers

The bridesmaids|Bridesmaids were all family, I had my three cousins and my sister-in-law. Along with our four flower girls (including my daughter Orla).
The bridesmaids chose their own dresses and we went for the dress that you can wear in many styles in a jewel toned jade colour.
The elder of the younger ones had a dark green tulle skirt and ivory lace top to connect the bridesmaids to the flower girls.
The flower girls wore a delicate ivory dress that had a combination of silk and tulle.

 What was your most memorable part of the day| The ceremony for both of us oh it was so romantic. The music was just out of this world, carefully put together by Conal Duffy and played live with the piano and guitar.
Seeing everyone’s face as my brother and I walked in the room, was overwhelming but magical. And then I spotted Brian and Orla at the bottom of the Aisle waiting for me both grinning… I will never forget this moment. The smell of the flowers, the set up and ambiance was just breath taking.

Did you have a honeymoon| Planning one – hoping to do a long trip to Asia and Australia later in the year.

Any advice for future brides & Grooms| Get a wedding planner – its worth the money and I am not saying this because I am an events and wedding planner. But the key to have as little stress as possible on your day and to not have to think about any of the organisation it should be the planners and venues responsibility.
Let the small things go. Embrace and enjoy the moments, take everything in as the day really does fly by. Cherish the moments with family and friends too.

 

Thankyou Rebecca and Brian for sharing your wonderful day with us.


Steal Their Style

• Photographer – Michelle Charnock – Wigan Based
• Videographer -
• Cake maker – Sue Wheater from Eventalist – Yorkshire
• Hair and Make-up artist – The Edge Hair and Beauty in Oldham
• Venue dresser – Eventalist Stylist and Rentals. www.eventalist.co.uk. Contact: info@eventalist.co.uk
• Stationery – Eventalist designed and printed
• Florist – Living Colour based in Warrington
• Suits – Magees in Ireland @Magee1866 for the best man and groomsmen. Grooms Suit Richard Smith Bespoke @rsmithbespoke wore with black Prada shoes.
• Wedding gown – Dotty Bridal in Holmfirth. Provided dress, veil and shoes.
• Bridesmaids dresses – Pomfret in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, Gold Shoes from asos. Green and Ivory – from Etsy StylishBrideAccs
• Flower Girl Dresses – Dresses from Next. Boots from Clarkes. Merino wool cardigans handmade
• Brides shoes – Rachel Simpsons from Dotty Bridal
• Brides Jewelly – White gold Cartier bracelet, diamond and emerald earrings.
• AVL – Sound, light and staging. www.eventalist.co.uk
• Entertainment – Ceremony and wedding breakfast booked by www.eventalist.co.uk
• Entertainment in the evening – The Afters – based in Ireland, booked by www.eventalist.co.uk
• Wedding Favours – designed and produced by Eventalist, Irish Whiskey brought from West Cork Distillers Ireland
• Mother of the Bride – Hat, dress, accessories and shoes from DIVA Classic Ladies wear in Ackworth West Yorkshire.

 

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