Natalie Burrows

Natalie Burrows

REAL WEDDING / NATALIE & MIKE

The Plough Inn, Eaton, Congleton - 27th August 2022

Ok, so I know it’s taken me almost five months to share our summer wedding with you but I hope you will find it enjoyable…

It’s the Friday before August Bank Holiday and our Wedding Day is very nearly here. I arrive at The Leigh Arms, Prestbury where I will stay the night before our wedding and where we are also hosting our pre wedding meal with our immediate family and wedding party. The weather is glorious and surprisingly I’m feeling very calm. My Man of Honour and Bridesman Alex and Simon are waiting with a cold G & T. I’m not sure if the calmness is a result from my lovely Reiki and Reflexology session with Ellora Holistic earlier that morning or the fact that I am at the point where nothing else can be done and “what will be, will be” possibly my most popular saying of 2022.

Our rooms at The Legh Arms were just incredible, cosy and tastefully decorated with thoughtful renovations showcasing the original features of this 16th century building. The food served was absolutely delicious and the staff couldn’t be anymore welcoming.

After a few more drinks than I had told myself I was allowed and a last minute rehearsal of the bridal party heading down the isle, which we realised had not been discussed previously, resulted in a what seemed to be a potential episode of Miranda with my Bridal party galloping around the pub terrace like ponies… We had a giggle and it very much was ‘such fun’ at the time and so we all headed to bed before any more shenanigans could occur and fell fast asleep in the most comfortable of abodes. No surprise I was wide awake at 5.30am and still felt incredibly calm. We had our Breakfast – Full English of course in preparation to soak up the fizz later and I potted around until Carrie Anne Hair & Make Up arrived to work her magic shortly followed by our Photographer Jenny Appleton.

After feeling like I had hours to get ready the time eventually came for us to head off to our Wedding Venue, The Plough Inn, Eaton. Myself and my Dad were transported to the venue in the most beautifully restored 1960’s VW Camper van I have ever seen. Her name was Sandy and she is just gorgeous. I searched and searched for the perfect camper van for our day and when I found I Do Campers I knew Sandy was the one. The renovation is immaculate, including the engine – absolutely spotless. David made us feel so comfortable during our journey to our venue and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

As we pulled up to the Plough I suddenly had a an almighty wave of nerves and emotions but was quickly relieved when Laurie our Wedding Co-ordinator from The Plough was there to help and guide me through the next steps.

The Venue

The Plough is a beautiful 15th Century Oak Barn and Gastro Pub. Stunning original oak beams, neutral decor and amazing food, we knew The Plough was the venue for us, the first wedding venue we viewed. The Plough also has 17 Rooms which was a huge positive for us and meant we could share our first breakfast as Husband and Wife with our nearest and dearest. There is also a private outdoor garden space and new for 2022 an orangery which can be used for reception drinks when the weather is not so great. The team at The Plough are so lovely and ensured everything ran as planned. Our day was as perfect as it possibly could be, the food and service throughout was incredible. We couldn’t have wished for more… The Plough certainly is a hidden gem of a venue and I’m sure it will continue to be spectacular for years to come.

I knew that the barn would look incredible as I had my industry pals on the job but I have to say when I walked in and saw the florals and styling by Florence & Vera Events & The Flower Lounge it took my breath away. My Husband also commented on the gorgeous fragrance of the flowers when he arrived, absolutely perfect, we can’t thank Kate of Florence & Vera Events & Sian of The Flower Lounge together with their teams enough for the absolute talent they exhibited on the day. They truly are the dream team and if you are looking for a Stylist and Florist to collaborate on your day I would most certainly recommend them. 

The Style

The Plough Inn was the perfect blank canvas to work with. We loved the history of 15th century oak beams, neutral interior and the relaxed rustic surroundings. We envisaged a timeless neutral colour palette, a warm and welcoming vibe and touch of elegance. Together with our incredible Stylist and Florist – Florence & Vera Events & The Flower Lounge we compiled a moodboard with ideas and suggestions of possible tablescapes, colours, florals and all the finer details.

With the florals we wanted a neutral, warm pallet incorporating Olive leaves for foliage and some British grown varieties where possible. In terms of styling we absolutely adore Florence & Vera Events signature style and selected her eclectic collection of brass candlesticks and props, delicate crockery and glassware, co-ordinating muted toned candles and naturally dyed organic muslin table runners and napkins. I made the runners and napkins myself although Kate will of course provide you with everything you need.

I created complimenting frosted acrylic signage with a touch of marble, pearl and brass place settings to continue the theme. As a nod to our love of all things Italian and our upcoming Italian Honeymoon we added little touches of Italy here and there. 

The Ceremony

Our Ceremony was conducted by Your Ceremony, Cheshire East and we both found Becky our Registrar really warm and welcoming, instantly putting us at ease and explaining the next steps when we arrived separately at our Venue. We decided to compose our own promises and further personalised our ceremony with a few readings read by our wedding party.

People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.

To love is not to possess, To own or imprison, Nor to lose one's self in another. Love is to join and separate, To walk alone and together, To find a laughing freedom That lonely isolation does not permit. It is finally to be able To be who we really are No longer clinging in childish dependency Nor docilely living separate lives in silence, It is to be perfectly one's self And perfectly joined in permanent commitment To another—and to one's inner self.

His hello was the end of her endings Her laugh was their first step down the aisle His hand would be hers to hold forever His forever was as simple as her smile He said she was what was missing She said instantly she knew She was a question to be answered And his answer was 'I do.'

The Music

Years ago on a night out in Stockton Heath we popped into a bar and they had live music. An acoustic guitarist was playing and we sat, drank and bopped about to a mix of Lizzo, Beyonce & Prince and I said, ever hopefully… “If WE!?!? hint, hint, ever get married I would like to book him for our wedding” and so I made a note on my phone unbeknown to Mike, just incase. So when Mike eventually proposed after a very long time, and we started to plan our wedding, Nathan was our first choice.

Strangely when going through my photo library in the run up to our wedding I found an old video of a Wedding Fair I attended at Statham Lodge and Nathan was in the video as a fellow supplier, I had no idea but I think it was meant to be.

Nathan played during our ceremony and wedding breakfast. He played on the mezzanine which instantly gave me ‘Love Actually’ vibes. Many of our Guests didn’t realise he was playing up there. I walked down the aisle to “Here comes the Sun” – The Beatles which was just beautiful and Nathan learnt Tom Misch’s version of Solange Knowles “Cranes in the Sky” which was breathtaking and because I’m such an 80’s Movie geek we walked out to “Nothings gonna stop us now” – Starship.

Nathan played an eclectic mix throughout our wedding breakfast and he was just incredible. 

Confetti

It was really important to us that our confetti was both natural and environmentally friendly whilst being beautiful at the same time so of course we chose Shropshire Petals as our confetti supplier and I made confetti bags using organic cotton pouches and hand finished them with our custom wax seal and tag.

The Florals

Where do I start… Our florals created by The Flower Lounge were just incredible, totally blown me away. They were everything I had imagined and more. I’m sure being a fellow wedding supplier I was Sian’s worst client ever but she never shown it as she is super professional. Naturally my ideas evolved over time and we eventually included British grown varieties due to our love of the countryside which Sian happily sourced and what an amazing array of varieties we had.

I know I am biased but my bouquet was the most beautiful bouquet I could have ever imagined. I couldn’t stop looking at it, it was pure perfection, so delicate and pretty, exactly as I has envisaged. I have actually dried my bouquet and framed it, sure the colours are not a vibrant as they were on the day but it’s a gorgeous reminder and keepsake of how beautiful our day was.

Along with my Bridesmaids bouquet which was a slightly smaller version of mine we also had buttonholes for the Groom, Grooms party, Man of Honour & Bridesman with Corsages for the Mother’s.

The Flower Lounge created the most incredible ceremony backdrop using gold columns which were later transferred to the dance floor in the evening to create a centrepiece for our wedding cake. They also decorated the oak beams of the barn with green foliage which just looked incredible, and really gave us an outdoors feel almost as if we were in pretty woodland. 

Not to forget the the most delectable tablescape collaboration with Florence & Vera Events styling, tied olive bunches for the aisle, an abundance of low footed bowls, dishes and vases to decorate various areas and signage – more on those later.

The Entertainment

We were so lucky to have a dry, sunny day albeit a little warm and so we were able to utilise The Plough’s outdoor space. We booked Crazy 9 to keep our Guests entertained and they were a huge hit. I met the guys from Crazy 9 a few years ago at a wedding fair and they are both so lovely with an impressive course that is immaculately presented.

The Tablescapes

I will admit the table styling was the most challenging part of wedding planning for me. Purely because this is a huge part of what I do for my job. Unfortunately overthinking along with being a perfectionist is one of my biggest flaws and I will admit I was back and too with ideas for this part of planning. Continuing with our neutral colour pallet we opted for white linens with naturally dyed runners and brass candle sticks as a base. The florals provided by The Flower Lounge were exquisite and complimented Florence & Vera Events immaculate styling perfectly. Florence & Vera Events selected delicate crockery, glassware and candles to compliment the pallet. 

A special mention to Kate from Florence & Vera Events who has become a good friend over the last couple of years since we met on a styled shoot. Kate styled our wedding as well as proving complete ‘on the day’ co-ordination and we honestly couldn’t have had our perfect day without her talent and support. She has an insane eye for detail and will be with you every step of the way to guide and support you on your wedding planning journey. We are eternally grateful to Kate and her team for giving us the most perfect wedding day that we will treasure in our memories for ever.

I had originally planned to produce our Menu Cards on Vellum to compliment our Wedding Invitation Suite, however my Husband, Mike loved the idea of using wildflower seeded paper which can be planted after the day, offering a little keepsake for our guests to plant and enjoy next summer whilst being environmentally friendly. I have to admit I was really pleased with our Menu Cards and loved the soft textured feel they offered.

For Place Settings again we wanted something that our Guests could keep and use again so we used mini brass frames which I personalised with each Guest’s name in White Calligraphy. The ink is removable with a little soapy water and so can be kept as they are or used as a photo frame after the day. These mini brass frames complimented Florence & Vera Events Brass candle sticks and props perfectly.

The Stationery

One mistake I made on the day was forgetting to pack our wedding stationery for our Photographer to take photo’s of. This is one of the tips I tell my clients to do and failed to remember my own advice, I was so disappointed in myself as Jenny Appleton would have taken the most incredible photo’s – it was an epic fail on my behalf! Anyway, I took a few myself before the day to share with you.

Continuing with the theme from our Save the Date above we followed with the same design, colour pallet and printing techniques – Letterpress. Personally when it comes to Stationery Design I prefer a minimalist style and I am a big believer in giving your Guest’s as much information as possible. The more information you can give your guests about your day the better. The more details they know, the more relaxed they will feel and the less questions they will ask. The last thing you want in the days running up to your wedding are a barage of the same questions from your guests, believe me, however well organised you think you are, there will still be plenty of pre-wedding tasks to complete the week before. Our invitation was minimalist and straight to the point. Simply our names, the date, time, venue and a little note to say how excited we were to celebrate with our Guests. We created a Suite including our Invitation, Additional Information Card, RSVP Card and Song Request Card along with an additional invitation to our pre-wedding meal the evening before for immediate family and wedding party and a reserved accommodation card for Guest’s who’s rooms had been provisionally booked at our Venue. These cards all sat on top of each other, staggered and combined with hand dyed silk ribbon created by myself using botanical dyes, natural silk and our custom Wax Seals which were also used for our Save the Dates and Confetti Bags.

I used a pallet of colours for the various cards within our suite to compliment our neutral theme including the use of vellum which would compliment our signage on the day and there is also a little nod to my wedding dress in there that Mike won’t be aware of at the time. We also had our envelopes pre-printed with our guests names and address’ along with pre-addressed RSVP reply envelopes. If budget allows I would always recommend doing this, it saves so much time and looks super chic when it  arrives with your Guests.

Wedding Signage

As our Venue The Plough is a Gastro Pub and is partly open to the public whilst our wedding was taking place, we felt it was important to ensure our Guests would not be confused as to which entrance they were to walk through whilst having an opportunity to welcome and greet them even if not in person. We created an Aboard Welcome Sign which would be sturdy and weather proof and positioned it outside the entrance. The Flower Lounge decorated this with stunning florals.

Seating Plan

As mentioned earlier I had wanted to incorporate frosted acrylic for our wedding signage. The frosted acrylic has a luxurious soft feel to it which flows well with the velum used within our wedding stationery suite and also compliments the material of my wedding dress. Using white ink detail again compliments the floral appliqués of my dress. I wanted to find a way of presenting our Table Plan that was unique to our wedding, which is quite challenging when you consistently create table plans for clients as part of your job. So we suspended our table plan from a white frame using our hand dyed silk ribbon and instead of dressing the table plan with florals to the top we opted for a display from the floor, almost as if they where growing up from the ground. I absolutely loved the florals The Flower Lounge created for our Table Plan they were just beautiful. 

We also utilised frosted acrylic for our Table Numbers, Order of the Day Sign and various other items of signage required throughout the venue finishing them with marble bases where free-standing was required.

The Dress and all those extra details

Now I’m going to be very honest with you here when I say that finding THE DRESS was the part I feared the most and I’m sure I’m not the only Bride or Groom who has struggled in this department. I don’t have a great deal of self confidence, never have since High School. I do however appreciate a positive change in the way men and womens bodies are being represented in the media over the last year or so, which is wonderful and I’m a huge advocate for showing off your curves and hugely admire anyone who truly owns it! but I’m just not there yet and I’m not sure I ever will be. SO, when it came to finding ‘The One’ for me, I just didn’t look forward to it at all, in fact I dreaded it. I decided to take the plunge and visit a couple of Boutiques on my own to see how I felt as I had no idea on what would suit me or what I wanted. I’d say my initial experience was pretty grim, I tried around 10 dresses in my first visit and felt awful in all but one. I was pleased about this but if I’m being truly honest with myself it definitely wasn’t the one, it was just the best of a bad bunch and the only one that I could try on fastened up, which looking back now was a bigger issue than I had realised. A few more visits to various Boutiques and I’m still not getting that wow factor or even a flutter. Does that feeling even exist, I thought or is it all made up? Is it just me? Am I that down on myself that I feel this awful in everything I try. I start to panic… I need to do something, I need to to loose weight and drastically, I’ll really cut back my calories, I thought, I’ll stop drinking alcohol, I’ll run more often than 3 times a week, I’ll exercise everyday in fact… I’ll be exhausted, hungry, and  miserable in the run up to my wedding and become obsessed with how I look – Hmm, do I really want that…

I’m going to be a little controversial here and I know some Boutique owners won’t appreciate me saying this but I really don’t see the point in trying a dress on that is 3 or more sizes too small for you. I understand that they can’t be expected to hold stock in all sizes but maybe a couple of each design, to be more inclusive? No bride wants to see her back bursting out of a dress that clearly does not fit her, it’s not good for your self esteem and who honestly is ok with paying £1,000 – £5,000 + for a dress they have never tried on properly. I just could’t get my head around that at all.

After a while I was getting really fed up and felt conflicted with the pressure of loosing weight whilst feeling determined to rebel against that pressure too. I decided to look for some boutiques that had dresses in a more realistic size for me, around a size 12-14. This did mean me travelling further afield for the styles I decided I liked but I thought I have to give this a try otherwise I’m going to end up being really stressed out. I booked a couple of appointments and headed to my first one, The Boutique was Lulu Browns in Clithero, an hours drive for me. I was planning to go alone again but it just so happened that my Bridesmen live 20 mins from Clitheroe and were free that afternoon so they joined me. Lulu’s had asked me to pre-select a few dresses from their online gallery ahead of my appointment which I did and one really stood out for me. When we arrived we received a lovely warm welcome from Izzy and Megan and the boutique was just beautiful. The boutique had rails and rails adorned with gorgeous ivory gowns… Izzy pulled the dresses from the rail that I had pre-selected and I spotted the one that caught my eye online immediately and it looked even better in real life, I really hoped it would feel as good as it looked on my 5ft 3″, size 12 ish body..

It did! and it just felt right. I loved the simplicity of my dress, I am definitely a less is more kinda girl and it felt perfect for me and my wedding vision so I paid the deposit there and then and decided on Lennox – Blue by Enzoani.

I thoroughly enjoyed my appointment at Lulu Browns and I do believe the fact the dresses fitted better helped massively and ensured a more relaxing and enjoyable visit. The girls were amazing, very helpful and attentive. I would highly recommend Lulu Browns to anyone, they have a wide variety of dresses in terms of style and sizes and are way up there in Customer Service, check out their Instagram for daily updates and see for yourself, I promise you will get a good vibe from their feed.

I did make a small change to my dress along with the usual required alterations on length etc. My dress came with crystal buttons which I didn’t particularly like so I replaced them with natural freshwater pearls to match the rest of my accessories. The girls at Legend Bridal Alterations made all the alterations to my dress and they are recommended by Lulu’s. We had numerous appointments to ensure the fit of my dress was just right and I was never made to feel rushed or that my expectations were unrealistic as I know unfortunately some of my Brides have experienced elsewhere. Legend Bridal Alterations are also talented designers of incredible alternative bridal wear, heavily inspired by myth and folklore, not your traditional wedding gown designer.

The extra details

After all the drama and unpleasantness initially with finding my dress, I knew I would enjoy every minute of finding my wedding shoes. I love shoes, as many do and of course aspire to have a collection Carrie Bradshaw would be proud of not to mention the closet and bank balance to fund the obsession but that’s not likely and in reality where would I wear this glorious collection of shoes – whilst walking the dog, across the cobblestone’s to Sainsbury’s? Not likely although I’m sure Carrie would and actually has completed at least the dog walk from what I remember but maybe not around a muddy dam rather a concrete sidewalk. Anyway I digress.

As you are aware I work within the wedding industry so I do come across some wonderful fellow suppliers from time to time and Freya Rose is one of my favourites. She is passionate about unique yet timeless design, craftsmanship and ethical practices and is renowned for her mother of pearl designs. I had my eye on her Soraya design for some time and had actually placed an order for a pair but due to a technical glitch my size was out of stock and became unavailable. A member of the Freya Rose team kindly let me know and obviously I was disappointed but these things happen. The lady I was chatting to informed me that they were working on a brand new collection that hadn’t been launched yet and she had a sample of it in their showroom if I wanted to take a look before the launch. Now their showroom is in Southsea and I live up north in Cheshire a good 4hr plus drive… I’ve never been to that part of the world I thought, be a nice day out, I told myself.. Both my Husband and Son still poke fun at me for travelling such a distance for a pair of shoes but what do they know, they are not just a pair of shoes you see, they are a work of art! It was all about the experience and I deserved a nice one after the dress saga, I told myself again. So I travelled to Southsea to see this exciting new design and after receiving such a lovely warm welcome from Tegan, instantly I knew I had to have them, they were perfect as if they were actually made for my dress. They are handcrafted with soft shimmering champagne suede and mother of pearl heels featuring a floral design hence the name Flora which is subtle but beautiful. I was told and so I will believe I ordered the very first pair ahead of their launch. 

I have already and intend to wear my wedding shoes whenever the opportunity arises. They are far too beautiful to keep in a box, they truly are a piece of art and I love them.

For my hair, I knew I wanted to wear it up as we were getting married in late August and I was hoping for good weather but I’m not so good with having my hair down when it’s warm. But how should I accessorise? Again I wanted subtle but beautiful. I searched and searched for an accessory to wear in my hair that would complement my dress and I came across Eden B Studio. Her designs are inspired by the beautiful botanicals of the English countryside, with a focus on natural, soft colour palettes and intricate detailing. Looking at her collection and watching videos of her pieces being made by hand using clay to make each individual petal I knew that Eden B Studio was the designer for me. I loved her Cecily collection of delicate floral petals but had hoped to incorporate freshwater pearls and gold within the design so worked with Hannah on a bespoke order. It was absolutely beautiful, so delicate and matched the appliqués on my dress perfectly. Eden B Studio is so so talented and has an incredible collection. I would recommend her highly. 

I wanted my jewellery to be subtle and timeless so I selected classic Akoya pearl stud earrings, a freshwater pearl bracelet and my favourite purchase of them all was my baroque pearl necklace from La Grotta Collective. I love La Grotta Collective’s ethos. Timeless designs, ethically sourced. Alexandra works directly with sustainable family run freshwater pearl farms in China and uses recycled solid gold so her pieces are made to last.

I found a lovely pearl clutch from Oliver Bonas to hold my phone and lipstick and my wedding Scent was Tom Ford Soleil Neige. It was important to me to find a scent unlike anything I had had before that I could wear on my wedding day and take with us on Honeymoon and the scent would always remind me of happy memories. I also treated myself to Tom Ford Lipstick in Bad Lieutenant, I have to admit it’s so creamy and feels lovely to wear, unfortunately for my bank balance I’m now a Tom Ford convert. 

Did you spot our little Lily? Although dog’s are permitted at The Plough we decided it would be more relaxing for everyone, Lily included if she didn’t attend. She is our baby but she can be quite nervous around crowds. We were a little sad about the decision we made but my very talented sister in law, Chris crocheted this lovely Border Collie for us complete with Lily tag, such a gorgeous touch and she was with us all day including the wedding table and she managed to sneak in the suitcase on our Honeymoon.

The Groom & Grooms Party

Mike had his Son, Ben as his Best Man, My Son Lewis and Brother Rob as Ushers and Brother-in-law Barry as his Groomsman.

You just can’t beat the classic tux. We hired our tux’s from L & J Formal Hire where Mike also purchased his dinner jacket. I’ve known Colin at L & J Formal Hire for a few years now, he’s a lovely chap and really looked after our party. Everyone looked amazing. Colin is also the preferred supplier at The Plough.

Mike purchased his incredible velvet bow tie from Eton.

The Bridal Party

For my Bridal Party I had my Sister in Law to be and my Best Friends Alex and Simon as my Man of Honour and Bridesman. Not forgetting the most perfect little flower girls Imogen and Halle who wore the cutest tule tutu’s and vests handmade by Love from Mimosa.

Chris wore a champagne jumpsuit from Karen Millan, she looked stunning with statement jewellery selected from Ella Palm.

Alex and Simon looked very handsome and wore natural linen suits from Marks and Spencer with co-ordinating pocket squares, tie and Bow tie from Trendhim.

The Cake

Our incredible cake was created by Pink Cocoa. We had a consultation with Sarah and decided on a buttercream finish, modern, minimalistic with a neutral pallet. I secretly discussed the detail of my dress with Sarah and shared our wedding vision board with her and basically give her free reign to do her thing… We loved Sarah’s creation, just stunning. So delicate and the tones were perfect! We selected 3 tiers of Vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream and raspberry, Lemon & Elderflower sponge with Lemon & Elderflower buttercream and for the top tier we had our favourite Salted Caramel sponge with salted caramel buttercream. We had decided to save the top tier to share with our family the day after. The cake tasted just as delicious as it looked and we thoroughly enjoyed our reserved tier the following day when we had come back down to earth a little.

The Cheese Cake

As if one cake wasn’t enough… we also had a cheese cake supplied by our wonderful local bakery & deli Sextons Bakery in Lymm. We discussed our tastes with Sarah and she advised us with her vast knowledge on the best cheeses to have keeping in mind important practicalities like the temperature and conditions of the venue. We decided on Crumbly Lancashire, Cornish Yarg with wild Garlic, Picos Blue and a tiny goats cheese for the top tier. The cheese cake was decorated with figs, lychee and olive and topped with a wooden topper made by myself. Sexton’s also provided an array of artisan crackers which complimented the cheeses perfectly. As a final touch we prepared small bottles of Port as favours to our guests to enjoy along with the cheese later in the evening.

The cheese’s were delicious and were thoroughly enjoyed by our guests.

The First Dance

We were both super nervous about our first dance. Neither of us enjoy being the centre of attention and the thought of us awkwardly swaying from side to side in front of all our wedding guests made us feel queasy. So we decided to book some dance lessons ahead of our day, not to put on a show although I lost an entire afternoon watching wedding dance mashups on Youtube, a wonderful rabbit hole to go down but to give us a little bit of confidence.
We decided to book a group of lessons with The Wedding Dance Company which took place in the run up to the wedding. Donna asked what our first dance song was as well as important details about the venue, space and dress etc. My dress was pretty big and the dance floor is not huge so this was actually a very important factor and not one that we had considered. Donna choreographed a routine based on our discussions and we practiced. Now I’m not going to lie and say our practice sessions were romantic, fun and we enjoyed every minute, we didn’t. Our lessons with our coach were great but when we were alone we butted heads on more than one occasion. The problem was that I am super independent and I really struggled to let Mike lead. Poor Mike – it just felt so wrong but I knew I had to give in and eventually I found a way to let go. Apparently it’s very common, hmm?!
When the time arrived for our first dance we were surprised at how calm we felt and all those worries and insecurities disappeared, it was almost as if there was nobody else in the room. We had been told this before but didn’t really think it would be the same for us but it was and we enjoyed every minute and we didn’t stop dancing all night.

What a glorious day we had!

So there you have it our wedding all tied up in a bow. I hope you enjoyed looking through our pictures and maybe gained a little inspiration. Our day could’nt have been any more perfect and we couldn’t have done that without our incredible suppliers. Sadly not all of our suppliers could be caught on camera but they are non the less appreciated and I have compiled a list below should you wish to check them out, please do, they are all pretty damn incredible at what they do.

With heartfelt thanks to our incredible suppliers...

Photographer & Video: Jenny Appleton Photo + Film

Styling: Florence & Vera Events

Florals: The Flower Lounge

Stationery: Jellypress

Venue: The Plough Inn, Eaton

Crockery: Whitehouse Crockery 

Dress & Veil: Lulu Browns

Dress Designer: Enzoani

Alterations: Legend Bridal Alterations

Bride Shoes: Freya Rose London

Confetti: Shropshire Petals

Hair Accessory: EdenB Studio

Bridal Clutch: Oliver Bonas

Hair & Makeup: Carrie Hair & Makeup

Jewellery: La Grotta Collective / Ella Palm London / Beaverbrooks / Astrid & Miyu

Cake: Pink Cocoa

Cheese Tower: Sextons Bakery

Suits: L & J Formal Hire

Grooms Bow Tie: Eton

Bridesmen Suits: Marks & Spencer

Bridesmen Ties & Pocket Squares: Trendhim

Bridesmaid Outfit: Karen Millen

Flower Girl Outfits: Love from Mimosa

Rings: Hancocks / Beaverbrooks

Camper: I Do Campers

Groom & Grooms Party Transport: S K Executive

Entertainment: Crazy 9

Drape Hire: Peter Lockwood Events

Musician: Nathan Lewis Thomas

Registrar: Your Ceremony

First Dance Tuition: The Wedding Dance Company 

Pre-Wedding Accommodation: The Legh Arms / The Tytherington

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