So our wedding day was two weeks ago, on 28th April 2018, and I wanted to share some of our wedding day details with you!
We spent (read: I spent) 2 years and 3 months planning this wedding. It caused a lot of stress, a lot of effort, and a lot of tears. I never thought I’d dislike wedding planning as much as I did. It’s something you dream about as a child. You get to pick everything about your day, and I really thought I’d love it! But I found the planning stressful, couldn’t make decisions, got too caught up in the little details.
There were parts of the planning I loved. Picking my dress (obviously), going to our food tasting, and having hair and make up trials. But the rest, I found really hard. I had no ideas what flowers I wanted, what I wanted the bridesmaids to wear. And the more I looked online for inspiration, the more muddled I got about what I actually wanted.
Luckily, it all turned out okay in the end. It was so unbelievably worth all the time, money and stress.
The Venue: Thornton Manor
Thornton Manor was the first and only venue we looked around. I saw it online, and just had to go and see it. Jay didn’t even get much of a say in the matter! Luckily, when I showed him he fell in love with it too. We both nearly cried when we looked around it!
It’s the previous home of Lord Leverhulme, and sits in 120 acres of land. The ballroom just sold it for us. I mean look at that ceiling!
We chose our blossom trees so the eye would be drawn up and into the room, making the ceiling an even bigger feature than it already is. The trees also soften the room. There was a lot of dark wood (the wall panelling, the floor, the chairs) so I think they really break it up.
My incredible dress was an unworn Mori Lee designer dress that was half price because it was a sample dress. I didn’t care what was ‘in fashion’, I just wanted to fall in love with a dress. So I went to Bridal Reloved, a chain across the UK that sells pre-loved/ex-stock/sample dresses.
It was the first dress I tried on and it knew it was ‘the one’ straight away. It needed A LOT of alterations to take it from a size 16 to an 8 (the only problem with an sample one-off dress).
This picture also shows off our classic Rolls Royce which ran beautifully! Except the whole drive, between the church and the venue, Jay was mostly talking to the driver about cars….
We decided to hire Jay’s suit rather than buy one, but all the suits were beautiful too (until Jay slipped in beer and ripped his trousers nearly in two).
I wore jewellery, a necklace and earrings set, which was gifted to me from Ivory and Co. You can see it better in the photo below.
I didn’t really know what I wanted when it came to flowers. All I knew is that I wanted classic white and green. I chose ivory roses, with plenty of green foliage and gypsophila. Mine was a waterfall bouquet, and the bridesmaids’ bouquets had the same flowers but were round.
I also love this picture. Jay’s face is what makes it.
Colour Scheme: Yellow, white and grey
I chose yellow as my main colour. It was a brave choice, and I don’t think the bridesmaids were entirely sure when I told them their dresses were going to be yellow! But I’m so glad I took the leap, and the pictures have turned out wonderfully.
The Cake: Lemon, Cherry Bakewell, Chocolate Fudge, and Carrot Cake
I picked the design for the cake, and Lindsay created it exactly as I imagined it. Her sugar flowers are incredible, and we continued on the grey and yellow theme. The cake stand was also the best decision. It helped to add a wow and made the cake look so much taller!
We chose a marble effect for the bottom two layers. I just love how this effect turned out, and it absolutely suited the venue.
I’ve put the top Lemon tier in our freezer to take out at some point in the future! We’re planning a house party when our wedding video turns up so we can all sit and watch it together. It would be amazing to get the cake out and serve it then.
Venue dresser: Maddison J Creations
Wedding cake: White Lace Cakes
Photo credit: Rachel Clarke Photography
Bridesmaids dresses: Aristocrats