Charming, sweet and oh-so beautiful this lakeside wedding at the Linthwaite House is as darling as they come. With perfectly placed details dreamt up by this gorgeous Bride alongside the loveliest florals from Valerie Ann’s Florist, every image snapped up by Sarah-Jane Ethan is frame-worthy to say the very least. See them all here.
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From The Bride Vicky…Darren & I met in May 2011 on a night out in Manchester. We owe it to Darren’s friend who initially made the move to speak to me and my sister but was told quickly by my sister that she was already married, but that I was single….. and Darren quickly swooped in!! We haven’t been apart since! Love at first sight for me :) Although, I did think his name was Gareth for the first four weeks of dating….
We got engaged in September 2013…..My friend asked me if I was free one Thursday evening after work to meet for some dinner. We arranged to meet at the Hilton hotel in Manchester (where she was staying that night for work). I arrived and she text me to say she wasn’t quite ready yet so to come up to her room. I knocked on the door and to my surprise Darren answered….stood in a suit, the room filled with candles, white roses, champagne and chocolate. Obviously in shock all I could say was…..well where is Charlotte!! He quickly told me that she was clearly not here and that he had arranged things with her so that he could surprise me (knowing what I’m like he knew most other ways I would find out!) and that he had something to ask me…..and down on one knee he went with a beautiful ring! Complete shock and excitement! He had brought a dress for me to change into and had booked a restaurant and a cocktail bar to celebrate. It was perfect :)
For the wedding, our idea was to keep things simple. We wanted a small wedding with our closest family and friends and we didn’t want anything too…fussy. It was to be a spring wedding so we wanted to keep things light, fresh and with a slight vintage/country feel. I used Pinterest for a lot of our inspiration and this made me realise we wanted a pale pallet of colours (ivory, grey, light pinks, light yellow, light green) for everything from our stationary, to dresses, bunting, flowers and table decoration. Every bride needs Pinterest! I also signed up to a few wedding inspiration blogs like Style Me Pretty and a few facebook groups. I of course bought some wedding magazines and they did help as well and we always kept in mind what we wanted. I think looking back once it had all come together our wedding had a ‘Rustic Country’ feel.
I did a lot of research on Pinterest for my dress and knew I wanted something a little bit different. I liked ‘wow’ backs and initially wanted sleeves/high necks but as soon as I tried these on they didn’t suit me at all. I looked online at Berta dresses for inspiration and then just booked some appointments in with a few local stores who stocked designers I liked. I was stuck between two dresses in a shop called Puure Bridal in Lymm. I then went to try some at The Bridal Path, Altringham and they actually picked ‘The One’ out for me, I absolutely loved it instantly and got goose bumps when I tried it on! The dress had a lot of lace detail so I kept all my other accessories really simple, a plain diamond necklace borrowed from my sister, some plain diamond earrings and a small hairclip. My shoes were from Rainbow Club via John Lewis, and if you take them back after the wedding they will dye them black so you can wear them again!
We wanted to have a Lake District wedding as my Grandparents have a house in Windermere so we have spent many summers there and have a real love for the place. We love the countryside and we always wanted a small church wedding in a quiet area, so as soon as we saw St Peter’s Church, Field Broughton we knew it was perfect. I found Linthwaite House online and as soon as we went to visit, we fell in love! It is so peaceful and welcoming yet so luxurious! Kate (Linthwaite’s wedding planner) was so helpful so we booked it without really looking elsewhere. We booked Linthwaite on an exclusive use basis which meant we had the place to ourselves which made it feel like a huge house party and so relaxed! (Especially whilst the whole wedding party was doing ‘The Love Train’ through the house in the evening!)
My favourite songs from the day were:
* Bridal Entrance: Kodaline, The One
* Bride & Groom Exit: Natalie Cole, This Will Be
We made our own table plan using a photograph of each person, we loved it and our guests were so thrilled! After the wedding we sent them their pictures with our thank you cards. My sister in law did all of our stationary from her small business ‘Love Those Prints’ which was great because it was completely bespoke and they were so beautiful. We also made up some sweetie bags for the evening which went down a treat!
We really struggled to find a photographer that looked like what we wanted……unstuffy, friendly and with light, vintage style photos. As soon as I came across SJ I instantly knew her photography style was exactly right for us. I could see from previous weddings she had captured some truly beautiful images, emotions and moments from the day, just what we wanted. As soon as SJ arrived on the day she was a breath of fresh air. She was friendly, calm and snapping away without being intrusive whatsoever. When we saw our pictures I cried, they brought back so many memories of the day and were beyond what we could ever have expected, we absolutely love them.
The highlights of the day for me was;
– The church ceremony, it was just beautiful, We absolutely loved it. Our venue was also so perfect, the wedding breakfast was gorgeous and the team were so helpful.
– I was in love with my dress!!
– We also loved that the wedding felt so intimate with all of our closest friends and family which meant we managed to spend time with everybody!
– The flowers were breath taking, I was so overwhelmed when the bouquets/button holes arrived, far better than we could ever have expected!
– Our photographs are incredible and capture the emotion of the day so well, we are so pleased with them.
– Our stationary, it was bespoke and exactly what we wanted
– Pretty much everything we loved!!!
My advice to any couple still planning their big day is;
– Don’t invite people that you don’t want to invite, its your day, be surrounded by people you love!
– Keep things simple, you might not need chair covers (for example) so don’t get them just because that’s what you think you’re ‘meant to do’! And don’t do/have things just because you’re ‘meant to’….have what you want :)
– Do pay attention to the little details because they really do count!
– Make sure you get a really good photographer, the pictures are so important after the day as they help you remember everything and a good photographer will capture the emotion which makes the pictures so special!
– Be organised, so that the week before and on the day, you can relax and enjoy it all.
– Take time during the day to step back and take it all in, at different moments in the day, it will help you appreciate and remember it all
– Search eBay for things, some things are great quality and cheap! and try and use small businesses where possible too as you can get more personalised/quality items :)
– Enjoy it!!
Photography: Sarah-Jane Ethan | Videographer: Phillip White | Floral Design: Valerie Ann's Florist | Wedding Dress: The Bridal Path | Ceremony Venue: St.Peter's Church | Reception Venue: Linthwaite House | Rings: Ernest Jones | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ted Baker | Make Up: Danielle Entwhistle | Groom's Attire: Reiss | Groomsmen's Attire: Marks And Spencer | Beatrix Potter Biscuits: Biscuiteers | Bridal Party Robes: Etsy | Bridal Shoes: Rainbow Club | Bunting: The Cotton Bunting Company | Flower Girl Headband: Monsoon UK | Flower Girl's Dresses: River Island | Gingerbread Favours: The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop | Glitter Feathers: Love Those Prints | Honeymoon: Lux Belle Mare - Mauritius | Singer: Kyle Parry | Stationery & Prints: Love Those Prints | Wedding Car: Rolls Royce Wraith