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I just love todays wedding that has kindly been sent into me by the very lovely Mark Tattersall. The venue is just gorgeous, set in the middle of the countryside so out-of-the-way and private, but with a modern twist. The curved lines and wooden exterior give a wonderful clean look but also blends into the background so it dosn’t look out of place. As for Janine and Rick, what a gorgeous couple. Rick’s suit is a fab colour and as for Janine’s Jenny Packham wedding dress, Oh my! It’s just amazing. I think this may be my favourite JP gown, and there have been quite a few I have seen over the past few years that I would have loved to have worn to my own wedding, but I think this tops them all! A gorgeous wedding with some pretty details but not over the top! Simple, relaxed and all together a whole lot fo fun! Just perfect.
Janine and Rick were married on 26th July 2014 the Ceremony at Clitheroe Castle, Clitheroe. Reception at The Out Barn, Clough Bottom Farm, Bashall Eaves. ‘The amazing location, we wanted a rural wedding, in the middle of nowhere, where guests could get lost in the moment, without distraction. We had 20 guests to the Ceromony, Reception 100, night celebrations 30 more. We had a two-year engagement, this wasn’t planned though as we couldn’t afford it in one year and I realised I had spent a lot of the savings – we then promptly opened a wedding account.
How they met
We met in the local pub, I wanted to ask Janine out for 6 months but daren’t! Finally she came over to me. It’ll be ten years in the New Year.
I proposed at Beatherder a local festival. Music is really important to us and we’ve been going there since it started, Janine’s two favourite things are the outdoors and tunes. So I took her to the wooded part of the festival and asked her underneath a tree. It was great to celebrate with all our friends there.
How did you allocate your budget
Most of the budget went on food and drink, it was important for us for our guest to have a great time and not worry about paying £5 a pint so we put on a free bar – hopefully it worked.
How did you choose your photographer
I’ve known Mark for about 15 years now but in my opinion he’s one of the best, if not the best out there. You only have to look at the website to see how great his images are. Moreover he’s completely chilled out and puts you totally at ease. We didn’t want the staid images of groups of people and wanted a more natural look, this is what I feel Mark specialises in.
The dress and shoes were both by Jenny Packham
The Suit and Bridesmaids
The suit and all the trimmings are by Reiss. Janine had her ‘best women’ who wore dresses of their choice. Again we just wanted everyone to feel comfortable and not worry about formality!
The flowers were from Janine’s mum’s garden and then other ones were brought in to compliment them
As it was in the country, we wanted the main aesthetic to come from the beautiful building and surrounding but we added trees, plants, flowers, candles and globe balloons to enrich the space.
Sam our caterer was an absolute star and helped us out no end. For starters we had street food (from various parts of the world) in order for our guests to get up, mingle and get to know one another. This was followed by a sit down meal of either sea bass, beef or courgette tower. The pudding was a crème Brule and then for the night do we had a hog roast and one of best friends did falafels for the veggies.
One of Janine’s mum’s friends made the cake and then it was decorated on the day by her mum and some lovely friends
We had lawn games throughout the day with a mixture of music spilling into the outside. At night we had a local band named Ofay, which are a 9 piece that do an eclectic mix of various genres. After they had finished myself and one of my best men, James DJed, first disco for the folks and then when they had gone to bed the techno came on!!
Buy or DIY your Stationery
I teach media and graphics at the local college so I made all the signage and stationary, based on a woodland theme, as Janine is a Forest School Practitioner.
Personal or Handmade Touches
Yeah, the whole idea of the venue was that it was a blank canvas for us. I am a keen home brewer so I made all the beers and all the signage including invites, table names, badges (that worked as place names), bar menu and find your table sign where done by us. We also put up images of Burnley’s promotion to the Premier League in the gents – ha ha.
For me (it was seeing Janine pull up in her dads Porsche, looking the most beautiful person in the world. Seeing all our friends when we pulled up at the venue. People having a good time and enjoying the beers that had been made. The speeches and food. Ofay rocking the house and getting all generations dancing. The weather, although unbearable at times, 28 degrees in your gald rags is a sweaty business.
Advice to other couples
We believe the most important thing is to try and make it your own, do it for yourself, relax and enjoy yourself. At one point the wedding could have got out of control with obsessing over little details, paying massive amounts of money and spending loads of time trying to out do the previous and next wedding; its about you, your guests and your family and everyone is going to remember a good time, rather than that their name was hand stitched into organically grown, place matt….. or something like that anyway.
Janine not fainting at the alter – haha