Advice From the Married Side – Real Brides Advice From Their Wedding Day
This afternoon we are back with our regular feature ‘Advice from the Married Side,‘ real life wedding planning...
We are back today after a lovely Easter break, did you have a good Easter holidays? I do hope so. Mine was spent with all the family (25 of us) in Lincoln. It was lovely to all get together and the children had a ball. It has made me very excited for summer. Today we have the most gorgeous wedding for you, a festival wedding in Bolton, full of the most gorgeous colours, amazing decor and a beautiful vintage wedding dress. Kezia and Paddy chose a festival style wedding to keep the festivities laid back with a boho vibe and this they did perfectly. Big thanks to Petal and Blush Artistry for the lovely images.
Kezia and Paddy were married on the 6th August 2016 at St Albans Church, Blackburn. Rivington Barn and Hall, Rivington, Bolton. ‘Getting married in a catholic church was important to Paddy who is catholic and has been a member of St Albans for many years. We both fell in love with Rivington Barn due to its unique features, outdoor space and huge barn which could accommodate our big wedding and ceildh. We had 160 guests during the day, and 180 evening. The wedding took 8 months to plan.’
How they met
We met working at a secondary school in Blackburn together 6 years ago.
Paddy had made me a handmade jar advent calendar which included things like chocolate, candles, bath bombs in. On Christmas Eve, the final jar had my favourite cereal luck charms in with a note saying shake the cat treats. Artie our cat ran upstairs to the sound of the treats and he had the engagement ring around his collar. Paddy got on one knee and proposed.
How did you allocate your budget?
We spent the most money on the venue and the wedding photographer. We really wanted our photographs to be perfect which they were so really worth the investment. We saved by organising the table decoration and centre pieces ourselves. We collected vintage style items from car boots over the 7 months. The wood slices, where from a tree that we got cut down in our back garden. We made as much as possible, including bunting. During the wedding reception, as Paddy is a musician a lot of our guest got up and did a little musical set each to give the wedding a festival vibe. Saved on hairdressing by bride and bridesmaids doing each others hair. My wedding dress was only £220 as it was from a Vintage Wedding Dress shop.
Why did you choose your photographer?
We loved Petal and Blush Artistry’s style- relaxed and candid.
My dress was from Vintage Lane Bridal Boutique, Last Drop Village, Bolton. I wore sandals bought from Etsy and gold leaf added extra which I bought from a local haberdashery shop.
The Suit and Bridesmaids
Groom’s kilt was his own. The groomsmen’s kilts were hired from Slaters Blackburn. Bridesmaids wore dresses from H & M.
Theme or Colour Scheme
A combination of Vintage/ Boho/ Bright colours.
Wild flowers for brides bouquet and headpiece. The bridesmaids had September flowers. Within the brides flowers and grooms button hole was a thistle to tie in with the Scottish theme.
Bright Colours, chalkboard, vintage, rustic.
Canapes and ice cream at the reception. Then Chicken, potatoes and veg followed by Sticky Toffee Pudding. In the evening we had a Cheese board, Pate and Pie.
The Wedding Cake
It was made by grooms cousin Laura Little. Naked victoria sponge cake decorated with fruit and flowers.
Friends and family performed at the reception due to having a musical family and groom being a musician. In the evening we had a Ceildh, Monster Ceildh Band.
It was from Garden Studio- who we came across at a Vintage Wedding Fayre in Manchester.
Bride made veil herself, accessorised the brides sandals. All centre pieces and decorations where collected and organised by Bride and Groom. Family members decorated the church and pew ends. We had Hollyfold Donkey Hire, the donkeys were so cute and had some photographs with us, then gave the children guests donkey rides during the reception.
Special Moments or Highlights
Celebrating at the reception, the kids were having fun with facepaint and donkey rides. Music playing with guest enjoying the sun, ice cream, music whilst sat on deck chairts. The Ceildh in the evening, was so funny and got so many people up dancing, everyone was laughing their heads off.
Advice for other couples
Try and make the day as personal as possible. If you enjoy being creative, you can do a lot of the work yourself instead of paying others to do it. You will enjoy it and it allows you to spend more time with people you love doing something together. My mum helped me make my veil, my sisters helped me make the jars which had candles in on the tables.
Paddy had organised his band mates to play trumpets, saxophone and sing at the end of the church service as we were leaving the church, to the song ‘All you need is love’ like in the film Love Actually. The grooms speech was a song played by him on Ukele to a combination of Disney songs.
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Love, love, love this wedding! Love the bridesmaids dresses, the brides flower crown and the fab decorations.