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Yay for the weekend, well nearly the weekend! I am so happy it’s Friday what about you? It’s been a long tiring week this week in the Boho household. Nik is working really long hours at the moment which is never easy for either of us, but we are looking forward to a fun-filled weekend, with a children’s birthday party and a family rave to look forward to! What about you? Before all that though we have this lovely Knutsford wedding courtesy of Fairclough Photography. Jo and Ching decided on a Timeless Glamour theme and the results are gorgeous. With Candy Floss and Pizzas to end the night with it really is a wedding full of good food and lots of fun.
Jo and Ching were married on the 28th May 2016 at The Oak Tree of Peover, Knutsford. ‘We had seen photos online and we loved the oak wood along with the huge glass windows. After visiting the venue, we put our names down, even though we hadn’t seen other venues on our list. We found the exclusivity a big plus. The building is surrounded by beautiful woodland complemented by a pond. There were 50 guests for the ceremony and around 120 for the reception. It took around 15 months to plan. We are very fond of spreadsheets!’
How they met
We were introduced by our friend, almost 11 years ago. Zaeem was a guest of honour on the day!
After around 5 years of being bullied by all of our friends, Ching finally decided to propose. I had given up so it came as a total surprise. I was cooking Christmas dinner for the two of us at home, when he called me into the living room. I was greeted with the sight of our 6-month old Labrador puppy, thrashing about to get something off his neck. It was a small jewellery box, and I initially thought it was a pair of earrings – until I opened the box!
How did you allocate your budget?
Again, the spreadsheets came in handy! We just made a list of everything we had to pay for and what bits we could save on. I wasn’t keen on spending a lot on my dress as I think it is a waste of money. I managed to get my hands on a sample sale dress.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
The venue was definitely the most expensive thing on the list! I enjoy photography as a hobby and wanted to make sure we got a really good photographer. We booked Fairclough Photography and got two for the price of one! Their work is amazing and we are glad that we allocated a lot of our budget towards that. Capturing the day is one of the most important things. Jo really loves shoes, so I treated her to a lovely pair of bridal Christian Louboutin’s.
Why did you choose your photographer?
We were recommended them by another photographer who was unavailable on our chosen date. We had previously met another photographer who was also very good technically. However, upon meeting the Faircloughs, we knew we would love their work and we weren’t disappointed. They slotted in amongst our guests very well and got some great shots!
I wore an Enzoani Ivory gown. The original dress came with an embellished diamante T-bar at the back. I thought it distracted from the cowl back fabric, so I designed a different look with the help of my good friend and part-time seamstress, Kelly. We actually found a lovely diamante set of chains in Claire’s accessories and used it to emulate the cowl on the back. My shoes were Christian Louboutin in cream satin and Ching bought me my Tiara.
The Suit and Bridesmaids
Ching bought his suit from the high street. The bridesmaids wore beautiful embellished maxi dresses in navy and the look was finished with a grey/silver silk pashmina.
Theme or Colour Scheme
We had a navy, creams and pearl theme, although we didn’t want to be too rigid. We wanted to also tie in with the natural beauty of the building, so we tried to incorporate natural materials along with a timeless glamour feel.
My bridesmaid, Emily sorted all the flowers and arranged posies for the bridesmaids and my bouquet. She used cala lillies and roses in cream, with sprays of baby’s breath. We had daisies and asters on the tables.
We had pom-poms and pearls hanging up and we had wooden tree trunks, old books and cameras as centrepieces. The venue was too beautiful to fill it with too much wedding paraphernalia!
For guests arriving for the ceremony and the reception, there were cartons of personalised popcorn. We had some canapes following the ceremony – Chicken satay, filled Yorkshire puds, and samosas. For our wedding breakfast, we started with deconstructed duck pancake stacks, followed by rump of lamb, fondant potato and bean cassoulet. For dessert we had strawberry millefeuille and mango sorbet. This was all cooked and served by Olive Tree Catering. Later, a huge 3 cheese ‘cake’ was set out, we also had pizzas cooked on site by Pizza Principles, and we had a candy floss machine.
The cake was made and assembled by my good friend, Terry along with the help of his wife. We had different fillings for each tier – Vanilla, lemon and chocolate.
Part of the entertainment began with some acapella singing by our close friends and keen vocalists Drew and Lee. During the meal, guests on each table had some quiz questions and these were answered during coffee. Everybody cheated! We hired a local DJ to keep the tunes flowing while we all chilled outside with candy floss and pizza!
I made all the stationery items myself, and calligraphy expert, Emily did all the writing.
I did so much myself which took a lot of work but it meant our wedding truly was ours. From customising my dress, to the invitations, favours and centrepieces/decorations! I was particularly proud of my coffee filter pomp poms and my stained-glass jars! I also made order of service flags for all the guests so they could wave them at the end of the marriage ceremony! My bridemaids, Emily, Maz and MOH Suzanne helped a lot. I told our guests that if there were any books on their table that they fancied reading, then to take them.
I did my own hair, nails and makeup. My friend Amy was really helpful and was on hand to help the bridesmaids with their makeup.
Special Moments or Highlights
I loved having our dog, Neo there. I really enjoyed the quiz and really just having all our friends together.
Advice for other couples
Do what you want, don’t worry about other people. Spreadsheets are a good tool to keep on top of the planning. For the dress, go to the shops when they have their sample sales on. They’re generally in tip top condition and just need cleaning and you can save yourself so much money. Try and milk the time you spend with your friends planning things. One of my bridesmaids lives quite far away so we rarely see each other. We made so many plans to see each other in the run up, so use the wedding as an excuse to go and see far-flung friends that are involved in the planning. Get a good night’s sleep and eat a big breakkie! Jo had a full English and lots of Nutella-smeared pancakes!
The weather! Apparently, it was raining a bit in the morning but when I left for the venue it was sunny and really warm! It was like that all day and people were sat outside on the terrace all evening ‘til late. It was the perfect day for a wedding.
We’re Katie and James, a husband and wife wedding photography team based in the seaside town of Lytham St Annes in Lancashire. We have a relaxed, fun and creative documentary style of photography which captures the real moments of a wedding day from start to finish. We love the connections between people, the hugs, the tears, the laughs and the personality that our couples inject into their amazing weddings. We travel all over the UK and internationally, and are always looking forward to the next adventure.