Nathan ensured Ellen had an unforgettable birthday when he got down on one knee!
Upon becoming engaged, Ellen and Nathan began their planning – starting with the search for an ideal venue. They decided that Heaton House Farm would be the perfect venue for their special day. “It is the most beautiful venue with gorgeous scenery to match. We both loved the rustic feel of the entrance barn and the outdoor/marquee feeling of Steeles Barn”
As they were booking a Springtime wedding, in the anticipation of bad weather, it was important to them that all areas of the venue were accessible without going outside so that guests did not have to get wet at any point during the day.
Once they had decided on the venue it was time to focus on planning everything else. Ellen did a lot of internet research but found it incredibly helpful to look through the recommended list of suppliers from Heaton House Farm for guidance on who to choose to help create her perfect wedding day. “It makes life a lot easier knowing they are already recommended!”
Suppliers chosen, it was soon time for Ellen, Nathan and their families to start creating everything they might need to style the venue themselves.
Ellen and Nathan opted for a rustic theme full of handmade charm with a hint of dusky pink. Keeping their décor simple, they placed hand-painted jars with little flowers in around the venue, apart from that they kept it minimal as they loved how Heaton House looked without many extras.
They spent a lot of their time leading up to the wedding making all the stationary and are particularly grateful for Ellen’s crafty Auntie who helped with the wedding invites and even made homemade candles for the favours!
The couple created some standout pieces for the day including the stunning table plan made from a large, old oak window. They gave it a bit of TLC and used chalk pen to write the table plan onto the panes of glass.
Nathan also made the place cards out of small pieces of wood, using a pyrography pen to burn the names of the guests on.
Alongside prepping the décor, Ellen had to choose her wedding dress. She visited the brilliant team at Queenies Bridal in Stone who helped her to pick out a beautiful Stella York dress. A simple, fitted dress with a low cut back covered in elegant lace detail embellished with delicate jewels; Ellen instantly fell in love with her dress. “You know it’s the one when you get that feeling!” Ellen styled her dress with shoes from Carvela Kurt Geiger which she loved from the moment she tried them on.
Another important part of the planning was deciding what the bridesmaids would wear. Ellen chose long dusky pink dresses with a soft pleat and high necklines with lace detailing at the top that perfectly matched her own dress.
Meanwhile, Nathan was busy planning the outfits for the men. Nathan chose a navy suit with a grey and navy tweed waistcoat, tie and pocket square for himself, his Groomsmen, father and Ellen’s father to wear. To distinguish himself and his Best Man, Nathan opted for a white rose corsage and provided the rest of the men with pink roses.
With all the wedding prep done, it was time for their special day to arrive.
The morning of the wedding, Ellen and her bridesmaids began their preparations. Gemma and Amy from Doll Face in Congleton ensured that everyone looked beautiful; the girls had an elegant updo accompanied by small white flowers and simple make-up with hints of pink.
Whilst getting ready, Ellen received a surprise from Nathan. He sent her a gorgeous necklace and bracelet for her to wear for the day. Ellen doesn’t think she could have picked better if she tried!
Ellen and her bridesmaids looked amazing as they walked up the aisle towards Nathan, carrying their lovely bouquets full of white daisies and pink roses.
Their ceremony in the Oak Barn was perfect. The moment Nathan saw Ellen had everyone reaching for the tissues!
After the ceremony, Sam Fitton Magician entertained the guests whilst they enjoyed their reception drinks and canapes. Sam proved a huge success as everyone thought he was fabulous. The photographer took this opportunity to take Ellen and Nathan outside for a few photos and a chance to enjoy some alone time together.
Everyone enjoyed the big reveal of Steele’s Barn as Ellen and Nathan’s hard work to create beautiful décor paid off. The tables were decorated with log risers, rustic jars and candles and everyone loved the place card keepsakes made by Nathan.
Vanilla in Allseasons catered for Mr and Mrs Ball’s wedding breakfast and made sure everyone was satisfied with their exquisite meal. Throughout the wedding breakfast, Replay Acoustic Duo performed a playlist of the couple’s favourite songs which was enjoyed by all.
Following the meal, everyone moved into the bar area to watch the cutting of the Cheese Cake. As neither Ellen nor Nathan are big cake lovers but both love cheese, it made perfect sense to have a Cake of Cheese that could also be used towards the evening meal.
Replay Acoustic Duo learnt Ellen and Nathan’s first dance song especially for them which created a truly unique moment.
To capture the day in a fun and different way, Ellen and Nathan made a snapchat filter for their day. All the screenshots have created a lovely little keepsake to look back on and reminisce.
Their day was unforgettable with so many beautiful moments to cherish.
“Perfect with lots of love and laughter!”
Ellen’s Memorable Moment
She loved looking through the photographs of their special day. Chelsea, the photographer, managed to get some stunning shots that they will treasure forever, and they noticed things captured by the camera that they had missed on the day!
“They tell the story of our day beautifully”
Advice for future couples
Ellen and Nathan’s top tip for future couples who want to save money is to shop around and do lots of research for cheaper alternatives. In their case this was taking advantage of their talented friends and family!
Their best advice is to try and make the most of every second as the day goes so quickly.
“And do not stress about the weather… it can’t be changed!”