Sarah and David were relaxing in Zanzibar following their trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro when, on the 30th August 2016, David got down on one knee to ask Sarah to marry him.
On arriving back to the UK, they wasted no time agreeing that their first purchase would be Sarah’s engagement ring! Wedding planning in full swing, Sarah and David decided they wanted to get married the following Spring, so they immediately started searching for their dream venue.
Location was of utmost importance to Sarah and David as they wanted a venue close to all their family and friends who were based in the Wirral and Manchester. Opting for Cheshire, the couple narrowed their search and focused on finding a venue where they could spend the whole day in one place: from getting ready in the morning right through to somewhere to sleep at the end of the night.
Sarah spent most of her lunch breaks searching Google for their perfect venue, and upon discovering Heaton House Farm she knew she had found exactly what they had been looking for…
“We loved how Heaton House was both traditional and modern at the same time, with beautiful views and a nice flow of areas for various parts of the day.”
They wanted a venue where their guests would feel comfortable and would not need to split up during the day so they loved how Heaton House Farm was set up as they could picture how their day would flow from one area to the next.
With the venue booked, Sarah started looking for her dress. Deciding that other aspects of the day were more important, Sarah set herself a budget for her dress and spent time researching online to find somewhere that would be able to perfectly suit her specifications.
Sarah’s research paid off as she discovered Wed2B in Liverpool, her mum accompanied her for the day and after trying on several dresses she found the one.
Simple yet elegant, Sarah chose a beautiful fitted white dress with intricate lace detailing at the top. With a soft waterfall-style hem, the dress looked stunning paired with her exquisite veil edged with lace and dusky pink Louboutin heels.
Sarah had asked 6 of her closest friends and family to be her bridesmaids and put faith in her sister and best friend to pick the dresses for them all. The three of them went shopping and decided on a dark teal, floor length dress with lace detailing along the high neckline which matched perfectly with Sarah’s dress.
Meanwhile, David was organizing the suits for himself, his father, his Best Man and Sarah’s father. David opted for a smart Hugo Boss suit he already had, and the men all wore blue suits in various shades paired with matching silver braces and teal bow ties that looked wonderful alongside the bridesmaid’s outfits.
The day before the wedding, Sarah and her bridesmaids styled the venue using a combination of items hired from Heaton House alongside artificial flowers bought from a wholesaler.
“It was really great that we were able to do this in advance and not worry about it on the day”
The tables were decorated in a fairly simple, rustic style; a log riser was placed onto a hessian table runner and adorned with white petals, tea lights, small birdcages and rustic jars filled with flowers. The table names, popular Gin brands, were presented in various frames and placed on top of the log riser which effortlessly finished the look.
With the venue decorated, they were ready for the day they had both been waiting for.
Their ceremony, under the pleats at Heaton House, was absolutely beautiful. Sarah walked up the aisle to a stunning instrumental version of Christina Perry’s ‘Thousand Years’ by The Piano Guys and although she had been nervous about the ceremony, she was pleasantly surprised to find it much easier than expected. She managed to get through it without crying too!
Walking back down the aisle as a married couple, ‘Lambada’ by Kaoma played which encompassed the emotions felt by the couple brilliantly!
After the ceremony, the guests were treated to a live saxophonist whilst enjoying a few drinks before the wedding breakfast. Meanwhile, Sarah and David were whisked away by the photographer to capture some stunning shots outside.
Walking back into Steele’s barn, Sarah and David were greeted with a loud applause. Everyone settled down for the brilliant speeches, timed to perfection to ensure everyone did not have to wait too long before the wedding breakfast.
Sarah and David opted for Vanilla in Allseasons who provided a Hog Roast in the form of big sharing dishes as they wanted a good meal that was not too formal; this was far better suited to them and a huge success with their guests.
Throughout the wedding breakfast, a singer kept everyone entertained moving around the tables to ensure everyone was up and dancing before desert!
After they had eaten their meal, everyone made their way through to the bar for the evening reception. Sarah and David cut their Cake of Cheese and made their way to the dancefloor. Everyone watched as they performed their first dance to ‘Only You’ by Yazoo.
David’s dad, uncle and cousin took to the stage as they usually do at family weddings, however, no one expected Sarah to pick up a guitar and join them!
Sarah rocked the stage creating a special memory for her and David to treasure forever.
Sarah’s Memorable Moment:
“I’ll never forget my dad seeing me in my dress just before we walked down the aisle, his face was priceless!”
What did David think?
“We agreed right at the start which things were most important to us we got them sorted first, then we divided the rest of the budget between the things that were left. That meant that the things most important to us – the rings, the venue, the food and the honeymoon – were perfect. If we hadn’t done this, it would have been easy to get carried away on other items then run out of money!”
Advice for future couples
“One thing I wish we had done was get a videographer. Our photos are brilliant but there are parts of the ceremony and speeches that went by so quickly that I wish I could watch them back again now.”
Suppliers who made their day:
|Bride’s Shoes||Christian Louboutin|
|Groom’s Outfit||Hugo Boss|
|Groomsmen’s Outfits:||Their own|
|Photographer||Mr & Mrs W|
|Caterer||Vanilla In Allseasons|
|Flowers||The Floral Touch|
|Wedding Cake||The Cheese Hamlet|
|Wedding Hair||Jane Bellis – Bellissimo|
|Wedding Make-Up||Jane Bellis – Bellissimo|
|Evening Entertainment||John Norcott – Ntertain|