One drizzly morning in July, we made our way to the beautiful Cheshire town of Prestbury for the fabulous wedding of Eleanor & Craig held at their local church and afterwards, the bride’s parents’ home, Withenlee Farm.
We rarely get to see the behind the scenes effort that goes into a wedding, yet, as we arrived at Withenlee Farm, both of Eleanor’s parents were still in full wedding preparation mode! Dad was cutting back ivy and clearing the pathways for guests to park on later and mum, with her trusty wheelbarrow, was moving all of the pretty blooms and flower arrangements up to the marquee. It is here we must mention the amazing job that Rosemary, and those that assisted her, had put into the flower arrangements inside the marquee for the centrepieces. They looked so effective, as did the huge planters filled with sweet peas, hydrangeas and countless other varieties of beautiful plants in the borders around the gardens. Eleanor’s sister, Lucy, hinted that it had taken around a year to get the gardens looking wedding-ready. All of the hard work though had certainly paid off!
Up in her parents’ bedroom, the beautiful bride-to-be was getting ready with her bridesmaids and adorable flower girls with the assistance of Rhiannon from Charlotte Tilbury and Beth, aka Beth O’Callaghan Hair. The flower girls were very keen to open their very thoughtful and unique little gift bags from Eleanor and took to trying to tick off some of the different items they needed to find throughout the day in their wedding day activity book!
Before long, Tobiah journeyed a couple of miles to the centre of Prestbury where Craig, his parents and groomsmen were enjoying a little pre-ceremony drink in the Leigh Arms. It’s always so nice to document families spending time together, especially on such a momentous day. The groom’s parents had traveled from overseas, as well as his brother who had many the journey from Russia to be at his brother’s side on his wedding day. Once the boys had had their last sips, it was soon time to go over to the church! Tobiah travelled back to Withenlee to rejoin Laura, who had stayed with the girls to capture them getting ready together. Eleanor was now ready to step into her stunning, bespoke Susanne Neville wedding dress. Although her dad, Malcolm, had helped her choose her wedding dress, he was kept out of the room until Eleanor had added the finishing touches. Eleanor wore an elegant Helen Martin veil, Freya Rose bridal shoes with stunning Mother of Pearl heels and the prettiest monogram diamond necklace from Boodles that Craig had gifted her that morning. One of our favourite moments is a father seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time on her wedding day. You can only imagine all of the years of memories that pass,through a father’s mind at that moment in time! Once a couple of happy tears had been dabbed away, it was time to go to St. Peter’s for the ceremony.
Dodging the rain, Eleanor made her way into church and met her emotional groom at the bottom of the aisle. The ceremony began with hymns and featured two readings by close friends. Once the register had been signed,it was time for the new Mr & Mrs to exit church! Showered by confetti and under a canopy of umbrellas, the newlyweds made their way to the wedding car to head back to Withenlee Farm.
One of our all-time favourite catering teams, Barretts, were ensuring all of the guests were enjoying the canapés and drinks on offer before everyone was seated for the wedding breakfast. Thankfully, the rain stopped before dinner so we were able to steal eleanor and Craig away for a few portraits in the immaculate, pretty gardens around the house before we took the important family photographs between the lavender.
Dinner was soon served and the speeches followed. One of the most memorable parts of this father of the bride’s speech involved the reference and showing of something that Eleanor had written (and bound – very thorough) over around 15 years previous! Enter the ‘Trampoline Information’ booklet! A detailed, comparative account of various trampoline models, their pros and cons and a heartfelt plea as to why Eleanor and her sister needed one. Needless to say, Eleanor’s face was a picture when her dad produced this booklet during his speech! Craig and his brother’s speeches followed with mentions of how the couple had met and a final toast in Russian!
The evening sun was now shining over the misty fields around the marquee. The awesome guys, Gary and Martin, from First Sight wedding films and Tobiah took the bride and groom across to one of the neighbouring fields for a few portraits in the fading sunshine before the evening reception began.
Eleanor & Craig had chosen one of our favourite bands, The Rush for the evening’s entertainment! Their range of songs including Teenage Dirtbag always keep the dance floor full and Gavin is one awesome frontman, he even had a quick photo in our photo booth!
We loved every part of this Cheshire garden wedding, proving that come rain or shine, wedding days are always fabulous.
Huge thank you to this wonderful couple and their families for having us along to share in such a wonderful day. Thank you too Michelle at Barretts for looking after us so well and the boys from The Wood Fired Pizza Company for our late-night snack!
Dress – Suzanne Neville
Veil – Helen Martin Veils
Videographer – First Sight Videos
Caterers: Barretts Events
Make-up – Rhiannon at Charlotte Tilbury (Selfridges)
Hair – Beth O’Callaghan
Band – The RUSH
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