Bride Alex reveals all about her beautiful tipi reception and quirky Alice in Wonderland theme…
How did James propose?
“On Christmas Eve 2014 at Dunham Massey. We had gone for a festive walk with our daughter and I wasn’t prepared for it at all!”
What dress did you wear?
“My dress was called Sardinia by Nicola Anne. I had visited a few bridal shops and tried on a variety of styles but the ladies at Cheshire Bridal Wear were absolutely lovely and so helpful. It came with a gorgeous lace bolero that was the perfect accessory for the church element of the day.”
And the accessories?
“My friend, Gemma Thorpe, is an art technician and handmade me a pretty hair vine. One of my bridesmaids, Erin, lent me her double-stringed, vintage Lotus pearl necklace as my ‘something borrowed’, so I teamed this with a pair of my own pearl earrings to match. I wore a bracelet that belonged to my mum as my ‘something blue’, and had a remembrance bouquet charm, which I attached to my flowers so I’d have a picture of me and mum close to me on the day.”
What did James wear?
“He looked dashing in a blue suit from Austin Reed, with a waistcoat to complement the flowers.”
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
“Excited for him to see me and then relieved that he was crying (they were happy tears, obviously!).”
Who were your bridesmaids and what dresses did they wear?
“My friends Lucy and Erin were my bridesmaids. They wore coral Marks & Spencer multiway dresses, which they chose themselves. Our daughter wore a handmade dress from Holly Crowe and pink glittery shoes from Next.”
What was your theme?
“We had a subtle Alice in Wonderland theme running throughout. The invites were Alice-inspired and there were loads of Alice in wonderland inspired cakes and treats baked by talented guests. We also had ‘drink me’ tags looped around the bottle necks for the table wines, vintage mismatched tea cups filled with blooms from the garden and our tables were named after the
What’s your saving tip?
“Get your guests involved! We had such an array of cakes that looked and tasted amazing and people really liked helping out. We saved a lot on transport, too, as we walked to the church from our house, and the tipi reception was about 10 metres from the church!”
Date: 22nd August 2015
Venue: St Martin’s Church, Ashton upon Mersey, Sale, followed by a Tipi reception at Ashton Hall Farm
Photographer: Sandi Johnson Wedding Photographer
Alex’s dress: Nicola Anne
James’ attire: Austin Reed
Bridesmaid dresses: Marks & Spencer and Holly Crowe
Jewellery: Gemma Thorpe