We had a Civil Ceremony and Reception all at The Shireburn Arms. We decided on The Shireburn Arms in the end as we got such a warm welcome from the very first visit. It ticked all our boxes for room size, bedrooms for the guests, and the perfect views. The function room lets in so much natural light and overlooks the Ribble Valley which is perfect for photographs.
We went for the ‘Marry Me Now’ package which ran until the end of April and as I work in a school, I was tied to school holidays. We didn’t want a winter wedding (December or February) so went for the Easter holiday break. We chose a Sunday as opposed to Saturday, so we could have a prepping day before hand.
We went for a natural, rustic theme which The Shireburn Arms already has. We didn’t need to ‘dress’ the room as it was perfect as it already is.
Elbow – One Day Like This
We liked the line ‘one day like this a year will see me right’ although we had it instrumental!! It has a big build up and we counted so many beats for each of the bridesmaids to walk down before I walked down.
After Prosecco / Peroni for our reception drinks, we chose Tomato & Basil Soup to start, Roast Chicken for main and Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert. All of which were popular with the guests.
For the evening buffet we had Bacon and Sausage Barmcakes and chips followed by a ‘Cheese’ Wedding Cake and savoury biscuits made by Bowland Food Hall.
The food was amazing and guests were full of compliments with the cheeses being a particularly unique choice.
One of our guests (Louise Wild), who is a singer, offered to sing after the ceremony while the guests were having reception drinks and we were having photographs. As the weather was great she was able to sing on the balcony outside which was fabulous. After a lot of deliberation, we decided to book DFC for the DJ and Arthur who played the saxophone, again via DFC – both were excellent and went down a treat.
Our first dance was Lionel Richie – My Destiny. Ian took me to see Lionel in concert soon after we met.
Our photographer was Beth Wood Photography. We booked Beth on a recommendation and couldn’t have been happier with our choice. Beth arranged a pre-wedding shoot so we could all get to know each other and put our minds at ease. Communication was great nearer to the big day with suggested photo shots to make the most of our beautiful venue. Beth arrived early and made every effort to get to know who was who and just clicked away in the background capturing our day perfectly. Nothing was too much trouble. We wanted Beth to capture natural shots of our guests throughout the day and night which she did professionally. We now have an album full of lasting memories.
We saw a couple of girls from the outset at The Shireburn – Chloe and Rebecca who answered all our initial queries. As we got nearer to the date we had an appointment with Cath Spendlove, the wedding co-ordinator, who went through a detailed wedding day programme. We used this to work from, amending/adding things as we went along so we all knew what to expect during the day
As my Dad is no longer with us, my Mum walked me down the aisle and I had a photo pendant of my Dad in my wedding bouquet which gave me comfort on such an emotional day. The speeches were hilarious and my daughter, Molly also did a lovely speech for Ian and I.
Our engagement was a total surprise. Ian and Molly had planned it all and even chose my engagement ring together. When visiting my brother & sister in law, we were all dressed up ready to go to Newmarket Races and whilst we were in the garden having photos and drinking champagne, I turned around and Ian was on one knee with a ring!! Molly pretended to be taking a photo of us but in fact was recording the whole engagement proposal. Eight months later we had the perfect wedding!
Wedding date: April 2019
Venue: Shireburn Arms
Photographer: Beth Wood
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