Steve proposed whilst overlooking the glistening ocean in the Algarve. It was just the two of us and a complete surprise. I always thought I would pick up on nerves etc. beforehand if he was going to propose but he was as cool as a cucumber (on the outside anyway!) so I had no idea.
We chose The Shireburn Arms during the first lockdown in 2020, so prior to visiting we had looked online at what seemed like every wedding venue in the country! From the moment we drove through the beautiful Ribble Valley on the day of our first viewing at the Shireburn Arms, we knew we were going to love it! This was only reinforced when we reached the venue and saw the stunning views and all our boxes continued to be ticked.
We didn’t want a venue that was too formal, the Shireburn Arms had the perfect relaxed atmosphere that we were looking for.
We have friends and family dotted all around the country, so it was important that we had enough space for most of our guests to stay over at the venue with ample nearby options for the remainder of the guests. The rustic setting, the gorgeous rooms and the beautiful outdoor terrace were the icing on the cake for us. In Fact, the Shireburn Arms was the only venue we physically viewed!
We had a loose country/rustic theme, relaxed with navy and dusty pink as our main colours.
Songbird by Oasis. Oasis are a band we both love, and we wanted happy, upbeat music throughout the day. Our processional choice was A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay.
After canapes, Prosecco, and Peroni’s during the Reception, we had Goats Cheese Tart to start, Sirloin of Beef for main and Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert.
As we live quite far away, we were unable to attend the wedding taster evening, but our wedding coordinator kindly arranged a private tasting session on a date that suited us. We happened to have the Goats cheese and sirloin of beef which tasted divine so that’s what we opted for. Sticky toffee is Charlotte’s favourite anyway so that was inevitable!
As our ceremony was quite early, the evening supper of ‘Build your Own Burgers’ along with our beautiful wedding cake and brownie desserts by Victoria Cakes, Leyland, were thoroughly welcomed!
Our wedding package included a DJ from Exceed Events who were just great. They have an online platform for couples to manage requests which was really handy.
Just a couple of months before the wedding, we decided to book a band as well. We chose The Rock ‘n’ Soulers who are an indie band playing tunes from across the decades which meant they really did play something for everyone, and in their own unique indie style. They went down a treat!
When it came to photographs, we both preferred the idea of lots of natural shots rather than the more traditional group shots. We found Emilie May online who specialized in natural wedding photography and absolutely loved her work. As we booked her during lockdown, we were unable to meet beforehand, but we didn’t need to!
Emilie was amazing on the day, and we received so many compliments afterwards from our guests. She blended in so well that we barely noticed she was there which was important to us to not feel too awkward whilst having lots of photos taken!
Our initial viewing and contact was with Emma who was just lovely. During the build-up we were then in touch with Sarah who helped us get to grips with the detail of our day. We had a function sheet with the itinerary of the day sent back and forth between us until everything was in place. Sarah was fab and always on hand for my many, many questions!
As well as the assistance from the ladies at the Shireburn Arms, and some amazing suppliers, I planned most of the wedding myself. The Flower Shop, Clitheroe did an incredible job dressing the room with our flowers which were beautiful, and the General Manager – Megan – really brought our day to life. She was on site from the moment we arrived in the morning for wedding preparations until the wee hours of the morning when the party (finally!) finished. She did everything from ensuring the day ran to plan to making sure my eye lashes were in place!
My grandma passed away a few years ago and we were very close, so my Grandad asked me to wear her necklace as my ‘something borrowed’. Sadly, my Nan was too poorly to attend so I tied a bracelet she had bought me for my 21st birthday to my bouquet as my ‘something old’. My engagement ring is a sapphire, so I had my ‘something blue’, and my beautiful dress my mum bought me as a ‘something new’.
We also opted for a ‘sweetheart’ wedding top table which meant it was just Steve and I on our table during the Wedding Breakfast. So many friends and family had mentioned how important it is on the day to grab a few moments together, so it was the perfect way to make sure that happened.
- The couple: Charlotte & Steve
- Wedding Date: 29th August 2021
- Venue: Shireburn Arms
- Photographer: Emilie May Photography
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