Choosing a bank holiday weekend – as they knew people would be travelling far for the wedding, and kindly wanted them to still have a weekend to enjoy – the couple had their wedding day on 26th May 2018. With Hannah’s Birthday usually around the first bank holiday in May, and Michael’s near the one in August (when they like to go away), it would also mean their wedding anniversary would create another occasion for them to celebrate and get away.
I have always dreamt of a church wedding, and I always wanted it to be at Sacred Heart RC Church in Colne, as that was our school parish church. The parish has three churches. My primary school was attached to one, our high school to another, and we live in the third parish area. Sacred Heart is a beautiful church, so I was over the moon when our priest confirmed we could have our wedding there, instead of the one where we live.
Our venue was the breathtaking Eaves Hall. We had a few places on our list to visit and went for a drive one Sunday. There was nothing on at Eaves Hall, so we just had a drive up and admired it from the outside. We knew immediately it was for us. We visited the next wedding fair together and loved every part of it. We brought both Mums up to see it and they fell in love with it. My mum booked the date for us there and then, as she could see how perfect it was. We had the venue booked for four years. We wanted to save it and make it perfect for us – plus, I love to be organised and research everything.
We decided on a theme of books. It wasn’t really planned that way, but I had found some roses made from book pages and I loved them. This turned into a full book-themed wedding. We both love to read. We could probably open a library at our house! Our book theme suited us perfectly and led to us having book page flowers in the bouquets, button holes, and on the cake. We had hot air balloons made from books – stood on some of our favourite books as centre pieces – old penguin style book covers as our invites and stationery, tables named after authors, and a beautiful pile of books made from cake! It was incredibly personal for us.
We went for something traditional as it was a church wedding.
Food and drink plays a huge part in our life. We had such a tough choice choosing from all of the amazing food. We eventually chose to have bottled Bowland ales and Prosecco on arrival. Michael was so happy with this as he – and the majority of his friends, plus family – prefer ale over lager, so this was perfect. For our meal, we decided not to play it safe and choose things everyone would like. Instead, we chose our favourites – air-dried bresaola beef, roast lamb rump, and glazed lemon tart.
We chose a red and white wine to go with this menu, and people were so impressed that any leftover wine was placed on the bar – something unheard of in most venues, and we would have been none the wiser!
For our evening food we chose the American buffet – pulled pork sandwiches, mac and cheese bites etc (basically all of Michael’s favourites at night).
The food at our wedding is still talked about by guests. They have repeatedly told us over the last year how they have never had wedding food like it.
We chose DFC for the evening reception.
We chose Nick Drake – Northern Sky. We had our first dance on the lawn in the beautiful weather, surrounded by all of our friends and family. It was perfect having the first part of our evening reception outside, so we could enjoy the grounds and the weather.
Mark Tattersall was our photographer. We met him at one of Eaves Hall’s wedding fairs and we knew he was perfect immediately. Michael hates having his photos taken, but we knew, with Mark, he would put him at ease. We loved his natural style of photos, with far less of the standard posed pictures. We wanted the day captured and to see bits we would have otherwise missed. He did this amazingly. We loved his work so much that our friends, who got married six months before us, booked him too, which worked so well for us as he already knew us all for our wedding.
Our wedding coordinator was incredible! I felt I could email her over any enquiry and she was so helpful. She made it so easy making decisions and listened to any suggestion we had. Our numbers were also ever changing and she was so adaptable to this.
A lot of our wedding was sorted by myself and family. The flowers and stationery were made by myself, decorations by my auntie. My jewellery included a pair or borrowed earrings from my bridesmaid from her wedding, and a beautiful bracelet from Michael. Michael’s ring was custom-made by a jewellery store at Hebden Bridge called Element. Our beautiful cake was made by Cupcake Queen, who I previously worked with before she (the baker) decided to make cakes full time. They are incredible!
We also had an old vintage ice cream bike for when guests arrived at Eaves Hall – we wanted something different to canapes. They had a selection of ice creams and toppings, plus alcoholic ice pops! It was heaven with the beautiful weather. This was supplied by Petals in Love.
- The Couple: Michael and Hannah
- Wedding Date: 26th May 2018
- Venue: Eaves Hall
- Photographer: Mark Tattersall
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