After a couple of dates, they made it official, Josh by this point had already moved into Jen`s house, fast movers some would say, but they just felt it was right and 3 years later, in 2017, their gorgeous baby girl, Ellis, arrived.
The following year whilst on a family holiday, Josh popped the question in a beautiful place called Altea and of course Jen said yes. They booked their wedding date quite soon after the holiday. Josh moved in with Jen on the 11th October so when the 11th October was available at Eaves Hall, they knew they had to have it even with only just short of 12 months to go until the big day!
Back in 2013 I started my Wedding Coordinating journey with James’ Places at the gorgeous Eaves Hall, so it has always had a very special place in my heart.
We loved the fact that you have Eaves Hall completely to yourselves for the day, this was really important to us as we had so many guests to invite and we wanted everyone to be well looked after. This worked even better as we had our little girl, our nieces and nephews and our best friends children celebrating with us, this way mums and dads could still celebrate knowing that everyone was safe.
We needed somewhere that would be able to comfortably fit 100 guests for the day and finally we also wanted the venue to ourselves … there was no way I wanted to see another Bride and Groom on our big day.
The staff at Eaves Hall are brilliant, so professional and nothing is too much trouble. We saw this even more so when we went to our taster back in February.
The grounds at Eaves Hall are just gorgeous, plenty of space, lots of photo opportunities and the trees at that time of year just worked perfectly with our colour scheme … some guests even asked if we had had them brought in for the day.
We could do what we wanted, when we wanted … to a degree. We decided what centrepieces we had, what music, how many bedrooms we took, what wine and food we had and even what ale we had on the bar and we personalised it too. We could have the drinks reception outside if we wanted and different options for the evening too, we had the lounge as it is in the day then a nightclub vibe in the evening … it really was a party palace.
We chose a burnt orange/rust colour for our theme as we had booked an autumn date and I know how amazing the grounds at Eaves Hall are, particularly in the autumn. We wanted the colour scheme to run throughout the whole day.
We provided all of the room dressing ourselves, we had all been very busy collecting conkers, fir cones, which we sprayed copper, acorns and leaves. We bought some beautiful copper lanterns and my Dad made some large rust crowns for some of the table centres. These were perfectly matched with some large autumnal trees, champagne velour overlays and milk chocolate napkins from Creative Events.
Our favours were personalised shortbread biscuits made by my beautiful bridesmaid Justine from ‘Cakes By Jus’, which had hand drawn copper leaves on, our initials and perfectly tied with a range of rust ribbons. We had autumnal confetti from Adam Apple in personalised bags for each guest.
Josh designed the wedding cake with the ladies at ‘Iced of Garstang’ which brought in the navy of the suits, the texture of our wooden invites and the copper leaf design. Josh also created a copper frame himself from copper piping to display the cake.
All of our stationery was a bespoke design by Bride’s Little Helper.
Everything matched perfectly – we even had copper shimmer in our prosseco. We had a fab neon sign from Bride’s Little Helper which made a perfect backdrop for photos.
I walked down the aisle to Wagner’s bridal chorus, and we walked back up the aisle as Husband and Wife to Mendelssohn’s Wedding March.
I wore a Madeline Gardner dress which we got from the lovely ladies at Amelia’s in Clitheroe with a Joyce Jackson veil and a loose, imperfect handtied bouquet with textures and movement, including populous, senecio, berried ivy, cotton and gravelia designed by Charlotte at The Flower Shop also in Clitheroe.
The Bridesmaids wore rust coloured dresses with loose greenery foliage handtied bouquets (again from The Flower Shop) – most of my bridesmaids have children, so I kept this in mind for the outfits too.
The Gents wore navy 3 piece suits with tweed waistcoats (from Amelia’s Menswear) and rust coloured ties with personalised wooden tie clips. These perfectly matched the button hole which where a mixture of the bridal flowers, placed in a piece of copper piping.
The food, oooh the food was out of this world! In the February before the wedding, we went to one of the taster evenings with my parents, so that we could try a selection of the dishes and it is safe to say we were WOW’d … and a little merry after trying lots of the wines too.
We booked Pat Mulligan Wedding Host to host our day. Pat was there greeting all of our guests as they arrived at Eaves Hall, he even got my Grandma sat down with a cup of tea as soon as she arrived.
He made sure that everyone was happy and had everything they needed as well as moving through the guests, getting to know them. This worked perfectly as it brought everyone together. When we were seated for our meal, he announced all of our bridal party into the room to music, he asked everyone to fill in their advice cards, which he then picked the funniest/most embarrassing ones out and asked that person to stand and read it out – the room was howling!
He surprised some of our guests by playing first dance songs from their own weddings and they had to get up and rein act the dance. He also played music throughout and really got our guests ready and raring to go for the evening … before we even left the room all the girls were up in front of the top table dancing to ‘Proud Mary’. I am so glad we had Pat there for our day, he really brought it all to life.
David Scholes was our photographer and he captured everything and more! Words can not describe how amazing he was, we would recommend him a million times over. In the evening Josh and I had a beautiful photo outside Eaves Hall with our party going on inside, no one else, just the two of us and David even led down in the rain to get that shot.
After being engaged for 2 weeks, and returning back to work from maternity leave, I booked an appointment with Jade at Eaves Hall so that Josh and my parents could have a look around – although I could of done this for them, we wanted to still receive the full experience of booking and planning a wedding. Jade showed us around (I had to keep my mouth shut the whole way round, so not to influence them too much….as I already knew how amazing it is – I had really missed this place whilst I was off). We decided to hold a provisional date there and then and we all left Eaves Hall with massive smiles on our faces. Then a couple of weeks later, Eaves Hall was hosting a wedding fair, Josh, my Mum and my Dad came to have another look around and put the deposit down right away.
I did most of the planning myself (it was a nice surprise for the wedding coordinators that I work with to see on the day too, that and the fact that I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to weddings, especially my own).
Luckily for us, there was no wedding the day before ours, meaning we had the chance to come and set everything up ourselves – I think this put the team (and myself) at ease knowing it was right. This was perfect as we could see our vision coming together and knew that everything looked amazing.
Our wonderful Lesley-Anne from our sister property, Mitton Hall, came over to run our day (I honestly would not have trusted anyone else to do this). It was so lovely that not only a work colleague but one of my closest friends was able to do this for us and I knew that everything would be absolutely spot on – she was fantastic. When Josh and I arrived at Eaves Hall in the camper van, seeing our Lesley-Anne stood waiting at the entrance, with a glass of fizz, a beer, a humongous smile on her face and most importantly a massive hug really made my day – I knew everything behind the scenes was perfect.
My parents wanted to arrange some surprises for us on the day, but they were worried that someone would let the cat out of the bag at work, so Mum and Lesley-Anne had regular calls, texts and emails arranging the most incredible surprises. No one at Eaves Hall was allowed to see our function sheet until 2 weeks before, and still then Lesley-Anne had her own secret function sheet with the surprises on.
During the wedding breakfast, Scene My Event and Creative Events came in and transformed the lounge area into our very own night club, we had a white starlit dance floor laid in the lounge area, the premium production DJ package and up lighters. We also provided a mirror ball for above the dance floor too. We wanted to make full use of the autumnal décor so we then placed that around the venue for the evening and added some poseur tables with rose gold sequin overlays.
The evening was insane! My parents had arranged for ‘Mr Wilson Second Liners’ for the evening entertainment alongside the fantastic Pat Mulligan DJ and what a show they put on. Josh and I were literally gobsmacked when we heard them coming down the stairs into our night do.
Eaves Hall was totally transformed into the ultimate party palace. We didn’t step foot off the dance floor all night. It was epic! We also had a beauty selfie mirror from Reflections, with our own personalised prints.
We have received such lovely comments about our special day…
’the best wedding ever’
‘this wedding is going to take some beating’
‘this wedding is going to go down in history’
‘what a party’
Thank you Eaves Hall, our wedding dream really did come true!
- The Couple: Jen & Josh
- Wedding Date: 11th October 2019
- Venue: Eaves Hall
- Photographer: David Scholes
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