The setting is captured just as beautifully by wedding photographer Alison Groves (who I was lucky enough to meet just a few weeks ago: she’s a lovely lady as you’ll see from Becky and Ben’s own testimonial at the end of this wedding blog).
There’s a lot to inspire in this real wedding feature: little details done gracefully, a theme created with style and personality. Watch out for the dancing and singing towards the end, with some of my favorite photos from the day (and unlike any I’ve shared on this wedding blog before, I think!)
I’ll hand over to Becky, who wrote a wedding report and shared her supplier recommendations; and to Alison Groves for the beautiful wedding photography. Enjoy!
Real wedding at Eshott Hall: Becky & Ben
Ben proposed on a surprise trip to New York outside of Tiffany’s.The ring was in a cracker Jack box. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is my favourtite film so we bought boxes of Cracker Jack as the favours for everyone from www.nationwidecandy.com. Our wedding was inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepburn and The Great Gatsby. The retro glamour theme was inspired by Audrey and the film. Even the table plan was New York themed — each table was a different area. We played the Henry Mancini soundtrack throughout the wedding breakfast.
We hired a 60s Jaguar MK2 for the weekend from Cameron’s Classic Cars near Bolton www.cameronsclassiccarhire.com
Bridesmaids’ dresses were from Coast — and we had a dressmaker make a separate version of the dress for my 8.75 month pregnant bridesmaid! The bridesmaids wore ivory fascinators from Tie Rack.
Becky’s wedding dress
My wedding dress was Augusta Jones — Ali — bought from Morgan Davies Bridal, Islington, London www.morgandavieslondon.co.uk — a great shop with really helpful staff. I had completely ruled out lace but Michaela at Morgan Davies persuaded me to try this dress and I fell in love straight away — I wanted understated glamour, a timeless piece and I think it was perfect!
I walked down the aisle to a bit of the Sound of Music! Because I secretly love Julie Andrews Nancy the organist learnt the wedding processional from the film just in time!
Ben’s bespoke suit
Ben and his Best Man (his brother Liam) had matching bespoke suits made by Blaqua in Soho, based on the suits worn by Robert Redford in the Great Gatsby. Becky didn’t know anything Ben’s suit til she walked up the aisle. www.blaqua.net
The wedding flowers
www.cinnamonrose.co.uk — Martine was great — as I had chosen an all ivory theme for the dresses I wanted to run a color scheme just through the flowers and table decorations. I really wanted an English country wedding with a retro glamour twist and the flowers really worked I think. We had Flower types: Cool Water roses, some Ivory roses, muted blue and mid purple and lavender hydrangea and muscari , veronica plus spray stocks and lavender double lysianthus to contrast and add texture. Eucalyptus, salal and rosemary to blend in with gunmetal gray. Pretty, fresh, muted tones with some movement, with a hint of country. Herbs and salal foliage to compliment roses and add scent.
Bridal hair and make up
My hair and make up were by Marie at ND Make up Artists Newcastle — really friendly staff and they did an amazing job on hair and make up– I wish I could use them every day — would definitely recommend. www.ndmakeupartists.co.uk
The wedding rings
Element Jewelry Hebden Bridge -www.elementjewellery.com Ben chose my engagement ring from here and it is a jewellery shop in the small town where we have bought a house and spent the last 6 years so it’s really nice to have that link.
The wedding and reception venues
The service took place at St Michael & All Angels Church, Felton, Northumberland and the reception was at Eshott Hall, Eshott, Northumberland — we actually picked Eshott while it was a building site but fell in love with the place immediately. We wanted a venue that the full wedding party could stay at for the whole weekend. We could tell from what had been completed already that it was going to be stunning when it was finished. Catering was included in the package at Eshott, the food was amazing!
The Groomsmen and the Dads wore gray Moss Bros Sandown lounge suits with matching waistcoats and violet ties/squares. www.moss.co.uk
Wedding day karaoke!
http://www.rockaoke.co.uk — Recommended by our photographer and they were amazing — they even how to play Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long” and Warren G’s “Regulate” just so we could do our favorite karaoke songs on the night — real pros and everyone young and old loved them!
The first dance
Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day” — a song we love — we knew the words were great and everyone could get up and dance with us. We made it a bit of fun by choreographing a routine with Alan and Ginny from www.danceforfun.me.uk
Recommended wedding suppliers
Alison Groves — www.alisongroves.com — we couldn’t have done it without Ali, from helping us find our entertainment to keeping us both nice and calm on the day — she was great! Her photos are amazing too of course, she’s a legend.
Cakes for U — Horden — 2 layers of fruit cake, one of vanilla sponge and one carrot cake decorated in ivory cing with 2 filagree layers and ivory ribbons, pearls and flowers. I wanted a very classic look and we all know that not everyone is a fruit cake fan! The filagree and pearls went really well with the lace in my dress.
Advice for other brides and grooms:
Be the Bride you want to be and make sure it’s the day you want. Lots of people will give you ideas and opinions but stay true to yourself and the day will be perfect.
See more of Becky and Ben’s wedding day on Alison Grove’s wedding photography blog: Becky and Ben at Eshott Hall