A romantic wedding day with an incredible floral gown!
Hannah and Tom wanted their wedding day to be as relaxed and personal as possible, with lots of tasty food and drinks being high on their wish list. The couple grew up in the Peak District so knew they wanted to celebrate their day there too. They had a small, intimate wedding ceremony with their closest friends and family, and were joined by a few more guests later on in the day. For Hannah and Tom, it was the perfect combination!
It turned out to be a day filled with love, laughter and plenty of gin-fuelled dancing! So, dive into the gallery to swoon over their special day…
TELL US ABOUT YOUR VENUE…
“We love a good pub. Unfortunately you can’t get married at our favourite one, The Old Hall Inn, so we went on the hunt for a venue near by. A church ceremony wasn’t ever an option for us, although there are some absolutely gorgeous local ones. We settled on New Mills Register Office, which is in the lovely old town hall and just a few miles away from our home.
For lunch, we headed to The Old Hall Inn which is in a tiny picturesque village with incredible views of the countryside. It was originally an old coaching Inn, which many many years ago was adjoined to Whitehough Hall, an Elizabethan manor house built in 1559. Inside it has beautiful beams, fireplaces and historic character. We’ve visited the pub many times for drinks and dinner – they have a fantastic food and it’s such a welcoming place. It also has gorgeous rooms – ours had a four poster bed and roll top bath. Just across the road from here, the landlord has another pub called The Paper Mill – this is where we headed later on for more drinks and dancing.”
DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR WEDDING…
“Once we’d decided on a relaxed pub wedding, I got pretty carried away with the look and feel of the day. From personalised beer mats and gin bottle candles, to beer tankards for the flowers to fit with the pub setting. We wanted to use as many local suppliers as possible and create as much as we could ourselves. We also wanted to incorporate Tom’s love of cycling and woodwork so I designed wooden laser cut table names, a cake topper and a ring box. The colour scheme followed on from my dress and I followed this theme through to the decorations and stationery. It was very much a DIY wedding. I tried to design and make everything myself as far as I possibly could and, although this added a little more pressure, I absolutely loved doing it.
For the invitations, I wanted to design something that reflected us both, so drew a portrait of Tom and I riding a tandem bike with our little cat, Pippin, sat on the back. It was really fun to get creative and produce something totally unique. The floral design coordinated with my dress, which really set the colour theme for our day, and I used these illustrations to create a pattern which was used elsewhere. I then used elements of the invitation to create the seating plan, favour bag pattern, chalk board illustrations, guestbook sticker, instagram sign, beer mats and place cards – which I hand wrote with a nib and ink after a bit of calligraphy practice!
Tom’s auntie is a super talented florist – we were incredibly lucky to not only have her create our flowers, but she was so generous to do this as a wedding gift, along with Tom’s Grandma. Tom’s family and my bridesmaid, Megan, all rolled our sleeves up to style the table decorations between us, while Sarah tackled the bouquets, buttonholes and bike basket – it was a lovely way to spend the morning before the wedding. We went for a mixture of loose blooms, including vuvuzelas, David Austin “Keira” roses and eucalyptus, in blush pink and coral tones, with a hint of blue and plenty of greenery.
The star of the show was definitely the tandem bike, which we borrowed from a local cafe and decorated with flowers and balloons!”
WHAT DID YOU ALL WEAR?
“My dress was the exact opposite of what I thought I wanted. I had planned to wear something simple and inexpensive from the high street; not a “proper” wedding dress. I just didn’t think white and fancy was my thing. I was wrong. My plan quickly changed when I visited a wedding fair with my mum and one of the bridesmaids. What was supposed to be a little wander around and a spot of lunch, ended with me impulse buying a gorgeous digitally printed, floral silk chiffon dress by Charlotte Balbier. We ordered it there and then without even setting foot in a wedding dress shop. Mum and Rachael cried when I put it on and I felt brilliant in it – it was the one! My shoes were a bargain purchase from the Charlotte Mills sample sale; white leather with a pink suede heart and, my favourite bit, super sparkly gold glitter heels. Jewellery wise, I wore pearl earrings which had belonged to my late Grandma, they were a lovely reminder of her to have with me on the day. I also wore a gold sixpence bracelet from my bridesmaids and a gold origami crane necklace which was a surprise from Tom.
Tom chose a navy Ted Baker suit; the snazzy lining definitely sold it to him – a garden scene with gnomes, a crocodile and flamingo. What’s not to love?! He added a splash of colour with a bright turquoise belt and I picked up a simple white shirt in the Reiss sale. After looking at pretty much every tie and pocket square on the high street, he decided on custom made ones by Claudia at Little Greyhound who I’d highly recommend – they were beautifully made from Liberty Tana Lawn. Finally, we had a silver tie clip made with his initials and the date of the wedding stamped on, crafted by the lovely Laura Donovan.
I wanted my bridesmaids to be comfortable and love their outfits so I asked them to choose their own, as long as they were blush pink, soft blue or green and with a touch of sparkle. This also made it a little easier for my sister, who was my maid of honour, to find a dress as she was rocking a baby bump which was due just a few days after the wedding! They all looked incredible in a mixture of tulle, lace and sequins with sparkly shoes. My two gorgeous nieces were our flower girls, they wore tulle dresses from next and little metallic ballet pumps. They loved twirling and dancing in their party dresses.
The groomsmen wore similar outfits to Tom – navy trousers, white shirts, matching Liberty print ties and we gave them personalised silver tie pins too. Our little pageboy wore a matching outfit with a mini bowtie in the same floral fabric, which was the cutest thing ever.”
WHAT DID EVERYBODY EAT AND DRINK?
“The Old Hall Inn champions locally sourced produce and is renowned for its amazing steak and ale puddings, so we served these along with chips and peas with fish as an alternative. For dessert we served a choice of chocolate brownies or passionfruit cheesecake, both of which were delicious. In the evening they served pulled pork butties and chip cones, which went down really well with our guests after they’d had a few drinks! Proper hearty pub grub. They also have an amazing gin selection, which we managed to clear them out of completely!”
HOW DID YOU ENTERTAIN THE GUESTS?
“Our favourite part of the entertainment was a complete and brilliant surprise. Just before the speeches, the dads and Best Man all wandered over to the staircase, much to our bemusement. They then popped a cycling helmet on and began a barbershop quartet style rendition of Daisy Bell by Harry Dacre and the Queen classic, Bicycle Race. “The Four Flat Tyres Butchershop Quartet”, as they called themselves, were a hit! We all cried laughing. Apparently they had been having secret singing lessons together for months, narrowly avoiding being caught out by Tom one on occasion, as he cycled past them all on their way to a lesson.
After dinner we moved over to The Paper Mill, where the lovely Scarlett Cooper from High Peak Music sang and played guitar for a couple of hours. This was followed by our DJ Bob Molloy, who got everyone on their feet for a boogie.
The speeches were brilliant, especially the best man’s – His speech turned out to be a game of Play Your Cards Right, with Tom guessing higher or lower to determine whether Dom shared a funny or nice story about him – brilliant entertainment.
I guess you could also class our attempt at riding a tandem bike as entertainment too – it’s so much harder than it looks, especially in a wedding dress! It was near impossible to get on and off – I had to be lifted on to the saddle, and we later found out it didn’t actually have the wheels properly attached! We were in fits of giggles and I still can’t believe we didn’t fall off.”
ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?
“Delegate! We were lucky to have a couple of very organised bridesmaids and family members who really helped the day flow. I wish I had done this more, in hindsight. Also try to take a little time out, just the two of you. We found a quiet spot later on in the evening for a catch up and to take everything in. We went on a little drive before our reception started too, which was lovely. Finally, do it your way. Don’t feel like you have to stick to traditions or formalities, make it a true reflection of you as a couple.”