Be amazed by Phillipa & Liam's enchanted forest wedding and their incredible party!
Phillipa and Liam's enchanted forest wedding is giving us all of the heart eyes today. This love-filled celebration was full of rustic, wooden details and tonnes of romance - it really was an unforgettable day for both the happy couple and their wedding guests. Beautifully captured by Sarah Salotti Photography, we suggest you have a nosey at the gorgeous wedding eye candy and be inspired for your big day…
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY…
“We wanted our wedding day to be ‘us at our best’, showcasing our personality as a couple and most importantly our love. It was a day not just for us two but a day for our families to become one. The day started with Phillipa (me) in The Lace Market Hotel a stone’s throw away from St Mary’s Church where we would marry. Liam (the groom) got ready at home with his dad and brother before a picturesque walk through The Park estate and City Centre before arriving at The Cock & Hoop pub just next door. What started as a drink with the groomsmen escalated into a complete pre-party! Blissfully unaware of the party below Phillipa got ready with her mum and maid of honour being truly pampered, sipping Laurent Perrier champagne (L&P initials!) eating homemade scones and truffles.
At 12:45pm it was time for John (bride’s dad) to collect her from the hotel. After a hug and top up of champagne it was time to set off to the church. Liam was waiting inside cool as a cucumber (or so he would like everyone to think). The doors open and Alicia Keys “That’s When I Knew” echoed around the church, Phillipa took a deep breath and then enjoyed the long walk down the aisle.
The ceremony was over in a whirlwind, after the signing of the register it was time to dance out of church to Bruno Mars “Marry You”. A bus took the bride, groom and guests through the city. This is where the party started complete with a mega phone sing-a-long by Kevin (groom’s dad). Upon arrival at The Carriage Hall the guests piled off the bus and mingled with bubbles and canapés listening to the amazing Songbird. The room was beautifully decorated to create an enchanted forest with guests finding their seat from the world map detailing all the amazing places the couple have travelled to.
As dinner was served Songbird was in for a surprise as the whole wedding party joined in swaying and singing along. The cake was cut, a tree cake complete with carved initials of the bride and groom. It was then time to party. Before the first dance Phillipa and John had their last dance together, a choreographed routine to Blues Brothers “Shake Your Tailfeather”, a dance they had been practicing in secret for months prior! The first dance started slow with John Legend singing out, soon it remixed to the Tiesto version and the dance floor was full with Phillipa & Liam spinning around in the centre. Before the end of the evening the bride and groom had been hoisted into the air to dance and the dance floor had certainly seen some moves.
At midnight carriages were called including the bus back to town for many guests, some asleep, some ready to continue into the night. A day never to be forgotten.”
TELL US ABOUT YOUR VENUE…
“We selected The Carriage Hall in Plumtree as it felt like us. The balcony décor was just like our living room so we immediately felt at home. It was a great canvas to create our own wedding style. Also knowing that the catering would be provided by the amazing chefs behind Perkins & Escabeche was a no brainer.”
DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR WEDDING…
“Our vision for the reception was enchanted forest and thanks for our amazing suppliers this came true. With the amazing Sophie we sourced hundreds of logs to create displays throughout The Carriage Hall complete with moss, candles, antiques and books. Think vintage Alice in Wonderland and you are there. The stationery was created by Marginalia Calligraphy with the names of each guest burnt into wooden stumps, the seating plan displayed on a vintage map of the world showing the places we have visited together. A family friend created the wedding cake which was three ‘tree stumps’ complete with our initials carved in. For personal touches we had vintage Chester bus tickets given to each guest as this is where I (the bride) am from, we also had vintage boxes from Chester post office for our confetti. For the guest book we set up our own camera for guests to record a message, this was a great idea and we have amazing messages for life.”
WHAT DID YOU ALL WEAR?
“Liam wore a bespoke tweed suit made by Duncan James of Walsall complete with contrasting tweed for the grooms party.
The wedding dress was super traditional which was a nice contrast to the tweed. This was a duchess satin gown by Mark Lesley with cathedral veil and pearl & diamanté hair band. I also wanted to wear flat shoes which were difficult to find so I managed to get some made in the US to match the beading on my gown.”
WHAT DID EVERYBODY EAT AND DRINK?
“We had canapés on arrival – a shot of bloody Mary, lamb koftas and tempura prawns. For starter we did tapas from escabeche to everyone’s delight including chorizo in red wine, baked camembert and flat breads with dips. For main there was choice between slow braised shoulder of beef with creamed potato. Accompanied by green cabbage, baby carrots & a red onion jus. Or steamed fillet of sea bass with sun blush tomato tortellini & fondant potato. Accompanied by green beans, asparagus spears and a tomato & tarragon butter sauce. Dessert was a choice of vanilla cheese cake with a mandarin jelly & blueberry coulis or lemon posset with a strawberry sorbet & brandy snap. The evening was a hog roast complete with apple sauce and stuffing. Yum!”
HOW DID YOU ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS?
“On the bus entertainment came from the grooms dad who brought his own mega phone and song sheets! Songbird sang during the drinks reception and meal, probably not preparing herself for all of the guests joining in! In the evening we had a DJ and the video guest book kept the guest busy with one guest recording 4 separate messages.”
ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?
“I would say make sure you know what is important to you as a couple. It is easy to get carried away so focus your energy and budget on the important bits!”