Wow, we obviously get to see a lot of weddings captured beautifully but Bernie and Danielle’s at Rudding Park is truly something else!
With so many special touches and brimming with romance, we’ll cut to the chase and here’s what the happy couple had to say about their big day:
Bernie proposed on Christmas day 2016, I’d love to say it was a complete surprse but Bernie is thee worst secret keeper so I knew it was going to happen I just didnt know when.
It was a very sweet proposal and my confident partner turned shy and a little nervous. He was helping Evie get all her dolls out of the box as they are so safety held down. When he passed me Snow White and oh look at “Snow White Danielle” and hanging on Snow Whites arm was a beautiful sparkly ring. This was quickly followed by Danielle will you marry me to wish I obviously replied yes!
Wedding venue viewing was a long process, as we actually live in Manchester I dragged Bernie to about nine venues. Ever the optimist he thought they all were perfect in their own right BUT I found fault in them all somehow – who knew I was so picky.
He said from day one, we should go and view Rudding Park so after the 9th off we went. We had stayed a Rudding the year before and had a lovely few days, the venue and the grounds are beautiful all that plus the service we received was second to none.
When we viewed the venue it had everything we (I) wanted, a grand entrance, a quirky ceremony room and nice big space for the evening reception. Plus space for my guest should they want to stay. I immediately fell in love with the place all over again.
I’ve called my theme rustic with a touch of sparkle.
My theme was a bit random, as a designer I have a million ideas going around my head all the time and I couldn’t quite put my finger on anything precise that I wanted. The only thing I knew is I wanted texture.
I found my florist online after traipsing pinterest and etzy for ideas and I fell in love with dried flowers and it all started there. I love autumn, the weather, the colours and how the landscape starts to change and I felt they just captured the season instantly. I talked ALOT to Kerry online before making my decision and she helped me choose the flowers and styles to go for, she even sent me a test bouquet to help cement my decision.
Suppliers dont get enough recognition for how supportive they really are.
With that said I couldn’t fully commit to the rustic theme as it’s not completely us, we love a bit of luxury and am obsessed with copper/ rose gold – so the sparkle was introduced.
I knew I wanted my bridesmaids in dresses that complimented the colours rather than matched and I’d had my eye on a few different types of dresses for a while, so I let my bridesmaids choose which they wanted and theme was born.
I lost mum to Cancer when I was a young girl so it was really important to include her in our day somehow. St Roccos is the hospice where she spent her last days so it was only right in our mind that we made a donation to them with our favours.
Thinking back I didn’t make the most of being a bridezilla at all. Not even one bit. A friend I met at University many years ago has a bridal boutique in Ellsemere Port and I absolutely loved her style on her wedding day. So the beginning of January 6 months pregnant, off I went with my bridesmaid to try a dress on I’d seen online. It didn’t suit me as they never do ( you always think you know what you want.) She pulled a few dresses for me to try on and the third one was perfect, the girls cried I paid my money and the dress was purchased all in an hour.
However, my first dress fitting I knew I wanted to make it a bit more me, reluctantly the girls listened to my demands and we customised my dress to make it just perfect.
Bernie wears a suit every day at work so we thought finding a suit would be difficult. One Sunday afternoon I managed to get him shopping to find the ‘perfect’ suit. We went into Harvey Nicks spoke to a lovely guy called Balou who showed us the Simon Carter suits. Bernie instantly loved the style of the suit with all the detailing and the way they are tailored.
The colour we went for I originally hated on the hanger but once it was on and Bernie did his catwalk strut we both knew it was just perfect.
I matched this up with a pop of red in the ties and a beautiful silk pocket squares from T M Lewin. I absolutely love the insects, detail and colour on them, it’s such a shame they are hidden in the pocket.
I was then challenged to find the best man, father of the bride and page boy suit that all matched Bernies bright blue suit – This was my biggest headache in planning the whole wedding.
Stockists and Suppliers
Photographer: Sarah Maria Photography
Dress Designer: Dorothy Rose
Dress Shop: Dorothy Rose
Bridal Shoe Shop: Shoeaholic – Carvela
Veil: my something borrowed from a close friend
Hair Vine/Tiara/Details: Bella Poppy Flowers
Bridesmaids Dresses: ASOS
Flower Girl Dresses: Debenhams
Suit Designer: Groom Suit – Simon Carter
Best Man & Father of the bride suit – https://www.suitdirect.co.uk
Page Boy Suit: Matalan
Venue Dressing/Styling: https://www.flowersbycolette.co.uk/
Favours: Designed by Bride – donation to https://www.stroccos.org.uk/
Stationery: Designed by bride printed by https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LittleBirdSinging
Hair Stylist: https://www.facebook.com/KatysHairUpDos/
Make up artist: https://www.instagram.com/makeupmad_x/
Cake Supplier: https://www.facebook.com/groups/864886373640916/
Caterers: Rudding park
Selfie Mirror: https://www.partyshotz.co.uk/
Flower Wall: https://www.facebook.com/fleureventdressing/