Today I am thrilled to share a stunning Winter Woodland inspired wedding at the Alma Inn.
Images were captured by Rachel Joyce Photography.
Rachel is a wedding photographer based in the North West with a speciality in very relaxed and natural photography – telling the different stories of the couples she meets.
I now hand over to gorgeous Bride Jade…
Tell us about your Wedding Planning journey…
When we began the planning process we started with a strong idea of what we didn’t want.
Nothing too grand or too formal, it was our day and we wanted to do it exactly how we wanted.
It was important to us both that we had a relaxed (but well organised so we could relax) day surrounded by our closest family and friends. And so an intimate venue with only the traditions we really wanted were a must.
I’d always thought I wanted a Summer wedding, it was my husband who suggested Winter.
Not entirely set upon the season we began visiting venues.
When we visited our very first venue, The Alma Inn, in late November 2016, we knew it was the one.
An intimate little country gem filled with lots of quirky features, chesterfield sofas and roaring open fires.
And the breakfast room with its beautiful beams and pastel colour scheme was the perfect space for the ceremony and wedding breakfast.
With the venue as our inspiration I began planning the decor.
I’d describe the theme as classic ‘Winter Woodland’, the colour scheme consisting of forest green and cream with a touch of wine red and champagne.
I detest anything tacky and I’m not a fan of bright red so tinsel was strictly banned!
Instead we decorated the venue with hessian runners and sashes, hand painted baskets of winter flowers and pine cones, rustic wood slices and ‘Love letters, candle lanterns and decorated ladders as a non-traditional table plan.
I spent more than a few hours on Pinterest!
The men’s suits and bridesmaid dresses also reflected the theme, the girls in forest green lace detailed dresses and the men in brown and green tweed suits.
Perfect for winter, classy and understated. I chose a champagne gold fish tail dress with lots of sparkle and lace detail.
It was the opposite of what I expected (beginning the search looking for a simple ivory ball gown) but I knew it was the one when I just couldn’t stop smiling in it.
I complimented it with a simple up do and rose gold accessories and shoes!
Oh the shoes! Christian Louboutin and worth every second of pain. I have to admit I had changed into pumps by the wedding breakfast though!
There are so many amazing memories of the day.
From the memory album made by my groom and given to me the morning of the wedding, to revealing the dress to my bridesmaids for the first time and seeing their reactions (which made me cry instantly), then the overwhelming wave of emotion when I turned the corner with my mum by my side to see my groom (also tearful) and all our loved ones.
The speeches (where I did my bit for feminism and delivered one), the first dance (Whitney Houston – My love is your love), the sparkler send off which was so much fun and of course dancing the night away after more than one or two shots.
It was a non-stop flurry of amazing memories.
Food wise, our venue did an impeccable job. As it was winter we served mini dessert canapés (mince pies, cinnamon dough balls and rum chocolate truffles) with hot mulled wine after the ceremony.
The meal was a set three courses, a warming winter soup followed by chicken and our ultimate favourite dessert – sticky toffee pudding and custard!
All washed down with copious amount of wine.
The cake was a scrumptious three tier ‘naked’ style, decorated with fresh flowers and in three different flavours (Victoria sponge, lemon and chocolate).
What was your favourite part of your Big Day?
As husband and wife we both felt for us our favourite aspect was the ceremony. It was without doubt the most romantic moment of my life. We wrote our own vows together and repeated them back to each other and had two beautiful readings from a close friend and the Groom’s sister. It was truly magical.
For the guests, many have remarked on how much they enjoyed the entertainment provided.
We had a fantastic solo guitarist musician during the wedding breakfast who created a really relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.
Then a sparkler send off to follow the meal and the arrival of ‘Magic Andy’ leading into the evening reception.
This was the perfect ‘filler’ for that little bit of time between the meal and reception and our magician was nothing short of incredible!
We also had a homemade photo booth station and a candy station, both were made to have a low key, vintage look in keeping with the rest of the theme.
Advice for other couples…
For me planning was a breeze. We did it over a year and my motto was ‘little and often’.
The teacher in me certainly helped us to stay organised and because of that I really didn’t get too stressed.
Also, personal touches really make the day memorable for all.
It’s also really important we feel to adopt a ‘whatever will be will be’ attitude.
The night before the wedding the cake tipped over in transport and we had to call out an emergency ‘icer’!
After a brief panic my bridal party plied me with wine and it was back to looking brand new in no time.
From that point on anything that didn’t go to plan was water off a ducks back, you really don’t care if the seating plan isn’t exactly where you imagined and nobody else does either!
Don’t get stressed over the little things, it’s not what’s important or what anybody remembers.
Finally, ensure you steal some time for just the two of you.
We decided to take our little dog Alfie on a walk for a few minutes during the evening reception to take it all in and it was so lovely to share those private moments to reflect on the day so far.
Thank you so much to Rachel for sharing this winter woodland inspired wedding.
Live in the moment to by taking a look at this wedding film by Wishing Wells Creative…
Venue: The Alma Inn
Photographer: Rachel Joyce Photography
Videographer: Wishing Wells Creative
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Accessories: EBay! (BARGAIN!)
Flowers and decor: The Borrowers
Cake: Homemade by my bosses wife
Styling Details and Finishing Touches: sashes and runners were from ‘My Chair Covers Lancashire‘
Catering: The Alma Inn
To Contact Rachel Joyce Photography
Phone: 07807 112608