Today I am thrilled to share this colourful Festival inspired Cheshire wedding with Batman and handcrafted details in the grounds of Rode Hall.
Images were captured by Whitrigg Photography.
Sadie of Whitrigg Photography is an Award Winning Fine Art Photographer capturing Wedding Photography, Family Portraiture, Newborn and Family photography, and studio portraits.
She has a studio in Knutsford but does location shoots all over Cheshire.
Beautiful Bride Vicky says of the couples Cheshire wedding day…
How did you meet?
We found each other on Tinder! We were both stuck in a rut of going to the same bars with the same friends and never meeting anyone new.
Turned out we lived in adjacent towns and had friends in common.
We chatted for a while then met up and never looked back.
One year in we found out we were pregnant with our beautiful boy Bruce. He is now 4.
Tell us about the Proposal…
The proposal was as unconventional as we are!
After a long relaxed Easter Sunday meal at my mother’s we all got talking about the future and pretty much said to each other – shall we do it?
Steve didn’t have a ring so we commissioned an unusual kite shaped, ethically sourced 1.8 carat salt and pepper diamond ring from an Etsy maker in the US.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We had a very clear idea of what we wanted from the start: a big party!
We wanted to avoid the formal type of wedding that costs guests the earth. Having been to so many weddings over the years – all beautiful and terrific fun – we felt we needed to do something different.
We set about tying to find somewhere that would allow us to bring in our own caterers and fill the place with drinks and children with minimal stress.
We looked at some stunning and unusual Cheshire wedding venues but the one that really captured what we were after was Rode Hall, Rode Heath.
Richard and Amanda agreed to let us hire the farmer’s market barn and we were free to use it as we wished.
Any special touches/DIY?
Everything! We DIY’d literally everything. From the invitations made using handmade indian paper and bright painted hearts painted by our son to the bales arranged as seating areas and tables – every detail was collected, painted, stashed in the year running up.
I even had a Crafternoon Hen Day – all my birds assembled at mum’s house and helped tie ribbons to bungies for the trees, stuff hessian cushions for the bale sofas, tie bunting, paint props, we had an amazing time and put away a terrifying number of kir royales!
Flowers were provided by a grower in Chester who sent buckets of mixed seasonal blooms.
My aunt, mum, mother in law and family friend raided their beautiful gardens too so we had SO many flowers in every colour of the rainbow.
We also picked up lots of standard fuchsias and lavenders for the isle.
A friend made our cakes – we had 6! The main one was a huge rainbow creation with gorgeous midnight and gold marbling topped with a rose gold concrete lego family.
The others were sponge cakes in 5 delicious favours – raspberry and white chocolate, lavender, rose and pistachio, lemon and elderflower and a carrot cake – Steve’s fave.
Mum made the confetti from donated rose petals from friends and families gardens.
A cheese table with whole brie, cheddar and w heel of stilton was well received as was a freezer stuffed with mini magnums for the children.
There was so much its hard to remember it all!
Paper lanterns, hundreds of fairy lights, mandala wall hangings, velvet table cloths, millions of smokey glass tea lights, glitter ball lights, paper parasols, hand painted signs, dyed lace, colourful throws, gin bottles with tiny twinkling lights, a gothic arch with wisteria and possibly all the bunting in the world.
My dress was made for me by Fairytales by Sherry in Newcastle under Lyme – recommended by several friends.
I found some fabulous floral lace I wanted to incorporate and mum gave me some family antique lace from a tea dress belonging to a Miss Smallpage from the 1800s.
Sherry did the most amazing job – it was exactly what I had wanted.
The necklace I wore was another family piece – mum’s garnet and rose gold necklace from a similar period.
My tiara was a bargain find made of rough cut crystals. Some of my bridesmaids had similar.
They all had different dresses made my Sherry too in shades of sage green and deep purple.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
Our theme was Circus, fair ground, festival. With ALL the colours.
The main colours were purple, turquoise, hot pink and emerald green – reflected in the cable reel tables we painted, the pallet bar, personalised coasters, ribbons and table coverings.
We booked a circus teepee for the paddock to the side of the barn and filled it with musical instruments, toys and games for the kids. They loved it!
We put on as much booze as we could – we didn’t want guests to have to spend a fortune.
A gin bar was laid on with yummy mixers instead of wedding favours and I made huge pitchers of Fleur Collins – a delicious purple gin cocktail with violet and elderflower.
We also had oodles of Crémant de Loire brought back from France by Steve’s parents as well as gallons of plonk and beer.
What was the best bit of your day?
Batman. We had already done the legal bit a few weeks earlier at a registry office so it felt like a waste to pay for a formal celebrant.
After a few wines one night it occurred to me – as my boys love Batman so much why not ask him to marry us!
We found an amazing Batman impersonator and he agreed! Nobody new except us, mum and Bruce – bless him he kept it secret.
We staged an ‘oh no the celebrant can’t make it so….we’ve had to call BATMAN!’ fake out. It was amazing.
The looks on everyone’s faces was priceless. We wrote our vows incorporating lots of Batman quotes from through the years. It was awesome.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Eat more! The food was wonderful – canapés after the ceremony, Greek BBQ in the day and hog roast in the evening. The crackling was to die for but – as is always the case for brides – I was so busy catching up with everyone I barely ate a thing.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Details ARE important but on the day you will not give a fig if the kids poke their fingers in the cakes (true story) or even if it rains all bloody day. (also true)
Thanks to the couple for sharing their pretty and rainy Cheshire wedding day.
A rainy Wedding Day is actually seen as good luck symbolising fertility and cleansing.
Rain doesn’t have to be a disaster, but its always best to have a Plan B.
And don’t forget it gives you that extra excuse to cuddle up, to have those one of a kind romantic photos, it also gives an opportunity to get artistic with umbrellas and thats even before you get to the rainbows.
So whether its a downpour or just a drizzle just embrace it, years down the line it will be a great story.
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Photographer – Whitrigg Photography
Venue – Rode Hall – Scholar Green
Wedding Dress & Bridesmaid Gowns – Fairytales by Sherry
Suit (Groom and Son) – Menz Suits
Cake Maker – Emma Meir
Florist – Carol’s Garden
Videographer – Alec Jordon – Disco Stoat Productions
Stationery – handmade
Make up – Lydia Bedson – The Beauty Barn at Astbury
Hair – Georgia Taylor.
Batman – Tom from Shadow Hero Events
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