Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous colourful family focused Cheshire Wedding.
The couple are Beki and Chris and they chose country house venue Trafford Hall as the setting for their beautiful celebration with family and friends…
Images were captured by Jess Yarwood Photography.
Jess Yarwood is a Cheshire based Photographer covering the UK offering lifestyle shoots and wedding photography.
She describes her style as fun, creative and artistic and she loves to craft real images showing laughter and love, documenting your story…
I hand over to beautiful Bride Beki…
How did you meet?
Myself and Chris met at high school as he was friends with my older brother.
He came on holiday with us when he was about 16 and I remember just hanging around like an annoying sister just to be nearer to him. If only he knew!
We lost touch for a few years after he left high school but were reunited at my brothers wedding in 2006.
He asked me to dance and given the 1ft height difference he decides to dance on his knees.
We again lost contact until he send me a message in 2008 finally asking me on a date, which I was obviously late for!
And the rest they say is history.
When we had been together 10 years we got married.
So much had happened in ten years, two homes, two children, two degrees and many many holidays.
Tell us about the Proposal…
My favourite place to be is on holiday with my family.
At the time of the proposal I was heavily pregnant with our second child and on crutches so our first night stroll across Black Rock sands beach was a difficult one.
But we did this every year and so myself, Chris and out then 5 year old Evie strolled across the beach to the waters edge.
The tide was out so it was a long walk.
Evie was collecting shells to make a picture frame with and Chris called me over to look at some they had found.
He was about 20 metres away so I was livid.
I lifted up my arms and put the crutches back down to sink in the sand, muttering under my breath all sorts of insults toward him that he was so selfish making me walk another inch.
He was crouched down on the floor over the shells and just before I opened my mouth to tell him what for, he asked if I would be his wife. It turned out he was on one knee.
I felt a bit guilty but glad he stopped me in my tracks or I would have ruined a moment that he so thoughtfully planned out for me.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
In November 2015 we went to visit a wedding open day at Trafford Hall to view the tipis they had.
Our youngest, Nancy, was only a month or two old and we fell in love with the place.
We booked it that day but as I didn’t like the number 17 we booked it for Spring 2018.
This gave me a lot of time to plan and organise which is something I love doing.
I knew that if I wanted certain suppliers I would need to get them booked in fast.
Once the venue was confirmed, we booked the church, band, make up and hair, the honeymoon and began thinking about invitations.
I went to finish my degree in Fashion design in 2016 and continued to study my masters degree.
As a personal touch I made all the invitations and artwork myself and sent it off to print.
Everything was organised as I had the time to plan over two years. The only part that proved tricky was my dress.
As a designer I knew I was going to make it and it was very different than I had originally thought it would be.
I didn’t want duchess satin or big and well its pretty much what I made. I had the help from my sewing friend as there were a few meltdowns.
I had the dress in parts through all of the stages with my daughter pulling the zip up telling me its too tight.
I said just pull it up, and with her foot on my back it all came together.
The dress was finished on the Tuesday before the Friday wedding.
Any special touches/DIY?
I used my daughters drawings of our family to print invitations and tablecloths and to even have replicated on our cake.
I also had ivy parties with my family to make mass metres of ivy wrapped with wire flowers and fairy lights for our decorations.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
The theme was family.
I wanted everyone to know that the wedding although our special day as a couple it was a special day for us all.
We are lucky we had our daughters with us to help celebrate the day.
I asked our eldest what colour she would like for the wedding and she suggested every colour and so we had a multi-coloured theme.
The groomsmen all wore a different colour cravat and our cake tiers were all bold primary colours.
What was the best bit of your day?
My favourite part was arriving at the church. The nerves subsided and I stood calm at the top of the aisle with my dad and couldn’t wait to show off me in a dress.
I never wear dresses but id managed to keep this hidden for months and the girls dresses, also made by me, were something I wanted him to see.
They looked so angelic and they walked hand in hand down the aisle ahead of me.
Is there anything you would do differently?
I couldn’t have picked a better day weather wise and everyone was so full of compliments, there is nothing I would change apart from to have the opportunity to do it all again!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Advice that was given to me was to take a timeout on the day for only ten minutes if that’s all you’ve got to spend just the two of us.
We had this opportunity in the car on the way to the reception.
Photographer – Jess Yarwood Photography
Wedding Dress – Made by Bride
Bridesmaid Gowns – Made by Bride
Suit – Freedmans of Stockport (8 groomsmen outfits with tails)
Cake Maker – Lauras Cakes and Cupcakes
Florist – Frodsham Flowers
Stationery – Made by Bride
Hair stylist – Hailey
Make Up – Bridal Hair and Makeup of Cheshire
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