Today I am thrilled to share this stunning Autumnal Wedding with a hint of Halloween.
Leanne & Dave had a beautiful Friday 13th Halloween inspired wedding at the beautiful Wellbeing Farm in Bolton.
Images were captured by Lisa Webb Photography.
Lisa Webb is a Wedding photographer based on the North Welsh Border in Shropshire, West Midlands.
She also covers weddings in Staffordshire, Herefordshire and throughout the UK and beyond.
Her style is unobtrusive, relaxed and creative and she loves nothing more than capturing genuine laughter between newlywed couples.
Lisa says of the couples beautiful day…
Leanne decided that she didn’t want bridal prep covering but wanted me to stay later on in the evening at the couples reception
I arrived where Leanne had been getting ready at The Last Drop Village Hotel to meet Dave, her lovely groom.
As they were having a fairly late ceremony I suggested having a first look prior to their ceremony.
I always find this a lovely experience as you really get to capture both the bride and groom’s reactions to their partner in their wedding outfit.
Dave and Leanne didn’t want a traditional wedding so doing a first look suited them down to the ground.
We also used the time after their first look to also do their couple photographs and group photographs.
Doing it this way round makes the whole feeling of the day a lot more chilled and I would 100% recommend it if you’re having a late ceremony!
Leanne and Dave then sat down with their close friends and family to have some afternoon tea.
They then made the short drive to their wedding venue, Wellbeing Farm.
When I turned up there I was absolutely blown away by how beautifully they had decorated it and they had fully incorporated their personality into the styling.
They’d gone with an Autumnal/Halloween theme, so there were a lot of orange and rustic tones.
They had also asked their guests to take part in a pumpkin carving competition, and used these pumpkins to line the aisle for their ceremony.
The pumpkins ranged from sweet, funny and very rude, they were absolutely brilliant!
For Leanne walking up the aisle and during their ceremony, Leanne and Dave had Gledholt, an all male choir perform.
This was significant to Leanne as it is her great uncle’s choir and they had previously performed at her mum’s wedding.
They were so lovely to listen to, their guests (and myself included!) especially loved when they performed “My Girl’s a Yorkshire Girl” during the signing of the register.
After their ceremony Dave and Leanne spent time with their guests and also some Llama’s and Donkeys that live at Wellbeing Farm!
For their evening entertainment they asked a couple of their friends to perform, this included an acoustic guitar, a kazoo, a wig, a wind machine and lots of audience participation, it was both brilliant and hilarious!
They then went into their first dance which was wonderful and looked absolutely stunning with Leanne’s low backed dress showing off her amazing tattoos and the beautiful fairy lights that were lining the ceiling of the barn.
The dancing continued into the night and in between the ladies toilets turned into a dodgy back street tattoo parlour, with one of the young guests giving everyone who popped in a new temporary tattoo, a tequila station and marshmallow toasting!
I hand you over to gorgeous Bride Leanne…
How did you meet?
We met at a music venue, Dave was working there at the time.
I stopped him to exchange numbers and made it clear to drop me a text for a date, and the rest is history.
Tell us about your Wedding Theme and Inspiration…
We wanted to create an Autumnal theme with a hint of Halloween.
Our inspiration started with the wedding date ‘Friday 13th’ but it wasalso to just make it about us, unsnobby, meaningful and fun.
The difference: We didn’t try to make our wedding alternative or different we just knew we didn’t want the posh do, its not true to who we are as people.
I guess people would think the Halloween décor is alternative for a wedding but I think the most none alternative guest would agree that everything was beautiful and ‘us’.
What we’d wish we’d known…
That wedding fairs tend not to cater to anything untraditional, do your research before attending to see who will be exhibiting.
Tell us about the Ceremony…
I was really worried that I would be too nervous/emotional during the ceremony that I wouldn’t be able to say my vow’s but it was beautiful and we enjoyed every second.
We had 130 guests that were invited to the whole day, we didn’t do the 2 half thing we just wanted everyone to be a part of the whole day.
Guests brought carved pumpkins which were used down the aisle and along the back of the venue as decoration.
My great uncle sings in a welsh male voice choir who sang at my mothers wedding, they were amazing and brought guests to tears with ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Somebody To Love’, ‘Love Is All You Need’ and many more.
Walking down the aisle and saying our vows was the most amazing experience I have ever had.
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
Getting married, it sounds really cheesy but I felt full of joy.
We also had afternoon lunch before the ceremony with our close family, we really cherished this calm before the storm and seeing each other before the ceremony.
What was your Biggest Expense?
Venue and Food, the food was done by the venue so combined this was a large chunk. Such important parts though.
Savings: We didn’t have flowers or wedding cake, and because of these savings we were able to do other
things that were more important to us.
What was the best thing about wedding planning?
The ability to put yourself in to the day, it is your day so make it personal.
What was the worst thing about wedding planning?
Some things don’t work out as you plan them or generally go wrong. However these things usually lead to something better than you originally planned.
(Silver lining) Honestly ride out the problems, they happen so that you find better alternatives that you wished you’d seen/known about before.
Is there anything we would of done differently?
Nothing at all, the day honestly surpassed my own expectations…
Ooh…The only thing is I would make sure the venue knew who the vegans/vegetarians were (our non vegans/veggie guest ate some of their food).
What advice would you give to other couples?
It’s your day, do exactly what you want to do. Don’t feel as if you should do things any other way, don’t do what other people want you to do and don’t be ‘traditional’ if you don’t want to be.
Chuck the rule book away and enjoy every second, you won’t regret it.
Also involve your groom, he will have the best ideas.
Photography: Lisa Webb Photography
Officiant: Blackburn and Derby Registrar
Pre Wedding Afternoon Tea: The Last Drop Village Hotel
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Wellbeing Farm
Hair and Make Up: Make up by Sophie
Jewellery: Independent watch shop and Blood Mary Metal
Cake: Favourite cakes made by Venue & extra vegan cakes from TSP (hustlers of cupcakes).
Toffee apple and marshmallow cart and doughnut station (evening) – The Marzipan Piggy
Flowers: No flowers, we are not very flowery people and they die.
Caterers: BBQ and Hog Roast (provided by Venue which has its own butchery)
Entertainment: Ceremony Choir: Gledholt (My great uncles choir)
Evening Entertainment: Comedy band duo – David Chalk and Richard Cheese (Dave and Rick) Played by
Simon Ward and Ben McManus.
DJ: Ben McManus (Bigun)
Other Entertainment: Lamas, Donkeys and Alpacas. Pumpkin carving competition.
Any Reception Decor/Props; Carved pumpkins from the guests, range of pumpkins and squashes and a selection halloween décor mainly bought from TK MAXX.
Transport: Step-dads car!
Tequila and Tattoo Station: temporary tattoos were available, the ladies loo swiftly turned into a dodgy back street tattoo parlour run by one of our young guests! Not a single person left without a new tattoo!
We also had a complementary tequila station (this went down a storm).
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