A Stunning Lancashire Winter Wedding with pretty navy accents at The Wellbeing Farm

Today I am thrilled to share a stunning Lancashire Winter Wedding with pretty navy accents at The Wellbeing Farm.

Joyce and Paul shared a wonderfully elegant and festive day with a rustic feel with their closest family and friends in late November last year.

Images were captured by Rachel Joyce Photography.

Rachel is a wedding photographer based in the North West specialising in very relaxed and natural photography – telling the different beautiful stories of the couples she meets.

She loves colour, the bolder the better.

She also adores working with couples who laugh a LOT, and is drawn to happy faces loving to capture the pure joy and fun of a wedding day.


I hand over to beautiful Bride Joyce to share the couples loves story, and about their gorgeous snowy Lancashire Winter Wedding…


How did you meet?

We weren’t really aware of it at the time, but our very first meeting would have been at Sunday School over sixty four years ago.

However, our first recollection of each other was at school, in 1963, as very young teens, who became close friends.

After school we took different directions.

Fast forward forty-seven years later and we rekindled our friendship.

Tell us about the proposal…

Picture the scene, Christmas Day 2020, yes, ‘that one’, all gifts unwrapped and paper strewn across the room.

Still in our Christmas PJs.

Paul realised he’d forgotten to wrap one of his gifts to me, so, he asked me to close my eyes whilst he looked for it.

The banging and noises coming from the next room had me wondering what on earth he could have been hiding.

I opened my eyes to find Paul on one knee, asking me to be his wife before the end of 2021.

Tell us about your wedding planning journey…

Our journey started in ‘lockdown’.

So plenty of research on line.

We knew we wanted the ceremony and reception in one place.

Had our childhood church and school hall still been in use, that would have been our first choice.

But, by the end of january, 2021, we had a video call with our chosen venue…the wonderful Wellbeing Farm.

And they happily held the date for us, until restrictions allowed us to view it in person.

We did, and we loved it and a further deposit totally secured our date.

What was the theme / colour palette of your big day?

Our day was Christmas themed, with touches of navy.

We knew we wanted a rustic feel to our day, and ‘the continued lockdown’ encouraged us to think of ideas, that we could complete with little or no access to suppliers.

We came up with decorated bottles, wine, beer, spirits, pickle jars, you name it.

I decorated the bottles, Paul emptied them for me.. (Ha Ha hic, ok, not all of them, I helped, as did family.)

The fabulous weather over the summer helped too with my office for the day.

Sitting under a gazebo whilst the hot sun shone as I worked  was definitely not a chore.

There was lots and lots of string, glue, wooden hearts, beads and patience and different designs evolved and the completed bottles were soon building up.

Any special touches?

My daughter, Kellie Ann, played a major part in our day.

From creating the invites, favours, table plan, to singing my entrance song, our signing of the register songs and our celebration down the aisle song. And so much more.

She was, and is, absolutely fabulous.

Did Covid have any impact on your wedding planning?

The first five months of total lockdown didn’t help but, we worked around it.

Its really surprising what you can achieve when needs must.

On a very serious note, Covid robbed me of my younger brother, Brian, in November 2020, and I miss him to this day.

The virus also affected our day, when some family members became ill with it, and their whole family had to isolate.

What was the best bit of your day?

Without doubt, the snow!

Being an avid Christmas movie fan, and watching so many romantic endings when the snow was falling, it was really our dream come true.

We were both so happy, and it was wonderful having family and friends together again.

Is there anything you would do differently?

Get married sooner!

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

No matter what problems may arise on your day, and rest assured they will, try to do your very best to accept them, then forget them.

Then, concentrate on completely enjoying your day and the love you have for each other.

Stay happy and smiling throughout. And your love will shine through.

It goes so quickly. It really, really does, and it’s a one off, no rewinds.

Any problems you feel may need addressing, save for later, they can wait until after your honeymoon.


Wedding Suppliers

Venue – The Wellbeing Farm

Photographer – Rachel Joyce Photography

Wedding dress – Adrianna Papell

Bridesmaid Gowns – younger Grandaughter – Eve Elizabeth (Ivory dress and feather cape – Debenhams) / Daughter –  Kellie Ann, and elder Granddaughters –

Eryn Lea and Kiera Niamh – own choice navy gowns  – Boohoo / Missguided / ASOS

Suits – Groom – Ben Sherman / Best men – Taylor & Wright

Groom / Groomsmen Accessories – Suit Direct

Stationery – Brides daughter Kellie Ann – ‘Polly Loves Creations’’

Cake maker – Brides sister Barbara

Florist – Bouquets / Buttonholes / Table Decorations – homemade by Bride

Make up / Hair Stylist – Louise Hall

Rings – Bride – Grandmother and Mother’s wedding ring (altered to fit by Nash Jewellers) / Grooms – Goldsmiths Jewellers

Band – Waterloo Sunset – Function Central Ltd

Magician – Andy Harrison – Rockstar Magic


To Contact Rachel Joyce Photography

Website – https://www.racheljoycephotography.co.uk/

Email – rachel@racheljoycephotography.co.uk

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