Amy & James’s Music-Filled Timeless Cheshire Wedding
Real Life Weddings - 18.12.19
Real Life Weddings - 18.12.19
Some say that music captures the sounds of our feelings. Amy and James planned a music-filled, timeless Cheshire wedding at Combermere Abbey, striking chords of romance throughout their elegant day.
Bride Amy loved the all-in-one style of Combermere Abbey, because the whole day could take place in one stunning location.
“We loved the gardens and the fact that we had full use of all of the cottages. I got ready at one of the cottages before the ceremony. It was really beautiful.”
Combermere Abbey’s iconic fruit tree maze also stood out for Amy and James.
“We planned to tie the knot outside in the centre of the maze,” Amy laughs, “but of course, it rained, so we moved the ceremony into the Glasshouse. It was beautiful inside and the photos look so bright and romantic.”
Amy wore a dress by Pronovias with a matching veil, adorned with top-to-bottom lace.
Tying in with their gold, ivory and dusty pink colour scheme, the bridesmaid dresses were elegant and timeless, in a lavender pink.
“They were very simple yet elegant and they got a lot of compliments! I wanted a simple style for the bridesmaids as I wanted them all to feel comfortable and beautiful on the day.”
James wore a Whitfield and Ward tailor-made suit, with a different waistcoat to the groomsmen so that he stood out.
“My favourite moment was seeing James at the other end of aisle.”
Their flowers weren’t just beautiful to look at. Amy and James chose to include eucalyptus in the greenery, adding a fresh fragrance to their bouquets.
“We had all white or ivory flowers with foliage and eucalyptus for scent. I love white roses, so we had plenty of them.”
Continuing the soft ivory theme, they chose to include romantic lighting too.
“We had lots of candles inside and fairy lights twinkling in the gardens,” smiles Amy.
What could be more romantic than the tunes of a harp? Along with the delicate notes of a piano, heartfelt melodies reflected the emotion of their day.
“Music was a huge part of the day – the harpist was one of my must-haves because it sounds so romantic. I walked down the aisle to a classical piece, I Giorni, which will stay with me forever.”
“The pianist played during the canapés, which was nice just as background music,” Amy reminisces.
Some say rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck. And it certainly didn’t spoil Amy and James’s day.
“Like the ceremony, we planned to have a drinks reception outside in the gardens, but as it rained, we had it inside the Glasshouse.”
Through the large windows of The Glasshouse, Combermere’s manicured gardens provide the perfect backdrop for a timeless Cheshire wedding come rain or shine.
“The great thing is that Combermere Abbey is a venue with natural beauty. We saved so much money because we didn’t have to dress everything and our guests really enjoyed exploring the grounds.”
Fitting with the relaxed vibe of their day, Amy and James chose tapas for their wedding breakfast.
“We loved the idea of everyone sharing and having more options than just one plate in front of you,” explains Amy.
“For evening food, we had pizza and pasta. Great for when you’ve had a few drinks and need something to keep you going.”
“I didn’t manage to eat anything because of a nervous stomach and a very fitted dress! So, my words of advice would be to try to eat the food you spent so long choosing. You’ll regret it afterwards if you don’t!”
Unknown to groom James, Amy had a surprise up her sleeve.
“Juno, the band, were fantastic, we couldn’t have asked for any better. I had a personalised song written and acoustically recorded for James. We played this after the speeches, and it was all anyone could talk about afterwards. It told the story of our relationship. It made people laugh and cry!”
After the dinner and speeches, the newlyweds hit the dance floor behind the reveal curtain in the Garden Pavilion, ready to dance the night away.
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