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  • Claire and Chris’s Real Rustic Wedding – Peruga, Maple Bridge

    Now I love all types of weddings (good job really isn’t it?). Grand weddings, intimate weddings, simple themes, intricately planned themes, quirky fun weddings, emotive weddings-love them lall because they are personal to the bride and groom. A wedding is not a formula to follow like a paint by numbers picture. Do it your way and you won’t go wrong.

    Today’s bride and groom, Claire and Chris did just that. Claire had a clear idea of what she wanted her wedding to be like and with a little help from family and friends achieved her dream wedding. I love their soft, subtle colour scheme and the relaxed feel to their wedding. Just like the couple themselves.

    So I’ll let Claire tell you more about their special day and how they planned it.


    We’d just bought our very first home and we were slowly attempting to put our stamp on it, so due to all the paying out, getting engaged was certainly not on my radar.  We’d been together for 6 years and so it was something  that I was looking forward to in our future.  On the first Christmas morning in our new house there was a stack of presents under the tree for me and Chris set about directing me to the order by which I should open them.  I had asked for some earrings so when I got to my final present which was a beautifully wrapped box tied with a big red bow, I had already guessed what I was going to find inside.  Chris is a bit of a joker so when there was a box within a box within a box, I just put this down to his silly personality.  When I got to the final box to find a ring inside and Chris down on one knee in front of me, my mouth dropped open in shock and I instantly said ‘yes!’ before Chris had even had chance to ask me anything.  I was hysterically laughing/crying.  This hysteria carried on through the phone calls to various family members and friends much to their continued amusement.  I sounded like Stacy Solomon but from up north.

    What was important to you when initially planning wedding?

    The main thing for us was making sure that the people we wanted to join us were able to do so and that we didn’t go crazy on the spending.  We wanted to get the balance right.

    What did you use to plan your wedding?

    I facilitated every possible source and instantly became addicted to wedding blogs and magazines.  I wasn’t a fan of wedding shows as I found people were putting words into my mouth and they were all a bit ‘samey’.  I did dabble in a few magazines but the blogs seemed so much more down to earth and on my wave length.


    What was your wedding theme/colour scheme

    I guess you could call it country garden/pastels/rustic.  I am in love with hessian / burlap and so this was a base colour for most of my ideas.

    How did you choose your bridesmaids?

    I had my three best friends and my youngest sister.  All truly dependable and my go-to people when in a time of need.

    How did you choose your suppliers?

    The biggest decision was the venue and everything else followed on from there.  We looked at several different venues with varying price tags and Peruga was the one that came up trumps.  Friendly and helpful staff, gorgeous setting and close enough for the majority of our guests not to have to fork out loads for a hotel.

    Venue – Peruga at Woodheys, Marple Bridge – Food – everyone commented on how amazing our food was and we were so pleased with how it all turned out.  Peruga is a restaurant and so their expertise shone through with the choice of menu that they helped us put together and the quality of produce used.

    Entertainment – we had a local DJ that was recommended by the venue.  We gave him a detailed playlist and he had the dancefloor packed all night.

    Florist – bridesmaid Becky’s Mum

    Photographers – Jenny and Keith McAvoy


    Cake Maker – family friend

    Event Dresser – the venue did the dressing

    Stationery – my older brother, Matthew.

    DIY projects

    Most of the things you see were sourced and/or made by me, family and friends.  I had the ideas for the look of the stationery in my head and my brother brought my thoughts to life.  My mother made the bunting.  Chris and I spent a whole day decorating the jam jars with lace bows tied round and gluing our ‘thank you’ tags onto our mini chocolate box favours.  I sent my ‘team’ a lot of tasks but they all rose to the challenge and everything looked perfect on the day.

    Where did you find your dress?

    The Wedding Shop, Alderley Edge

    I never really had the feeling of ‘the one’.  But when I started trying on Cymbeline dresses, I knew that this was the designer for me.  I was not a fan of the big princess dresses because I felt too much like a little girl in a big dress and so fitted and slim was the way forward for me.  I found it difficult to pick between the Cymbeline dresses that I tried but a final visit to the shop with my bridesmaid Hannah confirmed that Exalto/Dolly was the one for me.

    What accessories did you choose and why?

    I knew I wanted my hair to one side and up because the back of the dress needed showing off too.   For this reason I felt that a side tiara or hair slide was the best option.  I bought a small hair slide from Glitzy Secrets and wore simple jewellery so not to distract from the dress.  It took me ages to decide on my shoes as I have a strong dislike for traditional wedding shoes.  In the end I opted for a a two tone dusty pink pair from Carvela by Kurt Geiger.  I love them!

    First dance music

    Kings of Leon – On call.  We both love Kings of Leon and have been to a concert of theirs together.  The song is fitting because throughout our relationship we’ve spent a lot of time apart and so calling each other up was the best thing we could do at times.

    How did your budget change from first planning to the wedding day?

    We definitely spent more than originally planned but I am pleased that we didn’t go crazy.

    Your favourite wedding purchase

    We’re really glad that we invested in our photographers, McAvoy Wedding Photography because the pictures are amazing and are a lasting memory of the fun we had on our special day.

    Best wedding bargain

    Hessian for the table runners from the mill shop in Broadbottom http://www.tiviotprints.co.uk/millshop.htm and paper for the stationery from https://secure.eco-craft.co.uk/ .

    Most extravagant part of wedding

    Wedding dress

    Favourite part of the day

    I loved every second of our special day and I am not sure I could chose a favourite part.  The ceremony meant the most and especially having our nearest and dearest there to share it with us.

    Thoughts on wedding day

    I listened to my heart throughout the wedding planning process but made sure that my head was screwed on securely.  You can easily get sucked in to the ‘wedding world’ and it quite often doesn’t come cheap.  Go with your instincts and take people up on their offers of assistance.  I found that people enjoyed helping me and it made them feel extra excited about the big day.  I had to remind myself on several occasions that your wedding day is about getting married and the vows you will make to one another on that day.  Enjoy the planning process and don’t sweat about the little things – your day will be amazing whatever happens.

    What a beautiful wedding, fabulous advice and a great example of achieivng your dream wedding through delegation and teamwork 🙂 Thankyou so much to Claire and Chris for sharing their special day and to McAvoy Weddings for their gorgeous images.


    If you woud like to share your special day with us please get in touch.I t’s your blog and we woold love to hear from you.

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