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    Cheshire Wedding Photography – Rookery Hall Wedding

    Today we have a lovely Cheshire wedding at the fabulous Rookery Hall by Essex wedding photographer Anesta Broad Photography. She made the journey up North for the wedding of Faye and Rob and you will see that it was definitely worth it. A beautiful turquoise and teal colour scheme, lots of lovebirds and an amazing cake, as well as lots of lovely DIY detailing made this a gorgeous wedding for everyone involved.

    So over to Faye and Rob to tell us all about it….


    Rob proposed to me in the park where we went on our first day, at the very bench where we had our first kiss, incredibly romantic.

    What was important to you when initially planning wedding?

    The things that were important were the personal touches, and me having some friends involved in the planning such as my friend Roslyn from Abracadabra helped me decide the theme and also my bridesmaid Kaitlin doing the cake which was a lovely touch.

    I guess what made my wedding special was the fact that most of the suppliers on the day were friends.  The wedding themer is a friend who I have known for 10 years, my bridesmaid made the cake, my other friend made the cake stand, the owner of Pinups and the photographer were former colleagues (now friends) and the DJ was a school and family friend who I have known over 20 years.  I was completely relaxed and stress free the whole day and leading up to the big day as these were people I have known years and who I knew wouldn’t let me down.

    What did you use to plan your wedding? 

    I attended a Manchester Wedding Show which was a nice way to start things off and get myself in the wedding mood but having helped a couple of friends plan weddings, and already being an event planner for a charity I didn’t need any planning tools.  I did join a couple of blogs/websites but found my budget tracker and to do list created in Excel were the main things I used.

    What was your wedding theme/colour scheme?

    Our theme was birds – as my husband’s name is Robin (after the bird – and yes he was born in December) and our colour scheme was turquoise & teal. This went very well with the venue too as Rookery Hall is named after a bird ‘The Rook’ and there are so many of these beautiful birds in and around the venue.

    All the guest tables were named after turquoise birds (with interesting facts displayed about the birds) apart from the top table which we called Robin.   Invites, table plan and favours were also tied in very closely with the theme.

    How did you choose your bridesmaids?

    I chose Rob’s sister Rachel M, and best friend Rachel J.  The other three were my close friends, none of which had sisters and I thought they would love the opportunity to be bridesmaids.  This was the hardest part of the wedding as I have a massive circle of friends but two of my other friends were either getting married or being a bridesmaid that year anyway so that made things a bit easier. I wish I could have had the budget to have them all, but you have to draw the line somewhere.

    How did you choose your suppliers?

    This was the easy part, having built up some amazing contacts over the years this was the least stressful part.  Roslyn from Abracadabra was invaluable as our event dresser.  Our photographer, Anesta Broad, was a friend and ex colleague who traveled up from Essex for both the pre-wedding shoot and our wedding itself. She was assisted by a Cheshire based photographer, Amanda Balmain. The DJ was Gary, an old school friend who DJs as a hobby, the cake was made by my bridesmaid Kaitlin.

    The boozy canapé cupcakes were organised by another friend Alex (another  ex-colleague) who runs Pin-Ups in Pinnies.

    The flowers were made by a contact I got on ebay – Top Knot Tiaras – and she was lovely and very patient with me sending me various samples before we chose the flowers she made for me. We got our band – The Story from Warble Entertainments after seeing them at a friend’s wedding last year. I designed the invites/save the dates via Vistaprint and the rest of the stationery such as menus, table names, place cards and the table plan were all handmade by me as I enjoy making cards/crafts in my spare time.


    The food went down really well, we had a sit down meal for day guests and then had bacon butties and fries (with the sweety cart and chocolate fountain) for evening  guests.  All in all it was amazing and very well received.

    Any DIY projects?

    I also sourced the following myself:

    • Wire Birdcage Table plan– ebay
    • Sweets for Candy Bar – from Makro Wholesalers
    • Small felt bird cake toppers – Felt Me Up Designs on Folksy
    • Small Mr and Mrs and Happily Ever After hearts for the back of our chairs – ebay
    • Birdcage Pearl Wine Glass Charms – Ebay
    • Wooden Mr and Mrs Sign from Ashleyb woodcraft
    • Mr and Mrs bunting from Bring out the Bunting

    Where did you find your dress?

    My dress was from Proposals Bridalwear in Swinton Manchester and is a Trudy Lee dress. I used to model wedding dresses for the shop a few years ago so had an idea of which styles I wanted but still came away with something totally different in terms of material, but the same style I was looking for; classy and elegant with no fussy sequins or pearls on there.

    How did you know you had found the one?

    I couldn’t stop staring at myself and didn’t want to take it off, it was also very flattering on my figure.

    What accessories did you choose and why?

    I chose a handmade pearl tiara with a pearl necklace, bracelet and earring set.  I love pearls but wanted them as an accessory rather than on the dress.

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

    It went up a little as we decided on the more expensive venue as well as a band which wasn’t factored into the original budget, it was worth every penny though.

    First dance music and why?

    We chose a Thousand Years by Christina Perry which was a song we both adored when we first heard it, and also is the theme tune to twilight something we both got into together when we first met.

    Your favourite wedding purchase

    The sweet cart and chocolate fountain were a surprise for the groom from me and they were very popular with kids and adults alike especially the sweet cart.

    Best wedding bargain

    The bouquet locket was a bargain from Ebay at £3.50.  I put a photo of my late granddad in there and showed it my dad as a surprise before we headed off down the aisle, it was an emotional moment!

    Most extravagant part of wedding

    Definitely the band as they weren’t on our original budget, but we decided to splash out a few months before the big day as both of us really wanted one.

    Favourite parts of the day

    My husband announcing to our nearest and dearest that I was 11 weeks pregnant with our first baby during his wedding speech got people very excited and emotional too!

    • Showing my dad the secret locket I had attached to the bouquet (with a photo of my late granddad ) just before we set off to the ceremony room, and us both having a little cry before setting off (my dad NEVER cries).
    • My grandad announcing during the grandparent’s photo that he wanted to get out of his wheelchair, and making us all cry.
    • My nephew seeing the candy bar and sending a photo to his mate with the caption ‘Best Wedding Ever’.
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