From the minute you say YES, the planning begins. The first thing to book is your date and for that you need a venue – and this is where the real fun begins.
The most obvious choice for a wedding venue tends to be Country House venues or city centre hotels but sometimes the obvious choice is not always the right one and the perfect wedding venue may be somewhere you hadn’t expected.
Nestled in the beautiful Cheshire countryside of Cranage, you will find the most delightful country Inn, The Vicarage. The building’s 17th-century heritage has been re-imagined to create a handful of areas that boast eclectic interiors, luxury accommodation with 26 beautifully designed bedrooms and a talented team of foodies, mixologists and creative minds that provide unforgettable experiences in unique surroundings, leading the way to planning your perfect wedding.
We had the opportunity to dress The Vicarage for a wedding and we knew straight away Keyhole Studios would be the perfect choice for the photos and film and as we wanted a ‘Edwardian drama with a twist of rustic charm’ we knew Wachadoin Events would rock this venue.
The wedding dress had to just right so we asked Cheshire Bridal Boutique as their beautiful handpicked collections would fit in perfectly with the look we wanted, topped off with the amazing skills once again of Faye, from The Glam Bunny MUA.
And the results were pretty spectacular …
Mandy from Wachadoin Events used a teal table runner to emphasise the colour scheme used in The Vicarage and by adding quirky, handmade copper candles , rustic wild flowers and added atmospheric candles the venue was transformed into a wedding reception for 30 of your closest friends and family.
We love working with Wachadoin as they always go one step beyond, they make a lot of their own props – such as the candles made from copper piping that we were desparately trying to buy off them for Christmas presents 🙂 –
Individuality is key with more and more couples wanting to reflect their own style and personalities and Mandy has a great talent for understanding exactly what couples want. “Without a doubt Covid has impacting on weddings and we have had to adapt to that, be it people planning micro weddings with the closest family and friends or those planning further ahead and wanting big, bold celebrations. Both celebrate the importance of family and friends and both can be beautiful.” said Mandy, Wachadoin Events.
We also asked what was trending for 2021, “Outdoors continues to be a significant influence on dressings with lots of foliage and greenery being used within bouquets and dressings. We are finding a split in colour pallets – from the use of bold, bright colors to more muted shades with hints of pastels. Creating a back drop to ‘frame’ the Top Table or Ceremony continues to be one most popular items and it a great way to set the tone and feel of the wedding.”
The Vicarage can seat up to 80 people for a wedding reception and their creative team of Event Co-ordinators can help out together a seating plan, although we loved the layout we had of 3 long tables running the lengeth of the room and one table running across the top – extra quirky.
We had a dress in mind and we knew exactly who we needed to speak to … Cheshire Boutique Bridal. We wanted a dress that oozed elegance, sophiscation with a hint of glamour and arrived to the shoot with THE MOST PERFECT DRESS!
Exquisitely draped, the Amanda Wakeley dress gently skims the figure, with a high neck and cowl back that accentuates the sensuality of the bride and cascades gracefully glides behind you as you step down the aisle.
For the ceremony shot, we changed to into two Aire Barcelona dresses … and this is where it is so important to have an open mind when you look for your wedding dress. We had our minds set on the straight, sleek first dress – which looked absolutley stunning – but Karla from Cheshire Bridal Boutique asked us to try the second dress and we all fell madly and truly in love with it. It’s a dress I wouldn’t have considered for this shoot as we wanted sleek … but the bridal shops do this for a living and they have a knack for knowing what will work and of yes did they get this right!
The Vicarage is not your obvious wedding venue so we needed an outfit for the groom that is not your obvious groomswear. Slaters have the traditional range of Morning Suits, Tails and the more contemporary Tweeds and Navys but they also have a great alternative range of suits that let the Groom and his Wingmen feel more like themselves. This checkered suit not only complicated the beautiful dresses but also the venue and fitted the Groom’s personality to perfection.
The Finising Touch
We work with either So Coco Rouge or Faye, The Glam Bunny MUA wherever we can. Both deliver the perfect finish and their contouring skills are like a dark art. For this shoot, we worked with Faye who did both the hair and make-up on our beautiful model Erin – we had glitter, glamour and shoulder shimmer and as always, Faye got the brief spot on.
It’s a WRAP
We work with many photographers and each have their own style of photographer and film so we knew Keyhole Studios would ‘get’ this venue and capture all the hard work the above wedding companies had put in place.
Keyhole are a husband and wife company with a great team of people supporting them. You get the whole package with Keyhole – professional and emotive photos, a film of the day you want to watch over and over again … and they also have their sister company Keyhole Motors which offer an amazing range of wedding cars from the traditional Damilers to quirky Aston Martins and Jurassic Park Land Rovers.
Keyhole always go that extra mile, they see shots you wouldn’t think of (such as the blackcurrant juice in the shot glasses – great shot!), and as they work as a team it means important parts of the day as well as the impromtu moments are captured of your wedding day.
“As a professional photographer and film maker its rare for us to have such a natural environment to capture. In our commercial career most of the events are staged, with great detail put into the planning, preparation and execution of every frame. In contrast weddings are natural throughout the day, we are very much a fly on the wall. The structure of weddings is determined by the couple and we simply capture the event as it happens – and it is this natural documentation of the creative process we love.”
Kris McDonald, Co-Owner Keyhole Studios
So if you are planning your wedding this year, get in touch with these amazing wedding companies as we know they won’t let you down and will you your dream wedding.