Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love! Claire and Lee's wedding at the White Hart, Saddleworth.
Lee and I first met in a local pub called Milan in Lees, Oldham.
He proposed to me while we were on the island of Mallorca. He arranged a meal at the Hotel Bendinat, overlooking the sea to make the occasion extra special. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
We chose the White Hart, Lydgate for our wedding venue. We had eaten there before and the standard of food and drink is excellent. The Oak Room is light and airy with doors that open out onto its gardens and lawns, this makes it a great venue especially if the weather is good which it was on our wedding day.
The colour theme for our day was pretty pastels; lemon, baby blue, baby pink and mint, my dress was ivory. We just wanted a lovely summery feel to the wedding.
We knew we wanted a traditional church wedding, so we got married at our local church St Margaret’s in Hollinwood, Oldham. We also wanted everyone to have a relaxed fun time, and wanted our photos to be happy, genuine and in the moment, not posed, so we booked a Mexican Mariachi band (The Burrito Bros), they were amazing. We had vintage buses transporting out guests from the church to the White Hart and a photo booth in the evening.
We found the majority of our perfect suppliers at the Little White Books wedding fair at the White Hart, including our photographer Mick Cookson, and also our photo booth, venue stylist, DJ and the vintage buses. We visited a number of wedding fairs around the North West but we preferred the smaller fairs as we met suppliers from the local area who gave a more personal service. In addition to this, Bright Hands Weddings provided our wedding video and did an amazing job. This was a last minute decision to have our wedding captured on video, but we are so glad we did. Every time we watch it back we are taken back to our special day, it was worth every penny for the memories.
When I was finding my wedding dress, I thought I had fallen in love with the first dress I tried on. It was a Mori Lee design, and I tried it on several times but it never quite felt right so I carried on looking. I searched round for several weeks afterwards looking at other dresses, but none seemed to feel right until one day, purely by chance, I walked into a local wedding shop and there it was on a mannequin. My chief bridesmaid was with me and we both said at the same time ‘that one’. I tried it on and bought it straight away. It really is true – when you have found the right dress, you just know it. So here’s the thing – I had a fairly substantial budget for my designer wedding dress because we always knew that if I saw the dress I wanted the price wasn’t a factor. I thought I would have to spend a lot of money to find my dream dress, but that wasn’t the case. I found my dress at a local supplier, and I immediately fell in love with it.
On our wedding day, when I was walking down the aisle in Church, it was a magical moment just seeing everybody smiling and my Lee waiting for me at the altar. He turned around to sneak a peek as I walked down the aisle – it was a moment we had talked about for so long. My dad also cried during one of the hymns, Jerusalem – that was a lovely moment.
For Lee, one of his most memorable moments was the mariachi band and watching people singing and dancing in the gardens of the White Hart. The sun beamed down on us and the band were so much fun. Our first dance song was At Last by Etta James… and the last song of the night was Bring Me Sunshine, Morecambe and Wise!
We are so lucky to have friends and family who made sure that our day went smoothly, from making sure that flowers were positioned exactly as we wanted and helping me feel like a princess on the day. The White Hart were brilliant, nothing was too much trouble for them and the day was absolutely fantastic.
And our advice to brides and grooms is video your wedding day! The day passes you by so fast and it is impossible to remember everything. We would highly recommend you have your memories captured on film. We often watch back the highlights of the day and every time we do it brings a tear to our eye. It’s amazing how watching it back transports you to your special day.
Thanks to Claire & Lee for sharing their special day with Little White Books
Venue: The White Hart, 51 Stockport Road, Lydgate, Saddleworth OL4 4JJ http://www.thewhitehart.co.uk/
Photographer: Mick Cookson Photography www.mickcooksonphotography.co.uk