Simon & Laura Walsh
July 19th 2015
Venue: Sandhole Oak Barn, Cheshire
Today at AGU headquarters, we have the wonderful task of telling you all about the beautiful wedding of Simon & Laura Walsh which took place on Sunday July 19th, at Sandhole Oak Barn in leafy Cheshire. Madeleine from All Grown Up had the honour to work with Simon & Laura over a period of about 10 months in the run up to their big day. Find out exactly what she did to help the love struck couple prepare for the biggest day of their lives so far below.
" I first met Simon & Laura at the Bridal Chic in the City Wedding Fair at The Deaf Institute in Manchester in September of 2014. I immediately felt a connection with the lovely couple due to their enthusiasm for vintage and their admiration of my stand at the show. Laura had spotted some of my handmade bunting hanging behind me and we started chatting. The conversation quickly led to how I could help them design their perfect wedding, accessories I could provide and packages that All Grown Up had.
Not long after our first meeting, I arranged to visit the couple at their flat in Manchester for an cup of tea and a natter about all things weddings. Both Simon and Laura had a clear vision of what they wanted and I enjoyed hearing about their plans and began to get very excited about how I could help them. The couple decided to take one of All Grown Up's design packages. So over the following months, we spent time designing mood boards, colour schemes, visiting the beautiful venue, trying out chair sashes and really focusing on creating their perfect day."
"Laura, 24 met Simon, 31 in Macclesfield on a night out at The Silk Worm, in Laura's words 'they were both on the dance floor and the rest is history!'. It was only fitting that after Simon proposed in exotic Dubai that they decided to marry not far from their original meeting place in the stunning venue of Sandhole Oak Barn situated near to Congleton. A hugely popular venue due to its hard to beat views of the Cheshire countryside and its very own lake! The inside of the venue was filled with natural oak pillars and beams, so beautiful that simplicity had to be the key when dressing the venue. After our venue visit together, I had could visualise exactly what the couple needed to dress such a beautiful venue.
When the big day arrived we chose natural jute to dress the chairs, tables and pillars teamed with vintage lace and sprigs of gypsophila to embellish the interior. To bring the outside in, we used log slices and aged muted jugs would adorn the centres of the tables accompanied by wild flowers from The White Room Floral Design . For guest favours Simons mum provided jars of her yummy home made jams with fruit from her allotment, decorated with floral lids and labels designed by the couple. Laura also made beautiful hand knitted toys for her younger guests to enjoy. "
"Vintage suitcases were used for the table plan and cards box. A mini photograph of each guest was pegged to hessian twine and draped inside a suitcase adorned with Laura's floral fabrics. Laura and Simon had picked pictures of some of their guests from their past. The guests loved this idea and had such fun finding their places and having a sneaky peak at the other guests comedy photos."
"The top table was draped in a stunning floral arrangement by The White Room. To add to the woodland like effect the flowers gave, I brought individual log slices for each member of the top table to enjoy their dinner on. I also handmade a personalised Mr & Mrs Walsh bunting using Laura's fabrics to hang from the front of the table."
"A vintage 'love' ladder was used to remember achievements of family members but also remember who had passed away and made sure that their presence was felt at the wedding. The ladder was adorned with photographs and memorabilia chosen by the couple that were personal to them."
Working with Laura and Simon was such fun and after the event, Laura and Simon had these very kind words to say:
Roxanne & Ben Galvin
Photography : Sam Shone
Hair: Katie Simpson Hair
Make Up: Lime Beauty Rooms Ambleside
On March 28th, All Grown Up had the pleasure to witness timeless beauty Roxanne marry her handsome groom Ben at The Old England Hotel & Spa, Bowness on Windermere.
With a stunning location on the water front, The Old England was the perfect setting for these two love birds to join together in marriage. Many moons ago, the love struck couple came to The Lakes for their first weekend break together. It had such a special significance that Ben chose to bring Roxanne back in 2013. The great british weather put a dampener on Ben's plans but with the help of a trusted umbrella and a sturdy disposition, he got down on one knee and proposed. Here, Roxanne agreed to marry Ben, soggy knee and all. It as only right that they chose to bring their beloved family and friends to this special place, to celebrate their marriage together.
Madeleine from All Grown Up had the pleasure to work with Roxanne and Ben throughout the planning and preparation process of their wedding and had the great honour to dress the venue on the day of their wedding. From the beginning, the couple had a strong vision how they wanted their day to look. They knew they wanted a real vintage affair with a homemade twist. Utilising the skills of friends and family and wedding suppliers, Roxanne and Ben were able to create a style that reflected their personalities.
Madeleine worked closely with Roxanne, her hugely talented mum Maureen and wonderful bridesmaids to design and make the invitations which included a handmade lino printed illustration in each and hand cut bunting.
Luxury pocket squares for the Groom and groomsmen were designed and handmade by Madeleine, using vintage fabrics. These are available to buy here. (Custom orders available)
The tables were decorated with Bombay Sapphire bottles, luxury decorated jars, vintage teacups and sunday glasses with pillar candles. Stunning florals for the tables and ceremony were provided by Collins The Florist. Madeleine decorated the venue with personalised bunting, vintage suitcases, empty frames, glassware, teapots, books and a plethora of hearts, the symbol of love, in different materials. Vintage crockery packed with gypsophilia and pink roses were scattered throughout whilst the Bombay Sapphire bottles stood tall and proud containing stems of wild flowers.
The beautiful bouquets and button holes were hand crafted by the brides mother Maureen from silk flowers interspersed with vintage broaches. Using silk flowers meant the bridal party were all able to take their floral wonders home and keep forever as a wonderful memory of the day.
Gin & Tonic cupcakes and the stunning 3 tier wedding cake was made by Julie's Cakes - Cumbria. A sweet miniature version of Roxanne, Ben and their feline Scholsey was added to the cake, handmade by Kate from Love on Top.
Manchester artist Luke Finn, painted a beautiful portrait of the couple, for the guests to add their own little thumbprint to as a memory of the day. Something that the happy couple can treasure forever.
This wedding was a vision of true vintage beauty on the shores of the breathtaking Lake Windermere. A day that will stay in the hearts of Roxanne and Ben's family and friends forever.