A wedding filled with music, good friends, delicious food and beautiful surroundings in the Cheshire countryside. Sounds lovely? Well it was. Janine and Ollie being the laid back couple that they are (plus juggling twins, a move back up North and new jobs) only got in touch with me before Christmas to enquire if I was free for their May date. Thank goodness I still had that one last weekend free! This wedding was an absolute delight – The Oaktree of Peover is a beautiful venue, the couple and their guests were a joy to be around and Janine’s eye for design meant everything looked amazing. I’m going to let Janine and Ollie tell the story of their day…..
Their love story….
Ollie: Unknowingly to Janine at the time, I had planned to propose on a trip to Edinburgh (Janine’s favourite city) but as we were 30 weeks pregnant with twins the doctor banned us from travelling. Finn and Sienna were born just a few weeks later in London and unsurprising we were pretty busy for the next few months so the proposal had to wait and the ring sat hidden in my sock drawer until I could find another special moment! The chance finally came on Christmas day when we took the babies out in the buggy for a walk around the country lanes near Janine’s childhood home and she was giving me a tour of her old hang outs as a kid.
Janine: It was so special to be unexpectedly proposed to in a place that meant to such to me, and to have Finn and Sienna with us. Since then Ollie told me of his true plan for the Edinburgh trip so we plan to try to rebook the trip for in the next couple of years.
The Oaktree of Peover
We chose the reception venue as we loved the glass and oak building as it let in so much natural light. And as we wanted a church wedding but didn’t want our guests having to travel far we thought we would use the nearest church St Oswalds, which turned out to be a great decision as we got on so well with the vicar Jane and found the congregations to be so welcoming. By the time it came to the wedding Jane felt like one of the family, and it was such a pleasure to have her marry us. We kept it a secret from guest that it would be a church wedding and so they all arrived at the reception venue to find a vintage red double decker bus to take them on the 3 minute journey to the church around the corner! The journey back all together was such a laugh and a great way for all the guests to mingle.
Janine: Four weeks before the wedding I had a complete change of mind on my dress. I’d planned on altering my dress but the one I found was pretty much perfect. Being a designer I really struggled to find the perfect dress as you’re always on the look out for the next big thing. I fell in love with my dress so much that I bought it immediately without checking who the designer was – I still haven’t looked now come to think of it! On the morning of the wedding I opened Ollie’s present which was a necklace. I hadn’t planned on wearing a necklace but it went so perfectly with the dress I put it on immediately. My earrings were my something borrowed from my Mum and my Dad gave me a silver sixpence for my show.
We designed and dressed the whole venue ourselves. The florist, Chelsea made the beautiful flower arrangements for the church flower arch at the alter, and they were a great help supplying the foliage and flowers for me to create the table arrangements at the venue. We used 3 different types of Eucalyptus vines, gyp, and ivory avalanche roses. It took hours to weaving all the long wreaths together on the trestle tables but we were so proud of the finished result, and added vintage glass bottles and a ivory candles in mixed sizes with gold glitter trims. Chelsea flowers also created stunning trailing bouquets for the bridal flowers are we wanted to achieve a whimsical bohemian look.
Planning the music was a big thing for our day, we didn’t want it to feel like there were any points were guests were waiting around. So we had a string quartet play in the church when they arrived (we had the balcony scene by Craig Armstrong as the precession song and it was a beautiful mood setter). We had a lovely girl called Victoria Ashley play a set when the guests arrived for canapés at the venue and again in the early evening, and we had an incredible guy called Jack Buckley sing and play piano during dinner. Everyone loved singing along to his songs and I know of 2 guests so far who are rebooking him plus the venue have asked to add him as a recommended supplier as they were so impressed.
Choose your suppliers really carefully. Our caterers, Top Table, absolutely made the day for us. Not just with the delicious food but by being so organised and having such great attention to detail and customer service. Keeley from Top Table was amazing and helped the day run smoothly and although I didn’t get chance to see the chef I really want to thank him for the fine dining meal he managed to serve to 80 people. It was delicious.
Venue: The Oaktree of Peover
Caterers: Top Table Catering
Florists: Chelsea Flowers
Outfits: Groom’s Outfits – Moss Bross