As festival season is upon us we thought we’d share Gaz and Roo’s gorgeous festival inspired wedding in Cheshire.
From wedding brews and bell tents to BBQs and bunting, this outdoors wedding was full of fun festival wedding inspiration and we love it!
Over to the lovely couple, Gaz and Roo for the low-down on their festival inspired Manchester and Cheshire wedding….
As we had family members at the time of the wedding who lived as far north in the country as the Orkney Isles and as far south as Brighton we needed a venue that was located quite centrally in the country, and as we had only recently moved to Manchester we thought this would be an ideal area for everyone to be able to travel to. We were also looking for beautiful countryside and Linnet Clough was perfect.
We had a morning ceremony at Manchester Registry Office at the Heron Suite, performed by a long standing friend of Gareth’s who happens to work as a registrar for Manchester , allowing the ceremony to be a little more personal. Only four witnesses attended this as our main humanist ceremony was later in the day at ‘Linnet Clough’ Camp site in Mellor where all our guests were attending.
We both knew that we wanted an outdoor festival type of wedding and had been looking at many different wedding venues across the North West that could hold this type of wedding. Many of the venues we looked at were either too expensive for what they were offering or it didn’t suit the atmosphere we wanted to have for the big day.
At the time Gareth was working for an outdoor pursuits company ‘ ‘One Adventure NW’ who deal with offering a fantastic range of outdoor camps for children and adults, and they were holding an event at ‘Linnet Clough’ which after a few conversations with the managers and staff we discovered they had the ability to hold a very limited number of ceremonies throughout the year. The venue looked to be perfect and as it was mainly a campsite, we could have completely free organisation of how we wanted it to be for the wedding.
It was then a case of finding a company who could deal with the food, event tents and bar for the day, and this is where ‘One Adventure NW ‘ really came to shine. The company run by friends of Gareth’s for some years offered us both their services for the big day.
They had everything we had imagined for the day, from amazing outdoor star canopies and 30ft tepee tent, to an outdoor hog roast, food shack and very own personal bar.
As this was there first venture into wedding days they offered a service that was second to none. and made every part of it as personal to us as possible, including personal names for the guest tents and our very own wedding ale for the guests! Gaz & Roo’s Brew: Hornbeam Brewery Limited. Handcrafted Beers from Denton Manchester.
We also managed to get a band for the day who are currently one of the country’s leading tribute bands, and again friends ours, and also managed to get the perfect wedding photographer for the day too.
We had seen some of Claire Bond of ‘Photography by Bond’ whilst living in the Brighton area where Claire herself lived at the time. She had come highly recommended by a few friends of ours who had had photos done by Claire previously, and all had said how highly professional and highly talented she was, she has a real passion for making your photos personal to you, which was perfect for what we intended for our wedding.
On the day Claire was great at organising the group wedding shoots (not easy with such a large group of highly excited adults after a few of the wedding ales !!) and the photos we got were beautiful. She also had some fantastic ideas for a few photos of just the two of us. She had scouted the area for some perfect backdrops and it is lovely for us to have these photos of just the two of us – but also to have that time for a bit of a breather and a catch up with each other in what is always a hugely busy day.
The best part of her work in our view was the amazing photos that were taken when people had no idea they were in shot. She really captured the atmosphere of the day, everyone relaxed, laughing, singing and celebrating together. These photos we feel offered us a really true impression of how our day was and the photos always bring back the fantastic memories of the day and everyone there.
We both love the outdoors, vintage styling and festivals. We were also planning a wedding on a budget – which is never an easy task!
Stag and Hens
Both of these were nights out into Manchester Centre with our friends and families
We Met Online
Gareth proposed on Christmas day at Daisy Nook country Park whist out walking our dogs before xmas lunch. We met on plentyoffish!
Our Day Our Way
We had no real theme as such, we wanted lots of bright vibrant colours throughout the day. There was a general theme of red and white – but a lot of different shades / patterns and additions to that. i.e the bridesmaids dresses were all the same style but all had different patterns.
We had a humanist ceremony which was conducted by Gareth’s Best friend Dave.
My (Roo)’s dress was a bespoke design by me- adapted from WhiteLeafBridal’s stunning range of dresses. The service provided by White leaf bridal was excellent from start to finish. I had visited other bridal shops with my sisters but White Leaf stood out – due to the personal and friendly service provided by Blanka as well as her stunningly beautiful and individual dress designs. Also the opportunity to design your own dress – a wonderful opportunity and I loved every second of the planning and fitting! I had felt quite uncomfortable at times in other shops but Blanka really made the whole process relaxed and enjoyable.
My shoes were Irregular Choice – quickly changed to white converse copies from Sports Direct because heels didn’t work very well in the mud.
Tips For Other Brides and Grooms
Don’t let the stress of the planning outweigh the fun of the big day. Things will perhaps go wrong, and cause stress but the moment the day arrives it is honestly one of the best days of your life!
At the time we were planning our wedding Gareth was living in Manchester and (I) Roo was still living in Worthing on the South Coast – trying to sell our flat! After that we were living with Gareth’s parents – we actually got into our new house less than 2 weeks before the big day! Also the only date that Linnet Clough had available meant that we had to plan the full wedding in just under 3 months. Both of these things added a bit to the stress levels – but we got there in the end!
The whole day for us was about personal touches. From the wedding decorations being made by various family members and the ceremony area being completely home made, to the beautiful vintage Rover car that I(Roo) was driven to the ceremony in by a close family friend. Hair and make up for me and bridesmaids was done by Hilly another member of my family who made all the ladies look absolutely stunning.
All of these elements and many more made the day a completely personal event for us.
Roo – the best bit of the planning was finding the venue. Because we had started to think that it was impossible to find a venue within our price range, and this venue meant out guests could camp for the weekend! & so could we!
Gaz – tasting the ales! and designing our own invites and wristbands online.
We made invitations in the form of gig tickets online – the tear off strips that are included on this type of ticket included our RSVP / meal preferences and camping preferences (because we had some huts as well as bell tents – which was a better option for some friends with kids!)
We also designed wristbands. The only advice I would give for this is to find company that actually does this for gigs and festivals (not necessarily a wedding company) because they had so much choice / so many different options to make it work as an invitation and very reasonable prices.
Lots of family members made miles of bunting and Roo’s sisters even made a personal flag for the flag pole on site. Gaz’s sisters made a huge range of table decorations, origami flowers, and so much beautiful bunting! Gaz’s sisters also made cupcakes, a beautiful wedding cake and a sweet stall for the littler guests. Also decorations were made by a family friend (who also did hair, flowers and a reading… she was busy!) Handmadebyhilly – on Facebook.
These were the things that made our day perfect, it wouldn’t have been the same without our family and friends hard work, generosity and stunning creative talents!
Wow factor on the day came from: the completely personal feel to the day, the way the site looked once decorated, the amazing ceremony, great food and music and having the most beautiful amazing photos which we look back on fondly to remind us of our amazing day.
Mr & Mrs & . . .
Our honeymoon didn’t happen because we spent the budget on the wedding! Then in November we discovered we were expecting a baby! So we might get around to it one day!
Wedding photographer: Photography By Bond
Reception venue: Linnet Clough Camp Site
Bride’s dress: White Leaf Boutique, Brighton
Bride’s Shoes: Irregular Choice
Tents and tepees: One Adventure NW
Catering:One Adventure NW
Bar and personalised “Gaz & Roo’s Wedding Brew” Ale: One Adventure NW
Bridesmaids dresses: Lindybop website
Rings: RA Designer Jewellery Manchester
DJ/entertainment: DJ Bexx ( Family friend ) Oasish live band
Stationery: Designed online through a ticket design company
Cool wedding eh? Looks like and amazing time was had by all. So lovely to hear how Gaz and Roo’s friends and family all chipped in to make one amazing wedding party. The festival feel looks like it was so much fun and we love all the cool festy touches like having their own brew, a rock band ‘Oasish’ headlining and the festival ticket wedding invitations too! Thanks so much to Gaz, Roo and their fab photographer for sharing this fab wedding with us!