A Yolan Cris Wedding Dress & Red Bridesmaid Jumpsuits Real Wedding: Lauren & Joe

Words by Lauren. Images by Amy Faith Photography.

Our wedding venue was West Tower in Aughton, Ormskirk. Joe’s sister was married there in 2014 and it was such a gorgeous day and we absolutely loved the venue, the surroundings and the staff. When we got engaged we viewed a few different venues but nothing really compared to West Tower.

I was a bit unsure about getting married in the same place as Joe’s sister but we both knew it would be a completely different day and we both loved the venue so much. It definitely lived up to our expectations!

I was so set in my mind with a style of wedding dress I wanted, I had looked at a few different places at home and nothing really matched up with what I was looking for. On a whim, and wanting to be a bit indulgent and try a Berta Bridal dress on, I booked an appointment at The Wedding Club.

The most beautiful dress was on a mannequin in the window and I just remember seeing it and falling in love. I tried some other dresses on in the shop and then asked to try the one from the mannequin. From the minute I put on my Yolan Cris gown I just knew it was my dress. I came out to show my mum and bridesmaids and there were tears.

First tears of dress shopping and that was it. Not the wisest decision deciding on a dress that was nearly 100 miles away but Katie was always so accommodating for my appointments and Tess was wonderful sorting out my alterations.

We had a vintage Volkswagon beetle convertible and a camper van. They were from Boho-Brides who are based in Southport. We booked them not long after we got engaged as I was certain I didn’t want traditional wedding cars as they just didn’t fit in with the style of the day that I wanted.

It was a gentleman called John who made all the arrangements and he decorated the car and van with ribbon and flowers on the day and we had bottles of bubbles included in the package and the drivers on the day couldn’t have been more lovely.

Joe’s shirt was from Marks & Spencer as was his tie, which was knitted and he had a polka dot pocket square to match his polka dot socks. Joe’s tie and accessories were burgundy to match the bridesmaids.

The groomsmen, including Dads, all wore the same suit but they wore navy socks/ties/pocket squares.

The girls wore red jumpsuits instead of bridesmaid dresses. They were made by a tailor in Liverpool, Rob Davies. He had done alterations for people I knew and he was recommended to me for his dressmaking skills.

As a gift, I bought all the girls a necklace from Blooms Boutique who I found on Instagram. They had engraved discs with their name and the date of the wedding and an attached stone which was each of their birthstones.

My dad gave me away. He absolutely loves Joe but even in the car on the way to the church, he was still checking that I knew what I was doing and that I if I didn’t want to marry him that would be fine.

He definitely still sees me as his little girl and wants to make sure I’m happy.

I chose Pachabel – Canon in D, which was played by the organist that we had at the church.

Joe had always said in the run-up to the wedding he’d have a prop; he wasn’t sure whether it would have been a top hat, cane or monocle. He likes to the play the joker and loves making people laugh, and thought he wouldn’t actually commit to an accessory.

I hadn’t given it a second thought on the morning of the wedding but as I was halfway down the aisle I realised he was wearing a monocle and I just burst out laughing, as did everyone else. This definitely set the tone for the day, lots more laughing came after this.

The florist we used was ‘The Flower Farm’ in Burscough. I’d always had in my mind that I wanted a more relaxed and wild feel for the flowers, so lots of green, blues, lilacs and yellow. After a random google search for florists nearby, their website popped up and I loved their style.

It is two ladies that grow their own flowers for the weddings that they do, I loved how personal it all seemed. I booked an appointment with them and headed to their workshop come shed and they just made me feel so comfortable from the beginning. At the point of the first appointment, I had a scrapbook of ideas I had nabbed from Instagram/Pinterest and probably seemed a little kooky but it was lovely sharing my ideas with them and them guiding me with what would be best.

They saved the day too when it came to my vases and jars, I’d gone a little bit mad in Ikea and purchased some vases that weren’t suitable for the style of flower we’d agreed on and I had been emailing Claire and she was able to arrange bits from their supplier which was amazing and completely above and beyond!

I absolutely LOVED my flowers and so many people commented on how pretty everything was. I had flowers EVERYWHERE for weeks after the wedding and loved it, they lasted so long! 

Our cake was from ‘The Lemon Tree Bakery’ who I found on Facebook. Nikki had made the cake of a family friend and that’s how I found her on Facebook. I loved all of her cakes and her skills were amazing. I was always gravitating towards a more relaxed style, semi-naked cakes or frosted cakes – I wasn’t really into cakes with rolled icing.

I’d just thought about having a really simple cake with just some frosting but then some cakes popped up in different wedding blogs with edible flowers and I fell in love with this idea. I ordered edible flowers from ‘Maddock’s Farm’ who are based in Devon. There were a few websites that I found that sold edible flowers but I just loved the colours and combinations that I had seen on Jan’s website.

The cake was ridiculously tasty and everyone commented on it, we had two tiers; one was carrot cake and the other was Victoria sponge all covered in a buttercream frosting. I had the edible flowers delivered straight to Nikki and she made the cake look so beautiful!

For wedding favours, we had macarons at each place setting which were made by Nikki our cake maker, and the name places were laser-cut from wood and spray painted copper which guests could take home. They were from Laserdot on Etsy.

We also gave each guest a scratch card. We also had fake scratchcards and put one of them out for a friend of mine. We told Amy our photographer who we had put it out for so she could catch Ashleigh thinking she’d won thousands, the pictures of this are priceless!

I always knew I really really didn’t like formal portraits and awkwardly posed photographs. Joe and I both agreed we would love a more natural style of photography, even though I’ve got the worst laughing face and double chin from the side, haha!

I had been stalking Pinterest and Instagram for general ideas for the wedding and always ended up losing about 3 hours at a time in a wedding blog hole, but that’s where I found Amy. I filled in her interest from through her website and she had a date available and I was so excited!

Joe wasn’t always fussed on paying out for a photographer but it was something that I was always insistent on. After the wedding is all done and we no longer look as young as we do, it’s the photographs that last. I always loved the idea of having a wedding album to be able to pull out however many decades down the line.

It wasn’t until we first looked through our photographs that Joe agreed it was worth it. Amy captured the day perfectly. All the love and fun we had on the day was there on everyone’s faces and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve now looked through them, but every time I do, everything comes rushing back and I can’t help but smile remembering it all. That is exactly what the perfect photographer will do for you!

If we could offer any advice, we would say…

Enjoy every single second of the day and planning! It’s so easy to get caught up in pleasing everyone but it’s a day for your partner and you, everyone else is a guest and is just there for the ride! Make the most of social media, there are some amazing wedding holes you can get lost in and they’re wonderful places filled with pretty flowers and lots of love.

If you can’t afford things, don’t look at them, it will only make you sad!! Stay within your budget as best you can, but I would say expect there to be things closer to the date that you hadn’t even given a second thought about needing!

So many things to love about this wedding from the gorgeous Yolan Cris gown to the unique red jumpsuits the bridesmaid were wearing. And those edible flowers on the wedding cake, super pretty!

wedding credits / photographer: amy faith photography / wedding venue: west tower / brides dress: yolan cris via the wedding club / grooms suit: house of cavani  / brides shoes: ted baker / bridesmaid dresses: made by tailor / bridesmaid hair flowers: etsy / hair & makeup: little hair room / florist: the flower farm / wedding cake: the lemon tree bakery

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