Danielle and Dean Callaway beautiful real wedding story, photographed by Pixies in the Cellar  This amazing wedding ceremony and reception was held at Eaves Hall, Clitheroe, Lancashire a contemporary country house presentation, surrounded by 13 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland and perfect for that dream wedding venue and overlooking Ribble Valley.

The proposal was in Central Park in New York on 4th October 2014 with a Tiffany ring! And we had an appointment at Tiffany on 5th Ave the following day to get the ring re-sized, which was lovely as they spoiled us with champagne and VIP treatment.

Getting ready… The big day is here

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Amelia’s Bridal, Clitheroe – wedding dress and shoes

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Claire Clarkson – Hair and Makeup

the girls

…..and its all happening in the girls camp!

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the boys

Excitement and fun… here we come!

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Menswear: Next

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The proposal was in Central Park in New York on 4th October 2014 with a Tiffany ring! And we had an appointment at Tiffany on 5th Ave the following day to get the ring re-sized, which was lovely as they spoiled us with champagne and VIP treatment. eaves hallEaves Hall -wedding photography

The planning was stressful as we decided about a month after we got engaged (when we found Eaves Hall, which we both thought was perfect) to get married in July 2014, which meant that we only had 7-8 months left to plan it. Lists became my best friend and I set myself targets each month with tasks to complete. It meant that nothing was forgotten about! Wedding websites and magazines were really useful for putting together a list at the outset of all the things to think about, to make sure nothing was missed out as it can be a daunting task organising such a big event with no experience of having done it before!

Wedding colours and theme

Colours were white and pale pink. There wasn’t a particular theme but the look we were going for was classic vintage romance. We also tried to create some links to our engagement in New York too – e.g. our table names were places in New York and we had sparklers for everyone in the evening as we got married on 4th July, which linked back to the American theme.

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Wedding Flowers: Perfect Daze Florist, Wigan

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I do… congratulations to Mr and Mrs Callaway – 4th July 2014

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Endymion String Quartet & Singer Gillan Edgar

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Bridesmaid dresses made by Sue Fairclough, self-employed dressmaker Orrell, Wigan.

The wedding reception

On the wedding day, it rained continuously after about 3 weeks of sunshine, which was disappointing as our venue had a gorgeous exterior that we would have liked our guests to enjoy. But despite this, we had a fantastic day and, as the venue was so beautiful internally, it wasn’t a problem.

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Beautiful scenic gardens at Eaves Hall

 We had a string quartet playing throughout the ceremony and drinks reception, and a singer and DJ in the evening. We also had an ice cream cart in the evening. But my favourite things were the little personal touches that we added to the day. We had various chalkboard style signs dotted around, including one showing our ‘love story’ and one detailing the order of the day. I also put these signs in the toilets with boxes of toiletries for guests and had a basket of flip flops in the ballroom in the evening to save the ladies’ feet! Alongside our own ‘love story’ we had a collage of our guests’ own wedding photos, which they all really appreciated. We also left a quiz on each table during the wedding breakfast, whereby guests had to answer numerous questions about us as a couple in teams on their tables.

Pixies in the Cellar Wedding Photography, Real wedding at World of Weddings

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Our invitations asked guests to include a song request on their RSVP and my favourite moment was when the DJ played Dean’s grandad’s (aged 87) request and he was on the dance floor in his wheelchair singing his heart out. It was such an emotional moment. My favourite touch was when my nephew walked down the aisle before me, holding a sign saying ‘Uncle Dean, here comes your bride’. I wish I could have been there to see this moment, particularly as it was a surprise for Dean, but all of the guests commented on it as he was so adorable.

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The thing I found most difficult about the planning was that there is no practice run – you only have one shot at making the day perfect! The frustrating is that you just don’t know how everything will look until the day itself. I think speaking to recent brides is vital during the planning phase to get advice from people who have been there and done it! It is also very true that the day itself goes so quickly and you have to try to take a minute at some point to just sit back and enjoy it.

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We postponed our honeymoon until 3 months after the wedding to avoid a huge anti-climax after having the wedding and honeymoon in quick succession. I would definitely recommend it as it helped to defeat the post wedding blues having the honeymoon to look forward to.

Wedding Photographer Pixies in the Cellar | Wedding Venue Eaves Hall, Clitheroe | Wedding Dress & Shoes Amelia’s Bridal, Clitheroe | Bridesmaid Dresses Sue Fairclough, Orrell, Wigan | Menswear Next | Wedding Flowers Perfect Daze Florist, Wigan | Wedding Cake Made by a friend | String Quartet Endymion String Quartet | Singer Gillan Edgar | Hair and makeup Claire Clarkson | Wedding Stationery Norma & Dorothy | Videographer West Park Films | Ice Cream Cart Rainbow Treats Trike