Happily ever after

Abigail and Daniel tied the knot with an elegant theme at the gorgeous Eaves Hall

Abigail McKenzie, 25, married Daniel Cattlin, 27, at St Helen's Church in Waddington followed by a reception at Eaves Hall in Clitheroe on 29th May, 2017.

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Eaves Hall was the first venue we went and viewed. Apart from its grand beauty, the main selling point for us was the exclusivity. We loved having the space to ourselves, and it meant we could use the 30 bedrooms for all of our guests. We began exploring the surrounding area, and we soon found the picturesque St Helen's Church in Waddington. I'd always dreamed of a traditional church wedding, and we knew right away that we wanted to get married there.


Happily ever after: Image 2I was so excited on the morning of the wedding that I wanted to race down the aisle. I managed to hold myself together until Dan sent me a card and flowers, and I burst into tears! My mum raised me alone, so I was honoured to have her walk me down the aisle. It was a really special moment for both of us, and I couldn't have been happier.

Happily ever after: Image 2b Our cake was made by Vanilla Nova Cake Boutique in Southpor t. The staff were so accommodating and reasonably priced! Daniel is gluten intolerant so they made all of their samples to accommodate us. We opted for a four-tier creation with a variety of flavours, including vanilla with strawberry jam, champagne-infused cream, chocolate fudge, butterscotch and cherry bakewell. It was decorated with traditional white icing, patterns and our initials – it looked amazing.


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We purchased our big-day blooms from The Rose Boutique in Wigan. I opted for lilacs, purples and soft pinks to match Dan's kilt. Our florist, Sarah, helped us pick astrantia roma, memory lane roses, nigella, wax flowers, lavender, rosemar y, asparagus plumes and other silver foliage. I ordered a hand-tied bouquet for each bridesmaid, buttonholes for the groomsmen and fairy wands and sheriff badges for the flowergirls and pageboys.


Happily ever after: Image 4I designed all of the stationery myself. I embellished it with lace, hessian, twine and lavender. It was gorgeous and the perfect combination of elegance and rustic, and it tied in with our colour scheme perfectly.

Happily ever after: Image 4b I found sourcing wedding transpor t quite a challenge, and I approached Churchtown Wedding Cars on the off chance that they might be willing to do the hour-long journey. Steve was so accommodating, and nothing was too much trouble. He gave us a reasonable quote, and he invited us to have a thorough inspection of the fleet. He was so knowledgeable, and the cars were beautiful. His service was incredible, and he made us all feel really relaxed.


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I tried on a few ballgowns that made my mum burst into tears, but every time I tried on the mermaid-style, I felt amazing! The girls at Knutsford Wedding Gallery were great, and in the end I fell in love with a gown called Mullet by Pronovias. It looked stunning, and I added a detachable tulle train by Rosa Clara. This gave me the princess-style for the ceremony that I then removed to reveal the mermaid-style in the evening.


Happily ever after: Image 6I accessorised my look with a handmade lace veil, a tiara and pearl jewellery gifted by my mum. I also treated myself to some ivor y Jimmy Choo shoes with our wedding date engraved on the soles. I had my hair in an up do created by Kelly at Unique Hair & Beauty, and my make-up was done by my talented friend Viliam Capolupo MUA.

Happily ever after: Image 6b Dan decided to honour his Scottish heritage and sport full highlandwear. He opted for the S pirit of Bannockburn tar tan that we purchased from Slater Menswear in Preston. He paired his kilt with a white shir t , a black bow tie, a waistcoat and a matching jacket.


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My bridesmaids wore lilac floor-length dresses to complement the groomsmen's tartan. It had a low-cut back and a small train with a sweet satin bow. The gowns were tailored by Carlamarie Couture to ensure they fitted everyone perfectly.


Happily ever after: Image 8Our wedding was a family affair, and the best decision we made was to hire a local magician. Mr Tinsel entertained the children throughout the wedding breakfast. I knew this would be the time the kids would become restless, and he provided hours of engaging entertainment.

Happily ever after: Image 8b The speeches were great. The best men and my maid-of-honour gave the most heartfelt and entertaining speeches we could have ever imagined.


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We hired a photo booth from Sally at Smileomatic. She really went the extra mile for us and brought Scottish-themed props, and she let us choose our own backdrop and designs for the printouts. This was one of our favourite bookings, and our guests loved it.


Happily ever after: Image 10We had Adam Boasman from Dancefloor Couture as our wedding host and DJ. He was so entertaining, and he created a fun and upbeat atmosphere. He even included a game of Mr & Mrs! He was so helpful throughout the planning process, and we can't thank him enough for bringing energy and excitement to our big day.

Happily ever after: Image 10b For our honeymoon, we decided to go to Mexico for seven nights. It was fabulous and a great way to star t married life.


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We weren't sure about booking a videographer, but I'm so glad we did! Mark from Lenik Wedding Cinematography was amazing. We didn't even know he was there half the time, and he captured our big day perfectly.


Abigail and Daniel's contact book

Funk Soul Family

Bride's dress and accessories
Knutsford Wedding Gallery

Bridesmaids' alternations
Carlamarie Couture

Bridesmaids' dresses

Vanilla Nova Cake Boutique

Ceremony music
BB Entertainments

Ceremony venue
St Helen's Church

Children's magician
Mr Tinsel

Dancefloor Couture

Sixpenny Blue

The Rose Boutique

Groom and groomsmen's suits
Slater Menswear

Guest accommodation
The Higher Buck

Guest accommodation
Waddington Arms

Hair stylist
Unique Hair & Beauty

Make-up artist
Viliam Capolupo MUA

Mother-of-the-bride's outfit

Photo booth

Pixies in the Cellar

Reception music
Ken Robson

Reception venue, catering and accommodation
Eaves Hall

Churchtown Wedding Cars

Venue styling
Creative Cover Hire

Lenik Wedding Cinematography