Chic Black Tie Wedding at Stubton Hall
Melissa Beattie Photography shares with us the chic Black tie wedding of Felicity and Jason at Stubton Hall in Newark. Felicity and Jason met in the Summer of 2007 and we asked Felicity about their story, what inspired their wedding style, why they chose Stubton Hall, about her Bridal look and memorable moments! Felicity’s answer to the question “What would be your advice to other Bride’s” is both touching and brilliant!
Tell us about your love story!
“I knew he was the one when a few months after we met he did a ski season in Morzine which he cut short because he couldn’t understand why he was in Morzine when I was back in the UK. After buying a house together three years ago, Jason proposed in November 2014 on a weekend break in Budapest. Since then life has been a whirlwind of adventures and on Friday 17th June this year we became husband and wife.”
What inspired your wedding?
“These days people don’t get that many opportunities to dress up in glamorous outfits so we wanted our wedding to be Black Tie. We both don’t like being the centre of attention so felt that it should be a day where everyone can dress up and have a ‘Cinderella’ moment. The colours included fuchsia, purple, pale pink, scarlet and white. We wanted the flowers to be the main burst of colour since the bridesmaids were also wearing ivory. Flowers adorned every table and window so venue was filled with vibrant colours. To add an extra hint of glamour to the day the tables were dressed with silver sequinned runners.”
What made you feel that your venue was the one?
“A lot of the beautiful venues we looked at were very dark, oppressive and already had their own theme throughout. Stubton Hall was the complete opposite. Their floor to ceiling windows and neutral décor allowed us to put our own stamp on the venue. The grounds were stunning yet not over whelming and the ceremony room was bright, airy and welcoming.”
Tell us about what You and your Wedding Party wore…
After pinning dresses designed by Riki Dalal on Pinterest for several months I then saw an advert on facebook for a Riki Dalal Trunk Show at The White Gallery in Ramsbottom. I rang my mum and said we had to go as I was determined not to have a dress that looked like every other wedding dress out there. After selecting several of the dresses to try on that day I came across an ivory fishtail dress with lace, sequins, appliqué, a plunging neck line and a backless design. It was perfect even if the sample dress was several sizes too big, I still knew it was the one! Once my chief bridesmaid gave her stamp of approval the sexy Riki Dalal dress with a cathedral veil was ordered, fourteen months before the wedding. The finishing touches were added with silver glittered strappy Jimmy Choo sandals, chandelier earrings and a diamante headband.
The four bridesmaids wore floor length, ivory, beaded gowns with a scooped back and neutral or metallic strappy sandals. My flower girl work an ivory princess dress.
All the male members of the bridal party wore a 3 piece, blue morning suit from Peter Posh with white winged collars and steel grey cravats. Jason wore a light grey double breasted waistcoat, a standard collared shirt and a smart tie with matching pocket square. The father of the bride wore a pink cravat to match the mother of brides pink Pronovias gown. All the men in the bridal party wore tan brogues.”
Tell us about your beautiful wedding flowers…
“The flowers were designed and created by my mother and auntie. This has been a hobby of theirs over the years so my mother was over the moon to finally be able to do the flowers for her own daughter’s wedding. The flowers were bright, fresh and arrangements could be seen all over the venue. They consisted of roses, peonies, carnations, calla lilies, dahlias and orchids.”
What was your most memorable moment of the day?
“The most memorable moment for me was the first dance. We had every intention of practising a dance before the day but this didn’t materialise due to a foot injury I sustained on the lead up to the wedding. Therefore we did what we felt comfortable with on the day which included some very graceful twirls but a lot of two stepping! The reason I would say this was the most memorable moment is that on the day you get pulled from pillar to post and end up wondering where each other are for most of the day. This was the time when all we had to do was look into each other’s eyes and forget about the other guests looking on from afar and truly acknowledge that we were now husband and wife and two people who were truly united.”
What would be your advice for other Brides?
“My advice to other brides would be to remember why you are getting married in the first place. It is very easy to get wrapped up in flowers, stationary, jewellery and what socks the father of the bride is going to wear when the reality of it is that these things don’t really matter. Of course you want your day to be perfect but striving for perfection can lead you to not enjoying the planning and resenting the planning taking over your life. Remember that you have your bridesmaids for support and with the right guidance they will do things the way you want them to be done and sometimes even better. Focus on why you are getting married and what this union means to you and your husband to be. Don’t sweat the small stuff, it will all work out in the end.”
- Photography: Melissa Beattie Photography
- Venue: Stubton Hall
- Videography: Perfect Moment Films
- Dress: Riki Dalal
- from: The White Gallery, Ramsbottom
- Shoes: Jimmy Choo
- Bridesmaids Dresses: Debenhams
- Grooms Outfit: Peter Posh
- Hair + MUA: Make Up by Sophie
- Catering: Hensons Catering co
- Cake: The Confetti Cakery
- Harp: Xenia Horne Harpist
- Music + Entertainment: Premier Event Services
- Flowers: Jane Ambrose and Linda Deutsch