real wedding: vintage charm with quirky details {zoe & ben}

Morning lovelies! Are you ready for another fabulous real wedding Wednesday? Zoe & Ben’s charming vintage-inspired celebration contains all the classic vintage touches, a stunning lace wedding dress and beautiful dusky pink colour scheme accented with pearls and sparkle, with the addition of some quirky personal touches!  This fun-loving couple couldn’t resist some cheeky nods to private jokes, including moustach favours for all their guests!

The story of their day, captured by b.loved fave Sam Clayton Photography, starts with the dreamy scenes of the girls getting ready, contrasting with the fun of the boys own getting ready session involving ketchup (breakfast?!) and moustaches!!  The romance of the ceremony and dreamy couple shoot also makes way for more fun (and moustaches again) as the reception gets underway!

We met at university in Manchester. We were on the same course and got chatting during a laboratory experiment involving urine (nice!).  When Ben proposed we had been together for 6 years. However, due to work commitments we had been living at opposite ends of the country for more than 2 years! We finally managed to get jobs in the same city and were so happy to be living together again so it felt like perfect timing when Ben proposed.  

We got married at St Johns Baptist church in Broughton, Preston and our reception was at Haighton Manor, which is in a small village just outside Preston. We decided on Preston because Ben is originally from there, we had recently moved back to the area and as we are both from the North West it meant that the majority of our friends and family didn’t have to travel too far. Although the reception venue didn’t initially have any special meaning for us, as soon as we walked through the door at Haighton manor we knew it was the perfect place for us to celebrate our marriage with all our family and friends. 

Don’t you love this cheeky shot of Zoe & Ben sneaking a kiss while the Vicar signs the register? They are clearly so excited to be married!

The single most important thing about our day was that we were getting married. We are both quite laid back people and we weren’t worried about what might go wrong during the day as long as we were married by the end of it!  Initially I had no clue about a theme for our wedding but once we started discussing ideas we realised that we both wanted a fairly traditional theme with a few quirks thrown in to surprise our guests. I loved the vintage style of my wedding dress and this lead me to choose quite a vintage look with champagne and pearls and colours of cream and dusty pink.   I tried not to look too hard for inspiration as I wanted our day to be as unique as possible, but I did buy a few magazines and had a few wedding books handed down to me that had really useful information and tips on things like the correct wording for invitations!

Ben and I are both into our music and love the Manchester Indie scene, so we named our tables at the reception after our favourite bands and used album covers as the table plan. We also walked down the aisle together after the ceremony to an instrumental version of Bitter Sweet Symphony, by The Verve, which was amazing. Moustaches are a running joke with our friends so all our guests were given a stick on moustache as part of the favours. Everyone got involved in the moustache wearing (even the grandparents) and we have some great photos! Our friends and family were always there to lend a hand when ever we needed it especially our parents and amazing bridesmaids and ushers

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

Our first dance was “One Day Like This” by Elbow. We chose it because it’s such a beautiful song and the words seemed to really capture how we felt about our wedding day. Also, we bumped into Guy Garvey (the lead singer of Elbow) on a flight back from Dublin before the wedding and took it as a sign that his song was the one!

Do you have any advice for future brides?

Don’t try and live up to other people’s expectations.  Go with your heart because it is your day, if you are happy then your friends and family will be happy for you.



Photographer – Sam Clayton Photography

Dress – Dreamcatcher Bridal, Kirkham

Shoes – Kurt Geiger

Veil & accessories – Dreamcatcher Bridal

Bridesmaids dresses – Coast

Stationery – Made our own with materials from Hobby Craft and eBay!

Venue & Catering – Haighton Manor,  Preston

Flowers – Marshalls Florist, Chorley

Hair – Bridget, Parbold, Lancs

Music – Big Boss Man


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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