Jade Maguire Photography

North Wales Wedding Photographer Blog

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A Rustic DIY wedding // Cock o Barton // Cheshire alternative wedding highlights

So guys i feel like i’ve been really useless of late with the old blogging, i seem to write two… think i’m getting on top of it then BHAM life hits and editing comes at me in a massive wave, so blogging goes onto the back burner. Bad bad bad Jade! Now enough of beating myself up lets talk about these EPIC beauties… Where do we start with telling the story of Libby and Ian. You know what, i actually love this couple, they were the most laid back and down to earth couple i think i have ever met, and their stunning wedding reflected this. Their wedding was a boho rustic DIY wedding in the stunning Cock o Barton. i secretly think they chose this venue for it’s food… i mean their food is to die for!!!

It was actually quite lovely doing a local wedding, a local gal, who actually went to school with my younger brother, it was just all round lovely!

Libby opted for no bridal prep in her package which was totally cool, so my first glimpse of her was when her and her girls were all stepping out of her vintage camper van arriving at the stunning Cock o Barton Venue for her ceremony. She really was breathtaking!

Now let me tell you this, the one thing I love is being able to have fun with my couples and going on adventures, and these two did not disappoint… I won’t tell you how I got the reactions that I did with these guys, but, what I will tell you, is I take time getting to know my couples so I know the best prompts and things to say and do. It always works a treat!

There’s quite a few things that really stand out for me about their day, other than what I’ve already mentioned, and it’s this…

I LOVE how we got to go on an adventure in their vintage VW camper van and explore the most gorgeous watermill

I LOVE how we created a band album cover with their amazing full bridal party rocking our smoke bombs.

Finally I LOVE the emotion of Ian’s parents, there was the most magical moment of them dancing together at their evening reception that I actually had a tear in my eye and welled up every single time I looked at it in their collection during the edit.

So now, without further a do, I think I need to hand you over to the lovely Libby to hear in her own words, her thoughts.

Who are your wedding suppliers involved in magically creating your epic day?: 

Hair & make-up Jennifer gooding, cake- simply bakes, flowers & table decorations- flowers in the window, favours- the Cheshire macaron company, grooms suit- off the cuff menswear, bridesmaid dresses- Dorothy perkins, wedding dress- brides of chester, invites: project pretty, stationary: home made, cars: split the difference, band: 6 bar renegades (via hireaband.com) rings: Richard Hughes jewellery, brides earings: by biehl (mococo) brides shoes: debenhams

Your special details: We met In a nightclub in Bangor (the famous occy) where we were both studying at uni. We dated over the summer break, did long distance when Ian graduated and moved back home then eventually moved on together 3 years ago.

The engagement: on holiday at our favourite destination, Nerja on the Costa Del sol. In our favourite restaurant (34) Ian got down on one knee and proposed. He had sneakily arranged this with the staff at the restaurant and they came running over with champagne to congratulate us. When I (libby) phoned my parents to tell them the good news my mum was more surprised that my dad had been able to keep it a secret after Ian had told him his plans to propose before we went away!

Your wedding journey : We love our venue so much, nothing has been too much trouble for them, everything is so reasonable and Alethea has been an absolute dream to work with. They've accommodated every request we have had, we are all about the food and drinks and even when we have ventured off the menus that's not been a problem! when we visited other venues we were surprised how strict the packages could be and felt they were very restrictive. The CoB however have been really flexible and really made this part of the planning easy. We would highly recommend them. All of our suppliers have been fantastic and so knowledgeable about their fields it's really helped us make decisions because when we started the planning we had no idea what we wanted! I would say when you head to wedding fairs take in as much knowledge and advice as you can but it can get annoying when it's the 20th supplier you've told 'no we haven't got a date /venue yet'! The majority of suppliers we used we actually found online so also don't be disheartened if you go to wedding fairs and don't find what you're looking for. We also made some of our stationary ourselves and they didn't take too long to make (a committed Sunday and the odd hour after work in the final week's of prep) but they look fab (in our humble opinion!) And were also great ways to save money.