Stephanie & Luke – New Hall Sutton Coldfield

Where to begin on this fab wedding…
When we were contacted by Stephanie and Luke around two years ago it was great to hear they had chose this stunning venue. We love shooting at New Hall and it didn’t disappoint on the day. The Ceremony was held at Holy Trinity Church which was a beautiful church that had not long ago had a makeover. Here is what the bride and groom have to say:
proposal
Steph and i were childhood sweethearts and over the years we often popped in the jewellers looking at all the engagement rings i took a mental note of which ones caught Stephs eye so I had a rough idea of what she would like when the time came for my to propose. After the birth of our son i felt it was time to show my commitment to our new family and so proposed on her 19th birthday after a family meal out.
What was your vision/plan/style for the wedding?
The vision was always a fairy tale wedding but with elements of tradition. Luke and i both agreed on a church wedding with bells and a choir, we couldn’t of imagined anything else. once choosing  our venue we found a church very close by and attended regularly for 6 months to be eligible to be married outside of our parish. Having  two venues also meant we would be able to have a horse and carriage as our transport which was every bit of the princess dream.
How did you begin planning/inspiration?
initially our wedding plans were put on hold several times over 8 years as we had 4 babies along the way but we decided that we needed to set a date or our busy life would always seem to push back our wedding plans. so we booked our venue 2 years in advance allowing ourselves plenty of time to visit wedding fayres and scroll through pages of Pintrest images. all of which can be extremely overwhelming but once we had a colour theme of blush pink and gold it seemed everything else became much easier to plan around. Asking all the members of the wedding party to be involved was one of my favourite starts especially as we decided i would have two maids of honour, they were extremely helpful and gave us lots of ideas.
Your venue?
having had an extremely long engagement meant we viewed so many beautiful venues. many of which were too expensive or lacked something that we rated to be quite important for us to include. we happened to see New Hall hotel and spa advertised in a bridal magazine and it immediately jumped out at us with the castle like features and the moat surrounding it, such a romantic setting. we went to have a show round and it was perfect. the grounds are stunning and made such a setting for our photographs.
Your dress/accessories
my dress and veil were purchased from Vicky lee bridal in Kingswinford. a quiet little family run store that made you feel so welcome. i went with my Mom, mother in law and sister in law I didn’t intend on buying a dress that day as it was only the second store i had visited and was really enjoying the whole dress hunting experience. i almost didn’t try it on as it was slightly over budget but the sparkle lace caught my eye and of course once i tried it on i remember swaying from side to side feeling like a royal princess. my Mom and mother in law were both teary eyed and we all knew it was the one. The veil i changed a week before the wedding to a long sheer one best decision i made. my tiara was shipped all the way from america as id set my heart on it in David’s bridal store in Birmingham and when i went back to purchase it was no longer available. earrings and necklace were of similar detail and were purchased from Debenhams.
Grooms attire
we used peter posh in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton to provide our suits and accessories, after a few visits and a bit of persuasion from myself (the groom) we decided to go with navy suits and brown shoes. The suits we chosen had the more classical look entailing tailcoats and top hats- this was a big winner with our 8 year old son who is a massive fan of the greatest showman. i honestly don’t recall seeing him on the wedding day without it on. The staff at peter posh were fantastic, very friendly and easy to communicate with. All the attire was in individual pre-named suit bags which made it much more easier to distribute the attire efficiently.
Bridesmaids
this was the most stressful thing in all of the planning. in total there were 6 bridesmaids and 3 flower girls. the 3 little flower girls had ivory dresses with sparkle lace and button back. purchased from the bridal shop where i had mine from being our daughters we wanted them to compliment my own dress. however the others were ordered from an online site and turned into a nightmare with the first lot dispatched and at least 2 sizes too small. then having a second lot sent out with one being extremely short. but we found a fantastic seamstress at star tailoring in Dudley that worked her magic and managed to have all the bridesmaids looking fab on the day.
Flowers
we used new halls in house florist Clare for our church arrangements which were beautiful fresh roses and hydrangeas. For the buttonholes and bouquets i had set my heart on something i had seen on Pintrest artificial flowers covered in diamantes and pearls hanging down something very unique. whilst visiting a bridal fayre we came across posies who has something similar on display and i knew they would be able to help create my vision. They didn’t disappoint they all turned out perfectly. With the help of family we were able to make many of the centrepieces ourselves, we went for a rose dome with fairy lights fitting with beauty and the beast theme for our wedding meal. And for the evening we had gold vase with a round ball flower design with draping peals to match the bouquet.
Cake
After being let down with our first supplier we found Cakeland in Tipton. we had already purchased our castle cake topper and we wanted the cake to sit in a carriage which Luke’s parents handmade for us so we needed it to be almost a meter tall. The cake itself had 4 tiers including a pink ruffle and a gold leaf one to fit in with our theme. it turned out to be everything we wanted and tasted as good as it looked. highly recommend.
Make up
this was one of the things i was dreading having never had my hair and make up done professionally before but i found Rebecca Haines for hair and make up and booked her in for a trial she came out to my home and instantly put us all at ease. she took the time to listen to what we wanted and after our second trial i was confident in knowing that all 12 of us would be ready and looking radiant on the day.
Photographer
we had been to several weddings in the run up to our own and we both commented on the lull that occurs when professional photographs are taking place. having 4 young children of our own this is extremely difficult to keep them entertained and often as  guests not knowing where you should wait during this time. however luke’s cousin used Nicholas Rogers Photography for her wedding, and we watched Nick and Sophie throughout the day they were very discreet taking lots of natural shots which minimised disruption and during formal shots they were very quick. This made our decision very easy we knew that was exactly what we were looking for, so we booked this photographer 2 years in advance to secure our day. On our wedding they didn’t disappoint, our guest shots were over very quickly which meant they could go off and explore the grounds have a drink and the children had a bouncy castle while Luke and i had our formal shots taken. this created a very relaxed atmosphere something we desperately wanted.
What advice would you give to other couples
our advice for future couples would be to remember that its your special day, it goes by so fast take a few moments together to enjoy and take it all in.

 

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