Ebony and Chris had the most wonderful Knipe Hall wedding. I can know see why they call Cumbria Gods own country and what an incredible backdrop if made for a truly lovely couple.
In Ebonys’ and Chris’s own words here is what they had to say about the day –
He proposed at the top of a lighthouse-topped hill in Ulverston, his home town, in the pouring rain, after we’d climbed up, drenched in our waterproofs and were looking out at the scenery. Needless to say, it was quite a surprise for me!
How did you choose your wedding venue / location and why?
We heard of Knipe Hall through an ex-colleague of mine from a nearby hotel. We loved the fact that we could have the place to ourselves for the week prior, along with all our family, who we felt could do with some important bonding time in between all the decorating. We were also able to make it into exactly the fun, bright and colourful barn wedding with all that extra time and help at hand.
The outfits and accessories . Where did you find them and how did you feel when you wore them?
Bridesmaids: We wanted a solid base colour to match all the colours in the bouquets so opted for forest green.
Groomsmen and Groom: Chris had initially been torn between grey or blue, then much to both our delights found a suit he liked in Moss Bros’ that was sort of both – it looks different depending on the light.
Getting ready – Did you hire a make up artist and hair dresser?
Claire Hall was the immensely talented, locally based hair dresser who did my hair and the 3 bridesmaids. She really had a vision of how she thought I wanted it, which came out exactly as I’d envisaged myself, it was perfect. While I just had rough suggestions for the girls, she again was able to just work with each of their hair and create something lovely and different for each of them. We all did our makeup, which was a great laugh, having about 7 girls, between 3 rooms all doing makeup and sharing tips. It was a great start to the day.
The theme was just a mutual desire for colour and fun. Both of us agreed that we wanted the flowers to be bright and wild and Jill, our florist created just that. We met her at the Lancaster brewery Christmas market while investigating hog roasters. She only had wreaths at the time but we got chatting and she seemed keen to do weddings too. When I had a meeting with her, she gave me lots of options and ideas of what we could have for the season, and though my ideas were a bit vague she created some seriously impressive flowers for our day – including the bouquets, buttonholes, flowers for the tables and a large, wild barn arrangement which were all stunning.
The ceremony. Please tell us about the your greatest memory.
My greatest memory of the ceremony was when we stood and sang our first hymn once we’d officially been married. That was the moment when I realised we were husband and wife!
Chris – My greatest memory was when Ebony was entering the church and I turned round to catch a glimpse, saw her and how beautiful she looked, and tried my hardest to hold back the tears.
The entertainment – did you have a band, dj or something else?
We had a band who did both ceilidh and other mixed cover songs, which was great fun and enabled everyone to get involved.
What was your first dance song and why did you choose it?
Our first dance song was Riptide by Vance Joy. We both really liked the song and it summed up the vibe of the wedding well.
If you could go back and give yourself’s some advise on planning and the wedding day, what would it be? Is there anything you would do differently?
Start early. But otherwise, just enjoy the planning and lead-up as much as the day itself because the time with everyone before is so precious.
Do you have any comments about your wedding photography? Why did you decide to book Matilda?
We chose Matilda after much research, as she seemed to show photography that felt fun and conveyed a lot of the bright and vivid expressions of all the guests throughout. From the day we met and discussed initial thoughts for the day, to the day itself and now getting some of the finished products, we’re so happy that we booked Matilda!
Fabulous suppliers –
Dress: Belles Bridal wear, Woking
Veil: (my mum’s, made by my grandmother)
Florist: Jill Brennan, Isla and Me, Lancaster
Cake: Ebony Zarth, ebony_zarth instagram
Caterer: Hog roasters, Striped Pig Company, Lancaster
Doughnut van, The doughnut guy, Newcastle
Bridesmaids dress: Asos
Groom/groomsmen: Moss Brothers
Stationery: My brother, Caleb Zarth designed our invites
Entertainment: Celtic Rouge, Scotland