It Is lovely to see so many couples getting engaged this time of year and come Christmas we look forward to welcoming many more brides to be. So we promise to keep putting out inspiring content for you to soak up, in preparation for your very own special day. We cannot think of a better place to start than with Laura & Ben’s marquee wedding over the river Hodder. Laura & Ben fell in love with the idyllic setting that The Inn at Whitewell provided, managing to create their dream day all under 7k…Just Amazing! Captured by the wonderful Jess Yarwood Photography. Here is their story…

Beautiful bride Laura says “I have a love of all things floral and handmade, so I knew this would play a huge part in our big day! Our venue was stunning and we wanting to bring the gorgeous surroundings inside. We chose the talented Jess to shoot our wedding. Her style of photography was perfect for Ben and I,  catching moments and memories without too much posing. All our contact prior to the wedding was via email and When we met her on the day it was like meeting and old friend. She also brought second shooter, James, who was such a good sport. He even waded out into the river to get those perfect stepping stone shots on the day!” 

Tell us a little bit about your dress and its details?
Perfect. A beautiful lace embellished a-line with a lace up back. It was my dream dress. It fit like a glove with no alterations and I knew it was meant to be.

Who was your dress designer and boutique?
It was Anna Sorrano at Wed2Be.

Could you give us a little detail about any of your accessories?
I wore a beautiful silver necklace gifted to me by Ben on the morning of our wedding. I bought a gorgeous pair of Art Deco teardrop earings from Etsy. I was lucky enough to borrow my mum’s lace wedding veil- 30 years later and it still looked incredible.

Tell us a little bit about your bridesmaids/ groomsmen/ flower girls/ page boys.
The girls all wore beautiful Grecian mink dresses from ASOS with their own shoes. They each had a personalised bangle which was a gift from Ben and I, and I made individual hair vines for them too.

Grooms Attire?
Ben wore a suit from Marc Darcy, which he bought from Bridgewater Menswear, Colne. His shoes were from Coogans of London.

Who did your make-up and hair?
The incredibly talented LouMac MUA and Sam Gateley Hair. The ultimate dream team. They kept me as calm as a cucumber till about 2 hours before we were due to leave when the nerves kicked in.

Did you work within a Budget? If so how did you allocate it? We were aiming to spend no more than £7000 overall which we managed to stick to surprisingly well.

Could you describe your ceremony and details?
We had the ceremony in our local parish church. St Leonard’s is special to Ben and I as it was where our son Harry was christened, and where we had been the witnesses for our best friend’s wedding a few years before. The church was dressed beautifully with bright sunflowers and I entered with my Dad to an acoustic version of ‘Symphony’ by Clean Bandit. We sang hymns that everyone knew from their school days, and as a primary school teacher, I practiced them for weeks in our singing assemblies to make sure they were right on the day. After singing the register, we left to Al Green’s ‘Let’s stay together’ which instantly set the laid back mood of our reception and had everyone smiling.

Did you have any specific readings?
My gorgeous maids of honour, Emma and Lucy, read Union by Robert Fulgham. When I stumbled across it, it was the most perfect way to sum up the relationship Ben and I have ‘You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed-well I meant it, every word’.

Stationery details?
I designed our save the dates, invitations and order of service. All had a pink wildflower floral theme, and were bound with twine. We were lucky to have Ben’s dad to hand as he works for a printing business, so he graciously printed them and I assembled them.

Can you tell us about your reception venue?
Our reception was at the stunning Inn at Whitewell. From the moment we visited we knew it was the perfect place- from its stepping stones in the river, secret garden, whimsical Britishness, and the fact the marquee was just divine, we couldn’t wait! Andrea and the wedding team were absolutely brilliant-even on days we popped in for lunch they would recognise us and stop for a chat. We also had the luxury of being able to stay there too, and the rooms were each individual and unique.

Other details and decor, were there any personal touches?
Obviously we ended up doing a lot of crafty bits along the way, but that was something I really enjoyed as our wedding countdown began. We did the a-boards for the wedding dance floor, card box and floral ladder table plan. The table plan and picnic baskets were assembled together to make sure there was somewhere we could remember my grandparents and Ben’s grandma on the day.

What did you do for food?
Oh the food! For canapés we had queenie scallops (a nod to my time as a student teacher on the Isle of Man), pork and apple rolls, and king prawns. For our sit down meal we had cheese and onion pie, which was delicious. Dessert was a chocolate orange creme brûlée. Later in the evening we had the cake and bacon and sausage butties.

What was your cake like?
My super talented mum made our cake. It was a 3 tier lemon and elderflower sponge, festooned with edible flowers and meringues. We topped it with another homemade touch, a bride and groom giraffe to symbolise the fact Ben and I are both over 6ft tall.

 Flowers and Florist details
The amazing Elaine from Felicity Farm Flowers created our top table flowers and arranged flowers for the tables and bar. She grows a lot of her flowers in her own garden, and we loved the idea of letting wildflowers take over the room.

Where did you save money and how did you splurge?
We saved a lot of money by doing the stationery, cake, flowers and table decorations ourselves. We spent the most on food and drink at the wedding- we wanted to make sure our guests were well fed and watered.

What did you do for entertainment?
We chose Alex because he was the whole package. A master of ceremonies that kicked our wedding breakfast off with some brilliant music, dj and singer. He had all our guests dancing, supplied us with instruments for tambourine solos and even let Ben and his best man sing their favourite tune towards the end of the night.

Tell us briefly how you both met as a couple?
We met by chance on a night out in our local town. I was home from Uni, walked into an appropriately named Egyptian themed club, Pharoahs, with my cousin and my eyes were instantly drawn to a tall man in the corner grooving away. A couple of moments I found he was dancing behind me and offered to buy me a drink-the rest is history!

Please share a little bit about the proposal?
So we’d been together for 4 years. Our son had been born earlier in December and we were round at our friend’s house for New Year’s Eve. As we sat in the kitchen talking about how much of a commitment phobe Ben was, I turned round to find him on one knee holding out the most beautiful ring ( which amazingly fit perfectly). Surprised wasn’t the word and I had the ugliest, crying, tired, new mum smile ever!



What are your top tips for other couples getting married outdoors?
Don’t worry about your dress getting dirty! It just means you’ve had a great time! We spent the day running through fields, lying down in long grass, jumping on stepping stones and soaking up the gorgeous summer sun. We were so lucky with the weather too, but had colour coordinated brollies just in case!


How beautiful and creative are those stepping stones with the bride and groom’s party! With Special thanks to the Laura and Ben for sharing your special moments with us, we wish you a life time of happiness on your new journey as Mr & Mrs. Not forgetting Jess Yarwood photography who was kind enough to share her work with with The Outside Bride.


Photography: Jess Yarwood

Church: St Leonard’s Church, Padiham

Venue: The Inn at Whitewell

Bridal Designer: Anna Sorano 

Bridal Boutique: WED2b

Grooms Attire: Marc Darcy at The Bridgewater

Hair: Sam Gateley 

Make up: LouMac MUA 

Cake: Super talented Mum

Flower: Elaine from Felicity Farm Flowers


Transport: The complete wedding car company


Thanks for Reading

Hannah x


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