The Healing Manor Hotel wedding we’re sharing today is a minimal and intimate, pared-back celebration, with the words ‘Happily Ever After’ at its heart. If you’re currently planning a spring wedding, we hope you take inspiration from the soft, delicate colour palette of palest green and pure white, and the subtle rustic touches chosen by the couple.
Amy and Ashley chose 14 May 2022 as their wedding date, following their civil ceremony at Cleethorpes Town Hall with a traditional reception in the grounds and wedding barn at Healing Manor Hotel.
“The venue itself is stunning, but I think for me it was the reputation of Healing Manor and how well the venue is promoted and active on social media. We chose the venue as we knew it would have fit perfectly for what we wanted for our day, plus the grounds are incredible and unique.”
Taking inspiration from the soft, pastel colours of the English countryside in May, the couple styled their day with event stylist (and member of our recommended wedding supplier list) Love In The Limelight.
“I hired a venue stylist – Jess from Love In The Limelight. Jess helped me create the perfect vision for our day. She couldn’t have been more amazing and knew exactly how to style the barn perfectly.”
Ash and Amy met in 2013 when they attended the same gym.
“It’s a distant memory now. It started with an awkward wave and smile then in 2014, we had a mutual friend (who was Ash’ best man). We saw a lot more of each other and slowly became friends, then decided we quite liked each other and got together. The engagement was meant to happen in Rome, but the night before we were meant to fly, Italy went into lockdown so our flight was cancelled. Seeing as our bags were already packed, I booked a hotel in York. The day we arrived, we were walking through York Museum Gardens and Ash had got down on knee and asked me to marry him. It was perfect and so unexpected.”
“Once we had set a date, it made choosing a theme and a colour a lot easier. I had always like the sage green rustic effect. We hadn’t gone too rustic, but just little amounts so you could tell what sort of theme it was. I know I wanted to do my own centrepieces. I saved jars, wine and champagne bottles to create the look, and Ash made the wooden part of the centrepiece out of pallet wood.”
“Jess from Love In The Limelight did everything else and she did a fantastic job; it was better than I could have ever of imagined. Kate from SoftScape Florist did the florals for the centrepieces and they were also better than I expected. I know that I didn’t want too much greenery which it came to flowers and she got the balance of the green and white just right.”
The bride chose pure white for her gown, selecting her classic, off-the-shoulder lacy Stella York design from Champagne & Lace Bridal Wear near Louth. She teamed it with a sheer, flowing Cathedral-length veil, also from Champagne & Lace Bridal Wear.
“When I was browsing wedding dresses online, I was gravitating towards an A- Line dress. When I showed those ideas to Lisa at Champagne & Lace, she pulled out the perfect dress. On the day, I have genuinely never felt like I did. It was quite emotional as I am quite self-critical, so to be able to look in the mirror at myself and think ‘wow’ was a special moment.”
“My veil had a lace trim with subtle pearls too.”
Amy chose a few classic accessories to dress her look. Her shoes were The Perfect Bridal Company from Champagne & Lace and in her hair she had pearl hair pins from Rebecca White Accessories. Her pearl stud earrings were a gift from Ash, from Scotts Jeweller’s in Louth.
“I chose these as they were classic and I didn’t want to go OTT with accessories. I wanted to keep them in line with the dress and the day. My veil had a lace trim with subtle pearls too.”
Amy’s daughter wore a white flowergirl’s dress from Champagne & Lace Bridal Wear.
The bride employed Jade Clay Hair & Make-up Artist to create her subtle and natural make-up and hair.
“I went for a basic look with my make up and I really did have the bridal glow. I had my hair half up/half down as I always have my hair down and still wanted to look like me but bridal – Jade did just that. I had seen Jade on Instagram, loved her style, and liked that she did both hair and make up. Jade is cool as a cucumber and has a great energy, which is what you need the morning of your wedding. She is very knowledgeable and also very honest. Jade had recommended some skin care products to use the night before the wedding which were amazing and did really help me to get that bridal glow. Jade is so lovely and friendly and brought the good vibes. I would recommend her to anyone.”
The bridesmaid wore pale green gowns, and their hair and make up was done by Natalie The Makeover Fairy. They each carried a dainty bouquet, put together by SoftScape Florist.
“We chose Kate from SoftScape Florist who we both know separately from our jobs. Ash used to work next door to Kate and would always buy flowers from her for special occasions and I used to see Kate when I worked at a hotel so would see all the flowers she did.”
“We wanted classic green and white flowers. I didn’t want the bouquets to be too compact; I wanted them a bit wispy in a sort of a chic, boho style. They smelt incredible. I took my bouquet on our mini-moon and they lasted for around two weeks. Kate is very knowledgeable and nothing is ever too much trouble.”
Whilst the girls got ready, Ash and his grooms men were preparing too. He selected a light tartan-style suit jacket from Moss Bros, with trousers, a dicky bow and shoes from Cavani at Coneys in Lincoln.
Ash and Amy chose to wed in a civil ceremony at Cleethorpes Town Hall, using the standard script to exchange their vows.
“My four bridesmaids walked down the aisle first, then I went last by myself with my daughter walking behind me holding my veil. The song I walked down to was ‘Turning Page’ by Sleeping at Last. It’s a beautiful piece of music and the lyrics are very relatable.”
After being declared husband and wife, the newly-weds and their guests travelled to Healing Manor Hotel, where they hosted a welcome reception on the sweeping lawns.
“Ash and I both say our favourite part was the ceremony, then the canapés and welcome drinks at Healing Manor. For obvious reasons, the ceremony was amazing and because we just had our close friends and family, it was even more special. We had perfect weather too, so we were all able to enjoy the canapés and a glass of fizz in the glorious sunshine. With it just being thirty of us, it was so nice to be able to talk to everyone without it being a rush. It was a very chilled and relaxing atmosphere, which is just what we wanted.”
Capturing every single moment for the couple was Natalie Lauren Photography, whose light, airy style perfectly suits the fresh spring celebration.
“I fell in love with Natalie’s style instantly when I saw her work. I immediately messaged her to see if she was available. Her photos tell a story perfectly. I really wanted natural, candid photos and she ticked all the boxes. Natalie is such a sweet person and made us feel at ease on our day. She is incredibly good at what she does, and understood what me and Ash wanted. We have had so many compliments on our photos and will treasure them forever.”
For the wedding reception, the couple had a five-choice buffet menu prepared by our wedding chefs.
“We wanted to keep the food quite casual and have food options that we know everyone would like. Plus, Ash is a very fussy eater so we couldn’t have had anything extravagant. We had a lot of compliments about the food from our guests; myself and Ash couldn’t have been happier.”
The wedding cake was created by G’s Little Cakery and was a simple, tiered bake of vanilla sponge and chocolate sponge.
“I know I wanted a very classic and simple-looking cake to go with the décor and Georgia did just that. It was actually the first wedding cake she had done and I was so excited for her. She did an amazing job.”
The evening entertainment was from Healing Manor’s resident DJ and the party included a first dance.
“We chose an acoustic version of Beyoncé’s ‘Crazy In Love’ by Daniela Andrade.”
“The day was better than we had imagined and all the staff were extremely helpful. Our guests enjoyed themselves and everyone had a really good time which is all we could have hoped for.”
Advice for other couples
“Just do it: it will be a decision you won’t regret. The staff are so helpful and laid-back, very easy-going with what you want and nothing is too much trouble. Our guests have said how lovely the venue was and how amazing the food was too. I had stayed the night before in an inter-connecting room which is a must if you have a bridal party. It made the morning so much easier.”
- Photography – Natalie Lauren Photography
- Venue – Cleethorpes Registry Office + the wedding barn at Healing Manor Hotel
- Florist – SoftScape Florist
- Stylist – Love In The Limelight
- Caterers – Healing Manor Hotel
- Wedding cake – G’s Little Cakery
- Dress – Stella York via Champagne & Lace Bridal Wear
- Veil – Champagne & Lace Bridal Wear
- Shoes – The Perfect Bridal Company via Champagne & Lace Bridal Wear
- Flower girl – Champagne & Lace Bridal Wear
- Accessories – Rebecca White Accessories pearl hair pins + pearl studs from Scott’s Jewellers
- Groom’s outfit – Moss Bros jacket + trousers, dicky bow + shoes from Cavani at Coneys
- Hair & Makeup – Jade Clay MUA + Natalie The Makeup Fairy