Late summer and early Autumn are synonymous with sunflowers, and the couple whose wedding we are sharing today used the bright, cheerful yellow flowers as the inspiration for their September wedding styling. Bright and colourful, Sarah and Adam’s wedding was hosted in our historic Barn, with the guests and newly-weds enjoying time in our grounds before a candle-lit dinner reception.
“We wanted a unique, rustic look for our special day. The Barn was very intimate and allowed us to have our day in private with our guests. We particularly enjoyed the private bar which made it easy for ourselves and guests to purchase drinks.”
“The grounds were beautiful, particularly the bridge where we were able to get some stunning photo shots, thanks to our talented photographer Chris Waud.”
Adam and Sarah have been together for five years after meeting on a night out in Cleethorpes.
“Adam proposed on New Years Eve 2020 as I was taking a relaxing bath and enjoying a glass of wine after a very busy Christmas season at work as a nurse. It was sweet and we still have fun laughing about it today with friends and family.”
The couple organised the day with Healing Manor’s wedding team, turning to one of our favourite suppliers, Jack Loves Jill, for the day’s styling.
“Our theme was autumn because I love the colours of reds, burnt orange and yellows. Autumn is always full of colour. My favourite flowers are sunflowers which we incorporated into the décor, the cake and my bridal bouquet. The chapel and reception within the barn was beautifully decorated by Jack Loves Jill, with draping lights, burnt orange, red and gold candles, wooden logs and greenery which gave a cosy, rustic, autumnal look. Amy also designed a table plan using gin bottles that I had purchased over the last year, making a personalised, unique table plan.”
The bride visited local boutique Coates Couture where she selected the Sophia Tolli ‘Nikita’ gown. A layered, embroidered gown with a simple yet elegant silhouette, it featured subtle sparkles that shimmered throughout the day and night.
“The embroidery was just beautiful and when I tried it on for the first time, I knew that this was the dress for me Coates Couture were amazing from start to finish and I highly recommend them.”
“I wore a full-length veil, also purchased from Coates Couture. It had a sparkly shimmer and the veil seams had beautiful sequin stitching.”
Sarah slipped on ivory shoes, with pearl detailing that matched her pearl earrings, bracelet and necklace set.
“These were not purchased with the intention of matching but turned out to be a happy coincidence.”
Jade Clay MUA, another of our recommended suppliers, applied the bride and her bridesmaids’ make-up.
“I went for a natural look. I wanted to look like myself with an added touch of glamour and I think Jade pulled this off perfectly. My hair was done by Heaven Hair. They are my regular hair dresser and created a lovely up-do hairstyle. They also incorporated my hair piece (purchased from Coates Couture) that complemented my red hair well.”
The girls carried vibrant, bright bouquets of sunflowers and other seasonal flowers, from Shorts Florist in Cleethorpes.
“I have always purchased my flowers from Shorts, so decided to use them also for my wedding flowers. They were beautiful.”
Adam and his groomsmen selected suits and waistcoats in navy blue and light grey, from the Peter Posh range at Coates Couture.
Sarah travelled to Healing Manor in ‘Henrietta’, a classic car from Select Limos. She and Adam wed against the beautiful backdrop in the barn, and the bride walked in with her father Lionel.
“My dad walked me down the aisle to a piano version of ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ from ‘The Lion King’ because, well, I just love ‘The Lion King’!”
“The moments that are special to me are taking that special journey in the car with my dad, seeing Adam’s smiling face as I walked down the aisle, walking out together, hand in hand, married with our family and friends throwing confetti, and just having a good old dance to my favourite song, ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries, at the evening do with my closest friends.”
After being declared husband and wife, the newly-weds headed out into the grounds for some beautiful portrait shots by their photographer, Chris Waud Photography.
“Chris Waud did a family photo shoot for us when I was a teenager so it was lovely to have him come back and shoot our wedding. He made myself and Adam feel at ease and chose some lovely scenic spots for some photos that have turned out beautifully.”
The guests sat down to a candle-lit dinner in the barn, with beautiful rustic touches adoring the tables.
“Our menu was roast topside of beef served with creamed potato, roast potato and seasonal vegetables or grilled halloumi with slow-roasted peppers, heritage tomatoes, watercress, blackcurrant & wine sauce, then strawberry, white chocolate & elderflower pavlova or banoffee pie cheesecake.”
The cake was decorated with a tree bark effect with fresh sunflowers to tie in with their theme.
“Our wedding cake was made by Helen’s Cake Boutique. We chose chocolate, cherry Bakewell and lemon so that there would be a little bit of everything that everyone liked. Helen incorporated fresh sunflowers and the cake was carefully frosted to create a bark effect, with our initials, A&S, engraved onto it.”
“Our entertainment was part of the Grosvenor package provided by Healing Manor. We had a DJ who played a mix of music to suit all ages that got lots of guests up and dancing and having a good time.”
“We had our first dance to ‘High’ by James Blunt.”
Advice for other couples
“Enjoy your day and try to retain as many lovely memories as you can because the day goes by so fast. Enjoy every minute of it.”
- Photography – Chris Waud Photography
- Venue – The Wedding Barn at Healing Manor Hotel
- Florist – Shorts Florist
- Stylist – Jack Loves Jill
- Car – Select Limos
- Caterers – Healing Manor Hotel
- Wedding cake – Helen’s Cake Boutique
- Dress + veil – Coates Couture
- Groom’s outfit – Peter Posh at Coates Couture
- Hair & MakeUp – Jade Clay MUA + Heaven Hair