On a beautiful, mellow weekend in September, Healing Manor was host to Chloe and Ashley’s beautiful autumnal boho wedding. Featuring natural materials including wood, wicker and pampas, a gorgeous off the shoulder gown and late summer flowers in rust and gold, this is a wedding to love.
Chloe and Ashley wed in Healing Manor’s barn on 8 September 2023. Having met online in 2015, the couple spent a couple of years together but decided the timing wasn’t right. After four years apart, they reconnected and Ashley proposed at the Christmas Market in Manchester, just two months after being back together. The couple chose the Barn at Healing Manor as it leant itself perfectly to their dream aesthetic of autumnal boho. Chloe styled the décor herself, renting items from four different companies and adding lots of DIY elements.
“The venue itself is breathtaking and as soon as we saw it, we knew it was the one.”
“We wanted an autumnal boho theme so opted for a rust colour and pampas grass. We incorporated the colours into the linen, bridesmaids dresses, ties, ring box, aisle rug and bunting. We chose gold candle holders, wooden crates, lanterns, neon signs, a wooden A-frame handmade by Chloe’s dad, and wooden garden games.”
The couple wed in a civil ceremony in the Barn, followed by a Reception with long tables for the wedding breakfast and, for the newly-weds, a sweetheart table.
“This was the first shop I went to and the second dress I tried on. I had my eye on it online but didn’t know if it would suit my body shape. As soon as I tried it on I knew it was the one. It just gave me boho vibes and I loved the fishtail bottom, Bardot neckline and bodice. It made me feel like a bride but also like me, and I’ve never felt more beautiful. Dotty’s was the perfect place to choose my dress as they made it such a memorable experience and it will always have a special place in my heart”
The bride added a plain tulle veil, also from Dotty Bridal, embroidered by seamstress Molly Gwen Bridal with the words ‘Mrs Talbot est. 8th September 2023′. Chloe’s shoes were block pearl heels from Quiz. She wore pearl hoop earrings from Six Stories and a pearl bracelet with Ashley’s initial from Bloom Boutique.
The bride’s fresh, classic bridal make-up look was created by Natalie Kate MUA.
“Natalie is my facialist and friend, so having her on my day was nothing short of a dream come true. I booked her straight after booking the venue because I couldn’t imagine my day without her. We went for a natural bridal glow as I don’t usually wear much make-up and I wanted to feel like myself. Natalie got the memo and because she already knew my skin so well, she knew what would suit it on the day.”
“My hair was styled by Robyn at Perfect Silhouette. I’d only known Robyn for two minutes and yet she felt like a lifetime friend. She brought the sunshine on my day and the boho into our hair. I knew what I wanted after looking at Robyn’s previous work and she nailed first time. We added flowers from my florist and a fishtail braid to bring the boho theme to life.”
Ashley, the groom, channeled total autumn vibes with his green tweed suit from Fielder Ellis (now closed). He also wore personalised cufflinks with his and Chloe’s initials and wedding date on them.
The bride’s flowers, and the rest of the wedding floristry, was styled by Zara at Floral & Lace Weddings.
“Zara has a signature style and she was a ‘must have’ for our wedding; after following her Instagram page for a while I knew I needed her creative flare on our day. Zara creates beautiful floristry and I adore the look of lots of flowers at a wedding. Zara and I had a consultation where we decided to go for arrangements around the A-frame, overspilling onto the floor. She filled the amber bottles and demi-johns, and supplied the pocket flowers for the groom, the boutonnieres for the groomsmen, and stunning bouquets for the the flower girl, bridesmaids and of course, the bride. For my bouquet I chose Zara’s signature heart shape, where the bouquet hugs your body. I couldn’t have been happier.”
Complementing the flowers was Chloe’s delightful boho styling. From Born Boho she sourced the neon moon, a ‘Best Day Ever’ neon sign, placemats, audio guestbook table, pampas grass, lanterns, wicker screen and a ‘Let the games begin’ sign. The peacock chairs, rugs, tub chair, candlestick and tealight holders, amber glass bottles and demi-johns, cake stand, garden games, wooden crates and wooden trug all came from The Blissful Bride, and Chloe sourced all the cheesecloth, napkins and chair ties from Mae Dae Weddings.
The bride created all of the stationery herself, with traditional items such as save the dates, invitations, menus, seating plan, table numbers, order of the day sign, unplugged ceremony sign, confetti sign, audio guest book sign, signature cocktails sign, cards and gifts sign, and cake sign. She also made personalised beer pong cups, personalised Prosecco glasses for the morning of, personalised PJ’s, a seating plan and bunting.
“The seating plan was personalised letters to each of our guests thanking them for being there and a special memory we share together. These doubled up as favours and were a hit with our guests.”
Framing the boho look were thousands of fairy lights, hung by Jack Loves Jill.
These stunning wedding photographs were by photography duo James and Merika Green of James Green Studio.
“We loved James and Merika’s style. It has a vintage look about it and they just captured the most natural images which told our love story perfectly. Their style and our boho, autumnal theme went so well together to create some magical images. James and Merika were both such an incredible part of our day and our photos are stunning. We couldn’t be happier with our choice.”
The civil ceremony was held in the Barn, with the flower girl and bridesmaids entering to a piano version of ‘Shallow’. Chloe walked in with her dad to Ruelle’s ‘I Get To Love You’. Ashley and Chloe wrote their own vows and Chloe’s son was ring-bearer.
Later in the day, the couple hosted their wedding breakfast which included some delicious menu choices. For starter, guests could choose between Scotch egg and prawn cocktail, then selected chicken risotto or duo of beef for the main course. To finish, there was a choice of sticky toffee pudding or raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake.
“We heard nothing but good things about the food. The kids, vegans and vegetarians were also catered for separately.”
“Nicole Olivia Cake Designs designed our wedding cake. It was a three-tier cake with our favourite flavours of salted caramel, raspberry and white chocolate, and lemon. The frosting was a white chocolate ganache with strokes of neutrals and dried flowers to incorporate our boho theme.”
The newly-weds took to the dance floor to ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé. The Healing Manor DJ played the couple’s own playlist.
“We played beer pong and flip cup to bring some personal aspects into our day as we’re a competitive couple. We also had fun with smoke flares and sparklers.”
Advice for other couples
“Stay in the Manor House Bridal Suite. It’s so luxurious and spacious, and has beautiful lighting for the morning of the wedding. Make use of the stunning grounds when having your photos; they are breathtaking and make beautiful back drops for your couples photos.”
- Photography – James & Merika of James Green Studio
- Venue – The Wedding Barn at Healing Manor Hotel
- Styling – The bride using Mae Dae Weddings, Born Boho & The Blissful Bride
- Barn Lighting – Jack Loves Jill
- Florist – Floral & Lace Weddings
- Caterers – Healing Manor Hotel
- Wedding cake – Nicole Olivia Cake Designs
- Dress – Madi Lane via Dotty Bridal
- Veil – Dotty Bridal embroidered by Molly Gwen Bridal
- Shoes – Quiz
- Jewellery – Six Stories earrings & Bloom Boutique pearl bracelet
- Groom – Fielder Ellis (now closed)
- Hair & MakeUp – Robyn at Perfect Silhouette & Natalie Kate MUA