When Zoë and Junior set their June wedding date, they were looking for a wedding venue in Cheshire where they could create a breathtakingly beautiful white wedding.
As a make-up artist, Zoë had visited many venues through her work but she instantly fell in love with Combermere Abbey.
“With our white colour scheme, Combermere was perfect,” smiles Zoë. “The gardens are beautiful and it just had the most amazing feel to it. It’s also my grandpa’s favourite place.”
Design and Décor
Having always dreamt of a white wedding, the colour scheme was an easy decision, adding subtle touches of forest green. This creative couple introduced a multitude of exciting elements to their special day, from ‘Pimp Your Prosecco’ to sweet stands, white lanterns, and white candles.
“We just collected loads of little details throughout the year,” explains Zoë.
The end result was truly magical.
“I wanted everyone to be relaxed and to have everything they needed,” says Zoë. “It definitely took my breath away when I saw it so I hope it did others too!”
All About Flowers
Two hydrangea plants sat in earns as guests arrived – in white of course! Stunning centrepieces adorned the tables along with the most beautiful top table arrangement that cascaded down the front of the table.
And the Bride Wore…
Zoë chose two stunning gowns for her special day, one for the day and a second for the evening.
Her day dress was designed by Enzoani, a fishtail gown with sweetheart neckline.
“I absolutely loved it,” she smiles. “It was simple yet different and game me a waistline I didn’t know I had! I paired it with a feather-trimmed veil.”
For the evening, Zoë wore a breathtaking white sequin gown with draping panels and a low back.
“This was the real show stopper for me,” she explains. “It was made by my younger sister, Leisa Hughes, who has just started her own brand. It was incredible and exactly what I wanted.”
The beautiful bride accessorised with a simple teardrop necklace and fabulous forest green crocodile Louboutin shoes!
Zoë’s six bridesmaids wore white dresses from Lipsy’s bridal section.
“They were the first things I bought for the wedding,” explains Zoë. “I saw them and fell in love – white with a cowl neck and a small train. They all looked so beautiful.”
Co-ordinating with the bride’s style, they wore forest green open toed shoes from Zara.
And the Groom Wore...
Zoë and Junior found a bespoke tailor, Crichton Bespoke in Chester, who made him a cream suit with soft green tweed pattern, an off-white shirt and tie.
“Everyone who knows Junior knows he has a quirky style,” says Zoë. “They even personalised the cuffs with his initials. I think he got more compliments than me!”
Following their religious ceremony at St Mary’s church in Nantwich, a drinks reception was held in the Glasshouse at Combermere. Moving in to the Pavilion to dine, chicken pate was served to start, followed by chicken with dauphinoise potatoes and a delicious chocolate brownie.
“The food was such a hit,” smiles Zoë. “The brownie was incredible!”
As the sun went down, a DJ filled the dance floor and guests enjoyed sausage and bacon rolls – just the thing for an evening party.
“There were so many favourite moments! I loved just being with my new husband, my friends and family at a beautiful venue enjoying the day.” - Zoë
“I work so much, I had little to do with a lot of the details. My mum and sister did such a lot. It was a wonderful surprise. Seeing the vision come to life and the incredible flowers – it took my breath away...”
Images © Lesley Meredith Photography