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The Beauty In A Laid Back Country Bride

Our beautiful bride Ellie opted for a not so typical wedding day, creating a relaxed and fuss free English country wedding. She picked flowers from the garden, had her mum style her hair and arrived to the church on a donkey and carriage. However to her it was perfect.

Every part of the planning process was personal and after growing up in the Cumbrian parishes her father worked in, it was the perfect venue choice for her big day.

Eleanor on her way to her Wedding

Eleanor and Chris saying their I do's

We asked Ellie to tell us all about her special day as well as see what her top tips for future brides would be…

Bride and Groom:

Eleanor Greenhalgh and Chris Alborough - now Eleanor Alborough and Chris Alborough.

Ceremony venue:

St Cuthberts Church Bewcastle, Cumbria.

Reception venue:

Stapleton parish hall.

Why that venue?

My dad is a vicar and so he did the wedding in one of his churches. The site of the church is very ancient and special, we have a lot of friends who attend this church. I lived in these parishes for several years.

Colour scheme:

We ended up having a lot of different colours to coordinate with the flowers we had picked from the garden, so our final colours were white, green, light yellow and purple.

Wedding Dress:

La Sposa Elures from Minster Design Bridal Boutique in Wimborne.

Bridal shoes:

Penny, Rainbow Club from Minster Designs.

The Cake:

My mum and I made it. The bottom layer was fruit cake, middle layer carrot cake and the top layer chocolate cake. We then decorated it ourselves with real flowers and mini bride, groom and bridesmaid mice that I knitted myself.

The florist and flowers chosen:

We grew the flowers ourselves and gathered some from the hedgerows. My mum put together the arrangements and I made the button hole flowers for the groom, best man and grooms father.


My mum did it, she found the idea in a book. It was all up because I really wanted to be able to see the back of the dress.



What did the bridesmaids wear?

I let them choose what they wanted to wear but we went for mainly white dresses.


My brother!

The first dance:


Music choices:

Irish music, performed by myself, my dad and friends.

What would your top tip be for brides to be:

Enjoy the preparations!

Tags: bridesmaid dresses, Wedding dresses, real bride