Hayley and Ash's celebration followed a grey colour scheme with added sparkle and glitz

Hayley Baxter, 38, married Ash Hinton, 34, at Astley Hall, Chorley followed by a reception at Charnock Farm, Euxton on 23rd September, 2016.

Here, Hayley shares all the details of their big day...

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I loved that Astley Hall was so local and somewhere we could return to for anniversaries and to visit with family.


Let it shine: Image 2aCharnock Farm is a fab venue, again it was local, homely and the vaulted ceiling in the barn makes the room a lovely canvas to work with. We opted for a sweetheart table decorated with 'Mr & Mrs Hinton' bunting.

Let it shine: Image 2 The venue's history and architecture was always going to allow for some atmospheric photos and the ceremony room was perfect, as we wanted it to be intimate.


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Having bridesmaids ranging from age five to 30 something, it was hard to find styles to suit. My daughter Isabella chose a full-length tutu and my best friend's daughter Kaitlyn had a calf-length one while my niece Thea wore a short style. They all wore leotards I'd sourced from a dance shop embellished with necklaces. My maid-of-honour wore a stunning sequin gown with a chiffon overlay that fit in beautifully with the bridesmaids' outfits and my dress.


Let it shine: Image 4aMy dress was an Ian Stuart gown called Babette. I love his designs as they're so dramatic. I knew there was a stockist about an hour away from us called Gypsophilia so I went with my mum and daughter. I wanted a cathedral-length veil and chose a simple design covered in sparkles, and accessorised it with a diamond necklace and matching bracelet. My shoes were so indulgent – silver ombre, sparkly Christian Louboutins!

Let it shine: Image 4 My friend Victoria is very creative and has her own wedding business so we enlisted her to take charge of the flowers. We wanted tall vases, with high, relaxed arrangements with cream and silver flowers, and foliage.


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The entertainment was important to us so during the day we had the Northern String Quartet play a two-hour set, which included playing for the guests as they arrived, performing All of Me by John Legend as my stepdad Gordon walked me down the aisle, and outside in the courtyard during our champagne reception.


Let it shine: Image 6aKelly at Pink Frosting Cake Company makes the most stunning, delicious big-day bakes. I provided her with a photo of my dress and we gave her free reign with the design – she incorporated the flowers, ruffles, metallic detail and colour scheme.

Let it shine: Image 6 The table plan was hand- drawn and hand-written by a very talented artist called Lauretta Crowe of Lollie Jar Designs. She also created the place settings, which were names written in chalk on slate hearts.


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As a fun and quirky gesture we organised a vintage double-decker bus to take all the guests to Charnock Farm, allowing everyone to enjoy the drinks reception without worrying about driving.


Let it shine: Image 8aWe chose a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud to transport the bridal party to the ceremony, as we felt this suited the venue.

Let it shine: Image 8 Ash wanted a grey suit but with a navy tail jacket so he and my 10-year-old son Max, who took on the role as a mini best man, had matching Ted Baker tails and bow ties. The groomsmen all wore Lambretta two-tone, fitted three-piece suits with navy cravats, and pocket watches that Ash gifted them. His best man was his friend Steve, his usher was my brother Ross and his wife Sueanne was my maid-of-honour.


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Matt Johnson completely made our evening. He sung various songs from our preferred genres, including our first dance to Bruno Mars' Rest of my Life, and even took note of my guilty pleasure, Neil Diamond! Matt got all our guests up and they've all said what a fantastic entertainer he was.


Hayley and Ash's contact book

Bride's dress
Gypsophila, Rawtenstall

Bride's hair
LWS Hair

Bridesmaids' bespoke tutus
Poppy and Rose

Bridesmaids' leotards
The Dancers Wardrobe, Preston

Pink Frosting Company

Ceremony venue
Astley Hall, Chorley

Matt Johnson

Northern String Quartet

Lissy Lou Creations

Groom and ushers' suits
Slaters, Preston

Maid-of-honour's dress
Bride's Gallery

Fairfield Photographic

Reception venue
Charnock Farm, Euxton

Rolls Royce
Classic Wedding Cars

Table plan and name cards
Lollie Jar Designs

Vintage bus
Classic Bus


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