It happened on my birthday in October 2013. Sam asked me to go and search for my presents. When I turned around, Sam was holding the ring box and asked me to open it. I said no a few times before giving in, opening it and realising what it was. I told him to get down on one knee and then he asked me!
I found my Sincerity dress in Glamour Bridal, Bolton. It had beaded lace appliqué on tulle for the bodice with a pleated tulle band around the waist and tulle skirt. I loved the V-back and the chapel-length train. I didn’t have a 100% ‘this one’ moment, but I did know as soon as I put it on that I didn’t want to take it off!
My tiara and bracelet were handmade by Foxglove Brides in Preston. I teamed them with Swarovski earrings gifted to me by Sam and added my late nan’s ring as my ‘something old’. I was determined to get shoes I could wear again, so I chose super sparkly heels from Dune. The Wedding Veil Shop in Blackpool handmade my cathedral-length veil, edged with rhinestones.
Sam sourced his three-piece Ted Baker suit from Moss Bros and paired it with brown Aldo shoes. He looked so handsome – I always love Sam in a suit!
I had four bridesmaids and a flower girl. The bridesmaids all wore grey, floor-length, chiffon dresses with sweetheart necklines and sparkly waistbands. They also wore grey fur wraps, and silver ballet pumps from Dorothy Perkins. Our flower girl’s dress was handmade by Tracy Charlemagne’s Wedding Boutique.
HAIR AND MAKEUP
I found having a trial really helpful to fine tune my makeup look so it was absolutely perfect without messing around on the day. Ruby Red Lips in Bolton supplied our makeup artists and my long-standing hairdresser Nicole Barrow from Head Office, Bolton, did our hair.
WHAT WAS THE BEST PART OF THE CEREMONY?
I saw Sam for the first time as my dad walked me down the aisle at St Joseph’s RC Church, Brindle. I just remember him whispering, “you look absolutely amazing”.
WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR YOUR WEDDING BREAKFAST?
Our guests could choose between leek and potato soup or smoked haddock and salmon sh cakes to start, followed by a choice of three mains of roast sirloin of beef, roast turkey or mozzarella and ratatouille tartlets. There was also a trio of desserts to nish – crème brulee, sticky toffee pudding or citrus cheesecake. In the evening we had marinated chicken pitas and spicy chips that went down a treat!
Winter wonderland was our inspiration, using a colour palette of grey and white with a hint of mauve and sparkles.
I bought 70 jam jars and turned them into sparkly candleholders, gathered pinecones
for place card holders and painted at clay baubles to make into Christmas tree decorations. We asked guests to write on them and hang them on the tree as our guest book. With the winter nights closing in early, we also added a fairy light backdrop from Add a Little Sparkle and light up letters saying ‘MR & MRS H’ from Typical Type, after seeing them in Wedding Ideas. Simply Bows and Chair Covers in Lancashire provided the white chair covers and silver organza bows.
The Gilded Lily did everything for our flowers and I was absolutely blown away by them!
Our cake had three tiers of fruit, lemon and Victoria sponge. While it didn’t look how I wanted, it did taste amazing and I loved my cake topper made by Feats of Clay that even included our cat, Pedro.
I had planned on making my own invitations and table plan, but once I’d seen Paper Doll’s designs, I fell in love. I did design my own wedding breakfast menus, orders of service and table numbers, though.
A violinist played during the drinks reception, followed by a live band, Warning Tones, who Sam chose. They really got the party going! We also hung mistletoe around the tables and had a place your bets game during the speeches.
We went to Sri Lanka for five nights and then the Maldives for eight. In Sri Lanka we stayed in Cinnamon Lodge, visiting tea plantations, climbing Lion’s Rock and enjoying a jeep safari in Yala National Park. We sunbathed and snorkelled in the Maldives – it was the most perfect honeymoon!
CEREMONY St Joseph’s RC Church, Brindle | RECEPTION VENUE Haighton Manor, Haighton | DRESS Sincerity at Glamour Bridal, Bolton | BRIDESMAID DRESSESTracy Charlemagne’s Wedding Boutique | GROOM Ted Baker at Moss Bros | ACCESSORIES Foxglove Brides, Preston and The Wedding Veil Shop, Blackpool | STATIONERY Paper Doll, Liverpool | FLOWERS The Gilded Lily | PHOTOGRAPER Tim Emmerton Photography