Lady in Red & White

When I met Danny seven years ago, I was afraid to tell him where I worked. The Confetti Box Bridal Centre in Eccles

When I met Danny seven years ago, I was afraid to tell him where I worked (I am one of the partners in my mum’s bridal business, The Confetti Box Bridal Centre in Eccles, Manchester). When I eventually told him, he was great about it, in fact we had a large bridal exhibition to do. I asked him if he fancied doing a bit of modelling for our men’s formalwear and he said yes straightaway. He later told me that he wanted to work along side me to see me in a wedding dress, as he had already made up his mind that I was the girl for him. So when Danny officially asked for my hand in marriage from my dad, and planned a trip to Venice to propose (in St Mark’s Square), I was completely over whelmed. With the thought and planning that he had done, I said yes straightaway.
As soon as we got back, we started to look for venues, as we had now named the date 27th June 2009. We did not want the usual hotel or stately home that does a couple of weddings on the same day. We wanted somewhere for our family and friends to celebrate and not get lost with other people celebrating another couple’s day (believe me, it does happen!).
I had read in the paper that The Monastery in Manchester now had a licence for marriages. We booked to have a viewing and were completely blown away with the entire place. The whole building had been restored and you can have your entire day there.
When booking The Monastery, we were told that we would be the first couple in twenty years to marry there. It was not only exciting for us to get married there, but also for the people who had worked so hard to bring this beautiful building back to it’s former glory. It was going to be a very special day.
When I told my mum where we were planning to have the wedding, she burst out crying and told us that she sang there as a young girl in the choir, which made it extra special all round. With my mum’s twenty five years experience in the bridal business, she was obviously the perfect choice for my very own personal wedding planner. She relished at the prospect of organising our wedding.
Every step was planned meticulously with our approval along the way.
One of the great luxuries I have as part of this beautiful bridal business is that I have all the top wedding dress designers to choose from for my dress. However, my mum started her bridal business twenty one years ago, and this August started designing ranges of her own. It was only right that she designed her daughter’s gown.

Dizzie Lizzie Couture made the gowns. Yes I did say gowns! I had chosen two identical dresses, one for the day, in ivory silk, and one for the night, in red silk. I also had four bridesmaids, who wore three quarter length wedding gowns in ivory to match my gown for the day, and not to clash with the red gown at night.
My cake was nine tiers, again, Mum’s design. She rightly pointed out that the venue is so huge, that a three tier cake would be lost. The girls from The Big Wedding Cake Company set about making an amazing cake. Some layers were chocolate, some were sponge and the top tier was made of fruit. Absolutely beautiful. We set it in between the huge pillars of The Monastery, and had it dramatically lit.

My mum had thought of everything for our wedding, from soloists on the altar and huge gospel choir that followed, to the string quartet. To the delight and massive surprise to our family and friends, the waiters who were serving them were actually classical singers called “The Three Waiters”. We hired them especially from London to entertain our guests. Everybody loved them, they had everybody out of their seats singing along.

Suppliers list for The Lady in Red & White

  • Big Wedding Cake Company – 01942 719019
  • Confetti Box – 0161 788 8210
  • Gorton Monastry – 0161 223 3211
  • Herve Photography – 0151 9321547
  • Horgans Limousines – 0161 491 5087
  • Red Floral Architecture – 01457 834696

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