I learnt very quickly that Iain loved his sports; he played rugby, supported Manchester United and enjoyed playing golf. I, on the other hand dislike watching any kind of sport, preferring to socialise with friends and family. They say that opposites attract and that definitely seems to be the case with us.
In February 2009, Iain took me to Paris for the Valentine’s Day weekend. He said I deserved a treat after all the hard work I had put in opening a new beauty salon called Adored on Chestergate, Macclesfield with my partner Jenna. It was there under the Eiffel Tower that Iain asked me to marry him. After asking him to repeat the question, just to make sure I was hearing correctly I said yes.
We decided our wedding day would be Saturday 21st May 2011. We then concentrated our efforts on finding our first home together. We spent a year renovating our lovely home and eventually moved in on 9th February 2010. In the meantime, my sister, Christine, made our save the date cards. She had said that she would be delighted to make the wedding invitations, table menus and settings which was a great help.
We chose to get married at Adlington Hall because we felt it had a special atmosphere. The hall itself was breathtakingly beautiful both internally and externally. Straightaway, we fell in love with the manicured grounds, the maze and the stunning array of colourful flowers and plants. The wedding breakfast would take place in the Hunting Lodge next door, which was just as beautiful with its sweeping staircase and wooden beams.
I have always loved the purple colour on Cadbury’s chocolate bars, so it was easy for me to choose a colour theme for the wedding. The hard task was trying to find my dress and bridesmaids dresses in the Cadbury’s purple. I found my dream dress – a Maggie Sottero Dominque satin gown at The Confetti Box Bridal Centre in Eccles, Salford. They also had the exact purple colour I wanted for my three bridesmaids; my sister Christine, Iain’s sister Emma and my best friend Victoria. My mum even got her rather special outfit from their sister shop, Diva Couture. All the staff were really so friendly and helpful.
Iain and I chose our wedding rings from P.R. Jones Jewellers in Macclesfield, where Iain also bought my diamond solitaire engagement ring.
We next turned our attention to a photographer. As we are a quite laid back couple, we did not want all our photos to be formal, we wanted something to match our outgoing personalities. When we met Rick Dell, I knew we had found what we were looking for. He made us feel at ease and had us laughing all the time. Furthermore, his photographs were just great!
Every bride wants a fine day for her wedding and I was no exception. When I awoke to the sun streaming through the curtains on the morning of the wedding, I couldn’t keep the smile from my face. That was the way it stayed all day and night, so everybody tells me!
At 8.15am, my make-up artist, Gemma Hallowell, arrived to work her magic. At 11.00am, Clare from Chelsea Flowers, Wilmslow, arrived with the bouquets and button holes. They were a vision of white roses and outstanding vanda orchids – just perfect. By noon, when the beautiful Regent Tourer from Horgans Limousines arrived, I was so excited. I hoped that Iain would be pleased with the Charabanc Omnibus I had secretly ordered to take him, the best man and his four ushers to Adlington Hall. They had been told they were going by donkey and really didn’t know what to expect!
As we arrived, our toastmaster, Brian Wroe, who we already knew from my sister’s wedding three years ago, greeted us and continued to give us great help and support throughout the day. When the doors opened inside the hall, Guy Porteus was playing our chosen piece of music, Pachelbel’s Canon. I saw Iain and his best man Daniel turn and smile as Dad and I entered. I thought about how smart they looked in their dark grey Prince Edward suits provided by Keith Patient at John Douglas Menswear, Chestergate, Macclesfield.
The part of the wedding that we were both nervous about was saying our vows, but Ann May, Deputy Superintendent Registrar, from Cheshire East Council made us feel comfortable and the ceremony was both relaxed and emotional, especially when our respected mothers gave readings without shedding too many tears between them. With the biggest smiles on our faces, we finally became husband and wife.
Given the great weather, after the ceremony our guests drank Pimm’s with lemonade and ate canapés in the grounds. They were entertained with music from Guy Porteus and Matthew Windsor, a close hand magician who made quite an impression with a range of tricks. He had made some guests’ watches disappear and then reappear inside a balloon animal he had made.
The Hunting Lodge was dressed beautifully with white chair covers and, purple sashes. The tables had crystals and small electric tea lights on them. In the evening, there was a colourful candy buffet provided by Holly Moore of Brides and Bows. Holly had been great in organising the room. She thought of many ideas like the purple uplighters which really enhanced the feel of the room. The menu of homemade country pâté, roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding and horseradish sauce followed by lemon soufflé served with fresh fruit and a shortbread wafer was delicious. We had chocolate lollies as our favours with our names and wedding date written on them, all tied up with a purple bow provided by Simon Dunn, a chocolatier from Wilmslow. It was then followed by three extremely humorous and emotional speeches.
As the evening guests arrived, we cut our fabulous three tier, fruit, chocolate and vanilla sponge wedding cake, which also had bride and groom character figures mounted on top which looked amazingly like us. Classic Celebration Cakes had certainly done us proud and the cake tasted delicious.
Our first dance was to “You are my Destiny” by Lionel Richie and then the song we really wanted, “Your sex is on Fire” by The Kings Of Leon which is our favourite song and one that got everybody into the party mood. It was all over so quickly, but because of all the planning and hard work by myself and my parents, it was the most wonderful and magical day of our lives so far.
We spent our wedding night at The White House Manor Hotel in Prestbury near Macclesfield, before travelling to the bright lights of Dubai followed by the relaxing peace and tranquillity of Mauritius for our honeymoon.
- Bridesmaid dresses Confetti Box – www.confettibox.com
- Cars Horgans Limousines – www.horganscars.co.uk
- Entertainment Guy Porteous – www.guyporteous.co.uk
- Hotel / Venue Adlington Hall / hunting lodge – www.adlingtonhall.com
- Mens Hire John Douglas – www.johndouglasmenswear.co.uk
- Photography Rick Dell – www.rickdellphotography.co.uk
- Mother of the bride – Diva Couture – www.confettibox.com
- Wedding Dress Confetti Box – www.confettibox.com