Gary and I had known each other since childhood. We’d lived next door but three to each other all our lives so we literally knew everything about each other! Gary came home from football one night when I was at home just watching TV; he walked in, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! He had previously been to my parent’s house to ask for their permission – obviously we all said yes!
The first step for us was picking a venue. We live quite local to West Tower in Aughton and I’d always dreamed of getting married there but Gary still wanted to check out other venues. We spent some time visiting other places, but nowhere else compared. The grounds are absolutely stunning and the views are out of this world. As soon as we were welcomed through the front door of West Tower – we both knew it was ‘the one’ for us.
Now that we’d chosen our perfect venue, we had to start organising our perfect day! I used to buy wedding magazines for ideas about colour schemes, but I never really liked anything I saw! I knew what I wanted, I just had to have the courage to pull all my ideas together and hope for the best that everything turned out just how I had imagined it in my head! West Tower’s gorgeous Ballroom is so classic, elegant and neutral I knew that whatever I chose would look amazing! I found a lot of our wedding suppliers at Wedding Fayres and then I made sure I researched them thoroughly. Lots of them were on Facebook too, which meant I could look at their services online and see their reviews from previous couples etc. I used a lot of West Tower’s recommendations – trusting their good judgement on who provided as good a service as they did!
We chose Hervè Gillet Photography as our photographer, and we’re so pleased we did! We first met him at a Bridal Fayre at West Tower and I loved his work, but we carried on looking around. I then saw him at a different Wedding Fayre with my bridesmaids and we had a look at his work again and I just really liked what he did. He was so friendly and very easy to get along with. I found a lot of photographers who I’d spoken to were quite pushy, but Hervè just came across fun and friendly and I just knew he was perfect for us.
My wedding dress was totally different to what I thought I would choose! I had always imagined myself in quite a big dress and I’d only ever tried on ‘princess’ style dresses until my sister came dress shopping with me one day. I immediately fell in love with the dress she chose and it was the one I wore on the day! I had 6 bridesmaids – my 2 older sisters, my 2 best friends, Gary’s niece and my sister in law who is also my best friend! They all had the same style dress but different colours – one cream, one ivory and four different shades of pink. I had my daughter Darcy Ava as a flower girl and she looked so beautiful; her dress was made from a dressmaker in America and it was out of this world.
Gary picked the navy blue Ted Baker suits himself. The groomsmen had pink cravats while Gary and our son Mason stood out in navy blue bow ties. I thought Gary looked amazing and I couldn’t stop looking at him all day! He really suited the colour blue, and he did scrub up well.
I didn’t plan on wearing any accessories on the day as I didn’t think I needed any with my style of dress but on the morning of our wedding, Gary gave me a lovely Tiffany & Co. bracelet which I wore on the day and it matched everything perfectly. I had some customised cuff links made for Gary which said “See you at 2pm love from your wife to be”!
I had always dreamed of getting married outside but with our typical British weather it was never guaranteed. The day before our wedding it was raining, and Sue had told me to prepare myself for the wedding to be inside! We must have had someone looking down on us on the day of our wedding though, because the sun was absolutely glorious and we were able to have our ceremony outside! My dad walked me down the aisle to Cannon in D by Pachelbel, and we signed the register to ‘From this Moment’ by Shania Twain and ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perry. Our first steps as a married couple were to ‘Rule the world’ by Take That.
Whenever I pictured my wedding in my head there were always amazing flowers everywhere, so that was really important to me. The florist I chose was the preferred supplier for West Tower – Flowerstyle by Laurie – and he came up trumps! He decorated the whole venue for us with sorbet pink Avalanche roses, pink Phlox, white Lisianthus and pink Veronica – even the pagoda and our aisle outside! We dressed our tables alternately – some with large flower arrangements on and the rest had trees with hanging tea light candles – they looked amazing!
Our cake was something a little different – we had 3 large French fancies as it matched our colour scheme. We were so pleased with the cake and everybody commented how fab it was. We had push-up cake pops for our favours and they tasted gorgeous.
The food all day was absolutely amazing – from the canapés and welcome drinks outside to our wonderful three course wedding breakfast. We chose a selection of light bites in the evening to make sure the party kept going all night!
We hired some Singing Waiters for our wedding breakfast as a little surprise for our guests and they went down a storm – everybody was singing along with them, it was great. Our little boy Mason read us a poem he had written with our best man Matty which had everyone in tears!
In the evening we had another of West Tower’s preferred partners – DJ Steve Mitchell who we couldn’t recommend highly enough! He was perfect, and had everybody up dancing from the start of the evening and all night as he played such a good variety of music. For our first dance we chose ‘6 words’ by Wretch 32 because it just describes our life perfectly. I also danced with my father to ‘Just the way you are’ by Billy Joel because my dad loves him and I wanted a song what would mean something to us both. The pink lighting that Steve provided was the icing on the cake for the evening – it really set the scene for our amazing party!
We wanted our day to be everything we had ever dreamed of and more. We can’t thank the team at West Tower enough for making sure we had such a magical day and we wouldn’t change a thing.
Purchase and hire information:
Venue: West Tower
Bride’s dress: Trudy Smith
Photographer: Herve Gillet Photography