Love in Manchester. Photography by Rick Dell

Rick Dell photographyGreg and I first met during my university placement year, when I was working for a company in Leamington Spa. Our boss said to Greg that he had recruited someone he would get on really well with, that someone was me! How right he was!



After graduating from Manchester Met University, I moved back down to Leamington Spa to be with Greg, but after a couple of years we decided to move back to Manchester to be nearer to our families.

After seven years together, and a year after buying our lovely first house, Greg proposed on a beach in Morfa Nefyn.  It is where my mum and aunts used to go on holiday when they were kids, so it was very special! Although we had been together a long time, it was a shock when Greg got down on one knee and popped the question.  I never ever thought he would ask! There was no doubt in my mind that the answer would be yes.  He is my best friend and my soul mate! On the night of our engagement, we were staying at my aunt and uncle’s cottage.  Instead of going out for a meal to celebrate, we cuddled up in front of the TV watching the Champions League, eating strawberries and drinking champagne! A perfect evening for us both!

Not long after getting engaged, we bookedChristChurchin Heald Green for a spring wedding in April 2010. There was no other choice but my local church, which was also where my mum and dad got married, and where my grandma used to go, making it extra special.  We then began searching for a venue.  We wanted our family and friends to enjoy the day as much as us, and it soon became clear that the family-owned, friendly Deanwater Hotel in Woodford was the place for us. The Balmoral Suite was perfect for our guests, and the grounds are fantastic too!

One of our many decisions was the choice of photographer, which fortunately was an easy choice.  After meeting Rick Dell at my cousin’s wedding, and witnessing how professional and friendly he was, and the quality of his work, we booked Rick without a second thought.

Viewing the Deanwater Hotel a few times allowed us to see the room decorated in different styles, which persuaded us to visit Karen at Dressed to Impress. Here, we saw a mock up of our tables, which helped us make up our minds. The Deanwater Hotel and Dressed to Impress both recommended a florist, which fitted perfectly as Karen worked closely with them so that the flowers and our colours were all co-ordinated, making it easy for us.


My mum and sister made the experience of choosing my wedding dress fantastic. After several weekends of trying on wedding dresses and not finding the right one, my mum thought it would be nice to have the dress made. My cousin-in-law recommended Karen at Natalie Ann Brides, in Huyton,Liverpoolto us. After going to see Karen a couple of times, I had a design for my dress!  We also had my sister’s bridesmaid dress, the two flower girls’ dresses and Greg’s cravat and handkerchief made by Karen. She did a fantastic job!

The choice of cake was our next thing to decide and my mum said she would like to make it. I was made up about it, because she doesn’t half make a good cake! We had two fruit layers and a chocolate layer made by Joanne Garton of Allsorts of Cakes in Formby. She did a beautiful job of icing the finished masterpiece.

Greg chose Moss Bros at the Trafford Centre as the place to select the men’s suits. They were really helpful as the men were able to collect their suits from their nearest location. This was a real benefit as the men are from Southport, Leamington Spa and Manchester.

With the church, cars, reception, outfits, photographer and flowers booked, we had to plan entertainment for the reception. On recommendation from the Deanwater Hotel, we contacted  Duane, our DJ for the evening was superb with just the right music selection to keep the dance floor full all night.

With the majority of things organised, we began to focus on planning our honeymoon.  It was so hard to decide where we would like to go because there are so many places we want to visit. Owing to the time of year we had chosen to get married, we felt we should look for the sunshine.  We eventually decided upon Vegas for some partying, followed by a drive across Arizona to Scottsdale near Phoenix to spend some time relaxing. 

Before we knew it, the day had arrived.  I woke up to the most glorious sunshine. I could not believe it! My bridesmaids and I all headed to out for our hair to be styled, make up and nails to be done. I really did enjoy the time when we were all together.  I remember getting many texts from family and friends wishing me good luck. It felt so surreal that I was going to be getting married in a few hours time. As I arrived back at the house, Rick had just arrived and began taking pictures straightaway.  It was lovely and relaxed and he kept the day running smoothly.  It was fantastic. 

It was so lovely to see everyone dressed up.  My bridesmaids in purple and lilac looked amazing, my mum in her mother of the bride outfit from Florentyna Dawn, Hazel Grove, looked beautiful and my dad didn’t scrub up too bad either!

Before I knew it, Dad and I left the house.  I had time to phone my grandma on the way to the church as she was unable to make the wedding, so it was really lovely to talk to her just before I left.  I had been relatively calm all morning, although a little tearful at times.  However, when I got to the church, I had to take quite a few deep breaths, but as soon as I saw Greg I couldn’t take my eyes off him!

The service by Father Paul was fantastic and made us both feel relaxed.  Greg’s sisters and my friend did readings, which made it special too. It was so lovely to see all our family and friends there for us.  It was so amazing and something we both will never forget.  We had pictures taken outside and then headed straight for the Deanwater Hotel.  Ourfriend drove us in his Audi A8 and it was brilliant, we were married!

After photographs in the beautiful grounds of the hotel, we had a traditional line up and had our wedding breakfast. All the speeches were fantastic, especially Colin’s, who was the best man. He had managed to get footage of Greg when he was young, dancing to New Kids on the Block.  Needless to say, it was hilarious!  Rick took pictures of the speeches and first dance.  I would really recommend it as it was so nice to see all our reactions!

The evening guests soon arrived and the party really got underway! It was so lovely to have everyone enjoying themselves, the dance floor was rarely empty.  We had such an amazing day and wouldn’t change a thing! Thank you so much to everyone for making our day perfect for us!

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