Tom and I were school friends, sitting next to each other in class, so you could say we go back a long way.
We met again later in life with the help of social media, and things happened very quickly for us. We moved in together after a short few months of dating, with my sister saying, “I always thought you two would make a great couple”, and we fell pregnant with our daughter Roseanna shortly after that.
We were over the moon. Excited to be a family and plan our lives together. But, in the summer of 2017, my Dad was rushed to hospital and a few days before, my Mum was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. Our original ideas of what our wedding would be like were thrown upside down and with so much uncertainty with my parents’ health, we decided a smaller intimate wedding, sooner, was for us.
Tom proposed on Christmas morning 2017 with my Mum and our daughter happily watching on. It was Roseanna who chose how he would do it, picking a big red heart balloon with ‘Will you marry me’ on it. Tom tied the ring to the balloon and had it waiting for me on the dining table which was all laid out for Christmas morning breakfast. It was a magical moment.
I visited my Dad in hospital that day and showed him my engagement ring, but he sadly passed away a few weeks later. Planning a wedding became less of a priority. However, with my Mum’s health quickly deteriorating and discovering I was pregnant again in March, I had to get my act together and we booked the soonest date available. We chose the beautiful Mayors reception room at Crewe Municipal buildings for the 24th August 2018.
I remember it being a Sunday, leaving me just 5 weeks to plan our wedding. Luckily, Residents Restaurant and Bar in Nantwich were able to cater for the reception and they were amazing from the start.
Once we had the date and venue booked, everything else went surprisingly smoothly. I chose a Debut Debenhams embroidered ‘Eden’ chiffon sleeveless Bridal dress, with shoes and a matching clutch from Dune bridal. I had two Flower girl dresses from Monsoon and the Bridesmaid dresses from New Look and Seraphine. Tom’s pale blue linen suit was from Marks and Spencer, with a Paul Smith tie.
Our day couldn’t have gone better. I began getting ready at Crewe Hall, with my bridal party, including my Mum. One of my Bridesmaids, Vicky, gave me a thoughtful gift the morning of the wedding. It was a charm to hang off my bouquet with a picture of my Dad with the quote “walk with me.” Those were the first tears of the day!
Before we knew it, it was time to leave. Our photographer took Roseanna and I into the grounds of Crewe Hall, to get pictures of the two of us together.
We headed off in our wedding car, a Mercedes E Class saloon with White Ribbons from DH Chauffeurs. I must mention our lady driver, who was lovely and went out of her way to help with my Mum.
As we arrived at the Municipal Buildings, we were greeted by the most torrential rainstorm. We dodged a shower and made it inside. My Mum walked me up the aisle. The ceremony was beautiful. The rain had subsided, and the most beautiful daylight came through the windows of the Mayors Parlour.
Afterwards, we headed to Residence in Nantwich. When I arrived there, my older brother Tim, came and told me of something rather unusual that had happened.
As we were leaving, the heavens opened again. Tom and I grabbed an umbrella and made the short dash to the car. As we got into the car, Tim noticed one of Dad’s old cars, that he had only recently sold, driving past! He couldn’t wait to tell me and was clearly still in a bit of shock, as he saw it as a sign that Dad was trying to let us know he was there with us. Before my Dad died, he had told Tim to look after his cars and to get his “run-arounds” up to scratch and sell them on.
The chances of that car driving past at that moment is one hell of a coincidence, though not impossible. I would like to believe this, and the sudden downpours on arrival and departure, were my Dad showing his presence.
When we got to the Residence, our guests were welcomed with a glass of bubbly and a selection of drinks, to get the party going as they gathered in the bar area. It was a great atmosphere and Dave captured the relaxed shots of people mingling and chatting we had hoped for. Dave then took Tom and I across the road to Nantwich Park for a few more portraits together, but soon got us back to our friends and family with no fuss at all.
One of the highlights of our wedding was our surprise baby reveal within the speeches. I was 20 weeks pregnant and had the scan just a few days before. Neither Tom or I knew the baby’s sex, so we were sharing this moment with all our friends and family. We were delighted when we found out we were having a boy.
Dave caught the magical moment perfectly. His relaxed photography style captured moments of our wedding that were natural, which is exactly what we wanted. He arrived at Crewe Hall at 9am and photographed everything from the bridal prep, through to the end of the day when Tom and I returned to Crewe Hall for our overnight stay, around 8pm.
We knew from the pre wedding shoot that Dave was going to be great to work with, and when we got all the pictures back after the wedding, we couldn’t stop looking at them and we LOVED the personalised USB box.
All our venue organisers and suppliers were brilliant. Myself and my bridal party had our makeup done by Emma Williams makeup artist and our hair was done by Michelle Morgan.
The flowers by ‘Pretty Pricks’, were stunning. My bouquet was made up of Green’s, Pink’s, Purple’s and white’s. I wanted the bouquet and flowers to be wild and free and they made it perfectly.
The Wedding plans went very smoothly. I think it made it less stressful in having less time to plan. You don’t ponder and change your mind about things or over order wedding items you don’t need.
The hardest part of all the planning was keeping the guest list to 50 and finding the bridesmaid dresses to not only match the flower girl’s, but also to fit my heavily pregnant sister and my very petite best friend, who’s only demand was she didn’t want a long dress.
Nothing prepares you for the rush of emotion as you see your family, friends and husband to be all waiting for you. My Mum walking by my side and holding my hand meant the world to me. She was amazing and looked beautiful.
Car – DH Chauffeurs – dhchauffeurs.co.uk
Dress – Debenhams – www.debenhams.com
Flowers – Pretty Pricks – www.prettypricks.com
Makeup – Emma Williams – www.emmawilliams.net
Photographer – Dave Thompson – www.photographybydavethompson.co.uk
Venue – Residents Restaurant & Bar – www.residence.uk.com