We first met on the 20th November 2000 when we started working for the same company. We worked on the same team and became really good friends. Then Kate left the company to work elsewhere and we lost contact for 12 years.
We then reconnected on Facebook after I plucked up the courage and sent a flirty comment to Kate one night. From this, we met up and after a short time fell in love.
Kate moved in with me along with our 3 kids and we settled down as a family together.
My 40th birthday was coming up and I wanted to surprise Kate by proposing, as I knew with it being my 40th birthday she would least expect it. Kate took me out for a meal and towards the end of my birthday meal Kate popped to the bathroom and when she came back I had written her a poem. I handed it over to her and she read it and when she had finished I had the ring in my hand so she could see it. I asked her to marry me and she said yes.
We decided on a date as soon as possible, as we did not want to have a long-term engagement. We planned the wedding ourselves. We looked around for venues, caterers, DJ, wedding suits and most of all a wedding dress. We decided to use Sizzlers caterers who are a local company to us for our meal and evening buffet after reading very good reviews. Our wedding photographer Envision Images came highly recommended and they didn’t disappoint. We used B&E Events for our chair covers, post box, balloons etc. The wedding dress was purchased from a little bridal boutique called La Fleu in Middleton. The wedding suits were bought from Slaters menswear. We used Lady Jane Limousine for our wedding cars, as they are a local, well known and reputable company.
The Wedding Day
I stayed at my parents’ house the night before, while Kate stayed at home with her Mum.
Kate had her hair done at Oliver Rose while the bridesmaids and Kate’s mum stayed back and had their make-up done by Dee Hargreaves. Mark of Envision Images spent the morning with the bridal party while Andrew spent the morning with the groom. Both were fantastic, helping us with buttonholes, the timing of when to get ready and just reassuring and keep us both calm.
The wedding ceremony was at Chadderton Town Hall at 3 o’clock with both of us extremely nervous but most of all excited. The room and ceremony was exactly what we hoped for and more especially sharing it with our family and friends.
Once the ceremony was finished, pictures were taken at the wedding venue then we were whisked off to a park to have some more pictures, while our guests were taken to the reception venue at St Edwards Church Hall. Speeches were said and the drink was flowing and everyone had a lovely meal from Sizzlers caterers. We opted for a carvery style meal, because our aim for the day was to have a relaxed less formal day.
We cut the cake, which was made by the mother of the bride, and had our first dance to John Legend ‘All of me’. We all then danced the night away.
Our day was the best day we could have hoped for.
Venue – St Edwards Church Hall
Photographer – Envision Images – www.envisionimages.co.uk
Catering – Sizzlers – www.sizzlersbuffets.co.uk
Dress – La Fleu – www.lafleurbridal.co.uk
Make Up – Dee Hargreaves – www.deehargreaves.co.uk