Manchesterʼs answer to the Royal Wedding by The Confetti Box
Our story begins on 5th November 1999, the first time we met. It was love at first sight, hook, line and sinker. Years later, Michael decided to ask for my hand. He asked my dad’s permission, my dad agreed. Michael then started to plan a romantic trip toRome. The weekend was just any other trip, or so I thought. Michael had planned it all, the luxury hotel, the champagne and the romantic meal on Valentine’s Day. At 11.59pm Michael got down on bended knee and proposed. This was set to be our next chapter together.
As soon as we got back, we set the date – 30th April 2011. The venue was going to be Gorton Monastery because my sister had her wedding there; Michael and I thought it would be perfect for us too. I have worked in my mum’s bridal shop, The Confetti Box Bridal Centre since I was old enough to walk. I have spent my life doing fashion shows and exhibitions. Having been exposed to so many beautiful gowns all my life, imagine the pressure I was under to find my perfect gown! I tried the whole shop on and then some, until eventually I found the one. I fell in love with a Sottero and Midgley dress “Gracie”. It was an A-line skirt made of bordeaux taffeta in white. It was completely different and just perfect for me. I had a long veil to compliment the look. My bridesmaids wore silver wedding dresses by Maggie Sottero in slipper satin.
With a mum who has been running her own bridal stores for 26 years, I had the best wedding planner in the world. My mum, Maria, made everything so easy for Michael and I. It truly was our dream wedding. Michael and all his twelve ushers wore silk grey tails, provided by my dad, Stephen, who runs the men’s department at The Confetti Box. Both mums wore exquisite outfits from Diva Couture, our sister store for mothers of the bride and groom. We used the best in the industry for the flowers, Matt and Jane at Red Floral Architecture, along with the rest of their team they created the most fantastic displays of flowers and centrepieces. I especially loved my ten-tier cake made by Jayne from All things sugared, with the most amazing fresh flowers all on one side. The collaboration of Matt from Red and Jayne from All Things Sugar was truly amazing.
The ceremony started off beautifully with the string quartet playing Pachelbel As we were signing the register, my mum had organised for the Manchester Sing Out Choir to perform as a surprise. They were amazing, everybody was singing along to ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’. Our drinks reception of canapés and Louis Roderer champagne was fantastic. We had the amazing Cole Page, whose specialty is Rat Pack music for our entertainment. He mingled with my guests and sang some great tunes; he even got some people up to sing with him, even my mum! Cole played a huge part in our day as he was also the master of ceremonies. I cannot thank him enough. He was a true professional from the beginning of the day to the end of the night. Throughout the day, Lesley and Shaun Meredith Photography took the most amazing pictures. They were a superb team; to say they are simply the best is an understatement. Their professionalism is second to none. Michael and I were so glad to have booked them. They are a great couple and work beautifully together. We were then entertained by the Waiters Encore from London who are a professional singing trio, they mixed with our guests as the Maitre d’, waitress and chef. They did an act and then sang, surprising all our guests. They too were amazing. They did an array of different songs, one of which was ʻNessum Dormaʼ which brought tears to my eyes.
Our evening band was booked because of their reputation – Re-Take That. They looked and sounded exactly like Take That. My mum also booked Justin Orange (the twin brother of Jason Orange) to DJ. Nobody left the dance floor all night, it was great. We built a stage for our top table which doubled as the stage for the group. Pete from Absolute Stage and Lighting was brilliant, he could not do enough for us. He organised our staging, lighting the carpets and the LED bars. A true professional, we would definitely recommend him very highly. After our first dance and the cutting of the cake, I changed in to a 50s three quarter length style tulle gown with my Swarovski crystal peep-toe shoes. There is nothing I would change, my day was perfect and I loved every minute. So thank you to everyone who helped us with the run up and on our big day. Michael and I could not have managed without my mum and dad. I truly felt like a princess, everyone was calling our wedding, “Manchester’s Royal Wedding”. It made me and Michael smile to think that everybody was comparing our wedding to the royal wedding.
Words by: Jade & Michael Cole
Photography by: Lesley Meredith Photography