Mr & Mrs Reade
13th April 2017
The first time Tom and I met was in my mum’s kitchen. He politely asked if he could grab some drinks. Being one of my brother’s friends I told him to go ahead. He started to chat to me about everything and nothing and I couldn’t help thinking how amazingly wonderful this young man was, four years my junior but more grown up that some men twice his age. Unfortunately, I doubt he had similar feelings about me as a day earlier I had been kicked by my horse – in the face and can definitely say, I was not looking my best!
Fifteen months later we met again in 2013 on a brief visit to see my family having moved to London and with the wonders of Facebook, we were finally in touch.
Tom proposed to me in Budapest on 13th March 2016 as we’d joked that 13 is lucky for some. Carrying on that theme I was hell bent on getting married on the 13th…I didn’t care what month but I couldn’t wait much over a year. I found out the Thursday before Easter was 13th April and in one weekend back in the north we viewed five venues – Wrenbury Hall being the last.
From the moment we drove down the drive we knew it was the venue we had been looking for. Pete greeted us with a glass of bubbles or for those driving tea or coffee. We found that not only were the staff really friendly and very helpful, but the venue was gorgeous, and the 13th April was available. We had to book it and we did and it was the best decision we made!
It was at this point we realised we didn’t have a clue what we were supposed to do next. Luckily for us, Wrenbury offered a perfect package…we had a photographer, florist, cake maker, venue dresser and a DJ included.
Flower Divas were our choice of florist and Sam was incredible. She totally saw my vision from the terrible description I gave and put it all together. Peonies were the one flower I had to have but being early April, I was out of luck but on the day Sam showed up with some gorgeous white peonies in my bouquet! I was made up!!
For our cake we chose Jo’s Couture Cakes and we are so pleased we did. Jo was really friendly, flexible and embraced every detail I described. She offered to make our favours, which consisted of 200+ mini meringues, and to save time she boxed them, tagged them and set them out on the day. Our cake was perfect – exactly how I described, inside (with pink ombre sponge) and out.
Richard, our photographer, was professional and very helpful throughout. His eye for a naturally gorgeous photo is incredible. Most of our favourite photos are those we weren’t even aware were being taken. You spend so long planning the day, that to us the photos and videography were by far the most important.
Aaron Rose wedding films offered a fantastic package for filming the day and were so discreet; we can hardly remember seeing them. After a teaser trailer we just can’t wait to see the feature film.
The dress was possibly the most stressful but exciting part of my whole planning experience. I must have visited ten shops and always went back to the dress I tried on the first day – it was the total opposite of everything I thought I wanted but it felt so natural when I tried it on. After a few tweaks and additional appliqués, my Pronovias dress was my princess dress I could never have imagined.
The boys’ suits looked incredible! I had seen a few photos in magazines of suits from Whitfield & Ward and once I found out they were in Cheshire, it was the perfect choice. However, as Tom was not allowed to see my dress, I was banned from suit shopping with the boys. I was allowed a small insight when it came to pageboy suits and Whitfield & Ward recommended Roco Clothing, an online store with a huge selection of occasion wear. My twin godsons looked gorgeous and I know they loved wearing their suits too.
On the morning of the wedding, we had made a special arrangement with Neil and Sam at Wrenbury to start extra early. With one bride, three bridesmaids, two mums and a 12 o’clock ceremony, we arrived at 7am to get started. We had tea, coffee, croissants and fruit throughout the morning but once 10.30 arrived, the first glass of champagne was poured. The morning was so relaxed and the mums and my bridesmaids looked incredible.
Vicky and Anna from Bridal Hair and Make-up of Cheshire were so relaxed, chatty and they certainly know how to make you look and feel gorgeous for your big day.
Pete, the master of ceremonies, well he was just fantastic. From morning to evening he was there keeping everyone in order and making them laugh. He was even prepped with tissues – the waterworks first started when he asked me where I first wanted to see my dad. After an emotional few months with my dad in hospital receiving a bone marrow transplant, he was well enough to walk me down the aisle, which was a dream come true. Pete saved my make up, so for that alone he deserves credit.
The moment came for us to walk up the aisle. I never knew excitement and nerves like it. Do I laugh? Cry? Both? To my rescue came my dear friends super smiling face and that set me up for the day. Tom, however, was in tears from the moment he saw me which was such an endearing sight. The ceremony was intimate, emotional and filled with laughter. It couldn’t have been more perfect!
During our reception drinks we asked Martin Fernandez, a pianist we saw in a restaurant in Manchester, to entertain. He was great too. Subtle sounds, well-known songs and once he realised that a few of our guest were huge Oasis fans; he had us singing away at 2pm. We knew we were in for a great day.
The food for me though was the main event and our passion for food is one huge reason we fell in love and Wrenbury did not disappoint. It looked amazing, tasted even better and not one complaint from a guest…and we had some fussy ones. The evening hog roast was just as successful. Not that I saw any of it, I was too busy dancing the night away.
Tom found a local band – The Royales – which had amazing reviews. Needless to say they lived up to expectation and were fantastic. They allowed a friend of ours to sing his rendition of Half the World Away, whilst Tom pretended to be the next biggest rock star on the mic!
We had the most amazing day and we’d do it all again in a heartbeat and for that we’d like to thank Wrenbury Hall for making it all so easy. Sam, Neil, Davinia and Pete, you are a credit to the venue. Thank you!
Venue – Wrenbury Hall – www.wrenburyhall.co.uk
Cake – Jo’s Couture Cakes – www.joscouturecakes.co.uk
Photographer – Richard Milnes – www.richardmilnesphotography.com
Suits – Whitfield & Ward – www.whitfieldandward.co.uk
Dress – Pronovias.com/gb