Our special day…
Our wedding took place on 9th September 2016.
John proposed in June 2015 on the beach near my parents’ house. It was so secluded, there was no one else around at all, and he got down on one knee. It was a complete surprise. I had no makeup on. I hadn’t washed my hair, and I was even wearing a pair of wellies. Very glamorous! When we got back onto the promenade, the Salvation Army brass band was playing – completely co-incidental and not planned, but it was a fabulous touch and a perfect proposal.
As a couple, we’re quite relaxed, so we loved the simplicity and warmth of the barn venue. It had everything we wanted. (Actually what I really mean is that as the bride, I chose everything I wanted and John just went along with it!) We had neutral decor, so that we could dress the barn exactly as we wanted without anything clashing. My favourite part of the barn is the bridge. It’s absolutely breath-taking. Although it was a shame that it rained so heavily on our big day and we had to stay inside, the side room was beautiful. In fact, all the guests commented on how much more intimate the ceremony felt. It was lovely.
I’d tried millions of dresses on and just could not find the one I wanted. But finally, I found it, and I knew it was definitely the right one because my mum cried when I tried it on. Our rings came from a local vintage jeweller – although (tragedy!) John lost his in the sea on the very first day of our honeymoon. ?
Makeup was done by Victoria Finnigan. Hair was by Alissi Hair Dressing in Hoylake. The suits were from Next. The bridesmaids dresses were from Coast. I chose the dress colour to go with the pastel and neutral scheme for the whole wedding, to make it in-keeping with the barn. The Mother of the Bride’s outfit came from Damsel in a Dress.
Our florist for the bouquets and button holes were Marks and Spencers. The venue flowers came from the wholesalers. The cake was Marks & Spencers too. We didn’t use wedding cars. Our photographer was Steve Grogan Photography and we made all the stationery ourselves.
On the wedding day itself
On the day I wasn’t nervous at all. It was more like, half extremely excited, and half extremely surreal! I think John was a little nervous but still very excited. He got to the venue a bit too early, so I had to go and hide upstairs out of the way.
Outside itself was torrential rain. We tried to hold out for it to pass, but it didn’t, so I ended up being 20 minutes late arriving. In all that time, John really thought I’d left him standing at the altar. He was only finally convinced that I hadn’t gone AWOL when he saw my mum, who managed to calm him down.
I walked down the aisle to the very beautiful, Pachelbel’s Canon. And then we had the wedding breakfast – we chose the BBQ option. The speeches were fantastic and the Best Man even managed to keep his speech relatively PG (child friendly!). The band was called Supersession, and they were great. Our first dance was an acoustic version of Jack Johnson’s Better Together. We had our honeymoon in Malta.
My top tips for other couples are – don’t stress. Just plan the day you want, and the food you enjoy, and have fun. Make sure when you’re planning the schedule you accommodate extra time, so that you don’t have to stress about doing everything exactly on time. If and when you can, take 5 minutes out as a couple to just step back and watch the party. The day will fly by, so make sure you take everything in.
Oh, and don’t put all the of the rowdy drunk guests on the same table. You might think you’re containing them and making sure they don’t annoy other guests, but you’re not, and they just encourage each other….! But that’s another story.