My Fairytale Wedding
Our fairytale wedding began in New York!
The 15th November 2013, the day after my 30th birthday we jetted off to NY. Passport control was a nightmare and John was becoming increasingly irritated. We finally got to the hotel at about 3.30pm and we headed straight to Central Park, he was in such a hurry, I didn’t understand why. When we got to the edge of the park we decided on a Pedicab tour and the driver was lovely, stopping at a few places like where Home Alone was filmed and most importantly at the FRIENDS fountain. We watch FRIENDS at some point everyday so it was huge for both of us!
We both got in the fountain and asked the driver to take our photograph. Then he did it!! John got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was so shocked and excited… It was a fantastic trip! I loved it! What’s more the driver captured it all on camera. So the wedding theme was set; ‘FRIENDS’!
As soon as we got back to the UK we started planning. We wanted a venue that was not too far for our families to travel but with an option to stay over and spend the weekend and we only went to view one venue and that was the Norton Grange Hotel and Spa. I cannot recommend them enough – Joanna their wedding co-ordinator could not have done more for us, the day ran smoothly and we didn’t worry about anything.We booked August 30th 2014.
Their event ‘A day at the Norton Grange’ was really helpful they suggested companies they worked with, a little research and one in particular stood out; Allison of Balloons and More she gave ideas but wasn’t pushy, she was so helpful, she even offered to put all my centrepieces together even though I had bought them myself! She catered for everything, the dance floor, the photobooth, the flowers, the twinkle backdrop, chocolate fountain. The room looked amazing and I was so glad we’d chose Allison.
Once the venue was sorted we moved onto the Honeymoon, my friend recommended a company called Destinology. I was put in touch with Kimberley they were really helpful and they were even able to set up a fund for guests to make a deposit towards our honeymoon if they wished instead of a gift. So we booked to fly to Secrets Capri in Riviera Maya. The honeymoon was incredible and we are even going back to Mexico in May for a family wedding and staying at Secrets sister resort.
The dress, I went to Sense and Sensibility in Stockport and they were brilliant, i tried just 4 dresses and I knew which one I wanted! I preferred to have straps as I have a habit of pulling up dresses, so I chose the Maggie Sottero ‘Rita’ dress: satin material, a beautiful fit that was perfect for my shape and my mum loved it, that just made it perfect. I went back a few months later to pick my veil and headpiece, they were just fantastic from start to finish
My shoes were a tough decision. In total I bought 4 pairs!
Initially, I went for comfort and picked a plain lace pair which had a small heal, I was happy with them until I went for my dress alterations about 6 weeks before the wedding but trying them with my dress they didn’t feel special, so I started looking for different ones. I ordered a pair from eBay about 2 weeks before the wedding and kept looking, then finally after trawling through the internet I finally deciding on my perfect shoes! I picked them up two days before the wedding but I knew they were the ones, I felt like a princess in them. I still wear them now. ‘Carvela Grin Court Shoe’
For the cake, I got my friends mum to make it but I wanted a special cake topper. I used Beautiful Cake Toppers. They got every detail perfect. I still have my topper on display at home. It is fantastic.
For the presents for my bridesmaids I wanted something unique and they could keep. I saw an article on a designer from America and fell in love with her work, she designed wine glasses based on your outfit. I emailed Sam, She just asked for details and was prepared to ship them to the UK for me aswell. I ordered a wine glass for each bridesmaid and a cup with a lid for the younger bridesmaids. I also ordered glasses for myself and John for the wedding day. I love them and were a great keepsake.
As the day approached I was so excited. I was marrying my best friend and I couldn’t wait, I’d had my make up trial with Clare, she listened to what I wanted and I knew she would look after me.
She arrived on the day as calm as a cucumber even though I was getting stressed, doing hair one by one then the makeup. She made everything so easy and relaxed. I can’t thank her enough.
I was ready on time, my dad was there waiting to walk me down the aisle, for which we’d chosen Christina Perry; A Thousand Years, he started crying literally as we stepped into the room. It was perfect, John was standing at the end of the isle waiting but i could not stop shaking – I was so happy!
You hear of hiccups on a wedding day. ours happened as the registrar was about to hand over the marriage certificate I looked out and my dad was missing, I looked at my mum “where has he gone?” “he’s gone to get the camera from the room” she replied. Thankfully he came walking back in and everyone applauded him and he took a bow.
Then we were able to relax, we had lots of photographs done and it was time to sit down for the meal. It was great fun. There were the table decorations laid out, ‘He’s her lobster’ instead of MR and Mrs on the top table. The table plan with names of FRIENDS characters for each table name.
The meal was lovely and we got onto the speeches. My dad went first and literally had the room in tears. He’s not a man of many words but he was emotional and it showed.
Evening entertainment kicked off, we had the photobooth which was so much fun and you could see the story of the night unfolding. The music was great and we literally danced and smiled all night long. My only recommendation to other bride and grooms would be to invest in a videographer, I would love to watch the day over again. It went so fast. I would love to do it over again.
It was the best day of my life.