April Rose and Andy Guy enjoyed a classic pink wedding in Lancashire after an unconventional proposal by the bride
Photography: Adam Wakefield Photography
Tell us about the proposal.
It was August 2017. Andy was racing his motorbike at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire. The commentator would read out messages or texts over the tannoy system, so I decided to take advantage of this, sending a text saying ‘Andy Guy will you marry me?’ This was read out while Andy was on the starting grid. He heard it, but thought he was hearing things! After the race he asked me if I was being serious. To which I answered, ‘yes, so what’s your answer?’ He replied: ‘Oh go on then,’ and placed a Haribo ring on my finger.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Our theme was a ‘classic dreamy wedding.’ The colour scheme was shades of pink with ivory. We chose this as I felt the colours were romantic and so pretty.
What venue did you choose?
It was the first place we looked around and the location was perfect for all the family to travel to. Sparth House in Clayton le Moors, Lancashire, is an 18th century mansion built in 1740 with all original features and beautiful gardens. It had a relaxed atmosphere with old fireplaces and open fires giving you that instant ‘at home’ feel. We also wanted the ceremony and reception in the one place and Sparth House had both a ceremony room and reception/evening room.
Tell us about your dress.
It was the first one I tried on, in the first shop – Maria Modes Bridal in Macclesfield. I fell in love with it – Kirby by Maggie Sottero. It was a strapless princess dress with a ruched bodice and drop waist, had lace appliques on the bodice with eight layers of tulle petticoat and train in ivory. It was completely different to what I imagined I would like – I thought I would go for a fitted mermaid look but this was completely the opposite.
Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?
I didn’t have bridesmaids – just two flowergirls, our daughter Summer and neice Emily. They wore pink flowergirl dresses from Ted Baker with matching sandals and gorgeous fresh flower crowns.
Did you hire a wedding planner?
No, we didn’t have a planner as such. Olivia from Sparth House was amazing and so helpful and organised, making sure everything ran smoothly from start to finish, but the organising and planning was all my own doing – with the help of Pinterest.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
I chose fresh, seasonal flowers in tones of pink and ivory – we had roses, tuplips, jasmine, hydrangeas, ranunculus and hyercium berries.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
During the morning we were all very calm, enjoying listening and singing along to my ‘80s playlist. I didn’t begin to feel nervous until I started putting my dress on. Walking down the aisle I completely focused on Andy waiting for me as I knew that if I saw any of my guests with a tear in my eye it would make me cry. The ceremony was amazing as we hand a hand tying, humanist ceremony which was more personalised telling the story about our lives so far and how we met.
Tell us about the reception.
We had a drinks reception with Craig Smith Music playing background music while we had photographs taken in the gardens. Speeches were completed before we ate our wedding breakfast as we felt this would help with the nerves.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
We had a cake table with three cakes, sweets, cupcakes, cakepops and shortbread.
Did you have any evening entertainment?
In the evening we had a band – The Singles Table – who played rock music which got all the guests jumping.
What song did you choose for your first dance?
Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You.
Did anything go wrong on the day?
Yes, Andy thought he had packed his black socks, but in a rush he’d packed our daughter’s socks insterad and so was going round the hotel begging the groomsmen for a spare pair of socks on the moning!
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
The day flies past so quickly – remember to take a step back at different times of the day to take it all in and appreciate all your hard work. We had two photographers which helped catch different angles and both the preparation of the bride and groom on the morning of the wedding.
Steal their Style
Photography: Adam Wakefield Photography
Second photographer: Andy Matheson
Ceremony & reception venue: Sparth House
Dress: Maria Modes Bridal
Accessories: Shoes, Jenny Packham; hair accessories, Alan Hannah
Wedding rings: H. Samuel
Flowergirl dresses: Ted Baker
Hair: Hair Creations North West
Make-up: Abzolute Artistry Makeup Studio
Groom’s outfit: Peter Posh Suit Hire
Stationery: Pure Invitation
Flowers: The Flower Shop
Wedding favours: Bite the Macaron
Cake: Occasion Cakes, 01204 532693
Catering: Sparth House
Venue dresser: Let Love Blossom
Entertainment: The Singles Table; Craig Smith Music