A Cream and Rose Cheshire Church Wedding: Steven Greening and Louise Jane Taylor
29 Oct 2015
Surprises lay in store for guests attending Steven and Louise’s traditional white English wedding, as operatic singers disguised as waiters launched into song and a live violinist added ambience. They share their glamorous wedding adventure with Bride
In January 2014 Steven Greening prepared to ask the question of a lifetime while holidaying in Barbados with his partner Louise. After an intimate dinner they began planning their classic English wedding with rose pink, ivory and white finishes at the Holy Angels Church in Hale Barns, Cheshire, and the Mere Golf Resort and Spa for the reception.
Here the newlyweds reveal surprise elements at their wedding day on July 4, 2015 – from the operatic singers dressed as waiters to the sentimental charity wedding favours.
Tell us about the proposal.
We were on holiday in Barbados. We booked a lovely table overlooking the gorgeous bay at the exclusive Cliff Restaurant and during dessert, Steve asked the chef to prepare a special plate with the words ‘Louise will you marry me’ written in chocolate pen, with a beautiful diamond engagement ring resting on the bottom of the personalised plate.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Classic, traditional English white wedding. The colours were rose pink and cream with traditional colours for the bride – white and ivory.
When did you know when you’d found your dress?
I was looking for something with the wow factor. The designer I wore was Pronovias and the dress ticked all my boxes. It was layered, so puffed out to enhance the look, had a good sized train length and was traditional ivory and white with sequin embroidery.
Where did you find your suits for the groom?
We went to a number of wedding fares and were looking for a quality morning suit. I went for a number of fittings before finally settling with Maria Modes in Macclesfield as the look, cut and feel were the best I had tried.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
Rose pink and cream roses were used to decorate the church and venue. The bouquet for the bride was made up of cream roses as were the button holes for the boys.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
Day guests were greeted with a champagne reception at the Mere with music provided by a live violinist who played popular classical music from Vivaldi, Mozart and Bach. Guests posed for photos in the picturesque grounds, while the children were entertained by a balloon specialist who created cars, guitars and dinosaurs. This was followed by four course traditional roast beef wedding breakfast with guests being surprised by two operatic singers disguised as waiters.
A number of things made this wedding unique – from the professional operatic singers, to the wedding favours which came from Guide Dogs for the Blind who provided tie badges and cuddly toy guide dogs for the children. It is a charity close to our heart as we have a family member who requires assistance from guide dogs. We also had a popular corporate entertainment band, the Celebrities, who played a two hour set for the evening party.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
I felt a huge sense of pride and excitement. I was about to marry my best friend and soulmate and I wanted to enjoy each moment. I could see how proud my father was as he walked me down the aisle. It was great to feel the warmth from the smiles on the faces of all my friends and family who had turned up to share our big day.
What was your most memorable moment?
I think the highlight was the impact the singing waiters made. They got the whole room dancing, singing along and waving their serviettes. We thought they would be a hit as they’d performed at Prince Andrew’s 50th party a couple of years back, but they absolutely blew everyone away.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
I think trying to ensure, whilst it was our day, we put a bit in for everyone who came. We started planning the event 18 months ago and that gave us the chance to seek different options and negotiate the best prices. We also tried to account for every possibility – if it rained we had a plan b for the photos, if Louise was late to the church we ensured we had some time to reschedule things. Nothing was left to chance. Louise has great attention to detail and Steve manages projects for a living, so we had a good balance of skills to complement one another and put on a memorable day.
What was the most important investment for you?
Definitely the venue. That was the most important decision as we wanted a quality venue in a great location that would ensure both a quality service and picturesque photos.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud. We both loved the song as soon as we heard it. It’s perfect for weddings, in fact I think it has overtaken Take That’s Greatest Day as the number one first dance wedding song over the last 12 months. It’s easy to see why with the perfect words and melody. We even had professional dance lessons at Cadman’s Dance Studio in Sale to ensure we gave everyone something to remember.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
It was a four-tiered cake from Peter Herd Bakery in Wilmslow. Half was sponge, half chocolate. We had it iced with flower petals falling down one side.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
We did lots of research, but until you start getting into the detail you don’t realise how long it takes to organise an event as big as a wedding. The jobs are endless and there are a number of suppliers you are reliant on.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. We also visited the beautiful island of Capri and plan to go to the Maldives in the New Year.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Give yourself plenty of time as it goes so quickly, always get a number of quotes and try and barter the best deals. It’s a competitive market out there so use it to your advantage. Also make sure you enjoy the day and take as much in as possible. We had it filmed so we can relive it all again.
Steal their style
Photography: Cara Green, The Little Paper Shop, www.thelittlepapershop.com
Venue: Holy Angels Church, Hale Barns, Cheshire, www.holyangels.org.uk;
The Mere Golf Resort and Spa, Knutsford, www.themereresort.co.uk
Dress: Pronovias, www.pronovias.co.uk
Groom’s outfit: Maria Modes, Macclesfield, www.mariamodes.com
Cake: Peter Herd of Wilmslow, www.peterherdcakes.co.uk
Professional Operatic Singers: Matthew Minter, premiersingers.com
Wedding band: The Celebrities, www.thecelebrities.co.uk