A New York themed wedding in Lancashire

17 Dec 2019

Paying homage to the place they got engaged, Michelle McCabe and Daniel Cookson's New York themed wedding was filled with memorable details

How did you meet?

On Tinder, after I said I would never meet anyone on an app.

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Tell us about the proposal

We got engaged in Central Park, New York on February 14, 2016 and it was magical. Daniel insisted we walked when it was minus ridiculous outside to just off 5th Avenue and he got down on one knee and surprised me after I had to sit down as I was in heels and my feet were hurting. 

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What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

Our wedding day was elegant and New York themed, with the tables all named after districts in New York and the evening food was burgers and hot dogs. Daniel actually lived and worked in New York for four years so there are a lot of memories and history there for him and it’s also now a very special place for me too as we got engaged there. The colour scheme was dusky pink and grey with a lot of elegant white. 

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What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?

The Great Hall at Mains, Hambleton. I always wanted to get married there as it has a beautiful big hall and grounds.

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When did you know you’d found ‘the’ dress? 

It was a Rebecca Ingram dress for Maggie Sottero, called Drew, and it was simple, elegant and not too fussy. I’m not really a ‘blingy’ girl and it had a subtle sparkle with beautiful embroidery all across it in a lace overlay. I actually tried on about 26 dresses.

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Who were the bridesmaids?

My bridesmaids were Rachel Bowling, Lizzie Broady, Laura Rogan and Laura Tozer. I’ve known them all for years and years and they are all dear close friends of mine. 

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What did the mother of the bride wear?

She wore a Veni Infantino dress and matching bolero by Ronald Joyce.

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Where did you find your suits?

Slater Menswear. The groomsmen wore grey three-piece suits and Daniel wore a matching grey check three-piece suit.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

I chose a hand-tied peony and ivory rose bridal bouquet and the bridesmaids had hand-tied gypsophila bouquets, with the immediate bridal party wearing ivory rose and gypsophila buttonholes and corsages.

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

  • We had personalised D&M 20.07.19 marbled grey and white fondant heart cookies made by Alice at Delilah’s Place for the favours and handwritten calligraphy for the name cards/place settings.
  • I DIY’d the majority of the venue décor including the table centrepieces, which were made with artificial flowers and swag.
  • We had our table names named after districts in New York and fun photo lists for the guests to spot at the wedding breakfast.
  • We also did sweet bags for the children and personalised crayons with an activity book.
  • We had a memory table and ‘reserved’ chair at the front of the ceremony aisle dedicated to our late relatives who had passed that were missed on our big day.
  • We don’t take ourselves too seriously as a couple and humour had to be included so we had a singing waiter (Garston Entertainment) on the day to surprise our guests at the wedding breakfast. We also had a photobooth with props to keep the evening guests entertained later on.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Nervous, but in a happy way. 

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How did you make the ceremony personal to you? 

We picked The Piano Guys' version of A Thousand Years by Christina Perri because it has the power to make us both emotional and has such beautiful lyrics. It was a strings version and so gorgeous. We had our son Oliver and our nephew Spencer walk down the aisle at the start of the wedding to deliver the rings as page boys with ‘ring security’ personalised tags.

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What was your most memorable moment?

Our little boy shouting to us both as we said our vows. He wanted to join in! 

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Planning it while both of us were working so much... and organising the table plan.

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What was the most important investment for you? 

I think having dear family and friends all there on our special day was the most important thing, and luckily all our close friends and family all made it. Having plenty of drinks and lovely food to keep us all fuelled was important.

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What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

We chose Sam Smith - Latch (acoustic version) as the lyrics are really beautiful and we both love the original, so the acoustic version was even more special. 

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Did you have any evening entertainment?

Jay Irving via Garston Entertainment was both our singing waiter during the wedding breakfast and also did a set in the evening. We used the in-house DJ at the venue. 

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

It was a three-tier lightly frosted buttercream cake with vanilla bean on the bottom two layers and the top was lemon drizzle. We also had a personalised cake topper. 

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If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

We really wish we hired a wedding band for the evening entertainment. 

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Did anything go wrong on the day?

There were a few hitches. The wedding car left the mother of the bride behind and had to do a round trip to get her to us. We were 20 minutes late to the venue but nobody noticed.

My car also broke down the day before the wedding and I had about five appointments to get to. 

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Did you have a custom hashtag for social media? If so, what was it?

#thecooksons2019 

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Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

How much everything costs! 

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

We went away the three of us, with our little boy, for a mini family moon to Chester straight after the wedding, which was lovely. We plan to go on honeymoon in May 2020 to Mauritius. 

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

Note everything down and make sure you barter for as many things as you can, as some suppliers do offer discounts.

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Steal their style: 

Venue: The Great Hall at Mains
Photography: Beth Alderson Photography
Venue dressing: Just4u Events Ltd
Catering: Twelve
Singing waiter/singer: Jay Irving
Floristry: Jeanette Florists 
Cake: For Goodness Cake  
Floral signage: Aldon Studios
Hair: Emilie Jayne Sorsky
Make-up: Brooke Turnbull

For more Lancashire wedding inspiration, browse the latest edition of Lancashire & Lake District Bride magazine

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