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Diamonds and pearls: The wedding of Craig and Kate Perkins

28 Jan 2013

Diamonds and pearls: The wedding of Craig and Kate Perkins

The wedding of Craig and Kate Perkins at Thornton Manor, Thornton Hough

Photography: Lesley and Shaun Meredith

Image gallery

Image gallery

It’s the most special day of your life and every moment should truly feel romantic and perfect. Craig and I chose the wonderful Thornton Manor as our wedding venue, because it is situated in the heart of Cheshire. We spent 18 months planning our lavish day and I can only describe it as ‘absolutely perfect’ from start to finish.

On the morning of the wedding I had planned a surprise for Craig. While the ladies were having a champagne breakfast, followed by hair and make-up, my husband-to-be was flying overhead with his best men and ushers in a surprise helicopter ride.

The theme we chose was vintage diamonds and pearls as my gown was a vintage style and I planned the day mainly around the dress.

The look on Craig’s face when I walked down the red carpet under the lime tree grove was priceless. I had a huge smile from ear to ear and all the pre-wedding nerves disappeared and turned into butterflies of excitement.

I walked down the aisle to the string quartet playing ‘Kissing You’ by Desree and the rings were delivered to us by Angel, a beautiful white barn owl, supplied by flyingtheknot.

While Shaun and Lesley Meredith captured all the details of our day, the guests were entertained by Ian Lavin who performed mind blowing magic tricks.

We cut the cake before we entered the music room for the wedding breakfast. It was designed by us; five tiers of white chocolate balls and vintage roses, covered in sparkles and diamantes.

We had cream roses with vintage lace and candles along the top table and candelabras covered in flowers on the guests tables named after Disney characters.

Throughout the wedding breakfast we were entertained by the talented vocalist Cole Page.

I kept reminding myself to cherish every moment as the day just goes by so quickly. The celebrations continued into the evening, with live entertainment from the soulful sounds of Wayne Allen and the fantastic DJ Justin Orange.



Photography: Lesley Meredith, 01270 829191, lesleymeredith.co.uk

Venue: Thornton Manor, Thornton Hough, 0151 353 1155, thorntonmanor.co.uk

Dress: Florintina by Ian Stuart, ianstuart-bride.com

Groom: Groom Formal Hire, groomhire.co.uk

Hair: Danielle Sidley, Freddie’s, Rawtenstall, 01706 222762

Make-up: Joy Howieson

Flowers: Red Floral Architecture, Hyde, 07739 709400, redfloral.co.uk

Catering: Barretts, 0161 480 5676, barrettseventcaterers.com

Cake: Slattery’s, Manchester, 0161 767 9303, slattery.co.uk

Entertainment: colepage.co.uk; Wayne Alan, Justin Orange, sublimedjs.com; magician Ian Lavin, eventmagician.co.uk; owl ring barer, flyingtheknot.co.uk


To see more of Craig and Kate’s wedding album see our online gallery or the 2013 issue of Cheshire and Lancashire BRIDE



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