Distance no object
Carlson and Emilie Lopes
Where: Ceremony and reception at Arley Hall and Gardens, Northwich
Photography: Ella Photography
Carlson and I clocked up some air miles keeping our long-distance love intact. Much of our three years together was spent 3,000 miles apart, but we knew we wanted to be together so the distance between Cheshire and Boston didn’t matter.
After he proposed, Carlson was granted a fiancé visa, which gave us just three months to organize our wedding.
We chose Arley Hall as our venue for its period features, history and gardens. I knew it would provide great opportunities for some lovely photographs and, for Carlson’s family who travelled over from America, it was like nothing they had ever seen before.
Finding the perfect dress in three months was never going to be easy. Most shops were unable to order the gowns I liked in time, but my mum and I found a small shop in Chester called ‘Aristocrats’. The sales assistant told me, with a big smile on her face, that the suppliers had the gown in my size and my dress arrived within two days!
From the moment I woke up on the wedding day to the moment I said ‘I do’ my heart did not stop racing. A drawing room had never seemed so daunting even though it is every girl’s dream to walk down the aisle. However, once it came to the ‘I do’s’, nothing else seemed important anymore.
Our photographer Claire Manning was wonderful from the first time I called her to the last picture she took.
We chose thyme green and lilac as our wedding colours and named our tables after the places we have visited together. Bald Mountain, the place we shared our first kiss was the top table.
There had been a lot of rain in the run-up to the wedding but I was determined to have photographs taken in the gardens at Arley. So the team there, who couldn’t do enough for us, managed to find a pair of pink wellies that I could wear for the pictures instead of my shoes.
It was just another fun moment on what we both agreed was the greatest day of our lives. It might have taken us a while, and a whole lot of air miles to get there, but it was worth it.
Photography: Claire Manning, Ella Photography, Nantwich, 07841 097345, ellaphotography.co.uk
Venue: Arley Hall, Northwich, 01565 777353, arleyhallandgardens.com
Dress: Aristocrats, Chester, 01244 317587, aristocratsofchesterltd.co.uk
Flowers: Sandra Poole (family friend)
Hair: Steven Burgin, Nantwich, stevenburgin.co.uk
Entertainment: Knightlights, knightslights.webs.com
To see more of Carlon and Emilie’s wedding pictures see our online gallery or the 2013 issue of Cheshire and Lancashire BRIDE