Love and laughter

07 Mar 2013

Love and laughter

Brett and Joanne McDonald

Where: Ceremony and reception at Stanley House Hotel, Mellor

Photography: Lisa Aldersley

Image gallery

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The whole day was perfect for us; full of love and laughter and with a real party atmosphere. I woke up in a cosy log cabin at the Oaklands Country Guest House with my bridesmaids, mum and dad. After a glorious and sunny week we opened the curtains to dark skies and pouring rain but the weather did not dampen our mood. Jodie A Smith our wonderful hair and make-up artist kept us all cheery and relaxed. We had a lovely morning and she created the perfect wedding look for us all.

I got my dress from Suzanne Neville in Wilmslow and I would say one of my favourite parts of the day was seeing my dad’s face when he saw me in it for the first time. He looked so proud and we had a little teary moment before it was time for him to walk me down the aisle. We were both nervous, but the nerves soon disappeared when we walked in to a room full of smiling faces and I saw my husband-to-be also looking very proud and handsome. The ceremony was just beautiful. My mum read ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Love is a temporary madness’ and my brother surprised us when we were signing the register by playing his guitar and singing ‘Flowers in the Window’ by Travis.

After the ceremony, Paul Guard sang to our guests while we snuck off with our wonderful photographer Lisa Aldersley. We then danced our way into the wedding breakfast. Paul had all the guests singing and dancing the whole way through and this created the fun, happy, party atmosphere that we wanted. The speeches were perfect and Lisa captured all the giggles including my dad with his magic hat and fairy dust!

In the evening our friend Jordan Brummell sang, ‘You’ve Got The Love’ by Florence and the Machine for our first dance. This was fantastic and took away some of the ‘first dance’ pressure for us and we just enjoyed ourselves dancing together.

The whole day ran perfectly for us and we wouldn’t change a thing and we could not have wished for anything more.


Photography: Lisa Aldersley Photography, 01204 407149,

Venue: Stanley House Hotel and Spa, Mellor, 01254 769200,

Dress: ‘Maiden’, Suzanne Neville, Wilmslow, 01625 528858,

Groom: Grooms of Hoole, Chester, 01244 322122,

Accessories: Jean Ellis Designs, Rufford, 01704 821298,

Stationery: Daisy and Bee, Leyland,

Cake: Cats Whiskers Cake Design, Ramsbottom, 01706 821467,

Flowers: Zime Design, Lytham, 01253 283931,

Entertainment: Paul Guard,

Rings: Sparkle Designer,

To see more of Brett and Joanne’s wedding pictures see our online gallery or the 2013 issue of Cheshire and Lancashire BRIDE

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