The wedding of David Ferguson and Amanda Brown
14 May 2014
The wedding of David Ferguson and Amanda Brown
From the first moment they met Amanda and David knew they’d met someone special and their wedding day at Eaves Hall was just as perfect
David Ferguson and Amanda Brown
Where: Ceremony at St Andrew’s Church, Leyland followed by reception at Eaves Hall, West Bradford, Lancashire
Photography: Ashton Photography
We first met in July at the Ramada Hotel in Southport on a very hot day. From the moment we locked eyes with each other we both knew that we had met someone very special. The first date lasted for eight hours and if either of us hadn’t have had prior evening engagements we would have been chatting and laughing well into the night. After the date we both got home to find we had ‘Rudolph’ noses as it had been one of the hottest days of the year.
We were apart for most of August as I was teaching English in Spain. This proved to be a really tough time for us. When I got back David was waiting for me in the arrival hall with a beautiful bouquet of flowers; fresh hand-picked lavender from his garden and the widest smile I have ever seen. I knew then he was ‘the one’ for me.
We got engaged in November at Lake Windermere in the Lake District, which was the venue of our first proper date. David took me to a spa in the morning and then in the afternoon we went for a drink of mulled wine overlooking the lake and David then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was very romantic. The wedding took place on Good Friday, 18th April 2014.
After months of planning I felt incredibly excited to be marrying the love of my life and my best friend. On the day I woke early, I was so excited. I felt like a little girl on Christmas Day. I opened the curtains and saw the sun shining brightly with beautiful clear, blue skies – it was a gloriously sunny day. My dream day had arrived.
I got ready at my mum and dad’s house. It was very busy as there were two bridesmaids and two little flower girls, plus my mum and my dad. I was calm until I read the lovely card David had written, which contained exactly the right words I needed.
My mum, bridesmaids, flower girls and I had our hair styled at Jon Sedman hairdressing in Leyland. We then arrived back at my parents’ house and drank champagne, while tucking into a delicious lunch before the main preparations started and our photographer and videographer arrived.
All too quickly it was time for make-up and time to get into my beautiful Amanda Wyatt gown, ‘Cadiz’, fabulous Benjamin Adam Swarovski crystal shoes and a little garter, as my ‘something borrowed’ from my sister-in-law.
As dad and I left my parents house and made our way to St Andrew’s Church in our wedding car my excitement grew and grew. My dad gave me words of encouragement, and even shed a little tear as he talked about how much he and my mum loved David. When we arrived at the church I was greeted by an array of cheers from a little welcome party made up of children from my church family. The ceremony was the most important part of our wedding day for me and David as we would be saying our vows to each other and to God; making promises that would last to the very end of our lives.
I walked down the aisle with my dad to Pachelbel’s Canon in D. I felt captivated as I saw David waiting at the end of the aisle, looking down toward me looking very proud and handsome. The ceremony was just beautiful. This church has been my home church since I was a baby. The wedding was conducted by my vicar, The Reverend David Gibb who spoke about the meaning of Christian marriage. The soloist during the signing of the register was Joanna Taylor who sang “I Will Be Here” and “Hundred More Years”. We exited the ceremony to Michaels Buble’s L.O.V.E as we wanted to add a bit of fun to the formal part.
The wedding breakfast took place at Eaves Hall which was the perfect venue for our fairytale wedding. Guests were greeted with drinks on the lawn and upon entering Eaves Hall Ken Robson was playing the grand piano in the foyer. He continued to play throughout the wedding breakfast. None of our guests were aware that we had booked a surprise act, Towards Magic. Tony began wowing our guests with table side magic, making playing cards float through the air and making cards appear from inside his wallet in his suit pocket. Gasps of ‘oohh’ and ‘awww’ could be heard across the room.
We chose Steph and Steve from Ashton Photography as we really like their relaxed, contemporary style and after chatting on the phone to Philip White we knew that we had chosen an amazing videographer to capture all of our special moments. The speeches were perfect and Steph captured all the giggles from them.
After the speeches the evening reception began. A vintage sweet table was topped up throughout the night. For our fist dance our friend Julia Reeves choreographed a piece from four songs; Michael Buble’s “Everything”, Nat King Cole’s “L.O.V.E.”, Michael Jackson’s “The way You Make Me Feel” and “You’re The One That I Want” from the Greece soundtrack for us to dance to. We learnt the routine after just three classes! It was fantastic to be able to surprise our friends and family and we just enjoyed ourselves dancing together and having fun.
WHO DID WHAT
Photography: Ashton Photography, Leyland, 01772 435184, www.ashtonphotography.co.uk
Venue: Eaves Hall, West Bradford, 01200 425271, www.eaveshall.co.uk
Dress: Brides Gallery, Heskin Hall, Heskin, 01257 451434, www.brides-gallery.co.uk
Shoes: Elegant Steps, Wirral, 0844 414 2394, www.elegantsteps.co.uk
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Orchid Designs, Clitheroe, 01200 428078, www.orchiddesignsuk.com
Hair: Jon Sedman Hairdressing, Leyland, 01772 621005, www.jonsedmanhairdressing.co.uk
Make-up: The bride
Groom’s outfit: Slaters Menswear, Liverpool, 0151 707 1600, www.slaters.co.uk
Stationery: Brides Little Helper, Clitheroe, 07899 937822, www.brideslittlehelper.co.uk