Wedding of the Week: Michelle Roberts and Ian Black

09 Apr 2018

Performers Michelle Roberts and Ian Black chose a mermaid and superhero theme to complement their 'mermazing' wedding day which was filled with personal touches

How did you meet? 

Ian saw me singing on stage in a version of Mamma Mia in Mallorca and asked me for a date.

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Tell us about the proposal.

Ian took me to the theatre where I first performed as a child and proposed to me on stage. I was visiting with a friend who works there during the day and he caught the moment on his camera.

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

Mermaid and super hero themed. The colours were teal and gold.

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

We chose the Clifton Arms Hotel Lytham for both the ceremony and evening reception. We drove past straight after Ian proposed and our gut instinct was to go and have a look. It was perfect and we booked it there and then. 

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

I tried a few dresses on in shops but never found the right one. I was recommended to use the site dressilyme.com where I found my dream dress. I sent my measurements off and it arrived even more beautiful than I imagined.

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What did the bridesmaids wear?

Teal dresses and gold belts/shawls, all from eBay.

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Where did you find your suits?

All the groomsmen already had formal black suits so wore their own. Ian got his suit from Moss Bros.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

I ordered silk flowers from Amazon.

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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 went with local vendor Lytham Events Company who provided a DJ, photobooth, candy cart, bubble machine (to go with the mermaid theme) and projector screen (the best man's speech was pre-recorded by friends and edited by groomsman David Marc Thomas.) This was due to the man who would have been Ian’s best man passing away a few years ago and we felt his role couldn’t be filled so we had the groomsmen share the duties.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I was literally bursting with happiness, seeing the faces of all my family and friends and seeing my own happiness mirrored in theirs.

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How did you make the ceremony personal to you?

We had three readings, two of which were heartfelt and personal and the other - a lighthearted poem written by my friend, Emma Hall.

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What was your most memorable moment?

There were so many moments but Ian getting choked up during his vows was very touching.

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

We were on a hugely tight budget and as we are both self-employed performers, we had to work as much as we could in the planning stages. 

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What was the most important investment for you?

The food was a carvery buffet and was a very good choice as everyone loved it. We went on honeymoon the morning after the wedding to see friends in the USA who were unable to come to the wedding. We spent a few days in Little Rock, Arkansas; Orlando, Florida; and Dallas, Texas. It was the best holiday either of us has ever had.

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

I Have A Dream by Abba as it was the song from Mamma Mia I was singing when he saw me for the first time. It was sung by our dear friend, Mary Lane.

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Did you have any evening entertainment?

Over Christmas, Ian and I performed in a national tour of Aladdin with Pendle Productions (I was Princess Jasmine and he was Widow Twankey.) Several of the cast members sang for us.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

We went to Lazy Days of Lytham for our wedding cake and it exceeded all expectations. It was half mermaid themed, half superhero themed. Each layer was a different flavour including Victoria sponge, double chocolate, rocky road and lemon drizzle.

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

Not to be so stressed beforehand, there really was no need.

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Did anything go wrong on the day?

Nothing at all. We had a lot of children attending so I prepared myself for a few tantrums but they were all as good as gold and had as much fun as were did.

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Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

How quickly the day would go.

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

Be organised. We have a comprehensive chart that listed guests and all details, food requirements, RSVPs etc and another one listing budget along with what deposits had been paid, when final amount was due etc. 

Get the look: 

Photography: Marcus Green, mg@marcusgreen.org
Venue: Clifton Arms Hotel, Lytham, www.cliftonarmslytham.com
Cake: Lazy Days at Lytham, www.lazydaysatlytham.com
Hair & make-up: Jo Coole Make-Up Artist, www.jocoolemakeup.com
Events: Lytham Event Company, www.lythameventcompany.com
Lighting: Congo Design Ltd, www.facebook.com/congodesignltd
Videography: Get Film

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