Wedding of the Week: Kirsty Loach and Adam Summerfield

14 Jan 2019

Having moved to Dubai shortly after their engagement, Kirsty Loach and Adam Summerfield planned their Cheshire wedding from afar and were thrilled when the day proved a success

How did you meet? 

We met when I was just 17 and Adam was 19 in December 2009. Mutual friends had arranged to meet each other and we happened to join them… it was an instant attraction for us both and our mutual friends had put in a few ‘good words’.

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Tell us about the proposal.

Adam proposed at the top of Bosley Cloud which is an amazing countryside viewing point in Cheshire. He proposed in July 2016 and it was a complete surprise as we used to walk up there almost every weekend. It’s our favourite spot. We would walk up there and talk about what the future would hold after Adam left the military (Adam joined the military two years after we got together and had moved away down south. We saw each other most weekends). He was due to finish in the military September 2016. A few days before getting engaged, I had accepted a job in Dubai which meant we were moving there together in September 2016 so everything was very exciting.

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

We wanted the entire wedding day to be timeless so most items, including the flowers, were white. We also wanted the wedding to be elegant without too much colour. We decided on rose pink bridesmaids' dresses and the same pink was used for flowers on the wedding cake. The stationery font including the place cards, menu cards and table plan matched rose pink and white.

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

We chose Colshaw Hall in Knutsford because it was large for lots of guests and it just had the WOW factor as soon as you walked in. We instantly fell in love with it. It was modern, bright and just everything we had been looking for.

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

I found the dress in the first shop that I went in with my mum and grandma. We instantly fell in love with the dress as soon as I tried it on. However, I wanted the ‘real’ experience of trying dresses on so we visited many more wedding boutiques over Cheshire but nothing came close. I felt the dress was classy, modern, elegant but still young. It had the right amount of accessories with it which were silver capped sleeves and a silver belt and the material just looked absolutely gorgeous. We thought it also really matched the type of venue we had gone for. The designer was Pronovias.

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What did the bridesmaids wear?

The bridesmaids wore floor-length rose pink dresses from Marks & Spencer. They had straps as I wanted them to be comfortable in the dresses and they were flowy dresses that looked great on all of them. I had four bridesmaids: Jessica, Jessica, Kathryn and Gemma. 

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What did the mother of the bride wear?

The mother of the bride wore a silk silver dress from Nigel Rayment in Manchester with a large hat to go with it. She finished her look off in René Caovilla shoes and she looked fabulous.

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Where did you find your suits?

We wanted the suits to also match the type of venue and theme we had gone for so we didn’t want the tailed/ penguin suits. The groom and groomsmen wore modern dark navy blue suits with matching ties and grey chequered waistcoats. 

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

The flowers we used in my bouquet were white roses on top of baby's breath (gypsophila). The flower arrangements sitting in tall vases on each table included: hydrangea, polar star roses, lisianthus, soft ruscus, baby’s breath, carnations and spray carnations. We wanted everything to me timeless and classic so we thought these would be perfect and they really were beautiful. 

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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 had bought a white vintage bicycle attached with a sign ‘Welcome from Kirsty & Adam’. This came along with a white vintage cart which we decided to fill with jars to make our sweet trolley. We loved that this was different to other weddings we had been to.
  • Instead of having a photo booth, we decided to get a flower wall which was so pretty. Everyone loved having photographs with it.
  • For the favours, we gave chocolates in handcrafted white boxes, bubbles and personalised pens reading ‘Adam & Kirsty’s Wedding 2nd August 2018’.
  • We had handmade wooden signs made to welcome everyone to the venue and signs for the sweet trolley too. All the little extra touches made it more personal.
  • A friend gifted us a handmade painting of our wedding venue, so we decided to get this blown up onto a large canvas and used this as a guestbook. It was beautiful. 

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

It was the only thing I felt nervous about the entire morning... if I didn’t hold my bouquet right, if I walked too fast, if I slipped. However, when I began walking down the aisle, I actually forgot about all of that and just couldn’t stop smiling. The pianist was playing but I couldn’t hear anything, I was just so focused on what was about the happen and the lovely feeling of having all of your friends and family looking at you and I heard a few ‘wows’.

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How did you make the ceremony personal to you? 

We searched online together and found three readings which our friends read out during the ceremony. We had made our own matching vows that we had selected through searching online and integrated the ones that we loved. We also had the pianist play some of our songs during the ceremony including Ludovico Einaudi and Ed Sheeran. He played Greatest Day by Take That at the end of the ceremony as we walked out as husband and wife.

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What was your most memorable moment? 

Our most memorable moment was the first dance. We had some dancing lessons from a family friend and we hadn’t told anyone so it was a big surprise for the guests. We couldn’t stop laughing and just loved twirling on the dance floor. We chose A Thousand Years by Christina Perri for our song. We both thought it was such a beautiful song and had never considered any other song; it had always been one we said we loved.

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Planning it while living abroad (Dubai) was challenging because we had to contact everyone via email and of course when everyone has full time jobs, it wasn’t always easy to get quick responses.

Another challenge was the bridesmaids' dresses. My bridesmaids are different sizes with completely  different body shapes so it was hard to find a dress that felt suited to all - but we managed to find lovely ones that looked flawless on all of them.

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What was the most important investment for you?

Our most important investment was the entertainment to make sure everyone had a fabulous time. Therefore we had the pianist for the ceremony and drinks reception and in the evening, we had a DJ - Andy Murphy. To liven things up, we had a saxophonist who played along to modern songs that the DJ played and it was just fantastic - everyone was on the dance floor and kept saying how brilliant the entertainment was.

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Tell us about your wedding cake. 

We didn’t want too much colour on the wedding cake as we wanted it to be timeless. We chose a three-tier round cake that was white. Then we added rose pink flowers and leaves cascading down one side of the cake to match the colour of the bridesmaids' dresses. The cake catered for approximately 110 guests.

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

I would check that someone knew how to use the hooks on my dress to pull it up for the evening. No one managed to figure this out so I was not able to hook it up for our first dance.

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

Two days after the wedding, we went to the Maldives for a week. It was just what we thought paradise would look like. We stayed in a jacuzzi water villa. We swam with turtles, manta rays and sharks daily and it was just unbelievable. We have never seen such clear blue waters and really enjoyed not wearing any shoes for the entire week. We loved that we were on a very small, adult-only island. It was vey romantic and peaceful. 

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

I recommend having a scrap book of all of the different things that you like. I found that mine built up a great foundation for what sort of wedding we were going for and it helped me develop more unique ideas. We used Pinterest to gather ideas of how we could make the wedding more personalised and ‘our own’. 

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Steal their style:

Venue: Colshaw Hall, www.colshawhall.com
Photography: Lesley Meredith, www.lesleymeredith.co.uk
Bride's dress: The Bridal Path (Pronovias), www.thebridalpath.net
Bride’s accessories: Debenhams, www.debenhams.com
Bride's shoes: Jimmy Choo, www.jimmychoo.com
Hair: Vicky M Hair, www.vickymhair.co.uk
Make-up: Daniella Robinson MUA, http://daniellarobinsonmua.com/
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Marks & Spencer,www.marksandspencer.com
Groom’s suit: Platts Formal Hire, www.plattsformalhire.co.uk
Wedding cake: White Lace Cakes, www.whitelacecakes.co.uk
Flowers: Family friend - Lesley Vaughn
Stationery: Made by Myself, www.madebymyself.com
Sax player: Sophia Sax, https://sophiasax.com/freestyle-saxophonist-for-hire-uk-worldwide-events
DJ: Andy Murphy, www.andymurphydj.co.uk
Pianist: Guy Porteous, www.guyporteous.co.uk
Catering: Barretts Event Caterers, www.barrettseventcaterers.com
Lighting & drapes: Luminate Events, www.luminate-events.co.uk
Light-up letters: The Added Extra, www.theaddedextra.co.uk
Décor: Tamaryns Treasures, www.tamarynstreasures.co.uk
Flower wall: House of Hooray, https://m.facebook.com/houseofhooraycheshire/
Videography: Caldeira Wedding Videographer, www.caldeiraweddings.com

For more Cheshire wedding inspiration, pick up the latest edition of Cheshire Bride magazine

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