Wedding of the Week: Laura Dixon and Chris Wright
10 Jul 2017
Featuring all the colours of the rainbow, the fun and vibrant wedding of Laura Dixon and Chris Wright is Bride's Wedding of the Week
How did you meet?
In a bar on Blackpool Promenade.
Tell us about the proposal.
Christmas day in front of my children he presented me with a gift; inside there was a book with the pages all folded into the words 'marry me'. My ring was hung on a branch on our Christmas tree which held a decoration of Chris’s son's name as he was not there at the time; this made the moment more special as he had involved all the children.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
We wanted a big, bright, fun, informal wedding that matched our personalities. We had a rainbow theme.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
Rivington Hall Barn in Bolton is the most magical venue. Without the barn even being dressed, just dimly lit by day light and fairy lights, it is captivating. The atmosphere when you walk in is so romantic. It is truly overwhelming and when you see the barn dressed as you have dreamed it, it really is like a fairytale. The grounds are beautiful and the outside area, marquee and conservatory are perfect for your drinks reception or in our case, our barbecue. We wanted a venue that was not separated, we wanted all of our guests to be in one room and with us having such a large wedding (175 day guests), it was perfect to accommodate us with plenty of space.
When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?
My dress was 'Tamora' by Anny Lin. Described by the designer as a queen-style ball gown, it had an asymmetric split shoulder, silk bodice with offset crystal detail around the waist, the pleated tulle skirt was full and gathered at the bottom to create the illusion of flower petals, blooms and feathers. I wanted something that reflected my personality and something that was a little bit different but not too out there or shocking. I found my dress after visiting about six shops and I bought it from Dreamcatcher Bridal in Kirkham.
What did the bridesmaids wear?
Asymmetric tea length grey tulle dresses with different colour sashes, shoes and flowers.
Where did you find your suits?
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
The bridesmaids' flowers were giant crepe flowers which were homemade, The flower arch at the entrance to the barn was made using card flowers and was also homemade. My bouquet was made up of rainbow roses and feather and the men's buttonholes were rainbow roses.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
- Favours were shots with tags reading 'we’ve tied the knot so let’s have a shot'
- The children had Skittles, individual colouring sheets and activity bags which were made by me
- There was a magician at the drinks reception and we had a photobooth, popcorn cart and candyfloss cart. We also had a sweetie bouquet.
- Rainbow umbrellas were provided in case of rain
- We got married in front of a multi-coloured tulle pompom curtain which was homemade
- Our table centres were giant round balloons covered with tulle and they had lights inside them so they were lit up all day, these were made by myself and my bridesmaids.
- Flip flops were provided for the ladies' tired feet at night.
- The flower girls all had colour co-ordinated hair flower clips which were also homemade by me.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
I couldn’t wait to get to the front to marry my groom, I was so excited. Not nervous at all.
What was your most memorable moment?
My daughters reading the poem that they had written themselves for Chris and I, and Chris’s son, Harley, giving the rings to his daddy.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
Organising such a large bridal party was pretty challenging, also finding the time to make everything that I wanted for our day.
What was the most important investment for you?
The band - Deadbeats Party Band and we also had a DJ, DJ Aldini.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
I Swear by All 4 One. Chris used to put it on while we were at home and make me dance with him to it all the time, so it was the obvious choice for our first dance.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
It was homemade by one of my bridesmaids' husbands, He made their wedding cake and offered to do ours. It was a three tier, white cake with windmills going up to match the windmills the flower girls held for the service. We decided to have trolls on top as I have pink hair and Chris has grey hair; Trolls is also a favourite film of our children.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
I would get married earlier. The day goes so fast and because we had so many people we didn’t have enough time to get all the photos we wanted or spend enough time with our guests or each other.
Did anything go wrong on the day?
A few balloons had deflated before the service started but my bridesmaid, Maria, who is also my florist, improvised and used the rainbow umbrellas to fill the gaps and they looked fantastic.
Did you have a custom hashtag for social media? If so, what was it?
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went two days after the wedding for four nights in Vegas and 10 nights in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Make your day exactly what you want it to be; no matter what anyone says, have things your way. Make time intermittently throughout your day to have five minutes with your partner, grab each other away from the crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of what you have created together as it is easy to get caught up with guests.
Get the look:
Photography: Victoria Franks Photography, www.victoriafranksphotography.co.uk
Floristry: Maria Delaney at StemDesign, www.facebook.com/StemDesign/
Band: The Deadbeats Partyband, http://deadbeatsband.co.uk/
DJ: DJ Aldini, www.djaldini.com
Venue: Rivington Hall Barn, www.rivingtonhallbarn.co.uk
Photobooth, popcorn, magician and candyfloss: www.cjtazz.co.uk
Chair covers and napkins: www.thevenuestylist.com
Bride's dress: Anny Lin, www.annylinbridal.com
Men's suits: Slaters, www.slaters.co.uk
Flower girls' dresses: Wolf and Wake, www.facebook.com/wolfandwake/
Bridesmaids' dresses: Ebay, custom-made from China seller, chic-dress
Videography: Marriage in Motion, www.marriageinmotion.co.uk
Cheesecakes served at drinks reception: Love Cheesecakes, www.lovecheesecakes.co.uk
Make-up: Nina Wren, www.facebook.com/angleseybenllech/
Cars: Big Slo Limmo Co, www.bigslolimo.co.uk
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