Hosted at The Venue in the grand Royal Liver Building in Liverpool, this wedding embraced a 'Chic Dior' theme with a navy colour scheme and a touch of bling
How did you meet?
Through mutual friends. I went to school with Alex and she was dating Nick, who was in the Royal Marines with Adam. They held a party and we were thrown together as everyone else was in couples.
Tell us about the proposal.
Much of my childhood was spent in the Lake District; Bowness, where my parents had a boat. Our family weekends in the Lake District often came up in conversation but Adam didn’t really know much about what we were talking about. He decided to take me back for the day so I could show him all the places I spoke about and these places led to our table names. He proposed at the top of G-Jetty at Aquatics Marina, where the boat was kept. Although he refused to get down on one knee as it had been raining.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Navy colour scheme with some bling. Our florist named it a 'Chic Dior' theme.
When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?
We only booked the wedding 12 weeks prior to our date so I didn’t really have a lot of choice. Most dresses are ordered six months in advance, even a 'rush cut' was going to take about four months. I had only been to two shops and was getting a bit stressed about not having a dress, particularly as I had no idea of what style of dress I wanted I visited The Brides Room of Birkdale and Margaret was like my fairy godmother. I am very fussy about clothes and only being 4ft 11", I didn’t want something that was going to drown me. Margaret went through all the dresses she had in stock which she thought would be suitable and could actually be altered proportionately to fit me. The dress I chose was the third or fourth I tried on. I had ¾ sleeve added, which again was suggested by Margaret. It was perfect.
Where did you find your suits?
We bought the groom’s suit from Debenhams, initially for our son’s christening… Until I decided we were getting married and then it had to be saved for the wedding.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
The flowers were probably my favourite spend. Laurie did an amazing job. At first I wasn’t keen on spending a lot of money on flowers, thinking it was a waste, but it was by far the best money we spent. Our flowers transformed the venue. I didn’t anticipate just how powerful they would be and the fresh smell was amazing. I had flowers around the house for about ten days after the wedding.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
We only had 12 weeks to book the wedding so I didn’t really have time (or money) to arrange things like photobooths, magicians etc. I did all the stationery myself. I bought a die-cutting machine and our dining table became a production line for invitations, favour boxes, table names and place cards. Adam’s mum, Jacqui, and his aunty, Lorraine, were roped in to assist.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
Excited, happy and curious. Excited to see Adam. Happy to have all of our closest family and friends together. Curious to see if my dress was as Adam expected.
What was your most memorable moment?
Too many to mention. I enjoyed the reception afterwards, lots of dancing and drinking, listening to the speeches and having our photographs done around Liverpool. It was nice for Adam and I to take 10 minutes away from it all.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
I enjoyed planning the wedding. Probably making sure guests RSVP on time was a little stressful. Largely because our numbers depended on how many tables we had which determined the number of centrepieces, how many table names we needed, the overall budget etc. With only having 12 weeks to invite people, get RSVPs and get the money together, that was probably the most challenging part.
What was the most important investment for you?
The quality of the venue and making sure people had a fabulous day. My favourite part of having our wedding at The Venue was that a lot of our guests hadn’t been before, they didn’t know what to expect and because of the heritage of the building most assumed it would be very traditional with wood panelled walls etc. In fact it was a complete contrast. The Venue was perfect, the weather was fantastic and the balcony was the perfect space for our drinks reception. We had the added benefit of the cruise ship being in dock too. The catering by Dougherty & Allen was out of this world. Adam and I love nice food and I really didn’t want our wedding to be another typical wedding venue with a mass produced average wedding breakfast. The food was amazing and the service was impeccable. Many of our guests commented how fantastic it was and this really added to our special day.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
Proud Mary by Ike and Tina Turner. Not exactly a usual first dance song but Adam and I don’t really do 'usual', plus we love to dance and it was definitely a song that got the party started.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
Our wedding cake was a very plain four tier cake, but adorned in diamante brooches.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
I would have had another two bridesmaids.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
The day goes so quickly. I remember sitting in the hotel bar in my dress at 4am thinking what am I going to plan now.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We haven’t been able to agree where to go, so we haven’t booked anything yet. Adam and I are both self employed so taking time off work is a bit tricky, but we will eventually book something. We went on a family holiday to Marbella in September.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Shop around. Find what you want and have what you want but don’t be ripped off for it. A wedding does only last for one day. We spent money on certain aspects of our wedding, but we were also very thrifty on others and my friends didn’t have a clue when I told them about the parts we saved money on.
Get the look:
Venue: The Venue at The Royal Liver Building
Flowers: Flowerstyle by Laurie, Formby
Photography: Unknown Photography, Liverpool
Catering: Dougherty & Allen, Chester
Cake: Vanilla Nova, Southport
Dress: Brides Room of Birkdale, Southport
Bridesmaid dress: Brides Room of Birkdale, Southport
Flower girl dress: John Lewis