A midnight blue real wedding that got caught in the Cumbrian floods… Kate and Michael got married in July 2010. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Kate and Michael

WHERE: Kirk Maughold Church, Ballanette Nature Reserve

WHEN: July 2010

PHOTOGRAPHER: Marianne McCourt Photography


The proposal

“Michael arranged a surprise weekend away in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, but he actually popped the question while we were out for a romantic walk,” remembers Kate. “He had chosen the most beautiful princess cut diamond engagement ring, and it was such a wonderful surprise because we hadn’t really discussed getting married,” she adds

The bride’s real wedding outfit

Right from the word go, Kate always knew she wanted to wear a Jenny Packham design. However, her dream gown went through quite an ordeal before it reached her! “I bought my dress from I Do, in Cockermouth, Cumbria,” explains Kate. “Just a few weeks after I paid for the dress, the entire shop was flooded during the terrible storms. I’d left the dress there, thinking it would be safer than at home, where Michael might accidentally catch a glimpse, but sadly the whole town was flooded. Luckily for me though, my dress was being stored upstairs and had a lucky escape,” says Kate

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“The shop was completely flooded, but luckily for me my dress happened to be stored upstairs!”

The groom’s outfit

Fashion-forward Michael bought his suit from Gieves & Hawkes of London

The bridesmaids

We’ve got serious dress envy over Kate’s two gorgeous girls – a vision in blue. “They wore midnight blue, one-shoulder dresses from Coast,” explains Kate

The ceremony

Was an intimate affair in a small country church on the Isle of Man. The service featured a string quartet performance from Manx Camerata (01624 623283) and a reading from the groom’s friend

The flowers

Tom Long from Alexander Nurseries beautifully arranged the couple’s bouquets and buttonholes, while the church flowers and table arrangements for the reception were lovingly created by Kate’s aunt

The decorations

“We hired candelabras and mirrored vases to display on the tables. We also arranged to have tall bamboo torches to line the entrance towards the marquee. Event Lighting services created a beautiful and romantic atmosphere for the party, too,” says Kate

“Instead of favours, we made a donation to the nature reserve where we held our reception”

The favours

Instead of giving traditional favours, the couple made a monetary donation on their guests’ behalf to the nature reserve where they held their evening party

The cake

A friend made the three-tier cake, which was a mixture of chocolate, lemon drizzle and fruit sponge

The honeymoon

After the wedding, Kate and Michael enjoyed a relaxing, romantic break in the Lake District.