Taking place in a beautiful period country house, this real wedding had an unusual reception theme inspired by a love of a cocktail – cheers!


WHO: Hannah & David

WHERE: The Hospitium, Museum Gardens, York

WHEN: May 2010

PHOTOGRAPHER: Celine Lancien


The proposal

David popped the question on Santa Eulalia beach in Portugal, where the couple were on holiday. “I’d just been in the sea and wasn’t looking my best, with my mascara smudged and my hair all tangled, and I really thought Dave was joking!” Hannah remembers. “He later told me that he’d been terrified that his bags would be searched at the airport and I’d see the ring; he always gets stopped by security, but this time, he got lucky!”

The bride’s outfit

Hannah fell in love with a silk and chiffon empire-line dress from Jenny Packham – but the cost was a bit too much.”Luckily, I’m a savvy shopper and managed to find the exact same real wedding dress, but pre-loved at sellmyweddingdress.com. I thought it was good karma that the dress had been through one wonderful real wedding day already.” Hannah accessorised with a sparkling Swarovski bracelet , a princess-like tiara from Halo & Co and diamanté-encrusted shoes from Dune “They were only £50 but looked like designer shoes,” adds Hannah of her beautiful real wedding outfit.

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“Dad and I rehearsed the walk down the aisle to make sure we kept in step, but on the day, I raced to Dave…”

The groom’s outfit

David spent hours trawling menswear catalogues and websites for the perfect real wedding suit, before settling on a grey Prince Edward ensemble with a blue and ivory waistcoat from Greenwoods 1860. “He looked very nervous, but absolutely gorgeous,” smiles Hannah

The attendants

David’s niece, Georgia, looked angelic in her flowergirl dress from Monsoon , while Hannah’s godson Joshua as pageboy wore a miniature version of the groom’s suit from Greenwoods 1860. She also asked her nine best friends to be ‘unofficial’ bridesmaids for the real wedding!

The theme

Cocktail lovers Hannah and David decided to theme their real wedding reception around their favourite drinks. “I had a vision of giant cocktail glasses as table centrepieces, and Glamourpuss Weddings turned them into a reality,” explains Hannah. “Each table was named after a different cocktail, they used oversized glasses trimmed with giant fruit slices and filled with coloured jelly beads; the margarita even had salt round the edge!”

The speeches

There was a surprise in store during the best man’s speech: a video of Hannah and her friends performing a dance to Beyoncé’s Single Ladies on the hen night. “We dressed up in leotards, hired a choreographer choreographer and asked a friend’s husband to film it for us,” she says. “Dave even made a cameo appearance halfway through, wearing a unitard: our guests were rolling with laughter!”

“After the ceremony, Dave and I had a short drive around York. It was lovely to have a few minutes on our own…”

The honeymoon

The happy couple spent their honeymoon on Italy’s Amalfi coast after their real wedding. “Italy really is the capital of romance – and fine food,” says Hannah. “I put on nine whole pounds in a week!”