A real wedding in Liverpool with warming shades of pinks and purples make this big day so perfect… Elaine and Matthew got married in April 2011. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Elaine and Matthew

WHERE: The Hard Days Night Hotel, Liverpool

WHEN: April 2011

PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Photography


The proposal

“It was my birthday in 2009 when Matthew proposed,” remembers Elaine. “We had decided to get a takeaway pizza (I’m easily pleased!),” she laughs. “Matthew returned, pizza box in hand, when I noticed he was also carrying something else – a bag from Boodles of Liverpool containing a gorgeous ring! I knew the proposal wouldn’t be big or overly dramatic, but this way was so simple, sweet and right up our street,” she adds

The bride’s outfit

“I couldn’t stop swooning over the Pronovias dresses in all the bridal mags, so we found a supplier in Newcastle (Pronuptia) and went to take a look,” explains Elaine. “I chose the Michaela gown in off-white satin from exactly the same shop where my two older sisters had bought their real wedding gowns. We decided it was our good luck charm!” To bejewel her dress, Elaine chose Rocks for Frocks for her earrings, bracelet and hair comb. These were designed personally to match her pearl necklace – a gorgeous borrowed gift from her Mum

The groom’s outfit

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Matthew looked handsome in his black, slim-fitting suit – Endurance by Ted Baker. Complete with a purple tie to match the bridesmaids

The bridesmaids

Elaine’s older girls wore floor-length, purple, chiffon gowns from Alfred Angelo, while her flowergirl, Jenny, looked cute as a button in her cream satin dress by the same designer. Jenny was also given an extra special treat – a gorgeous silver wand from Zime Design to carry instead of a bouquet

“I swooned over lots of Pronovias dresses, and knew I had to have one!”

The ceremony

The couple’s intimate ceremony took place at St George’s Hall in Liverpool. The service included harpist Rebecca Joy Sharp and a performance of Eva Cassidy’s Songbird by Matthew’s niece

The reception

The newlyweds chose stylish, Beatles-themed venue The Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool to host their party. “In terms of decorations, we bought Morrissons Christmas candles from all their stores to decorate our tables,” laughs Elaine

The cake

“As cake lovers who run a bakery (Cuthberts Bakehouse) we decided to have three cakes!” says Elaine. These included a traditional three tier, a cheese cake to eat as part of the buffet and also Macaroons made by the bride

The honeymoon

A delayed honeymoon will take place later this year.