Pink, crystals and butterflies. This real wedding is every girly bride’s dream theme… Melissa and Jonjo got married in May 2010. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Melissa and Jonjo

WHERE: Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa

WHEN: May 2010

PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Photography


The first meeting

“We first met on Ladies Day at Aintree Grand National,” remembers Melissa. “The next day, Jonjo told me he was leaving to go travelling, and I assumed I wouldn’t hear from him again. I was very pleasantly surprised when out of the blue, he called me from Thailand. When he returned, we had our first date and have been inseparable ever since,” she adds. Jonjo asked Melissa to marry him on Christmas morning

The bride’s real wedding outfit

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Melissa struggled to find her dream dress on the high street, so turned to local designer Philip Armstrong for help. “Philip completely understood my vision, and I had every confidence that he would create the dress I wanted,” remembers Melissa. The final design was made from light ivory silk, with a sweetheart neckline and scolloped into a delicate fishtail silhouette

“Philip Armstrong totally got my vision of how I wanted my dress to be”

The groom’s outfit

Jonjo was quite the modern man in his silver three-piece suit, hired from The Wedding house

The bridesmaids

Philip Armstrong was again the man to create Melissa’s bespoke floor-length, pale-pink bridesmaids’ dresses. The younger girls wore dresses from Bride’s World, and even had pale-pink waistbands, made from material cut-offs, left from the older girls’ gowns

The ceremony

“My Grandfather walked me down the aisle to the All My Life by K-Ci & JoJo. We had a civil ceremony,and I remember looking over at my bridesmaids and laughing, because they were all sobbing! I was far more composed than they were.”

The flowers

Melissa’s bouquet of pale pink and ivory roses and all the reception displays were lovingly created by floral stylist Paula Rooney

The cake created the couple’s jaw-dropping four-tiered creation, which was later served up after the evening meal

The favours

Were individual lottery tickets, in a ticket holder, bearing the message ‘this is our lucky day, and we hope this ticket brings you luck too’. They were also personalised with the couple’s names and wedding date

The first dance

Was an un-choreographed routine to Nothing’s Going to Stop Us Now by Starship

The honeymoon

Was a two-week transatlantic tour of America taking in the bursting sights of Las Vegas, Hawaii and finally San Francisco – amazing!