Katie and Rick
I knew that Rick was the one for me after the second date! I loved everything about him. We met through an online dating website that Rick had been browsing unsuccessfully for about a year but I had only been on for one day!
How did the proposal happen?
We were on an Easter break to York, one of my favourite cities. After a fun-packed day at Flamingoland, we headed out for cocktails in the evening. On our way back we stopped at the Ouse Bride to take some photos. Rick commented that something was missing, that it wasn’t ‘blingy’ enough, and then proceeded to drop onto one knee and propose! There was a full moon shining and it was all very romantic.
I think I searched most of Lancashire before finding Dan Kerr Brides in my hometown of Blackpool. It was the big, beautiful and sparkly ‘Betsy’ by Ronald Joyce. The ball gown skirt had 10 layers of tulle and netting underneath and the bodice was heavily encrusted with crystals and pearls. I’d actually tried on and dismissed this dress previously because it was very early on in my search. I’m so glad I tried it on for a second time because it had everything I was looking for!
My tiara by Warren York glistened with lots of diamantes and crystal droplets for my ‘something new’. Jon Richard at Debenhams supplied my earrings, my shoes came from Dan Kerr Brides and Rick gifted me my birthday necklace.
We turned to Dan Kerr for Rick’s outfit too. He wanted traditional wedding attire so he wore a grey tailcoat and trousers with a silver waistcoat and cravat, tying into our baby blue and silver colour scheme. The waistcoat was even aptly named ‘Vegas’, which is where we will be jetting off to on our honeymoon! I gifted him Iron Man cufflinks and he and the groomsmen all wore superhero socks.
My four bridesmaids wore two different dresses. Two were baby blue chiffon dresses by Ronald Joyce with ruched bodices and diamante detailing. My younger bridesmaids also wore baby blue dresses in satin and tulle with diamante buttons running down the back and a big bow. All the dresses came from Dan Kerr Brides.
Hair and makeup
My friend Joanna Worden, who owns Buff Make Up Artistry, did my makeup and Emily Judge at Salon Glo did my hair. Joanna used mainly MAC products with some additions of Benefit and Estee Lauder, too.
It was important to both of us to have a religious ceremony. My dad walked me down the aisle while Poulton People’s Choir sang ‘Zadok the Priest’ – it was magical.
What did you have for your wedding breakfast?
Canapés including miniature fish and chips, cottage pies and duck spring rolls were served before the wedding breakfast began. Guests then tucked into melon and seasonal fruits to start, followed by a sirloin of beef with red wine jus and fondant potato, with a trio of desserts to finish.
We didn’t choose a theme as such but our wedding had a traditionally elegant style with a touch of sparkle and glamour. Our colour scheme was baby blue and silver. Wedding Ideas gave me lots of inspiration for decorating the venue and despite being married now, I still buy the magazine because I love the real weddings so much!
The church was decorated with crates of confetti cones alongside birdcages, sprayed silver. We filled them with flowers and candles and butterflies (get your silver butterfly decor here), taking them to the reception venue later on, too. There, Rick added signs with poems and phrases in white Baroque-style frames. He also created the ‘First Day, Yes Day, Best Day’ canvas, which was a real talking point. We hired LOVE and MR & MRS letters and used two 6ft paper flowers from Posh Paper Petals to frame either side of the top table. Sophisticated Events supplied our top table decoration, chair covers and bows (but you can get your chair bows easily right here!).
The bouquets, buttonholes and top table flowers were all provided by Sonje Jones Design Team. The ladies of St Anne’s Church Flower Guild made our church flowers and pew ends.
Cake Tin Delights in Blackpool made our four-tier cake, comprising of two chocolate, one vanilla and one cherry bakewell layer. We bought a ‘Happily Ever After’ cake topper to complete the look.
Rick made all of our stationery!
Staying true to our hometown, we gifted guests pieces of Blackpool rock with ‘just married’ printed in the middle of them. We packaged them in tuxedo, ball gown and princess carriage boxes.
The first dance
We danced to ‘Nothing Really Matters’ by Mr Probz. We discovered the song by chance and knew straight away that it would be our first dance. The words were so appropriate for us, we liked that it wasn’t a common choice, and we even choreographed a dance to surprise our guests!
CEREMONY St Anne’s Church, Singleton, Lancashire
RECEPTION VENUE The Villa
DRESS Ronald Joyce at Dan Kerr Brides, Blackpool
BRIDESMAID DRESSES Dan Kerr Brides, Blackpool
GROOM Dan Kerr Brides, Blackpool
ACCESSORIES Warren York and Jon Richard
MAKEUP Buff Make Up Artistry
FLOWERS Sonje Jones Design Team
CAKE Cake Tin Delights, Blackpool
DÉCOR Posh Paper Petals and Sophisticated Events
PHOTOGRAPHER Iain and Suzanne Dunbar, Eighth Avenue
VIDEOGRAPHER Dave Harwood Wedding Videography