Michaela & Phil
Every Friday I’d drive from Southport to Accrington to stay with Phil for the weekend. We’d get a bottle of Rose and watch films all night.
How did the proposal happen?
We were on holiday in Marrakesh and had just enjoyed our first full day there. After worrying about getting the ring through the airport safely, Phil nipped out before dinner to find the perfect spot. He took me to a quiet spot surrounded by water and flowers, just as the sun was setting, and got down on one knee. It was perfect!
My Madeline Gardner New York gown came from The Brides Room, Birkdale. It was the ivory ‘Melania’ style made from organza and tulle to which we added a sparkly pearl trip along the top of the bust and back. When I put it on I knew no other dress would compare, even though I had started dress shopping very early on in the planning.
I had a simple veil with a pearl trim and wore my grandmother’s bracelet to remember her by. As I wasn’t having a necklace, I wanted earrings that would stand out, so I chose beautiful pearl drop Glitzy Secrets earrings. Phil gifted me a Pandora ring to wear and I chose a floral pair of shoes from Rainbow Club with ‘I do’ transfers added to the base. I changed to Converse for the evening to dance the night away in comfortably.
Phil chose a High Grove lounge suit in navy with a modern bow-fronted waistcoat and ivory tie, hired from Whitfield & Ward, near Manchester. He looked really smart and we were both smiling constantly.
My best friend was my Maid of Honour, with my cousin and Phil’s niece also our bridesmaids. They wore 1950s style coral prom dresses with fluffy ivory petticoats underneath. Dig for Victory made the dresses and I gifted my maids a pearl bracelet to wear on the day. I let them choose their shoes.
What music did you have during your ceremony?
I walked down the aisle with my dad to ‘Songbird’ by Eva Cassidy.
What was the best part of the ceremony?
Because we had Louise from The Ceremony Company we weren’t restricted to what we could include, so we had a civil ceremony but included the religious lighting of a unity candle. We met Louise 12 months before the wedding so she got to know us and it was very personal and did the official ceremony a few days beforehand joined by our parents.
What did you have for your wedding breakfast?
We opted for lighter dishes until dessert for our three-course dinner. The starter was smoked salmon tartare, followed by chicken with butter beans, shallot and grain mustard sauce and a chocolate and orange torte with white chocolate sauce. Afterwards, we enjoyed our favourites – macarons with tea and coffee.
A classic and romantic theme was perfect for our wedding day. We used Creative Cover Hire to decorate with, choosing a cream carpet for the aisle, rose petals and lanterns. We had peach chair tie backs and peach and gold table runners. I loved looking in Wedding Ideas for theme and colour ideas while we were choosing our coral, cream and gold wedding scheme! We had confetti made from Shakespeare quotes and used birdcage candleholders. The LOVE lights we hired for the dancefloor made a great backdrop for the photos!
Tom Hodge Florist, Southport, supplied our flowers to perfectly match what we described to them. I thought my bouquet was absolutely stunning!
Our three-tier cake came from Janet at The Cake Shed. We had chocolate, lemon and Victoria sponge layers with ruffle icing and a layer decorated in pearl dots. Our florist provided fresh flowers to go between the layers and Janet made us a felt bird bride and groom toppers.
The Lost Penguin made our invitations, table plan, place cards and table numbers. Each table number had a romantic literary quote on it.
Immediately after the wedding we took a minimoon to Edinburgh where we treated ourselves to dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Castle Terrace. Our Maldives honeymoon is booked for later this year, where we will enjoy a bit of paradise and snorkelling.
Don’t stress if things go wrong. Our florist cancelled eight weeks before the wedding but it turned out for the best – we loved the flowers we had instead!
Having our wedding filmed means we can look back at the speeches and relive those hilarious moments from the day, as well as the rest of it!
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VENUE Bartle Hall Hotel, Preston
DRESS Madeline Gardner New York at The Brides Room, Birkdale
BRIDESMAID DRESSES Dig for Victory
GROOM Whitfield & Ward, near Manchester
ACCESSORIES Glitzy Secrets, Rainbow Club and Pandora
FLOWERS Tom Hodge Florist, Southport
CAKE Janet at The Cake Shed
STATIONERY The Lost Penguin
PHOTOGRAPHER Elizabeth Baker Photography
VIDEOGRAPHER Alexandra Walmsley from Eternal Edits