Debbie & Chris
ART COUTURE GOWN | NAVY AND PEACH | HANDMADE DETAILS | THE LION KING | CATHOLIC CEREMONY |
When Debbie and Chris first met working at the Queen of Hearts, it might not have been love at first sight but it didn’t take long for the couple to be drawn to each other. If they weren’t cuddled up watching The Lion King, they’d be working extra shifts just to get an extra chance to be together.
Chris got down on one knee on New Year’s Day while the couple were enjoying a New Year’s getaway to Dublin. “We went for a long coastal walk at a beautiful seaside town in nearby Howth. Chris had the route all planned out and after a beautiful but strenuous trek we reached the top of the cliff with stunning views of the sea, and it was there that Chris popped the question. We went for a celebratory meal and had a bottle of champagne with it!” gushes Debbie.
After using Wedding Ideas for wedding dress inspiration, Debbie found her dream gown for her navy and peach themed wedding at The White Gallery, Ramsbottom. The Art Couture dress was strapless and featured a stunning trumpet skirt. “It was very simple and elegant – exactly what I wanted. It had a beautiful art deco fan-style design at the top that I had never seen anything like before. I couldn’t stop swooshing around the room to see the train move!”
Because the bride and groom would be marrying in a Catholic ceremony, the bride wanted a little more modesty for this part of the day. “I teamed the dress with a beautiful top by Lilly which I removed for the evening reception. It totally transformed the dress so in the end I felt like I had two dresses to wear on the day!”
Debbie sourced her wedding accessories at various Etsy shops. “I knew I wanted a flower crown and originally thought I would have fresh flowers, but then I decided that I would want to keep it forever as a keepsake, so I found Etsy store Flash Floozy which sold beautiful handmade flower crowns. I chose an ivory and pearl pip berry design and it was my favourite part of my whole outfit.” Personalised clutch bags for the bridesmaids were also sourced on Etsy, as were the Lion King nail decals of Simba and Nala that the bride wore on her ring and corresponding finger on the day – a nod to their beginnings as a couple, Chris’s pet name for her (Simba) and their beautiful dog Nala, a gift from Chris for her 21st birthday.
Chris looked timeless in his dark navy slim-fit three-piece from Hawes and Curtis. He accessorised with brown Ted Baker boots and a peach skinny tie from Swagger and Swoon which his groomsmen also wore. “I thought he looked so hot! It’s rare he wears a suit and I always think he looks so handsome in them!”
When it comes to hair and makeup, Debbie has advice for brides. “Find a look that makes you feel pretty and confident but which is also still you. At the end of the day your groom fell in love with you are so you don’t want to look like a completely different person when he sees you coming up the aisle!”
After walking down the aisle to ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’, another nod to their Lion King influences, the couple said their ‘I dos’ and returned to the place they first met for their very personal reception at The Queen of Hearts. “Our table names were locations from The Lion King with the top table being Pride Rock of course!”
The celebration was full of personal details, tying beautifully with their navy and peach theme with rustic touches. “Most of our decorations were made by family which helped make the day feel really special to us. Chris’s auntie Pauline made metres and metres of bunting and his nannies Ann and Peggy knitted and crocheted strings of heart bunting as well. The venue was filled with lowers that Chris’s mum and friend Sandra had purchased from the Birmingham Flower Markets in jars we had collected for months beforehand which were decorated with lace, ribbons and hessian from a local haberdashery. The tablecloths I made myself from a roll of ivory cotton sheeting and my dad made the ‘Chris and Debbie’ neon light sign that hung behind the bar.”
Continuing their handmade approach, Chris’s mum made all the navy and peach wedding invites tied with rustic twine and Debbie’s dad made all the favours – hanging heart decorations with the newlywed’s names and wedding date on them. “He cut, sanded and painted all 121 of them. They had ribbon through them that said ‘queen of hearts’ on it in homage to our reception venue and place we met. I like to think of our guests hanging them in their home or on their Christmas trees and thinking of the day each time they see it,” says Debbie.
Flowers by Jemma Holmes, Swinton provided the bride and bridesmaid’s bouquets of white and peach Alabaster roses, spray roses and peonies for the bride and gysophilia for the maids. The groom and groomsmen’s gysophilia, peach lisianthus and spray rose buttonholes were also by Jemma.
Instead of the traditional fruit cake, the cheese-loving pair chose a tower of creamy Lancashire, Red Leicester, Wensleydale and Cranberry, fiery Chilli Cheddar, Garstang Blue and Garstang White cheeses, supplied by Dewlay Cheese, Garstang. This feast became part of the evening buffet for guests to tuck into and enjoy.
Debbie and Chris needed little excuse to dance the night away with band Oblivion supplying fantastic music. “They played such a good range of songs to make all our guests happy and the type of music we especially love. Friend Hadi, who they also met at The Queen of Hearts, then took over as DJ. “He kept us all dancing until 2am and we finished the night dancing on the bar to The Jackson 5’s ‘Blame it on the Boogie’.
The new Mr and Mrs honeymooned in Italy, touring Milan, Lake Garda, Venice and Rome before joining Chris’s brother in Venice who tied the knot there two weeks later!
VENUE | The Holy Name Church, Manchester RECEPTION | The Queen of Hearts, Manchester DRESS | The White Gallery, Ramsbottom GROOM | Hawes and Curtis CAKE | Dewlay Cheese, Garstang FLORIST | Flowers by Jemma Holmes, Swinton, Lancashire ENTERTAINMENT | Oblivion PHOTOGRAPHER | Suzy Wimbourne Photography