We love this chic and classy city wedding in the centre of Manchester – the midnight blue theme is super sophisticated.

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The proposal

Nichola had a hunch that Robert would propose in New York on the fifth anniversary of them getting together. “When it didn’t happen, I assumed he wasn’t going to ask,” she recalls. “But then, the following morning, I got out of bed in our hotel room, and there he was, down on one knee.”

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The bride’s outfit

Nichola looked sensational in a figure-hugging Micayla dress with a sweetheart neckline and a fishtail hem. “I was torn between two dresses and really couldn’t decide, so in the end I went for the more expensive one!” she laughs. Nichola’s Jenny Packham shoes, however, were a bargain. “I was prepared to splash out on really special wedding shoes, but after looking in Selfridges and Harrods, I found the perfect pair in the sale at Debenhams,” she says.

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The groom’s outfit

Rob and his groomsmen hired their suits from Moss Bros, opting for a traditional grey three-piece suit with tails, navy blue cravats and an ivory waistcoat for the groom.

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The bridesmaids

Nichola and her three bridesmaids took a marathon tour of London’s bridal boutiques in search of the perfect dresses. “I knew I didn’t want anything too stiff or formal,” Nichola explains. “The girls were very patient with me!” They finally settled on full-length navy blue dresses from House of Fraser, with jewelled embellishments around the neck and waist.

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The ceremony

Nichola and Robert were married at the majestic Manchester Town Hall in the heart of the city. The bride travelled in a vintage Rolls Royce. “That was the only decision I left completely up to Rob!” laughs Nichola. The bride walked down the aisle on the arm of her proud father.

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The reception

After the ceremony, the happy couple and their guests continued the party at the luxurious Radisson Edwardian Hotel, which they styled with a chic navy blue and cream colour palette. “We hired a company called Eventures, who made the venue look stunning, with tall centrepieces filled with artificial flowers and floating candles,” says Nichola.

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The stylish five-tier cake was created by Flissy Cakes. “We ended up adding an extra tier as the number of guests kept growing,” Nichola adds. A string quartet entertained during the meal, and two-piece band The Wedding Crashers kept everyone on the dancefloor all night long.

The honeymoon

The couple spent two weeks relaxing in all-inclusive luxury on Meeru Island in the Maldives, where they enjoyed snorkelling, scuba diving and blissful spa treats.

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