A stunning real wedding at Rochdale Town Hall, Rochdale, Lancashire with amazing details. Emma and Chris got married in September 2007.


WHERE: Rochdale Town Hall, Rochdale, Lancashire

WHEN: September 2007

PHOTOGRAPHER: Lawson Photography

How they met

The couple met at a work Christmas party. Chris was the perfect gentleman when he offered Emma his coat to wear as she walked home because it was so cold. Afterwards she discovered that he had rung her boss straight away to find out who she was!.

The proposal

Nine months after they met, Emma and Chris moved in together and on the first night in their new home, he proposed to her.

The bride’s real wedding outfit

Emma looked like a fairytale bride in her beautiful Alison Jane gown from the designer’s boutique in Manchester. Emma’s bespoke gown was a combination of three styles, so it was completely unique. The white silk gown had a fitted strapless bodice with ruched details, while the sweeping full skirt was overlaid with tulle and edged in ribbon.

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“After I made my entrance down an impressive flight of stairs, the ceremony seemed to just fly by”


The accessories

Emma embellished the gathered sweep detail on her skirt with a pretty diamanté brooch, bought from Jon Richard at Debenhams , together with her matching set of necklace, earrings and bracelet. She found her Linzi Jay tiara at a wedding show, and her ribbon – edged veil from Bride Be Lovely in Manchester was a last-minute find the day before the wedding.

The groom’s outfit

Chris hired his chocolate brown suit for the real wedding from Moss Bros. His pink cravat tied in with the pink and chocolate colour scheme for the day. Chris’s best man and ushers wore fawn-coloured cravats from Tie Warehouse, which matched the bridesmaids’ dresses.


The bridesmaids

Wore fawn-coloured strapless crinkle silk dresses from Debut at Debenhams, with pink satin shoes.

The flowers

The real wedding blooms were created by La Fleur in Manchester. The bouquets featured pink gerberas, which were embellished with wire and diamantés. The stems of the flowers were wrapped with organza and the groom wore a pink gerbera buttonhole.


The transport

Emma and her dad arrived at the ceremony in a silver Chrysler 300, provided by Forever Wedding Cars.

The ceremony

Took place at the Exchange in Rochdale Town Hall. Emma made a grand entrance down the magnificent staircase in front of their guests, instead of walking down the aisle.

The reception

Emma and Chris’s reception took place at the Great Hall in Rochdale Town Hall, a Grade I building with beautiful Gothic architecture. Tables were dressed in a pink and brown theme, with centrepieces of pink gerbera heads floating in fish bowls with clear crystal beads. Pink and brown table runners were placed on tables with alternating pink and brown organza sashes on the chairs.


“We were cheered as we arrived at our hotel that night – I had to do a catwalk in my dress!”

The cake

The cake for the real wedding was a four-tier, stacked layer creation of fruit, chocolate, vanilla and carrot cakes, made by Venue Dresser. It was iced in white and decorated with brown polka dots and pink and brown ribbon.

The Favours

Were mini Silver pails of minstrel chocolates for female guests and lucky dip Lotto tickets for the men.


The music

Was provided by Jamie Forth from Superb Functions, who played a mix of music and got everyone Superb Functions. The couple’s first dance was to ‘A Million Love Songs’ by Take That.

The theme

Was a colour scheme of pink and chocolate brown, inspired by the stationery from Millie and Me.

Special moment

Chris sent Emma a letter and a gift of an engraved Tiffany & Co charm bracelet on the wedding morning.


The honeymoon

Emma and Chris spent two weeks at the Makadi Palace in Egypt, with lots of sun, sand and mummies!