Victoria & Daniel
Our first date was to The Italian Orchard back in 2011. I didn’t know it then, but it’s a running joke that Daniel always took girlfriends there for the first date! I just remember desperately not wanting to go home and for the date to end!
Dan knew I was desperate to go to Paris, so this inspired his proposal! It was Christmas day and we were driving from my parents’ home in Manchester to see his in Lancaster. We stopped off on the way – Daniel said we needed to meet a friend – and so we walked over to a bridge to find this friend. When we got there, there was a wooden 6ft Eiffel Tower covered in lights and Daniel brought out a padlock saying ‘Dan and Vicky – Fake Love Lock Bridge – 25th December 2013’ for us to clip on. He told me we’d go to Paris one day, but for now he was proposing! He chose a beautiful platinum ring with a princess cut diamond and of course I said yes! Daniel’s friend had secretly tied a balloon and engagement card to the car while we were on the bridge!
My Mori Lee 67491 dress came from J’adore Bridal Boutique in Cheshire. It felt amazing – I loved the ivory and lace bodice and the full tulle skirt. The little crystal and sequin embellishments made it even more perfect! I added a bespoke hairpiece, necklace and earrings, all from Rocks for Frocks. My veil was mid-length with crystals sewn in to match my dress. I sourced it from the boutique.
Dan wore a navy blue skinny suit from Topman, a floral tie from River Island and brown Aldo shoes. When I walked down the aisle he was looking back at me. His smile instantly reassured me and my nerves disappeared.
Four bridesmaids joined me, wearing full-length peach Dessy dresses. They also came from J’adore Bridal Boutique. The chiffon dresses featured a high neckline and bow tied to the side – they were beautiful!
Lyndsey from House of Makeup took care of my bridal beauty. She used a range of products, including MAC, Bobbi Brown, Nars and Illamasqua. I highly recommend the Bobbi Brown lip primer – it kept my lipstick on all day and night. I only had to reapply once!
Our religious ceremony took place in The Compass Room at The Lowry Theatre. We loved the location for our Salford Quays wedding! Daniel’s dad performed the ceremony to make it really personal. I walked down the aisle to Train’s ‘Marry Me’ and we left to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Tenerife Sea’. We also chose his music for our first dance, going for the romantic ‘Thinking Out Loud’.
Make sure that you book your registrar early and then book the rest of your wedding around this. We didn’t do this and then couldn’t get a registrar for the time we wanted, so get it sorted first!
Our reception began with the wedding breakfast, where guests tucked into roast tomato soup, pan-fried chicken and vanilla cheesecake with mango compote.
We chose a vintage spring theme with a modern twist for our reception, using pink, white and floral accents. I bought Wedding Ideas every month! I loved tearing out pages to put in my scrapbook and the vintage roses I saw in the first issue I bought were the inspiration for my own wedding bouquet!
We sourced jugs, pretty ribbons and yarn to decorate, lighting them up with candles and fairy lights, too. Our seating plan was also homemade from a vintage frame and luggage tags. We added chair covers, lace chair ties and wooden crates, and lots of vintage hanging signs completed the look (get yours here!).
The bouquets and buttonholes had a feminine, rustic look, created by 2lips Florist. They featured gypsophila, white, pink and peach roses, carnations and peach gerberas. My mother then sourced flowers for the table centres, using white roses, café gerbera, light pink roses, white carnations and gypsophila.
We were very lucky to have our friend make our four-tier cake! It began with Victoria sponge, followed by chocolate, lemon and carrot cake tiers. The cake was decorated in cream icing stripes and had a string of pearls on each tier. We also added a cheese cake for part of the evening buffet from Churchmouse Cheeses, who provided the fruit, crackers and cakes to go with it, too.
My Parisian dream finally came true for our honeymoon and we chose to reflect this in the favours. Guests received white chocolate and raspberry lollies in the shape of the Eiffel Tower. My bridesmaids and I made them ourselves using moulds, chocolate and ribbons.
VENUE The Lowry Theatre, Pier 8, Salford Quays
DRESS Mori Lee at J’adore Bridal Boutique, Cheshire
BRIDESMAID DRESSES Dessy
GROOM Topman, River Island and Aldo
ACCESSORIES Rocks for Frocks
FLOWERS 2lips Florist
CHEESE CAKE Churchmouse Cheeses
PHOTOGRAPHER Dan Tyack Photography