Leanne and Wayne tied the knot on New Year’s Day in a beautiful winter wonderland wedding, with an extra special touch of gorgeous wedding favours from Cancer Research UK

Leanne and Wayne got married in Christ Church in Felling, Gateshead, followed by a lavish reception at the Elephant On the Tyne in Gateshead. Leanne’s stunning dress was inspired by Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. She says, “I remember seeing the royal wedding and instantly falling in love with her dress. I knew that should I ever get married, then I would go for something similar.

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There were 11 bridesmaids who all wore elegant, royal blue gowns. All of the bridesmaids carried ivory bouquets while Leanne’s ivory bouquet included royal blue foam roses. The couple’s two nieces were flowergirls who wore ivory dresses and carried royal blue and ivory posies. Wayne wore a traditional tails suit, set off with a royal blue rose tie and cravat.

At the ceremony, the Reverend’s wife made royal blue foam flowers, matching those in the bride’s bouquet and the colour scheme of the wedding, to hang around the church. The Church’s Christmas tree was still up and tealight candles, framed the windows.

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The royal blue theme carried on throughout the wedding, accented by touches of silver. Silver sashes were tied around every chair, and the name cards had sparkling snowflakes for that festive and wintery touch.

The couple chose Cancer Research UK wedding favours: “We had the pin badge design and had the ones with a small pink stone for the female guests, and the ones with a small blue stone for our male guests.

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Leanne continues: We got married on New Year’s Day as it would have been my Grandparents’ 66th wedding anniversary. My Grandad Ted passed away 3 years ago, and would have been thrilled to see me marry. This way, it meant I could involve him on my wedding day even though he wouldn’t be here in person.

I lost my lovely Grandad Jim to cancer, and there was another relative that was at my wedding who had successfully beat breast cancer so Cancer Research UK is a charity I continually support.

I felt that everyone either knows someone or themselves that had been affected by cancer in some way, and I wanted something a bit different as favours and what better way than to donate to charity very close to our hearts. All my guests thought it was a wonderful idea.

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To find out more about Cancer Research UK wedding favours, visit cruk.org/favours.

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