Me and Dan met online but he knew me as he remembered me from my job role, I worked as a waitress in a local pub and I had served him as a customer- he messaged me first!
Our relationship progressed rather quickly, by 6 months we had moved in together and adopted our rescue Cat Jade- Our fur child!
He proposed to me in the living room of our first flat, I was sitting on my PJs on the sofa when Dan comes in dressed in a suit! He told me he was trying it on for a meeting he had the following day- he then asked me to stand up but I stayed lounging on the sofa and he read me a poem asking me to marry him which he had written himself.
Dan is definitely the romantic one out of the two of us, for one of my birthdays we had a week off and he had planned something for every day that we were off as my birthday treat
The venue decision was made easier for me as I work at Manor Hill and already know how the weddings run here. Dan came to look at the venue when I first got the job here and loved it and I already loved it so it was an easy decision to pick Manor Hill.
With my job role I plan other people’s weddings so I know all the effort we put into making everyone’s wedding day perfect. I don’t think I could have given up that control to anyone else as I would have had to if I chose another venue. Also I knew the recommended suppliers here that we have at Manor Hill and I have a great relationship with them so that made the decision a lot easier too. Feedback I had from other venues was that their customer service was not neccesarily as great as ours, plus the team here are like a second family to me and it meant they all got to be part of the day
Our theme was vintage afternoon tea. I see so many weddings and I just wanted something a little different. The colour scheme was sky blue as we both agreed we loved that colour and felt it was perfect for a June wedding.
We didn’t want to go over the top with the decorations and Dan’s mom used to be a florist so she kindly made our centre pieces which all the guests commented on and again it made them unique to us. We kept the table decorations very simple and our favours were biscuits to tie in with the theme.
We made all of our own stationary from the table names to the table plan itself, I tried to be as creative but also as cost effective as I could!
I can honestly say all of our suppliers made our day, it wouldn’t have been what It was without them.
We chose DJ Chris Smith for the entertainment. I have worked countless weddings with Chris and it was a no brainer to have him on the day. Chris acted as our master of ceremonies as well as playing the ceremony music and the evening disco. Chris has such a knack for getting guests on the dancefloor and playing music everyone enjoys so I knew we were in good hands.
My Dress! Omg I couldn’t love it any more if I tried!
My dress was from Perfections in Worcester- the staff there are amazing! I had been to a few shops before finding my dress but once I put it on both my mom and sister broke down in tears so I knew it was the one. It had a lovely detailed train which I loved as I hadn’t seen too many of those- working in weddings I wanted my dress to be different from the norm but also classic and timeless at the same time.
The bridesmaids dresses I actually bought online and they were one of the first purchases we made. I got them from Chi Chi London as I saw them and just felt they were perfect and even better when they arrived they fit my bridesmaids, the only alterations required were they needed the hem altering because they are all so small! Luckily I have a family friend who was able to do this for me.
The suits were all hired from Harvey’s Formal hire in Redditch, the suits fitted the men perfectly and the colour of the cravat matched my bridesmaids exactly. The service from Tony at Harvey’s and all of the staff really made the experience that much more, the suits were all measured and ordered into store and picked up the week before the wedding.
The florist was Tanya from Bluebells, I didn’t tell her exactly what I wanted I just showed her the bridesmaids dresses and mentioned I’d like pastel tones. When she delivered the flowers I was blown away! I mentioned initially I’d love blue in the bouquets but Tanya explained this is difficult to get but she managed to do it and as I wasn’t expecting it I was delighted! I also asked for mine to have some purple in just so mine were slightly different from the bridesmaids and to stand out.
Chloe McCall was the makeup artist, she did such an amazing job my makeup stayed on until the following day! Chloe is really good at making you look natural and not feeling like you are caked in makeup, I can honestly say I felt like I looked like the best version of myself- I didn’t want to take it off.
Elaine Cooper did mine and the girl’s hair again Elaine exceeded my expectations for the hair. I said I wanted something natural looking and it was just the wedding princess hair I dreamed of. I bought a hair vine to go in my hair and wasn’t sure if it was going to look right and she made it look stunning. I had so many comments on my hair throughout the day
We opted for Canapes after the wedding, we chose large ones; Fish & chips, pizza slices and burgers for our guests- nothing too fancy!
To keep with our theme we had afternoon tea for our wedding breakfast followed by a trio of desserts, the temperature outside meant that the tea party was the best choice as it wasn’t too heavy and the guests commented on how different it was.
The real show stopper for our guests was the evening BBQ, they could not believe how much food was available and they commented on how amazing it all tasted- some guests even took some home with them the next day!
The cake was better than we expected, I went to Gemma from Merrivale cakes with a picture of what we wanted, we didn’t want a traditional wedding cake and something again a little different and opted for a drip style cake with flowers.
The speeches were hilarious! – My dad knocking over the 10th broken glass! During Dan’s speech he had mentioned how similar we are and the followed with ‘so much so I did check our family tree to check we weren’t related’ The whole room erupted in laughter!
I spent the whole day laughing and smiling – there is no one best moment for me it was incredible and honestly can say the best day of my life
Choosing my favourite picture is such a hard choice! So many amazing photos from the day- a photo album is going to be hard work choosing!
If I have to choose one it would the photo of me and Dan having our ‘first touch’ Anthony brought Dan down to the honeymoon suite and stood us either side of the door and we held hands before the ceremony, Dan stood with his eyes closed as he was too scared he would see me and he captured it perfectly!
My advice for other couples would be to enjoy the day! Don’t worry about the small details or the décor as when it comes to it, it doesn’t matter at all. Enjoy every moment with your loved ones and having a great photographer really is so important to capture those moments.
Our biggest thank you and appreciation goes to Anthony Hall, he went above and beyond for us- even our engagement shoot he took us to London for the weekend and we took photos down there. He was so calm on the day, took some amazing photos and we were over the moon with the result. He was an absolute dream
Trust in the team as they are here to ensure your day runs smoothly and they are so focused on that.
Take time for you and your new husband/ wife you are so busy with the guests you hardly see one another!