Molly and I met on the Greek Island of Rhodes whilst on holiday with our families.
It all started with a splash (quite literally) as in my attempts to smoothly approach, ended with me soaking Molly who was relaxing in the pool .......all so I could say hello.
I had promised Molly's parents that I wouldn't ask for her hand in marriage until after she had graduated from university so that she could focus on getting the job of her dreams. I had planned to be waiting at the end of the stage so that after collecting her degree she would have another surprise waiting. However, while joking a few days early I found out that this idea was something out of Molly's nightmares. Then to top it all off due to the hot weather and thick gown Molly fainted prior to the ceremony, this left my panicking about whether today was really the right time.
In our quest to find the perfect venue we set out looking in all the "typical" places; the old manor houses, the big hotels, but nothing felt right. But from the first moments of setting our eyes on Manor Hill House, we fell in love with it all. The staff were quick to congratulate us on planning our big day and wanted to know everything about us and they truly made us feel special and from that moment on, we knew Manor Hill was the perfect place to plan our dream wedding.
Our theme just had to be Disney. It's something that we both love and are passionate about, and even the staff at Manor Hill House joined in with Disney madness! We decided on a blue and silver colour theme (my favourite colours...not to mention the football teams colour!!) and also something a little different to all the other weddings we had been to.
In terms of the decorations, Molly and her family are so creative that we made many of the decorations ourselves, including the table plan and names, the Mr and Mrs for the top table and even the sweet table was made by Molly's Grandad for our special day.
The wedding dress was an Anna Sorrano elegant satin A-line dress but a low dip back with beautiful button detailing down the back and train. I knew straight away that I wanted a satin dress, as it was something totally different to any other wedding dress I had seen friends wearing.
For the bridesmaids, I have always liked the 50's style dresses and this was my point for inspiration, they were navy with pale blue, navy and cream stripes running around the skirt. Due to the age of my flower girl, we were unable to find a dress to match the bridesmaids for her, and so a close family friend made her a custom designed dress to match the other bridesmaids.
For the suits, we went for matching blue suits with tails for a lighter summer feel to the occasion, the groom wore a cream and blue waistcoat, where the ushers wore cream and silver waistcoats.
Our cake was made by a family friend and it was a stunning centrepiece for our wedding. We designed it ourselves and we all had a hand in making it, including the mother of the bride and the chief bridesmaid. The florist was the local award-winning Flowers by Sarah Hayes, she took the time to create all the flowers used throughout the day including the bridal party bouquets, display flowers and gift bouquets. The flowers chosen were classic and elegant Calla Lillies to fit the simple and elegant feel to the dress.
Our photographer was Stuart Myers, who we found at an open day at Manor Hill. From the first meeting, he was open and easy going and we got on really well with him. On the day of the wedding he was there early to capture every moment of the day, he really helped when it came to the more awkward moments as I don't really like having my photograph taken, but with his friendly attitude and demeanour, he was a great hit with us and all the guests and the photos are brilliant.
The best part of the day would be the speeches. So many memories shared with all the people we love. We laughed, we cried and we shared so much. The pictures taken during the speeches are so wonderful as they capture all those emotions and many more. Stuart really did a great job of capturing everything that happened.
There were so many beautiful photos taken on the day it was so hard to pick just one but this is one of our favourites.
It doesn't matter how old you are or how much money you have when you find the right partner everything else comes easy.
Don't picture your perfect venue and restrict your choice to what you imagine as you never know what you're missing out on.
On the day take the time to just step back and enjoy the day, take time by yourselves to take it all in and also just look at how much joy is on the face of all your friends and family, the wedding day feels like it over in a flash but those moments will stay with you forever.