Our Perfect Day by Sue and Tony

Tony and I met 36 years ago, I was sweet 16 and Tony was 24. We had a brief romance while he was working in Worcester. He then had to move with his job so we decided to end it as it was difficult to keep in touch as he didn't know where he would end up and for how long. We both got married and were both going through our divorces when , through the power of Facebook, ( I stalked him) we got reacquainted. I was living in Worcester and Tony had made his home in Cambridge, after seeing each other for 2 years, Tony decided to retire and move down to Worcester to be with me. 2016 was a leap year, so on the 29th of February I proposed several times to Tony and he just smiled and said " Ask me again in another 4 years!" . I took this as a definite NO! June 2016 was my 50th birthday. As I wasn't going to get married I planned a 50th that no one would ever forget. During the evening Tony grabbed the mic and thanked everyone for coming to my party, then out of the blue, got down on one knee and proposed ...... I was speechless. So of course I said yes. Up until that moment I would have said that I was the most romantic one, but that will certainly take some beating .

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We both have family and friends that live away, so we were originally looking for a venue that was,

A) Different to the usual venues in the area

B) That could accommodate all our guests , as we wanted to make it into a long weekend wedding.

We looked at two venues before we fell in love with Manor Hill House. We were told about Manor Hill House by the staff at a local tea room. We drove down to MHH and went up to the front door. We didn't have an appointment , however, the member of staff made no fuss , welcomed us in and gave us a quick tour, nothing was too much trouble. We left and decided that we had found our perfect venue. Our first experience was wonderful, so we made an appointment , came back and we booked it.

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The theme for our wedding was Dandelion clocks with a hint of pearls. When my parents passed away I had a tattoo of a dandelion clock on my foot with my parents names on the flying away "wishes". My dad bought my mum a pearl necklace from an oyster farm in France when I was a little girl. It was two strands of navy pearls and one strand of white pearls. I wanted to wear this on my wedding day. So these two things were the reasoning behind our wedding theme. All the decorations I made myself, from the table decorations, seating plan, name plaques right down to the giant dandelion clocks that were along the entrance to MHH.

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My wedding dress was created by a very talented seamstress based in Hallow Village. I met with her , I had three designs of dresses I liked and I left her to create. I hadn't got a clue what it would look like until 3 weeks before our wedding. She couldn't start anything as I was losing weight. I have lost 8.5 stone during this time so she left it until the eleventh hour before she could even start it. I wanted it to look a bit like the dress Grace Kelly wore at the end of the film High Society ( A film that was a favourite for my parents) I was very pleased with it. She had done an amazing job.

The bridesmaids dresses I got from an online boutique . I chose them as I wanted the girls to be able to wear them again. So I chose a dress and jacket in Navy. The men's suits were purchased from a company called Mens Tweed suits based in Great Barr, Birmingham. Tony wore a Grey and navy check suit and his groomsmen wore contrasting navy with a grey check. We looked at hiring the suits but for a little bit more money we got to keep the suits so they can be worn at other occasions

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We chose food that the majority would enjoy. Sticky Fig catering did and exceptional job with the food. Presentation was wonderful, taste and flavour was out of this world and it was all served hot. The evening buffet was just a simple selection of cold meats, pork pie, sausage rolls, salad etc, and yet when I saw it displayed in the kitchen it was a feast fit for royalty.

Our cake maker was known to us as she was one of my Girl Guides from way back when..... Rachel's Cakes. She created a cake that was totally personal to Tony and I .

I didn't use a florist as that was my trade, so I saved money there.

Our friend is a professional singer so he sang the song for our "first dance" which made it that bit more personal.

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The funniest part of the day was surprising my step son ( whose birthday it was on the same day) with all our guests giving him a gift. His face was priceless.

We haven't seen our official pictures yet but so far the picture of us in the woods is lovely.

The advice I would give to future couples.....

1) Book Manor Hill House for your wedding...... It will be perfect.

2) Book Sticky Fig Caterers to do your food .

3) Trust both Manor Hill House and Sticky Fig 100% as they are professional through and through.

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