Sarah and Ali's wedding at Lion Quays
Now.... the cake..... IT WAS AMAZING ... my wacky ideas of paint splodges and musical notes combo
Ali and I got engaged on Christmas Eve 2012. We waited until 16th April 2014 to tie the knot so we could save up enough money and have the day we wanted. We decided we would spend enough to have what we wanted out of the day, but we weren’t going to go overboard... so what was the first thing?
Of course the first thing wedding related was my dress. Working at Cameo Brides in the Plassey at the time I thought I had a really good idea of what I wanted. However, I ended up choosing something completely different. You never know exactly what is going to suit you until you try wedding dresses on and the big meringue dress I had in mind wasn’t quite for my short stature. So I went for a compromise of a full skirt, long train and a lace and tulle mixture of fabrics.
I ordered my dress from The Bridal Gallery in Chester. Very excited and looking forward to it coming into the shop it was on my mind a lot, however in the weeks running up to my fitting date my mum passed the shop to find it gutted! It seemed the business had gone bankrupt and not told anyone, even the staff. Suppliers and designers of the bridal gowns weren’t shipping the dresses to the shop and in a panic for time I had to re-buy my dress from the wonderful Wedding World in Shrewsbury. I gained my money back as I paid on card but many didn’t as they had paid in cash. ALWAYS PAY BY CARD! And take out insurance.
Suppliers and designers of the bridal gowns weren’t shipping the dresses to the shop and in a panic for time, I had to re-buy my dress from the wonderful Wedding World in Shrewsbury. I gained my money back as I paid on card but many didn’t as they had paid in cash. ALWAYS PAY BY CARD! And take out insurance.
Wedding World couldn’t do enough to help and were fabulous, even offering a prize draw lucky dip in which I won a voucher towards my veil.
The next items on the list for planning were venues, flowers, bridesmaid dresses, decor and cars.
We chose to get married in Christ Church, Rossett and have our reception in the Lion Quays, Oswestry. The church on the day was lovely and the weather highlighted its beautiful setting. On our day I walked into a trumpet fanfare ‘Trumpet Voluntary’ played by my brother in law and we walked out to the Wedding March. It was a very traditional church so we didn’t have much choice. During the signing of the register we had two friends playing the Piano (Debussy, Clare de Lune) and the Cello (The Swan). It was beautiful and complimented our musical background.
When organising the reception and evening do at the Lion Quays we found that it was a very busy venue for weddings. We were assigned a few wedding planners and found it quite confusing until we met Robyn who was with us until the day. Everything was sorted, they were easy to contact and we were almost stress free. Food was amazing and the toast master Adam was impeccable.
Adam was on top of every detail of our day at the resort and saw that everything went smoothly. He had a professional and flamboyant air about him which conducts great presence and poise about a room of guests. Everyone just has to listen!
We then planned the dressing of the venue, done by Tammy at TMS Events, Oswestry. Tammy had lovely things and it was hard to choose but we settled on a candle theme and silver birch. She also did the flowers for the church and transported them between the venues.
We were transported on the day by Anniversary Cars. An incredibly professional company with gorgeous, vintage cars to suit any style. On our meetings with them we were took to look at the entire fleet they held there was no pressure and they gave us a lot of time. They were very swift and easy to contact, giving us ease in booking and arranging. We chose a Beauford 4 door car and it was beautiful. The driver on the day was so happy, really took care and value in his job and poured us champagne as soon as we got married!
The bridesmaids were chauffeured by our brilliant groomsman James who did a splendid job of pulling faces and making us laugh through the window all the way to the venue. He even gave us the Wrexham thumb.
When it came to flowers, I created my own bouquets out of silk and paper artificial flowers that took the colour scheme to a range of purples, peaches and soft pinks. I shopped at Poundland, Dunelm Mill and Hobby Craft for these and put them together myself sewing crystals and pearl beads in to give them an extra wow. I wanted to personalise my bouquet and I now have it in my house in a vase, a little memento from the day.
Having a range of colours in the same palette and slight vintage theme to our day we picked our bridesmaids dresses easily. At a bargain of £30 each in the January sales of 2013 we shopped at Debenhams for the dresses and hair accessories and ordered their shoes off Ebay. Both my bridesmaids wore bright purple dresses and had ivory shoes, sparkly hair clips and ‘pearl’ jewellery sets. I wanted to keep them simple but make them stand out at the same time.
The Groomsmen wore charcoal grey suits and had cravats to match the bridesmaids, with the grooms being slightly different. Not that it mattered as they all came off at the end of the night! However, the suits were provided by Peter Posh in Shrewsbury and they were excellent. The ladies who fitted the suits were super quick and took no messing of the men!
The rest of the wedding party wore a selection of colours all in similar tones to my flowers (I wasn’t strict at all... honest). Being an Art teacher I felt the need that no one clashed to badly.
Now when it came to the day reception we decided to have a medium sized affair with close family and friends, situated in the bright, light conservatory of the Lion Quays.
In addition to Tammy’s decoration, the Lion Quays provided tea lights, table mirrors and all the basic settings as part of our package. They also helped set up the fingerprint tree (made by my mum at Art Graphics, Saltney), gift table for which we had a Postbox and the cake table.
Our photos were taken by Steve Hale Photography and as you can see (from the watermarked images on this page), he really is amazing at capturing your big day.
Now.... the cake.....
IT WAS AMAZING and was made by Emma at Emz Cakes. She helped me create my dream cake and also provided the cupcake favours. We designed it from scratch and it was nice to speak to someone who understood my wacky ideas of paint splodges and musical notes combo to form flowers and leaves. Not only did it look amazing but it tasted lovely as well and all our guests complimented it.
After the day reception we had a small interval of 45 minutes and guests started arriving for the night. It started at 7.30 and we had a DJ before and after our live band 'The Big Beat'. The members of The Big Beat are also personal friends of ours which made it even more special that they were able to provide the entertainment for our evening reception. As always they produced an awesome set which had everybody in the room up and dancing from the moment they played their first note of our alternative first dance song which was Let’s Get It On, to the last chord of the evening.
At the end of the evening we left our guests still partying hard and retired to the Jacuzzi bath of our wonderful bridal suite and then went to bed and lived happily ever after.