We were both on a night out, a few days before Christmas 2002. We met in a nightclub called Nexus in St. Helens.
Allan is 24 I'm 23.
There was no proper proposal. It was November 2003 and we were in St. Helens, looking in the window of a brand new jewellers. Allan asked if I wanted a ring I said yes so we went in and designed it! I did keep asking Allan afterwards to get down on one knee to ask me!
Yes, we both went to separate horse races. Mine was a ladies’ night at Haydock park. At the start of the night I went over on my ankle (I’d had no alcohol at this point!) so I couldn't walk! By the end of the night I was in Whiston A&E with a sprained ankle. Allan went to Chester races, got very drunk, went round Liverpool, got even more drunk and then had a three-day hangover!
Allan didn't really help, but he did drive me everywhere. He just kept saying tell me where and when and I'll be there!
I was constantly on the Cafe message boards, I'm surprised I didn't get the sack from work! The girls were brilliant with their advice and they came up with so many suppliers for me as I didn't live locally to where the wedding was.
My dress is a Maggie Sottero called Stella. I got it from Ebay for £205! The woman who bought it originally, ordered it from America, but while it was arriving here her husband-to-be broke up with her. At least the dress was luckier for me!
I had two bridesmaids: my best friend from school, Heather and my cousin, Rebecca. They both wore dresses by Alfred Angelo in wine.
Allan had his two best friends from school as his best men. We had two ushers: my brother, Steven and Allan's brother, Ian. They all wore suits hired from Moss Bros.
We had a civil ceremony.
It was held at the Oaks Hotel in Burnley.
The reception was held in the same room we got married in.
No, everything was in the same hotel.
We had 39 people during the day and about 90 people came at night.
Allan didn't want any pastel or what he termed 'girly' colours, so, as he is a Liverpool supporter, we had burgundy (red was too bright) and ivory with a hint of gold.
We had tall glass candle stick holders with ivory candles, burgundy tea lights in glass holders and the table name holders were painted burgundy. We were going to have the 4-chocolate burgundy & ivory box from Thorntons as our favours but they cancelled our order 2 weeks before the wedding as they had ran out of supplies. I ended up making burgundy bag favours.
The favours were burgundy organza bags with two heart-shaped chocolates from Thorntons. As the bags were quite see-through I put in some burgundy tissue paper. On the female favours I wrapped wire which had diamantes attached around the neck of the bag.
I had burgundy roses which had diamantes in the centre with greenery, some of which were spray-painted gold. The bridesmaid flowers were the same but they had ivory roses. Our florist was Daisy Mays in Paddiham, Burnley.
The hotel had set menus. We had seasonal melon with strawberries served with a mango and raspberry coulis for starters; pan -fried chicken breast served with a white wine and cream sauce as our main meal and rich chocolate truffle for dessert.
My sister in law works with a lady who makes cakes in her spare time and she made our cake for us. It was a three-tier cake, the bottom two tiers were fruit cake and the top was sponge with ivory icing and matching silk flowers.
We had a harpist playing during the ceremony and drinks reception and we had the DJ the hotel uses in the evening.
We asked for vouchers from B&Q.
We spent our first night in the Oaks hotel. We went on our honeymoon on the Monday night to Corfu for two weeks. It was booked through Going Places.
Walking into the room where the wedding breakfast was, to pose for photos with the cake. I spent ages designing table layouts and decoration, then when I saw the room lit up by candle light, I nearly started crying! It looked fantastic, but there are no photos of it!
Only the favours being cancelled, the day itself was perfect. I got 8 hours sleep the night before and then had a 3 course breakfast on the morning of the wedding!
Everything was perfect and I would not change a thing! I know brides keep saying you don't notice the little things on the day, but for me the little things made the day. Make sure you get some time alone with your husband, we did (between the meal & evening do), it just gives you a chance to reflect on your day.