Lindsey and Jonathan’s Real Life Wedding

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Lindsey and Jonathan

10/03/2007 – Arley Hall, Near Northwich.

Lindsey and Jonathan's wedding photos

How and when did you meet?

We met at a house party eight years ago. Jonny is my high school sweetheart. We have been together ever since.

How old are you both?

Jonny 27 and Lindsey 24.

Where, when and how did he (or you!) propose?

On New Years Eve 2005, at a party, it was just before midnight, so just as I said “yes” the fireworks started to go off, it was so romantic!

Did you have hen and stag celebrations? If so, what did you do?

Jonny went to Edinburgh with the lads for a weekend in a campervan. Lindsey went the night before the wedding to Cotton’s Spa Hotel to have massages, facials and manicures as well as some bubbly, with all the girls.

How did your groom help with the wedding planning?

He turned up!

Did you use confetti to plan your wedding? If so, how did the website help you?

Yes, the girls on the cafe have been fab and have given loads of great advice, also we purchased things from the shop.

Did you buy any confetti products for your wedding? If so, did you visit a store, buy online or by mail order?

Yes, online, we bought lots of table decorations and DIY stationery.

Tell us about your outfit, and where you bought it

Lindsey’s dress is a Maggie Sottero Porsh Ann in blush colour, purchased from Wedding Wishes in Staylbridge.

Did you have bridesmaids? If so, who did you choose and what did they wear?

We had five bridesmaids, my best mate, my sister, two cousins and Jonny’s sister. They all wore Raylia Shana dresses two in dusky pink and two in chocolate. And they all looked gorgeous!

Who did your groom choose for his best man and ushers, and what did they wear?

Jonny’ s best man was his best mate, Bod, who did an excellent job, and the usher was my brother Alan.

Did you have a civil or religious ceremony?


Where did you hold your ceremony?

Arley Hall, Near Northwich.

Where did you hold your reception?

The same.

How many guests did you invite to your wedding, and did you have a separate evening guest list?

60 day time guests and 50 evening guests but only 10 turned up!

Did your reception have a particular theme in terms of colour or style?

It was all chocolate related, with a few butterflies thrown in here and there as it was spring!

How did you incorporate this in to your table settings?

Yes, everything was pink chocolate and ivory.

Did you give your guests favours?

We used a two box chocolates from Thorntons and you got to choose the chocolates you wanted inside, yummy!

Describe your flowers (bouquets and table decorations). Who was your florist?

Red Floral Architecture, from Mossley did our flowers and they were brill. The groom and his party has calla lilies with crystals and wiring in chocolate and pink. The bridesmaids had calla lilies in a wand style with butterflies, crystals and feathers, and my bouquet was so stunning that I cried when they dismantled it for pressing! It was again calla lilies and roses with crystals and beading. For the table centre pieces I had a mixture of tall vases with rose petals in and round bunch of flowers on the top with butterflies. And then fish bowls with lilies, pink gravel and goldfish!

What did you choose to have on your menu? Did you have an outside caterer or did your venue handle the catering?

The venue chose our caterers and we had a carvery menu, starting with roast pepper and tomato soup, then turkey or beef with a choice of vegetables and salad (oh and the veggie option of risotto), then either warm apple pie or profiteroles for pud! Yum! We also had canapes and they made a warm cider punch which was lovely as it was such a cold day!

What did you choose for your wedding cake, and who made it?

Cherrytree Kitchen, Ashton under lyne, did our cake, it is bespoke, and it was chocolate sponge drizzled in more chocolate with pink love hearts and milk and dark chocolate roses. Yum! And we still have loads left!

Did you have any entertainment during the day or evening?

Yes we recorded a CD for the wedding breakfast and at night we had a DJ so we could boogie on down!

Did you have a gift list? If so, who did you have your list with?

Yes, at John Lewis and it was really good.

Where did you spend your first night and honeymoon? Who did you book your honeymoon with?

We spent the first night at Cotton’s Spa Hotel in Knutsford, and we both has massages the next day. Then off to the Dominican Republic for our honeymoon, which was brilliant, it’s so beautiful and the Dominicans are so nice and friendly.

What was your most memorable moment of the day?

The music began to jump as I walked down the aisle, so I walked down the aisle to a completely different song than the one I chose, but I didn’t care! On the video it’s the song I chose, the power of editing and modern technology!

Did you experience any ‘nightmare’ moments in the run up to your wedding or on the day?

Yes lots. I was so ill and becoming more of a bridezilla by the minute. I had left everything to the last minute and two days before the wedding, the table settings still needed to be done, a close relative was in hospital, and my transport broke! But I’d do it all again!

Is there anything you would do differently, or any advice you would give to other brides?

Just enjoy it because when it’s all over you’ll want to do it again! Also plan something to look forward to after the wedding like a weekend away six months later or a summer holiday as you get the withdrawals and post-wedding blues – unfortunately mine started on the wedding day, when I realised after today it’s all over. Also take some time out every now and then to take everything in on your big day, it goes so fast.

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