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Well hello Friday and how are you all? I am great as I have taken the day off today to look after Dexter, the joys of the summer holidays! We are off to White Post Farm in Nottinghamshire today with some friends, I am really looking forward to it! Tomorrow we are off to watch the Lion King and Sunday it’s another birthday party! What about you? If you are getting married I do hope it stays dry for you. Today I have the most stunning wedding to share with you. It’s super glam and filled with the most amazing flowers by florist Rachel Peers from La Beau Fleurs, who actually sent me the wedding. The Cherry blossom trees that are on the tables in the reception area are quite striking, they really do make the place look amazing! I also love the geometric cake and the addition of the giant balloons. Pixies in the Cellar have done a fantastic job of capturing the day, their golden hour shots are quite something.
Melanie and Robert were married on 11th May 2019 at Thornton Manor in Wirral, Merseyside. ‘The moment we went into the Music Room at Thornton Manor we both knew we loved the space. The combination of multiple smaller beautiful rooms and the lovely grounds gave the guests space to explore and relax on the day. We wanted an outdoor ceremony and the tree lined walk was perfect. Thornton Manor offered a lovely range of spaces inside and out giving flexibility and changes of scenery throughout the day even if it rained. The staff were wonderful from start to finish and we couldn’t have asked anything more of them.’
How they met
Our friend Grace set us up on a blind date! We realised we shared a love of travelling, eating and the outdoors. By the time the sun was coming up they had danced all night and agreed on a second date at go ape.
Rob proposed in San Francisco whilst a song he had written and recorded played in the background. He put the ring in a jewellery case that Mel’s late mother had brought from San Francisco 12 years earlier.
After deciding I wanted a high necked fitted dress I choose the opposite wearing a ball gown with a beaded bodice and satin box pleat skirt (Saylor by Sottero and Midgley). It felt elegant and whimsical making me feel beautiful but appealing to a long forgotten little girl I used to be. Also it had pockets! Everyone had told me “you won’t want to take your dress off” – well I politely disagree. At 10pm I decided it felt as though I was dancing wrapped in a duvet and changed into a white jumpsuit from Reiss. For my shoes I wanted a pair I would wear again and again that did not look “bridal”. I chose a pair of blush Valentino Rockstuds.
The suit and bridesmaids
Rob wore a navy Ted Baker suit, and a custom made waistcoat from Diverso. His Paul Smith dusky blue tie matched his groomsmen. The Manchester Bee cufflinks were a gift from his mum and dad. I wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable and beautiful. The girls picked the dresses from a selection I had found each choosing a different colour and style. Their bouquets were all ivory containing white roses, peonies, ranunculus, anemone and eucalyptus.
Theme or colour scheme
Pastel pink, blue, silver and Ivory
Centrepieces – Cherry blossom trees and Candles with eucalyptus.
Flowers – Roses, peonies, anemone and eucalyptus.
The flowers were absolutely stunning and better than we could have imaged.
The Music Room at Thornton Manor is simply stunning therefore we went for white blossom trees and candles. We were conscious of our mini guests and created age appropriate gift bags with toys and colouring in books/ games. We choose an oval top table so that the bride and groom could socialise with everyone on it but still see all guests in the room
All music on the day came from family which made it extra special for us. Rob’s brother played guitar, and cousin on the piano, whilst Mel’s brother and sister in law sung Cold Play “til Kingdom come” as the bridesmaids and Mel walked down the aisle. Rob’s Dad played throughout the day including an acoustic rendition of “Here Comes the Sun” as the ceremony finished.
The music continued at the drinks reception in the form of Rob’s Dad and Uncle on acoustic guitars and vocals in the Cheshire sun.
Mel’s opera singing brother Richard performed “Ole sole mio” prior to the wedding breakfast in the music room accompanied by his wife Ellie and Rob’s dad-playing Mandolin.
Rob’s brothers band Rubicon played Elbow “One day like this” for the first dance and then performed a full set late into the night. They were joined by Rob and his dad for a special rendition of songs as the night progressed.
Made by Mel and decorated with flowers from La beau fleurs
We loved Richard (Mel’s opera singing brother) performing “Ole sole mio” just before the wedding breakfast was served accompanied by his Wife Ellie and Robs dad-playing Mandolin.
The catering was amazing – everyone was flabbergasted by how much food there was and the tapas style got everyone making friends.
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