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Earlier on today I introduced you to Kerry and Doug and their wonderful humanist, mad hatters tea party wedding. Now, it is time to introduce you to Fay and Graeme’s the last of the new 6 couples to be joining us here at Boho HQ. All of our couples will be writing for the blog regularly to tell us all about their wedding plans. Fay and Graeme’s plans sound amazing, so please do make them feel welcome.
Graeme and I met at Newcastle University at my first year halls of residence – the infamous Ricky Road! Graeme’s best friend, Pablo (future Best Man), stayed in the flat downstairs and we often hung-out together. The first time we crossed-paths was when Graeme witnessed me being chased through Pablo’s kitchen by one of his flatmates. At the time, Graeme thought I was called Chelsea (the name of my flat mate) and I knew Graeme as his doppelgänger at the time, Gareth Gates! After a few nights out with mutual friends, I managed to get hold of Graeme’s phone number and texted him the following day. Graeme casually replied…five days later! The rest is history.
After being together for 9 years, I was starting to get annoyed with people asking me “so when do you think he’ll pop the question!?” Although I wasn’t expecting it, the lovely Graeme finally proposed on New Year’s Eve in Marrakech with an out-of-this-world engagement ring (described by one friend as a sculpture on my hand)! I had organised for us to dine at the gorgeous Riad Les Trois Mages in Marrakech’s medina. Little did I know, Graeme had also been in touch with the riad to let them in on his plans. I should have been suspicious when a bottle of Taittinger arrived, but for some reason I didn’t clock! After a fantastic Moroccan feast in a private courtyard, Graeme started to joke about us getting married. As I was telling him “that’s not funny, shut up”, he got down on one knee!
I never thought I’d be able to get married so close to my home town of Goole, so I was absolutely delighted to find that Saltmarshe Hall is now operational for weddings. The stately home is a hidden gem and the owner, Kate, would like to keep it that way. Weather permitting, the ceremony will be held outside in the beautiful sprawling gardens. I’d like to seat guests on blanketed hay bales in the natural tree-lined aisle which will be adorned with colourful ribbons and floating tea lights. I’m a primary school teacher so I’ve started collecting jam jars for my kiddiwinkles at school to turn into gorgeous lanterns!
Our reception will be held in a PapaKåta teepee. I fell in love with their teepees a few Christmases ago when they started appearing outside the Oast House in Manchester. I’ve secretly wanted a teepee wedding ever since then! Music is an important part of the day for Graeme who is a drummer. His band will hopefully play a small set and we have booked the amazing band ‘Hipster’ for the reception and The Didsbury String Quartet for the ceremony to bring a bit of Manchester to the big day!
Our hope is for the wedding to be a fun and relaxed hazy summer day with good music, tasty food, teepees and flower crowns, mixed in with kilts, thistles and a laid back, down to earth Yorkshire attitude.
Peonies are my favourite flower and thistles will feature due to Graeme’s Scottish heritage. Graeme is an architect so we are hoping to put his design skills to good use creating the stationery.