Hannah and Matty
Matty and I met in the first few weeks of University, aged 18, watching our beloved Everton in the Uni bar. We were introduced by a mutual friend, got talking football tactics and the rest, as they say, is history.
Matty proposed in October 2015 in one of my favourite places in the world. A beautiful Japanese garden in Northumberland that I’ve been visiting since I was a child. It was really special and even more beautiful than I remembered.
We took 20 months to plan the wedding, mostly so we could have a summer wedding at the venue we wanted. This also gave us enough time to think about all the little details and make lots of the decorations ourselves.
We chose the venue, Church Farm in Thurstaston, because it allowed us to plan every detail of our day exactly how we wanted to and make the most of the amazing views over the River Dee estuary by getting married outdoors in front of the lavender shed. We couldn’t believe how different it looked on the day in July compared to when we first saw it in the Winter when there were still sheep grazing in the field!
The day itself was perfect from start to finish. The bits we enjoyed most were the little details that made it personal to us. Seeing the shed covered in flowers, hearing the songs we chose played by the string quartet, the speeches, the limbo competition, tractor ride, the surprise first dance and the impromptu vocal performance from Matty and best man Ally.
Our outfits were one of the trickiest decisions, I got my pronovias dress from Eternity bridal wear in Penketh and Matty got his suit from Ted Baker in Liverpool with handmade bow ties and pocket squares made by my Mum.
If we could pass on any advice to couples planning a wedding we would say, make it your own! Don’t worry about what tradition dictates you ‘should’ do and do what feels right for you. Enjoy every second of it, the planning is part of the fun.
Our suppliers were fantastic. We hired the tipis from All About Me and found them to be really helpful right from the start. Nova catered the wedding breakfast which was absolutely delicious. In the evening we had pizzas made by Pizza Peddlers, a mobile wood-fired pizza oven! Our flowers were by Gill from Petal Productions who used all locally grown flowers to make wonderful creations. The bridal party arrived in a campervan from the Love Bus Wedding Company. We had music from the Liverpool String Ensemble during the ceremony and then The Marc Kenny band played in the evening and were absolutely awesome.