Real wedding now submitted by Daren Coates from Emotive Photography. Our beautiful bride Rebecca has very kindly provided an insight in to her very special day, and what a lovely wedding it looks! I’ll hand over to Rebecca now to tell us all about it…
Can you tell me about your love story
“Well, Stephen and I met through a mutual friend. At the time, we each had a boyfriend/girlfriend already, but I still fancied him! We would see each other now and then but never really kept in touch. About a year later we bumped into each other at the cinema and got chatting. It turned out we were both single and so exchanged numbers and email addresses and got chatting online. After a few conversations we met up and it started from there!”
How was the proposal?
“The proposal is my favourite story to tell! We had just found out we were expecting our first child AND booked a holiday to America on the same day! We thought it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity, and we probably would never be able to afford it again with a baby on the way. We got to the airport and boarded the plane, and as soon as I sat down Stephen said he needed the toilet. He’d chosen the window seat and I mumbled about he should have said before I’d sat down. Anyway, he had left and an air hostess came over to tell me my television on the back of the headrest didn’t work, so would I mind moving seats. I told her it wasn’t a problem and grabbed our bags and moved up the plane. I’d gotten comfortable when the same air hostess made an announcement that somebody had something important to say over the tannoy system. When Stephen emerged from behind her I thought, ‘Oh God he’s only gone to the toilet and now he’s stuck up there and somebody wants to talk!’ He took the microphone and started a speech on how we’d been together for 6 years and how he couldn’t be happier with our new starting family. He said about how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and got out a little blue box and said, “Rebecca, will you marry me?” My head was all fuzzy and I had started crying already when somebody on the plane shouted, “Say yes!” So of course I said yes! And we were served champagne (which I couldn’t enjoy so Stephen had mine and I enjoyed a water).”
When was the wedding and what was the venue?
“Our wedding was on the 21st September 2012. After having the baby, it was a good motivation to lose the baby weight and something to look forward to the following year. We booked it at The Hollins Hey Hotel in New Brighton, a lovely hotel that is deceptively large! The rooms are so high and grand and the staff are wonderful and so polite! We had a small budget and they catered to this, they were never pushy at all and worked around what we already had in mind.”
What was the plan and theme for the wedding?
“We had planned it all ourselves, which wasn’t easy as we had a 9 month old son and were in the process of moving house. It was a hectic year to say the least! We made the favours ourselves (little pots of jam with the slogan ‘Spread the love’ on them and had made our table plan and all of the little details were seen to by us. One surprise we didn’t tell our guests about is that we had made moustaches on sticks for the photographs. We did them as a chance to make everybody laugh and relax a little for the photos as they can feel quite daunting having to stand and smile for a few hours! They were great! People were sticking them on as eyebrows and there were lots of designs to choose from. It was a good laugh amongst everyone. It was Darren the photographers idea to also go to New Brighton beach and have a few photographs taken there. It was a different approach but well worth it. Personally, I think this is where he took the best photographs. They are stunning. I love looking back at them and remembering how I felt on the day (even the cold weather didn’t phase me!).”
There’s loads of photographers to choose from, how did you select your photographer? What makes them stand out?
“When choosing the photographer, we looked at our options locally to begin with. Most businesses close by were offering the bare minimum package for such a high price, and although we wanted good quality photographs to look back at, we just didn’t have the money to spare. I was searching online for a Wirral photographer when Emotive Photography came up. I had a browse on the website and the pictures were stunning! I had made up my mind, I wanted this photographer, but I hadn’t looked at the prices. Oh dear! When I looked at what packages they offered, I couldn’t believe how reasonably priced they were. I contacted Darren straight away and we arranged for a house visit to make up our minds and have a proper look at his photos and albums. Darren was so sweet and polite, not pushy at all and his photographs were amazing. We loved the layout of the albums and the range of photographs Darren takes. There were so many choices you could make or you could combine them and it obviously helped at how laid back Darren was too. We booked him right there and then!”
Any other local suppliers that you have found and would recommend?
“We would definitely recommend The Hollins Hey Hotel as a venue, especially if you do not have a big budget. They have lots of different options to cater to any budget and their food and hospitality were perfect. An absolute treat! We sourced our wedding flowers from a shop called Stem by Stem, located in Rock Ferry. Shirley, the owner, is the sweetest woman and she took on board all notes we gave her; colours, theme, table decorations etc. Again, she worked with our budget and never pushed us to go for anything too expensive for us. Our wonderful wedding cake was purchased from Pipe Dreams in West Kirby. We have been there previously for cakes and they specialise in weird and wonderful cakes. We fell in love with the design of ours straight away. They are absolutely gorgeous too! We were eating wedding cake for tea for a few weeks after that!”