My most amazing beautiful friend went and got herself married to the nicest, gentlest, tallest person I know! I am so lucky to have Lorna and Dale in my life. They live next door but one, and there isn't a day that I don't see them unless we actually aren't home! The type of people where you feel so at ease, so comfortable, and able to just waltz in unannounced for a quick coffee or a longer lazy afternoon. When they told us they were getting married, I was just absolutely delighted. Then the wedding planning began... and all the amazing ideas they had. Lorna asked me to be her maid of honour, and I cried I was so happy. We had so much fun trying on dresses and getting wedding inspiration from Pinterest. She told me they weren't having a photographer and I nearly fell over, and was just beyond happy to be able to take a few photos for them.
With only a few months to plan the wedding, and with their ideas being unique and individual to them, there was a lot to do and Lorna was just super woman as she pulled all their ideas together to make them reality. Every tiny detail had been thought through, hours and hours spent designing, making, planning. Lorna had a vision of how the day was going to go, and she did such an amazing job of piecing everything together to make, hand on heart, the most beautiful wedding.
So the week leading up to the day was just glorious, freakish in the warm weather and blue skies for this time of year. The day of the wedding arrived- and it was like a coin had been flipped. Rain, cold, wind, it wasn't what we had hoped for but it didn't matter. The day before the wedding all hands were on deck at the Stagsden Village Hall to transform a large, blank canvas into a masterpiece.
We got ready at our friend Fiona's self catering cottages at The Old Stone Barn, and I was so happy I had taken some photos the day before of the dress as it just wasn't going to happen that rainy day. Lorna was still in planning mode and thinking of every detail that had yet to be carried out, and I was very much in photographer mode and realised I too had to get dressed and put a bit of lippy on. Lorna's step mum Joanne did our hair soo beautifully and before we knew it the campervan arrived and it was time to get going!
The ceremony was short and sweet, and just seeing Lorna walk down the aisle brought me to tears. It was so clear to see the love between the two of them as they said their vows to each other and became Mr and Mrs. With the weather being pants, we all headed to the venue early to meet the rest of the guests and start the afternoon feast. Lorna and Dale had a vision of bringing everyone together, with a glorious banquet of food for us all to share. Alcohol flowed, everyone laughed, danced and had an amazing time. Rather than a traditional wedding cake, they had a beautiful tower of cheeses stacked on top of each other, and did a 'Great Wedding Bake Off' where they judged the best cake made by the guests. I was pleased to say we came second :)
The whole day was amazing, I am just so happy that they had the day they deserved. It was beautiful and perfect in every way. The next morning we all gathered back at the hall to clear up, followed by pots and pots of tea, coffee, bacon sarnies, and friendships. I loved it all, and am just so thankful to have been part of something so special. I love you guys, you are one in a million xx
Dress: Lorna sourced herself, alterations done by the talented Mandy at Mandy Lazenby Dressmaker
Hair: Joanne, Lorna's step mum
Makeup: Lorna did herself
Music: Dale set up all equipment and playlists, equipment by: Sonic Bass
Tower of cheese: Godminster
Chair and Table hire: Marquees with Pryde
Accommodation: The Old Stone Barn, Warrington
Venue: Stagsden Village Hall
Bridesmaids dresses: ASOS, various
Food/Caterers: The Rub BBQ
Flowers: Lorna's mum Moira
Campervan: Silk and Satin Weddings
Bride and Bridesmaids' paper bouquets: hand made by Lorna