When two wedding business collaborate its amazing, when its to celebrate a wedding vow renewal that to me is epic. What better way to commemorate a special moment that happened by renewing your vows. That is something I wish to do with my husband and the other love of my life, my son. Love is so important and to share it is extra special. Michelle from Ladybelle Weddings tells us all about a very special surprise that she was privileged to partake in alongside Liz from Unity Ceremonies. Both businesses I am proud to say are part of #Teamchic

In Michelles own word here is how the day unfolded.


I had the absolute pleasure of organising a surprise vow renewal for a couple from Arizona USA last week. Clayton Robideau contacted me on 23rd September asking for help to organise a surprise 10 year anniversary vow renewal for him and his wife Kate on the 30th September 2016. At first I thought he had the year wrong and had to double check, but nope it was for 1 week’s time!!

I really had to pull something out of the bag for this one, as they both fell in love with England some time ago but had never been to Manchester before so didn’t have a clue where to go or what to do.

All I had to go on was that he would like a suitable outside venue, officiant and a small bouquet for his wife Kate. As you can imagine I was in my element I love a challenge and this was definitely one.

The first person that sprung to mind was Liz from Unity Ceremonies, I have been to one of Liz’s ceremonies, so I knew she would be able to write and conduct just what Clayton wants. I quickly contacted her and was absolutely delighted she was free and was just as excited as me to be involved with this one.

Ladybelle Weddings & Unity Ceremonies

Ladybelle Weddings & Unity Ceremonies


As Clayton was in the USA we used skype to have a quick chat about his options of having the ceremony in the city centre and just how un-predictable the great Manchester weather can be. This didn’t perturb him at all and he said ‘If it rains we just umbrella’s’. I couldn’t get over how relaxed he was about the whole thing. He was leaving the USA 2 days later to start his holiday with Kate so we had to carry on our communication via email, I had to be careful not to send too many emails as we didn’t want Kate to get suspicious.

Clayton left the location up to me, which was scary and exciting I had the whole of the city centre to consider. After a lot of googling and chatting with Liz we settled on St John Gardens on Lower Byrom Street. They are one of the prettiest gardens in the city and if you ask me a hidden gem! I emailed Clayton the exact location and address and we agreed an evening ceremony would be perfect so he asked for me to arrange it all for 6.30pm.

So on the 30th September Liz and I met at the park to pick the perfect spot. Liz had brought a small blue tooth speaker with her so we could have a little music. I had put together a small bouquet of flowers for Kate, now I’m not a florist but it’s amazing what you can do with a bouquet of supermarket flowers and some ribbon, if you’re on a budget wedding its most definitely something to bear in mind if you are creative.

Unity Ceremonies and Ladybelle Weddings

Unity Ceremonies and Ladybelle Weddings

6.30pm on the dot Clayton and Kate entered the park, Liz began to play some music and I casually approached them both. Clayton introduced me, I handed the bouquet to Kate who had begun to get emotional and Clayton turned to her and told her he had arranged for them to renew their vows. The ceremony began and Liz had put together a beautiful ceremony, even writing Kate vows for her, she really did think of everything!

It has to be the most touching service I have ever seen, you could clearly see these two are still so much in love 10 years into marriage! This was my first international booking and it was a pleasure helping Clayton plan this surprise for Kate. It just goes to show that the men can be just as involved in the wedding preparations as a woman.

I wish them both a life time of happiness,

Michelle Healey

Ladybelle Weddings.