Meet Laura and Adam, they chose to get married at the renowned wedding venue The Belle Epoque in Knutsford. A venue that boasts charm, art nouveau décor and splendour. A definite wow factor for any wedding couple. A family run business for over 40 years spanning two generations let them take you on a wedding journey to remember.

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The Dress
I always wanted an ‘Audrey Hepburn’ style dress like the one she wore in Funny Face. I tried a few on but they didn’t look right on me at all, even when I tried them on at the start of the planning as a size 12! I ended up being a size 18 by the time the few months running up to the wedding and I was disheartened at what kind of dress I wanted as I felt huge. I went to Cheadle Bride and the owner picked a dress out for me which was everything I hated, it was long, fitted, sleeveless and lace. I was encouraged to put it on and once I saw myself I started to cry – I had found the one. Every bride should listen to the dressmaker – they do this for a living and she only took one look at me and knew what dress would fit me in every way. We used the dress as a canvas – it was ‘Bluebell’ by Diane Harbridge, and I made the adjustments I wanted. I went from a laced back to buttoned all the way down the train. I had it de-beaded so it was flat lace and I had a jacket made from the material also.


The Suit
Adam knew exactly what he wanted – a grey suit. He left it to the last few months to arrange which drove me up the wall! He found a shop in Wilmslow called Whitfield and Ward. He went with his brother and the first suit he tried on was the one, it even had a pocketwatch. His two best men and two groomsmen had a similar suit, with plum coloured ties. As a gift from the bride, I bought Adam silver xbox cufflinks from John Lewis to complete his look.


The Bridesmaids
I had my two best friends, Elizabeth and Adele and also my cousin Katie. My sister was my maid of honor. They all wore Jenny Packham gowns and their flowers were from Dragonfly Blooms. They all had the same matching Lola Rose amethyst bracelet on as their gift from us. My sister had just had her daughter who was a month old on the day, and as the best men said in a Mean Girls reference in their speech “Alex just did a baby but still looks like a rock star”. Our little niece of course became an honorary bridesmaid for the day!


The  Accessories
My new husband had bought me a beautiful dainty pearl bracelet from Tiffany which counted as my something blue due to the iconic blue box it comes in. I had a crystal bouquet made by Love Bouquet, and for my something old I had my Great Nana’s brooch on the handle. I never wanted a veil but the girls encouraged me and so with a month to go I impulse bought a fingertip length one from Pronovias. It was the best decision, I loved wrapping myself up in it on the day and the way it looked in my hair! My hair and make up was done by the lovely Jodie A. Smith. I also wore a vintage side hairband from Vintage Styler which had white roses and crystals on which looked lovely under the veil.My friend Eilidh, and also one of our witnesses, lent me a pearl necklace (my something borrowed). I bought some Alan Hannah pearl earrings to match (my something new). Shopping for shoes was so hard, because there was only one pair I wanted: “Dorothy” shoes! I wanted silver sparkly heels with a bow on the front, and I finally found them in Schuh from Red or Dead.


Our wedding rings were made by Ivy Nixon Jewellers in London who is an old friend of ours. Adam’s ring was made from his late Grandad’s which was melted down and remade into a band.

The Photographer
Our harpist’s husband was a photographer and he captured the day so well, his name is Richard Linnet. We also invested in a wedding dvd filmed by Jo Gendle and it was the best decision I made, even though it meant cutting the budget in other areas.

The Cake
We had a cupcake tower made by Airy Fairy Cake Company in Didsbury who made us a chocolate and vanilla cupcake tower, with an Oreo frosted cutting cake on the top complete with our vintage Mickey and Minnie cake topper. My Aunt Carol made a huge Disney themed buffet. We had everything from the grey stuff, to pink-no-blue-no pink cupcakes, Snow White’s poison apples, and a big candy buffet which featured more Disney themed goodies.


The Invitations
I really wanted to hand make our own but the problem is I’m creative but it stays in my head, I’m terrible at art. One of our very good friends however is fantastic and took the ideas out of my head and designed them all to perfection, all I had to do was get them printed and stick them all together in some pocket folds I got in Hobbycraft. Here is an image of our order of the day. We wanted to let the guests know just how the day was going to unfold in a fun way.


Best Moment
There were two and they were both incredible. Firstly, I arrived to the venue to be informed by one of the best men the person walking me down the aisle had not come and that I was going to walk myself. I was fine with that, all I wanted was to get DOWN the aisle to my soon to be husband! As we came up the staircase to the ceremony, my Grandad was waiting for me at the door. My Grandad is quite unwell and this was a huge feat of strength for him to stand for so long and walk me down. I couldn’t have been prouder, it was such a gift seeing him stood waiting.

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My other favourite moment was during the first dance, it’s amazing how this one part of the day can be the most scariest. I was terrified of everyone watching us dance, because we hate dancing! After a couple of dips and swaying to ‘Hey There Delilah’ by Plain White Tees, all our friends joined in and we formed one huge circle and sung along at the top of our lungs. It was really magical.


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We partied
Too hard! We had the entire day at the Belle Epoque. Our DJ was resident DJ Nick Campbell who was an absolute dreamboat. Our wedding invitations had a song request card within so in advance I could send them to Nick so he had an idea of what music to play, as well as have a request hour on the night. This went down incredibly well and there was something for everyone. Mostly ourselves and friends listen to punk/heavy metal music, with the occasional bit of cheesy pop and classics. Nick played everything we threw at him, it was amazing, we didn’t leave the dance floor all night, until Oasis ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ played to end the night, it was so sad for it all to be over.


We Honeymooned
Where else would a Disney wedding themed couple go? Disney World in Florida of course! We spent the first week at Disney, staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge which was amazing as we could see lots of animals from our balcony. Our second week we stayed at the new retro Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal, and spent the day in Miami and the Everglades. We went to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights which was frightening! Our wedding gift list allowed our friends and family to buy elements of our honeymoon, and one of the bridesmaids bought us tickets to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios which was terrifying and another bridesmaid bought us Mickeys Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party which was more tame! Both were incredible, it was a great time of year to go.

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Written by Rachael McVey.