On the 12th April the weather was bright and lovely, Sue said ” I felt completely calm and thought it’s here now, this is it. I enjoyed getting ready with the girls and having pictures taken in the hotel. It was just surreal that it was all really happening.” Sue got ready with her 3 bridesmaids and best friend. Her bridesmaids commented on saying ‘You’re too calm‘. She was glad the day arrived and all the planning and preparation was about to come together. Paul wrote Sue a letter and sent diamond earrings for her to open in the morning. Sue sent cufflinks as a gift to Paul with the dictionary definition of ‘forever‘ on, a lovely personal touch.
Sue & Paul got married in April 2014 at St Peter’s & St Paul’s Church in Crosby and afterwards the wedding reception at the Malmaison Hotel, Liverpool, alongside Liverpool’s Princes Dock. An impressive 130 room, eleven story ‘gothic’ style building. With a warm decor & it’s ’boutique’ style finish you have views over the Mersey and Liverpool City, including the famous Liver Building as a neighbour.
The Wedding Dress was by Ian Stuart, named ‘Flower Bomb’. Although she thought she wouldn’t have the guts to wear one of his dresses, nothing else could compare as it was ‘the one’. The Bridesmaids wore a dusky pink, full length chiffon dress from Debenhams, a perfect match for the flowers in Sue’s dress. The mens suits from Groom at ‘The Wedding House’, with cravats and pocket squares to match the bridesmaids. Bridal shoes from Benjamin Adams and earrings from Glitzy Secrets.
Pure Floral Design created her bridal bouquets, buttonholes and centrepieces and matched everything beautifully. Cheshire Luxury Cars provided the ultimate wedding car, a ‘Rolls Royce Ghost’. Probably one of Paul’s favourite moment of the day.
Paul was really relaxed but Sue said it was a giveaway as he couldn’t turn around when she walked up the aisle. Sue only felt nervous once the priest said ” Will everyone please stand for the arrival of the Bridal party”. Sue carried a real horseshoe which her Nan carried on her wedding day to her Grandad in 1952 – ‘something old’ and ‘something borrowed’. Sue’s sister conducted a choir which really made the ceremony special, everyone commented on what a special touch it was.
Other than saying their wedding vows Sue’s most memorable part the day was ‘seeing my grandparents enjoying the day and having Matthew Rycraft take photographs’. ‘It was lovely seeing my guests chatting, laughing and enjoying the delicious food’. ‘I couldn’t have asked for more having my wedding at The Malmaison Liverpool’. With the live music playing from saxophone player Paul Leonard, aka Mister Sax, the atmosphere was warm, fun and just perfect.