NICOLA FERNLEY KRIS REDSHAW
Nicola and Kris’s wedding at Merrydale Manor, Over Peover, was a family affair through and through
WE PLANNED the wedding ourselves and it was stress free because we used the most amazing suppliers, mostly recommended by Merrydale Manor. They made everything so easy and Merrydale co-ordinated with them directly leading up to the day.
We went for a very romantic, natural summerin-bloom theme but what was most important for us was that everyone felt the family-friendly aspect of the day. We are a close family, so really wanted to incorporate this as much as possible and wanted our children to be a big part of our special day. Jack, our son, had the very important job of looking after the rings and giving them to the registrar, while our daughter Charlotte was a flowergirl.
On the morning of the wedding I was a mixture of excitement and nerves. The boys all arrived in two helicopters and it was so exciting to see them fly in and land. My dad, Eddie, walked me down the aisle and my granddad, Mac Dugal, met me half-way down, which was so amazing. As soon as I saw Kris waiting at the end of the aisle any nerves I had turned to excitement.
Walking into the wedding breakfast room was breathtaking – seeing our planning and vision come to life was truly wonderful.
The food was amazing and everyone said how lovely it was. The staff worked really hard to ensure everything was perfect, from the wedding breakfast to the evening buffet.
In the evening, we had the Blue Lion Band (previously the Radio Kings) playing alongside Damian Kelly, our wedding host and DJ, finishing with Becky Corbett on the sax for the evening entertainment, all of which went down a storm.
I tried a lot of dresses before I found the one. It took me a while because I didn’t know what style I wanted, or what suited my body type. I chose a gorgeous mermaid-style gown with lots of tulle. I hadn’t thought about a fitted dress but it felt amazing when I put it on.
We looked at four or five venues and knew what we wanted but just couldn’t find it until we visited Merrydale Manor, which was the last place we were looking at before we had to make a decision. As soon as we drove into Merrydale, greeted by the beautiful grounds and the truly beautiful manor and met Michael Irlam, the owner, we knew there and then that this was our wedding venue.
We sat down with our florist and decided to go for a very messy, unstructured thrown-together look for the flowers, with candles and petals to create a romantic feel. We added a pop of purples for a perfect summerin-bloom theme.