22nd March 2018 Real Bride Rosie – A classic and elegant wedding at Thornton Manor In this blog we are extremely excited to share with you #emmalouisebride Rosie’s absolutely breathtaking wedding at Thornton Manor in August last year. Amazing suppliers include: Qube Events Six 15 Events Piano Daisy Andrew Kecher Photography RT Productions Rick and I met at college when we were both just 16 – even though we had lived around the corner from each other for pretty much all of our lives we had never met until that moment in Accounts class when I pretty much begged him to sit next to me because I had seen he was friends of a friend that morning in the canteen. We became the best of friends – people didn’t ever believe us that there was nothing other than a friendship – but people clearly saw what we couldn’t at that time! The years passed – Rick made regular trips to see me at university, and whenever I was home we always had a trip to Nandos for catch ups. One night (we decided to venture further afield than Nandos) and went into Manchester for some tea. One thing lead to another and before we knew it we had overstepped the friends boundary and the rest was history! 10 years later we got engaged – it was christmas morning and it was just perfect. In our own little home as we were opening presents he just got down on one knee and popped the question!! I had read how important it was to get the venue booked ASAP as dates fill up so fast – we were very limited as we needed to get married on a bank holiday because of the family business and my cousin was getting married in the May so we were limited to August or Christmas or wait until 2018 (which we didn’t really want to do). So off we went to a couple of venues – venues we loved but didn’t have the right date and venues that had the right date but we didn’t really love… it was a minefield! I had seen a friend on Facebook, probably 2 years before we were even engaged who had been tagged in a photo at Thornton Manor – it looked spectacular, I just remember thinking WOW that is amazing. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would get married there. I asked my mum if we could go and just have a look (we had already put a deposit down at another venue for a Christmas wedding at this point) just to be nosy – and I am so glad we did! I remember vividly walking in and feeling totally overwhelmed (like when you buy your first home – you just know its right!) I didn’t even need to see anything else, my mum felt exactly the same and we both just looked at each other and smiled. Before even seeing the rest of the venue we asked if they had the August bank holiday Sunday free – and they did – it was fate! For me – its all about the venue. You can make any space look as great as you can, but its about having that feeling! My biggest piece of advice would be not to sacrifice the venue for a date – I would have waited another 2 years if I needed too! After that, if your having a civil ceremony – book that as soon as you can – then you can get the time you want. After this everything fell into place – we knew we wanted to use Barrett’s as we had been to events before where they had been the caterers – and the food and service was exquisite – and they absolutely did not disappoint. We met Qube Events at Thornton Manor on one of the opening evenings – it was so strange – we got chatting to Debbie (Marks) and she said, oh we aren’t from round here we are based in a little town called Bury but we cover all over the country and preferred supplier here at Thornton Manor – I couldn’t believe it, we live in Bury and the offices were literally just around the corner from where we both work – fate strikes again. Qube did pretty much everything for us on the day plus our beautiful wedding stationary. Debbie and Kim looked after me and made the whole planning process so much easier. Having one company organising everything (flowers, venue dressing) was one of the best decisions we made – they were very reasonable too! We were lucky to have Six15 do our evening entertainment – we had used Dan (Dax on Sax) for previous events and he looked after us and gave us the best wedding after party ever – people are still talking about it now! We won a competition for Piano Daisy – Jo was so so lovely and complimented our day perfectly. (enter EVERY competition you can – we won this and a spa day for 2 which came in very handy nearer the time!) I had 8 bridesmaids (yes 8!) and 2 flower girls – Their dresses were from Dessy Dresses – they looked absolutely stunning on the day and I loved having all my best friends and family with me in the morning. I left Rick in charge of photographer and videographer and we had the wonderful and extremely talented Andrew Keher Photography and Roland and Lisa from RT Productions who did the most amazing job of capturing our day. THE dress …. Lets face it, it is all about the dress! To be honest, as a “plus-size” (I prefer the word – curvy!) bride I was absolutely dreading dress shopping. I knew that most shops only stocked size 10 or 12 samples (which are more like a Size 8/10!) and just didn’t know how I was going to find my dream dress when I couldn’t even get a leg in it to start with!! I was so wrong. From the moment we stepped foot in Emma Louise, Emma made me feel so at home and left us to browse so she could see the styles I was most drawn to – she then knew which ones would work and which ones wouldn’t (with a few laughs along the way!) I thought that I would have to shop in “plus size” ranges and Emma soon assured me I absolutely did not. This made me feel like I had so much more to choose from. There was one dress which Emma had said from the beginning would be the one for me – we left this until last. The phrase ‘save the best until last’ has never been more accurate. As Emma helped me into this dress and I looked at myself in the mirror – I instantly knew this was the one. I absolutely fell in love. Emma looked at me as if to say – told you so! I will never forget the moment I walked out of that fitting room onto the step in front of the mirror and seeing my mum and sisters face. Emma ‘jacked’ me up (as they say) and we all said together – ‘we’re saying yes to the dress!’ If you could bottle up anything from the day, that moment- when your family and hubby to be see you for the first time – that would be it for me – there is no feeling like it, you just feel on top of the world. I just want to say a special thank you to Emma and her team for helping me find the perfect dress. Their service was exceptional compared to the 2 other bridal shops we had visited and I’m so glad we came across her beautiful boutique – and if anyone else is reading this who helped make our day so perfect, thank you too. It could not have been any better. x My biggest piece of advice would be to just remember this day is about you and your partner declaring your love for each other in front of all your family and friends – and all that really matters at the end of the day is that everyone you want to share that day with is able to be there. Three weeks before the wedding Ricks dad was taken extremely poorly and we weren’t sure he would make it – (fortunately he did and he is doing great now). It just put everything into perspective and makes you realise that those tiny little things that go wrong on the day, really don’t matter. Just relax and enjoy it – and enjoy the whole planning process. It’s over too quickly but you want to look back and remember just how fabulous it was.