Fast forward five years to 2019 and they celebrated their wedding day, choosing Falcon Manor as their venue, because it had such pertinent meaning to the couple, they chose the same date of that special first date, 9 March, to celebrate their big day.
We chose the venue as it catered for the smaller intimate wedding. A lot of venues these days only want to entertain large numbers and this wasn’t what we wanted. The service provided by Emily (Event Wedding Organiser), and the whole team at Falcon Manor, was exemplary – from initial meeting, through to planning and the actual wedding.
The hotel also looks intriguing. The interior is amazing and it’s inviting, with large open fires and candles.
The only theme we had, per se, was navy and hot pink for the suits and bridesmaid dresses, but other than that is was very relaxed. It was more about having the important people around us to help celebrate the special day.
I walked down the aisle to Rebecca Ferguson’s “I put a spell on you”.
We provided our guests with a choice of three items per course:
Starters: Carrot and Coriander Soup, King Scallops or Black Pudding and Quail Scotch egg
Mains: Breast of Goosnargh Chicken, Roast Sirloin of English Beef or Root Vegetable Tarte Tatin
Desserts: Sticky Toffee Pudding, Raspberry and White Chocolate Creme Brulee or Mango and Passionfruit Cheesecake
We had a DJ for the evening and, during the day, we had our own playlist. Our first dance was also to Aerosmith – “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”
Paula Solloway – Absolutely brilliant. We chose Paula as a lot of wedding photographers will only entertain being with you for the whole day, which, again, we didn’t want. The whole point of our wedding was enjoying the day and having the time to be with each other and our family and friends – not spending hours being away from the people who have given up their time to be with us.
Paula was relaxed and understood our requirements. We wanted a few “formal” pictures, but the rest was about her mingling into the background and getting those “natural” shots of us and our guests. Paula was also able to quote us a price per hour, so we could control how long we wanted her for, and she didn’t give the hard sell for anything.
We didn’t have a wedding co-ordinator. That’s part of the fun – organising everything yourself.
Our special day was exactly that. It was about celebrating our love and the fact we had found each other. It’s very rare that two people find their ultimate soulmate – especially as we are both over 40! So for both of us to be in that position is incredible.
The day was about celebrating that with our close family and friends and Falcon Manor helped us in making that happen. Other people that helped were:
- Hair on the day for bride and bridesmaids – Allison Wadsworth, Metzz Hair, Nail & Beauty Salon
- Nails and beauty – Caroline Wilson, Metzz Hair, Nail & Beauty Salon
- Bridal dress – Confetti & Lace
- Stationary / Table Plan – Danielle Robinson
- Ceremony table flowers – Provided, as part of the wedding arranged by Falcon Manor, by Wildfire Floral Co.
- The couple: Claire & Michael
- Wedding Date: 9th March 2019
- Venue: Falcon Manor
- Photographer: Paula Solloway
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