My heart skipped a little when wedding photographer Scott Foley got in touch with this one: bride Pamela is a fan of English Wedding Blog so I’m really proud to post a story and a few pictures of their lovely wedding at Dukes 92. I love a wedding which is all about friends and family, and while Pamela and Andy’s wedding is beautiful for its elegance and simplicity as far as the decor goes, the love and fun shared with everyone on the day is what shines through.
Pamela is such a naturally beautiful girl, and absolutely radiant when you see the pictures of her with Andy, with their little boy and with all the children on the wedding day. So I’m absolutely delighted to share this pretty young mum’s wedding on the blog today.
With thanks to Scott Foley of Foley Photography for sharing images with us, and congratulations and huge thanks to Pamela and Andy for a really lovely wedding report.
“The night before the wedding Pamela stayed in the hotel in Manchester with her bridesmaids and family. Andy was at home with our boy and the best men. On the morning of the wedding the boys went for a hair cut and Turkish shave at ‘Mr’ in Manchester while Pamela came back to Sale with the bridesmaids to have their hair put up at ‘The Edge.’ The boys had the wedding car set up with ribbons and stopped off for 10 mins to pick up a café breakfast but were caught out by an unsympathetic traffic warden while they waited!
Pamela had 5 bridesmaids and 3 page boys. The older three bridesmaids where in navy blue, and the younger girls in white but I added some blue gems to tie them all in, all three page boys (including our 2 year old son Archie) had the same bridal suits as the groom but we teamed them with white converse trainers.
The bride’s jewellery was from a stall at a bridal show and the shoes (she was very excited about the shoes!) were a midnight blue peep toe by Kurt Geiger. The something borrowed was Pamela’s Mum’s wedding ring which we used for the ceremony.
The simple wedding ceremony was memorable for Andy getting tongue tied on Pamela’s full name. Instead of ‘Pamela Margaret…’ Andy managed to merge the two names saying ‘I Andy Robinson take you Pargatet….’ Tip to all grooms, practice saying your future wife’s full name out loud before the big day!
The groom chose a midnight blue Prince Edward suit with a white/blue waistcoat and matching blue cravat. All the men’s suits were hired from Best Man. Andy’s something special was a Nixon watch Pamela surprised him with on the wedding morning.
We opted to get the speeches out of the way before the wedding breakfast and there after a heartfelt speech from the Father of the bride and Groom it was the best man’s turn. The traditional mocking of the groom somehow ended up with one of the best men producing a men’s rainbow coloured g-string Andy was forced to wear on the stag do but on throwing it over at Andy he only managed to get as far as the Father of the bride’s head! Everyone in the room took a sharp breath in before exploding with laughter.
After the speeches we had the amazing food from Albert’s shed restaurant, all the guests enjoyed their meal and we are still getting compliments now.
Pamela’s wedding day advice
Make sure you read your partner’s names out loud in full 🙂
Stay calm and relaxed. It goes so fast so make sure you take that moment together to reflect on the day, and give yourself a toast for making it all happen (I bet you thought it never would)
Have faith in your venue they’ve had lots of practice 🙂 It will be perfect
The wedding day was a typical rainy July Manchester day so we were limited to indoor wedding photos but our photographer, Scott Foley, worked hard to get some great shots that we were really happy with.
We managed to get outside in-between the rain for the traditional confetti shot while the room was being turned around and when we returned the party commenced, we had hired a photo booth for our guests which went down very well (money well spent) and we all had so much fun. Our first dance was to Adele with “Make you feel my love”
One of my memorable moments was when the rain had finally let up me and Andy sat outside watching our guests get seated ready for the wedding breakfast, it was a great time to reflect on the day.
Also some of the younger boys at the wedding (Jack, Matthew and Declan) had been playing all day together (they had only met that day) and when the DJ started to play they quickly went up and asked for a song then cleared the dance floor and gave us a great dance show.
Pamela and Andy’s recommended wedding suppliers
Flowers – Susan Lomax from Black Eyed Susie Floral Design found on facebook
The two older bridesmaids where designed and made by a friend’s mum, she took my ideas and made it all come together. They were more than I could have imagined and wanted one myself. All the other bridesmaids outfits where from Debenhams.
The grooms outfits – where from Best Man in Sale.
Our wedding cake – was made by a friend Hannah Nicholson and it tasted amazing.
My wedding dress was from Fairytale bride in Sale, thank you Gemma she was really helpful and didn’t mind my many visits to try on the dress
Of course the venue – The Castlefield rooms and chefs at Albert shed.
I would like to say a huge thank you to all our friends and family who helped us make the day so special.
See more from Pamela and Andy’s wedding here on the Foley Photography blog