I don’t think either of us could stop smiling all day!

photo credit McAvoy Photography (1)The title of this blog post sums up Anna and Mike’s wedding day in Manchester last summer: their smiles as they walk along the canal path are bursting full of happiness – and I love Anna’s words in her wedding report: “In every photo I am smiling – I don’t think either of us could stop!”.

I always love a bride who wears her glasses with pride too, and I think Anna looks amazing. There’s everything here: a wonderful story, some fabulous ideas and details, and of course the lovely photos by Manchester’s McAvoy Photography.

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Anna and Mike’s Manchester wedding

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photo credit McAvoy Photography (5)I loved it! In every photo I am smiling – I don’t think either of us could stop! I got ready at the Worsley Marriott Hotel and Mike got ready with his usher Aaron at the flat. He was driven to the church, ST Mary’s Prestwich, by Aaron, I was driven in an Imperial Laudette with my Dad, our chauffer was called Clive.

I was so excited that I was early! My dad kept telling me to wait but I didn’t care! I walked in to the Prime Minister’s Love Theme from Love Actually by Craig Armstrong and Mike cried as I walked all the way down. It was the best feeling in the world. The church was packed with more than 100 people but it felt like we were the only people there! We had quite a modern church service with a full band. Short and sweet but lots of fun! We walked out to the Crystals Then He Kissed Me, our wedding party were virtually dancing in the aisles! Afterwards we had tea and cake in the church grounds, I home made all the cakes including whoopee pies and cupcakes. My mum and I had spent the Wednesday before the wedding (Friday) icing them all.
photo credit McAvoy Photography (6)Mike wore a Prince Edward suit with a red cravat and ivory waist coat from Greenwoods. He wore solid silver cufflinks which I bought for him as a secret present and left by his bed. I also left him some socks in case he got cold feet, tissues in case he cried, whisky for dutch courage and some ‘Catch of the Day’ chocolates from Hotel Chocolat. Mike wore patent leather shoes and a watch given to him by his grandfather.

The ushers wore the same as Mike, although they had different button holes – Mike’s was an avalanche Rose with Black Eye Chin (the only flower which naturally has a black centre) and the ushers just had roses. Our page boy (my nephew, Ethan) wore a smaller version with an ivory cravat.
photo credit McAvoy Photography (7)My dress was an Eternity Dress by Eternity Group. It was the 2nd one I tried on and I fell in love with it! It was from a tiny wedding dress shop called Abbi Chapel Bridal in Burrowbridge rural Somerset where my parents live. It wasn’t quite the ‘plain and simple’ dress I went in looking for but I loved it!

The bridesmaids wore black and cream dresses by Dessy. We bought them from Beverly Wedgewood and they had pockets which I loved! The girls shoes were from Debenhams. The bridesmaids wore freshwater pearls and had cream pashminas.

My accessories were made to match the decoration on the dress by Twilight Designs. The earrings, necklace and tiara I wore all matched. They were slightly vintage in their styling.

My shoes were from Roland Cartier at Debenhams and ended up being a late purchase because I couldn’t find anything else I liked!
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photo credit McAvoy Photography (10)We had our confetti shot (we had dried hydrangea petals in confetti cones which I made) and then left in our wedding car. While all our guests enjoyed a Pimms drink reception at the Marriott we went with Jenny and Keith McAvoy – our photographers – to the Bridgewater canal to have our photos with the boats. It was lovely to have a minute to let the day sink in!

We arrived at the Worsley Marriott to join our friends and family in a glass of Pimms before dinner. We had a lovely 3 course dinner with cutting of the cake between the main course and desert. It was an amazing feeling walking into the room to all our family and friends as a new Mr and Mrs! I had made the cake out of 70 miniature cakes, great fun!

The speeches were amazing. They were probably one of my favourite bits of the day! Mike even included a passage from Winnie the Pooh that I love. It was the only part of the day when I cried. Afterwards we spent more time speaking to people and having some photos taken in the grounds.
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What one piece of advice would you give?

Find a moment in the day to stop and really think about what is going on. It is so easy to get ties up in the business of the day. It is honestly the happiest day of your life, don’t let it go by without enjoying it!
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photo credit McAvoy Photography (16)We had learnt our first dance from Denise and Paul at Two 2 Tango. We danced to Sam Cooke Wonderful World. I loved whirling around the dance floor and the round of applause at the end of it – much better than standing and swaying!

We had an evening buffet and danced well into the night – bliss.
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A memorable moment?

After we had got married standing in the church yard with everyone outside enjoying the sunshine eating cake and smiling – it was so relaxed and fun – just so us!
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Recommended wedding suppliers

Jenny and Keith McAvoy – of course! They were fabulous from beginning to end, with me who was camera shy and Mike who loved the camera! They captured the essence of our day – what more could we have asked for!

Horgans Wedding Cars – they were helpful, punctual, made our day run on time and got me to the church on time – well early actually!

Ruth Mannion-Palmer at Effortless Image – Ruth did my hair and makeup and not only made me look and feel beautiful but also put me completely at ease! She honestly couldn’t have done a better job!

The Worsley Marriott – they thought of everything. The service was second to none, they accommodated everything we asked and went the extra mile many times over! Their toastmaster Stephen was fabulous too!

See all of the pictures from Anna and Mike’s Manchester wedding at

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • jenny McAvoy
    8 years ago

    A lovely report from our smiliest couple. A proper joyful wedding from start to finish and a pleasure to be involved in x.

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