The Wedding of Michael & Rachael Aspey
We got married on Saturday 20th June 2015 at our local church, St Matthews, Highfield in Wigan followed by Wedding Breakfast and Evening Reception at The Mount in Orrell.
I first met Mike at my friend’s house on 7th July 2008 straight away we clicked and started dating. I knew from the start he was ‘the one’.A year after we had moved in together and 6 years later to the date 7th July 2013 we welcomed our first child Ethan to the world.
Mike proposed to me on Christmas Day 2013. It was totally unexpected – after opening all our Christmas presents he came up to me with a bag, inside was another card and a present. I opened the present first which was a dvd – The Proposal with a note on saying “Will you marry me”. Of course I said YES immediately and opened my card which was a “to my fiancé at Christmas”.
In the New Year we started making arrangements for the following year. We didn’t want to wait too long before saying I do! We booked our church and venue. We chose the church we wanted a traditional wedding and it was the church we had our son christened. As we were getting married during the summer months I thought it would be nice to have summer colours. After looking on Pinterest and joining a ‘brides to be planning page’ on Facebook I got some ideas and decided to have lemon as my main colour but had baby blue as well to introduce some more colour. I also love butterflies so we agreed that this would be our theme and would be nice for a summer wedding. I asked my florist for a hand tied bouquet of creams, lemon and a hint of blue. I was so happy with the end result. We also arranged through the church and a florist they use to have an arch of flowers outside the church, the pictures were so beautiful with this in the background.
There was a Little White Books wedding fair at a local hotel so we decided to go and have a look. This again gave us more ideas for invitations, centrepieces and flowers etc. We also found our photographer at the fair. It was nice to meet people face to face too. We tried to use local companies and recommendations from our friends and family. I also enjoyed making things and adding my own personal touch, we made our own invitations, post box, table plan and order of service.
I also found an idea I loved which was to include a photo frame charm on my bouquet. As I lost my dad some years ago I thought this would be a lovely touch to include him. I put a picture of him inside so he would be there on my special day and be walking with me down the aisle.
I bought my dress from a local Bridal shop called Trudy Smith Bridal based in Pemberton, the staff were so friendly and let me try on quite a few until I finally found my dress which was called ‘Laura’ by Tiffany. I also bought my veil and tiara there as well, seeing them all together made it seem so real!
My husband picked our first dance song but as soon as he played it to me I loved it. We didn’t want anything too modern so went for an older song which we hadn’t heard for years – Savage Garden – I Knew I Loved You. The words just seem to sum up exactly how we both felt.
As we have a 2 year old son we decided to have a familymoon rather than honeymoon. We went to one of the Haven sites at Somerset for a week and stayed in a lovely summer house. I took some of our wedding cards with me and put them up and the holiday team even put balloons and banners up for us.
We hope everybody enjoyed our wedding, family and friends enjoyed getting together and it was a lovely family day. The children enjoyed playing together and it really was an amazing day.
Advice I would give to future bride and grooms is enjoy every single minute of the day as it goes by so quick and try not to worry if anything goes wrong, it really doesn’t matter. I had things go wrong and no-body until now knew! The page boy had lost a shoe, I lost the bridesmaids handbags and I had a string of pearls on my shoe which snapped as I was putting them on!! Although stressful at the time, it really didn’t matter. I just couldn’t wait to marry my best friend. It also rained but nothing stopped us enjoying what mattered, getting married with all our family and friends around us.
3 things I will remember from my wedding are everyone commenting how much effort we had made in making things and putting our personal touch on everything. All the hard work and effort was worth it!
The best man’s speech which did include the words from the chorus to the song Mambo No5!! Referring to my husband’s younger years!
It was one of the best days of our lives, seeing all our friends and family sharing it with us just made it more special. I love looking through my wedding album!
Sam Rigby Photography (www.samrigbyphotography.co.uk)
Satin Wedding Cars (www.satinweddingcars.co.uk)
Makerfield Florist (www.makerfieldflorist.co.uk)
Trudy Smith Bridal (www.trudysmith.co.uk)
Greenwoods – 1860 Suit Hire (www.greenwoodsonline.com)
The Card and Balloon House (www.thecardhouse.co.uk)
Perfect Daze (arch of flowers) (www.perfectdaze.co.uk)