Angelina and her husband Tony spent two years planning their dream wedding after meeting in their workplace, Pendlebury Children’s Hospital. Their first kiss took place in a nightclub when Tony picked Angelina up after ‘just happening’ to be in the area. Surprised Angelina was stunned but it was a risk Tony was willing to take – and it certainnly paid off now that they are wed!
I asked Angelina all about her wedding which took place at a hotel on the dramatic Sadlleworth Moor and found out how she coped with a last minute disaster…
Above left – A close up and right – arriving at the venue in a carriage
Who were your attendants and what did they wear?
My attendants were beautiful – Leanna was my Chief Bridesmaid, Lynne was my Maid of Honour. My three other best friends Sarah, Sharon and were all also bridesmaids with Tony’s children Ellie and Louisa completing the party.
They all wore dresses from Debenhams and carried white gerbera posies designed by Tony.
Below – the bridal party
Did you have the ceremony and reception in the same place?
Yes, we had it a beautiful place called Saddleworth Hotel on Saddleworth Moor. It is licensed for civil weddings.
Your theme was gold – how did you incorporate it into the wedding?
All attendant’s dresses, Groom’s and men’s cravats plus the invites and table settings followed the theme, including my bouquet which I designed myself.
What type of favours did you have?
We had love spoons which I bought on eBay. They came from Wales, made especially for me with our initials engraved on them. We also had mini frames with little phrases of love in them – each of the 75 were different!
You had one big mishap – what happened?
The day before the wedding we had two sets of couples arriving from America and Australia. I collected them together from the airport but the key fob for my car broke and we couldn’t get in it!Then it started to rain. I had lots of last minute preparations to do but we were all stranded in the carpark!
What was your best bargain?
The magnetic photo frames. We got them from Canada and it was £20 for 100
What did you serve at the reception?
My favourite drink – Martini Asti. We also had a three course meal. The cake was the best – I did a drawing and designed exactly what I wanted. I even sent pictures of our wedding outfits because I wanted figures on top. My friend works for Celebration Cakes in Hazel Grove, Stockport and they did a perfect job – I still have the top layer in my cabinet!
What – if anything – inspired your day?
Most of my ideas actually came from eBay but we also took ideas from previous wedding and fayres we had visited.
What would be your best tip for brides-to-be?
Write lists and tick off as much as you can as you go along. Get your partner involved – it becomes a much better experience.
If you could change anything about the day, what would it be?
I would have probably liked to have had it the week before when the weather was better, and I would have a chosen a better DVD company because the company we used didn’t get the draft DVD to us till almost a year after the wedding and we still haven’t got a finished version two years later!
Are you going on honeymoon?
We went to Aruba – it was a beautiful place and the hotel we stayed in had a speed boat that came straight in to the reception area – very James Bond!