Written By Michelle…

Wedding Date: July 2005

I met my now husband, Phil, in 2002 in a bar in Manchester….

I walked in and saw the 6’5″ hunk and went over and pinched his bum.

We stayed friends for a year, then in summer 2003 he asked me on a date. We dated from then on and I totally fell in love with him.

He met my son and they hit it off, it was meant to be. Phil was going away to Australia on a family holiday at Xmas and I knew I would miss him, but I didn’t realise how much.

I knew I wanted to be with Phil…so I planned that in Feb 2004 as it was a leap year I Would propose to him.

The morning of 29th Feb we woke up, I made breakfast in bed and asked Phil to marry me…I was unsure what his thoughts were as he just looked at me shocked…but…he said yes.

We started planning the wedding for the following summer and I was in my element, I loved every minute of it.

We decided on a civil ceremony as neither of us went to church, even though Phil was catholic he hadn’t been since school and I didn’t go at all.

We started to look at various types of venues and decided that a hotel was right for us. We found one near to where Phil was from and it was lovely so we booked it for July 16th 2005.

I made all the invitations, table names, table plan and center pieces. I had a lilac colour and Lilly theme as they are my favourite flowers. I named all my tables after different Lilly’s.

My dress was pale gold in colour from Maggie Sottero, it was quite plain with detail on the bodice and down one side of the wrap over effect on the dress.

On the day, I was so excited I woke up at 7.30 opened the curtains praying for sun there it was. It was lovely being pampered in the morning I had my hair and makeup done.

I had a delivery from Phil and it was a Tiffany box I opened it and inside was a beautiful bangle I had seen on our holiday the previous year, I was so emotional. I couldn’t wait to marry him.

Dad & Granddad made bacon butties and I sat and drank bucks fizz with my mum, sister and gran it was lovely. I didn’t wish for the next part to happen as I wanted to enjoy each moment as it happened.

It was so exciting getting into my wedding dress and I was quite calm.

I felt like a princess and I was so excited to marry Phil.

When the car came to collect me, I started to get nervous and as I sat in the car with my dad and son I was so happy I had huge butterflies in my stomach.

I arrived at the venue and nerves really hit me. I did start to shake a little but dad told me it would all be ok and we started to walk down the isle.

As I saw people smiling back at me, the nerves just disappeared, I saw Phil at the end of the isle and I nearly cried.

I managed to hold it together as we said our vows and there could have been 100 people in the room I wouldn’t have noticed as I just concentrated on declaring my love.

We had photo’s taken and then descended on the reception room for the wedding breakfast.

The room looked lovely just how I wanted it simple and elegant. We decided to have the speeches before the meal as Phil was so nervous. They got underway and it was lovely listening to them and everyone did so well. After the meal we did the present giving to thank our parents and the bridesmaids and the best man.

Once again my husband surprised me after he gave all the presents out he pulled out a bag from under his chair another Tiffany box inside, it was a matching necklace to the bangle I opened earlier. I was so shocked I cried he made me the happiest woman that day.

We went into the evening reception and it was so nice to have all our friends and family there celebrating with us. We danced our first dance to Al Green lets stay together and we were so happy.

We danced the night away with our friends and family and I loved every minute, I enjoyed seeing people enjoy our wedding day and how happy they were too.

We have been married 8 years now and I still get butterflies when I think about our wedding day.