Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - March/April 2022 (Issue 62)

A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE THINGS After George proposed in Paris he took Nadine to Laduree on the Champs Elysee for tea and macarons, this was when they decided their favours would have to be the same Laduree macarons they enjoyed that day. The salted caramel flavoured delights were presented in Laudree’s special edition wedding boxes. “They went so well with our colour palette,” Nadine remembers. The bride had her heart set on a fairytale theme without it being over the top, tacky or in-your-face Disney. So, stationer Paper Doll made subtle hints through the table names, which bore illustrations and quotes from each of their favourite fairy tales. Faux flower centrepieces adorned the reception tables. “I wanted artificial because I planned to keep one for our home, placed in the heirloom vase my grandmother left me as a wedding present before she passed away,” Nadine explains. The bouquets and buttonholes however contained fresh flowers. The bride was able to show her florist the colour palette and photos that inspired her vision, leaving the team to create the orchid bouquet she fell so much in love with. Being huge comic book fans, Nadine and George knew they wanted the big-day bake to be a little different from the traditional. So, instead of a bride and groom cake topper they opted for Spider-Girl and Spider-Man figurines, and the reveal side displayed a cascade of wedding-edition covers from many of their favourite comics. Meanwhile, on the other side were pale blue and blush pink flowers with a cut-out tier holding a porcelain figurine of Cinderella and Prince Charming. Despite wanting nothing more than a horse-drawn carriage for her wedding day, the distance between the hotel and church meant it would have been an impossible round trip for the horses and would take up too much time on the day. Instead, they booked a vintage Imperial Viscount Landaulette to get the bride and father-of-the-bride to the church on time. After, the ceremony though, Nadine got to have her wish as a horse-drawn carriage transported her and George back to Crewe Hall. “It was so lovely to have an hour together as husband and wife to enjoy each other’s company before the party. Everyone on the streets waved and wished us well as we went by,” the bride remembers. For the wedding breakfast, Crewe Hall created a bespoke menu. The newlyweds and assembled guests dined on a starter of king prawns with sweet chilli, followed by a main course of confit duck with dauphinoise potatoes and tenderstem broccoli. The meal was finished with vanilla crème brûlée with raspberry coulis. “It was delightful. We went for our menu tasting and the team made sure they knew exactly how we’d like everything cooked and served,” Nadine tells us. 44