Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - July/August 2022 (Issue 64)

Pabs and Adam met online, deciding to go on a date shortly afterwards. They talked for hours over cocktails and, Pabs says, “There was an instant connection between us. We both felt like we’d known each other for a long time.” Pabs hadn’t been home to Sri Lanka for five years, so the couple planned a trip so she could introduce Adam to her parents. “I was really excited for him to meet them and to show him my country... I never expected him to propose!” she tells us. They booked a hotel in Kandy, Pabs’ home city, overlooking the mountains. Then after her birthday dinner he popped the question. It was incredibly special to Pabs that he’d chosen the city she grew up in as the setting for such an important moment. The pair considered tying the knot in Sri Lanka, but with Covid they decided it wouldn’t be viable. So, if they were going to say “I do” in the UK, they wanted it to be somewhere traditionally English. Pabs remembers, “When we visited Knowsley Hall, we were mesmerised by the grounds as well as how elegant and beautiful the interiors were. When I saw the ceremony room, I could instantly imagine myself walking down the aisle there.” Join us, as Pabs tells us more about their elegant and timeless big day – 30th April, 2022... SETTING THE SCENE Pabs had a timeless, classic styling vision for the day. “I designed everything based on the idea that when we look back on our pictures in 20 or 30 years time, the theme and decorations will still look relevant,” she explains. Pabs was careful to strike a balance and avoid overdecorating, since Knowsley Hall is already so grand, and selected a palette of light pink, ivory and cream. With the help of venue stylist Thornton Events, the aisle was lined with white blossom trees and candles. Centrepieces for some of the eight tables were tall glass vases filled with pink, white and cream blooms, while others were adorned with blossom trees hung with baubles containing pink flowers. The same colours and blooms featured in the bride’s bouquet of roses and peonies. The wedding invitations displayed a gorgeous image of Knowsley Hall along with a white pearl button and golden ribbons. The same design was carried throughout the onthe-day stationery from the table plan to the guest book. The icing of the three-tier cake echoed the lace pattern from the bride’s wedding dress, as well as sugar-flower replicas of the blooms from her bouquet. Cake maker Suzie also created handmade heart-shaped cookies with the couples initials on, which served as wedding favours. Plus, there were even more treats on offer for the lucky guests in the shape of a sweet cart. The couple hired a white 1930s classic tourer car to get them from A to B. Pab remembers, “It was perfectly aligned with our theme and looks great in the pictures on Knowsley Hall’s long drive against the grand front gates.” Everyone was well and truly entertained in the evening with a DJ and selfie mirror booth. 27 REAL WEDDINGS