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

LOOKING THE PART Pabs wore a made-to-measure Suzanne Neville gown, Rowana, with sleeves added to give it a more classic look. The veil was the same length as the dress’ train and boasted a delicate shimmer. The bride’s Jimmy Choos were chosen to echo this touch of sparkle. In the evening, the bride changed into a traditional Sri Lankan Kandyan saree to pay homage to her heritage. “It was special to wear that and take pictures with my family,” she recalls. Adam wore a navy Hugo Boss suit with a grey waistcoat. His groomsmen were also dressed in navy, including the waistcoasts, which allowed the groom to stand out. The bridesmaids’ dresses were blush pink to match the flowers in Pabs’ bouquet. MEMORABLE MOMENTS Pabs’ parents live in Sri Lanka and had made the journey across land and sea especially for the big day – it was actually their first visit to the UK. “My mum couldn’t come with me when I went to try on the dress, so the day of the wedding was the first time she and my father had seen me in it. It was a truly special moment with tears of joy,” the bride shares. Pabs tells us about another of the day’s highlights: “I’ll never forget the way Adam looked at me as I walked down the aisle. I felt truly happy to see him at the end waiting for me.” When the registrar met the couple before the ceremony, she spent a lot of time carefully making sure she knew how to pronounce Pabs’ full Sri Lankan name. However, when the time came it wasn’t Pabudu’s name that caused the problem, but Adam’s! “She accidentally called him by his middle name. Once the mistake had been made it stuck in her head and got repeated a number of times. The guests all thought it was hilarious and Adam’s friends now have a new nickname for him,” the bride laughs. The newlyweds have nothing but great things to say about their wedding suppliers: “I feel everyone did such an amazing job. They were all equally brilliant! They worked together very well and made our lives easy. The Knowsley team were exceptional. The whole day ran smoothly and they went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed the day. Everything was perfect for our guests too. Our photographer Matthew captured all of those special moments so beautifully, and we’ll cherish the photos forever.” “Picking suppliers who’ve worked with the venue before is a huge advantage. Everyone I used knew the people and processes at Knowsley Hall so it made things so much easier.” 29 REAL WEDDINGS