Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - Sep-Oct 2023 (Issue 71)

Jade and Jordan met in Spain on a university sports tour back in 2016. The pair instantly hit it off and both experienced a sense of significance in their meeting. Their friendship developed over the months that followed back at the University of Nottingham, and the rest, as they say, is history. Jordan proposed on a private boat in the middle of Lake Garda, Italy. He’d planned a surprise city break for the two of them, which wasn’t too out of the ordinary as the couple loved nothing more than jetting off to European hotspots together pre-Covid. This trip to Milan and Lake Garda was their first when pandemic restrictions permitted and they enjoyed beautiful food, weather and wine, all contributing to the most romantic destination they’d visited thus far. “I always felt confident that I’d know if Jordan was planning to propose,” Jade says. “But I was totally blown away when he asked me to be his wife. I immediately said, ‘Yes,’ so it was homeward bound as the new Mr and Mrs Bear-to-be.” The nearlyweds knew Cheshire View was the place for them as soon as they’d had the chance to explore it for the first time. Nestled within the Cheshire countryside, just a short drive from Chester, it offers the most spectacular views, as the name implies. The date was booked for 7th July, which felt significant since it meant Jade and Jordan would tie the knot on the 7th day of the 7th month of their 7th year together. “We chose a Friday so that we could make the most of the full weekend after the wedding,” Jade says. “Knowing everyone who came took the time and made the effort to join us, giving up a day of their annual leave in the process, made it all the more special. Our friends and family were made up at the prospect of a long weekend of celebrations.” Join us as Jade gives us the lowdown on the big day... SETTING THE SCENE Jade and Jordan set out to make sure their wedding was as sustainable as it could be, and wanted to keep everything simple with the focus being on elements most important to them such as the food and drink. With sustainability in mind the couple tried to reuse and recycle as much as possible and utilised their gypsophila pew ends as centrepieces, splitting the bunches up into recycled glass vases. “A simple but elegant touch,” Jade says. As Jordan’s last name is Bear, thus making it Jade’s new surname, the duo decided to nod to this throughout as a unique, personal touch. They had a bespoke re-useable stamp made, which was used across all of their invitations printed on recycled card. They then digitised the image to use on a timeline that guests could refer to during the day, thanks to digital displays dotted around the venue. The bear stamp was also used to create wedding favour badges for guests to wear and take home. We’re told that Jordan’s now lives on his golf bag! FOOD FOR THOUGHT As foodies, Jade and Jordan created their wedding menu in collaboration with their caterer. “All of our guests, including those with dietary requirements, couldn’t get over how delicious and plentiful the food was,” Jade says. “The team at Sticky Sausage Catering really are magicians in the kitchen and can tailor all sorts of amazing menus to suit your preferences.” The big-day bake consisted of two tiers of lemon drizzle and fruit cake. This was lovingly made by the mother-of-the-bride and decorated by the caterers. The couple selected a wire cake topper, which read: Mr and Mrs Bear. They’ve since utilised this at home as wall art. The highlight of the day in the sweet treat department though was the Fellici’s Ice Cream cart serving Italian-style gelato with personalised wafers. “Becki was fantastic in helping us narrow down our flavours, and it felt like a lovely nod to our Italian engagement,” Jade shares. 27 REAL WEDDINGS