Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - January/February 2024 (Issue 73)

Nicky and Dave met at Tabley Point To Point – “Neither of us were looking for love, just a couple of wins on the horses,” Nicky says. “Our friend introduced us later that evening playing Cilla, and surprise, surprise we went off on our first date a week later!” Having been married before, Dave swore he wouldn’t tie the knot again, but during the course of his relationship with Nicky completely changed his outlook. So, Nicky had no idea what was on his mind when he decided to propose as they’d discussed their future many times, and although it would be committed, there would never be a wedding. “I was overcome with happiness and emotion when he snuck upstairs with our twins in tow and got down on one knee,” she remembers. The couple live just down the road from Arley Hall and both knew it would be the perfect setting for their special day. “It’s country, it’s grand, it’s statement, it’s so us,” Nicky says. So, they wasted no time in securing the date for 8th September, 2023. Read on as the bride tells us more... SETTING THE SCENE Nicky and Dave opted for a chic colour palette of navy, gold and deep green and styled their wedding around it. Centrepieces featured palm leaves and peacock feathers supported by ornate gold stands. The remainder of the floral displays dressing the rest of the venue included the same. The place names were white with gold foil writing and green accents, while the table numbers too were displayed on white with gold foil. Guests were guided to their seats by the table plan, which was included in the couple’s wedding newspapers. Even the cake was designed to match with an uber-stylish Art Deco theme bedecked in navy and gold. The daytime catering, provided by Barratts, included cauliflower satay chilli skewers or Cheshire pate; beer battered fish’n’chips with crushed peas; finished with sticky toffee pudding with a popcorn caramel side and custard. During the evening Outback Pizza Company stepped up to the plate, serving incredible pizzas from a converted Land Rover 110. Finally, Kings’ Cheese & Wine set up a mouthwatering cheese wall, Dave made his own fancy crisp wall, and Merryfall created a selection of divine cake pops beautifully decorated in navy and gold. “Take everything in your stride and do you as a couple, not what everyone else has an opinion on.” LOOKING THE PART Nicky looked stunning in her gown from Sarah’s Wedding Boutique in Northwich, which she accessorised with a Vivienne Westwood Bracelet, Gucci necklace, and Jimmy Choo shoes. Meanwhile, Dave wore a three-piece tweed suit and finished the look with a Longine watch, tan brogues, pheasant tie and gun cartridge cufflinks. “The look was very Dave – country and smart,” says Nicky. The groomsmen wore three-piece navy suits also with tan brogues and pheasant ties, plus pheasant and cartridge buttonholes. The bride’s party looked oh-so elegant in navy dresses with gold shoes and peacock hair pieces. TIME TO CELEBRATE The couple hired a DJ to pack the dancefloor, as well as a sax player to add some Ibiza vibes and musician Jack Bennett. Nicky says of Jack: “He’s absolutely amazing and can be found from Liverpool to the South of France at weddings, and has recently been over to Texas to sing. He really knows how to level up a crowd and get them buzzing.” 31 REAL WEDDINGS