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Michaela was at college when she met Jonathan, who was working in the student union during his gap year. She says, Jon was so funny with such a great smile. He was silly and didn't take himself too seriously. He even tried to get me out of a parking ticket! But it wasn't until two years later that romance started to blossom when they got back in touch and started dating. After four years, the couple moved in together and haven't looked back.
Michaela came home from a riding lesson on Easter Sunday in 2018 to find a box wrapped in heart paper and sealed with two padlocks. Jon challenged her to an egg hunt and as the bride-to-be discovered each one, she also found a picture of the couple with a number on the back. Once all clues had been followed and all photos uncovered the number created was 01 11 12 - the day they started dating. Michaela opened the padlocks and inside the box was a homemade Beauty and the Beast inspired dome housing a rose. Inside the bloom was an engagement ring! It was opal surrounded by diamonds, exactly what I'd hinted at! I was so surprised as I thought I'd find an elaborate Easter egg inside the box! Michaela remembers.
Join us as we learn more about the couple's wedding day at Heaton House Farm on 18th February, 2019....
I wore an ivory fishtail Maddison James gown, which was the very first dress I tried on 25 dresses later, it was still the one! I loved the shape it gave me and the train was divine.
Heaton House was everything we wanted in one package. We went to anopen day and straight away fell in love with its character, exclusivity andrustic charm.
I paired my gown with a cathedral-length veil, my great gran's sapphirering which was old, borrowed and blue and a sparkly bracelet. I had towear flats as heels lifted the dress up too high off the floor, so I wore a pair of glittery pink Converse.
My bridesmaids looked beautiful in long blush pink lace dresses withBardot neckline.
Jon wore a navy tailcoat suit with an ivory waistcoat and a blush pinkcravat. Our dads and usher wore the same colour suit, but in a standardlength, with a blush tie and blue waistcoat. All the gents wore personalisedcufflinks and socks.
Favours were personalized Swizzles Love hearts, which doubled asplace names.
Keeping with our rustic theme for our centrepieces, we went with a log riser,a large Blackberry Bay double wick candle, two glass votives with fauxblush roses inside and a best day ever flag on each table, with tea lightsand pink petals.
To create our table plan we bought a frame with built-in pegs for hanging photos and printed each table card in the same design as our invitations. It worked a treat!
We had very simple gypsophila bouquets and buttonholes with a few blooms on our cake. We made a conscious decision not to have too many flowers as we wanted the venue to shine through.
Wooden numerals spray painted gold were part of our centrepiecesand were the table numbers. We also added to the decor with two largetassels balloons with Mr Gill and Mrs Gill written on them.
Our cake was amazing! We opted for a small gluten-free chocolate cakeon the top tier and ordered Krispy Creme ring doughnuts for the otherthree tiers.
We welcomed our guests with hot chocolate, marshmallows, creamand Bailey's, served with shortbread or a Hobnob flapjack. The caterers served butternut squash soup, roast chicken dinner and a plum crumble. Everything was delicious!
I booked Silver Service Singers without telling anybody. The singer, Alex, was dressed the same as the other catering staff, so even I didn't know which one he was! After the plates had been cleared Alex fell over right in front of Jon holding a wine cooler full of cutlery making a huge crash. He picked up a mic to apologise and burst into Crazy Little Thing Called Love. He had us all doing dance-offs and a conga line. Even the most reserved of our guests joined in.
Our wedding couldn't have gone any better and we wouldn't change athing. It was extremely windy though and my veil kept flying everywhere.At one point it fell in the pond!
I said from the minute I entered the venue that I'd chosen the best suppliers. They were all amazing, I couldn't pick just one who went above and beyond as they all did!
Jon is a teacher and only had one week off for half term so we went on a mini-moon to Ashbourne in the Peak District. We're planning a threeweek honeymoon to Australia next August dragging the honeymoon period out for as long as possible!