When dreams come true

Lisa Marie Eddowes and Richard Adam Smith married at Manchester Town Hall and went on to enjoy a memorable reception at Manchester 256.

Enjoying a romantic dinner aboard the Flying Scotsman on Valentine's Day last year, Lisa was completely taken by surprise when her partner, Richard, got down on one knee and proposed.

After meeting at a friend's birthday celebration in 2008 they had their first date, which had an unexpected twist. “The date went well, but then Richard left for Brazil the very next day!” says Lisa. There were no surprises during the run-up to the wedding, however, as they worked closely together to plan their big day. “It took us one year to organise and we enjoyed it because we were able to take it steady over a period of time.”

The couple opted for a sophisticated colour scheme of cream and navy blue, but decided to keep one little secret from each other. “We didn't discuss the groom's suit as we wanted it to be a surprise, like the dress was for him.” While the day was traditional, Lisa and Rich knew their guests wanted to let their hair down later, so they travelled with everyone on a double decker bus and turned on the party mode.

Lisa shares some of her picture-perfect moments of her big day with us…

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Having never worn a suit before, Richard proved to be a real prince charming, surprising Lisa with his navy blue ensemble.


When dreams come true: Image 2aLisa's make-up was different to normal as she tends to wear very little, but she was overjoyed with the result. She loved the first hairstyle she tried and topped it with a glittering tiara.

When dreams come true: Image 2 Believe it or not, the first dress Lisa found turned out to be the one! Fitting at the top and flaring at the bottom, she instantly fell in love with this fairytale dress at the Manchester Bridal Show.


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Best friend Tracey, sister Julie, niece Charmaine and God-daughter Macey were a picture of elegance in their long, navy blue, halter neck dresses.


When dreams come true: Image 4a“As part of our favours, we left personal messages to all our guests, in a jam jar!” – Lisa

When dreams come true: Image 4 Lisa's top wedding tip: “Enjoy every moment and wear comfortable footwear!”


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“Our photographer, Julie Fortune was recommended by a friend of ours. We would definitely recommend her to others.”


When dreams come true: Image 6a“The cake was just how we pictured it – it was so elegant and pretty. It tasted amazing!”

When dreams come true: Image 6 Manchester 256 ticked all the boxes. “It really looked amazing – just like a big church, and the outside area was very big too.”


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We hired a white double decker to transport us and all our loved ones to our reception venue so we could spend even more time together.


Lisa Marie Eddowes and Richard Adam Smith's contact book

3D Set Co.
Polystyrene Tiger

Bride's dress
Ronald Joyce

Bride's veil and tiara, and bridesmaids' dresses

Ceremony venue
Manchester Town Hall

Chair covers and table sashes

Disco DJ, Sam at Twisted Band
Tel: 0794 6850 413

Karen Dolderson at Leon Van Berkel Flowers, Warrington


Groom's suit
Moss Bros

Jules Fortune Photography

Polystyrene picture frames
Ian Axon

Reception venue
Manchester 256, Fallowfield

Wedding rings
Warren James

Jay Tailor


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