After many years together, Michelle and Christopher finally tied the knot at Cottrell Park Golf Resort. Michelle and Christopher's love story began in 2006 when they locked eyes at their local bar. "We met briefly, and as luck would have it we bumped into each other again a few hours later at a friend's house party," says Michelle. "I was extremely attracted to Chris and his gorgeous smile."
Christopher popped the question on Christmas morning in 2012. "He handed me a Thomas Sabo ring charm for my bracelet and pretended to propose to me by saying 'would you do me the honour of making me a cup of tea?" shares the bride. "I burst into tears at the thought of him making a joke about a such a serious subject, and he quickly pulled out a box with a beautiful diamond and ruby engagement ring in. I was in complete shock and felt so elated."
"Cottrell Park Golf Resort is absolutely beautiful," explains Michelle. "The grounds are stunning, and the drive-through them is incredible. The building is rustic, and I loved the different aspects of it. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and supportive."
The happy couple decided to give their guests mints as favours. "We purchased them from Chris' great uncle's company, Davies' Mints," adds the bride. "We then placed them in rustic, brown boxes that looked great." "Our table plan was a white step ladder covered in twinkling fairylights," says Michelle. "We also decided to have a sweetheart table for Chris and Iand round tables for the rest of our guests."
For their flowers, the couple turned to Beautiful Lily Forist. "We had gorgeous red germinis with green foliage, placed in Chris' favourite Douwe Egbert coffee jars as our centrepieces," explains the bride. "We also scattered red petals and crystals over the tables." Michelle and Christopher opted for a simple white cake from Marks & Spencer. "We placed it on a tree stump," says Michelle. "Our florist decorated it with red flowers, and we added a wooden cake-topper."
To finish the décor, the lovebirds scattered red petals on either side of the aisle. "We also had chairs with hessian and lace bows," shares the bride. "They looked wonderful, and the mini-versions on the two highchairs were super cute."
Michelle chose a 1950s inspired gown from JJ's House. "It was tea length and suited my figure perfectly," shares Michelle. "I accessorised with Swarovski crystals in my hair and Roland Cartier shoes." Christopher and his best men wore lovely grey suits from Marks & Spencer. "He opted for a red cravat tie and white satin waistcoat," explains the bride. "The pageboys decided to wear grey waistcoats and red ties." The bridesmaids wore red dresses from Amazon. "They were all slightly different to reflect the girls' ages and styles," Michelle adds. "They looked great, and we finished the look with red flowers in their hair."
"To keep the guests entertained, we hired a DJ," says Michelle. "He played all of our favourite tunes from the '80s and '90s that got everyone up on the dancefloor. We also had a props table filled with inflatable musical instruments and wedding-themed props. There are some amazing photographs of us all dancing while playing the guitar. We wanted everyone to feel involved and to enjoy themselves."
"On the morning of the wedding, I felt like the luckiest woman in the world," shares the bride. "I've had severe Endometriosis over the last few years and have been in and out of hospital. My organs went into failure and thanks to several surgeons and medical staff they managed to save mylife. I didn't want to get married while having a colostomy but unfortunately the reversal surgery led to infections and sepsis. After a few years, we chose to move forward with our lives and get married and adopt. We truly felt like the luckiest couple in the universe. I was alive, and we were going to have the family we'd longed for. We had the most incredible day surrounded by the people we love most in the wholewide world."
Their day was made special by all of their friends and family. "The speeches were awesome, especially ours," explains Michelle. "As you can imagine after everything we've been through there wasn't a dry eye in the house. A lot of tears were shed that day, but they were all happy ones."
Groom's suit and cake