Nicole and Matthew met through mutual friends. “We were introduced at a party,” says Nicole. “It was love at first sight, but sadly we didn't see each other again for a few months. One day, I received a message from Matthew asking whether I wanted to go to the cinema. We sat down to watch the film, only to find his friends had found out about our date and were sitting behind us, throwing popcorn.”
Matthew and I decided to tie the knot at the Low Wood Bay Resort &Spa in Windermere. The weekend after we got engaged, we decided to govisit. As soon as we saw the gorgeous chandeliers in the gallery, we knewit was the place for us.
When it came to our flowers, I wasn't sure what I wanted. I found apicture of a bouquet I liked online and asked Made in Flowers if she couldrecreate it. Katie was brilliant, and her design smelled divine.
Our centrepieces were provided by Ambience Venue Styling. We opted for magnificent blossom trees that we decorated with floating candles.
We hired 5ft love letters from Diamond Event Hire & Styling.
For the décor, we opted for ivory lace chair sashes and a chalkboard asour table plan.
For our cake, we chose a three-tier creation from Sugar Ruffles inRampside. The company had so many flavours and designs to choose fromthat we were spoilt for choice.
The groomsmen and Matthew wore three-piece suits, shirts,ties and shoes from Slater Menswear in Preston. Thecompany offered free alterations, and it even stored the suitsuntil we were ready to collect them.
For the bridesmaids' dresses, I chose halter-neck gowns from TFNCLondon. My flowergirl wore a John Rocha design from Debenhams thatmatched my gown perfectly.
I wore a gorgeous strapless gown called Gracie. I originally wanted atight-fitting dress with lace sleeves, but I found the style didn't suit me. Inthe end, I opted for an Allure overskirt for the ceremony, which I removedfor the reception. It made it look like two different outfits, and peoplewere asking whether I'd changed clothes.
Matthew was really excited on the morning of the wedding. I felt fineuntil I stood outside the ceremony room. At this point, it sunk in that I wasabout to marry the man of my dreams and that 100 people were going tobe looking at me. I was shaking, but when I reached the end of the aisle, Ihad no idea what I was so nervous about, and everyone else seemed to justfade away.
To keep our nearest and dearest entertained, we hired a selfie mirrorfrom Photobooth Cumbria. The team set up quickly and had a hugeselection of props. The machine printed two photos, which meant ourloved ones could take one home and put one in our guestbook.
We hired All Star Disco to be our DJ for the night. Everyone was keptamused until midnight, and the company also provided a confetti cannon,which was brilliant!
Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa supplied a fantastic weddingcoordinator. Gemma and her team went above and beyond for us. Iemailed her every day, asking different questions, and she wasincredibly patient. They say moving house and planning a weddingare the two most stressful things you can do, and we did both in a year!Having Gemma around to help really took the stress away, and we'reincredibly grateful.
The weather was glorious. It was the first heatwave of theyear, so we managed to get some lovely photographs.
We haven't arranged a honeymoon yet, but we'replanning to go to the U.S. in October.