Celebrant Kelly Garrick organised this football-inspired styled shoot at Fleetwood Town FC

Celebrant Kelly Garrick organised this football-inspired styled shoot. “I wanted to collaborate with Fleetwood Town FC to celebrate love taking place on match day,” says Kelly. “I arranged a meeting with the club and took along some flyers with the words ‘I vow to always love you even during the football season’ and discussed the possibility of holding weddings on the pitch. The venue jumped at the chance to create something special and agreed to hold the shoot. With excitement, I called upon all my creative friends, and we were spoilt for choice with the event spaces. With the famous football pitch as the main stage, we also showcased the Parkside Lounge for the romantic wedding breakfast and evening celebration, which has a panoramic view over the pitch. This lounge is modern, spacious and has a state-of-the-art colour changing ceiling. I wanted to showcase that love happens anywhere, even at a football stadium. Having led hundreds of weddings during my career, I have seen first-hand that imagination can be a reality. I vowed to showcase that romantic weddings and football can be teamed together.”

“As I was wrapping up all the last-minute details for the shoot, our model, Darren, called me one night and asked if I had a few minutes to chat through an idea he had,” explains Kelly. “He wanted to surprise his wife on-site and renew their wedding vows at the shoot! I was so psyched and loved the idea. I, of course, ran it by all the vendors and the venue before giving him the green light. Everyone was so excited and loved the idea. We decided upon a handfasting where the couple’s hands were tied together with ribbons symbolising the binding of their lives, the vows they renewed to one another and the union of their hopes and dreams. We chose the club colours for the decor. The black ribbon symbolised love, wisdom, success and strength. The red ribbon symbolised passion, courage and health, and the white ribbon symbolised peace, truth and devotion.”

The dream team

Venue, Fleetwood Town FC, www.fleetwoodtownfc.com 
Photographer, Ashley Barnard Photography, www.blackpoolphotographer.co.uk
Videographer, K J Willan Photography, www.kjwillanphotography.co.uk 
Celebrant, Kelly Garrick Celebrants, www.kellygarrickcelebrants.com
Dress, Poulton Bridal Lounge, www.facebook.com/poultonbridallounge 
Suit, Moss Bros, www.mossbros.co.uk 
Hair stylist, Salon K, www.facebook.com/salonkhairteam 
Make-up artist, Ceri Johnson MUA, www.facebook.com/cerijohnsonmua 
Venue styling, Emma Coppock Bespoke Weddings & Events, www.theweddingcompanynw.co.uk 
Bouquet and buttonhole, Sonje Jones Design Team, www.sonjejones.co.uk

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