Well Friday just passed was my daughters wedding day to her best pal Matt, they were married ten years to the day since they first went out together.
Matt asked me 14 months ago could he marry my daughter Sam & I agreed on the spot with a big YES. I was asked to not say a word to Sam as Matt hadn’t even spoken to her about it. But when he did ask her there was no hesitation from her in saying Yes as well.
The pair of them then spent the following 14 months meticulously planning their wedding day and every detail great & small was looked into & agreed upon. The last couple of months though were quieter as they had already completed most of the planning earlier in the count-down.
The hen party was first with all the girls having an ‘it’s a knockout’ event before heading off into Manchester for a couple of drinks & a meal. Then it was the turn of the stag do with a trip to Chester Races & a final flourish of food & beers in Manchester. Both events were a success & a big thank you must go out to all those that attended as well as those that planned the days for both Sam & Matt, you did them both proud.
We had two suit fittings with one of them being a little more colourful than we first planned but it was a great afternoon spent having a couple of pints with my son-in-law to be as well as his Dad & my eldest lad Drew. I’m sure the girls though had more fittings than we did but maybe not as enjoyable!
Now for the day of the wedding, Michele was having her hair done at 08:30 sharp before we all headed over to Timperley for Michele to have her make up done at my mum & dads. While this was all going on I dropped some champagne off at Sam’s mum’s, then i popped into see Matt & the boys. Matt looked very pale & nervous but with the encouragement from his Best Man & Ushers I was sure he was going to be OK.
A quick change for me in to my wedding tails & I was on my way to Sam’s mum’s. I was not allowed to see my daughter after first as she wanted to have her dress on & everything in place. When i was allowed in to see her she looked absolutely stunning. She was the opposite to Matt as she was as cool as a cucumber.
Then after a couple of glasses of champagne it was photo time, the sun was out & the bridesmaids & Janet (Sam’s mum) all looked beautiful & stunning. The young lady from Icon Studio made everybody feel so at ease. Not that they needed it as they were all chilled & ready for the trip to church.
The car appeared to take the girls to church. While Sam and I waited for the car (an off white stretch mini cooper) Sam and I chatted to the neighbours that had come out to see the blushing bride. Then we were off on our last trip together as dad and single daughter. Sam looked absolutist beautiful.
The trip to church was a short 5 minute drive. As we arrived at church to be greeted by the minister, bridesmaids, Harry my grandson & Janet. There was also a small collection of people outside of church waiting to see Sam in her dress.
We took a steady but slow pace down the aisle to join Matt, Drew (the best man) & the ushers & it was then straight into the wedding vows. All went through without a hitch. Even Dec, Sam & Matt’s dog was allowed into church to be at the front!
Jenny & Chris (brother & sister of family friends) sang whilst Sam & Matt signed the register.
After walking back down the aisle Sam & Matt were showered in confetti & foil milk bottle tops, which was a nice gesture as Matt is a milkman. We had a lot of the group photographs taken on the bowling green at the back of church before we all headed off in the direction of Mere Golf Resort & Spa, between Altrincham & Knutsford, where we were treated to a beer & champagne reception. The photographers were also busy here taking photos of the wedding party in & around the grounds of the venue, associated golf course & lake. The only downside to this was there were a number of wasps that were becoming troublesome which i presume were drawn by the flowers & perfume. So much so that i got stung on my thumb by one of the pests.
The meal was planned for 16:00 & we were spoilt with a three course meal that was excellent. The main course was lamb that was cooked to perfection.
Following the meal were the traditional speeches, as Father of the Bride i was up first and managed to ad-lib most f my speech. I personally think my speech went OK but you’ll have to ask the audience what there reaction was? Matt followed my with a very positive & calm speech which he was not looking at delivering but he did very well. Drew (my eldest son) was Best Man & he stole the show with a very well delivered speech that was heartfelt but with a little bit of cheek. Once the speeches has finished we cleared the room while the staff set the room for the evening reception. In the meantime we were ask ushered into the adjoining bar.
Once the folding partition had been moved and the tables re-arranged we were ready to party into the night with the DJ. The dance floor was full of people enjoying their night as well as others who say outside on the terrace and just chatted. Sam and Matt has even organise some for fit the night guests, rather than providing a buffet we had sausage and bacon rolls.
Harry my grandson didn’t slow down at all and was still up and dancing last midnight.
A big thank you to Sam and Matt for organising such a great wedding reception, I think everybody enjoyed themselves.