Kelly and Simon sitting in a tree.....

What a luxury for me this would be. Kelly lives within two minutes walk from my home so I could pop round in the morning to see her with her two bridesmaids, flower-girl and ring-girl, no problem. But first I had to go to Tankersley Manor to set up our photo-booth so it would be ready for the evening celebrations. Everything was quite calm when I arrived at the bride's home. A bit of music and hairdresser Lucy Kemp was brushing and combing and beautician Megan Lewis was beautifying away and it looked like everyone was loving it!

The flowers had already arrived from Millie's, our local florist. They looked amazing. A mixture of pure white roses with white freesias (these smell divine) set among gypsophila and other tiny buds that I did not recognize. Kelly had three small cameos of grandparents embedded in her bouquet. Ken and Carol from Phase 5 arrived just as I was photographing Kelly's dress. Kelly had bought it from Its Bliss along with the bridesmaids. Kelly's was ivory with a bejeweled bodice top and a layered net bottom and a long flowing cathedral veil. She should look good. The bridemaids were coral chiffon. The flowergirl and ring girl were going to wear cute little ivory dresses found ont' tinternet. I even managed to get photos of the rings. Kelly obviously would not trust the fellas with them! Both in white metal. Simon was going to have a plain band with a brushed finish from H. Samuel and Kelly was going to have a band studded with diamonds from F. Hinds. Kelly said that as soon as they both saw them they knew they were exactly what they were looking for.
A few final photos once the girls were ready. They looked amazing. Kelly's mum, Kim, looked amazing in her new cream dress but getting her to stop busying for two minutes for photos was a challenge! Then Dad arrived - I hope he wasn't going to get them roaring - Megan don't go yet you may be needed! But it was Dad, David, who needed the Kleenex! What emotion! I asked Kelly to make a message for Simon and OMG it was me who nearly made her cry as she poured her heart out to Simon!

Tankersley Manor was only ten minutes away. Simon was there, cool as a cucumber with his best man, Jason. Both looking very dapper in bright blue suits with ivory waist jackets bought from Slaters. The button-holes were very delicate, mainly gypsophila, with tiny freesias and hydrangea petals all in white. A few photos and then it wasn't long before the girls started to arrive.

Beth and Charlotte, daughters Summer and Sophie and the two Mums, Kim and Julie, arriving first in one of Tyson's limousines. The driver was then to return for Kelly and her Dad. We were OK for time. Simon and Jason had gone to see the registrars (they are so good from Barnsley register office) and the guests were now settled in the Pennine Conservatory being entertained by a harpist - I must find out who she was. Sam from Glamourpuss Weddings had prepared the ceremony room - it looked amazing and also the Tankersley Suite for the evening reception. She was there early with me.
Kelly arrived in good time with her Dad and we had time for a few photos before going in to say those immortal words. Kelly and Simon had always thought they would get married abroad but when they viewed Tankersley Manor they knew it would be perfect for them and provide everything they wanted.

The ceremony was really lovely. The newly-weds came out of the front doors to be greeted by a guard of honour by the guests with confetti, cheers, lots of hugs and kisses (of course).

A few photos and then it was back in for the wedding breakfast and some very kind words from Dad, Groom and Best-Man. It was quite emotional, even the cake from Amanda's was in tiers. The celebrations continued into the evening in the Tankersley Suite. How many friends? The room was packed to the rafters! The couple opened the dance floor with a dance to Feels Like Home by Chantel Kreviazuk and Kelly dancing with her dad to I Loved Her First by Heartland joined by Simon and his mum dancing to Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder. The guests made good use of our photo-booth - lots of fun! The DJ was fantastic - "One of the best DJs we have ever heard. Our guests said the same. He was brilliant".

Kelly and Simon met through mutual friends whilst enjoying a night out in a night club. They have now been together for eight and a half years. Kelly received an early Christmas present - a proposal and a ring on Christmas Eve! Kelly says she loved every minute of the day and wishes she could do it all again (best get some overtime in Simon). It was truly perfect - "Honestly, the best day of our lives". Kelly admits she was a bit stressed (OCD coming out!) and her tip to others is DON'T because on the day the little things don't matter. Your day will be perfect, no matter what. Photographer, Rob, was brilliant with us. He knew exactly what to do to get the perfect photos so we are now spoilt for choice.

After trying on over 30 dresses I finally found the one. I always knew I was going to be a nightmare! Everything has to be perfect. Although I did end up with exactly what I said I didn't want - A big sparkly dress LOL!!! I tried every style possible. Lace, plain, fishtail, you name it. When I put my dress on my Mum said "Kel, that is so you". So even though I set off not wanting that style, when I put it on I knew instantly it was the one and perfect for me.

Final words - The reception was wonderful. Speeches were fantastic. Food was lovely and all the guests commented on it. Tankersley Manor was so accommodating to everyone's needs. So it was off to Crete, somewhere the couple have not been before. An amazing holiday - the hotel was out of this world (are you sure it was not Mars?) We just want to add that we wish to thank all the people that helped make our day one to remember, forever!!!


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