We were 'mum' and 'dad' before we were 'bride' and 'groom', so, for us, the wedding day was going to be about our family of three. It was especially important to us to make our son, Finn, a central part of the ceremony. Our vows of commitment were as much to him and the family we've built as they were to each other. So Jonathon and I wrote a short verse about his role in our lives - or, rather, our role in his! We asked his uncle, one of the best men, to read it during the ceremony, which, with our little boy in his arms, he did beautifully. It became the most poignant moment of the day, and one that we will treasure above all others.
The Historic Royal Insurance Building, which is now a hotel, provided the perfect backdrop for our ceremony. Its architecture is exquisite and it boasts many period features that lent themselves wonderfully to our formal ceremony. We were keen to find somewhere close to home for our reception; a venue that would create the relaxed atmosphere we wanted for the evening celebrations. Crosby Lakeside was perfect. As well as being close to the beautiful Crosby Marina, beach and Anthony Gormley's iconic iron men, The Lakeside and its fantastic management team offered us a relatively blank canvas to work with.
Our son LOVES red double-decker buses, so there was no other option when choosing our wedding transport. We lived together in London for three years, so settled on a vintage London Routemaster. It was playful and practical and, for our son, it was the unforgettable highlight of the day.
Finn hosted his own table for the other children attending the wedding. They had food boxes and goodie bags to keep them well-fed and entertained throughout the meal and speeches. We also bought and erected a Bell Tent for the children to play in during the evening. While the tent was easy to source, our challenge was finding a way to erect it indoors! Contacting local tent hire companies proved futile, as we were consistently told they can't be erected on laminate floors. So, after much deliberating, we decided we wouldn't be beaten and bought industrial suction cups online to use in place of tent pegs! Our tenacity paid off and the tent was a triumph. In the small hours, we discovered Finn, partied out, sleeping soundly on the floor inside it.
We had 3 wedding cakes. The first was a 2-tier salted caramel/coffee sponge courtesy of Sonia's World of Cakes. We designed a monogram for it that entwined our initials with our son's. My mum and I also made a chocolate sponge with crushed hazelnut frosting. The final one was a 'naked' lemon cake, made by my Grandmother. Our florist added fresh flower finishing touches to all three. However, neither of us even got a bite! By the time we'd finished mingling with guests, there wasn't a slice in sight. We guess they must have been delicious!
Photographs by Andy J Photography