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0 Reviews on “Rory & Colin's Autumnal Wedding - Same-Sex Friendly Gay Weddings Wedding Real Wedding - Gay Wedding Guide”

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  • Susanna mc gill

    As mother to one of the groom’s this day was going to be a very personal experience and special occasion
    Everything came together smoothly to make it a day to remember with great joy and happiness
    A day of celebrations enjoyed by everyone

  • Nicola

    What an beautifully written and photographed account of a wonderfully loving (and stylish) wedding.

  • Julia Mutch

    It was a wonderful day, which everyone enjoyed. We wish you every happiness in the future!
    All the team at Meols Hall

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The Lowdown

The Proposal

Colin proposed to me while we were on holiday in Mexico. This was something we always joked about as I said I would never propose to him since I am the more organised person, which would mean that I would be asking his permission to then go off and organise a wedding!

A proposal was on the cards but I did not expect it to happen while we were away, and it was perfect. He had hoped to propose on the beach but there was a freak storm so he ended up asking me to marry him in a private dining room.
And in proposing to me, Colin got a wedding planner and a fiance all in one!

The Planning

The run up to the event was rocky. The hotel we stayed in the night before didn't allow us to have breakfast in our rooms, so I hadn't eaten. My tailor forgot about my suit and made it quite rushed meaning my mother was literally hand stitching parts of it in the wedding car before I went in!

Our wedding dresser decorated the venue the day before and was there on the day to make sure everything went smoothly. The ladies who run the venue helped and were phenomenal also. It rained all day but they were always on hand with an umbrella! As soon as the wedding day itself started, it all went perfectly!
We both love Autumn (Halloween is the centre of our calendar!) so I had lots of Pinterest ideas about how I wanted it to look. i didn't want florals as I felt they were too feminine, and opted for foliage and pine cones instead, with floating candles and copper lamps, pumpkins alongside wooden crates and ladders etc. We hired a wedding dresser who designed the theme, colour scheme and styling - it was one of the best decisions we have ever made!
I wanted all the stationery and signage to be printed in typewriter font to create a classic and masculine tone. We had lots of nods to video games too (we are both huge gaming nerds) but kept them only as subtle references as we didn't want it to become tacky. So, we named the tables after locations from our favourite video games and got a working typewriter to act as our guest book - it also doubled up as a 'save' room from Resident Evil! We incorporated subtle nods to Derry, too, including using lots of acorns, which are one of Derry's symbols and fitted our autumnal theme perfectly.
We chose Meols Hall as our venue because I'd always had the aesthetic of an industrial wedding in mind: exposed brick and wood and rafters, that kind of thing, set against a rustic autumnal colour palette. When I then found Meols Hall's website, I knew we had to go and see it. We loved it instantly and the staff were so friendly (which was something we were worried about having had zero experience in planning a same sex wedding before!).

The (Actual) Wedding

During our ceremony, we had three readings which were: I Like Youby Sandol Stoddard Warburg, I Carry Your Heart With Me.by E. E. Cummings, and Us Twoby A. A. Milne. We each picked one and both loved the Winnie the Pooh reading so much we had to include it!

We had Pimms on arrival for our reception, and then provided white and red wine as well as champagne for our guests until after the meal, then the bar opened.
For our food, we had four different canapes (game pie with rowanberry jelly and juniper, soya and honey-glazed beef with sesame, shots of leek and potato, truffle oil and chives, and beetroot and halloumi tart). For our wedding breakfast, guests chose from a crab and lobster bisque, and a butternut squash soup with chilli cream and ricotta gnocchi starter, belly of pork with pancetta bacon, dauphinoise potato and cabbage or spinach and halloumi tart with pesto vegetables for the main, and for dessert we had parfait of salted peanuts, milk chocolate truffle and caramel sauce.
We served tea and coffee with cake while the DJ set up. Ours was a three-tiered semi-naked cake made by a fabulous local lady in Crosby. The tiers were chocolate orange, carrot cake and sticky toffee apple.
Finally, we served evening finger food after a few hours dancing which was assorted chicken wings, bacon butties and vegetable ciabattas.
Our first dance was the Sundays' Wild Horsesas it featured in a dance scene in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and we are huge Buffy fans!

Final Words

Advice we'd give to other couples getting married? Enjoy the planning. It's supposed to be something which is fun and about you and your partner. If it is causing too much stress you need to step back and think how to simplify things. I would highly recommend hiring someone to decorate your venue as it meant we didn't have to worry about bringing all the decor to and from the venue. I would urge anyone planning their wedding to remember that this is the one day you and your partner are allowed to call the shots and to not feel too bad if not everyone is on board.

We had no children at our wedding which caused some difficult conversations, but our wishes were respected. If you want a specific dress code for guests, go for it, it is your day so make the most out of celebrating the most important and special day of your lives! I had never been to a same sex wedding when planning ours, so it gave us the freedom to do things the way we wanted we each had a best woman; with no best men, or groomsmen; we had no band, no flowers etc. so make your wedding your own!

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