Charlotte and Martin were married recently at Lancaster House and enjoyed a beautiful day with family and friends. With Charlotte’s Nan having a hand in them getting together, Charlotte takes up the story …
We met at the nursing home where Martin works, and where my Nan, who has dementia, lives. At the top of her voice, my Nan asked how my husband was. I replied, “Nanna, I don’t have one”. Pointing to Martin, she said, “He’ll have you!”
After that, Martin and I messaged each other and arranged tea out as ‘friends’. We had both recently separated from previous relationships, and joked about not wanting to be in a relationship. So, not sure how that happened, but very soon we were dating.
When we discovered I was pregnant, Martin decided to ask me to marry. He attached a white gold diamond ring to my car keys, hoping I’d see it… Three days later he was getting edgy in case I’d lost it. He even made excuses to go to the supermarket so that I would use the trolley coin it was attached to. I only went and chose a trolley that was already unlocked! All his little hints where going right over my head. Eventually he said, “Please look at your keys, I can’t do any more”. I finally saw the ring but was arguing that it wasn’t mine, and asking how it had got there. Martin just shouted out WILL YOU MARRY ME. I laughed and, forgetting to say ‘yes’, rang my mum to tell her.
I’ve been to a great wedding at Lancaster House before, so it was an obvious choice for us. Before I knew it, Mum and I were meeting with Lisa, the Wedding Co-ordinator. She was so lovely and easy to get on with. It went from there. We liked that Lisa didn’t pressure us, and was honest and interpreted exactly what we were looking for. In fact, Lisa was amazing from start to finish, and our whole day ran like clockwork.
When you find the dress you just know it’s the one, I just fell in love with mine. It has a beautiful fitted lace bodice with a jewelled belt detail. Martin kept in with my baby pink and grey theme.
We wanted something simple, but tasty. We chose the chicken dinner in the end, and it was perfect. We had our sample 3 course tasting meal months before, and were confident that everything would be great.
I’m a crafter myself, so I made a lot of the table setting items and favours myself. The seating plan was on a mirror with vinyl stickers. I also made the silver glitter number holders and filled jars with pastel coloured jelly beans, tied with pink ribbon for the favours.
Julie from Hilltop Cakery in Heysham made our cake. We went to her house for cake tasting and she made us feel so welcome and made it a fun part of our wedding planning. We used some of my bridesmaid flowers on it, and favours that would be on the tables in the evening reception.
It took us ages to decide on the music. We have special songs, but nothing we wanted to use as a first dance. In the end we picked an up-beat song so that we could dance rather than slow move. We had an exploding balloon which we knew our 2 year old daughter would love, so we made her part of the dance. We planned it so that it would go off when she was under it. Perfect timing. I also did a 1st dance with my Dad. He’s quite shy and didn’t want to do one, but just before the wedding he found a song that he thought was perfect and said he would do it. I was so chuffed!
We wish Charlotte and Martin every happiness as they start life together as husband and wife.
Lisa, our Lancaster House Wedding Co-ordinator, would be delighted to show you around the hotel, and help you on the journey to your dream wedding. Give her a call her on 01524 585175.