Real Weddings from Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding

See how other local couples celebrated their big day with inspirational weddings and bridal stories from Real Weddings features in Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding.

Real Weddings: A Love Like Ours

A Love Like Ours

Lydia and Ben met through mutual friends, and as Ben was in the RAF, they were only able to spend the odd weekend together in the early stages of their relationship. "We'd travel for hours just to see each other for a few days," Lydia remembers.

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Real Weddings: From Liverpool With Love

From Liverpool With Love

Jamie proposed to Sarah in Edinburgh where they were enjoying a picnic in the castle gardens. Soon after, they started to plan their big day in the Caribbean, which was something they'd both dreamed of. Still keen to celebrate with friends and family though, they discussed the possibility of booking a UK venue too for a reception. The Titanic Hotel immediately sprung to mind as this is where they met at a Christmas party. So, they went along to enquire and were shown West Bay. "The venue itself is absolutely beautiful, even without being dressed for a wedding," Sarah says. "The brick, the lighting, the size of the room..."

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Real Weddings: Summer In The City

Summer In The City

Emma met and became friends with Vic and Lee in the Philippines while travelling and arranged to meet up with them again in Melbourne at a music event. Unfortunately, or fortunately as is turned out, they couldn't make it having decided to stay on in Vietnam and instead put Emma in touch with Jack. They both did a little Facebook stalk before meeting up and decided they weren't interested romantically, but both now agree that this all changed the moment they sat down together in that bar in Melbourne. They became inseparable from that night on. "Jack made me laugh so much and had such a good energy, I just wanted to be around him all the time," Emma says.

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Real Weddings: It Must Be Love, Love, Love

It Must Be Love, Love, Love

Sophie and Harry met through mutual friends while attending university in Liverpool. There was an instant attraction, thanks to their similar sense of humour.

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Real Weddings: Going Green With The Greeners

Going Green With The Greeners

Maddy and Dan met seven years ago via a dating app. They didn't live in the same area at the time, so their first date was a bit last minute and brief, just to get an idea of what could be. Neither expected then what it would turn into. During that quick coffee at Cafe Nero, they were struck by how similar they were: both home bodies, passionate about reading, and adore dogs.

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Real Weddings: Club Tropicana

Club Tropicana

Ruth and Sam met in 2012 at a ski resort in New Zealand. It was Sam's third time there as a seasonaire, but Ruth's very first. "So, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing," Ruth says. We're told that there's an unwritten rule when it comes to learning to ski or snowboard: you should never let your significant other teach you if you don't want it to end badly.

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Real Weddings: Going For Gold

Going For Gold

Nicky and Dave met at Tabley Point To Point – "Neither of us were looking for love, just a couple of wins on the horses," Nicky says. "Our friend introduced us later that evening playing Cilla, and surprise, surprise we went off on our first date a week later!"

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Real Weddings: Love At First Sight

Love At First Sight

Kath met Josh at a party and the minute she saw him turned to her friends and said, "I'm going to marry him!" How right she was, two short years later, Josh proposed on holiday in Majorca. "It was such a surprise," Kath says. "He was all nervous because he'd not been able to get in touch with my dad to ask for his blessing." Nevertheless, all went perfectly and it was soon time to start looking for a venue for the big day.

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Real Weddings: Love Me Tinder

Love Me Tinder

Lindsay and Dave both swiped right on Tinder and went on a first date. "I loved that Dave had two dogs, lots of hobbies and is a good prosecco drinker too," Lindsay says.

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Real Weddings: A room with a view

A room with a view

Jenny and Gavin met while working for the NHS. Gavin, who was based in the IT department, was repairing a printer at the time. The two got talking and a few weeks later he asked Jenny on a date. A year after that, they moved in together.

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Real Weddings: Burning Love

Burning Love

Aimee and Sami met through a mutual friend in Brighton, East Sussex. When Aimee had gone to visit her one day and was picked up from the station, Sami was already in the car. They were introduced and Sami told Aimee she smelled good! A few days later the two began texting and that's where their story began.

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Real Weddings: A right royal affair

A right royal affair

Kerry and Mark met through a mutual friend, and on the first night they met went for a few drinks and a game of doubles pool. Once they got talking Kerry learned that Mark was a plumber, so when they all went back to her apartment to continue to the socialising, he fixed her sink! One week later Mark asked her for a date, and they haven't looked back since.

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Real Weddings: Here comes the sun

Here comes the sun

Louise and Heather met at work in 2014, and soon became friends. Before long, Louise found herself attracted to Heather thanks to her quirky fashion sense, brilliant sense of humour and fierce sense of loyalty. Heather in turn found herself attracted not only to Louise's personality, but also her "randomness!" Heather proposed on Christmas Day, while still in their pyjamas opening their presents. She'd prepared a box for Louise containing notes telling the story of their journey together as a couple, which ended with Heather asking Louise to marry her. There was a beautiful ring in the box too! Louise was so shocked that Christmas lunch was late.

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Real Weddings: The key to my art

The key to my art

Angela and Mark met through a dating site. "Does anyone meet in real life anymore?" Mark laughs. After spending their first Christmas and New Year together, the couple realised their relationship was forever.Angela says, "I remember not wanting to be apart, even though we only lived 30 minutes from each other." While Mark shares, "I realised I wanted to marry Angela that New Year's Eve. Spending time together just felt wonderfully natural."

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Real Weddings: Classic Elegance

Classic Elegance

Isabella and Samuel met while working on a hospital ward. Despite a mutual attraction they started out as friends, but it didn't take too long for the relationship to blossom into something more. Samuel proposed on a trip to Dublin. On the Ha'Penny Bridge, a spot they'd visited on their first mini-break together, he got down on one knee. Isabella remembers, "It was the middle of winter and blowing a gale, but I couldn't stop laughing with excitement. Of course I said, 'Yes!'"

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Real Weddings: A new year, a new beginning

A new year, a new beginning

Victoria and Christopher met on a blind date at the Manchester Christmas markets, having been set up by their friends. Three years later, and now a couple, they moved to Dubai and that's where they still live, happily ever after.

Christopher proposed at Pier Chic in Dubai. He'd taken Victoria to brunch there and afterwards surprised her with all of her closest friends looking on. They chose Mottram Hall to host their big day. The location,stunning grounds and new Champneys Spa sealed the deal for them.The day after the wedding, they enjoyed massages in the Spa with their close family and friends. The gents in the wedding party even got to make the most of it the night before.

Here, the bride shares her memories of the wedding day, New Year's Eve, 2021...

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Real Weddings: Start spreading the news

Start spreading the news

Jo and John met while working at the same Liverpool law firm. At the time John was going through a difficult time due to the sad passing of his father and Jo, who was unaware of his struggles, asked him on a date – not once, but twice!

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Real Weddings: Truly timeless

Truly timeless

Pabs and Adam met online, deciding to go on a date shortly afterwards. They talked for hours over cocktails and, Pabs says, "There was an instant connection between us. We both felt like we'd known each other for a long time."

Pabs hadn't been home to Sri Lanka for five years, so the couple planned a trip so she could introduce Adam to her parents. "I was really excited for him to meet them and to show him my country... I never expected him to propose!" she tells us. They booked a hotel in Kandy, Pabs' home city, overlooking the mountains. Then after her birthday dinner he popped the question. It was incredibly special to Pabs that he'd chosen the city she grew up in as the setting for such an important moment.

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Real Weddings: Reader, I married him

Reader, I married him

Sarah and Mike's eyes met across a crowded room at a friend's party during their first year of sixth form college. Indeed, it was his eyes that Sarah was attracted to: "They're a lovely shade of blue," she says. The pair hit it off right away, immediately feeling at ease in each other's company, even though it took Mike another month to convince Sarah to go on a date with him. But needless to say, they're both so glad he did.

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