We think it's fair to say that Abbie and David's story began with love at first swipe! Having met on a popular dating app, no sooner had they started chatting than they were arranging to meet up at Revolution on the docks that same week. Abbie says, "We spent the evening laughing and joking. We even ended up joining a stag do. But, as I kept pointing out to David throughout the evening, I don't normally find red heads attractive." David on the other hand remembers, "Unlike Abbie, I am attracted to red heads! Straight away I loved her ability to speak to anyone. Actually, that's how we ended up joining the stag do, even though I suspected it was her way of trying to get rid of me." After that night, the pair spent almost every day of the next two weeks together. "I think it was then that we realised we wanted to be with each other," she says.
Abbie adores her acrylic nails, and had told David that if ever he were to propose he should make sure they were looking tiptop. Knowing he wanted to pop the question during a mini-break in Scotland, he dropped Abbie off at her favourite salon in preparation, and then went off to collect the ring. However, David, by his own admission, is terrible at keeping secrets. "As soon as I saw it, I realised I needed to ask her that same day," he says. So, as the completely oblivious Abbie went to pay her technician, David could wait no longer. He got down on one knee there and then, and asked her to be his wife. We couldn't wait to find out more about the couple's big day after this story, and sat down for a chat with the newlyweds for the full rundown…
Abbie and David loved the industrial feel of the Titanic Hotel, along with its bare brickwork. The venue provided a blank canvas, easily adapted to illustrate both personalities, and complemented by some beautiful architectural features. The bride says, "With us both being born and raised in Liverpool, it was a perfect location, easily accessible for all of our family and friends."
In opting for a green and gold theme, the couple naturally set out to keep the style clean and fresh. Abbie explains, "We chose white flowers that would be at their best in July, which were mainly from the British Isles, and complemented them with lots of foliage. Our florist recommended that we have a moon gate covered in greenery as our ceremony backdrop. It looked amazing on the day and in our photos."
in the reception styling, and used them to create a focal point for each table. Abbie recalls, "Half of the tables were dressed using wooden hoops with flowers arranged at the base, and along one side. The other half featured tall glass vases with blooms brimming over the top." The enchanting ambience created by the flowers was enhanced by the use of fairylights draped from the ceiling, as well as up-lighting placed strategically around the room. Gold Chiavari chairs complemented the theme beautifully, and suited the industrial setting down to the ground.
With their hearts set on a mirrored table plan; they went about making one themselves. Abbie selected a mirror with the help of her Auntie Mandy, and spray-painted it gold before pain stakingly applying vinyl stickers by hand. She says, "We initially wanted to name our tables after our favourite Play Station games, but since they turned out to be too gruesome, we settled on numbers instead!"
Deciding against a traditional sit-down meal, the pair opted to serve manapés (that's big canapés to the uninitiated!) These delicious bites included fish and chips, goats' cheese and beetroot arancini balls, chicken and chorizo burgers, and Asian pork burgers. In the evening guests enjoyed a smokehouse barbecue buffet of burgers, dry rub baby back ribs, bourbon glaze chicken wings, and chilli cheese fries.
The big-day bake was elegantly designed to complement the colour palette. Abbie says, "David was in charge of the flavours. We had four tiers –Victoria sponge, red velvet, chocolate and peanut butter, and lemon."
The bride looked stunning in an A-line Christina Wudesign. She says, "I attended a specialist plus size event at Liverpool Bridal Boutique, which gave me more choice. This was a simpler style than I thought I wanted, but I knew as soon as I put it on that it was the one." The beautiful bride accessorised witha cathedral-length veil adorned with Swarovski crystals, satin shoes with a pearl heel, and a gold hair slide. Her mum's diamond tennis bracelet served as her something borrowed. David wore a brown, three-piece Fellini suit. He accessorised with a bow tie made from his maternal family's tartan, which he'd travelled to Scotland with his mum to get. The groomsmen were dressed in suits to complement David's, and they paired theirs with green ties. The bridesmaids also wore a the mematching green in the shape of floor-length dresses from Virgos Lounge.
The evening's DJ had been sent a list of song requests in advance, so there was no shortage of floor fillers, and the newlyweds generously provided flip-flops lest sore feet be an excuse. The pair had also hired a photo booth. Guests were able to take their snaps home, while a copy was pasted into a guest book for them to sign. Abbie remembers,"People had lots of fun with this, as did we looking at the USB stick full of photos that we were given afterwards."
The bride says, "I felt calm all morning until the registrar told me that my brother would need to stand on my left, instead of on the right as we'd rehearsed, which threw me. He was able to calm me down though, and walked me down the aisle singing I'm Coming Out by Diana Ross as he'd read that this was the perfect song to set a good pace!"
David remembers, "It felt like a normal day when I was getting ready. It wasn't until I saw the wedding party coming down the aisle towards me that the nerves started to kick in. But, as soon as I saw Abbie I knew I was nervous for all the right reasons. I spent the rest of the day on cloud nine!"
Abbie and David couldn't speak highly enough of their wonderful suppliers. The bride remembers,"The staff at the Titanic Hotel were excellent and the day ran exactly as we'd planned. "My hairdresser, Sonya, was a god send! She was able to give us direction on when each person should be getting ready, when we should clear the room, and so on. She even came back in the evening to touch up my hair."