Lucy and Jason’s Heartfelt Wedding
2017 was a truly wonderful year packed with so many beautiful and memorable weddings. This month we are delighted to feature Lucy and Jason’s Manx Wedding Day. From the moment they met, they were inseparable, and we have thoroughly enjoyed finding out how their journey progressed, from proposal to wedding bells!
Lucy and Jason’s Love Story
We met at the Southern 100 races, one of my best friends is a sidecar passenger, as is Jason and we met in the paddock. That weekend my friend and his girlfriend invited both of us on a walk, we ended up walking from Ramsey beach to the top of Snaefell. That night we were tricked into going on a date, we both thought we were meeting our friends in the pub, but when we turned up it was just us. I spilt my first pint all over him, I was mortified but we blinked and we’d been talking for six hours.
When I was little my Dad always threatened to sell me for two shiny 20 pence pieces and a balloon when I was naughty. Jason spent months trying to find two shiny 20ps from the year I was born so he could give them to my dad when he asked for his permission. He knew I wanted him to propose on New Year’s Day, but come the day he’d not found the 20ps and he’d not asked my dad. Dad could tell he was working up to it so when I left the room apparently he just said “You don’t need to ask, you can just have her.” Jason asked me that evening. Luckily by the engagement party Jason had found the 20ps!
The Wedding Planning
It took us 11 months to plan in total. Our wedding date was 4th November 2017, and we got married in Rushen Parish church, Kirk Christ, with our reception being held at Bradda Glen.
I enjoyed planning the wedding, I had a lot of help from my mum and from my sister. I didn’t get nearly as stressed as I thought I would. I struggled a bit because almost all of my bridesmaids live across, so although I wasn’t I felt alone in it sometimes.
My dress was from Belles and Bows, as was my tiara and veil. I didn’t want a big dress but when I tried it on, it absolutely was ‘the one’. It was a Mori Lee satin A-line bridal gown with a crystal beaded sheer back, waistline and a long train. My veil had beading around the edges to compliment the dress. I had a pair of lacy shoes from the internet and I customised some white pumps for dancing!
My bridesmaids wore lilac ASOS dresses which had silver waistlines similar to the one on my dress.
I had begged Jason to wear a kilt all the way through but he flat out refused. When I turned up to the church there he was in a kilt, it was such a wonderful surprise! Some of the boys wore suits and some wore kilts to match Jason, all hired from Burtons.
Your Wedding Theme
We didn’t have a theme as such – our colours were lilac (my favourite colour) and aquamarine (the stone in my engagement ring). We had flowers and a large candle on the centre of each table and we had lilac and blue bows on uncovered ivory chairs. Each table was named after one of our favourite places to go walking.
Jason was christened on the same day as our wedding was, so with the help of Emma from Oh My Pen and Press, I made a little sign with baby pictures of us both saying “on 4/11/1984 he looked like this” and “on 4/11/2017 he married her”.
The Wedding Favours
We had sweetie bags with haribo love hearts and rings inside. We stamped the bags with our names and sealed them using wax.
We had the most beautiful flowers from Elaine in Peel. I had a shower with purple and white, my bouquet and all the button holes had some of my family tartan running through it, it was so special.
Keeping Your Guests Entertained
We had DJ Dan Carpenter from Professional Disco Services, who did the perfect mix of cheese and rock, and we had the Mirror Mann as well which was a big hit and gave everyone a keepsake.
The Wedding Stationery
Emma from Oh My Pen and Press did all our stationery. We had a watercolour theme in our colors and so many people said how pretty they were. We has a stamp made up with our initials on it and used that to wax seal all the envelopes.
We had a tall white cake with blue and purple flowers and a large version of the wax seal we’d used on the enveloped and the favours. We also had a smaller comedy cake with us stood next to a sign from Ramsey Beach to Snaefell, our two kittens and a sidecar that Jason had made on it.
My dad’s speech was amazing, he had the whole room in stitches and then in tears. He started with a rude-ish joke to set the tone and then by thanking my mum, which set me off, and went on to talk about how happy Jason makes me. He then talked about me as a child. It was perfect. The groom’s speech and the best man’s speech were much shorter!
The Day Before
I kept waiting to get cold feet or terrible nerves but it never came, I was too excited to see all my friends from across.
We already lived together so I stayed the night before at my parents. I said goodbye to him around 24 hours before and hello again at the altar. I found it hard to sleep!
It was important to me to have a church service, we said the traditional Church of England vows, although I was pleased that they’ve removed the bit about ‘obey’.
Traditions You Followed
My dad walked me down the aisle, and I was a little late.
I had something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue and a sixpence in my shoe (from my mum’s birth year), we didn’t see each-other before the wedding and he didn’t know anything about my dress. I also had a garter but it got removed in private.
What did you Splash out on and what did you Save on?
We splashed out on the dress, and the car, and on the photographer, we saved on the venue because we got married in November so there was a winter discount.
Your Money Saving Tips
Don’t worry about the little things, you won’t remember them and most of your guests won’t notice. If I did it again I wouldn’t have bought half the stuff I did, however nice it was to have them.
Your Best Wedding Idea?
I asked Jason and he just said “getting married” I’m happy to go with that.
The Hen & Stag Parties
Jason and his friends went karting followed by a pub crawl and a bbq. I had afternoon tea in The Tea Junction, followed by a Harry Potter themed hen do at my parents. After that the hens and the stags all met up at bordellos and hired one of their VIP booths which was great.
Your Best Post-Wedding Advice?
Don’t stress too much, don’t worry if you end up compromising on some (small) things to keep your family happy – at the end of the day you’ll have married your best friend, with or without the bells and whistles.
If you had the chance, would you go back and change anything about your special day?
Jason lost his ring on the photoshoot and if you’d asked me on the day I would have said that. But photographer Liam went all the way back up there and found it! So now we have a funny story and I wouldn’t change it.
Your Most Emotional Moments
When my dad saw me for the first time, when I saw Jason in his kilt and, of course, our vows.
My wedding was the first one I’d been to (other than one reception) so I found the Your Big Day website very useful! I consulted it a lot for traditions, how to change my name etc.
Your Wedding Team
- Bridal Accessories – Belles and Bows
- Decorations – Matt Fletcher
- Entertainment – Dan Carpenter from Professional Disco Services and Mirror Mann
- Flowers – Elaine’s Flowers
- Gifts – Notonthehighstreet.com, etsy and Warren James
- Hair – Anna Lucia
- Hen Party – The Tea Junction and Bordellos
- Hotels (for guests and the wedding night) – Sefton for our wedding night.
- Jewellery – my great grandmother’s pearls and the first earrings Jason ever bought me.
- Makeup and Beauty – Erica Stephenson
- Menswear – Burton’s
- Photographer -Liam Gilman
- Stag Do – Jurby Karting
- Transport and Car Hire – Platinum Cars and Bus Vannin
- Venues – Kirk Christ and Bradda Glen
- Wedding cake – Taylor Made Cakes
- Wedding Dress – Belles and Bows
- Wedding stationery – Oh My Pen and Press
- Womenswear (bridesmaids etc.) – ASOS & Monsoon
A big thank you to Lucy and Jason for sharing their super special day with us! If you are recently married and would like to relive the precious moments of your big day, please get in touch to request to share your story. We’d love to hear from you! Keep reading for our next blog post below.