A Naval Wedding by Ian MacMichael Photography

Following a perfectly planned proposal, Anna and Andy married in a beautiful church ceremony, wonderfully captured by Ian MacMichael Photography, a valued member of our Premier Photography Portfolio.

With personal touches throughout, including a full Naval Guard of Honour and special contributions from friends and family, the couple's life together shone through in every detail of the day.

Anna told us…

"Andy is in the Navy so we always love to plan our weekends so that we can make the most of our time with each other when he has leave. The weekend of 26th February 2011 was just like any other to me. Andy had suggested earlier in the week that we climb Moel Famau together. In my view this is a mountain in Wales, however to everybody else it seems to only be a hill! I was keen to do something different and so happily agreed thinking that this was a spontaneous plan for a day out. Saturday came quickly and we packed our car with waterproofs and wellies and headed to Wales. When we arrived the weather wasn’t the best; however I was thankful for the rain and cool breeze as I was getting hot from the trek! I have always loved walking however I am used to flat ground so I was constantly stopping for little breaks all the way up. I think at one point I suggested that we abandoned the plan and just went and had our little picnic on the benches at the bottom of the “hill” but I am glad that we didn’t and that Andy persevered with me. The view was incredible and the fort on the top was the perfect setting for a proposal. I was busy admiring a map when I turned around to find Andy on one knee in front of me! I was filled with excitement and quickly said yes holding out my hand for him to place the ring on my finger! From that moment the whole day fell into place and little touches that I had not noticed before came flashing into my memory, like how Andy had gone shopping the day before when I had been at work and bought me my favourite cereal for breakfast and how he had packed a picnic exactly how I like it with all my favourite things. What I had first thought was a nice spontaneous trip was a well planned romantic day out and every time we go back up Moel Famau from now on I will never complain and I will always remember that day when my best friend asked me to be his wife.

My mum and I had put a date in the diary when we would go shopping for my wedding dress and I was so excited when the day came around. We had made a couple of appointments at a few Bridal Shops in Liverpool and so made the most of the entire day. The first shop that we went to was The Bridal Gallery in Woolton Village. The staff were so friendly and helpful and put me at ease when I had absolutely no idea of what I wanted from my dress. I picked out dresses of all different shapes and styles to get an idea of what would be perfect for me. The second dress that I tried on was a Benjamin Roberts design and as soon as I saw myself in the mirror I knew that it was the one. The strange thing was that I had seen the exact dress in a bridal magazine a few days previous and had ripped it out and stuck it in my wedding planner for ideas. My mum agreed - she loved the dress on me and I was so happy that I had found the one. Me being me however I still wanted to try more on, just to be sure! So I continued shopping around all day but it was clear that no dress was as perfect for me as my Benjamin Roberts design and so a few weeks later I went back in with my mum and sisters to try it back on and put in an order.

Andy and I are both Christians and have been attending church all our lives therefore a church ceremony was a must! We picked the church where Andy’s parents got married because it was in such a lovely setting and it had special memories for my mother and father in law also. The service was amazing, with personal touches all the way through including the message which was given by a great family friend and one of my best friends singing during the signing of the register. It really was the perfect way to begin our married life in the presence of God and all the people we love. Navy tradition allowed us to have a Guard of Honour as we came out of the church and it was an incredible feeling to be able to have some of Andy’s closest friends do this for us. Our guests seemed to enjoy it too!

Keeping with the Naval theme, we decided to have our wedding reception at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Liverpool’s waterfront. The hotel had a huge anchor outside the main entrance and the back of the hotel looks out onto the docks, so it was just what we wanted! The staff were so helpful and Anna, the hotel’s wedding planner was there at every point to give advice and help where needed. She set the room up exactly how I had imagined it and I nearly cried when all my dreams of what the room would look like had become a reality. I could not have asked it to be done any better and there are no words to describe it other than perfect!

All of the styling was done with a nautical theme in mind, as Andy was marrying in uniform and the Royal Navy is a major part of who we are as a couple. We wanted the day to celebrate things that we love and so all the finishing touches were handmade and had thought put into them so that it would reflect the two of us. Instead of having favours on the table for guests, we came up with the idea of a “do yourself a favour” table where glass jars and vases of pick and mix style sweets were put out for guests to enjoy. My Gramps had purchased all the glassware for us from local charity shops and myself and Andy had spent a morning in Bookers picking out all our favourite sweets to put in them. I loved every little detail of our wedding because it was personal and we had planned it together.

My most memorable moment from the day has to be walking down the aisle towards Andy. I had always thought that I would cry at this point because I seem to at every other wedding I attend! However, I was just gleaming because at the end of the aisle was the man whom I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my days loving, laughing and growing up with. He is my soul mate and my best friend.

My words of wisdom for any bride is make the most of the planning and think about what is personal to the two of you rather than just doing fancy things to please your guests. Your wedding day is about you and your love for each other and that is what makes it special. Plan together and listen to what each other wants and you will have the most perfect wedding day."


The Dream Team

Wedding photographer – Ian MacMichael

Wedding Dress – Benjamin Roberts 2011 collection, style 2211.

Wedding Dress Shop – The Bridal Gallery Group, Woolton Village, Liverpool.

Ceremony – All Saints Parish Church, Childwall

Reception Venue – The Crowne Plaza, Liverpool Docks

Flowers – Fleur Florists, Garston Old Road, Liverpool

  • 1 comments "A Naval Wedding by Ian MacMichael Photography"

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  • Carol Slark says

    29th May 2012 at 11:08 pm

    What stunning photographs...but with the perfect couple to photograph. Just beautiful. Looked like a fabulous day. Bridesmaids are all stunning too! Congratulations to the happy couple. Wishing them a lifetime of happiness. Regards Carol from Laurel Design Stationery

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