Vanessa and Pat's Fun-Filled Seaside Wedding Part 2

Following on from their wonderful wedding ceremony at St Cuthberts Church, and their intimate photo shoot by the sea at Lytham St Annes, fun and games were had by all with a lavish marquee wedding reception at Vanessa’s parents beautiful home.  Marquees, bunting, fair ground rides and a rainbow of amazing Cath Kidson inspired flowers, Part 2 of this summer fete inspired wedding has it all…

Arriving at my parent’s house in Lytham for the reception, guests were greeted by the Clifton Arms Hotel staff and had a glass of Bollinger or a Mojito - or both. Guests were torn between watching more from the LCGC or exploring the garden, which had been transformed into a mini fairground with stalls, inflatable basketball and the star feature, the Arabian Derby, which there were queues for all day. The photobooth was another hit, with guests donning wigs, boas, cigars and other props and squishing as many people as possible into the booth. Photo strips were pasted into a guest book along with the guest’s comments and it’s the best guest book ever, I love it.

The marquee looked absolutely stunning, entirely thanks to Jane and her team at Flower Design. Managing to extract my vision despite my complete lack of knowledge of this area, Jane got it bang on; simple but luxurious, joyful happy and fun, and a riot of colour, it really was spectacular! More than this I thoroughly enjoyed all of our pre-wedding discussions at flower design, Jane really was a big part of our wedding.

As I am famed amongst my friends for enjoying drinks and nibbles (though usually just a whisky & dry, salt and vinegar walkers and hummus), a selection of starters were served – bite sized Caesar salad, slices of galia melon, tian of Lytham shrimp, a seared scallop, goats cheese tartlet and a shot of mushroom soup.  The main course, fillet of beef, was similarly followed with bite-sized deserts – sticky toffee pudding, apple pie, raspberry ripple cheesecake, chocolate pudding and lemon tart.

During the speeches we presented the best men and ushers with personalized Nike 6.0 trainers, my husbands favourite brand of trainer! My bridesmaids and my sisters (matron’s of honour) were each given Links of London bracelets and charms. It was also announced that instead of favours we would be donating money to Snow Camp – a youth charity providing disadvantaged young people from London’s inner city areas with the chance to experience mountain sports. 


The Greatest Take That tribute band were an absolute triumph, and even the lads who claimed that they would be propping up the bar whilst they performed, were at the front swaying and singing! Our final ‘task’ was to perform our first dance, a lighthearted and fun routine that we had planned to ‘All I Want is You’ by Barry Louis Polisar from the film, Juno. That night was the only time we’d got it right all the way through and it was definitely a crowd pleaser! To finish off the night, our DJ, Mitch Matthews, a friend of my husbands kept everyone on the dance floor until they were absolutely exhausted.

I look back on the day now with complete happiness, there is nothing else I could possibly have wished for and I feel so lucky to have been able to have the day of my dreams.


Congratulations to Pat and Vanessa and many thanks to Jane at Flower Design and David Burgess of Blink Weddings for sharing their amazing talent.

Floral Styling: Flower Design
Wedding photography: Blink Weddings
Fairground attractions: Race Time
Wedding Favours: http://www.snow-camp.co.uk/
Music by DJ Inc. and The Greatest Take That Tribute Band
Wedding Catering and Bar Services: West Beach Restaurant and Churchill’s Cocktail Bar and Lounge

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