Nick and David had talked about getting married so they both knew it was always going to happen… at some point. They had started looking for engagement rings together but hadn’t managed to find any they liked.
With a trip to Las Vegas booked to see Britney Spears, David suggested looking for rings there as he wanted to propose to Nick before the concert!
They found the perfect engagement rings and David managed to persuade Nick that they should buy them, however, they needed to be resized which caused a bit of panic. Thankfully, on the morning of the Britney concert, the rings were ready for David to pick up.
With an amazing restaurant booked for dinner before the concert, David bought the rings out at the end of the meal to propose to Nick who burst into tears!
Leaving the restaurant as a newly engaged couple, David and Nick head off to enjoy the concert on a high…
Although David is still not sure whether Nick’s high was from being proposed to or seeing Britney!
After returning from Vegas, they started searching the internet for venues in Cheshire. Heaton House Farm was one of the first venues they saw, and they loved it immediately. However, they did view a few other venues and attended some wedding fairs to be sure.
But nothing came close to Heaton House Farm…
“We wanted something that felt like a barn but had that wow factor that would blow our guests away. As soon as we had our initial viewing, we knew it was perfect.”
Once they had secured a date at the venue, the next thing they booked was the photographer.
Nick and David wanted photographs from their wedding that were extraordinary and unique, and luckily, they had already come across a brilliant photographer who fit this brief perfectly.
They chose Pixies in the Cellar to capture the wonderful memories of their day. After they had secured their dream photographer, they began looking at how they wanted the venue dressed.
Searching Pinterest and browsing magazines, they tried to find something that inspired them but could not find what they were looking for.
The last thing they wanted was something that felt like a traditional wedding as it wouldn’t fit in with their personalities.
Pixies in the Cellar provided a helping hand and suggested that Kelly Louise Floral Artistry could bring their vision to life.
Kelly Louise was the perfect florist for the job. Nick and David met with her to discuss their colour scheme and gave her the brief of coming up with something never seen before.
They were determined to make an impact, and during further discussions the plans escalated! Deciding to be different, they opted to use blossom trees and candlesticks for their centrepieces rather than a traditional floral arrangement.
A 14ft blossom tree positioned in the middle of the central table became the main showpiece and finished the look perfectly.
“Kelly Louise did an incredible job. She did something we’d never seen before and it certainly wowed a lot of our guests.”
Once they had created the perfect décor, Nick and David turned their attention to the outfits. As with the styling of the venue, they both wanted something unique rather than traditional to wear on the big day.
They went shopping together to try and find matching suits that they both liked but didn’t have much luck! Instead, they opted to go and see Whitfield and Ward to have their suits tailor made.
Nick and David knew they wanted their suits to match, but their tailor made a brilliant suggestion that they should both be individually styled to compliment each other.
The tailor did this by creating suits that had slightly different elements. The fabric on the inside of David’s jacket matched the fabric on the back of Nick’s waistcoat and vice versa which added a nice personal touch.
David styled his suit with a black bow tie and white pocket square whilst Nick opted for gold.
However, the shoes stole the show! Because when else can you wear matching sparkly Jimmy Choo’s?
With everything ready to go, it was time for Nick and David’s special day to arrive!
Spending their morning getting ready together with a few glasses of bubbly, Nick and David prepared for one of the biggest days of their lives.
Their ceremony Under the Night Sky was simply perfect. Their two bridesmaids walked up the aisle first, followed by Nick and David who walked up together as a beautiful piano version of Pink’s ‘It’s You and Me’ played.
Heading outside, everyone enjoyed a glass of prosecco in the sun as the photographer captured some lovely group shots.
It was soon time for the big reveal of Steeles Barn… Nick and David’s vision had come to life and looked absolutely spectacular!
Everyone took their seats and enjoyed looking at the little details that the couple had included to give their place cards a quirky twist.
As big fans of Rupaul’s Drag Race, Nick and David created place cards with a photoshopped image of every guest transformed into a drag queen with an accompanying risqué drag name.
The tables were also named after the couple’s favourite contestants, and on the back of the table number there were photographs of David and Nick meeting that person.
They also added a funny memorable quote on the inside of the place cards that had been said by the contestant whose table each guest was sat on. David and Nick had lots of fun making sure their quirky personalities were bought into the day as much as possible!
Vanilla in Allseasons provided a delicious 3-course meal with a mushroom fricassee to start, pan-fried chicken breast main and a trio of desserts for the guests to indulge in.
Once desserts had been eaten, David stood up to begin his speech. The main thing David remembers about the speeches was how nerve racking it all was!
He was dreading the thought of having to do a speech as he gets extremely nervous speaking in public so he spent a lot of time in the run up to the wedding going over the speech in an attempt to remember as much as he could.
Using cue cards, David felt a lot calmer on the day and his speech came across very naturally. He also added points in that felt right in the moment and encompassed the excitement of the day.
David’s speech came from the heart and everyone found it extremely emotional, especially Nick who couldn’t hold back his tears.
Whilst everyone had been enjoying their food, there had been a huge downpour of rain but luckily, this cleared up and provided an absolutely stunning backdrop for some dramatic photographs of Nick and David.
“This was such a great moment for us as it felt like some time to ourselves to take in all of the excitement and emotion of the day.”
It was soon time for their first dance, David and Nick took to the floor in front of all their friends and family as their favourite song ‘It’s You and Me’ by Pink played. They always knew this would be their first dance song, even before they had got engaged!
They loved the song so much that they wanted to incorporate it into their day as much as they could, from the piano version played as they walked up the aisle, to the reading of the lyrics provided during the ceremony.
After their first dance together as a married couple, the DJ announced the Ice Cream Man was outside!
Rather than have a cake, David and Nick opted for ice cream which went down a treat with all their guests.
The DJ kept everyone up and dancing all night long playing everyone’s requests, ending David and Nick’s day exactly as they had imagined! Filled with love, laughter and lots of dancing!
David and Nick’s Memorable Moment:
There were so many memorable moments for them both that they couldn’t pick just one! From creating their quirky table and place cards to exploring the grounds together after the rain had cleared, David and Nick loved every single second.
“One of the other most memorable things about the day was all the little touches that we did that would stand out for us and our guests. During the ceremony we had a family member give a reading for us which was actually the lyrics to our first dance. We walked down the aisle to a version of the song and played a video that we made in the background during the first dance. It featured footage of us both growing up and ending up with footage of us both together. It was a really nice touch. By the end of the day all these little things tied in.”
Advice for future couples:
“I think the best advice is to stay true to what you want. Don’t let other people’s opinions dictate what you should do. Tradition works for some but not for all. If you don’t want certain things, then don’t have them.”
“I think there is sometimes too much pressure on what people expect. If it’s not you then don’t do it. At the end of the day, it’s your special day and it should run the way you want it to. Who says things have to be done in a certain way? What makes the day memorable is doing it the way that feels right to you.”
“The best advice we could give on the day is to make sure you remember to take moments to yourselves together to really enjoy the day. It’s over so fast and it should be enjoyed to the fullest! We made sure we went around all the tables in between courses of the wedding breakfast to speak to each guest. It can be quite easy to get separated from each other during the day and evening talking with every person and barely see each other on your own day. By making sure we went around together speaking to all our guests during the meal, it meant we were able to enjoy the full day and evening together and soak up every moment.”