Amy and Michael Boyle first met while working together in Boots. “I was instantly attracted to him,” the bride remembers. “He was always making excuses to talk to me!” Michael explained that it wasn't long after they got together that he knew Amy was the woman he wanted to marry – so it was no surprise that he was planning to pop the question four years later on Christmas morning. “We were at my parents' house when he surprised me with the best question anyone has ever asked me,” the bride tells us. “It was such a personal and emotional proposal.”
The happy couple set the date for 2nd December, 2017, and chose to tie the knot at The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa at Bolton Abbey Estate. Here Amy tells us how they planned their festive nuptials…
We've always loved visiting Bolton Abbey with our two children. It's a beautiful setting in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside. The staff at the venue were so friendly and helpful that we knew it was the perfect place for us.
We wanted our décor to resemble Narnia, full of white wintry touches. The centrepieces were snow-covered trees sitting in festive wreaths. We named each table after Father Christmas' reindeer.
Our favours were hot chocolate jars with a layer of marshmallows and chocolate chips. We attached a candy cane for an extra festive feel. We tied tags around pine cones for our place names.
We had 10 real pine trees around the room; they really captured the Christmas feel and filled the venue with a wonderful scent. We also had contemporary white twig trees for Michael and I to stand between during the ceremony.
Our cake had three delicious tiers – chocolate, lemon and carrot. It was decorated with pretty snowflakes.
I wore the Jewel dress by Enzoani. It was the first dress I tried on and I knew it was the one. The Harrogate Wedding Lounge made me a long-sleeved lace jacket to wear over the top and I accessorised it with a full-length sparkly veil.
The men looked handsome in blue checked suits. They were made from wool so ideal for keeping off the winter chill. My two bridesmaids looked stunning in sequinned gowns – they suited the day brilliantly.
After the vows we had a drinks reception with a pianist and a magician. The magic tricks got everyone mingling and he was great at entertaining all our guests, no matter what their age!
In the evening we treated our loved ones to waffles served from a super-cute van. Everyone loved it and it was great for warming us all up.
Michael always said that for his speech he would just thank everyone for coming then head to the bar. Imagine my surprise when he delivered the most genuine and heart-warming speech – I was so touched.
Our DJ played a mix of great tunes to cater for everyone. Michael chose How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding for our first dance. It was such a romantic moment.
After 12 years together I was totally calm and ready to marry Michael; I couldn't wait to be his wife. We felt lucky to have everyone we loved celebrating in the same room together.