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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Helen Milburn and Michael Robinson

HELEN Milburn, 34, an executive officer, formerly of Barrow, and Michael Robinson, 44, a security officer, of Bury, married in Dalton.

HOW THEY MET: The couple met at work in Middleton, Manchester, in December 2006. But it was another six months before the groom asked Helen out.

PROPOSAL: The bride was having lunch with her best friend in Slattery’s cafe in Whitefield, Manchester, in December 2010, when the groom appeared at the table just as they were about to demolish their desserts. The bride was concerned that something was wrong or that she’d left her purse at home but before she knew it, the groom was down on one knee and proposed. The bride managed to say yes among floods of tears and once the groom had his answer, he left (he was double parked!). The bride’s friend Lorna, while very happy, was relieved that they didn’t have to share their dessert three ways.

VENUE: A civil ceremony at Clarence House Country Hotel and a wedding blessing at St Mary’s Parish Church, Dalton.

THEME: Teal and peacock feathers.

BRIDE’S OUTFIT: An Alfred Angelo strapless ivory dress from Mia Sposa in Manchester, and bolero made by the bride’s mother. Tracey@Karma Hair Walney did the bride’s hair, the bridesmaids’ hair and her mum’s hair.

GROOMSMEN: The best man was Joe Jarrett and ushers were Louis Douglas, Oliver Robinson, Martin Robinson and the bride’s brother, Robert Milburn. They wore blue suits with ivory waistcoats and ivory or teal cravats, hired from John Francis in Bolton.

BRIDESMAIDS: Chief bridesmaid was the bride’s best friend Lorna Ball and Ruth Tower, the bride’s brother’s fiancee. They wore teal-coloured strapless Alfred Angelo dresses from Mia Sposa.

FLOWERS: Florist Norma Halpin provided posies of white roses for the bride and bridesmaids and arrangements of white roses and peacock feathers for the church and tables at Clarence House.

TRANSPORT: A vintage open-top car from Little and Caine.

RECEPTION: The wedding breakfast was held at Clarence House Hotel.

TABLE SETTINGS: The tables were named after Formula 1 teams – Williams, Ferrari, Red Bull etc. The bride made the invites, place cards and table plan with help from her mum.

FAVOURS: Chocolates from Slattery’s, Whitefield.

CAKE: The couple had two cakes. Edith Gill made a three-tier wedding cake and the groom’s mum made a cake as well.

FIRST DANCE: Let’s Stay Together by Al Green.

ENTERTAINMENT: A friend of the groom, Ian Smith was the DJ.

HONEYMOON: Havanna, Cuba.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Eleanor Postlethwaite, Photo Baby.

VIDEOGRAPHER: Mathew Ball, a friend of the couple.

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