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Heartwarming wedding with an Alice in Wonderland theme.

Andrew and Leah’s tea-party wedding in Cheshire.

Sue, Leah’s mother, contacted me via email with the subject. Hello, Wes. We are planning a very special Alice in Wonderland theme wedding. We need a photographer who can capture both natural and personal images. You came highly recommended.

Sue wasn’t lying, that’s for sure. This was a very special wedding; in fact, among all of the Covid postponements and re-scheduled weddings, it was one of my highlights of a crazy year.

Weddings, for me, are about our hearts and who they beat for. Fancy clothes and a nice setting make for a great backdrop. But it is meaningless without love and connection.

Andrew and Leah’s approach to love, life, and each other was contagious. A memorable scene was Andrew waiting at the Alter while his bride, Leah, walked down the aisle with her father. All eyes are on the bride, and I notice Andrew wiping a tear from his eye with an old school handkerchief in a very classy manner. It got to me, and it’s a memory I’ll never forget.

Here is their story…

Down Syndrome couple on wedding day leaving All Saint's Church, Daresbury, Warrington

A very special Alice In Wonderland theme wedding

Hello, our names are Andrew and Leah Taylor-Jones, and we live in Runcorn, Cheshire. Andrew is a native of Blackburn, Lancashire. He grew up in Liverpool, but because his father was a Methodist minister, the family moved wherever he was assigned to preach. Andrew has been with Asda in Runcorn for nearly 15 years.

My name is Leah Taylor-Jones, and I spent the majority of my childhood in Widnes, Cheshire. I work as an administrative assistant for Ella Performance Group, and I also run my own company, Positive You, with the help of my PA, Jade French.

Positive You: is a self-advocate’s arts-based approach for building self-esteem. I am passionate about the rights of people with learning difficulties and much of my work aims to give people a voice.

The proposal

Andrew and I first met at Ella Performance Group, and I fell in love with him the moment I saw him. I knew it was meant to be, and we’d be together for the rest of our lives.

Andrew asked me to be his girlfriend twice; the first time I said no because I needed to think about it, but the second time he asked, I immediately said yes, and everything fell into place from there.

Andrew proposed to me at Runcorn’s Prospect Inn Weston Village. Andrew and his mother, Rosemary, made it romantic by decorating the table with love hearts, candles, and a banner. Andrew asked the staff to put Prosecco on ice, but instead of making a toast, he ended up pouring the prosecco.

Andrew got down on one knee, pulled out the ring, and asked, “Will you marry me?” Of course, I said, “Yes.” When Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” came on the radio in the background, we danced joyfully as he proposed.

Alice in Wonderland theme wedding

We married at Runcorn’s All Saints Church Daresbury. This is our family church, as well as the birthplace of Lewis Carroll. And, because we were planning an Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding, this was the ideal location for our special day.

The church is stunning, and we adore the stained glass windows depicting characters from Alice in Wonderland. Following the ceremony, we had a tea-party reception in a marquee at the family home. The marquee was beautifully decorated in the Alice in Wonderland theme. During our tea party, we had a fantastic singer and guitarist who performed some of our favourite songs.

How many guests did you have and what did you wear?

All the guests that attended our Alice in Wonderland theme wedding were close family and friends. We had 40 guests in total, including four bridesmaids, four ushers, one best man and three beautiful flower-girls.

Andrew wore a blue shark skin suit with a two-tone waistcoat, a pink tie, and brown shoes from Moss Bros. My wedding gown was a blush wide tee length gown with lace on top that I purchased from Paris Bridal in Widnes.

The ushers were all dressed in matching blue suits with different coloured ties and brown shoes. The bridesmaids wore silver gowns with sequined tops. The flower girls wore lovely pink and white dresses and they were carrying pink petals and flower bouquets.

Standout moments

In the church, there was a special moment when Andrew had a tear fall from his eye and had to wipe it away with his handkerchief. Andrew recalls being overjoyed at the prospect of marrying a supportive, caring, loving, and perfect wife.

I can remember, as I approached the altar, I noticed Andrew had a tear in his eye, so I placed my hand on his arm to comfort him.

Wedding planning tips

My advice to anyone planning a wedding. It takes time and patience to plan the perfect wedding, but it is well worth it when you are marrying the love of your life. Plan ahead, take your time and book an amazing photographer.

Favourite picture?

Andrew’s favourite photo is the one in which he shouted YES followed by a fist pump as we exited the church. The picture simply captures our joy and happiness.

My favourite photo has to be the one of Andrew and myself signing the book with the best man Mick, who is Andrew’s brother, and my chief bridesmaid Holly, who is my sister in law.

Would you recommend Wes Simpson Weddings to family and friends?

Yes, of course! Wes captured our Alice in Wonderland theme wedding perfectly. We highly recommend Wes Simpson weddings to all our family and friends, and to any couples reading our story. We hope their photos are as beautiful as ours.

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Time flies when you’re having fun, and your wedding day goes by in a flash. I take photographs that tell your love story in a genuine, artistic way, so you’ll never forget your wedding day or how you felt.

Are you looking for a laid-back and creative wedding photographer who will capture who you are and the most important moments in a natural, heartfelt manner? Then let’s talk about your wedding. Contact me today.

If you’re looking for more wedding stories, planning tips and wedding inspiration you can head to my blog. To see more of my work please visit my highlights page. If you’re planning a wedding and looking for a photographer to capture the magic of your wedding day, feel free to contact me.

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