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Couple with Down’s Syndrome Have Alice In Wonderland Wedding

Heartwarming tea-party wedding in Cheshire.

Leah and Andrew, a Cheshire-based couple with Down’s Syndrome, celebrate love at first sight with an Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding which featured in a Daily Mirror exclusive!

This remarkable tale unfolds with an email from Leah’s Mum, Sue, who wrote: “We are organizing a truly special Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding and we require a wedding photographer who is capable of capturing natural, candid pictures. And you were well-recommended.”

Without a doubt, Sue’s words rang true. This wedding stands out as one of the most memorable moments in my photography career, which has spanned hundreds of weddings across the globe.

On the day of the wedding, Andrew and Leah’s approach to love and life proved infectious. Amidst the celebration, a poignant moment unfolded as Andrew stood at the altar, eagerly awaiting his bride, Leah, who made her entrance escorted by her father.

As all eyes turned to the radiant bride, I couldn’t help but notice Andrew’s tearful yet elegant gesture as he delicately wiped away a tear with an old-fashioned handkerchief. It was a moment that touched my heart profoundly, one that I will forever cherish. The images captured during this momentous occasion speak volumes.

Here is their story

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

Alice In Wonderland theme wedding

Hi, we are Andrew and Leah Taylor-Jones, from Runcorn, Cheshire. Andrew is a native of Blackburn, Lancashire, but he grew up in Liverpool. Andrew’s father was a Methodist minister, so the family moved wherever he was assigned to preach. Andrew has since been working with Asda in Runcorn for nearly 15 years.

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

Positive You: is a self-advocate arts-based approach for building self-esteem. I am passionate about the rights of people with Down’s syndrome and learning difficulties.

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.

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 said, “Will you marry me?” Of course, I said, “Yes.” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” came on the radio in the background, and we danced joyfully after Andrew proposed. It was perfect.

Church wedding in Cheshire

We married at Runcorn’s All Saints Church Daresbury. This is our family church, as well as the birthplace of Lewis Carroll. 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 with the Alice in Wonderland theme.

During our tea party wedding reception, we had a fantastic singer and guitarist who performed some of our favourite songs.

Wedding details

All the guests that attended our Alice in Wonderland theme wedding were 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 sharkskin suit with a two-tone waistcoat, a pink tie, and brown shoes from Moss Bros. He looked very smart. My wedding gown was a blush wide knee-length gown with lace on top that I purchased from Paris Bridal in Widnes. I loved my dress.

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

Standout moments

There was a special moment during the ceremony in the church when Andrew had a tear fall from his eye. He had to wipe it away with his handkerchief. It was a heartfelt moment that was caught by our photographer.

Also, I can remember, that 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, take your time and book an amazing photographer.

Favourite picture?

The picture in which Andrew yelled “YES” and gave a fist pump as we left the chapel is his favourite. Our excitement and satisfaction are simply captured in the image.

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.

Daily Mirror Excluisive

Leah and Andrew’s wedding featured in the Daily Mirror exclusive. Below is a highlight from the article with words by Hollie Bone:

Couple with Down’s syndrome who fell in love at first sight enjoy emotional wedding.

Andrew and Leah Taylor-Jones from Runcorn, Cheshire, were both looking for love – and they had nearly found each other several times before they finally shared an instant connection at a ‘fate’ meeting.

A newlywed couple with Down’s syndrome have claimed they were “destined to be” after discovering they nearly met several times before they fell in love at first sight. 

Leah and Andrew Taylor Jones from Runcorn, Cheshire, had both been members of the same gym, and had even attended a gymnastics competition together before fate brought them together.

The couple who’d had several near misses only realised they were truly destined to be when they hit it off at the inclusive Ella Performance Group in 2013.

After tying the knot at a beautiful Alice in Wonderland tea-party themed wedding in June last year, the pair have shared their love story to remind everyone that their special someone is “just around the corner”.

Leah, 39, told The Mirror: “When I was younger I was a bit shy, but I had a dream to have the perfect big day to show how much I loved somebody in front of our families. 

“When I met Andrew, I knew I liked him straight away, I said to one of my friends that he was a hottie and he was the one for me. The first time he asked me out I said no because I needed a chance to think about it but then when he asked me again I said yes”

Andrew recalls – “As soon as I saw her I knew that she was the one. “It was fate, I think we were destined to be with each other. I could tell I had almost let her get away from those near misses and I knew I had to reel her in.”

After struggling with her self esteem and confidence in her younger years, Leah, with the help of her PA, decided to set up an arts programme for people with disabilities to feel more confident She now runs the non-profit company, Positive You, which supports people across the UK.

Before finally meeting Andrew at a lucky encounter, Leah had even considered applying for Channel 4 ’s Undateables, a programme which helps to match those who feel unlucky in love. 

Leah’s mum, Sue said: “Leah had always wanted to find that someone special even going as far as looking at contacting The Undateables and then Andrew just walked into the group that night.

“From the moment Leah was born her dad and I took the attitude that she would have access to everything her brothers had so having a relationship was exactly what we always wanted for her because she wanted it for herself.

On the wedding day, music played a big part too, with Andrew recording a version of his favourite song, Beautiful In White by Westlife, which was played as they left the church, while Leah walked down the aisle to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.

Mum Sue said the day was captured perfectly by photographer, Wes Simpson Weddings.

Wedding Photographer

We would highly recommend Wes Simpson for your wedding photography. 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 with Down’s Syndrome reading our story. We hope their photos are as beautiful as ours.

Leah and Andrew.

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Wedding Photography

I hope you enjoyed Leah and Andrews wedidng as much as I enjoyed photographing their day.

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.

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

For more wedding stories, planning tips and wedding inspiration, head to my blog. To see more of my work please visit my portfolio. 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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