Fiona and Simon’s Stunning Autumnal City Wedding











Photographs provided by the very talented Shane Webber

Fiona & Simon got in touch both knowing they wanted their ceremony to be much more personal than what is offered by a traditional Registrar.  We arranged to meet one evening at John Lewis at the Trafford Centre (this cafe is a great place to meet) and we chatted over a cuppa!

Fiona had brought along her notes and we discussed all of the ideas for their ceremony.  Fiona and I hit it off and we both got excited about the plans that were beginning to form.  Both Simon and Fiona had been married before and both really wanted something more personal and to be and feel different. After our meeting, I couldn’t wait to create their personal ceremony as their marriage would not only change their lives but that of their 3 children.

Over the next few months, we exchanged emails and agreed on a truly perfect ceremony. We arranged to meet at the venue Great John Street Hotel, Manchester to run through the logistics as the ceremony was on two levels – the ceremony and close family on the mezzanine and guests on the lower ground.


It was a perfect Autumn day, the hotel looked enchanting and the guests began arriving excited. Simon looked relaxed as he greeted guests enjoying a drink while Fiona was finishing getting ready with best friend and bridesmaid Kirstie and two children Dominic & Eirin. I have to say that Fiona’s choice of dress was gorgeous!

Micheal Bublé’s beautiful voice filled the room and there was a real buzz of excitement and anticipation as guests took to their seats.

As 4 pm neared we all got into our positions, Simon and his bestman Chris stood next to me in the centre on the mezzanine, with Simon’s daughter Sophie seated next to him as their beautiful ring bearer. Soon the music changed to Nat King Cole “L.O.V.E.” and the double doors opened… Fiona walked in… she looked stunning! She slowly made her way up the stairs to stand beside Simon. The look on his face when he first saw her was like one of those movie moments. It was as if nobody else was in the room. Fiona’s children Dominic and Eirin looked so cute as they followed behind bridesmaid Kirstie and took their seats close by.

Throughout the ceremony, Simon and Fiona never stopped smiling at each other. Fiona’s close friend Claire shared a reading and quote from the film “Shall We Dance” (which I love) and after Fiona was given away by her father Lord Tom. They exchanged traditional vows and personal promises and we included a special acknowledgement of their new family of “Five”. An amazing moment where the children came forward and all held hands united together to show support for their mummy and daddy’s day. Sophie then brought the wedding rings forward to be exchanged, after which I announced them as husband and wife and our couple kissed to a rapturous round of applause!

They both sat to sign their certificate and I brought the ceremony to a close announcing our couple as Mr and Mrs to everyone. They walked down the stairs to Benny Goodman “Sing, Sing, Sing” to waiting cocktails and bubbles.  Photographs were then taken with their guests and even I managed to have one too, thank you Shane Webber!

Simon & Fiona have kept in touch and sent a lovely thank you email saying how perfect their day had been from start to finish! I have to agree with them, they were a dream to work with and you can see from the photos what a perfect day we had!

Thank you so much for taking time to read this post about the story of Simon and Fiona’s day. Get in touch today to find out how I can help you have a lovely and relaxed day with a personal ceremony. Once again, please help spread the word, why not email this to a friend who is recently engaged and planning their Wedding or share it on Facebook. Thank you!

with love,

The Ceremony Company