Mick and Ali first crossed paths when they had a fling at work two decades ago. They lost touch for just over 16 years until they reconnected through Facebook. They tentatively started to meet up again and romance blossomed – this time they didn’t let each other go.
Ali and Mick’s Seaside Themed Wedding
Mick and Ali’s work fling resulted in the birth of their son, Ruebyn. However, when the time came for them all to live together, Ali changed her mind and the pair lost touch.
It wasn’t until Ruebyn was 16 and a half that Ali heard from Mick again, through a Facebook message. The couple started talking again and it was like they’d never been apart. Ruebyn got to meet his dad and they all got on like a house on fire.
It felt natural to become a couple again and six months after getting in touch again, Mick proposed to Ali. The proposal took place in February on a breezy day in Bournemouth. They were walking along the beach front, sharing fish and chips when Mick got down on one knee.
Ali was so shocked – she thought he was having a medical episode. Instead, he presented her with a beautiful diamond ring from the Vera Wang Love collection. It’s a diamond solitaire with two secret sapphires set underneath – a readymade something blue!
After a 20 month engagement, the couple tied the knot in a seaside themed wedding at the Cumberland Hotel.
The Couple’s Wedding Attire
As Ali isn’t the tallest, she knew certain styles of wedding dress might swamp her 4’11” frame. She wasn’t sure what kind of dress she wanted, but found Amy at Isobel’s Bridal to be so helpful when it came to choosing the perfect dress.
Ali opted for a beautiful ball gown with a flattering sweetheart neckline and sparkling embellishment, as well as rose detail on the waist. The ivory silk skirt had a traditional train and ruching.
The bride’s dress was pre-loved, which was ideal for Ali as it meant she could have her dream gown without breaking the bank. It suited her perfectly – she needed a big dress to suit her big personality!
The groom wore a dark blue suit with electric blue hues. The groomsmen had matching outfits and they all wore ivory waistcoats – Mick’s with a hint of pink – and pale pink cravats. The couple chose to hire the suits as they didn’t need to buy them and wanted to stick to a realistic budget.
The Adorable Bridesmaid
Ali asked one special little girl to be her flower girl – Mick’s little granddaughter Georgina, who had just turned three.
The bride only had two requirements for the flower girl dress – it had to be pink and it had to be sparkly. Ali tracked down a dress online – it was being sold in the sale from a wedding dress shop and was reduced from £195 to £10 – an absolute bargain!
When Georgina first tried it on she screamed – not with excitement, but because she couldn’t see her feet. They treated her to some sparkly shoes from Monsoon to pair with the dress and she soon calmed down and didn’t want to take it off. A shrug from M&S completed the look – an essential for an October wedding.
The Civil Wedding Ceremony
Mick and Ali became husband and wife in an intimate wedding ceremony at the Cumberland Hotel.
The registrar, Rosemary, was absolutely wonderful. Ali and Mick felt as though they’d known her for years. Ali asked her brother, Paul, to read out a poem – he chose ‘He Never Leaves the Seat Up’ which was the perfect choice for the occasion.
The couple wrote their own promises to each other, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as they read them out. They’d once fallen out over Ali putting cocktail sausages in Mick’s lunchbox – she was sure to promise to never do that again. Mick promised Ali he would always remove spiders from the house for her.
Ali recorded her own walk-down-the-aisle song. She walked down the aisle with her dad to her own version of ‘Save the Best ‘til Last’.
The Cumberland Hotel Wedding Venue
The bride and groom chose to celebrate their marriage with a reception at the Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth. Ali did lots of research on the internet and found an amazing review from a Cumberland bride, and there was a wedding fair on at the time of their engagement so they went along to have a look.
They were so taken with it that they booked an appointment with the wedding planner and booked their big day.
They loved the art deco style of the venue, the amazing staff and how luxurious it felt. There were enough hotel rooms so their friends and family could stay too – this was important as they were coming from across the country.
Ali couldn’t speak highly enough of the wedding coordinator, Lisa, describing her as ‘the most patient and accommodating person I’ve ever dealt with – an absolute pleasure.’
The Wedding Decor
Mick and Ali chose a baby pink colour scheme for their wedding, and to honour where their proposal took place, they picked a seaside inspired theme.
Beach huts and deckchairs featured heavily throughout the décor, including on the reception tables. The newlyweds and their guests sat down to a three course wedding breakfast. Guests could choose between chicken liver pate and tomato soup to start, followed by braised beef or salmon. There was the option of apple tart or crème brulee for dessert. There was a buffet for everyone to tuck into in the evening.
The tables at the reception were all named after things that were important to the couple, including their son, the place of work where they first met and the first place they went on holiday together.
The Couple’s Wedding Entertainment
The bride and groom went all out on the entertainment at their wedding, and put lots of thought into the special touches. They gave each guest a hand embroidered miniature deckchair with baby pink fabric – there was also a full sized deckchair embroidered with the table plan.
Everyone also received a miniature beach hut – Mick drilled a hole in each one so they could attach a sweet tree to them for a sugar hit! The centrepieces were similar and were attached to mirrored bases scattered with brown sugar and adorned with mini edible buckets, spades and beach balls.
Ali and Mick also snapped up a display cabinet from a shop which was shaped like a beach hut. This was used to display the seaside themed cupcakes. There was also a comedy pianist hired to entertain the guests and a retro seaside photo cut out of a fat lady and skinny man – guests could put their faces through the holes and pose for pictures.
In the evening there was a disco – Ali and Mick shared their first dance to ‘My Girl’ by the Temptations, and Ali also did a speech on stage where she presented their son Ruebyn with a gift.
Seaside Themed Wedding Cake
As well as 65 seaside themed wedding cupcakes, there was also a large, two-tiered wedding cake to cut into. Lucy’s Sugar Shack made the cakes, which included cupcakes decorated to look like ice cream cones, buckets and spades, fish and chips and beach huts.
Any cake that was left over was taken to the local homeless shelter the next day.
After their super fun, seaside themed wedding, Ali and Mick jetted off for a luxury honeymoon in Gran Canaria. They stayed in a five star resort and enjoyed lots of sunshine and pure luxury – Ali has never felt so pampered in her whole life, and they’re already looking forward to returning next year!
Mick & Ali’s supplier list
Bridalwear Shop by: Isobels Bridal and Groom
Photography by: Slades Perfect Picture