The Course of True Love Can Run Smoothly!

Not every bride is brave enough to complete a 5km run on the morning of her wedding day… but for our recent couple John and Laura it was the perfect way for Laura to begin her wedding day preparations.

Our Bowdon Rooms events team caught up with John and Laura six weeks after their big day to chat all about their wedding and find out more about Laura’s unique morning run.

We were delighted to host the whole day for John and Laura, from their personal wedding ceremony in our Edwardian lounge through to their dramatically coloured wedding reception downstairs in our ballroom – it was a truly unique, colourful and fun-filled day. Photography for John and Laura’s wedding was captured by Johanna Steward.

“We had actually been to The Bowdon Rooms a little while ago for a friend’s wedding party,” Laura told us “we knew that we wanted a local venue which had a lovely atmosphere and we didn’t want it to feel like a hotel. Having looked at quite a few other venues including marquees and local wedding barns, The Bowdon Rooms felt like the right choice as we’d had such a brilliant evening at our friend’s party and the ballroom felt perfect as it even had a stage for a band.”

Having chosen a late afternoon wedding ceremony at 4.30pm, John and Laura had plenty of time to enjoy their Saturday before heading to the venue for their vows and reception.

In a totally unique wedding day twist, Laura, who is member of Lymm Runners running club, actually decided to buck tradition and complete her 50th Parkrun on the morning of their big day.

Donning a £10 wedding dress she bought on Ebay (her actual wedding dress was a stunning piece from Puure Bride in Lymn) compete with a floral bouquet and a bridal veil Laura completed the 5km Parkrun at Victoria Park in Warrington.

“It was so brilliant!” remembers Laura, ““I go to Parkrun quite regularly and I realised it was nearly my 50th run so I decided it would be great to do that on the same Saturday as our wedding. I mentioned it to a couple of girls from the running club and it sort of spiralled! About 40 members of the club ended up running with me and they even did a guard of honour at the end. I never expected local and national press to pick up the story but I’m so pleased as we even raised some money for charity too.”

With her morning run completed Laura went to a café in her home village of Lymn for brunch and Bucks Fizz before heading home for ‘operation bride’. Replacing her trainers for bridal shoes, Laura arrived at our charming wedding venue at 4.30pm to be met by happy guests milling around in the blue skies and wonderful weather.

“The ceremony itself was held upstairs in The Bowdon Rooms and it was lovely. John and I wrote our own vows and my son walked me down the aisle before giving me away which was lovely and he did a fantastic job. It felt really personal and a few people had tears in their eyes – I guess it was intimate even though we had 90 guests and everyone had a seat.”

Downstairs, our team of wedding planners had transformed the grand ballroom into a sumptuous array of deep purples, teal and emerald greens hand-picked by Laura and John. The floral decorations by Barkers the Florist were topped off with stunning centre pieces adorned with real peacock feathers. Lit by our suspended chandeliers and strung with fairy lights alongside the table candles the 40-foot domed ceiling ballroom looked wonderful.

“We placed a peacock feather on everyone’s napkin too, although I’d like to confirm that no peacocks were harmed in the making of our centrepieces!” Laura adds with a grin “We wanted colours which felt dramatic and unusual. Your in-house wedding planners recommended Perfect Weddings to help with the colour scheme and they were brilliant at sourcing the unusual coloured napkins and tablecloths.”

“I had a picture in my head of how it might work… but I hadn’t seen it all put together until the day before and I was absolutely thrilled when I saw it. Our guests said it was a wonderful moment when The Bowdon Room team opened the curtains to the decorated ballroom.”

Whilst their guests mingled and enjoyed the sunshine with refreshments John and Laura jumped in a black taxi and popped down to local beauty spot Denzell Gardens to get some stunning photographs and have a couple of moments just the two of them.

Once back at the Edwardian charm of The Bowdon Rooms the celebrating began and guests took their seats for a scrumptious two-course meal followed by self-service cakes and cheese which guests enjoyed for the rest of the evening. Specifically chosen by the couple, the menu included Laura’s son’s favourite goats cheese with caramelised onion tart and a beautifully cooked Beef Wellington.

After a brilliant speech by John The Bowdon Room’s famed sprung maple dance floor was put to good use with live music by Manchester band The Blame who got everyone up dancing straight away.

“One of the main words that our friends and family have used to describe the day was ‘happy’” added Laura, “the ballroom dance floor was totally perfect and the band playing up on the stage were incredible, it was like a live gig with our favourite indie rock tunes and everyone joined in! I know everyone probably says this, but our guests had such a great time – it was the best wedding ever!”

We were so delighted to be able to help John and Laura hold their dream wedding – the photos show quite how unique, wonderful and fun the whole day was. Warmest congratulations to Mr and Mrs Brear!