A moment like this

PUBLISHED: 12:14 13 July 2009 | UPDATED: 15:29 20 February 2013

Kerry and Dale

Kerry and Dale

It took a moment for Phil and Kerry to fall in love - and two years to plan their wedding - but everyone agreed it was a day to remember. Here is their love story in their own words

It took a moment for Phil and Kerry to fall in love - and two years to plan their wedding - but everyone agreed it was a day to remember. Here is their love story in their own words

The bride and groom
Kerry Jones and Dale Hayley.

Kerry is a senior accounts clerk and Dale an engineer.

Hook-A-Gate, Shrewsbury.

The parents
Neil and Lynn Jones and Steven Hayley and Lesley Hayley-Evans.

The best man
Tom Reynolds.

The attendants
Matron of honour: Fiona Jones. Bridesmaids: Lucy Hayley, Verity Alldridge, Natalie Hamer and Chelsea Hamer. Flower girl: Mia Ponzo. Page boys: Jack Jones and Joshua Hayley.

How we met
We met in Kerry's family pub in Hook-A-Gate, Dale was introduced to me by my cousin Ian and friend Fiona, we immediately had a rapport and were engaged within four months. We bought a cottage in Hook-A-Gate and planned the wedding over the next two years.

The wedding and reception
St George's Church, Pontesbury. It had always been Kerry's dream to marry here as this is the venue of most of her family weddings. It is a beautiful church close to her family home in Stiperstones. The reception took place in the Mytton and Mermaid Hotel, Atcham, This beautiful venue by the river was a perfect setting and one of the few venues in the area that could cater for a large number of guests.

The bride's gown
A simple yet beautiful strapless gown designed in diamond white with crystal bodice and train detail by Maggie Sottero. I searched up and down the country for the perfect dress, a dress which moved beautifully and allowed me to dance all night. I eventually found it in Simply Brides of Wellington.

The suits
The 13 morning suits required for the wedding were hired from Peter Posh in Shrewsbury who were so helpful. The groom's cravat was in aquamarine to match the bridesmaids' dresses.

The bridesmaids' dresses
The bridesmaids' dresses made by the groom's mother, Lesley Hayley-Evans. It was so special to have the dresses lovingly made by Dale's mum; the aquamarine duchess satin dresses were truly beautiful. The flower girl Mia's dress was made in diamond white satin with an aquamarine sash.

The flowers
Dale's mum and her friend Elizabeth Walsh tirelessly made all of the flowers for the wedding, this mammoth task included bouquets, church flowers, button holes, table decorations for 12 guest tables, plus the stunning flowers for the top table and dresser. The flowers were predominantly white lilies (Kerry's favourite) and white roses. The wedding was a vision of white simplicity.

The photographs
By Philip J Jones Photography, The Stiperstones Inn, Stiperstones, tel: 01743 791 327.

The video
By Ben Hewson Videography, 26 Noble Street, Wem , tel: 01939 234 014.

Special touches
All invitations, orders of service, favours, name cards and table plan were handmaid by Kerry, her mum Lynn, Dale's mum Lesley and friends Fiona and Verity. These were in aquamarine to match the wedding's theme colour. Each child was also given a goody bag to keep them occupied throughout the day.
Hair and make-up were carried out at Kerry's family home in Stiperstones by Escape of Wellington. This was a professional service which made the whole day seem so much more relaxed and stress-free.

The car
The car was a 1925 Hudson Essex kindly provided as a wedding present by family friend Derek Richardson, who greeted us from the church with a much appreciated glass of Champagne.

The day
Although we were both very nervous the Reverend David Hewlitt made us both feel very relaxed and the whole service reflected that. The Church Choir sang beautifully while Dale was anxiously waiting for me to arrive. The readings were by two of our close friends. Jeanette Hamer read Corinthians 13 and Karen Pugh read a piece called Faith that she composed herself, it was very special for us both. Dale's sister Lucy also sang in church, she sounded so beautiful there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
Our guests were greeted at the Mytton and Mermaid with Bucks Fizz which flowed through the afternoon while photographs were being taken by the river. We decided to go with quite a traditional menu choosing leek and potato soup followed by Shropshire roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings and delicious strawberry pavlova for dessert. It was very indulgent and the staff at the Mytton and Mermaid were always close at hand to cater for our every need. The usually dreaded speeches went smoothly and had us in fits of laughter. The evening music was provided by DJ Pink (also a family friend). Our first dances were to Aerosmith's I don't want to miss a thing and Leona Lewis's A moment like this. Dale also chose Take That's Rule the world and dedicated it to Kerry.

The honeymoon
We jetted off to beautiful Barbados for our honeymoon and stayed for two weeks in St Lawrence Gap. It was just what we needed after spending the last two years planning the wedding. Our hotel was on the most beautiful beach with breathtaking turquoise sea and spectacular coral reef. We spent our days lying on the beach, snorkelling, jet skiing and touring the island seeing many of the beautiful sights of Barbados. We made some very special friends while we were there and have great memories of a wonderful honeymoon.

Precious memories
There are many special memories about our wedding day. The readings and singing in church that were really personal to us, the wonderful speeches at the reception and the beautiful flowers. Phil the photographer and Ben the videographer were fantastic at making us feel relaxed, they even made it fun. It was lovely to walk on to Atcham bridge and look down at our beautiful family and friends enjoying themselves and having a truly wonderful day. I have really special memories of all the planning too, although it was stressful at times, none of this would have been possible without the help from my matron of honour Fiona who supported me and helped with all the planning and organising.

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