Raining love

PUBLISHED: 13:33 10 July 2009 | UPDATED: 08:56 21 February 2013

The heavens opened for Alice and Peter's big day and showered everyone with happiness. Here's their story

The heavens opened for Alice and Peter's big day and showered everyone with happiness. Here's their story

The bride and groom

Peter Fabricius Green and Alice Bernadette Leiba.


Peter is the sixth generation jeweller at his family business, Fabricius Green fine jewels in Shrewsbury.
Alice is the Visitor Operations Site Supervisor for English Heritage at Wenlock Priory in Shropshire.



The parents

Alice: Professor Tony Leiba and Mrs Alee Leiba.

Peter: Mr Adam Green and Mrs Shane Green.

The best man

Martin Terry.

The bridesmaids

Jennifer Begley, Vanessa Phillipson, Shannon Lindo, and flower girl Isabella Phillipson.

Where and how did you meet?

We meet at the University of Winchester. We were both studying Archaeology and we became a couple in our third year, after a few years of travelling three hours each way to meet each other we finally settled in Shropshire.

The wedding and reception

We chose the Albright Hussey Manor Hotel because we have been there many times and loved it. It is a beautiful Jacobean building perfect for our love of history and architecture. We wanted to keep our wedding local to Shrewsbury and have the opportunity to get married outside.

Bride's gown

My dress was ivory, silk, and strapless with a floral detail to the side. I wanted something timeless and a dress I could dance in and feel romantic in. So I went to Hayley J in Shrewsbury, it was a chance in a lifetime to work with Hayley and design my own wedding dress. I loved wearing it.

Groom's suit

The groom and his ushers dressed in matching Ironbridge tops and tails with ivory cravats and waistcoats. We went to Peter Posh in Shrewsbury for the suits, they were very helpful, and the groom and best man also had top hats

Bridesmaids' dresses

The dresses were from Monsoon, they were a mix or fuchsia pink, white and green. They had matching bags and feathers in their hair. We wanted the bridesmaids in matching dresses, but the flower girl was in an ivory bridesmaid dress so she felt like a princess.

The flowers

The flowers were created by Shane Green the groom's mother; she has a great eye for colour and design. She did all of the bouquets and all of the flowers for the tables at the reception. We had lots of colour from pinks to violets and used feathers and rolls of ribbon.

The cake
The wedding cake was very important to our wedding and we cut it with Peter's family ceremonial sword. The cake was made and decorated by Alee Leiba mother of the bride. I found a picture of the cake I would like and my mother matched the wedding colours and created a wonderful three-tiered fruit cake, which we placed on a china cake stand, the cake could not have looked or tasted better.

Special touches

To give our wedding a personal touch we made our own ribbon napkin rings, these went beautifully with our cupcake favours, which doubled up as place names for the reception. We based our wedding around fuchsia flowers; it was a great image to use on our invitations, the order of the day and our thank you cards.

The service, the food and entertainment

The groom, best man and team of ushers spent the morning bowling, while Alice with both sets of parents and our families worked very hard making everything look beautiful. We had planned to get married in the garden outside the hotel, and so the area was transformed into a wonderland of flowers, unfortunately it rained (loads). That certainly didn't spoil our day, a hotel full of our family and friends made it truly fantastic, the ceremony was at 3.3pm and seemed to be over so quickly. The groom's sister Beth Good and bride's brother Patrick Leiba gave readings, and we had fun putting on the rings made specially for us by Fabricius Green, Alice's rings have three carats of stunning diamonds, and Peter's is a classic court shape in platinum. And then brother-in-law Chris Good sang as we signed the register. People blew bubbles as we walked the aisle as husband and wife. The meal was great and we enjoyed watching everyone from the top table as they all made friends. The speeches were brilliant, emotional and hilarious. Alice threw her bouquet at 11pm and, sorry Ollie, but Janet definitely caught it. We loved every minute of the day

The honeymoon

The next day we left for the honeymoon. We went to Malta, and had a great time. The hotel upgraded us to a suite of rooms overlooking the sandy bay and the sea. We toured the islands and returned very relaxed and refreshed to a mountain of wedding presents. Thank you to everyone who gave us a gift, attended the wedding or helped us with our special day.

What is your most precious memory of the day?

Getting married was the best part, but we had no idea how much fun we would have with the first dance: You're The First, The Last, My Everything by Barry White, we had a great dance and everyone joined in at the right time and the dance floor remained full for the rest of the night. The groom and the ushers may have got a little silly when It's Raining Men was played.

Photography by Judith Hull Photography, 10 Wyle Cop Shrewsbury, tel: 01743 272011, email: info@judithhullphotography.co.uk

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