The wedding of Nichola Rowley and Adrian Ethelston

PUBLISHED: 18:30 18 October 2010 | UPDATED: 18:00 20 February 2013

The wedding of Nichola Rowley and Adrian Ethelston

The wedding of Nichola Rowley and Adrian Ethelston

Nichola Ethelston tells the story of the day she married her schoolboy sweetheart

The wedding of Nichola Rowley & Adrian Ethelston

Nichola Ethelston tells the story of the day she married her schoolboy sweetheart

The bride and groom:
I went to Oswestry Infants and Beech Grove Primary, now amalgamated as Holy Trinity, where I work as a teaching assistant and my mum is learning mentor. Adrian, known as Ady, grew up in Maesbury. He is an electrician running his own business, Ethelston Electrical. We met at The Marches School when I was 15 and Ady was 16. We caught one anothers eye and later that afternoon exchanged phone numbers and have never been apart since. Love at first sight really does exist. Thats exactly what it was.

Address: College Road, Oswestry.

Parents: Pauline and Dennis Rowley and Mervyn and Elayne Ethelston.
The best man: Andrew Ethelston.

The attendants: Bridesmaids Anwen Evans, Emily Davies, Terrie Rowley and Vicky Jones; flower girl Izabella Jones; page boy Jacob Evans and ushers Matthew Rowley, Gary Ethelston and Phil Ethelston.

The wedding: We were married at Whittington Church by The Reverend David North who performed a beautiful service. The reception was at Albrighton Hall Hotel, Shrewsbury, a superb setting and very elegant for a big wedding.

Bridal gown: My gown was a Hollywood Dreams design from Gwens Bridalwear of Chirk who worked incredibly hard on my dress and the bridesmaids to make sure they were a perfect fit. It was silk with sparkle scattered here and there.

Grooms suit: Was also from Gwens, from the Peter Posh range. The men wore beige with ivory waistcoats and gold and sunset cravats.

Bridesmaids dresses: Designed by Mark Jacobs in a sunset colour with diamante brooches.

The flowers: Were done by a family friend and were on a sunset theme. We wanted a very colourful, sparkly wedding. They were made up of roses, lilies, orchids and anthurium with a scattering of sparkle and butterflies.

Special touches: Our make-up was done by Denise Tudor from Top To Toe in Oswestry and my hair and the bridesmaids by Caroline and
Wendy from Head Office in Oswestry.

A horse and carriage all the way from Warwickshire (www.wshcarriages.co.uk) took me and my dad to church. As we were going to Shrewsbury for the reception a long way by horse and carriage we had cars from Heavenly Wedding Cars (www.heavenly-wedding-cars.co.uk).

We had a very special guest in the evening, Shayne Prince, who performed for us as Elvis (www.shayneprince.com). He was brilliant.

The day: The service was beautiful; the choir sang one of my favourite songs, All I Ask of You from the Phantom of the Opera. The food was delicious.

The honeymoon: Turkey.

Precious memories: It was all one precious memory; we had been waiting for a long time and working very hard, along with my parents, to make the day happen. Riding in the horse and carriage was a fabulous experience.

Prior to the wedding I made all my own favour boxes, table plans and orders of service and it was lovely to see all our finishing touches come together.

A huge thank you to everyone who was involved with our big day, it was perfect.

Photographs: John Quinn of Oswestry, 01691 657555. www.johnqphoto.com

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