Every girl dreams of feeling like a princess on her wedding day.
But Natalie Dean felt like the Queen of the castle when Daniel Wrennall proposed.
The couple met in Natalie’s home town of Ulnes Walton, near Leyland, in December 2008.
“I was at The Rose and Crown pub with a group of friends who knew Dan, as he had grown up in the area, so when he came into the pub he joined us,” says Natalie, a graphic designer.
A week later the first date was arranged at another pub, The Eagle & Child in Bispham.
On Valentine’s Day 2010, Daniel, a agricultural and haulage contractor from Lathom near Ormskirk, whisked Natalie away for a romantic weekend.
“Natalie is a lover of old architecture, particularly castles, so I took her to stay the night in Amberley Castle, West Sussex.”
On their arrival, the Natalie and Daniel were met with a roaring fire and chilled champagne.
As they took a walk in the castle grounds on a cold and misty February day, Natalie told Daniel, “it was a lovely surprise.”
“Dan’s reply was, ‘there’s one more surprise yet’ and before I could wonder what it was, he was on one knee with a ring in his hand!” adds Natalie.
The couple were married at St Michael and All Angels Church, Croston on June 30.
Natalie, her mum and her chief bridesmaid all dressed at the couple’s home while Daniel, his brother and his ushers prepared at his parent’s house.
When it was time to leave, the groom and his best man made their way to the church in their Scania 143 – the wagon they bought together to start their haulage firm, Wrennall Brothers.
The bride, thankfully for the groom, arrived on time on the arm of her emotional father and as she made her way down the aisle towards her husband to be, her sense of calm abolished any nerves he may have.
“Leaving the church will be a story to tell the grandchildren,” says Natalie,
“We headed down the cobbled street towards the main road and there was the best wedding transport we could have dreamt of.
“Dan’s mum, along with the best man’s fiance, Ash and other members of the family had put together a trailer fit for a King and Queen.”
On a sofa in the back of the trailer, the newlyweds made their way to their reception in a marquee at Culshaws Farm, Ulnes Walton, belonging to the groom’s parents, and were met with champagne and canapes on their arrival.
“The wedding breakfast could not have been more impressive,” says Natalie, “carvers wearing chef hats and aprons wheeled slabs of sirloin to each table on butchers blocks – so much fun.”
As the evening guests arrived, close to 400 wellwishers packed into the marquee to see Natalie and Daniel dance their first dance as man and wife to Natalie Cole’s This Will Be.
After welcoming their friends and family onto the dance floor, there was no stopping the dancing until the final partygoers retired at 5am – even the DJ, who had only been booked until 2am was having such a good time he stayed.
“It was the absolute best day of our lives,” add the new Mr and Mrs Wrennall.
“Bring on the renewing of the vows!
“Can we do this every year?!”