Festival theme for weekend-long wedding

Michelle Stanley and Andrew Black married at St John Vianney's Church in their hometown of Blackpool, followed by a festival weekend at Marsh Farm Hall, Great Eccleston. 'Photos by  Cheshire Weddings and Portraits - www.facebook.com/cheshireweddingsandportraits

Michelle Stanley and Andrew Black married at St John Vianney's Church in their hometown of Blackpool, followed by a festival weekend at Marsh Farm Hall, Great Eccleston. 'Photos by Cheshire Weddings and Portraits - www.facebook.com/cheshireweddingsandportraits

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It was a two-day festival themed wedding for music-loving couple Michelle Stanley and Andrew Black.

Following a ceremony at St John Vianney’s Church in their hometown of Blackpool, the pair joined family and friends for a weekend of fun at Marsh Farm Hall, Great Eccleston, Preston.

“I thought Andy was so cool because he was part of a group of skateboarders known as the ‘Driveboys’ - I’ve since found out he didn’t even have a skateboard!”

Michelle Stanley

“Some of our guests camped all weekend, and even the weather was festival themed as it poured down on the first day!” Michelle, a physiotherapy technician for Blackpool Victoria Hospital, explains.

“We started the day with afternoon tea in the barn with some lovely piano music, followed by speeches and a hog roast, band and DJ, all in the marquee from Lancashire Marquees.

“The following day was a little more relaxed with friends and family who sing, performing for us and the band ‘Bob On’ (a Bob Marley tribute band) finishing Sunday off with everyone dancing and singing to ‘One Love’.

“We had a bouncy castle, garden games, popcorn, candy floss and other festival style food.

“It was amazing and thankfully the sun shone for us on Sunday.”

Michelle had her eye on Andy, who is originally from Wigan and works for Blackpool-based homeless support project Fulfilling Lives, when she was a teenager.

“We had friends who knew each other and I thought Andy was so cool because his friends were skateboarders who hung out on Whitegate Drive, and were known as the ‘Driveboys’,” she remembers. “I’ve since found out since he didn’t even have a skateboard!”

And that wasn’t the only shock in store for Michelle, who only found out after they were wed that Andy had lost his passport, meaning they couldn’t travel abroad for their honeymoon!

Instead, they planned a ‘mini-moon’ in Wales and plan to travel the world in a couple of years, as they want ‘an adventure’. Their love of music and travel also played a part in Andy’s proposal to mum-of-one Michelle.

After finally getting a first date with her favourite ‘Driveboy’ during a punk weekend in Blackpool in 2011, Michelle was enjoying another music festival in Spain in 2013 with Andy and friends.

He popped the question as one of her favourite bands, The Killers, were playing.

“He couldn’t have timed it better as it was right at the end of the set and just as he pulled out the ring, fireworks and confetti went off,” she explains. “It would have been pretty hard to say ‘no’ to!”