Where better for two hoteliers to get married than their own hotel?!
Paul Bury and Judy Edmondson met at Paul’s home, the Lothersdale Hotel, Morecambe, when Judy came to work at the venue.
Their friendship built and then romance blossomed for the pair who spent a water-logged day further down the coast at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
“As well as getting soaked on Valhalla and the log flume, the heavens opened and soaked what dry bits were left,” says Paul.
The couple enjoyed holidays during the winter to coincide with the hotel’s quiet period where Paul, a qualified ski instructor, took Judy out on the slopes.
“It certainly not recommended for a harmonious holiday,” says Paul, but after a few snowball fights and several apres-ski drinks, the holiday was salvaged.”
I had been considering it for a while and as we had lived together for several years, everyone thought of us as a couple so it felt like the natural course to take,
But Judy took matters into her own hands in November 2014, when it came to a proposal.
“There wasn’t a proposal as such,” says Paul, “it was more Judy telling me that ‘I think we should get married now’ as we were driving past a bridal shop called ‘Proposals’.
“It was a bit out of the blue but it made for an interesting drive home.”
“I had been considering it for a while and as we had lived together for several years, everyone thought of us as a couple so it felt like the natural course to take,” adds Judy.
The couple were married at their hotel in Aspect 320 bar and bistro on March 28 - just three days prior to the hotel obtaining its civil ceremony license and a major refurbishment.
“It’s the first time the hotel has had a civil licence,” says Paul. “We thought it would be nice to get married in a building which has been built up by my father and my grandfather.”
The day itself was a “relaxed affair” overlooking Morecambe Bay as the sun set, and following the civil ceremony for close family, 120 guests greeted the newlyweds with paper airplanes made by the bride’s brother-in-law.
Prior to the wedding the couple were filmed as part of a TV series, The Easy Riders, with Danny John-Jules and Steve Keys while evening celebrations saw X Factor star, Carolynne Poole entertain.