It was a wedding ‘production’ for theatre-loving pair Stephen Mellows-Facer and Lyndsey Wilson, pulled together by a dedicated ‘committee’ made up of family and friends.
The couple, from Preston, decided against the conventional roles of bridesmaids and a best man, and instead handed out responsibilities to their nearest and dearest which best suited their skills, from an artistic director to a head of catering!
Lyndsey, a company manager for an arts organisation in Blackburn, explains: “It was really important to us that we stayed firm in what we wanted for the wedding and kept it special and meaningful to us.
“We started off with a list of things we definitely didn’t want, then a list of things we did - a hog roast and a ceilidh were top of the ‘want’ list.
“We wanted live music - no disco and DJ for us - and we didn’t want a traditional wedding breakfast or speeches or a cake cutting.
“We did what made us happy and we had a brilliant time. The whole day was the finale to a huge amount of work from the whole committee, and it really was a team effort to create such an amazing day.”
“All I remember is seeing someone sitting next to us nudging his girlfriend and saying ‘that bloke’s proposing’.”Lyndsey Wilson
The pair, who met when Stephen auditioned to be guitarist in a band in which Lyndsey was a singer, also wanted guests to feel like they had been to a night at the theatre, as performing is so important to them.
Guests were given a programme when they arrived, which also contained a ‘thank you’ to everyone involved in the ‘production’.
And theatre also played a part in the proposal.
“We regularly go to London to see musical theatre and concerts, and we’d gone down to see one of my favourite shows,” Lyndsey says. “Ste had the ring in his pocket for the whole show but he couldn’t find the right time to propose so he held off until the next day when we were walking around London.
“We went to our favourite park off Embankment, right next door to our favourite wine bar. I sat down on a park bench and asked why he wasn’t sitting next to me, and he said ‘because I’d rather kneel’.
“All I remember is seeing someone sitting next to us nudging his girlfriend and saying ‘that bloke’s proposing’.”
Graphic designer Stephen married Lyndsey, who has retained her surname, in a legal ceremony at Bolton Registry Office, followed by a humanist ceremony on stage, performed by Lyndsey’s brother John Wilson, at The Barlow in Edgworth, Bolton.
The day also consisted of wedding cheese from Dewlay Cheesemakers in Garstang; a surprise flashmob by the pair’s pantomime group; and Lyndsey surprised Stephen with a tower of pork pie and a whole load of Tunnocks Tea Cakes.
What’s more, not a penny was spent on flowers - which the couple are particularly proud of - as people at the High Grange Estate in Durham donated their hydrangea to be dried and made into 400 blooms.
The newlyweds, who are currently working on a new album with their band Zvilnik, went to Disney World, Florida, for their honeymoon.
The wedding committee
Artistic Director: Claire Wilson
Head of Logistics/Master of Ceremonies: Bobby Gormley
Head of Customer Service: Sally Leech
Head of Catering: Catherine Selby
Head of Technical Services: Dave Taylor
Marriage Officiant: John Wilson