Paris picnic proposal


Sarah Walker, 26, full-time radiography student and Greg Queenan, 25, firefighter, live in Middlesbrough.

HOW THEY MET: They met when they were both working as lifeguards at Center Parcs, Penrith, in 2008. Sarah is originally from Maryport and Greg is originally from Carlisle and worked for Cumbria Fire and Rescue until he transferred to Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue.

PROPOSAL: Greg proposed during a picnic from Paris Picnic in Le Jardin Du Luxembourg in Paris in 2016.

STAG & HEN CELEBRATIONS: The hen party was held in Dublin and included a whisky distillery tour, afternoon tea at the Hilton and dinner and celebration. The stag party was held in Liverpool and included go-karting and a night out.

VENUE: Le Petit Chateau, Otterburn, Northumberland.

THEME: Simple, rustic and natural. This wasn’t a planned theme, It just evolved from personal taste.

BRIDE’S OUTFIT: An ivory Maggie Sottero gown from Cloud 9 Bridal in Liverpool with no veil or tiara.

HAIR & BEAUTY: Both by Lisa Jones Hair & Beauty.

GROOMSMEN: David Simpson, the groom’s best friend, was best man. He wore a grey Jasper Conran suit from Debenhams.

BRIDESMAIDS: Samantha Walker, the bride’s sister, was maid of honour and Alexandra and Christina Queenan, the groom’s sisters, were bridesmaids. They wore navy Mark Lesley full-length dresses from Aristocrats of Chester.

RINGS: A platinum band from Chappelle at Gretna for the bride and a brushed zirconium, two-tone band with the date of the wedding in Roman numerals from John Greed Jewellery for the groom.

FLOWERS: The bride carried a bouquet of white peonies with blue and white hydrangea and lambs ear with a smaller version for the maid of honour and white peonies with white hydrangea and lambs ear for the bridesmaids. All were artificial and from Decoflora, Workington.

RECEPTION: A cocktail and beer reception with macaron tower and popcorn stall followed by afternoon tea and a barbeque in the evening with pick and mix stand. There were 40 guests throughout the day at Le Petit Chateau.

TABLE SETTINGS: The tables were named after sites the couple visited in Paris with photos of them on miniature easels. Each guests had a pinecone with their name on card to match the natural theme. Table centres were tree slices, made by the bride’s father, with white hydrangeas in galvanised buckets with small pinecones, fir cones and conkers on the rustic wooden tables with ivory cotton napkins. The top table featured Mr and Mrs Queenan hessian bunting.

FAVOURS: Jars of chutney.

CAKE: A cheese cake from West Country Cheese, topped with personalised love birds from Hello Blondie.

FIRST DANCE: Wherever You Will Go, Charlene Soraia.

ENTERTAINMENT: AMV live music and a DJ.

HONEYMOON: A minimoon in Edinburgh. When Sarah has finished university they hope to travel across America.


OTHER DETAILS: Greg’s sister Alex sang during the ceremony. The couple had a wishing tree as a guestbook instead of the traditional book with personalised twig pens from The Twig Pen People in Penrith.
The bride wore her grandma’s pearl necklace on the day with new pearl earrings and bracelet which were a gift from the groom and an untraditional El Camino bracelet from the groom.
The invitations and table plans were made by the bride and she also arranged the table flowers and made charms for the bouquets. The bride and groom also bagged up the confetti with personalised stamp stickers on them and made all the favours themselves too.

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