'Will you marry daddy' question on Christmas Day


Claire Oakley, 31, self-employed business coach, and Robert Hughes, 33, dairy farmer at Cairn Head Farm, Ainstable live in Cumrew, Brampton

HOW THEY MET: On a night out in Carlisle with mutual friends in 2011.

PROPOSAL: Rob proposed on Christmas Day 2014 by dressing their daughter Emily in a vest reading “will you marry daddy” on it and sent her to Claire with the ring.

VENUE: St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Ainstable.

THEME: Country vintage, colour scheme was coral and ivory.

BRIDE’S OUTFIT: A Ronald Joyce full skirt dress with lace and a pearl and diamanté band at the waist. The dress had a detachable train with lace detail and worn with an ivory veil with beaded detail and a pearl and diamanté tiara. All from Bridal House, Maryport.

GROOMSMEN: Richard Hughes, groom’s brother; Carwyn Jones, groom’s friend, and Alaw Owen, groom’s friend, were best men. Jason Bennet, groom’s friend, was an usher. They wore slate grey tailcoat suits with ivory waistcoats and silver cravats with an ivory cravat for the groom. All hired from Greenwoods, Carlisle.

BRIDESMAIDS: Leah Oakley, bride’s sister-in-law; Suzanne Magnay, bride’s friend; Sarah Atkinson, bride’s cousin, and Bethany Jones, bride’s second cousin, were bridesmaids. They wore Alfred Angela dresses in coral purchased from Bridal House, Maryport. The couple’s daughter Emily and niece Mabli were flower girls.

FLOWERS: The bride carried a bouquet of Miss Piggy roses, ivory roses and gypsophila and the flower girls had smaller matching bouquets. The bridesmaids carried ivory rose bouquets and had gypsophila in their hair. Flowers were by Sophie Brooksbank.

TRANSPORT: Vintage Rolls Royce Silver Wraith and an ivory Daimler limousine supplied by Silver Lady Wedding Cars, Longtown. The groom drove the couple’s bright yellow Focus ST.

RECEPTION: An afternoon reception for 67 guests at the Heather Glen, Ainstable followed by an evening reception for 120.

TABLE SETTINGS: Centrepieces were ivory milk jugs filled with flowers and jam jars with tea lights. The table plan and place cards were all handmade by the bride using matching lace and ribbon.

FAVOURS: Macmillan Champagne flute pin badges in memory of the bride’s grandad.

CAKE: A three-tier cake decorated with lace and ribbon and roses and butterflies.

FIRST DANCE: Thinking Out Loud sung by Glen Anderson.

ENTERTAINMENT: Singer Glen Anderson.

HONEYMOON: Riviera May, Mexico.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Jill at Harringtons.

VIDEOGRAPHER: Harringtons.

FURTHER DETAILS: Rachel Armstrong at Sweet Chariot supplied a sweet cart. A second evening reception was held in Anglesey, North Wales, where the groom comes from. The couple celebrated with family and friends in Talwrn village hall with a disco and hog roast.

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