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Thursday, 30 July 2015

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A look back on a great year

Lonestar’s Amazed  is the favourite first dance of couples who appeared in the Cumbrian Weddings albums in 2007 while the Maldives was the most popular honeymoon destination.

While Amazed was the clear favourite for first dance songs, there were several others which were also popular. Here are the top songs:

  • Lonestar – Amazed
  • Shania Twain – From This Moment
  • Aerosmith – I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
  • Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor – Come What May from Moulin Rouge
  • Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
  • Shania Twain – You’re Still the One
  • Green Day – Time of Your Life
  • Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply
  • DJ Sammy – Heaven

 There were also some unusual choices, including Damien Rice’s The Blower’s Daughter, Arctic Monkeys’ I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor and Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars.

When it comes to honeymoons, couples travelled to all corners of the world.

Europe was the most popular followed by the Americas and Asia. Fewer couples travelled to Africa and Australasia.

Favourite the Maldives was followed by Cyprus and Tenerife.

Some couples chose to have a multi-centre honeymoon, with Las Vegas, San Francisco and Hawaii being the most popular. Other combinations included Dubai and the Maldives; Hong Kong and Dubai; Singapore and Thailand; Orlando and the Bahamas; New York and the Bahamas; New York and Orlando; Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong; South Africa and Mauritius; and Boston, New York and Toronto.

Several couples decided to take their honeymoon in Britain, with Scotland being the most popular choice, followed by North Yorkshire, Windermere, London and York and Marplethorpe.

 From January to November 2007, 2,232 bride and grooms tied the knot in civil ceremonies in Cumbria and there were 70 civil partnerships.

Some 695 brides and grooms tied the knot in Cumbrian register offices and 1,537 in approved premises, while there were 47 civil partnerships in register offices and 23 in approved premises.

There were 99 couples featured in the Cumbrian Weddings albums in 2007.

Black bridesmaids dresses really took off in 2007, featuring in six weddings appearing in the wedding albums – Alison Sleightholm and Martyn Ball; Jill Cleland and Chris Archibald; Danielle Pickering and Neil Dixon; Kelly Stagg and Philip Holliday; Lisa Phillips and Michael Allen; and Lucy Marie Henderson and Garry Thomas McGlennon.

The main event of the year for Cumbrian Weddings and Cumbrian Newspapers was the Live the Dream Wedding Event, held on September 23 at Carlisle Racecourse.

Laura Brooks and Paul Henderson, from Dearham, were our competition winners and received their wonderful prize of honeymoon, top table at a wedding venue and bridal dress at the event.

Carlisle couple Eve Gibson and Martin Lee provided us with one of the most unusual places to get married. A frozen chapel and hotel sculpted from snow and ice in Sweden was the venue for their March wedding.

By contrast, Seascale’s Sarah Norman and Ian Fawcett’s wedding venue was in a much warmer location – at one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, following a two-week journey travelling through four African countries.

Two Whitehaven rugby players found their loyalties put to the test when a good run in the Northern Rail Cup led to a clash with their wedding days.

Both couples – Spencer Miller and Gemma Woloszyn, and Steve Maden and Emma Simms – got married on May 19, 2007, the day before the team’s crucial game against Halifax in the semi-final of the Northern Rail Cup.

Sarah Whitaker and Stan Parry had an unconventional wedding on the 7/7/07, where the bride wore a pair of red wellies and the couple’s two Jack Russell dogs also got dressed up for the big day – Molly wearing a tutu and Jack wearing a bow-tie.

Groom Alberto Gonzalez flew himself in a helicopter to his wedding to Selina McCourt at Dalston Hall, which had a pink theme, including a pink Rolls Royce, wedding invitations, pink touches on Selina’s dress and pink bridesmaid dresses while Sarah Messenger and Allan Kennedy had been together just four months when they got married in September.


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