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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Spectacular Spectacular!

A love of the vivid, colourful outfits and theatrical production of the film Moulin Rouge were the inspiration for one Carlisle couple’s special day.

Yvette Wilcox and Simon Glover photo
Yvette Wilcox and Simon Glover

Yvette Wilcox and Simon Glover were determined to celebrate their wedding day in style and the dramatic colours and glamorous photographs inspired by the film made it a wedding with a difference.

The couple, of Cavendish Court, Carlisle, have been together six years and met when Yvette was working in the Beehive pub in Warwick Road, Carlisle.

When Simon, originally from Manchester, proposed in November 2007 they knew that they didn’t want a conventional wedding.

Yvette, 26, said: “I always wanted a winter wedding but the light is not very good so I thought a March wedding would be better because it would be brighter.

“I wanted dramatic dark colours and I have always loved Baz Luhrmann and his films Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge.”

The French term “moulin rouge” means red mill or windmill and is the name of the traditional cabaret theatre built by Joseph Oller in Pigalle in Paris in 1889. Colourful and exotic costumes, especially in red and black, are its signature style.

Yvette wore a beautiful red taffeta gown from Country Dreams Bridal in Carlisle with a black jacket, a mini top hat and black bird cage veil and although she knew Simon, 25, would be expecting her to wear something different she gave the game away before the wedding day.

“I let the colour of the dress slip when we were out for a meal,” she said. “I was devastated at the time but Simon said that it didn’t ruin it for him.

“I was so excited about the dress that I just forgot in that moment that I couldn’t talk about it.”

Yvette’s sister Becky was maid of honour and friend Selina Gonzalez was bridesmaid. They wore black dresses from Monsoon while flower girl Matilda Gonzalez wore a black and red dress.

When Yvette first met photographer Adam Nylor-Whalley of Orchid Photography, Glasson at the Live the Dream Wedding event she knew that their wedding day would be an opportunity to create a stylish and unique photo album.

“I liked his enthusiasm and willingness to try something different,” she said. “We discussed lots of ideas. I didn’t want the photos to be of groups of people looking at the camera.

“I wanted some arty photographs and natural shots.”

Yvette and Simon, a joiner/window fitter, got married at Our Lady and St Joseph’s in Carlisle and Adam used film lighting in the church to create warm tones to photograph the bride and groom.

Outside Adam crouched behind a sheet of perspex and got the bride and groom to shake a bottle of Champagne and spray it in his direction. Yvette, a section planner for Network Rail, said: “I wanted to take the opportunity to do something different and get some dramatic photos.”

The couple were also driven in a dark bronze 1934 Hudson through Carlisle to various photo shoot locations, including the blue shutters outside AMF Bowling.

“I felt like a glamorous film star,” said Yvette. “It was fun posing for the photographs.”

The New Waterton Hall in Warwick Square in Carlisle was the reception venue and was decorated in black and gold.

The 50 guests during the day enjoyed afternoon tea of canapes, champagne and cakes and sandwiches provided by Appleby Bakery and sausage and mash was served for the 120 guests in the evening.

The bride made her own cake of 65 vanilla cup cakes with cream swirls dipped in edible glitter arranged in a tower and there was also a chocolate fudge cake with edible glitter on top.

Yvette said: “We wanted to do everything our own way and made it very individual. It was a wonderful day and we love our photo album.”

The couple enjoyed a honeymoon to Kerala in India.

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