After two children and a 12-year engagement, Mark Earlam was determined to marry the love of his life Leanne Clarke before his 40th birthday.
The couple, from Stalybridge, Manchester, met at a local bar when Leanne, now 33, was just 18.
“He approached me as I was applying some glittery lip gloss. His first words were ‘put more of that lip gloss on and I’ll give you the best kiss of your life’ So I did and the deal was sealed. We began our 15 year relationship!” Leanne recalls.
First son Jack was on the way when Mark, now 40, first popped the question on Christmas Day. It was a start of a 12-year engagement that culminated in their Christmas wedding on December 29, 2016 in front of 96 guests.
“Our wedding was more of a celebration of our life together and the family and friends who have shared our journey with us through the love, laughter and tears,” Leanne says.
“Mark and I wanted a party and that’s exactly what our perfect day was. Full of love and fun. We wanted a Christmas wedding and, just three weeks before Marks 40th, that’s exactly what we had and it was amazing!”
Photos courtesy of Neil Parry Photography.
Leanne added a bit of festive sparkle to the celebrations with bridesmaid dresses from Jenny Packham.
Leanne wore a classic up-do by Jodie Smith for a sophisticated look on her big day.
Gold and burgundy details added a festive feel to the Christmas-themed wedding.
Bomboniere: Becky By Design / Brides Accessories: Harrington and Hallworth / Brides Gown: Anne Barge / Brides Shoes: Charlotte Mills / Bridesmaid Shoes: Various / Bridesmaids Accessories: Accessorize / Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Packham / Cake: Laura Rice / Ceremony Music: Playlist / Entertainment: Dan a Sax, James Franklyn & The Soul Machine / Flowergirl Dress: Debenhams / Flowers: Spring Bank Flowers / Grooms Attire: Moss Bros / Grooms Shoes: Next Retail Ltd / Groomsmen Attire: Moss Bros / Groomsmen Shoes: Various / Hair: Jodie A Smith / Honeymoon: Mini Moon in York / Invitations: DIY, Becky By Design / Lolly Buffet: Bride's aunty / Makeup: Jodie A Smith / Pageboy Attire: Debenhams Retail / Photobooth: Shoot Boutique / Photographer: Neil Parry Photography / Rings: Frank Tummini / Transport: RM Buses / Venue: The Midland / Venue Decor: Table Linen Company / Videographer: Aaron Rose Wedding Films / Wedding Night Venue: The Midland