The wedding of Richie Beckett & Stacey Keenan
PUBLISHED: 09:22 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:22 26 February 2013
Newly-wed Stacey Beckett tells the story of her perfect wedding day
Newly-wed Stacey Beckett tells the story of her perfect wedding day...
The bride and groom: Richie, whose family come from Wythall, serves in HM Forces. Stacey, who is from Alcester, works in media sales. They are now living in Bournemouth where Richie is posted.
Parents: Richies parents are Sandra and Alan Beckett and Stacey is the daughter of Lorna Johns and the late John Keenan.
Best man: Brian Miller.
Ushers: Harrison Green and Mike Vanstone.
Page Boy: Rocco Wilde.
Bridesmaids and flower girls: Elaine Keenan, Charley Beckett, Hayley Metcalfe, Lois Walker, Sara Leaver, Brooke Green and Lexi Green.
How they met: Stacey says: Where a lot of people meet in todays society on an online dating site. It still sounds strange to some people but it made perfect sense to us. Richie was a single parent, so going out and meeting people was difficult. I have always worked two jobs, media sales by day and entertainer/stiltwalker by night, so I was constantly working. After working in the club scene for 15 years, meeting someone in a club was a definite no-no for me. We met on line in May 2011, got engaged in December 2011 and were married by October 2012. It was just so right for us both.
Location for wedding and reception: StNicholas Church, Alcester and Ettington Chase, Ettington. The service was very funny, romantic and
light-hearted. Choosing the venue was easy; I have worked alongside Ettington Chase and had a good understanding of their ethic and customer service. Knowing I didnt have to worry about anything on the day, coupled with a stunning venue and good package made it the perfect choice.
The gown: The dress was absolutely perfect and was custom-made by a business in Lancashire. Most wedding dress shops stock have a good relationship with the designers who supply their stock so if you like the bodice of one dress and the skirt on another, ask if the designer is prepared to make this. I would advise looking 12 months in advance of the wedding.
The suits: From suit hire at Austin Reed. They offered a great variety and as our best man, ushers and page boy came from different parts of the country, it was very convenient for fittings and collection.
Bridesmaids dresses: These were custom-made by a dressmaker in China. Iknew what I wanted but we couldnt find them anywhere so I found a picture and chose the exact colour of the dresses and got them made to order. It was a risk, but definitely paid off. Always order a test dress as you need to ensure perfect measurements and workmanship.
The flowers: The beautful white roses were a wedding gift from Richies mum, Sandra and were from Shirley Anns Florist in Kings Heath where Shirley did an amazing job, with everything from dressing the church, to the buttonholes.
Special touches: The Wedding Society (www.the-wedding-society.co.uk) dressed our venue perfectly; detail was outstanding, including the draping, mood lighting, chair covers, table settings and ice sculptures. Everything! I chose The Wedding Society because it offered an all-in-one solution. Bringing in different suppliers and buying services separately was not cost-effective. The Wedding Society took the stress out of the day and created the perfect ambience. Highly recommended!
The wedding cars were stunning, and were provided by Richies brother Simon Beckett, ranging from a Bentley Arnage, and Bentley Continental, to a Range Rovers and a Porsche Boxster. My cousin, Helen Green, did hair and beauty. She and my maid of honour, Elaine, were as good as wedding organisers.
The day: I know its a clich but the day was perfect. The sun was shining, Ettington Chase couldnt have done more for us and the decor from the Wedding Society was stunning. The photographer Stephen Casey and videographers (www.bashfordtwins.com) did an amazing job.
I pulled in a few favours from friends and the entertainment was amazing, including Brett Sirrell, a great magician from Wythall, followed by a brilliant fire artist/stiltwalker supplied by Atlanta Entertainment and Kev Riley, the DJ, who kept guests on their feet all night. My good friend Liam Houghton sang for us and our guests loved him. Most importantly on the day though were the guests who made our wedding so special. We couldnt have wished for more. A very big thank you to the Beckett family and the Keenans as they helped make it so special.
The honeymoon: Cancun in Mexico, we will certainly go back, maybe once a year as an anniversary I havent yet mentioned this to Richie though.
Precious memory: Without a doubt the most precious memory from our day is our daughters speech.
She is only 15, but stood up and delivered a perfect speech. She did us so proud and there wasnt a dry eye in the room We will never forget that moment.
Photography by: www.stephencasephotography.co.uk