Everyone said it was about time that Steve and Sandy tied the knot.
After 16 years of waiting, all their friends were delighted to hear that, at long last, Steve had popped the question and the couple were to become Mr and Mrs Meyer.
The couple, who live in Sandal, finally married in October 2015 at a ceremony at Dewsbury Town Hall, followed by a reception and evening party at The Park Restaurant and Grill at Walton Hall, Wakefield.
For both Sandy, who runs Celebrations Bridal House in the centre of Ossett and Steve, a company director, it was a second marriage.
Sandy said: “Because we had been together for so long, no-one ever thought we would get married. Everyone was in total shock when we named the day. When we had said our wedding vows, some of our guests actually held up signs saying: “It’s about time’’.
Because Sandy’s dad had passed away some years ago, her twin sister Debbie walked her down the aisle but she had sewn a photo of her dad into her wedding dress and there was also a photo of him at the wedding reception.
For the service Sandy wore a Stella York fitted champagne coloured wedding gown with a fishtail hemline and she carried a posy of champagne coloured roses and gypsophilia. Her bridesmaids wore dresses from Sandy’s bridal boutique and carried similar flowers.
Many of the wedding guests stayed overnight the night before and travelled to and from the ceremony in a vintage bus. “Because Steve is originally from London, we had guests from all over so a wedding bus was the best idea to transport them all from the hotel,’’ said Sandy.
After the service the couple and their guests enjoyed a wedding breakfast and then an evening party at which Steve and Sandy had a five-tier ivory wedding cake with lace detail, a sparkly dance floor and a photo booth for all to enjoy.
Although the wedding day went without a hitch, there was a near disaster for some of the guests who had booked hotel rooms – only to find when they arrived in Wakefield that the rooms had been booked in a hotel with the same name in another part of the country.
Sandy said: “The hotel staff were brilliant and managed to find other rooms in the area for our guests.’’
At the reception, the couple organised a raffle to raise money for two charities in memory of her dad, Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation. Altogether they raised £250. “We had a wonderful day. The sun shone and everyone really enjoyed themselves and were glad to see us married at long last,’’ said Sandy.
Photography supplied courtesy of Lorys Photography www.lorysphotography.com
Brides & Bridesmaids Dresses:
Celebration Bridal House
Groomswear: Grooms Room
Rngs: Ernest Jones
Photography: Lorys Photography
Entertainment: Photobooth 4 You
Transport: Rolls Hire
Cake: ADC Cakes
Venue Decor: Wish Upon A Venue Dresser