Whilst travelling in Vietnam Toni and Luke booked a trip to watch the sun rise at Mui Ne. After reaching the top of the dunes by quad bike, Luke proposed just as the sun rose above the horizon. Toni excitedly called her family after waiting for the sun to rise in the UK – an agonising 6 hours! Knowing they wanted to get married the following summer, the couple began searching venues as soon as they returned home.
Finding the right venue was most important to them. They wanted somewhere with amazing views and plenty of overnight accommodation for their guests to celebrate until the early hours.
“We went to see a lot of venues that weekend but nothing compared to West Tower. It just stuck in our head and when we went for our appointment, we knew it was definitely our favourite” – Toni
The Style of the day
Toni wanted her theme to be classy and elegant just like the venue, choosing simple décor to complement the Ballroom. Having enjoyed travelling around Asia, their table names were places important to them with a family friend designing their tableplan. The couple provided centrepieces for the Cellar Bar, with photos of their travels setting the scene of the day.
The simple four tiered cake was made by a family friend decorated with fresh flowers identical to the wedding bouquets.
Toni knew she’d found the perfect dress when her mum instantly cried on seeing her step from the dressing room! It was an off the shoulder lace dress, and she loved that it could become strapless later. Luke had designed a necklace and earrings himself (with a little help from her mum ensuring it matched her dress!). Along with a delicate silver bracelet which her parents gave her, Toni’s outfit was complete.
Her six bridesmaids had matching dresses with the adults having a scooped back and the younger girls a netted skirt. Luke went to Liverpool with his groomsmen to choose the suits, settling on navy blue with grey tweed waistcoat and pink tie.
Toni’s dad walked her down the aisle in the church that she was baptised in. Her cousin read a very moving and touching poem ‘The Journey’ which he’d written for Toni & Luke telling the story of their journey. ‘The Macarena’ by Los del Río was played whilst they signed the register– getting everyone in the party spirit!
The sun was shining at West Tower, with drinks and canapes served outside whilst a magician and saxophonist entertained them. Following an accident whilst on his stag weekend, Luke’s dad and stepmum were unable to attend the wedding. Keen to ensure they were still part of the day, the couple set-up lots of cameras on live stream. His dad and stepmum could then login at any time and watch the day including the ceremony (even the Macarena!). Speeches took place before the meal, with the Best Man using a projector to embarrass Luke in true best man style.
The couple only decided their first dance the week before, finally settling on ‘Symphony’ by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson. They felt it suited them much more than a slower, more traditional first dance, certainly getting the crowd dancing straight away! Local band ‘The Captains of Industry’ continued the party for the rest of the evening with a DJ until the early hours.
“West Tower is an amazing wedding venue and the staff were brilliant, everyone worked so hard to help us plan our perfect day.” – Toni