A blind date led to happiness for Sandra Lamb and David Elvin when they married in July after five years together.
Although Sandra lived in Stafford and David lived in London, David’s flatmate Paul was dating Sandra’s best friend, Helen, who both thought the pair would make the perfect match.
Paul and Helen, who have now married, brought David down to meet Sandra for a night out in Cannock, although initially the pair didn’t get on too well.
“I think it was because there were lots of other people around and we didn’t feel comfortable,” says Sandra with a laugh. “We met up again the next day and got on very well. We then met up every weekend and after about nine months or so he moved up here to be with me.”
David then popped the question to Sandra a few years ago and the set about planning their wedding for Jamaica in July 2011. However a few weeks before they were due to fly out, Sandra’s mother, Lillie sadly died and they decided to postpone the wedding for a year.
“We decided to get married at Rodbaston Hall in Penkridge on July 14 so my dad could be there too, although in the end he was too till to come.” However Sandra, aged 47, says her wedding day to David, aged 44, was ‘an amazing day.’
“It was just beautiful from beginning to end. It was my princess dream.
“Rodbaston surpassed everything I could wish for, including the grounds, their service, everything.” The pair were married at Rodbaston Hall by the local registrar at 2pm before sitting down to a wedding breakfast and holding an evening reception.
“I was a nervous wreck, I cried all the way through,” admits Sandra.
I wore an ivory gown with a sweetheart neckline and a corseted waist, all covered in diamante, as well as a tiara and veil, all from Belles & Beaus of Cannock.
My bouquet was made by friends, I had Cala Lilllies, chosen for my mum with beads and wrapped in black lace and the bridesmaids had the same.
David’s two sons, Daniel, aged 23 and Liam, aged 18, were his bestmen for the day, wearing suits from John Paul’s Menswear in Lichfield while his daughter, Shannon, aged 17 and Sandra’s two daughters, Melissa, aged 26 and Laura, aged 23 were her bridesmaids along with her two best friends from college, Karen Jenkins and Carmen Davis.
“We had a black and silver colour scheme which was very elegant, so my two friends along with Laura who was eight months pregnant wore long black dresses and the others wore shorter silver and grey dresses, all from the Fashion Factory in Cannock.
“Lots of our friends helped with different things for the wedding. My best friend’s husband, Colin Greatrex, was the photographer and another friend Misunderstood Entertainment by DJ Woody did the DJ-ing for us.”
A friend paid for Sandra to have her hair and make-up done at home, bridesmaids Karen, and Carmen along with friend Amy Walker surprised Sandra with a limousine to take her to Rodbaston Hall as a wedding present and the beautiful wedding cake was made by Elaine Davis, a friend’s mum who created a three tier rum cake, iced in white with black filigree icing and topped with white flowers.
Sandra’s brother, Mark Capper, gave her away and she walked down the aisle to The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face by Leona Lewis. However, something a little less romantic was chosen for the newly married couple to exit to, The Conga.
“We got everyone up dancing around the garden,” says Sandra with a laugh.
“The day went absolutely superbly. It just flowed nicely but went so quickly.
“The wedding co-ordinators did everything so there were no stresses, no concerns. The reception was outstanding and the food, provided by Jenkinsons Caterers, who are linked with Rodbaston Hall, was amazing.
“When I first arrived the garden was just superb, with such wonderful colours. Then I opened the door and saw everyone waiting and I walked in and saw my new sons and husband standing waiting. It was an amazing feeling.
“After the wedding breakfast came he speeches and when my new sons did their speeches they said some beautiful things about me. We are all one family now and very close.” Sandra and David then chose another romantic song for their first dance as husband and wife, Billy Ocean’s song Suddenly.
Of her wedding day Sandra says: “It was just like a dream. I couldn’t have wanted better.”
A week later the pair went to Egypt fore their honeymoon, which Sandra says was ‘an outstanding experience and very romantic.’ Soon after the wedding Sandra’s daughter, Laura, gave birth to a boy, Ronnie, adding to the family and making Sandra and David proud grandparents within a month of the wedding.
Photography by Colin Greatrex.