10 dresses for 10 maids...

Bride Claire Tolliday is greeted by her 10 bridesmaids at St Nicholas Church, Lutton. This was the first time dressmaker Kathleen Cook saw all of the bridesmaids together. ANL-150807-172323001
Bride Claire Tolliday is greeted by her 10 bridesmaids at St Nicholas Church, Lutton. This was the first time dressmaker Kathleen Cook saw all of the bridesmaids together. ANL-150807-172323001

A Long Sutton dressmaker had her work cut out for her when a bride-to-be placed an order for 10 dresses for 10 bridesmaids.

Claire Tolliday arrived at St Nicholas Church, Lutton, on Monday a vision in traditional white, led down the aisle by her proud father, John.

She had been driven to church by Al Smith in a classic Morris Eight to marry Matthew Schofield, who had been waiting for her surrounded by family and friends from many parts of the country.

Among the guests was Kathleen Cook, eager to catch a glimpse of all of the bridesmaids in the dresses she had made. It was the first time they had been together since fittings began a year ago.

Kathleen, who runs her business from her home in St Mary’s Gardens, said: “Claire was very definite about what she wanted from the start – the five adult bridesmaids wore slate grey satin and chiffon dresses and the flower girls had silver dresses with slate grey sashes and bows at the back.

“They all carried yellow flowers and looked stunning. It was a very unusual colour choice – most brides have gone for pastels this year – but the bridesmaids looked fabulous.”

Complementing the dresses were flowers by Stephanie’s Florist of Bourne, where Claire worked before her present job at Boud Minerals in Sutton Bridge.

Maid of honour was Laura Wright, the eldest daughter of John and Mandy Tolliday, and bridesmaids were Tammy Schofield, Matthew’s sister, Katie Thorpe, Claire’s cousin, and friends Laura Godfrey and Mandy Smith.

Flower girls were Lola and Cleo Wright, Olivia Heighes, Ellie-Mae Godfrey and Lillie Herbert.

The service was conducted by Matthew’s uncle, Pastor Gary Noyes of the Redditch Diocese and featured the Sutton Bridge Gospel Choir.

Matthew’s 15-year-old son Bradley was one of the best men with James Herbert and pageboys were Jonah Speed and George Godfrey.

A local theme to the wedding continued at the reception in Sutton St James Village Hall, with the cake made by Country Cakes of Weston and the bar run by Lutton’s Jolly Crispin. Claire is a former pupil of Lutton Primary School who also attended St Clements High School.

Matthew, the son of Sue and Tony Schofield, attended the Isle of Ely College, Wisbech, and is an electrician for K A Goulden Electrical of Spalding.

The couple are currently on honeymoon in Mexico.