Fairy lights, roaring log fires, mulled wine and a sophisticated, lace Anna Sorrano design. What more could you want for a dreamy Christmas-themed wedding?

Findlay kissing Kelly on the cheek on their wedding day, outside their wedding venue

Findlay and Kelly first met ten years ago, when they were both in sixth form.

“For our first date, we went to watch the film 21Jump Street,” says Kelly.

“It’s a comedy, which set the tone for our relationship, as we haven’t stopped laughing ever since!”

Kelly on the morning of her wedding, having her make up applied and a back shot of Kelly havving her wedding dress fastened at the back.

Eight years later on the 18th of August 2020, Findlay proposed at the top of Snowdon. “It was magical and definitely worth the long hike!” says Kelly.

Kelly and Findlay's wedding venue for their Christmas themed wedding.

Shopping for the dress

Kelly and her Mum visited wed2b’s Liverpool store to find her dream dress, our classic Veronica design. “I instantly felt at ease, the staff were so helpful and we weren’t pressured into choosing a dress,” she says.

“They made us feel relaxed and there were so many dresses to choose from.”

Findlay and Kelly's dog on their wedding day and a photo of Kelly arriving to the church with her dad and 6 bridesmaids.

Discovering Anna Sorrano

Kelly’s corded lace A-line with elegant sleeves was picked out for her by a member of staff. “I tried on my dress and fell in love with it,” she says. “I had been adamant I didn’t want anything that had a princess look but instantly knew this was ‘The One’.” If you like this style, we think you'll also love these flattering A-line silhouettes and our favourite dresses with stylish three-quarter-length sleeves.

Findlay in the church with his hands on his face waiting for Kelly to arrive.
Kelly walking down the aisle in the church with her dad.

Finding the perfect venue

The couple married at their dream venue, Soughton Hall, a Grade II listed country house hotel in Flintshire. “I had actually been looking at venues for quite a while,” says Kelly. “After we got engaged, I forwarded an email with the Soughton Hall brochure to Findlay. But, when he had a closer look at the email, he saw the date was April 2020, four months before we got engaged! Findlay soon realised that I’d been planning the venue long before the proposal!"

"We booked it for the 28th December, the ideal date for the Christmas themed wedding we wanted.”

Findlay and Kelly seataed during their wedding ceremony and a photo of the couple holding hands during the ceremony.
Kelly walking down the aisle with her dad and a photo of Findlay and Kelly kissing after their wedding vows.

The big day

“I got ready at my childhood home, surrounded by my bridal party,” says Kelly. “The morning couldn’t have been smoother. It was a cloudy day but the rain held off.” 

Findlay and Kelly holding hands walking out of their church ceremony with guests throwing confetti
Close up photo of Findlay and Kelly with confetii, photo of Findlay and Kelly kissing outside while hold the lead of their very special dog.

“We travelled to church in an old fashioned, split screen camper van. Then my father walked me down the aisle to the ‘Bridal March’, played on the harp. One of my good friends read an extract from Love Actually and our vicar also cracked a few jokes, which made us feel at ease. Findlay and I left the church to ‘All You Need Is Love’ by the Beatles.”

Kelly posing with her six bridesmaids outside the venue and a close up photo of Kelly with one bridesmaid.

A warm welcome

After the ceremony, the couple’s Shetland sheepdog Nancy was waiting outside to greet them, before they travelled to Soughton Hall in the camper van. “On arrival we were greeted with mulled wine as the harpist played by the roaring fire,” says Kelly.

“The lights twinkled on the tree and it was magical."

"Our first dance was to ‘Lover’ by Taylor Swift, mostly for the first line, ‘We can leave the Christmas lights up till January…’.”

Photo of Kelly smiling outside and a photo of Findlay helping to hold Kelly's dress while walking together
Findlay and Kelly standing close together while embracing and a close up photo of the couple.

A Christmas-themed wedding

“Our theme was festive and we went for a burgundy, cream and gold colour scheme,” says Kelly. “Place names were candy canes and pinecones with each person's name handwritten on. We served a lovely three-course meal of pâté, lamb and sticky toffee pudding. The wedding cake was a rustic, naked cake decorated with forest fruits and pine cones. Later, we had ‘wedding speech’ bingo cards and then a DJ who played all the cheesy tunes!”

Findlay and Kelly posing infront of their wedding campervan.

The most memorable moments…

“The most memorable moment was walking down the aisle to see Findlay waiting for me.”

close up image of Kelly and Findlay kissing and a photo of the couple moments from a kiss.
Kelly and Findlay cutting their wedding cake and a close up photo of the couple's naked wedding cake.

And for other Anna brides…

“Our top tip is to embrace every moment, as it will be the fastest day of your life but the best day by far!” says Kelly.

Kelly and Findlay dancing at their christmas themed wedding reception.

It’s an absolute joy to see how you’ve styled our designs so, if you’ve enjoyed Kelly’s elegant Christmas themed wedding, then please share your big day pictures too. Just click here to send us your story and photos and we’ll be in touch. Don’t forget to check out more of our beautiful winter weddings too!

With much love,
The Anna Sorrano team


Kelly and Findlay’s Dream Team 

Photographer: Wyldbee Photography

Venue: Soughton Hall

Wedding dresses Liverpool: wed2b 

Florist: Reebees 

Videographer: Dream Capture Film 

Cake: Little Bee Cake Company 

Stationary: Mally’s Crafts 

Centrepieces: K&L Simply Floral 

Makeup: Gemma Baxter MUA 

Hair: Poppy-Michelle