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History making marriage on the Mintons

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History will be made in Liverpool’s St George’s Hall next week (19 August) when, for the first time ever, there will be a marriage on the Minton tiles.

Jennifer McPartland and Stephen Gough are set to tie the knot on Monday, with the ceremony taking place on the priceless Minton floor which consists of 30,000 handcrafted tiles.

The lucky couple who live in Woolton, fought off competition from nearly 60 couples to win a one-off competition organised by the team at St George’s Hall to offer a potential bride and groom a wedding package worth £10,000.

As well as the incredible venue which will be fully dressed, the prize also includes the bridal gown and bouquet, a drinks package, photographer and videographer and wedding stationery.

Jennifer will make an impressive entrance through the huge bronze doors at the far end of the Great Hall and walk the full length of the tiled floor to the sounds of city organist Professor Ian Tracy on the world-famous Willis Organ. Later, Liverpool’s-own Mezzo Soprano, Danielle Louise Thomas will sing in celebration of the special day. The ceremony is expected to last around 30 minutes.

Along with St George’s Hall, other local suppliers who have contributed to the wedding are White Closet Studios (bride’s dress), Tamzyn Angela (florist and event decoration), Luna June Paper (wedding invitations and stationery), LWC (independent drinks wholesaler who have provided reception refreshments) and Mersey Sound (provided the PA system).

Anyone interested in getting ‘Married on the Mintons’ in the future can contact a member of St George’s Hall’s wedding team by emailing: weddingssgh@liverpool.gov.uk.

Jennifer McPartland said: “Winning this competition has given me a wedding I could only ever have in my dreams.

“To have the chance to walk the length of the beautiful Minton floor and be a part of history in Liverpool is so overwhelming. I’d like to thank the team at St George’s Hall for making my dreams come true.”

Stephen Gough said: “I’m overwhelmed that we were chosen out of so many couples to be married on the Minton floor – it’s like a real life fairy tale wedding.”

City Assets Manager, Angie Redhead, said: “All the judges were bowled over by Jen and Ste’s entry and we knew that winning this prize will be life-changing for them.

“St George’s Hall is already a hugely popular wedding venue, but we wanted to do something different. No one has ever said ‘I do’ on the tiles and it will really be a history-making event.

“We’ve been working closely with the bride and groom to make sure Monday will be one of the best days of their lives – I think the Hall team are just as excited as the happy couple! It will be an unforgettable day for all involved.”