A bride who said her ‘I dos’ on Blackpool Pleasure Beach followed by a reception in a games arcade said the day made her feel like “royalty”,
Rosie Cook, 33, married boyfriend Paul on Saturday, before spending the day enjoying everything Blackpool has to offer at their socially distanced wedding,
The newlyweds even enjoyed their first dance in one of the piers by having a go on the iconic Dance Revolution arcade game.
Rosie and Paul had their original wedding plans scuppered twice by coronavirus restrictions and so decided to throw caution to the wind and get married in Blackpool without the ‘big do’.
Rosie told LancsLive that she enjoyed a “magical day” at the seaside.
“I want to do it all over again, I want to put my dress on and go out again this Saturday,” said the new Mrs Cook.
“Obviously marrying Paul was the best part of the day but going round the beach front and having the wedding reception on the piers was amazing.
“We went on the dance mats at the arcade, that was our first dance, we were lucky that the machine had our song on it.
“Blackpool will always be my happy place, I’m so glad I could get married there.”
Rosie first met 49-year-old husband Paul Cook in 2017 when they were both working at a Primark store in Carlisle, Cumbria.
Rosie says the two were “made for each other” and it didn’t take long for Paul to pop the question as part of Rosie’s 30th birthday celebrations.
She said: “It was a whirlwind romance; we just liked each other and then we got together.
“There was nothing romantic, we are just meant to be together, we are both a bit over the top.”
The Cooks had planned for their wedding ceremony to take place at the Boulevard Hotel in Blackpool back in July.
Blackpool mad Rosie says she loves the seaside resort and that it is her favourite place in the world. The 33-year-old even has a Blackpool Tower tattoo on her ankle.
She said: “People say Blackpool is tacky but that’s why I love it, tacky is my middle name.”
150 guests were expected to attended but the original lockdown measures imposed by prime minister Boris Johnson in March put a stop to those plans.
The couple rescheduled their wedding for April, booking and paying for everything from the venue to the food and even a magician.
But the rule of six guidelines introduced in September once again put a stop to Rosie’s plans.
“We just decided to get married as soon as possible after that,” she said.
“We were tired of waiting. We called up the Blackpool Wedding Chapel and booked their last available slot.”
At 1pm on Saturday (October 17) Rosie and Paul gathered at the Blackpool Wedding Chapel on North Pier with Rosie’s parents, her sisters Danni and Abby (who were bridesmaids) her nieces, her 13-year-old daughter Tia and her best friend who also acted as her make up artist.
Paul’s family, who are based in Scotland, couldn’t attend.
The party had two hours at the Boulevard Hotel where they sat at separate tables and enjoyed a meal plus some wedding cake for afters.
The wedding party then left, with Rosie and Paul enjoying the pier, going on the Pleasure Beach rides and drawing interest from Blackpool residents.
The bridesmaids wore leopard print dresses while Rosie’s white bridal gown drew honks from passing motorists as she walked through the town.
She said: “It was amazing, despite everything I had the best day ever.
“I felt like royalty. People were coming up to me and congratulating me, honking their horns, asking for pictures with us.
“I just loved it I thought it was the best day ever.
“The people of Blackpool were so kind and that kindness made it for us.”
Rosie and Paul don’t have any honeymoon plans thanks to the coronavirus restrictions but Rosie is just happy to be finally married.
When restrictions are lifted she is hoping to have a celebration with all her extended friends and family who couldn’t make the ceremony.