Living in the past! Wigan couple tie the knot in vintage wedding ceremony

A happy couple may have been looking forward to their future together as they tied the knot, but their wedding was very much rooted in the past.
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Peter Baker and Lisa Lane are so passionate about everything vintage that they wear clothes from the 1940s and 1950s, decorated their house in the style of that period and have a vintage shop in Wigan.

So it was no wonder that they decided their wedding on Saturday would hark back to the 1950s too.

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They each drove themselves to Ashfield House in Standish in their classic cars, where around 50 loved ones saw them become husband and wife.

Lisa Lane and Peter Baker celebrate their marriage with guestsLisa Lane and Peter Baker celebrate their marriage with guests
Lisa Lane and Peter Baker celebrate their marriage with guests

Lisa, 54, wore a beautiful dress made specially for her by a seamstress.

“I had a photograph of Audrey Hepburn in her wedding dress and I asked her to make me something similar,” she said.

“I found some lace that was very similar to what my mum had on her wedding day.”

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She walked down the aisle with one of her best friends Alan King, while his partner Karen Gray and her daughter Abbie Gray were bridesmaids.

Lisa Lane and Peter BakerLisa Lane and Peter Baker
Lisa Lane and Peter Baker

Peter, 62, said: “I didn’t want to turn round straight away so I waited for her to get about halfway down the aisle and I turned and tipped my hat to her. She looked absolutely stunning.”

Every detail was considered as the couple were married after four years together.

Lisa said: “I have been into the 1950s - the music and the style - since I was 15. I wanted a vintage wedding because I love the style.

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“I tried to make it as near to how it would have been back in the day. I have been collecting vintage crystal for three or four months, we had vintage floral table cloths, every detail like that. All the flowers we chose would have been popular in that era.”

Lisa with friend Alan King, who walked her down the aisleLisa with friend Alan King, who walked her down the aisle
Lisa with friend Alan King, who walked her down the aisle

After the wedding, the reception was held at Ashfield House, with a further 100 people joining the celebration.

Lisa and Peter moved to Swinley from Reading last year and many loved ones travelled from the south of England.

The pair love northern soul and have an internet radio station, so decided to DJ at the reception themselves.

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Lisa, who runs The Source Pot on Dicconson Terrace, said: “We had to. It’s not often a bride and groom drive themselves to a ceremony and DJ. I think Ashfield House were taken aback when we said we wanted to DJ our wedding.

“We had friends doing it as well. It was brilliant. We wanted to involve as many people as we could.”

The couple are now looking forward to a honeymoon in May, when they will go to Benidorm for a northern soul weekender. Lisa added: “Thank you to Ashfield House. They even dressed their staff in 1950s waitress uniforms. It was absolutely brilliant, they were superb.”