Evesham, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 10, 2012 -- It is said that getting married is one of the most special, momentous days in a person's life; and according to Richard Aldridge, this was certainly the case. A director at Plumbworld, the UK's largest and most recognised online retailer for bathrooms and showers, Richard has recently taken the plunge into marriage with long term partner Alex.
The date had been set in stone since the summer of 2011 when Richard proposed, leaving the couple (Alex), just enough time to plan the wedding they'd always dreamed of. The plans consisted of America, namely, Las Vegas to play host to this wedding before a long road trip to the California coast line for a romantic getaway honeymoon.
Richard Aldridge, Director of IT, commented on some aspects of the wedding; "What can I say, it was a wedding, it was a memorable experience that will be with me for my entire life time; I'm still overwhelmed and beyond happy at the thought of being married to Alex, let alone it being a reality.
The wedding in my eyes was flawless, I hope it was equally perfect for her as well; the reception, the ceremony, the after party and the honeymoon all went better than we could ever have expected." He carried on; "The ceremony was a small gathering of the most meaningful people in our lives and nothing too over the top, we aren't ones to make a song and dance over everything... unlike the Plumbworld boys and girls which I will get onto later." To jump in at this point seems right, a few days before Rich and Alex jetted off to the 'States', an unofficial surprise party was coordinated in the Plumbworld warehouse.
All the employees chipped in to make the warehouse look fancy (whilst still operable, dishing out almost 750 orders the same day); Rich couldn't believe his eyes when he went down there. All day people had been doing everything they could to keep him from going down there, and it's an extremely hard task, even with rope and handcuffs, people would struggle to contain Rich. So there it was, the PW warehouse fit for a king; well, maybe not a real king, but a king of baths at least!
We'll carry on where Rich left off, "I was gobsmacked to see everyone down there, it was nice to know everyone actually cared that much; we're quite a tight-knit team here at Plumbworld, but I never expected anything like this. If I wasn't such a man, I may have shed a tear, but manly is my middle name, I have a Saab."
Plumbworld was an early pioneer of online trading. It was started by James and Anita Hickman in 1999 and was sold to the Grafton Group PLC in December 2006. Plumbworld now employs more than 50 people in its purpose built warehouse and offices and boasts an astonishing 50 websites selling everything from a heated towel rail and draper tools to barbecues and electric showers. The business has a turnover in excess of £18 million and is growing at more than 20% year on year.