Welcome to Festive Holiday week on RMW!! Now, on the surface of it, Kathryn and Greg’s Liverpool wedding in an old industrial warehouse may not seem that Christmassy to you…but bare with me on this one.
Christmas is about spending time with those you love most? Well, Kathryn and Greg’s massive wedding party and family filled affair definitely ticks that box.
Christmas is about over indulging in delicious food? Wait until you read about the picnic themed menu and see the GIANT tumbling tower of chocolate brownies. Yes, that’s right. A giant tumbling tower of brownies.
At Christmas time we also like to put on our best frocks and raise the glamour stakes on the make up, yes? Well Kathryn’s cute 50s style gown and stunning make up are most definitely occasion worthy.
And finally, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a roaring log fire. Well, ladies and gentlemen, Kathryn and Greg provide fire breathing aerial artists to keep you toasty warm.
Ready??? I’ll pass you over to Kathryn.
Freedom To Be Creative
Kathryn The Bride: Camp and Furnace on Greenland Street in Liverpool was the second venue we visited and we just loved it straight away. It’s got such a lovely feel about it, really warm and cosy when the furnace is lit. It has the most amazing space and the food is fantastic.
The style and the freedom to make unique it were big selling points and the late bar of course!
Make Up Of Make Up Artists
As a freelance make up artist myself, it was one of the first things I thought about when I got engaged. I decided not to do it myself as I wanted to feel relaxed and pampered on my wedding morning. So I treated myself and my bridesmaids to a make up application and called on two friends to do the honours.
Our dresses were all 50s style and I wanted this theme too in the make up looks. My four bridesmaids wore a classic 50s look – a black flick eyeliner and a beautiful red lip stick from MAC called Lady Danger. I focused on my eyes and went for soft warm autumnal colours with undertones of orange and red to bring out the blue of my eyes.
I had LVL lashes done by @lashhboutique. About 10 days before the wedding they looked amazing with a few coats of mascara. I added some MAC individual eyelashes to add a little thickness and they lasted for my honeymoon.
For my hair I used David Anthony hairdressers in Wimslow. Mark just created my style in one go – I told him I wanted it all up and to think vintage, I loved it straight away…he made me look like I’d got so much hair! Katie did a wonderful job of my bridesmaids giving them a oversized 50s style bun. We all had matching red nails and toes which I did on the week running up to the wedding using Bio Sculpture Gel that lasts 2-3 weeks.
Short And Sweet
The search for the perfect dress took me all the way to London. I always knew I wanted a short 50s style dress because I’m only 5ft 2in. I just felt they suited me and I just love the big skirt. I dragged my friend round lots of shops and the very last dress I tried on at 7pm in the evening was the one!
I got it from Heavenly Vintage Brides. Helena works from home and her spare bedroom is bursting at the seams with the most vintage wedding dresses I have ever seen, she was amazing and made sure everything was just perfect for me. The gown I bought wasn’t vintage, it was one of her own designs so it was made to measure and it was perfect.
Home Made Accessories
I wore Rachel Simpson Eva shoes I customised them myself with some little green jewels that my Mum found attached to a hair bobble in a local shop. We removed the hair bobble and used florists wire to attach them to the shoes. I also made my own head peace using some bird cage material from Ebay and a vintage brooch that I found on a flea market in London.
A Large Wedding Party
I had four bridesmaids and two bridesmen and we had five groomsmen, two of which were best men. We dressed them all from the high street we wanted them to have things they could wear again. Greg dressed the boys, they wore suits from Topman and shirts from Urban Outfitters with grey braces.
I wanted to keep the bridesmaid dresses a similar style to my dress I found the dresses on Rock My Vintage and the shoes on ASOS. Then last but not least I dressed my bridesboys all from Topman and I found the polka dot bow ties on Ebay.
One of my favourite colours is green. My engagement ring is a beautiful emerald, I wanted to use the colour green and it just all fell into place.
Ian at Camp and Furnace suggested the large balloons and we had six in green and white, they were very effective. The theme found its self with the venue having vintage caravans and olive trees inside and the picnic food we ordered for the wedding breakfast – so it became “The Great Outdoors Indoors.” Camp and Furnace added an extra touch with the beautiful bunting.
An Industrial Meadow
I asked my florist to create something very natural like the flowers had just been picked from a meadow. I had daises in my bouquet mixed with gypsy grass hand tied with brown string. The centre pieces were all placed on and around slices of wood that Pat and Shelly from The Bouquet Factory in Liverpool found, then the flowers were placed in jars all different sizes with lace and string to decorate them. We had little daisy plants down the sides of the aisle and two bay trees at the top, both in stainless steel pots to keep the industrial feel.
It Meant The World
I loved the whole ceremony! walking down the aisle and seeing all my loved ones meant so much to me. Seeing my 91 year old Nan on the front row looking up at me that meant the world. A very special friend of ours Sophie did a lovely reading called Maybe. I have read over it a few times since and the words are so true it’s a beautiful poem.
A Surprise Performance
Our entertainment was amazing I used an old school friend Laura and her college friend Claire from Meddling Pixies. I had seen Laura’s work on Facebook so I dropped her a message and asked if she would perform at my wedding I was delighted when she said yes. Laura and Claire performed a double silks act before we sat down to the wedding breakfast and then they both performed again in the evening once the evening guests had arrived they did a fabulous hoop act, then later on after the furnace had been lit they did some fire eating it worked really well we hadn’t told anyone about so it was a big surprise for everyone.
For our first dance choose Loose Yourself To Dance by Daft Punk as we wanted something upbeat and fun and this worked perfectly. I was worried about dancing in front of all those people but by then I’d had enough wine not to be worried and all I needed to do was twirl in my dress which made some fab photos. Our DJ was a friend of ours called Johnny, he was on top form and played some great tunes.
A Picnic Feast
Camp and Furnace provided all of the food and it was brilliant! We had a picnic style meal to start, with individual goat cheese tartlets severed with fresh seasonal leaves. This was then followed by “The Great Indoors Picnic” which was presented in a picnic basket placed in the centre of the table we really wanted this style of meal to get people sharing food and chatting. Included in the picnic was homemade pork fennel and orange sausage rolls, pots of apple and cheddar coleslaw, honey and Coca Cola glazed carved gammon, pots of duck egg and chive mayonnaise, pork apple and clove sausages with a maple glaze, jars of chilli relish, handmade individual quiche Lorraine, chorizo potatoes, a fresh selection of leaves, swing top bottles of homemade lemonade and warm bread.
To finish the staff sounded a horn and came through with a huge tumbling tower of Chocolate Brownies on a stretcher. They were the best brownies I have ever tasted and I’ve tasted a lot of brownies in my time!
In the evening we had pies served from a stall – cottage pie, chicken and mushroom and spiced bean I heard they were very nice but I was too busy dancing and forgot to eat one!
Our Own Logo
One of our very talented best men Alex designed our invites, he designed a logo for the back of the invite using both of our names. We used this logo on the menus and also had a large stencil made which was the chalked onto the black board behind the bar for us.
Our table plan was easy to do, we had 10 people per table and I got the place names locally and spent one Sunday afternoon writing them out. We choose table names that meant things to us both. Our top table was called James Arthur in memory of my late father and one was called Mykonos because we had our first holiday there.
There For You
Your wedding day really is the best day of your life so enjoy and cherish every single minute of it. Don’t be nervous because everyone who is there is there for you and loves you. During the wedding breakfast take a minute and sit back and have a good look around because it’s the only time you will get all the people you love in your life in one room. I just want to do it all again!