Right, you definitely need to get comfy this morning as you are about to witness a whole host of gorgeousness at this intimate garden party wedding. From the DIY decor adorning the rustic barn, to the ditsy print bridesmaid dresses and not forgetting the brides vintage lace gown and bespoke shoes. I have a feeling there will also be a lot of pinning action when you see all the gorgeous wild blooms.
Anna Hardy‘s images definitely do all the talking so I shall keep you no more. Enjoy every detail, there’s SO much inspiration.
Loving Maddy and Luke’s choice of first dance… And I’m sure Grandma didn’t read too much into the lyrics 🙂
This wedding looks like so much fun, and despite a few elements that didn’t quite go to plan, Maddy easily proclaims it as the best day of her life.
Home From Home
We fell in love with the Crab and Lobster the moment we set foot in the front door – it had just the right balance between wedding venue and home from home. It’s so unique and the extra luxury of the manor house meant that we could spend the whole weekend with the people we love the most. We did have to find another venue to accommodate the 65 guests for the ceremony and, after days of looking, we found Bedern Hall hidden away in the centre of York. We loved it’s chapel-ish feel and the two venues gave us a good excuse to hire a vintage bus for the guests and my dream car (Nissan Figaro) to get back to the Crab and Lobster!
3 Minute Routine
I am not a big make up wearer – I tend to just throw it on in the same 3 minute routine everyday, so I wanted to look like ‘me’ (but extra amazing). A friend of mine Rachel Furr did me a perfect set of eyelashes and oyster pink Gelish nails and I found Hayley through a friend to do my hair.
My dress was a very expensive Clinton Lotter dress that I saw on a blog and fell in love with. However, it didn’t fit the budget, so I bought a vintage one from a wedding fair in Liverpool. A few weeks later, by some miracle, I found the dream dress on ebay for £300 and in my size! The rest, as they say, is history. I loved how light it was – it wasn’t the vintage lace number that everyone expected, but it was so simple and timeless that I knew it was the one! I was slightly too small around the top, so I did get to add a little bit of vintage lace (thanks to louellabride.co.uk) – making it my old and new!
My shoes were from an amazing charity shop in Otley. I wanted a head piece that was a good cross between jewellery and flowers and couldn’t find anything I liked – so my bridesmaid Lizzi made my headpiece from some bits and bobs from hobbycraft (she’s a genius). My earrings were vintage 1920s (like my rings) and from The Antique Centre in York and Year Dot in Leeds . I changed them during the day, which my mum thought was hilarious. My ‘borrowed’ was an antique bracelet that belonged to my great Grandma May.
We gave our groomsmen some spends to get their suits because we wanted to make sure they bought something that they would wear again. Luke wanted to wear grey initially, but he put a blue suit on to try it for size and it just looked amazing! There was originally no colour theme, as the girls were going to wear un-matching floral dresses. But, when I found the Oyster pink dresses in Zara, all the girls wanted to wear them and were really excited to dress the same – we went to every Zara in London to search for all the right sizes!!
I still wanted them to have their own slant on their outfits, so they all had their nails done in their favourite colour and they all picked out their own shoes, which I loved because they were all a perfect reflection of the girl’s individual style.
Pink & Blue
I’m not going to lie (and this is a massive faux pas for a designer) but I never had a colour theme in mind. The whole event was so epic that I decided to just go with the flow and see what happened. If you had told me that the wedding would be pinks and blues I wouldn’t have believed you!
My bridesmaid Lizzi (the one with curly hair) did my flowers, as well as my head piece. I had no idea of her hidden skills! We weren’t sure of the specifics, but knew we needed crosages for the bridesmaids, pinholes for the boys, a small bouquet for my sister (aka ‘mega bridesmaid’ as she didn’t want to be called maid of honour?!), bunches of Gypsophila to tie to the end of rows using vintage ribbons and small centre pieces in an array of vases that Luke’s parents and I had been foraging away for months.
We picked up a selection of flowers from a small florist in Bradford that had some unusual varieties, but didn’t really know what to do with them – she told me she’d bring them to the wedding the next day. When she sent me a picture message asking if they were ok, I nearly fainted – they were amazing! Luke’s mum helped me to arrange the spare stems into the vases too! . I’m glad they both had green fingers – all I do with plants is kill them! My bridesmaid Joanna also collected the Hendricks bottles (our favourite Gin) for the Gypsophila to got in on the outside tables – any excuse for a drink!
I’ll Be There For You
Bon Iver’s “Re:Stacks” played as I walked down the isle (after one of the best men had to abandon the CD player and use his phone). Luke’s Dad read the vows; this might sound a bit weird, but we changed it to ‘you will’ instead of ‘I will”. Neither of us fancied saying anything other than the “I Dos’, as we knew we’d be nervous!
My bridesmaid, Laura, read a Donald Hall’s poem called “valentine” and tweaked it especially for us – she cried throughout the whole thing, which my Dad couldn’t resist throwing into his speech! Finally, my (very scouse) cousin provided a bit of comic relief with “I’ll be there for You” by Louise Cuddon
Let’s Get It On
In order to maximize the dancing space, we decided to hire a jukebox, which we loaded up with songs that guests requested. It went down really well and people loved picking the songs. Our first dance was “Let’s get it on” by Marvin Gaye. I know – cringe. High Fidelity is our favourite film and, after much deliberation, we decided to go for that song. Hopefully my Grandma didn’t realize its sexual connotations!
Lytham To Yorkshire
We had a BBQ and even the rain didn’t deter people from going outside to fill their plates with the delicious food. We never quite made it to dessert because of the timings going a little scwiffy, so we owe 65 people a sticky toffee pudding! Sorry guys! As I am from Lancashire (Lytham St Annes, near Blackpool) and Luke is from Yorkshire, we decided that red and white rock from Blackpool was the perfect favour.
As I couldn’t find anywhere I wanted to get married in Lytham, I made sure there was some sand from the beach in the candle jars – I brought Lytham to Yorkshire instead. We asked both of our mums to bake a cake and a couple of our guests did too, it was such a nice way to get everyone involved.
Screen Printed Stationery
As a graphic designer, I really felt the pressure when it came to the design of the wedding. Luke and I spent a whole day screen-printing all of our wedding stationery together – which was more stressful than arranging the wedding itself! I changed my mind so many times, but was really happy with the final designs. The tables were birds, as Luke is a bit of a bird geek.
There was even a Liverbird table for the scousers! The trees at Bedern Hall were dressed with origami birds, made by my bridesmaid Emily – it took her hours. I cut out the confetti myself. My other bridesmaid Kerry did a beautiful illustration of us which our guests to put their fingerprints on, which we love! The perks of crafty friends!
Things Do Go Wrong
The isle song wouldn’t start, the bus got stuck behind a tractor, it was really over cast in the morning, I arrived nearly 45 minutes late to the ceremony and we didn’t practice our first dance, so we looked like a couple of idiots, but it was the best day of my life. I loved every minute.
A friend gave me this advice – ‘make sure you take it all in’ – which sounds really obvious, but I made sure to take a step back every so often to really take the day in. Those are the bits I remember the best.
I can’t thank our parents enough for the support, both financially and throughout all the planning. The bridesmaids and groomsmen for all their behind the scenes work to make the day run smoothly (I vividly remember turning around to 4 very apologetic groomsmen holding candles and asking me where they should take them right after we got married).
I also have to say an extra big thank you to both Lizzi(e)s – one made sure the flowers looked amazing and the other orchestrated the whole day (the perks of an x-event planning sister)! Our wedding would have been a nightmare if we didn’t have such amazing friends and family to help everything go smoothly!
Also a big thank you to Anna Hardy – she captured the day so well and managed to take everything in her stride!
Crafty friends are indeed a bonus! As are mums who can make cakes… Employing your friends and family and utilising their various skillsets is a really good way to stretch your budget as far as it will go. And you’ll find that everyone is only too happy to help. Particularly if you can offer them some bespoke screen printed stationery one day to return the favour 🙂
Love the design elements here, everything fits together so well and every last details has been beautifully documented by Anna Hardy.
Matt and Laura married on 29th December 2011 at Rudding Park, Harrogate, so we are only a few days after Christmas. Just as Laura specified that her dress should be ‘Christmassy without too much Christmas’ I think the same could be said for their wedding.
It would be tempting to go with a traditional seasonal colour scheme of green and red but here we have vintage pinks and cream and just a touch of purple to remind us that we are in late late December.
And it really works.
Photography today is by the delightfully delicious Anna Hardy.
Christmassy Without Too Much Christmas
I’m not your typical girly girl and, I must admit, the thought of having to find the ‘perfect dress’ was a little bit daunting. I tried on quite a few different dresses, visiting a few different shops with both my Mum and my bridesmaids. I eventually found Louella Bride in Leeds who stock so many gorgeous dresses (I can’t recommend this shop and its staff highly enough – they were fantastic throughout). I was beginning to think I really wasn’t going to find a dress I loved until I tried on ‘Brigham’ from Blue by Enzoani – it was the train of the dress that really sold it to me and the delicate detailing on both the front and back. I think my brief when asked what I was looking for in a dress was ‘Christmassy without too much Christmas’ – If I’m 100% honest, there were dresses that I saw and adored even after picking this one, but there was something about this dress that, when I tried it on, it just felt perfect and, most importantly, I knew Mr B would approve!
I really wanted my wedding jewellery to have sentimental value and so didn’t want to buy anything new. Fortunately, for my 21st birthday, I was given a single pearl necklace by two of my best friends and a pair of pearl and diamond earrings from my parents which were perfect! Mr B’s lovely Nanna also very kindly lent me a pearl bracelet that had previously belonged to her Mum (my something borrowed).
On the morning of the wedding, my Dad also surprised me with the most gorgeous gold diamond bracelet! With regard to hair accessories, I tried on one veil and it just didn’t feel right, so I opted instead to go with some very small and simple pearl clips from Accessorize – I knew if I didn’t feel like me I just wouldn’t be comfortable – it is so easy to get wound up in the world of wedding accessories but sometimes less is definitely more.
Wellies And Flip Flops
First stop in the shoe department for me was wellies! I knew the weather in December wasn’t destined to be cracking and that didn’t bother me, so long as I knew I was prepared. I bought some fancy pants wellies from Ted Baker which I wore whilst we did all of our outside pictures. As for heels, I had my heart set on buying some fancy designer ones, but instead ended up buying some gorgeous simple gold ones with a cute little bow at the front from Coast (and with 20% off, bonus!) and thank goodness they were so cheap and not designer!
After walking down the aisle that was the last I wore those shoes as I had also bought a cute little pair of Kurt Geiger flip flops (the jelly type with the bow on) for dancing in later and had a sudden revelation to scrap the heels and go in early with the flip flops! Best decision ever – comfort is key for me and happy feet was a must!
Natural, Flawless And Radiant
I’m really not big into make-up, I think if anything, it scares me a little as I really don’t know how to put it all on properly! I’m just a bronzer/blusher/mascara girl for daytime/nights out but thought I best get myself a bit more spruced up for the big day. I have a very lovely friend, Regan, who is a fab beauty/make-up artist who happily agreed to help me out and, after a trial at Laura Mercier in Harvey Nichols to test out all of their different products (and my bank account taking a serious hit) I was all set. Regan did an amazing job, it was very natural and I felt like me but much more flawless and radiant!
We had a few wedding hair trials before the big day from Kaylee, a lovely lady found by my bridesmaid, but it was left very much until the morning of the wedding to finally decide how we were all going to have our hair. I was set on a half up style from the beginning as I didn’t want to look too different from my normal self and after a few attempts it looked exactly as I had wanted. She also made my bridesmaids/flower girls look so beautiful!
Luckily, we had a connection to a very lovely lady named Annie from Rosa Rugosa – she was fantastic right from the start. We knew very little about any type of flowers but knew that we wanted a purple/cream vintage style with not very much ‘greenery’. Annie did an amazing job; my favourite flower (and the only flower name I learned) was the amnesia rose. I was blown away at just how perfect she had gotten it with such a small brief!
Our centre pieces were vintage birdcages filled with similar flowers and fairy lights – the credit here goes to Mr B as he really pushed for these and they looked great on the tables, especially in the evening!
For our Groomsmen we asked them to buy their own grey suit to wear on the big day, we wanted to them all to look similar, but comfortable, and wearing something they would wear again, but we did supply them with a black & white polka dot tie!
As for bridesmaids, we visited Cottage Bridal in Ossett, who hold a range of Dessy dresses. I was keen on them getting something that they wanted, I didn’t want to influence them too much in what they had to wear as I really wanted it to be a joint decision between us all so I knew my girls were happy. It was when my Bridesmaid Sophie came out of the changing room wearing the floor length Grecian style Palomino dress that I knew we were on to a winner – she looked stunning (!!!). I fell in love and they were ordered. They fitted in with our purple/cream/vintage colour theme perfectly and the flowers added such a gorgeous hint of colour when they were walking down the aisle.
Matt’s a teacher and wears suits every day, so he wanted something a bit different, but he’s really not into top hat and tails. He ended up having a bespoke suit made from A Suit that Fits. It was three piece, and although it had to go back and forth a few too many times, when I saw him as I walked down the aisle he looked brilliant…so handsome! His shoes (brown brogues from Ted Baker) were fab! I thought I was pretty calm and relaxed on the morning of the wedding but as soon as I saw him I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders – I was so incredibly happy that this moment had finally arrived!
Relaxed And Calm
Our photographer was Anna Hardy. This was one of the most important details for us as we LOVE pictures, especially anything that’s a bit quirky. As soon as I saw her pictures on another RMW wedding I just knew that she would be perfect for us. We were looking for a vintage(y)/documentary style of photography and she was exactly that. We arranged to meet in Manchester and knew instantly that she was the one! She was so incredibly fantastic throughout the whole process, she made us feel very relaxed and calm and as if she wasn’t even there. I can’t even begin to explain how amazing the photographs are – she catches the most brilliant moments.
We really weren’t too bothered about a cake. I was pretty keen on just buying a shed load of Krispy Kreme donuts and turning them into a wedding cake style masterpiece but Mother wasn’t so in love with that idea. So, after Googling ‘random wedding cakes’ we found an idea that took our fancy… a Smartie/M&M cake! The ordering was then left in the very capable hands of my Mum and Dad – so much so that we didn’t actually see our wedding cake in person until the day of the wedding – it was a-mazing (!!) and very ‘us’. It’s a shame that the Husband and I didn’t manage even a sniff of it… not even a sneaky Smartie, it was the most expensive pudding we have never eaten!
I became a bit of a ‘Googler’ of all things wedding almost as soon as we got engaged and it was on one of these occasions that I stumbled across Mad Dog & the Sophisticats. A swing/jazz band filled to the brim with character! They were, without a shadow of a doubt, the absolute highlight of our wedding day (aside from marrying my gorgeous man, of course!).
They absolutely excelled themselves and even got everybody up during our wedding breakfast to sing/dance along to ‘The Music Man’ – seeing everybody up and playing their imaginary trombones in their glad rags will be a memory that I will treasure forever – it was at this point that I think myself and Mr B caught a glance at each other and realised just how lucky we were to have each other, our amazing families and our wonderful friends altogether in one room sharing this day that we had been planning for almost two years.
For our evening reception, we had a friends band ‘Versonic’ who were absolutely fantastic and catered for all eras – from start to finish they had everyone up dancing!
Another huge highlight was Mr B donning his acoustic guitar to serenade us with his classic – ‘Mysterious Girl’ by Peter Andre, and many others. He’s a true romantic and had also been secretly practising ‘Lady in Red’ with the band, which was amazing – he was in his element (I think he had mistaken the venue for the O2 arena for approx. 3 minutes!) I was love struck all over again!
Our first dance was sung by our very lovely friend Rebecca Taylor (a member of the amazing band – Slow Club). We had been ‘umming and ahhing’ over what song really represented us, and there were a few, but we opted for a cover of Kings of Leon – Use Somebody. They are my all-time favourite band and we both thought it was the perfect song to dance our way into married life.
Good Clean Fun
After contemplating a few ideas and not wanting to spend a fortune, RMW came to the rescue with a step by step guide of how to make your own soaps. I had a few trial runs – rose scented (not for me!), then cherry (much nicer!) and turned the kitchen into a mini laboratory a few weeks before the wedding. They were so easy and straightforward to make and the whole house smelt amaze for weeks. For men’s favours we decided on miniature hip flasks filled with a little tipple. Both the soaps and the hip flasks also doubled up as place names for the tables as we attached a luggage label and ribbon courtesy of my ever favourite Cath Kidston.
With our wedding being so close after Christmas it meant that we had little to do in terms of decoration as they had a mahoosive Christmas tree in the main reception area and fairy lights around all of the pillars and the stair case – it was magical, especially at night.
My Mum also very kindly made us loads of hanging hearts (about 100!) from lots of different materials and they were hung all around the venue and even acted as a keepsake for some of our guests!
In the Limelight
The photo booth we hired for our evening reception from Limelight was worth every penny. It went down a storm… especially when your guests are a little tiddly and slightly more adventurous!
We decided not to have a receiving line as we wanted the extra time for photos but with us having over 100 guests we wanted to make sure that we got a chance to see everybody. We made a plan to do our very best to see all of our lovely family and friends throughout the meal and it was the best thing we could have done, it meant that they were comfortably in their seats enjoying the vino and we were able to pop from table to table having a giggle and sharing our favourite bits of the day so far.
Being married is, without a doubt, the most amazingly wonderful feeling ever – it was whilst tucking into the starter of our wedding breakfast that I distinctly remember looking around the room feeling an incredible sense of love and happiness… it’s not always about the little bits of pretty (although they do help!) – things went wrong, people dropped out last minute and I felt like I was always conscious of trying to make everybody happy… but when it comes down to it I could have walked down the aisle in my favourite pj’s and still had the time of my life! Enjoy the planning stages, don’t stress too much about the little things, it will all fall into place and if it doesn’t, well, people probably won’t even realise anyway…!!
A really relaxed and thouroughly warming winter tale.
I love the light pastel bridesmaid dresses, they really do sit well with the floral arrangements. In fact the colour scheme overall is spot on. The vintage touches work brilliantly and the homemade RMW inspired soap favours looked great (although I myself of course would much prefer one of the hip flasks that the guys got).
Thanks to Matt and Laura for sharing your big day with the RMW community
Rock My Wedding readers Alice and David married in the tiny village where Alice’s parents live in East Devon. According to Alice It’s a beautiful little chocolate box place where the community spirit is just amazing!
Once you have read through Alice’s report you’ll understand what she means – it seems as though the whole village came together to help make Alice and David’s big day one that they will remember forever.
Anna Hardy, who was on the scene with her kit bag and camera has brought those memories to life with a stunning set of photographs. Her images capture the emotion of the day perfectly.
A Two Horse Race
My dress was called Diana and was by Blue Enzoani. I went on a number of shopping trips with my sisters, chief bridesmaid and mum but it was when I went shopping with a small group of uni friends that I found my dress. In fact, I found two that I feel in love with, the other being a Cymbeline number called Duyen. I had sleepless nights over choosing but I chose my dress purely because it suited the Country wedding we were looking to have and I could imagine getting twigs and leaves caught up in it and it still looking amazing. If I had gotten married abroad I think that the Duyen dress would have won!
I had a Cathedral veil, which was very simple and beautiful – I got it from Surrey brides which is the same place I brought my wedding dress from. I love Cathedral veils and not only did it suit my dress I thought it was something that I could give to my sister for her wedding which is in November this year (she could alter it etc). I can’t wait to see her walk down the aisle with her something borrowed. As for jewellery, I love antique things, so I wore a necklace my grandma had left me and a pair of earrings which my mum gave to me for my 30th birthday a few months pior to our wedding.
I went for skyscrapers, by Tedbaker… I Couldn’t do traditional, so went for a mock snakeskin which I’ve worn again since. This was my main criteria when shoe shopping.
I’m never very polished, in fact it’s often a joke between me and David so I thought I’d go all out for the wedding. I chose a half up do, as I don’t like having my hair completely up and the hairdressers did a fab job with minimal fussing as I am not particularly good with all things quaffing! My make-up was done by a local make-up artist. She did my make-up, the bridesmaids and my mum and was an absolute star and calming air.
Our flowers were done by the amazing women in the village. We had an army of people helping decorate the church and marquee the Thursday and Friday before our wedding, using the blooms from their gardens. The only criteria was that there was a splash of blue every-where. In fact, I think we stripped the entire village of ivy as we used a large quantity of it to decorated the marquee poles and the big milk urns which adorned the entrances. The table centre pieces were a work of art.
My mum made the glass bowls that the flowers sat in and two of her friends designed and carefully put together the flower arrangements. After the wedding, we gave these away to friends and family that helped out with making our day so special. The bouquets were done by a local florist and were in keeping with the country, rustic theme we were going for.
Dark Grey And Silver
We hired outfits for teh groomsmen. They were all dashing in a dark grey suit with silver waistcoats and ties. David was exceptionally lucky as a good friend of his is a seamstress and as her wedding present to us, she made his waistcoat so that he could stand out a little from the grooms party. He looked absolutely amazing in it and its such a special piece of clothing that he’ll keep for years to come.
Unique And Beautiful
Wedding photographer was an easy choice. We had Anna Hardy who we found on Rock My Wedding a year before we were due to get married. She made us feel so relaxed, both at the engagement shoot and on the day (which I think you can tell in the photos) and as a result we have the most stunning set of photos which we both love flicking through. We have had so many lovely comments from friends and family, so a huge thank-you to her for capturing our wedding in such a unique and beautiful way.
The Cheesey Option
We had a cheese tower – We are far bigger cheese eaters than cake eaters, so we thought we’d make the most of having a cake made entirely out of cheese rounds. Heaven!
We had a band called Munch which played all era’s, which meant that the dance floor was full from the first dance to the last. In fact, no-one wanted to go home, including us!!!
When You Smile At Me
We went antique shopping a few years back and brought this old record player which had a record in it by The Kalin Twins. We loved the record and used to play it all the time, jumping and dancing around our living room. So, when it came to choosing our first dance it felt like a natural choice to choose the same song “When”. The band were amazing and learnt the song and we took a couple of lessons so that we could twirl around the dance floor slightly more convincingly than we would have done otherwise. We are not the most rhythmic of couples 😉
I made the favours with my mum and these doubled up as place names. We potted little lavender plants for the girls and made mini sweet jars for the boys. They also acted as beautiful table decorations and made such a lovely impact.
I loved all the mini projects on the run up to the wedding, it made it all feel that much more personal. There were projects that David and I would do together (Planting old crates with flowers, making sign posts), ones that I did in my free time (I made meters and meters of bunting and tens of lanterns made out of jam jars and fabric) and ones I did with my Mum (invites, orders of service, favours).
Each project added to the feel of our day and allowed me to have one-on-one time with those I was making things with which was so lovely. My mum also made the bridesmaids jewellery and my wedding band – She is amazing and talented and I am so grateful for all the little things she did to make our day so special.
Precious Moments, Friends And Family
Our day was made up of millions of little, precious moments – All the projects, friends and family helping out on the run up and on the day. It felt like a mini wed-fest and their was this community spirit that encompassed the whole weekend. On the Sunday, after the wedding, we had a huge hog roast which allowed us to get everyone together one last time to catch up on all the gossip from the wedding which Dave and I missed out on. It was the perfect way to round up such an incredible weekend. Married life rocks!!!
Who’s hankering after a chunk of cheddar right now?
It is such a sweet story that all the village ladies provided blooms from their gardens to decorate the venue and reception.
I had a little listen to the Kalin Twins earlier on too and I can tell you that it is quite a pretty ditty. The classic bouncy rock n roll with close harmony seems like the perfect soundtrack to this bright, breezy and relaxed country celebration.
Welcome back to the city of Manchester for the second installemt of “The Talk Of The Town”. Since yesterday I have actually decided that I would like to live in Manchester Town Hall please. How cool is the floor for blogs sake?
Ok, im off to investigate how I go about becoming the mayor of Manchester (I’m assuming that’s what I need to do). I will leave you in the capable hands of Jill (on the words) and Anna (pictures).
I wanted a photographer whose style I liked and also someone who would appreciate the beautifulness of Manchester Town Hall. Another main concern was that we were comfortable with the person and the photos weren’t staged! I googled wedding photos of the Town Hall and it led me to Anna Hardy’s blog. From looking at her collection of photos, lovely write ups and speaking and meeting with Anna, we knew that she was the one! I knew that we would feel comfortable with her being part of our day – and it was like she was a guest! What she produced was a collection of beautiful photos that are like a story of the day and exactly the style of photography we were looking for – amazing!
My close friend Rachel made our wedding cupcakes. We (and the other family members) sampled many trial batches of different flavours and toppings and we voted for her carrot cake cupcakes with vanilla frosting. They looked and tasted absolutely delicious! (And they freeze! – So we had wedding cakes on our return from our honeymoon! Ha!)
Hey Mr DJ
The entertainment was one of the most difficult things for us to choose. We were worried as we felt that a DJ can make or break a wedding reception. We decided on a DJ that would accept a playlist but also notice what the dance floor were enjoying. Chris found a company on the internet called DJs4Weddings and we provided them with our playlist of songs that the guests had requested and our own favourites and crossed our fingers! Luckily the DJ was really good and everybody – including me in my heels – was up dancing all night!
George Is Best
Our first dance was ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by George Harrison/The Beatles. As we have been together a long time and like all genres of music we don’t really have ‘a song’. We didn’t want a particularly modern or a typical first dance song. We both love this song and one of Chris’s only requests for the day was that this song be used somewhere as he wanted to be able to think of our wedding when they do occasionally play this song on the radio.
We had our florists design a wish tree instead of a guest book. We also arranged to have a projector with a slide show displaying pictures of us together from our youth to now.
What made our wedding special was that we had it how we wanted and didn’t follow traditions like a formal wedding breakfast. We also invited only the people that are truly special to us and had influenced or been a big part of our lives in some way. It was a celebration of family and friends and having the little ones there gave the evening a lovely family vibe too!
Get a Costa Coffee Club Card – my mum and I, on our many trips out to look at florists, dresses, shoes, make up etc. would religiously ‘need’ a coffee and a piece of cake! You could earn millions of reward points! Ha!
We have a very cool, very urban wedding for you to feast your eyes upon this afternoon. The classic architecture of Manchester Town Hall, nestled in this chic and vibrant city, provides the perfect setting for a wedding that combines classic elements and contemporary ideas in perfect quantities.
Jill and Chris were married in Manchester on Friday 1st April 2011 with an evening reception at the White Hart Inn at Lydgate. Striking and elegant camera work by Anna Hardy brings the love and laughter of the day to life in a way that might make you wish just a tiny bit that you’d been there to enjoy it for yourself!
I’ll now pass over to Jill who was there on the day (good job too!)
The dress was designed by Blue Bridalwear and it is called ‘Beautiful’. I have always known that I wanted a short 1950’s inspired dress. It was proving quite difficult to find a short dress with the ‘boat’ neckline I wanted so when I found this dress, on one of my many internet tralls, I knew it had to be ‘the one’. I also loved its simplicity, the detail at the back of the dress and the petticoat. My dress was from The Wedding Shop in Alderely Edge; they were the only local bridal shop that stocked the dress.
Again, because I wanted a vintage inspired style I also knew that I wanted a small bird cage veil but didn’t want anything too fussy. I had thought that I wanted to remove the birdcage veil for the evening reception but still have something that stood out in my hair; especially as my dress was so simple therefore I chose quite a sparkly headband and had a bird cage veil made separately. My headband was called ‘Saskia’ by Halo and my birdcage was individually made by Jenny Wicks, both of which were sourced by the bridal boutique Cocu in Manchester.
The Height of Fashion
As the groom is 6 ft 4″ and I’m only 5 ft 4″, I decided to go for Skyscrapers! I wanted to keep with the vintage feel and as my dress was so simple I wanted my shoes to have a bit of sparkle so I chose Allora by Rainbow Couture, again sourced by the bridal boutique Cocu in Manchester. They were incredibly comfortable (I was the last person on the dance floor to remove their shoes!) and also practical as they are dyeable and therefore I will be able to wear them again (…Honestly darling!).
I kept my hair and makeup as I usually wear them but I wanted to look my best all day so I asked my hairdressers, Razz and Co in Royton, to style my hair and secure my headdress and Louise Phelan (MAC makeup artist) to apply my makeup.
In To Twine
I knew that I wanted my flowers to inject colour into the day and have a natural cottage garden feel to them. I had thought about using a variety of pinks and creams and wanted roses and garden twine to be used in some way. This theme was used for the bouquets, button holes and flower girl’s wand.
I chose to decorate the town hall with a selection of different size candle holders, candles, small flowers and petals. The hurricane lanterns and candles were also used as the table centres too!
My ideas were all interpreted beautifully by Adi at Verdure Florists, Manchester.
Bridesmaids’ dresses were bought from Dessy and sourced and altered by Alkrington Touch of Elegance.
The Groom and Groomsmen’s suits were bought too – they wore Ted Baker suits and the shirts and ties were from Thomas Pink. I wanted everything very natural and simple and so choose champagne as the colour to tie everything in. I remember Chris made his trademark cheeky wink at me as I walked towards him – that always makes me swoon!
And that is where we leave Jill and Chris… for now at least!
I can promise that a check back for part 02 will not leave you disappointed! More beautiful photography, more vintage inspired chic, and of course the ceremony. You’ll also be treated to some of the smiliest couple shots ever to be seen in blogland…