We always have a special place in our hearts for a Birmingham wedding, especially when it comes from the awesome Fazeley Studios. The high ceilings and white walls are the perfect background for gorgeous photography – it makes the vibrant colours of Claire and Kofi’s wedding look even bolder and brighter.
I also have a soft spot for a massive smile and Claire and Kofi are literally beaming from ear to ear in every photo.
Jordanna Marston has really captured the spirit of their wedding, the images of Kofi and Claire’s father making their speeches are PERFECT.
Reflecting Us As Individuals
From the outset we were looking for something different – not your bog standard hotel with patterned carpets and mismatching curtains! We wanted a venue that reflected who we were as individuals and as a couple.
Fazeley Studios created the immediate WOW factor every time you entered the building. I love the fact that as you wander through the streets of Digbeth, the dilapidated buildings, numerous railway bridges and the graffiti, and wonder where on earth you’re going to find a ‘nice’ wedding venue. That snobby attitude quickly disappears as soon as you enter the restored Sunday School that is Fazeley Studios.
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We also loved the fact that we could host the whole event; from the ceremony, the wedding breakfast and the party, all at the same venue.
Soft And Natural
The Bridal party hair was done by Bev at Levi Hair who are based in Moseley, Birmingham. I went for a loose up do with natural curls to help keep the look soft and natural.
I did my own make up and have to praise Bare Minerals for the way it lasted all day and all night.
The One For Me
My dress was designed by Justin Alexander. It was the first dress of many that I tried on and I knew instantly it was the one for me – the beaming smile and swagger in my walk gave it away!
I bought the dress from True Romantica in Kenilworth. The ladies in the store were excellent in making me feel like a million dollars and helped me make constructive decisions about what worked and what didn’t.
I discovered my beautiful but sensible shoes in Rachel Simpson Shoes in Kings Norton, Birmingham. They were so comfortable; I just danced the whole night away!
My jewellery was probably one of the hardest things to buy. I’m a bit of a magpie and I love all kinds of jewellery. After hunting high and low on the high street, I discovered beautiful and vintage inspired jewellery and hair accessories online from Glitzy Secrets.
Simple But Stylish
We had three Bridesmaids – my big sister, Sarah, my oldest school friend, Helen and my husbands niece, Carys. I dressed them in simple but stylish cream dresses from Ted Baker (both child and adult dresses).
The Groomsmen – Trevor, the Father of the Bride, Daniel, the Grooms father, Simon the Best Man and Ushers Andy, Atli, Jacob and Isaac, all wore beige coloured suits hired from Peter Posh in Minworth.
The dresses and the suits complimented each other perfectly without trying too hard.
Vibrant Colourful Blooms
I didn’t go for a particular theme as the venue already did most of the talking for us. I was determined to keep the day simple. The flowers brought beautiful, vibrant colours (red, pink and purple) to what was a very neutral event.
The florist, Rachel from Isabelle Daisy in Harborne, created a beautiful array of arrangements from bouquets, button holes and table flowers. She turned my vision for bright, vibrant and mismatching, untidy flowers and went one step further to make them just stunning.
Time To Breathe
The ceremony was the most nerve racking part of the day for me (for him it was probably doing his speech). I loved that we involved close friends and family in giving short readings. This broke up the ceremony up and gave us valuable time to breathe!
We chose the song ‘So High’ by John Legend for our first dance. This is one of my all time favourite songs and we share great memories together with the song. Dancing to it at our wedding was, however, the longest four minutes of our life!
Our DJ was recommended to us and was DJ Groy from Birmingham.
Cake, Cake And More Cake
We created a beautiful cake table with an assortment of fairy cakes, homemade donuts, fruit cake, all on top of the three tier chocolate and victoria sponge wedding cake.
Fazeley Studios catering team provided a gorgeous three course wedding breakfast (each guest could choose from three starters, three main courses and three desserts).
All our invitation stationery was designed by a close friend, Mark Willis. The table plan and place names were created by our beautiful friend, Leanda McCann.
Their patience and support was amazing.
A Wonderful Few Minutes Together
The main advice I was given time and time again was to remember to take a moment to take it all in. I have to say the day went as a bit of a blur, but I love the moment when Kofi and I sat on the beautiful sofas and waited while everyone took their seats for the wedding breakfast.
This was a few minutes for Kofi and I to be alone and ask ourselves ‘is this really happening?!’. It was a wonderful few minutes together.
Great Ability To Capture The Mood
I first met Jordanna Marston at a vintage wedding fair in Birmingham. Kofi and I met her a few weeks later in Bacchus Bar and instantly developed a great rapport. She showed us a vast array of fantastic wedding albums and we could see immediately that she had a great ability to capture a mood of romance, emotion, and sentiment of each and every wedding day. Her style is very much reportage and we instantly favoured this over traditional staged photos.
The composition of her pictures and her unique style set her far above any other photographers we had previously looked at. During the pre-wedding shoot we had the opportunity to see how well we worked together and all the best places to go.
After the day I found myself questioning whether Jordanna had captured any of the special moments because I hadn’t seen her there. But on looking at the photos I realised she had an exceptional skill of positioning herself without becoming a distraction while taking photos. I would highly recommend Jordanna Marston to anyone looking for a skilled and professional photographer.
Bride’s Gown – Justin Alexander at True Romantica
Shoes – Rachel Simpson
Accessories – Glitzy Secrets
Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Ted Baker
Hair – Bev at Levi Hair
Groomsmen – Peter Posh
Florist – Rachel at Isabelle Daisy
Venue – Fazeley Studios
Photography – Jordanna Marston with Matt Jones of Lucius Fox Photography as second shooter
Aren’t the flowers gorgeous?
It’s THAT kind of bouquet that totally throws my preference for tonal pink roses out of the window!
Lots of love,