Joe & Glenn's glorious celebration at The Pumping House is one for the wedding books. If those books are about beautiful people coming together to commemorate a beautiful love story, that is. The pair seamlessly showed their personalities through their decorative choices, and the minimalistic-luxe theme and tablescapes added a luxurious, chic feel to the entire day. Because the venue has so much character as it is, Joe & Glenn opted for clean, sharp lines so as not to detract from the building. Recommended supplier Gina Fernandes Photography did a superb job of capturing this uber-stylish, elegant wedding, and everything that made this day oh so special.

Elegant, personal LGBTQIA+ wedding at The Pumping House with Irish nods and musical bops 

It was important that there were a lot of personal touches throughout, with Glenn's native Ireland, our home, being a recurring theme. We also wanted a nod to our love of travel. This included the table names, our "guestbook" being replaced by vintage postcards that we read while on our honeymoon, and using a Honeymoon Fund as opposed to a traditional gift list. Sharing platters, an open gin bar and games helped to keep the day relaxed and sociable, as well as not having traditional bridesmaids or groomsmen, but instead giving roles to children in our close families.

Joe & Glenn

Chic, stylish wedding at the pumping house 

We wanted the day to feel as relaxed as possible. That even came down to the choice of food. We wanted there to be plenty (and there really was!) and we chose family-style sharing homely dishes. The venue is so beautiful, so we wanted to let it speak for itself. We kept décor clean and minimal in black and grey to fit the industrial style. As it was springtime, we opted for lots of greenery. Glenn's native Ireland was represented through signage and music. The playlist from the start of the day through to the reception was compiled by us, featuring our favourite songs and artists, and songs that were special to our parents.

Joe & Glenn

A relaxed atmosphere, clean lines and an alternative wedding guest book = a truly stunning wedding

Choosing a favourite moment of the day is difficult. There were just so, so many to choose from. If we had to choose, though... Walking into the ceremony. We were each arm in arm with our mums and seeing all of our friends and family together in one room, some already tearing up. Everything suddenly felt so real. Sharing the moment we exchanged our vows was why the day was so special. The emotional aspects are the part of the day that you can never plan. The registrar was lovely, warm and friendly and it was a brilliant moment of laughter when she accidentally mixed up our names.

Joe & Glenn

Joe & Glenn's wedding was stylish, chic, and over-flowingly emotional. What's more to love? The use of The Pumping House as their venue was a fabulous choice too. We adore an industrial venue. If you're at the start of your planning journey, then knowing about the various kinds of venues is important. That's why our article on the different types of wedding venues is a great place to start! Speaking of venues... If you've been wondering at what point you should book your wedding venue, we've got a fabulous article on that, too. 

Sasha Kirkham

Written by Sasha Kirkham

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Photography: Gina Fernandes Photography | Venue: The Pumping House | Entertainment: The Burgundys Band, Oh! Photobooth | Florist: Peonies and Plumes | Cake Maker: Georgie Laing | Groom & Groomsmen Outfits: Tweed and Groom | Stationery: Chloe Ainsley Creative | Decor and Hire: Save The Date Event Stylist | Transport: White Taxi Weddings | Honeymoon Provider: Trailfinders

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