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!
Photographer Anna Hardy
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…
See you tomorrow,