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!
Photographer Anna Hardy
I love those shots from the dance floor, love the venue, love that short vintage dress, love love love the photography. Oh and Iove George Harrison too, he’s my bestest Beatle… what else?
Erm… Carrot cake. Cup cake carrot cake is genius.
Bye for now,
Adam (Mayor of Manchester).