Morning lovelies :-) I am sitting here with the sun shining on me through the office window and i am feeling great hehe! And the reason why? Well i have the sweetest of weddings to share with you from one of my very favourite wedding photographers.
James and Hannah were married on the 13 February, with a registry office ceremony, followed by drinks at the bride’s parents house and the day ending with a meal at Tung Fong, in Worsley. Then the next weekend the couple had a party at The Court House, in Worsley.
I so love this low key, wedding, with Hannah and James setting their priorities being a no fuss, no frills day with the people they love. And you know what i totally dig that. Spending just £4000 on their dream day.. or two days. With fabulous photographers and beautiful attire, it just goes to show you needn’t have a large budget for a wonderful wedding.
Hannah looks stunning in a pale pink vintage dress, while James looks amazing in a grey slim fit suit. Wow this couple are super stylish. Finally I just have to mention the sweet film at the end of the feature of their first dance… it’s just lovely, it’s a must watch!!
Thanks so much to the incredible Lawson Photography for sharing their gorgeous images with us today….
Names…. James and Hannah
Wedding Date…. Wedding was 13/02/2012 (our 8th anniversary) and then we had a party the following Saturday, 18/02/2012
The Proposal…. We just decided one Monday night, over a very romantic Big Mac Meal last July.
The Vision for the day…. We wanted to literally get married on the Monday, just close friends and family; and then to share it with people we love, we wanted a big party to celebrate the weekend after.
The Planning process…. We decided exactly what we wanted on that Monday evening in McDonalds: James wanted to get married on our anniversary and I wanted both of my brothers there. They are both in the Army and both go to Afghanistan this year, so it had to be before May 2012. There was our date.
My best friend’s Mum is a registrar, and I wanted her to marry us, James wasn’t too fussed and neither of us are religious, so that was that.
For the Party, we wanted somewhere local/accessible and we’ve been to a few good parties at the venue we chose, so that was that.
All people and places were available when we wanted them, so they were all booked and sorted within a week of making the decision.
Budget…. We didn’t have a specific budget and/or plan at all really. We knew that we didn’t want a big massive fuss, or anything too formal, so we just chose exactly what we wanted and that was that.
All in all, with ceremony, outfits, party, food, photographers and everything we probably spent about £4k.
The Venue… The venue for the ceremony was Salford Register Office, then everyone piled back to my Mum and Dad’s house for a toast and some nibbles for a couple of hours, following which immediate family and best friends went for a meal at Tung Fong, in Worsley. The party that weekend was at The Court House, in Worsley.
The Dress + Accessories….. I love vintage style and all things retro, and fifties dresses suit my shape (very much a pear), so that was an easy choice. Shoes were Carvela, which I saw on the internet one lunch time at work and went straight from the office that evening to buy. Handbag was a vintage one Mum bought in a boutique whilst on holiday and earrings were Cath Kidston ones James bought me; both were gifts for my birthday. My underskirt/petticoat was given to me by a friend from work. The gorgeous fur jacket I wore was a ‘something borrowed’ from one of my Mum’s friends.
Finding the dress…. I knew the sort of thing I wanted, so when perusing ebay for ideas one Saturday morning, my Mum and I saw ‘the dress’ and just ordered it there and then from a vintage shop in California (and then got stung by import tax, before HMRC would send it to me!!!).
Groom’s attire… James knew straight from the off the sort of thing he wanted. He wore a very dapper grey slim-fit three-piece suit/white slim-fit shirt/blue silk tie combo. Shoes were some gorgeous brown Loake ones I bought for him. He also wore a vintage Rolex he got for his twenty-first birthday.
The Readings + Music…. We have rather eclectic music taste between us: whilst waiting for the ceremony to start, our guests were treated to a variety of Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Jamie Cullum, John Mayer, Amy Winehouse, Longview, Elbow and The Beach Boys; I walked down the aisle to Chet Baker’s ‘Let’s Get Lost'; we signed the Register to Corinne Bailey-Rae’s ‘Like a Star'; and we exited the ceremony room to Regnia Spektor’s ‘Us’.
The party included James and his guitar serenading me with a very beautiful rendition of ‘Like a Star'; two live bands; and an iTunes playlist we spent a few evenings hashing together.
First dance was Regina Spektor’s ‘Us’ again.
The Cake… I saw an amazing cake last year in a magazine, and I took a picture of it. When we decided to get married I basically bullied my friend into copying that for us. It was the actual best cake I’ve ever seen in my life; far superior to the one in the magazine. I cried when i saw it. My friend Ana is AMAZING!!!
Your Photographer…. We had the actual best photographers in the world, ever. Fact. (You’ve seen their work, you know it’s true)
The Details + Decor…. On the wedding day, we took the ceremony room as it came. For their house, my Mum bought some balloons and flowers, and got a banner made, but that was it.
For the party, one of my friends ‘does balloons’, as you do, so she sorted that for us. Other than that, we again just took the room as it came; it’s a Tudor building, so there are some cool features.
The Honeymoon…. We spent the Tues-Fri just spending time together being married; we went on a few day trips to Lincoln and the Lake District, and then we spent one day in our PJ’s watching TV all day, which was awesome… We are waiting for the Summer to honeymoon properly; and as it’s us, and we aren’t very organised or fussy, we’ll probably just decide nearer the time…
Memorable moments… Can’t we say all of it?! James loved the first moment he saw me walking down the aisle, and he loved our first dance. I rather enjoyed being serenaded. I think we both really loved the actual moment we were married; there is one ace picture which captured that, and we love it!
Advice for other couples… Don’t let other people take over, or give in to pressure to do anything a particular way; just be yourselves and do what you want… we did, and we think it turned out pretty awesome!
Credit where credit’s due…
Balloons by Laura Holland | 07709110136
Ceremony/ Party | Salford Register Office/The Court House, Worsley
Tung Fong, Worsley | 0161 794 5331
Macaroons | ‘The English Rose Bakery‘
Thanks so very much to James and Hannah for sharing their beautiful day with us today. I’d love to hear from you below :-) XOXO Lou