This divine wedding was submitted by the bride and it’s always super special for me to feature WWW reader weddings.
WWW readers Kari-Helene and Stephen Kyle were married on the 16th May 2016 at Camp and Furnace in Liverpool. This super unique venue gave the couple an industrial warehouse space to put their creative stamp on. It turned out amazingly! I adore the ribbon festooned ceremony room painstakingly stapled into place by Kari-Helene and Stephen Kyle, it was a really dramatic statement. The reception room looked brilliant too with beer bottles filled with florals on the rustic metal tables.
Kari-Helene is a knitwear designer and undertook making her own wedding dress. It looked utterly gorgeous on her and she even had a dress reveal in the evening for a second look, which was also practical for dancing. Stephen Kyle chose a vibrant hue of blue for his modern suit, teamed with tan shoes and a tie knitted by his bride. What a gorgeous day they had.
Michelle Hill, thank you so much for sharing these lovely photographs with us.
THE PROPOSAL | K-H: Ste proposed to me on Brighton Beach on a dark and windy night in December 2015. He’d brought mini champagne bottles and we had a toast on the beach before heading to the Coal Shed for a lovely dinner. I got to pick my own ring though!
Ste – I had been planning to propose in Norway so that we could celebrate with her family then mine over Christmas. However, when we went out on ‘the’ walk it poured with rain! Despite my best efforts to continue it was decided to head home and so she had to wait a few more weeks.
THE VISION | All we wanted was to have a fantastic party with all our friends and family and to serve them some pretty decent grub. We were not too worried about anything matching and only picked a colour scheme to make things a little easier to plan.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | K-H: After I had an early freak out about the guest list and the invites the rest of the planning went pretty smoothly. It is a big event to plan and there are a lot of things to think about, but right from the start we made sure to involve friends and family and allocate tasks where we could. We were very, very lucky to have some amazing, creative, organised and thoughtful people amongst our guests.
BUDGET | We were on a fairly tight budget compared to most weddings and used cheap alternatives such as Paperless Post for our invites when we could. We also have a lot of amazing friends and family who happily offered to help wherever they could and helped us keep the costs down.
THE VENUE | We decided to get married in Liverpool where Ste is from and most of his family lives. We sourced a few venues to see and when we walked into Camp & Furnace for a Sunday roast we knew we were in the right place! The place has a vibe that is very us and the food was amazing. We decided to have the ceremony and the party at the same place. The ceremony room is like a blank canvas and Camp was perfect for the party atmosphere we wanted.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | K-H: I made my sisters wedding dress a few years back and vowed never to make another wedding dress again. Then I was gifted some amazing fabrics and started toying with the idea of making my own. I changed my mind on the style of the dress a hundred times before I started making it and stressed, cried and panicked over it a hundred times more, but in the end I am very happy I did it. It gave me a totally unique wedding dress, perfect for me. I am a knitwear designer by day and if I’d knitted my own dress I think it would have been a lot less stressful!
I ended up spending £4 on a zip for the skirt and around £50 on underwear.
My shoes are ASH from a few years back, they are some of my favourite shoes that I hardly ever wear and perfect for my wedding day! I changed into a pair of gold flat sandals for the party.
The first thing I bought for my outfit was a Victorian flower crown I found in a vintage arcade in Brighton. I decided not to wear a veil but wanted something to wear in my hair and this was perfect! Ste’s cousin Faye, who owns her own hair and beauty salon, did my hair perfectly, and our friend Aisling did my beautiful make up.
Ste – I knew nothing about the dress but was blown away by how amazing it was. I knew she was a talent but not that good!
MAKING THE DRESS | K-H: I knew from the start I wanted to have a dress in two or three pieces to give me options of wearing it again later. I came up with the idea of having two different lengths of skirt and decided to wear one on top of the other for a dramatic reveal before the first dance. Ste knew nothing about it and was very surprised when I asked him to undo my bow and unzip the skirt! It was perfect as I wanted a romantic and glamorous look for the ceremony but loved being able to run around and dance with everyone in the evening!
I will admit to have cried a few tears and possibly uttered a few naughty words in the process of making it though.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | K-H: I knitted his tie!
Ste – The most important thing to me were the shoes and splashed out on a pair of Brown Hudson’s to go with FCUK suit. I didn’t actually buy my suit until 2 weeks before, if I’d had it my way I would’ve waited a little longer but the Bride was adamant!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We wanted to make the ceremony personal to us and loved involving Eyglo and Scottie. Eyglo read parts of Havamal (Sayings of Har) that are used in old Norse wedding ceremonies. Scottie read extracts from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
For the reception we had a live band and this was the best decision we made! The atmosphere created by Lauren Spink was absolutely amazing.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | K-H: When Ste told me he could not choose one best man out of his three best friends I was very relieved as this meant I could have my three sisters as my maids of honour! They all wore dresses of their own choice and looked stunning! My amazing flower girls wore dresses from Monsoon.
My sisters were all amazing showing their differences and individual strengths at different times in the process from the countless Facebook chats and Skype calls as we all live so far apart to the hugs, hen party and calming chats in the week before the big day.
THE FLOWERS | To keep cost down we bought wholesale flowers from Dutch Flower Auction. They arrived flat packed in cardboard boxes and I nearly had a panic attack over how some of them looked crushed and dead already. They were delivered 3 days before the ceremony and thankfully after a couple of days in water in a dark room the looked amazing! My fabulous friend Carla arranged the bouquets, button holes and the table decorations and I couldn’t have been happier. The flowers were totally stunning and complemented both my dress and the venue perfectly!
THE CAKE | We were not too fussed about a traditional layer cake and chose to have a Norwegian style Kransekake for our wedding cake. It’s a cake made up of rings of baked almond dough and tastes amazing! The rest of the cake table were made up of different cakes made by our wonderful friends and family!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | K-H: The first thing I said I wanted for the wedding was a good photographer. My sisters friend Michelle is an amazing photographer and took my sister’s wedding photos in 2014. I asked her if she would make the journey from Canada to take my pictures and she said yes! I am so happy she did as I love our photos and they will be amazing memories to have for years to come. Michelle is so friendly, professional and relaxed; it was a joy to have her be a part of our big day; I couldn’t recommend her enough!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We decorated the ceremony room ourselves buying ribbons from Inspirations on the Wirral. We spent hours using a staple gun to secure them to the ceiling and loved how it turned out!
Ste’s best men collected beer bottles and scrubbed the labels of for the flowers for the tables and it created such a cool vibe for the reception room!
Kari-Helene’s friend Sara made the gorgeous name cards using individual letter stamps and so many of our friends helped decorating the venue and the ceremony room on the morning of the big day. We couldn’t have done it without their help!
We asked all our guests to make a flower in a method of their choice and on the wedding day we provided a fabric back drop for everyone to pin their flowers to. It was such a talking point on the day and it provided a great back drop for fun photos for the guests to post on social media using our hashtag #ksgethitched.
THE HONEYMOON | Two days after the wedding we surprised Kari-Helene’s family by flying back to Norway with them. They had no idea we were coming until we were at the airport producing our boarding passes! We arrived in Sandefjord at Kari-Helene’s grandmother’s house where Kari-Helene’s dad (who was in on the surprise) had organised fancy sandwiches, champagne and wedding cake and we had a second wedding celebration to include Kari-Helene’s grandmother of 93. It was perfect!
Our “honeymoon” was spent in London at the end of June playing the world championships in Ultimate Frisbee as we both compete for Norway.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | K-H: Fun moments included doing push ups with my big sister on the hen night, revealing the short skirt before doing our first dance, all the amazing speeches, my sister singing her speech, dancing with everyone until late!
Ste – So many good moments!
Walking in first thing in the morning to get the finishing touches done to the venue, I can’t thank everyone enough for their help!
Having a ‘sports’ huddle with the best men before starting the ceremony.
The big skirt reveal!! Too many moments!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | K-H: Don’t worry too much about the details and don’t be afraid of letting other people take charge. Talk to and dance with as many people as possible.
Ste – Try not to leave it to one person, share the jobs out and support each other.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Michelle Hill
Getting Ready Hotel | Aloft Hotels
Hair | Faye from Moor Tan and Beauty
Make up | Aisling Cooper
“On the day” leaflet | City Printing
Flowers | Dutch Flower Auction Direct
Bouquets | Carla Froneman
Wedding dress | The Bride
The bride’s ring | Fidra
Band | Spink Music
Cake | Kransekake – Baker Halvorsen
Ceremony, Reception & Catering | Camp and Furnace
Many thanks to Kari-Helene and Stephen Kyle for sharing their wonderful wedding story with us today xo Lou