I have an affinity with today’s gorgeous couple, why? They love films, so much so though that they inspired much of their fun and stylish décor.
WWW readers Emma and Tim tied the knot on Saturday 22 August 2015 at the stunning Victoria Baths in Manchester. Their day had a feel of an old fashioned celebration complete with wild blue and yellow blooms, bunting and a home baked cake.
James Tracey, many thanks for sharing these joy filled shots with us.
THE PROPOSAL | I’m a huge fan of the show ‘How I Met Your Mother’ so Tim recreated my favourite scene which was a proposal between two central characters. Tim put together a list of activities and steps towards the proposal which started weeks before he actually got down on one knee. Tim actually went to great lengths to get loads of our friends involved. For example I was duped in to going and getting my ring finger sized by thinking I was helping a friend pick out an engagement ring for them. My best friend owns her own jewellery business ‘Kate Holdsworth Designs’ and Tim had actually conspired with her and designed my engagement ring. On the day of the proposal I got a call from Tim, he gave me one instruction to ‘look under the pillow’. From there I was on a treasure hunt around Castlefield in Manchester, each stop in a bar or shop contained another clue from the barman/shopkeeper and a present from Tim… ranging from MOET, roses and a cocktail! (I think he was trying to get me drunk). In the end the clues arrived back to the flat where I came into a home covered in candles and roses. Tim had left me the final tie in to my favourite episode of the show (a note explaining how every step of our relationship had built to this moment) and had an acoustic version of ‘Never Let Me go’ by Florence and the Machine playing. We used that song for me to walk down the aisle.
THE VISION | It was important to us that the wedding wasn’t overly traditional and that it represented us both in its style and substance. We knew straight away that we weren’t interested in having a hotel “conveyor belt” wedding and wanted to be able to choose our own suppliers and decorate it as we wished. We are very fortunate to have lots of crafty friends – my mum and two bridesmaids made most of the cakes, and many of our friends own their own design and jewellery businesses.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Planning our wedding was never very stressful, we did it gradually and took a lot of fun in doing it together. We both were involved from the start and made sure we got what we both wanted. We wanted a film theme but for it to be tasteful. Tim is a huge Manchester United fan so we also had to fit that in there somehow too! We made a spreadsheet which we used religiously and it kept us on budget. We budgeted realistically and didn’t overcommit ourselves at any point. The only slight curveball we faced was that we moved to London half way through saving which meant we needed to have a slight retooling of what we had originally planned. For hotels we knew we wanted to stay in central Manchester, I stayed at The Macdonald Hotel in a beautiful suite and Tim had his Manchester United tick, by staying (and being photographed) at Hotel Football just next to Old Trafford Football Ground.
THE VENUE | After visiting a craft fair at the stunning Victoria Baths in Manchester, we instantly fell in love. Once engaged, we were desperately looking for a venue that encapsulated my love of all things vintage and also Tim’s Mancunian heritage. So when we discovered Victoria Baths was licensed for weddings we were sold! We had complete freedom to decorate the venue as we liked and the staff were amazing both on the run up to the wedding and on the day itself. We had the venue the day before and after the wedding to allow us to decorate. With the help of our friends and family we decorated the two rooms with copious amounts of bunting, paper pom poms and hired lanterns from Hipswing to hang above the dance floor
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress is the Omelia dress by Catherine Deane from BHLDN. I was never fussed about having a veil however after seeing my mum well up whilst I was trying one on with my dress, I knew there was no escaping it! The veil was from Berketex Bride and my shoes from Kurt Geiger.
FINDING THE DRESS | Funnily enough the Omelia dress by Catherine Deane was the first item I “pinned” on my Pinterest account. Unfortunately at that point there was no indication as to who the designer was or what the dress was called! After trying on countless dresses, I was still thinking of that first pinned dress! I ended up finding it online from America but as it was from a former line it was impossible to buy. Luckily, I was able to find it second hand from a lady in Chicago so I got my dream dress and at a fraction of the price!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Tim kept it simple and wore a Ted Baker suit from Moss Bros. Neither of us were fans of long tails, so it was just a simple three piece.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We were quite relaxed about the readings at the ceremony and asked my mum, Tim’s sister and a close friend to choose what they wanted to read rather than have us pick them. It just felt a more personal thing to do. As for music, before the ceremony and during the meal, we kept in theme and had movie themes playing. This really made us laugh on the day… especially when our food came out to the Darth Vader theme. For the evening we asked our friend Mike Harper Lee, a DJ in Manchester clubs, to come spin some tracks that we and our guests could embarrass ourselves to.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had two beautiful bridesmaids – my sister and best friend. I wanted green dresses to match the tiles at the venue and my sister found the perfect ones at Pin Up Girl Clothing.
THE FLOWERS | The flowers were really important to me as I’ve seen how they can really make a wedding venue come to life. Emma at Wild and Wondrous Flowers was absolutely fantastic, creating not only the beautiful centre pieces and the bouquets, but my gorgeous flowered hair slides as well.
THE CAKE | My lovely mum made our cake which led to the only disaster of the day… She’d laboured for weeks on the design of a beautiful three tier wedding cake made up of 12 layers of different flavoured sponge. Unfortunately, overnight the cake capsized which resulted in a very panicked phone call from Tim on the morning of the wedding! Thankfully with the help of some emergency flower arranging we were able to rescue it. It still tasted amazing Mum!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Once we’d confirmed the venue our next task was to find a photographer. We inadvertently found James Tracey whilst I was looking for décor inspiration at the photos of another wedding at Victoria Baths. We loved the relaxed nature of the photos and after meeting James (who is an absolute delight!) we were absolutely set. I’m quite relaxed in front of the camera but Tim hates having his photo taken so it says something for James that he was able to get Tim involved. We had a pre wedding photo shoot which not only gave us some great snaps and lots of laughs but also gave us the opportunity to get to know James. By the time the day came around we both felt like James was another friendly face and was very much ‘on our side’. He made sure he slotted in to the day nicely, giving us ample time with friends and we still got the pictures we wanted.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | As both Tim and I are self-confessed film geeks, we knew we wanted to incorporate movies in to our décor. Our invites were cinema tickets and all our tables were named after our favourite films and stacked full of popcorn and movie trivia. On each table, we had the poster for each film in the centre with our guests’ names on the credits at the bottom. Our favourite piece was the seating plan designed to look like an old stack of VHS tapes, just like our video collections as kids. We were lucky as our friend is designer Deniz Sabanci, so we didn’t have to look too hard to find someone capable of bringing this to realisation. On the day, we got SO many compliments about the décor, our guests loved the unique detail.
We have had some really bad wedding food in our time, so we wanted something a little more fun and tasty. Olive Tree Catering provided the food – we had a tapas spread made up of some delicious meats, breads and a full sized paella on each table. The idea was to get everyone sharing and talking, helped along by plenty of wine of course!
THE HONEYMOON | We took the ‘mini moon’ option and headed to a remote cabin for a few days. We have a trip to Italy and New York planned for next year.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | There was an incident involving a mistaken videographer at the wrong wedding who somehow convinced my ‘husband to be’ to take his clothes off so he could film him getting changed. A more sentimental moment was in Tim’s speech, Tim ‘face timed’ one of my friends who is a teacher in the states and couldn’t attend the day as it was during term time. Janette got a big round of applause from everyone there and it made us all tear up!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Have fun and don’t take it all too seriously. Be yourself and make sure the wedding feels like it belongs to you.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Venue | Victoria Baths
Photographer | James Tracey Photography
Hair | Hair Design by Adele
Dress designer | Catherine Deane
Bridesmaids dresses | Pin Up Girl Clothing
Flowers | Wild & Wondrous Flowers
Catering | Olive Tree Catering
Rings | Kate Holdsworth Designs
Stationery | Dee Sabanci [email protected]
So much style, I love it ALL.
Huge thanks to Emma and Tim for sharing their fantastic wedding story with us xo Lou