Fun & Personal ‘Secondhand’ City Wedding

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I have a feeling that you’re going to really love Brydie and Ted’s nuptials which we are sharing with you today on WWW. They tied the knot in their local church before moving on to the Fairfield Social Club in Manchester for their reception and everything took place on 17th August 2019. Brydie said that the theme of their wedding was ‘second hand’ as they had so many wonderful contributions from friends and family with lots of things being re-loved from other family members’ weddings, which just so personal.

Emma of The Pin Up Bride was on hand to capture everything and hasn’t she done a fab job? Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful images with us Emma.

Urban and industrial fans are in for a treat with the setting of today’s wedding, isn’t it so atmospheric? I must also mention the brilliant bridesmaids dresses made by Brydie’s mum, don’t they all cut a striking figure? Feast your eyes on all the homemade and re-loved beauty and enjoy! 

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The Proposal

A year to the day from our very first date. Ted insisted that we re-walk the exact route we took on our first date- even to the point he wouldn’t let me try a new pub as it had to be the same. I thought he was being weird when he downed his drink and didn’t say a word to me for our walk with me babbling on. Before I knew it he had stopped in front of the petrol station and got down on one knee to ask me to marry him. He said he got so nervous he didn’t realise we were quite so close to the main road! Ted proposed with his grandmother’s ring after getting permission from my father which was very traditional and meant a lot to my dad and I.

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The Vision

We pictured a relaxed, happy celebration that reflected both our personalities with all our close family and friends present to party.

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The Planning Process

We were in the process of saving for and buying our first home when we got engaged. The first plan was to have a long engagement but luckily for us we ended up being able to buy our home in April 2018 and started planning the wedding. We began by discussing what wedding we waned, we both agreed that we wanted a day that was informal and relaxed with plenty of food, booze and laughter. Ted found our venue during a google search, a lovely big space that could fit both our huge families into. We then decided together what food we wanted- playing with different ‘easy’ foods including pizza, burgers and finally we decided on pie and mash. Ted found our pie caterers for the events. In the final six months or so I was in charge of the smaller finer details, the dresses, table decorations, hair pieces, my ‘Pie-chart’, photo booth props and these were all either made by myself or family and friends.

A spreadsheet was my best friend during this period to organise when everyone needed paying and how much of the budget we had left/spent.

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Budget

We both made a decision very early on that we wanted a fabulously fun wedding but didn’t want to spend the first part of our married life with debt hanging over us. We spent in total £6,000 for the whole day. A spreadsheet helped with the budgeting of our wedding and both committing to saving every month.

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The Venue

Our ceremony took place in St Mark’s church, the local church near our house in Stockport.

With us both having large families and a big group of friends we wanted a venue that had plenty of room with a more urban feel than places we could find closer to home. Manchester is close to both our hearts, having both spent much of our younger years experiencing the night life of the city. We found Fairfield Social Club after a google search and quickly fell in love with its urban feel, large rooms and Ted particularly enjoyed the real ale bar. The club was used to hosting food, music and other festivals at the weekends so was more than used to organising street food companies. The space also offered us an amazing space that was interesting and provided ‘escape’ areas. The playstation area upstairs was a huge hit with our guests. The dance floor was massive with plenty of space for our 250 evening guests to party down too. 

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Your Outfits & Accessories

Trying on dresses to get a good idea of which suited me was a brilliant experience for my mum and I. After going to a few different wedding dress shops my mum, who is a fashion designer, was all set for making my wedding dress when I stumbled upon the ideal dress on a social media advert.

Cocomelody are based in America and as soon as I saw the dress I knew it was ‘the one’. The lace, sleeves, V-neck and tulle bottom everything that I had wanted in the dresses I had tried on in the shops. It was everything I had described to my mum during our shopping trips- so much so that I took the plunge and decided to order. The dress arrived in a tiny box that came through the post and my first thought was how could that tiny thing hold my dress? When opening it, of course, everything was perfect. My mum made the alterations and tweaks that I wanted, she took off the train and shortened the length for me.

My accessories were last minute additions with my necklace and matching earrings being gifts from Ted the morning of the wedding. My bracelet was my something ‘borrowed’ from one of my lovely bridesmaids- a bracelet that belonged to her mother. This was very special to wear. Everyone who knows me knows I like comfort- I decided to wear vans trainers on my feet decorated with my something ‘blue’ some personalised stickers. My something ‘old’ was my mother’s veil from her wedding day (though I don’t think she will appreciate the old part!)

Ted wore a suit he found from Slater’s in Manchester. His was an olive green/brown colour with a burgundy tie to match the colours of one of the bridesmaid dresses. He wore his suit with a pairs of shoes bought from a local suit shop which were dark brown colour. We didn’t particularly have a colour scheme, we ended up picking burgundy because of the availability of the colour with the tie company we went for, ties r us. Not having a preference for matching suits also worked well with the grooms men all wearing their own suits and they looked brill.

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Bridesmaids

I am very lucky with the fact my mum is a fashion designer and trained seamstress. All the bridesmaid dresses were made by my mum and this meant that I could ask all of my best friends along with my younger cousin and one of Ted’s cousins.

I picked a design that could be wrapped multiple ways, every one of the girls looked individual and we picked four different colours for the girls to choose from; green, light grey, slate grey and burgundy (the burgundy matched the groomsmen’s ties). The girls looked fabulous and finished off the look with flower crowns. All the girls looked really beautiful and so individual. All the girls did their own make-up and hair was either done by family members or my mum’s friend with a range of different styles from relaxed waves to more formal up-dos.

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Groomsmen

We had 10 groomsmen and two page boys, to match up with the 10 bridesmaids. The best man, who has known Ted wince primary school, wore a blue/grey chequered suit from Burton. The rest of the groomsmen wore a suit they already had. Our wedding was relaxed and the individual style of the boys really worked well for the look of the boys and the matching ties really pulled the different looks together. The page boys wore light blue chinos and cotton shirts from next boys and had bow ties to match the colour of the rest of the group.

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Beauty

I chose to do my own make up for the wedding. One of my bridesmaids had travelled over from Sydney, Australia for the wedding a few weeks before the wedding. We went for a shopping trip into town and I booked to have a tutorial at No7 in boots- I have sensitive skin and always wear this brand so thought to stick with what I know works well. What a fab day we had out together and I managed to get my make up with a few vouchers courtesy of the lady behind the till and saved a massive £40 in the process! I decided to go for quite a natural style and a slight smoky eye.

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The Flowers

We were very lucky to have lots of very talented friends and family to help us with many different aspects of our wedding. Our flowers were a gift from one of our bridesmaids. I completely trusted my friend who is an amazing florist and she did not disappoint. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were made up of lots of green foliage and herbs which made a lovely rich aroma. My bouquet was very similar with roses and flowers- I’m terrible not remembering the name of all the flowers but the bouquet was absolutely stunning, even Ted mentioned it in his groom’s speech.

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The Readings & Music

We asked my godmother to do the first reading at our church wedding. ‘The Union’ by Robert Fulgham. This was a beautiful reading about the promises we had already made and seemed fitting to be read by a close member of my family who has been married for a long time. Our second reading was Corinthians 13: 4-7, 13, this was read by Ted’s cousin and we picked this due to the sentimentality of the words.

We decided to pick some upbeat and less traditional music for walking up and down the aisle. The bridesmaids and I walked down the aisle to ‘Grow old with me’ by Tom Odell, a fabulously vibrant piece of music that reminded of the time Ted and I met on one of our first dates, I had just been to see Tom Odell in concert when we first met. We walked back down the aisle as husband and wife to ‘I want to hold your hand’ by The Beatles, again up-lifting and so fitting with both our personalities.

We asked our friends and family on our invitations what would get them up dancing by requesting songs, I then gave this to the DJ who I gave free rein to use or not play depending on what would work well. Everyone commented on how good the music and the DJ were. The DJ, James, is a friend of ours who works at Ted’s dad’s local pub. He’s a great guy who listens but also went with the flow on the evening allowing me and the guests to make requests all evening.

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Your Photographer

Our photographer was the amazing Emma Wise of The Pin-up bride Photography, she was absolutely brilliant and came to our attention as a recommendation from a friend of mine. It was short notice, as our original photographer wasn’t able to actually photo or video our wedding. As soon as I saw her pictures of previous wedding I knew I was the photographer for us. Candid in style with some amazing more formal shots. I received the official pictures recently and was filled with love and happiness once again looking through and reminding myself of our perfect day.

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The Honeymoon

We went off on our honeymoon the Monday after our wedding for a 9 night trip up to Scotland and Northumberland. We spent our first four nights in a small cottage in the Scottish Borders. We spent this time walking, visiting some stately homes and cosying up in the evening watching Netflix whilst the wind howled outside. We then travelled up to Edinburgh which was absolutely amazing. The fringe festival and tattoo festival were on in the city and we enjoyed a heatwave whilst there. We then decided to extend our trip a little bit and booked two more nights in Northumberland in the small town of Hexham. Neither of us had travelled to this part of the country before but enjoyed a lovely day on the beach and then some shopping and pub experiences in the large market town of Hexham.

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Memorable Moments

The whole day was just such a joyous experience. A guest commented to me that I am usually a smiley person but he hadn’t ever seen me with such a massive grin on my face. And this comment really summed up the day, we have both talked about how much love and fun we had. I suppose my most memorable moment was our first dance to ‘Common people’ by Pulp. Being spun around the room in a purely spontaneous first dance is something that will be etched in my memory forever.

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The Cake

We had a cake made up of cheese from our local cheese man at the market. Decorated with fresh figs and grapes from the greengrocer. The cake of cheese made up part of our evening buffet of crackers, cheese, salads and chutneys.

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Advice For Other Couples

This was told to me a few times before the wedding day and it is so true. Take a moment to look around and just take in everyone who is there to celebrate your day with you. The day goes so quickly, it felt like the blink of an eye!

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Credit Where Credit Is Due 

Photographer
The Pin Up Bride 

Venue
Fairfield Social Club 

Pies
London Pie & Mash Company 

Dress
Coco Melody

Grooms suit
Slaters 

Best man suit
Burton 

Flowers
Kate Green Flowers 

Wedding Ring
@joseylewis_jewellery

Buffet food
Costco 

Ties
Ties R Us 

Fabric for bridesmaids dress
My Fabrics 

Make up
Boots 

Hair
Zoe Cullum Conner 

DJ
James Hayden Davies 

Cheese
Charlie’s Cheese

Brydie and Ted! What a fabulous day you had and so much of it lovingly contributed to by family and friends, so special! Thank you for sharing with us. Rachel x

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