Isn’t jazzy a great word? This is how WWW reader Linsey has described her wedding to Dave on 19th August 2017 and I think it sums it up perfectly! After a ceremony at the Guildhall in Hull, they celebrated at Fruit Space in a riot of colour. Using Dave’s mustard suit as a starting point for the décor, as well as a lemony Italian influence, Linsey and Dave ended up with a brilliantly relaxed and carefree day that suited them down to the ground.
It sounds like the journey from ceremony to reception was rather an adventure with a stop off for the couple to get wedding day tattoos and a little jaunt to take some pictures on a pirate ship that happened to be in the vicinity! Linsey tells you all about it in her report below.
The cakes, flowers and décor are all epic, and totally in keeping with the colourful theme, make sure you take everything in and spare a minute for Linsey’s advice – wise words indeed.
Patrick & Hollie at M&G Photographic have absolutely nailed the photography of course, thank you so much for sharing this brilliant imagery with us today.
We knew we wanted to get married and had discussed it for a long time. So one miserable January day in 2016 we where chatting on the sofa and decided to go look at rings in our little local hippy shop which sells my favourite silver jewellery. It wasn’t meant to be official but we just wanted to have a look at styles. There was no big plans for it because we both knew we wanted to do this. Anyways, I found a silver ring we loved with dark stones, it was £22.50 but the lovely lady in the shop, who we always end up chatting to, knocked it down to £20 for us! Amazing! So we went home, not knowing if this made it official or not but excited anyway! When we got back I popped to the bathroom, and when I came into the living room Dave had surprised me by being down on one knee with my little silver ring! I never expected a proper proposal and I know it wasn’t traditional but this one was our version..
From the start we knew we wanted something honest, relaxed, fun, colourful and a genuine reflection of us, we didn’t want anything that we had to do for the sake of it and ended up putting us way off budget. A wedding seemed so crazy for us to even dream of but we knew what we wanted and our family helped us so much they made it all possible! Dave’s surname (now ours) is Rossetto and comes from his Italian ancestors who were born in Venice, we also wanted to incorporate this into the day somehow, wether it be styling or food or just a general relaxed vibe! But I think we covered all three!? We also ended up with a lot of influences from festivals, with my hen do being at a festival in London, the street food we chose for our wedding breakfast, the music during the day and glitter station on the evening, and even actually going to a festival the next day!
THE PLANNING PROCESS
We are keen supporters of local businesses and we wanted as many as possible involved in our day. I spent a lot of time looking for the right traders and asking friends for recommendations regarding food, flowers, photographers and music. This took a lot more time than using a package hotel but it was totally worth it! Even though sometimes it felt unachievable. It was around a year and a half from engagement to wedding day and we started planning straight away, Pinterest was a god send! A lot of things changed as we went along, one idea led to another so we kind of fell into our theme and everything sort of just came together!
Small in the scheme of things, but not to us!
The Guildhall & Fruit Space Hull.
We didn’t look at many venues because we both decided on Fruit which is on the old marina area of Hull. Once we had set on this nothing else seemed to be right, especially after meeting with Chris who was super helpful, and couldn’t have done more for us in the run up to and on our big day. On a summer’s day the marina looks gorgeous with its harbour and boats and newly developed bars and restaurants. This area has seen a lot of investment in recent years and it looks amazing now, deffo worth a visit! Fruit is an old warehouse building now usually used for gigs, markets and record fairs amongst other things, so it’s rustic blank canvas with art, music posters and fairy lights was perfect for what we wanted, informal whimsical and fun! It also gave us the scope to find our own catering as they do not provide this at the venue. We are both food lovers and wanted this to be a big focus of our day, but not in a traditional sense. We didn’t want a three course sit down meal, firstly because I had worked at a lot of these things in the past and it also didn’t suit the kind of day we wanted. We had our ceremony at the Guildhall which is a ten minute walk away from Fruit so perfect for us and our guests. It was the best place to go given the distance and it also happened to be an amazing space with huge stained glass windows and a marble stair case to take pictures on. This part of the day was more formal, we even had a beautiful piano (which was already at the venue and they allowed us to use it if we could find someone to play it) played by one of Dave’s friends along with a clarinet whilst I walked down the aisle.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES
Designer, Sincerity. Dress name, Gianna, An A line dreamy lace and tulle number with a black satin waist band. A veil to match and white beaded flower for my hair. Way more traditional than planned but I fell for it! My lovely bridesmaid Olivia also surprised me on the hen do with a beautiful sparkly jewelled hair band that fastened with a chain at the back. I didn’t wear it on the hen do and instead kept it for the wedding day, it finished everything off perfectly! I did however keep looking at the headdresses featured in Naeem Khans bridal collections from 2016. I loved the height of the them, the flowers and the way they made traditional gowns look modern. They also made me think of Frida Khalo and the bright flowers she wore in her hair. After trying to find an alternative to the designer prices, I couldn’t seem to see anything that matched what I had in my head. So I decided to make my own, or at least try it! I went about looking at DIY hair crown tutorials, found some silk millinery flowers online, a wired hair band and set to work! I was actually surprised at how it turned out, only took me about an hour and wasn’t perfectly finished but it was for me, and it was exactly what I wanted! I decided to just wear this after the ceremony and took my jewelled tiara off in exchange for my home made flower headdress ready for the early evening celebrations. I think it looked great in the photos!
FINDING THE DRESS
Ahhh the rollercoaster of my dress decision. I found this one really tough because I love dresses, clothes, fashion, fabrics, the whole lot! So trying to decide on one dress was sooo hard! I studied fashion at university and everyone has always know me to be making or designing clothes in some way. Instantly I felt pressure to wear something unusual or “quirky”, something I either designed or made myself, or both! My bridesmaid Helen is a fantastic dress maker and offered to make my wedding dress for me which was super exciting, it took the pressure off me and I just had to design it. Great!
We went for fabric sourcing trips and I constantly looked at styles and inspirations I liked. We even made a mock up version of the first idea, which was lovely. But I was starting to feel a bit swamped with ideas and deciding what I wanted, the possibilities where endless really when you had full creativity! I was looking more and more at Italian brides and styling which where very traditional and totally gorgeous! So I went to try some dresses on in bridal shops after my mum suggested I do, just to get an idea of what I liked. We only went to two bridal boutiques, Bride&Co being the one I eventually chose my dress from. The experience was so lovely and I’m so glad I did it because it’s not something you can do everyday after all! I must admit there was only a few that I felt like myself in, and it did take a while to get used to because some of them are so huge and over powering, but super fun to try on!
After some deliberating I went back to try on the dress that I first tried on in Bride&Co with just my mum this time, and I walked out with a deposit paid and dress secured! I think it went with the Italian theme, but it was also a lot more traditional than the rest of the day! Even though i love my wedding dress so much, it’s one I always dreamed of, big tulle skirt and fitted at the waist, sparkle and lace and a black thin waist band (I added the waist band to the dress because this is something I probably had in my head since school) I still to this day wonder what the dress would have been like that I made myself with my friend. Would it have looked better? Would it have made me feel more proud? Is it what people expected? Have I wasted an opportunity for creativity? However I think either decision I made I would do this overthinking, I plan on still making the dress I imagined, maybe for an anniversary one day!?
Where do we start!? Dave wore a jazzy mustard suit from Noose & Monkey which we ordered off ASOS. It was an amazing find really as it’s not a colour you see a lot of in suits but it was so perfect for our day, and especially for Dave. He’s always liked to dress well and loves bright colours so this suit couldn’t have been better! Everyone was surprised when we said mustard suit…some people did pull a face but once they saw it it all made sense! Dave is also known for his hat selection, which has kind of taken over our living room with an overflowing hat stand and his best ones mounted on the wall. So of course he had to wear one on the day! He went for a black fedora style hat as he wore a black tie and his groomsmen wore black as well as the bridesmaids. Oh! Let’s not forget his unbelievable shirt!! I honestly think his outfit was better than mine haha! We also found his shirt on ASOS. Once we had lemons as a theme for the day people kept finding us all sorts, and thankfully it seemed on trend! My sister in law Cassie sent us a link to this lemon shirt in the sale on ASOS, we couldn’t believe it! At first we was like, is this too much?? But then of course Dave said no it isn’t and we ordered it straight away! He finished it off with some suede blush pink brogues to match the hints of pinks we had through the flowers, it’s hard to pick a colour to match mustard that wasn’t too strong!
THE READINGS & MUSIC
We kept it fairly simple with the ceremony, not adding any extra readings but writing our own promises to each other. I walked down the aisle to a piano version of Desrée “Kissing you” which was beautifully played by Dave’s classical trained musician friends. It’s surprising how many skills the people have around you that you don’t realise! Graziana the pianist did an amazing job and even learnt songs specifically for us which she played after the ceremony while we had prossecco and took some more traditional family photos.
We originally wanted a band for the evening at Fruit, with it being a live music venue it just made sense, but after looking into a few options we decided it was out of our budget. This actually didn’t matter so much because after talking to my dad about the difficulty of finding a decent band we could afford, he recommended an acoustic duo called Farino who he had seen playing a few times at a local bar on a Sunday.
We checked them out and they where so perfect! Nice and chilled, no singing and all acoustic. They sounded Mediterranean, like what you would hear on holiday, and did covers people recognised but not obviously. We loved them and so did our guests!! So much so I have secure three bookings for them from our wedding day! They were playing at a festival the same day we got married so they played a few hours while people arrived and ate then shot off to a festival, very rock and roll! We actually went to the same festival the day after our wedding, which was a pretty crazy idea…we all felt rough to say the least but it kept the buzz going for sure haha! We got Chris at Fruit to set up the playlist we had put together which we shared via Spotify. We chose some of our favourite songs which would work in the background while people mingled and in between the sets from Farino. In the evening Dave’s cousin DJed for us, she did a great job and got everyone dancing!
My lovely ladies. Cassie, Maria, Olivia, Helen and Dave’s niece Rihanna. They all looked so beautiful and were so amazing, supportive and happy for us! They kept everything under control and made sure I had fun all the way through, even when I was stressed out. We had an amazing hen do all thanks to them pulling together, especially Maria and Olivia for the organisation. I chose their dresses from Zara in the end, I had seen them online whilst having a browsing session and saved them as a maybe. I knew I didn’t want to spend a fortune on dresses they probably won’t wear again, and these were formal enough but still wearable and pretty!
I was with my bridesmaid Helen at the time I saw them in store and loved them, she tried one on and that was it! I bought all the sizes I needed there and then, with the shape of them and me and Helen being able to sew the fit would be a problem, this did upset my mum a little bit as she wasn’t there to chose with me but I just knew I wanted them and it was exciting! I know they have worn their dresses again which makes me feel happy that they genuinely liked them, so they are like a gift in the end.
The Floral Lounge supplied our flowers and they where gorgeous. Sarah was so lovely and brilliant at helping me chose what worked for the season from the images and inspiration I gave her. Originally I wanted peonies and lots of foliage, the foliage was fine but Sarah informed me peonies weren’t in season and offered a perfect alternative, David Austin roses in deep pink. I didn’t know anything about flowers or their names and Sarah was so informative and knew everything about what I wanted just from my Pinterest page I showed her! She offered her own ideas that worked well and mentioned things I hadn’t even thought of. I would highly recommend her! We didn’t want massive centre pieces with flowers and I love gypsophila so we kept it minimal with a few springs in our waxed bottles and some bunches in large silver buckets for the ceremony venue. I had gyp in my bouquet and the bridesmaids had mainly gyp with a few of my bright mustard and pinks mixed in. Sarah did a great job of tying our colours together and helping with logistics, it was so exciting to have them delivered to my door on the morning of the wedding.
John from Cocoa Chocolatier. I knew John from a previous employment and I also used to buy his chocolates in his first shop, so I knew he was good. We had spoken to a few other people about our cake but never got anything set in stone and when we spoke to John about what we wanted, something very decorative and pretty but not traditional, he was straight on board and did an amazing job! We decided on three separate towers in graduating heights one to be coffee and walnut, one lemon sponge and the other red velvet. John went above our expectations with the decor, even making little chocolates that looked like macarons to match the images I showed him. They looked beautiful and where a lovely surprise on the day.
Our photographer came first through a friend of ours called Stew, who is a huge advocate for local talent. We arranged a meeting with Patrick and hit it off straight away, he totally understood our ideas and image of the day so that was that! Patrick brought his partner Hollie on the day which was great because we had two perspectives of the day, and I can honestly say I think they enjoyed it as much as we did! It was just like having our pals take pictures of us doing crazy wedding stuff all day! In the run up to our wedding Patrick was amazing and made us feel totally at ease in front of a camera, and I think we can now happily call him a friend! We wanted unstaged images of our day but we did get some traditional group pictures at the Guildhall before we moved on.
Patrick and Hollie came to prompt us for some more time to get some shots of just me and Dave as the lighting was great and the sun wasn’t too bright. We had a walk around the marina and got some great ones against the bright backdrops and shutters of the old buildings. When we were around the boats a few people where having a nice sunny afternoon on a particular one that looked like a pirate ship, they shouted congratulations and Hollie even managed to get us an invite onto the boat in exchange for some of the images. The people were really helpful and friendly and the pictures look great! So thank you for that Hollie! Just shows if you don’t ask you don’t get :)
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR
I think the main part of the colour came from me initially looking at mustard bridesmaid dresses, then looking at colours that complimented mustard which brought in the deep pinks of our flowers. It then went into lemons as we were looking at Italian weddings and styling etc and lemons kept cropping up, they made the mustard tones lighter and more summery in a way. I was also looking at Dolce & Gabbana a lot at the time as they were using very Italian prints with lemons and pasta etc and the models wearing bright headdresses of fruits and flowers. I think that was probably a big influence actually. It definitely was with the bridesmaids’ hair bands and styling.
Our main expense was probably all of the dripping candles we bought to cover our collection of drinks bottles. We asked everyone to donate us theirs throughout the year, we tried to keep the nicest ones to decorate with wax and ended up with over 40 of them! They are still all over our house now! We mixed them on the tables, some with flowers and some with candles which we sat on log discs wrapped in tiny fairy lights. I love tie dye, and I wanted to incorporate this into our table decor somehow, I was thinking of using it as table runners but in the end decided for the top table so dye the whole cloth in a subtle yellow tie dye. For welcome drinks at Fruit my stepdad Mick made us homemade sangria, which was, as we expected, potent and tasty! Mick always makes us a good drink so we called on him for that!
Mick and my mum also sorted us out with cocktail straws and decor because these are literally my most favourite things. They remind me of being young and on holiday, mesmerised by all of the jazziness and bright colours of them! I feel like they just make people happy! We didn’t go for wine on the tables, instead opting for a bottle of Italian Limoncello for each table with our centre pieces. This was to be used for the toasts and speeches instead of fizz, because who actually likes that anyways!? It also tied in with our theme and the wedding favours which were vintage retro shot glasses, sourced form charity shops and car boot sales! Our guests where meant to take theirs home with them at the end, but this didn’t happen with everyone, so we did end up with a haul of these at home! I am still giving some out now!
We chose Lake Garda for our honeymoon, for no particular reason really. We were looking online at the time and just browsing destinations, we knew we wanted it to be special and we had only been to Italy once when we went for a long weekend in Venice (it was heavy snow and freezing). After getting some advice from the travel agent online we found the perfect place in Riva with a view of the Lake. I can’t tell you how beautiful that place is! Everywhere we went, the scenery was breathtaking! The food was also gorgeous and there was even a little spa in the hotel which we used on a rainy day. Went went on wine and cheese tasting trips, saw a taste of the opera on the edge of a cliff top by a castle and took a day trip to Verona to see Romeo and Juliet’s balcony. On the last Saturday there the town held a festival and had a huge fireworks display out on the lake, we decided to stay on our balcony and watch it from there with some homemade Aperol spritzes. The boom from the fireworks echoed so loud through the mountains and we had a perfect view, it was amazing! There isn’t one thing I would change about the honeymoon, apart from being there longer! I must admit I did have a little cry when the plane landed back home..
This deserves a special mention. I’m so glad I carried on searching like I did because I came across the amazing and always enthusiastic Mark who owns Street Cleaver. Firstly, his food is undeniably brilliant and has rave reviews from anyone who has tried it. Secondly he is the best guy and so passionate about his work it’s infectious! Another person whom we met through planning a wedding that has become a friend of ours!
I was struggling to find anyone that understood our ideas regarding food, we wanted individually boxed meals for each guest with Mediterranean style picnic food inside, I imagined breads on the tables and sharing platters etc but we couldn’t seem to find anyone who would even write us a menu! Instead we was having to come up with one for them which isn’t what I thought we should be doing. Then I rang Mark, and everything changed! Our first conversation lasted about an hour I think as we babbled on about food and how we might know each other from old scenes in Hull. Mark got our ideas straight away and sent over some menus the same day that sounded so amazing and unusual, it was perfect! Mark specialises in Asian street food and his flavours are spot on! We still went for a more Mediterranean vibe during the day with the individual boxes, which he sourced for us along with the cutlery & plates etc, and stuck with his steamed pork bao buns and vegan pakoras for the evening. The feedback for Mark’s food was phenomenal and we have made sure we eat his food whenever we can! It was super exciting when he told us he was investing in a street food van that he hoped to have before the wedding. In the end we actually managed to get that inside Fruit for the full day and night which looked awesome and our guests loved it! All thanks to Chris the manager at Fruit who managed to sort out access for us. Again another creative, genuine, happy soul who became part of our big day and more.
I want to also give a shout out to our friend Lisa. As a wedding present she supplied us with a cheese cake tower! Lisa runs a cheese stall at local food markets so we obviously took her up on the offer, and safe to say we had enough cheese to feed an army! Great for drunken snacks at the end of the night and after Lisa decorated the tower for us it looked gorgeous on the table! Definitely a good idea if you want a savoury change to classic wedding cake, although we did have both!
Of course there were so many! Seeing Dave as I turned into the room holding my dads arm, laughing through our vows, seeing all our family and friends turning up to support us, I could go on and on! One thing that definitely stood out and was totally different was us going to get our rings tattooed after our ceremony, whilst everyone went ahead to Fruit to start the reception. We where looking at getting a matching finger tattoo for a while and had spoken about getting one on our ring finger after the wedding…but then one day I was having coffee with one of the bridesmaids, discussing this, and I thought “wouldn’t it be amazing to surprise Dave on the day with a tattoo appointment!?” We both use the same tattoo artist which is conveniently in between the venues so a really easy stop off. Davey at Cruithni in Trinity Square was super up for it and even did it for us as a wedding gift, we been to Davey several times and built up a good relationship as a result. I was meant to keep it a surprise but of course I couldn’t wait to tell Dave and he loved the idea too! Davey was brilliant on the day, we went with our photographers Patrick and Hollie and got some great shots of us having our tattoos, it hurt a lot more than I expected so there’s some good ones of the faces we where pulling. Davey joined us at Fruit to celebrate after he had finished up at the shop which was really nice! Another one is my dad’s speech which I think must go down in wedding speech history? I won’t go too far into that but let’s just say he made everyone laugh for different reasons but I loved it! I wouldn’t have it any other way!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES
Stick to your guns! People will always try and give you advice, and they are being helpful, but it’s easy to get led down a different path than what you want if you start listening to all of it. If you have a vision stick to it, you will be glad you did in the end!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Most importantly our families. They helped us so much to achieve everything we did, financially and emotionally. This day and all of our plans would never have happened without them. Xx
Wow, Linsey and Dave! What a fabulous day, done your way! Thank you for sharing everything with us. Rachel x