Do you know what I love the most about today’s real wedding? It’s the free spirited nature of the day infused with so much personality, which makes it so bespoke and special to our gorgeous couple.
WWW readers Laura and Adam wanted to achieve a fun and relaxed celebration for their 3rd June 2017 nuptials. They combined the city and the countryside too with their chosen venues; Manchester Town Hall for the ceremony and Stydd Weddings for the reception party. Injecting an element of quirky, they had a subtle cat theme. Cat lovers stay tuned for cat themed décor and ideas, it is just so sweet. Paired with natural style décor in the marquee, greenery florals and rose gold touches, it all worked remarkably together.
Laura’s show stopping gown was by designer Martina Liana and didn’t she look just stunning? I love the addition of the sparkly belt and glitter heels to finish her look too. Adam went for a dashing navy suit and the bridesmaids wore rose gold sequins and tulle. Swoon.
Ally M Photography, we cannot thank you enough for sharing these sublime shots. Enjoy folks.
THE PROPOSAL | Adam proposed at the top of the Empire State Building when we were on a trip to New York during Christmas 2015.
THE VISION | We really wanted a venue with a difference, and we wanted it to be a really relaxed day. We knew we wanted to get married at Manchester a Town Hall as it’s such a beautiful building and we wanted a countryside feel for the reception.
We also incorporated a subtle cat theme into the day with some signage ‘Purrfect day’ and’ just Meowed’ and a few cat ornaments that I sprayed white and rose gold to match our theme.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We planned it all ourselves, Once we had the venue and reception booked it was pretty plain sailing. We had everything booked about a year in advance I used Pinterest a lot. The colour scheme changed to rose gold when I found some fab bridesmaid dresses so we matched everything around those and my dress. It was very much a DIY wedding.
BUDGET | £15,000
THE VENUE | Manchester Town Hall and Stydd Gardens.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I really wanted a dress with some colour and wanted something quite different. My dress was designed by Martina Liana and was a separate top and skirt as you could mix and match. I tried on maybe 20 dresses and was becoming worried I would have to compromise on the colour but luckily I found exactly what I was looking for. My belt was custom made by Helena Noelle Couture and my head piece was from LHG designs. My mum and I made the veil with some tulle from eBay.
FINDING THE DRESS | I got my dress from Fairytale Brides in Whitefield. They were amazing I’d been trying different silhouettes based on the colour, I knew I really wanted a full skirt so my consultant told me to stop trying on what I didn’t really want and brought me what ended up being my dress up to the dressing room. I hadn’t even noticed the dress when I was picking stuff to try, I probably wouldn’t have tried it on if she hadn’t brought it in.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Adam wanted a 3 piece navy suit. He bought the first one he tried on from Hugo Boss we matched his tie to my dress.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had a string quartet at the ceremony I walked down the aisle to Sigur Ros, Staralfur, and we walked out to Married Life from the Disney film ‘Up’ they also played a load of Disney classics too.
For the reception we hired a PA system and used Spotify, Adam and I complied the playlist ourselves and later in the evening we had a silent disco, which was brilliant and made the night.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My bridesmaids were my sister Kate, my best mate Sarah and Adam’s niece Amelia. I got their outfits from a Liverpool designer called Kirsty Doyle. I wanted something a bit different so we went for tulle skirts and sequin t-shirts.
THE FLOWERS | We wanted loads of greenery, whites and nudes. We used the on site florist at Stydd Garden, Brambles and Lace (Rebecca and Maureen) they were amazing and got our vision straight away.
THE CAKE | My bridesmaid Sarah did the cake, it was gorgeous. ‘The Flour Craft Bakery’.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Ally M Photography. Ally was the first person we booked, he did my sister’s wedding and we loved his style. Ally and Lucy are brilliant, they go above and beyond and the photographs turned out amazing
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We had a few cat themed things, we wanted it to be subtle, we used the Soft Kitty song from the Big Bang theory for the table names. ‘Soft Kitty’ ‘ Warm Kitty’ etc. I made place card holders from little cat toys. And a few ornaments scattered around and we had loads of giant white balloons with streamers.
THE HONEYMOON | Diamonds Thudufushi in the Maldives.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The bus ride from the Town Hall to the venue was fun. The driver got a bit lost and we ended up in a service station with a park everyone had a go on the see saw. Adam gave me an impromptu lap dance when Pony from Magic Mike came on, which had everyone in stitches. Adam and all his mates had a game of beer pong, which he loved. The white bouncy castle was a big hit too.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Be selfish it’s your day. Don’t worry about accommodating everyone.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Ally M Photography
Dress | Fairytale Brides
Bridesmaid dresses | Kirsty Doyle
Cake | The Flour Craft Bakery
Flowers | Brambles and Lace
Make up | Tammy Faye
Lighting | Typical Type
Bouncy castle | Eventechuk
Catering | The Striped Pig
Bus | Kbmt
How fun! I love all the games and entertainment too, it looks as though everyone had a wonderful time.
Thanks ever so much to Laura and Adam for sharing their story with us xo Lou