WWW followers Heidi and James are joining us today with their industrial handmade wedding day, which was held on the 5th October 2019 at The Pumping House in Nottinghamshire. They envisioned a celebration which was a little different and with them both being in the construction industry, they hoped to represent that. Heidi creates the most beautiful concrete decorations (Copper Cranes Handmade Shop) and she made some wonderful concrete letters to be used as favours and décor. Concrete has been a huge interiors trend, so I am so pleased to see the material incorporated into wedding day styling. It suited the industrial vibe of their venue perfectly. They also added in touches of copper, with copper cutlery used throughout to great affect.
Also featuring is a moon gate flower arch as a backdrop to the ceremony and reception, swoon, the most beautiful burgundy bouquets, wow, and some seriously stylish attire. Finally I must shout out about Heidi’s hair do, that plait style is what hair dreams are made of.
M and G Photographic, thank you both ever so much for sharing with us these incredible captures of a truly beautiful day.
24th June 2017 in Monaco.
We had been together around 5 years and living together for 3 years when James suggested a trip to Monaco. We didn’t really go on holiday much but I knew he had always wanted to go so there wasn’t any real reason for me to have guessed what he was planning.
A few nights in, just after dinner on one of the little piers, James asked me if I wanted to see the present that he had gotten me. He had had to improvise a little as the ring he had chosen and ordered wasn’t going to be delivered on time for the weekend away, so he ordered a necklace from etsy with the words marry me engraved on the pendant.
When the ring got delivered a few weeks later, James parents sat at our house waiting for it and left us a little postcards with a scavenger hunt written on it for us to find the hidden ring. I always joke that he never verbally asked me to marry him but I couldn’t have asked for a more special proposal.
Neither of us wanted the big traditional church or stately home wedding, we wanted something a little different but still have a traditional set up of the day; ceremony, meal and then music and dancing.
I have an obsession with anything industrial; bricks, concrete, copper etc. They reflect our lifestyle as we both work in the construction industry and I am quite crafty with an Etsy store selling concrete goodies so I wanted to put as many personal touches on every aspect of our wedding.
When we found the Pumping House, it fit our industrial theme perfectly.
The Planning Process
We had agreed to enjoy the engagement for a while before we started planning the wedding but I thought having a quick google wouldn’t hurt as soon as we got home from Monaco. I love the industrial style and it didn’t take me long to find The Pumping House at Ollerton. Luckily James loved it just as much as I did and we had it booked within a month of getting engaged.
The next two years were spent with me glued to Pinterest trying to find new and alternative ideas, finding second hand items off of Facebook market, collecting gin bottles from the local gin bar and roping in family and friends to empty all Tesco’s in a 50 mile radius of copper cutlery.
The suppliers that we used came naturally, we went to a couple of open days at the venue to get some ideas and found Peonies and Plumes and Confetti Cakery as well as Save The Date Event Stylists who are based at the Pumping House. We found the photographers through a Facebook ad after we were let down by a friends recommend photographer. It was probably the best thing that happened to us as M and G Photographic were amazing start to finish!
Because we booked the wedding just over two years in advance, it gave us plenty of time to save up and collect everything we wanted without feeling rushed or pressured. Apart from hiring linen for the tables and a couple of decorations from Save The Date, we made the majority of our decorations and I got to design our invitations. I’m glad we had the two years to plan, it was less stressful and also easier finding our suppliers early on, everything else wasn’t exactly necessary so I could have fun creating new ideas without being rushed.
We never really set a budget as such, we worked out how much we could save over the two years by putting £100 each away every pay check and kind of worked to that. We were incredibly lucky that James parents gifted us money and my parents offered to pay for my dress, the cake and the photographer.
We saved money on the venue by having the wedding out of peak wedding season. The photo booth we booked for the evening, I waited until they also had a deal advertised. All of the decorations for the wedding were either bought on sale or were found on Facebook market.
We decided to hold off booking a honeymoon until we knew what money we had left over after the wedding was paid for. We booked Valencia as a last minute deal which was a nice little treat and something to look forward to after the wedding.
The Pumping House in Ollerton, Newark was the second venue I found online, and the only one we went to see. As soon as we went to view it, we stopped looking for anything else. It had everything we had wanted!
Set in Sherwood forest, It’s a beautiful Grade II listed red brick building with beautifully decorated feature rooms, original details such as the semi circle windows and tall chimney tower. It has accommodation attached though they are more like glamourous apartments than hotel rooms, we didn’t want to leave!
We wanted the venue to be a real focal point for our day, so we had the ceremony and the reception there, spending the day upstairs in the conservatory, butterfly, type and botanical styles rooms which are all set around a view down into the engine hall where we had our meal and reception. One of the best compliments we had about the venue were that the parents with kids attending didn’t feel like they had to keep an eye on them, there was no danger of the kids running off and they had a great time in the cinema room playing on the foosball table and watching films.
You get the whole building and grounds to yourselves for the day so we made the most of it by having a gin and whiskey bar set out in the themed rooms to entice guests to explore.
We couldn’t praise Lian and the staff enough, they were a massive help setting up the van load of decorations we brought with us and the whole day ran so smoothly.
Your Outfits & Accessories
James and his best man Declan’s suit inspiration was from Pinterest, bright navy blue suits with a grey waistcoat. The suits were bought from Slaters in Nottingham, they had previously bought suits there before for Declan’s wedding a couple of years ago and they were really helpful.
They both had rose gold cufflinks and pocket watches from Not on the High Street.
To finish their outfits off, in honour of Declan’s son Noah, James bought odd socks for all of the men attending the ceremony from the Down-Syndrome charity website. Noah lights up our lives and we were so happy to be able to donate to a wonderful charity and have him take part in our wedding in such a special way.
Originally I didn’t want the traditional white princess dress and fell in love with an unusual pink dress from America that was way over budget. I found a similar shaped dress in my local bridal shop Alice Rose in Ashby by Ellis Bridal. It was everything I thought I would never want but I loved it as soon as I put it on. White and A-Line with a long train. James had treated me to a pair of pink glittery Jimmy Choos as a wedding gift.
We had our make up done by the brilliant Liz Bond and our hair by the amazing Amie at Mon-Amie. I loved Liz’s natural style and Amie worked wonders on my hair, turning it into a long boho inspired plait that worked perfectly with my dress.
Lily-Rose has a milk maid inspired plait crown and loved it!
The Readings & Music
Our aisle song was Songbird by Fleetwood Mac and Albatross for signing of the register.
We also had Ludovico Einaudi’s Nuvole Bianche as a run up to the ceremony song.
Sophie at Confetti Cakery did an amazing job on our cake! We had Red Velvet and Lemon for the two tiers which were delicious! Decoration with a navy and copper bottom tier and a concrete effect top tier. We were so happy with how it turned out! She also made blueberry marshmallows, raspberry macaroons, meringues and decorated shortbread displayed in terrariums.
Patrick and Hollie from M and G Photographic were unbelievable. We normally hate having our picture taken but they made us feel so at ease and we forgot they were there most of the time. They have a very natural relaxed style that we loved with more emphasis on guests natural reactions than styled set ups.
The only thing we asked for was a little photoshoot with coloured smoke bombs. I had expected us to just stand there with the smoke bombs being held or in the background but they had the best idea of having guests run around us with them. It was our favourite part of the day! It was such a laugh and so different, we were really glad that everyone that took part really embraced it.
We have some great video footage filmed by Jack of everyone running around.
I can’t recommend these guys enough! They have done a fantastic job and the photos are beautiful.
The real surprise was receiving our photos 10 days instead of 10 weeks after the wedding! I have no idea how they managed it as the photos and editing are amazing.
The Details & Décor
The Pumping house already has a beautifully industrial style decor and we only really wanted to enhance that with our own contributions. I followed the venue and Save The Date Event Stylists on Instagram to help get ideas of how to decorate the spaces.
Because of the industrial feel of the venue and the autumn date for the wedding, we stuck to copper and concrete materials and a navy and burgundy colour scheme which we felt really complimented the venue.
It was really important to me to put our own stamp on it, personal to us as much as could be and make as much from scratch as possible. With help from my dad, I repurposed an old cabinet door into our seating plan, painting it a blue-gray and adding the text in copper and white vinyl. We found a step ladder in similar colours and apple crates which we fashioned into a confetti bar.
The tables were decorated in hand made concrete candle holders, table numbers and initials with a copper paper clip to hold the place names, all hand written. It took some time but I was so happy with the result, they were a nice little token for guests to take home and use as photo holders. I loved the gin bottles and terrariums that we used as centre pieces and to hold the sweet treats, a few of the gin bottles were collected from holidays with friends or were gifts to family who gave us back the empty bottles.
We used a couple of pallets to make some signs to help direct guests outside. James made us a giant W for Webster out of some left over pallet wood which we used as a guest ‘book’ which is now hung in our hallway.
To match Peonies and Plumes Moon Gate, we stumbled across a log holder for a log burner, made a base out of the left over pallet wood and made a cake stand. Danielle decorated it in foliage and it really helped make our cake stand out! To play on James job as a bricklayer, we used a brick trowel to cut the cake, which was one of my favourite moments.
Guests comfort is always important so we had a crate full of blankets in case they got cold getting their evening food from the Taco van outside and a basket full of slippers with handmade little tags their aching feet. To keep the kids from getting bored through the meal, inspired once again by Pinterest, I ordered MDF initials and spray painted them with chalk board paint along with little boxes of chalk and bubbles, they were great at keeping the kids entertained and can be used over and over again. I’m not sure the venue were too impressed with the chalk stains on the table linen though! Haha!.
The detail that meant the most to me was the tower of chocolate profiteroles that James’ mum made for us to represent my late great-aunty Marlene. She had always promised to make them for me for my wedding but unfortunately died a couple of years ago.
Our flowers were done by Danielle at Peonies and Plumes. I had sent her a couple of pictures of the style of bouquets that I liked, along with photos of the gin bottles and lanterns I had for the centrepiece and the cake stand I was making to match her moon gate that we hired for our ceremony and asked her to work her magic.
My only request really was lots of foliage including eucalyptus and I had originally asked for my favourite peonies but they weren’t in season so Danielle suggested open garden Roses which were beautiful.
Me and Emily had pink garden Roses, burgundy chrysanthemums, pink and purple Astilbe, eucalyptus, olive and myrtle among other beautiful additions.
Lily-Rose had a lovely sewing hoop decorated in similar flowers and ribbons.
James, Declan, Jack and our dads had a foliage circle with astilbe and burgundy ribbon.
Emily – Bridesmaid – Ted Baker
Lily-Rose – flower girl – Etsy
We went on a last minute 4 night trip to Valencia for our honeymoon. We had never really heard of or thought to go there until a friend recommended it to us but it was amazing. The first night, there were fireworks that I completely slept through. Our second day, there was a parade to celebrate the city which they do every year. We spent the rest of the time eating paella and walking through the Turia Gardens which once used to be the Turia river bed before it got diverted, we visited the Ciudad de la Artes y Las Ciencias which as a modern building complex made up of Agoras, an Opera house, Science museum and Aquarium. Its a beautiful city with some amazing architecture.
Our favourite moment by far were the smoke bombs. It was something I had only ever seen on Pinterest and thought it would be a good photo op but it turned out to be a highlight and talking point for us all. Surrounded by people important to us, running around, laughing. We couldn’t have hoped for better and the photos show the true joy we felt whilst it was happening.
We took a little time just us two with our best man, bridesmaid, flower girl and page boy after the ceremony. It was lovely to stop and take a breath and let it sink in that we had just got married with the people who loved us enough to be a part of it.
We wasn’t too keen on the idea of a first dance so asked for guests to join in after around a minute, we had a great time talking about the beginning of the day but loved when our close friends came over and we had a group huddle for the rest of the song.
It was heart-warming to see all of the men embrace the odd socks and there is a great photo of them all stood in front of the venue with their trousers pulled out to show them off.
Declan Murray – Best Man – Outfit from Slaters
Jack Peachey – Page boy – Outfit from Next
Advice For Other Couples
We only booked what we could afford and still ended up having everything we had hoped for without getting into debt by being savvy and searching for good deals.
Take some time out in the day for just you two as husband and wife. We disappeared for 10 minutes after the first dance just to catch our breath and talk about how much we were enjoying the day.
Don’t be afraid to choose exactly what you want and how you want your day without the fear of upsetting others. It’s your day!
We didn’t want a church wedding or hundreds of guests which caused a few comments regarding who was invited to what part of the day and where we were having it because both of our families had gotten married in the same church for years. Regardless of how people thought we should have had our wedding, they all commented at the end about how well it went and how much fun it was.
Also, don’t worry about what could go wrong or what hasn’t gone to plan, even though you may have spent years planning, none of it matters on the day. You spend the whole day so happy that you have married each other that it’s not even worth worrying about anything.
Our last piece of advice would be, invite who you love and regardless of what things cost, invest in a good photographer and perhaps a photobooth. The photos are what you keep forever and bring back memories not material items such as expensive outfits or canapés.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
M and G Photographic
The Pumping House
Peonies and Plumes
The Confetti Cakery
Save The Date Event Stylists
Simply stunning. I do love an industrial wedding style.
Heidi and James, thank you so very much for sharing your really special wedding story here today xo Lou