WWW readers Rebecca and Duncan decided to tie the knot in the city where they first met and still live together now, Sheffield. Their urban day on 29th July 2017 is absolutely chock-full of fabulous bright colours and I think you’re just going to love it. I’m so delighted that Rebecca loved using WWW to plan their day, using our tool to search by wedding type and colour for modern and multicolour wedding ideas.
Following a church ceremony, our pair held their festivities at the Workstation and what a fab idea to take their guests for a drink at the pub on the way! All of the décor is so colourful and fun but I have to say that I’m particularly taken with the brilliant cake. The hard work by Rebecca and Duncan as well as their friends and family on the pom poms, confetti and centrepieces really paid off in a big way, make sure you take in every detail!
Rebecca and Duncan chose Chris and Anii of Bloom Weddings to capture their day, and what a great choice they were. Thank you so much for sharing these simply wonderful images with us today.
Duncan took me to Leeds for my birthday weekend. Just before leaving for dinner he got down on one knee and popped the question! It was just the two of us which felt very special, we wouldn’t have wanted anything more elaborate. ‘Running Up that Hill’ by Kate Bush was playing at the time so we played this while we signed the register on the day.
We wanted the wedding to incorporate our interests and lives together in Sheffield. We met while at University in the city and have stayed here ever since. The vision was a relaxed, colourful, urban wedding. Music is important to us so we wanted this to be an integral part of the day too.
THE PLANNING PROCESS
Overall, the wedding took 18 months to plan. There were many Pinterest boards and time spent searching weddings blogs.
We decided on a budget relatively early and planed how we were going to save, it was important to us that our choices did not leave us in any debt. We had help from our generous families with the Bride and bridesmaids outfits and all the drinks.
The ceremony itself took place at Upper Chapel, a beautiful Unitarian Chapel in the centre of Sheffield. Our Lay Preacher Peter was wonderful and happily accepted our ideas to personalise the service.
The reception took place at The Workstation, a cinema and multi-purpose event space. We loved the white open space that we were able to completely personalise. Between the ceremony and the reception we treated guests to a drink at The Head of Steam pub opposite the Chapel.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES
My dress was a gorgeous intricate beaded fit and flare from designer Justin Alexander. It was all about the back!! My veil was from Brides of Chester.
I wore Rose Gold heels from Kurt Geiger for the ceremony but quickly changed into glittery trainers from Topshop.
I wore simple pearl studs from Topshop and borrowed my sister’s pleated silk wedding clutch from Accessorize.
FINDING THE DRESS
I went into dress shopping with an open mind but knew I wanted something different from my sisters who had chosen beautiful ball gowns and traditional lace. I am from North Wales and decided to go dress shopping in Chester with my mum and sisters. Apart from the odd dress that was unflattering, I loved dress shopping. I probably tried on far too many and found it difficult to decide between two completely different styles in the end.
I found my dress at Brides of Chester and bought it on the second visit.
Duncan’s suit was a made to measure French Connection suit from Moss Bros. We would highly recommend this service if you are looking for a customisable suit. The attention to detail was amazing. His tie was from TM Lewin and shoes from Jasper Conran at Debenhams
THE READINGS & MUSIC
For the ceremony we chose to sing ‘Give me Joy in my Heart’ and ‘When I’m 64’ by The Beatles. Our friend Sarah read the first reading ‘Union’ by Robert Fulghum and our 9 year old niece Grace read a poem called ‘He Never Leaves the Seat Up’. Grace’s poem was one of the highlights of the service. We managed to keep it a secret from everyone which lead to a lot of laughter and tears.
Our first dance was “Something Like Happiness” by The Maccabees. We created playlists on Spotify for background music and the three channels of the Silent Disco
My two sisters were our bridesmaids and were brilliant in the lead up to and on the day of the wedding. They wore Silver beaded floor length dresses by Adrianna Papell bought from House of Fraser and looked absolutely gorgeous. Our flower girls were our nieces who wore lemon dresses from Monsoon.
Our florist was one of the first things we booked because I knew I wanted the wonderful T and the team at Campbell’s flowers. They were brilliant from start to finish and our flowers were exactly what we wanted; bright and fun. I collected lots of Gin bottles before the wedding and these were filled with flowers for the centrepieces and scattered around the venue.
Our cake was made by the brother and sister team at Dribble Creative Cakes. We gave them a small initial brief but complete creative licence. The finished cake was a surprise to us on the day and we absolutely loved it! Our photographers have even booked them for their own wedding later this year!
We chose Chris and Anii at Bloom Weddings after seeing their work online and falling in love with it. After a short Skype chat we knew they’d be the perfect choice. They were both brilliant and captured the day perfectly. Chris even took to the initiative to ask the famous Crucible theatre if we could have some photographs inside … we ended up on the theatre stage!!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR
I’m a big gin fan! With help from friends and family we collected about 100 bottles to use as centrepieces, flower/candle holders and we also brought some out for the evening reception with string lights in. We bought loads of multi coloured paper decorations online to decorate the venue. With help from family we created a colourful photo booth backdrop, ceiling decorations and table plans made from bike wheels. I spent nights in front of the television punching holes out of multi coloured crepe paper to make confetti, it was totally worth it. We collected photo booth props from all sorts of places and used an Instax wide camera to take some hilarious pictures for our guest book. It is a treasured memento!
On the Thursday before the wedding I panicked that I wouldn’t be able to see ‘the vision’ through. We got in touch with Inner City Weddings who kindly took on the job of the crepe paper chandelier and did a brilliant job.
We only booked the Honeymoon two weeks before the wedding because we were undecided where to go. Duncan didn’t want to travel too far but we also wanted it to be a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. Visiting Kuoni who specialise in creating bespoke honeymoon experiences turned out to be a great decision. They suggested a few different honeymoons based on our personal preferences and we ended up choosing Thailand. We spent three days in Bangkok and a further six days in Hua Hin which is on the South-West of the country. We had an amazing time, it was a great mix of the bustling city and a beach resort, culture and relaxation.
There are so many, the day was exactly what we wanted. Walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing each other for the first time. The confetti moment. Walking from venue to venue as husband and wife. Seeing everyone’s faces when they saw the venue for the first time. A personal magic show on the roof of the venue. Watching everyone get stuck into the silent disco and photo booth.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES
Don’t think you have to do everything yourself, get your friends and family involved and utilise their skills! We had friends and family collecting gin bottles, making pom-poms and creating personalised invites and centrepieces.
It’s been said 100 times before but it’s your wedding day, do what you want to do!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Wow! Thank you so much Rebecca and Duncan for sharing your fabulously fun and colourful day with us. Rachel x