For those of you who are new to my blog you may not know that I got married in October of this year. It was such a special and amazing day, and I’m such a lucky woman to have met and fell in love with a man who is also my best friend.
Anyway, mushiness aside, I’ve been meaning to write a post to recommend all of the amazing people who provided services to us to make our day so special.
Let’s start with the most important piece of the day – my dress!
I had a bit of a debacle with my dress – this dress was actually not the original one I set my heart on. The first was a totally unstructured lace dress (very 20’s) that fit me like a glove off the hanger yet the new dress that was ordered, apparently the same size, arrived from the supplier and I was convinced it was not the same dress at all – 4 inches too short, ill-fitting… I was distraught! that was until I fell instantly in love with a dress on the mannequin that was definitely not there when I ordered the first! The dress is Alfred Angelo, purchased from Beryl Cottons, in Warrington, Cheshire.
Shoes were Debut from Debenhams.
I chose pastel hydrangeas for my flowers, and white versions for my bridesmaids. The bouquets were creations of Northern Flower based in Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter. Massive kudos to Rowan and her team who put up with my indecisiveness throughout the whole process! Rowan also created the table flowers for me.
For my hair I asked my childhood hairdresser to come along and sort out the collective wigs of myself, my mum and my bridesmaids. Kate from Bobbits in Warrington rose valiantly to the task, especially with me. I changed my mind ON THE DAY. So the fact that she got my style bob on, is a testament to how she can understand requirements!
I fell completely in love with a huge double decker bus at a wedding fair – I just had to have it! It’s a great little Liverpool-based company, whose staff are very passionate about their business. Follow them on Twitter or check out their website!
I was adamant that I wanted everyone to be served tea alongside their dessert – we didn’t have a set dessert (more on that in a moment) but had a village fete style help-yourself table! You’d be surprised how hard this was to get – this type of business is abundant in the South, but up North? Thank goodness for the lovely Debbie at hirevintageteasets. Her beautiful crockery was such a talking point and really made a wonderful feature of the day.
Our fantastic caterer was the wizard Mike Harrison, creator of Chef to go. I knew Mike through work, and contacted him to discuss potentially catering our wedding pretty much as soon as we got engaged and began the planning process. He sold it to us within minutes. He’s an artist in the kitchen – he really knows what he is doing, and believe me he had to get creative when he was 1 oven down in a catering tent!
He created canapes for us, amazing sharing platters, provided artisan pies and mouthwatering desserts. Not only that, but he brought all the beautiful tableware, and his own staff.
We held our ceremony at the striking Arts Centre within the beautiful grounds of Bolton School. We could have had the great hall, however with only 60 guests to fill a space for 300, I felt we would rather rattle around in there quite a bit! The sparse Nordic feel of the Arts Centre appealed to us, and as we were in and out inside of an hour it didn’t matter necessarily!
The school itself is rather Hogwarts-like… if that is your sort of thing!
The venue for the Wedding Breakfast and party was a private venue which we had to kit out ourselves totally – and I mean TOTALLY. We constructed the stage, the dance floor, ordered in tables, chairs, bought miles of fairy lights and bunting… All of that effort was worth it, as I can safely say nobody’s wedding will ever look like mine!
Here it was before we got stuck in…
and here is is after hours of toil from my amazing husband and family, and the wonderful suppliers who made the day so special.
If you’ve ever been to wedding fair I’d be very surprised if there wasn’t a string quartet there. We chose Endymion String Quartet to perform at the ceremony and afterwards at the gin reception, and they were wonderful. We had a very geeky repertoire, with lots of movie themes, Disney… you name it! I only wish I wasn’t as busy greeting people so that I could have stopped to listen more intently! They were happy to learn and arrange new songs that were not already in their repertoire, too.
For our evening entertainment, the Parallel Oreos – Bolton’s answer to the 1975 – kicked off the party in style. These boys are adorable, right? And boy can they rock!
So many people made my big day very special. I’ve been meaning to do this post for ages (I married late September) but it has taken time to show the wedding photos to all of my family and friends. Finally I should thank Emma from Emma Boileau Photography– she was wonderful – chatty, friendly, and putting all my guests at ease. Without her I couldn’t have captured the day! I believe she is currently meandering in Thailand, the lucky thing!