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David and Steph’s relaxed, informal and fun wedding in Manchester

Hello everyone! Today is all about David and Steph, whose wedding breaks a few of the old-fashioned rules about all the things you ‘have to have’ for your wedding day. This fantastic couple chose one wedding supplier (only!), used kids’ invitations, didn’t have readings, and created an elegant wedding without spending a fortune. I love everything about their intimate wedding in Manchester and can’t wait to share it with you today!

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All of the images are by my friend and wedding blog sponsor Phil Drinkwater Photography. Words are by Steph and David, and their story is a very romantic one indeed. I love the ‘marry me’ image, and the mention of David Hasselhoff in their ‘memorable moments’… classic. Enjoy! Claire xxx
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Steph and David: a relaxed and informal wedding in Manchester

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The wedding venue: Great John Street Hotel, Manchester
Wedding photographer: Phil Drinkwater

A little about the wedding ceremony:

We had a very simple ceremony in front of our families and close friends

Which readings did you choose?

None – we wanted to be up the front as little time as possible!

Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:

We chose the Rooftop lounge and terrace at Great John Street because it was already styled beautifully and suited our vintage tastes. Candles and fairy lights added an extra touch into the evening.

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Invitations and reception stationery:

Kid’s party invitations from Paperchase.

Wedding music and entertainment:

We always said we didn’t want a DJ or band so that everyone could happily chat, so we spent the weekends before the wedding putting together an iPod playlist of our favourite songs that played in the background all afternoon and evening – once it was just friends left in the evening this did get turned up!

We also put together our own playlists for before the wedding, walking in, signing the register, and walking out after the ceremony, which helped put our own stamp on it. Steph walked in to Angels by The XX, and we walked out to Jump in My Car by David Hasselhoff!

What did you wear?

Steph wore an ivory lace dress bought made to measure from eBay for £75, with nude patent court shoes, and a bangle with a blue stone as her ‘something blue’ (also the first piece of jewellery David ever bought)

David wore a black three-piece Hugo Boss Suit with a black tie and shoes.

Memorable wedding day moments:

Having some time out to ourselves when we went to have some photos taken in Deansgate locks, away from the rest of the wedding party, as well as the moment we realised we’d left David Hasselhoff as our walking out music.

Wedding day advice:

Don’t plan every last detail, just go with it and leave time to enjoy the occasion together

Recommended wedding suppliers:

Phil Drinkwater Wedding Photography – the only wedding supplier we used! www.phildweddingphotography.co.uk

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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1 COMMENT
  • Gary
    5 years ago

    Great wedding day advice there, a A wedding is a party, not a performance. Picking a fab photographer like Phil is certainly a great investment too 🙂

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