I loved Jennifer and Paul’s Manchester wedding as soon as I saw their photos on the Foley Photography blog. They’re a gorgeous couple with a distinctive style; Jennifer wears her Jenny Packham wedding dress so beautifully and Paul looks amazing in his Savile Row suit – a treat I think every groom should have!
The happy couple chose Foley Photography to take the photographs on the day. “I had looked at the websites of many photographers and felt the photographs were all very similar and pretty uninspiring. Foley Photography stood out instantly. Their photographs have a real vintage feel and Scott captures the small details and expressions that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Scott and Amedea are married themselves and run the business together. They completely listened to what we wanted and didn’t force their ideas onto us (as is the case with some photographers!). We were absolutely thrilled with the results.” http://foleyphotography.co.uk
Jennifer and Paul – a vintage wedding at Great John Street Hotel in Manchester
The Great John Street Hotel in Manchester. We were very taken with the boutique feel of the hotel. Each room is different and there is a very vintage feel to it. The location of the hotel is fantastic – right in the middle of the city but in a very quiet location. We both fell in love with it after our first visit. The staff were beyond helpful and extremely knowledgeable. On the day we were made to feel like part of the family there.
Your wedding style and theme:
We wanted something with a vintage feel to it, nothing stuffy or pretentious. Ultimately we wanted the day to be about us and didn’t want to be overtaken by countless details. It was important to us that our friends and family felt relaxed.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
We actually arranged most things very quickly. We are very lucky with where we live in that we have access to some fantastic suppliers and the people that we met shared our vision for the day. For most things we booked the first people we met!
Wedding dress and accessories:
The dress is by Jenny Packham and is called Nerine. I accessorised this on the day with a very simple veil which fell to the ground. The dress was from The White Closet in Didsbury. After looking at various websites I knew that was the place for me. The White Closet ladies certainly didn’t disappoint and completely shared my vision. My dress was the first dress I tried on, however, I did make sure that I tried on several more just to be sure!
In the evening I swapped my veil for a headpiece by Flo and Percy who make gorgeous vintage inspired pieces. It was called “Glastonbury” so for music lovers like us it was meant to be! My shoes were by Jimmy Choo.
The groom wore:
Paul’s suit was an off the peg suit from William Hunt in Savile Row. Paul had had his eye on this suit as he wanted to stand out from the groomsmen. Initially I wasn’t sure but when we visited the shop it was like it had been made for him and so we had to have it.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I chose Biba dresses for each of the bridesmaids. The cut and the material were very flattering to all the different body shapes and I felt they were very appropriate for a chic city centre venue. I chose navy as our colour scheme was purples and it would complement Paul’s suit.
The flowers were from Blossom in Chorlton. When we went for our first consultation they understood exactly what we wanted. I must confess I am not a bride with files full of cuttings and my knowledge of flowers is sketchy to say the least. We were given plenty of suggestions and I felt I could put my trust in them completely. I chose the “memory lane” rose to be the feature of the display and they did the rest! They also provided the candles and small jars.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We kept things simple. The venue was filled with candles and tealights together with flowers in various vases and jars.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
The cake was designed and made by Emma Caine of Heatons Cakes. Emma lives in our village and this is her own business. We loved her as soon as we met her – and her cakes are absolutely delicious!
On the day tips and advice:
Be true to yourselves and don’t succumb to pressure from others. This is your day and should be done in the way that YOU want it. There is so much on the internet and in bridal magazines that you could drive yourselves mad with various ideas. There is no right or wrong way to get married – try and come up with a feel for how you want the day to be or a theme and go from there. We also shopped local as much as possible.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
The White Closet: http://thewhitecloset.co.uk/
William Hunt: http://www.williamhunt.co.uk/
Foley Photography: http://foleyphotography.co.uk/
Heatons Cakes: http://www.heatonscakes.co.uk/
Jodie A Smith Hair & Make Up: http://www.jodiemakeup.co.uk/
Blossom, Didsbury: http://www.blossomflowers.co.uk/
The Great John Street Hotel: http://www.eclectichotels.co.uk/great-john-street/