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Hannah and Rik’s music themed, multi coloured theatre wedding with Paul Joseph Photography

Theatre venues are special: the atmosphere is already awesome but once your guests are seated there’s such a buzz of anticipation… I absolutely love them to bits! Hannah and Rik set the scene for their day (apologies for the stage pun!) with brilliant big letters and made their wedding exciting, theatrical and generally amazing from beginning to end.

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See what I mean?

The venue is Ilkley’s Kings Hall and Winter Gardens – a fabulous period theatre in the heart of Yorkshire’s charming spa town. Letters are by Glow Love Lights (these are the best: handmade by a master carpenter and for hire across the UK) and images are by lovely Leeds-based Paul Joseph Photography. (Congratulations to lovely Kelly, one half of the photography business, who is the new star blogger at Boho Weddings Blog!)

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Bride Hannah looks stunning in a dress by Phil Collins, and Rik is lovely in a grey suit with a colourful buttonhole to match Hannah’s bouquet. The details are wonderful – take a tip from Hannah and utilise any friends who have skills you can use for your stationery, cake, styling etc. Shall we have a good old nosey at their wedding? You’ll LOVE this!
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Our wedding report: Hannah + Rik

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.pauljosephphotography.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Extremely pleased, they were ace! Put us at ease and captured the atmosphere of the day brilliantly.

Wedding venue:

The Kings Hall and Winter Gardens, Ilkley

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

A music themed, multi coloured theatre wedding

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

Absolutely loved them and watched the slideshow about twenty times when we got home!

Your wedding style and theme:

Theme was music and multi coloured and we just wanted everybody to have a good time. That was the main thing for us both.

Any happy tears on the day?

Nope, we managed to hold it together. We were both so excited that we couldn’t stop smiling!

How did the two of you meet?

We both met through work. Looks over the desk, a first date and the rest is history 🙂

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

Approx 18 months

Best bit of budget advice?

Keep a spreadsheet and utilize any friends with any specialist skills. This really does keep the cost down and you will appreciate the end product so much more.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

We have a friend who is a graphic designer and he did save the dates, invitations, the table decorations, table plan, order of service and cake. He has a wedding company called Fonts & Fancies. We were so impressed with how they turned out.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

I did. I did have a halter neck made to make it even more perfect.

Wedding dress designer:

Designer was Phil Collins.

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

I used my Mum’s necklace, my bridesmaids bought me my bracelet and gave me it on the day, same with my earrings, they were a gift from the groom on the day, tiara was from ebay believe it or not!

The groom wore:

Grey suit and pink tie and hanky, we just hired it along with the ushers from Greenwoods

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Coast dresses for bridesmaids and flowergirls were from ebay again

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

Bridesmaids did my make up and hair.

Wedding flowers:

Multicoloured from poppies and petals, a Facebook company. We just told them the colours we wanted and they did the rest. We loved them!

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

Groom remembers Flowergirls sprinkling the petals down the aisle especially our daughter Floss, bride remembers the groom couldn’t say matrimony! The rest is a bit of a fun blur.

Wedding readings?

Everyone sang Madness- it must be love, no readings. We loved this part!

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

We hired amazing R & H illuminated letters from Glow Love Lights that finished the venue off brilliantly, the rest was just the venue looking awesome all by itself (with the help of the staff doing clever things with lights)

Multicoloured wedding chair covers made the room fit with our colour scheme.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Made by the same friends who did invites etc. Chocolate cake with little models of us on top and a multicoloured ribbon. I would say it is quite quirky

Entertainment:

Live band on the night called OKTC, who were recommend by a friend who had seen them at someone else’s wedding. They were brilliant and kept the dancefloor full all night. The rest of the day was a playlist we made on spotify

On the day tips and advice:

Enjoy every minute, it goes so fast, and don’t worry if anything doesn’t go as planned on the day as no one else will notice anyway!

What’s the best thing about being married?

Feeling like a real family (we already have a daughter). We are now complete 🙂

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Www.fontsandfancies.co.uk

Www.glowlovelights.com

Www.pauljosephphotography.co.uk

Www.oktcband.com

Www.covercouture.co.uk

Www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

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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