And… wow. Today’s wedding is stunning, divine, delicious and designer. Beautiful bride Saoirse wears a genuine 1960s style vintage wedding dress and looks incredible. William’s suit is Savile Row – and everything you’re about to see makes me so very proud to be a UK wedding blogger – this is just ridiculously gorgeous, and amazingly creative and personal!
Idea of the day: non-bridesmaids. Genius… I’m always a little conscious of ‘uniforms’ at weddings and Saoirse’s idea of her best girls bucking tradition is right up my street. She told me, “They wore what they liked. We didn’t want matching outfits for anyone although they all had matching wrist corsages from the florist.”
The images are by wonderfully talented photographer Rachel Joyce (whose glamorous Gatsby inspired shoot I featured on the English Wedding Blog a few days ago). I love Rachel’s work and I hope to be seeing lots more from her on the blog this year! Check out her website and social media here:
Don’t miss the super wedding report after all the images. Saoirse and William share some brilliant advice – here’s one of many highlights to tempt you in: “Remember that if anything goes wrong on the day – everyone you love is in the room and they will fix it! Enjoy it, get a great photographer so you can enjoy it forever and have a second dress for dancing!” Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned the gorgeous dancing dress yet, have I?! You’ll have to scroll down and see…
Saoirse and William’s 1960s retro chic wedding at Haworth Art Gallery
Our wedding story: Saoirse + William
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Rachel from Rachel Joyce Photography.
She may be a friend of ours but as you can see her photos are incredible. Everyone we have shown them to have remarked on how good they look. We heartily recommend her to anyone and everyone in the Lancashire area. And she is the only person who can make William smile in a posed shot!
Ceremony – Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington, Lancashire
Reception – Barley Village Hall, Barley Village, Pendle, Lancashire
We loved both venues and staff. We didn’t want to get married in a church, or in an ‘all-in-one’ venue so we researched venues with wedding licences. The room was small, but it fitted our guest number perfectly.
Also, we were looking for somewhere where our money might do some good – Haworth Art Gallery is open to the public and Saoirse remembers going when she was younger. Barley was also a childhood destination of Saoirse’s and the hall is run and maintained by volunteers. The volunteers were brilliant in helping us set up the day before. We had a bit of a retro themed menu – prawn cocktail and black forest gateau for starter / dessert with proper northern pie and peas as main. The food was provided by Cabin Catering in Barley and they couldn’t have been more helpful.
Saturday 13th September
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
I cried. I totally relived the day. I beamed so much my face hurt. The photos are like being able to step back into the best day of my life whenever I want to – the first time I saw them I could literally have been walking down the aisle again or having our first dance. I not only loved seeing the moments but Rachel also captured how my guests were feeling about those moments – people smiling, laughing at the speeches, throwing confetti, dancing with each other and enjoying our day.
Your wedding style or theme:
If there was a theme, it was ‘colour’. Everything was bright and that was intentional.
In addition, a few of the motifs were ‘words & music’ due to Saoirse’s love of poetry and William’s of music.
It was very DIY but it wasn’t intentionally meant to look that way, just that the day had our mark on it.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
About 7 months
Best bit of budget advice?
Decide what things are most important to you and then overspend on them!
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Our very good friend Beci from Think Good Do Weddings designed and produced the stationery. She created a bespoke design for the Save the Dates and invites that were totally ‘us’ and completely different to anything we could have bought off the high street.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes immediately. I had a very specific style in mind and thought I would have to have it made. I visited Vintage Lane Bridal Boutique on the off chance and amazingly the first one I tried on was perfect. A 1960s high waisted vintage dress with lace sleeves and a train.
I chose a hat as a love them and it would be the only chance I really had to get one designed for me. The sister of a good friend is a miliner and I went and tried on a variety of styles. The one I chose was ‘the wild card’. Mary – the miliner – then helped me changed the colour and shape. I love my hat and Mary (www.maryfranck.co.uk) was fabulous.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Saoirse’s dress was from Vintage Lane Boutique in Bolton. She had a very specific style in mind and amazingly the boutique which sells genuine vintage dresses had the perfect dress. The 1960s style dress was the first she tried on.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
Her now mother-in-law made her a beautiful lace knit shawl in pale blue and her pink flat pointy shoes were from Russell & Bromley.
Saoirse is a massive hat lover so decided to splash out and have one specially designed. Her good friend’s sister is a milliner and designed the hat for her. www.maryfranck.co.uk
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
William wore a bespoke suit from Cad & The Dandy on Savile Row. His shoes were from Office and shirt and tie from Hawes & Curtis.
We didn’t have traditional bridesmaids. Three of Saoirse’s closest friends were ‘non-bridesmaids’. They wore what they liked. We didn’t want matching outfits for anyone although they all had matching wrist corsages from the florist.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Genesis hair and makeup in Clitheroe.
Wedding flowers were by Rachel of Garland’s Florists.
Saoirse bouquet was simply amnesia roses with rosemary.
Saoirse: Rachel at Garlands listened carefully to my design and produced exactly what I had in my head, choosing a lovely mixture of colour and texture for the various lengthed ribbons.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The Village hall was a bit of a blank canvas. We decorated with bunting and teacups and vases filled with flowers, streamers, coloured table clothes and doilies.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
We spent months collecting vintage tea cups for the afternoon tea at Haworth Art Gallery and to decorate the village hall. William’s mum also knitted amazing little finger puppets of the bride and groom for the children although a couple were claimed by the adult guests as they were just so good!
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We had a three tiered cake, each with a different filling; one red velvet, one lemon and one victoria sponge. It was made by a friend of William’s mother’s.
We hired a PA system and then Djed ourselves. It ended up that one friend did most of the music from his iPod.
On the day tips and advice:
Remember that if anything goes wrong on the day – every you love is in the room and they will fix it! Enjoy it, get a great photographer so you can enjoy it forever and have a second dress for dancing!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing we got to say in front of everyone we love that we love each other the best of all. No really, feeling even more of a team than we did before.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
1960s weddingBarley village hallCabin CateringCad and the dandyGarlands FloristGenesis ClitheroeHawes & CurtisHaworth Art GalleryMary FranckRachel Joyce PhotographyThink Good do WeddingsVintage Lane Bridal