Ian and Rose used family heirloom fabrics as one of the key themes of their wedding at Manchester Art Gallery. I love their wedding all the more for those really personal touches: today’s bride and groom use their family history as inspiration, and it’s amazing.
Rose looks incredible. Her dress and accessories are divine – a little Gatsby inspired, with 1920s touches. Ian’s suit has its own story, which I love. This is a wedding I know you’ll adore…
Images are by Tony Fanning Photography. I love Tony’s style and his passion for photographing weddings. He’s based in North Wales and shoots weddings around the country… oh, and his wedding photography bucket list is highly recommended reading!
So… grab a cuppa and join me in swooning very happily over one of the loveliest Manchester weddings I’ve seen…
Our wedding story: Ian and Rose
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes, Tony was brilliant, we really love our wedding photos. We wanted natural photos that reflected a narrative of the day. What Tony did was beyond that, he really captured images that encapsulated the personalities of us and our guests, the photos capture movement and the moment they were taken.
Manchester Art Gallery
31st May 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A relaxed and fun celebration with family and friends
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We loved our photos because they captured our day beautifully. Tony got 3 photos ready within 24 hours and he picked 3 photos we had mentioned were really important to us and got them ready, it was a lovely surprise the next morning. The confetti shot is my favourite wedding photo because Tony captured the moment perfectly.
Your wedding style or theme:
We didn’t have a specific theme but incorporated a few things. We were mindful that the art in the art gallery should be centre stage. The Portuguese artist, Joana Vasconceles, was exhibiting and the atrium where we had the reception had a large fabric installation and so we wanted our centrepieces to complement her work. My dress was quite 1920’s and a bit Gatsby, so the bridesmaid dresses were picked so they went well with my dress.
My mum’s veil was designed and made for her by her Uncle who was a dress designer. Me and my oldest sister (with my mum’s permission) removed the original headband and adapted the veil to fit a comb so I could wear it in my hair. It needed some TLC as it had been in storage for a number of years, but it is now as good as new. We hope that we can pass the veil on to the next generation.
My grandfather, who passed away before I was born, used to own a fabric mill and he made different fabrics. My mum still had some material made by him. Some of the grey material was suitable for a suit and my husband had his wedding suit made out of the fabric. My dad passed away when I was a child, he was a keen amateur cyclist so our table names were named after my dad’s old cycling club and cycling jerseys from the Tour de France, World Champion and Team GB.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
10 months, we got engaged in July and got married in May
Best bit of budget advice?
Think about what your top three priorities are that you want to spend money on, don’t compromise on those things, but be prepared to compromise on everything else. It is too easy to get involved in planning and as a result spend more money on all aspects of the wedding.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Our save the dates were old style passport photos that we took at an art shop in Manchester that has an old school passport booth, we then got a local printer to print them. We designed our wedding invites and RSVP cards using a photo of Manchester Art Gallery. Our RSVPs were postcards and then we used a digital design tool to make the photo look like a pencil drawing we used this image as a postcard for our RSVP. We asked guests to give us a song request for our DJ.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes, I didn’t think I would completely fall for my dress, but the minute I put it on I loved it. My mum, who never cries at these kind of things, was nearly moved to tears. My dress made me feel amazing and I loved it.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
My dress was Enzoani and I got my dress from Emma Hartley, Colne, Lancashire. The shop staff were amazing from start to finish.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
I had a head dress by Ellie K and I wore a Tiffany bracelet that my sister bought me when I was her chief bridesmaid in 2013.
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
A tailor made suit made out of fabric my grandfather made in his fabric mill, the mill shut well before I was born (I think the 1960’s) so the fabric was made before then.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My sister was my chief bridesmaid and she wore a two birds dress as she had recently (April) had a baby (my very cute nephew, our youngest guest). She borrowed this from a friend, the colour was perfect as I wanted grey as a bridesmaid dress. My two best friends were my bridesmaids and I bought their dresses from Monsoon. I got them from the Monsoon sale, I was lucky I found the dress I liked in the sale.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My hairdresser did my wedding hair and he recommended a make up artist that I used.
My wedding bouquet, the button holes and the corsages were made by a local florist, Blossom in Chorlton, Manchester. My mum is a keen amateur florist so she did the floral arrangements for the bridesmaids, centre pieces and the registrar table and the top table.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We didn’t need to do much styling as the art work in the gallery provided the main decoration.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
We made the table plan, table names and name cards. In addition to this, I made origami paper hearts for each guest as a wedding favour and we made a donation to two charities, Water Aid and Alzheimer’s Society. As mentioned above, my mum did some of the floral arrangements. My friend Rachel decorated our wedding cake and made the top tier, my mum made the cake for the bottom tier.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
It was quite traditional, two tiers, with buttercream icing and real flowers as decoration. The top tier was lemon cake and the bottom tier was fruit cake.
We had an acoustic guitarist who played as I walked down the aisle and as we left the ceremony and during the drinks reception. For the ceremony, the guitarist did an arrangement for two of our favourite songs. We also had a DJ for our evening reception.
On the day tips and advice:
Surround yourself with people who are helpful and calming. There will be times when you feel nervous because of how important the day is. My hair dresser, bridesmaids and sisters helped me to stay calm even when a couple of things temporarily did not go according to plan!
Do a running order for the day and give to all the key people so they can help things go smoothly.
Give jobs to organised people! One of my sisters works in Marketing and she was brilliant at being the contact person on the day for the photographer, florist and just generally helping out.
Enjoy yourself and accept that not everything is going to go according to plan, but as long as the big things go right, the little things don’t matter. Ian forgot to give my brother the tie he needed to wear, but my sister sorted it out.
Have fun and don’t worry about things, everyone is there to celebrate with you and people are understanding you have limited time to spend with them individually.
Get a videographer and a really excellent photographer, it is lovely to be able to see the photos and footage for the day afterwards and it reminds you of the things you may have missed on the day!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Ian is my best friend and it’s lovely we get to spend our life together and share a last name. We had been together for 10 years before we got married, but it still feels very special to be married.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Wedding DJ – Andy Murphy – http://www.andymurphydj.co.uk/
Videographer – http://jogendlefilms.com/
Guitarist for the ceremony and drinks reception- http://www.jameskellyacoustic.co.uk/
Groom suit tailor – http://www.nortonandtownsend.co.uk/