Nicola and Liam met – officially! – on a trip to Paris and tied the knot 10 years later in Manchester’s Castlefield Rooms. I love the venue they’ve chosen… chic and central, brilliant for guests to travel to and in my favourite English city. Their day is lovely, and the images from Paul Joseph Photography are the perfect complement for their city wedding – capturing the style and atmosphere of their day so wonderfully well.
Nicola told me their day had a slightly rustic English summer party theme. The venue was decorated with bunting and poms, and she arrived in style in a gorgeous campervan – which would always turn heads in the centre of Manchester!
As well as the gorgeous couple and fabulous images, there’s advice for you today: Nicola told me they enjoyed making things themselves – bunting, stationery and so on – but that it can get stressful closer to the wedding. There’s always a balance to be found between budgeting and time-saving, so do think carefully before you decide to DIY! Having said that… it all looks so beautiful!
Images are by lovely Paul Joseph Photography:
Our wedding story: Nicola and Liam
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Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Absolutely thrilled, they were everything we hoped they would be. Paul and Kelly fitted right in with the day and the pictures we have are fantastic.
Castlefield Rooms, Manchester
2nd August 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A laid back personal city centre wedding on the canal with an English summer party twist.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Over the moon, Liam had tears.
Your wedding style and theme:
Slightly English summer party and rustic theme. Bunting, Poms, filled (with sweets) jam jars and arriving in a beautiful VW camper.
We tried to go for the chilled and personal feel.
Any happy tears on the day?
Many happy tears from family, particularly Nic’s sisters and mum. Surprisingly both Liam and I managed to hold them back.
How did the two of you meet?
We met 10 years ago at sixth form college. The official story is we met on a computing trip to Paris (Disneyland), in reality it happened a few weeks before in a crowded 80’s bar.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
We’d been engaged nearly 6 years and knew we wanted the venue we chose from very early on due to the place having lots of memories there with family and friends and being in the city centre but we booked the venue about 20 months before the wedding.
Best bit of budget advice?
Really struggling – we enjoyed making things ourselves like stationery, bunting etc but it’s time consuming and can get stressful the closer to the wedding you get.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
We made all the wedding stationery ourselves, all made on recycled rib Kraft light brown card. Save the Dates was a old ticket booth style look. Invites were pocket fold, with inserts with a simple pearl embellishment on the front. Menus, place settings and table names, guest book-washing line all incorporated the fonts and style of the invites sent out.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes I loved it! It was fitted and classical but simple at the same time. I loved the way it twirled when I danced.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Wedding dress was by Mikaella and purchased from Bride to Be by Hannah Lois in Prestwich.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
Shoes: My amazing Jimmy Choo’s (which I absolutely loved)
Headpiece: Headband from Bride to Be
Thomas Sabo Studs.
The groom wore:
Ted Baker tails with white paisley tie and pocket square. KG shoes, although he forgot to pack these so wears two sets of shoes in the photos.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My beautiful 6 bridesmaids wore dusty pink, lace top and chiffon skirt dresses with open back which suited them all perfectly.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Hair was done by Zowie Pointing and makeup was done by Gemma Heaton Makeup Artistry.
Flowers were created by Frog Flower Artistry and I loved them all, David was brilliant from the first time I met him – his studio is so creative. He already created the centrepieces for the venue and loved that these would match my bouquet perfectly.
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
I remember laughing.
I was relieved at last to be getting married, I love seeing everyone smile as I walked down the aisle but was so excited to see Liam at the bottom. As I walked down the aisle, Liam had told me beforehand to take my time but I rushed down with my Dad and right before I got to him remembered to slow down.
On Your Wedding Day (Anon)
The Art of a Good Marriage by Wilferd Arlan Peterson
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Not much at all, only to fit with our theme. My amazingly creative bridesmaid Helen Foran and I made some bunting that incorporated all the colours from the wedding. As a surprise she also made some hessian bunting which was given to me at my hen party. We also hung some poms in the ceremony room, which had exposed beams and Liam and one of his best men made some giant light up letters (N+L).
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Slightly quirky, each layer was a similar colour to each of the patterned material used in the bunting and a different flavour.
We had a band called the groove monkeys, which we’d seen at a wedding the year before. They got everyone dancing through the night.
On the day tips and advice:
Spend time with each other, there are so many of your friends and family there but seek each other out, dance to your favourite songs together and when you go for just couple photos enjoy! For us we had such a laugh with Paul and Kelly wandering around Castlefield and it gave us time to catch up and talk about it all. We had photos done after the meal not planned, but worked out so well.
Have fun, I remember laughing a lot and don’t get too drunk.
What’s the best thing about being married?
We’ve got our weekends back to spend tine with each other rather than planning a wedding!
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