I’ll never forget my local independent record store – it’s long gone now but Pink Panther in Carlisle was my favourite place to spend a Saturday afternoon, back in the day. I love people who are passionate about music – so Lisa and Lawrence stole my heart and soul with their amazing music-themed wedding in Derbyshire.
Today’s gorgeous bride and groom met at a gig, and have been to so many concerts together they used their tickets in framed displays to decorate their wedding marquee! Their stationery is creative, fun and inspiring: vinyl, cassettes and CDs all make an appearance.
The bride and groom are gorgeous – Lisa’s smile never stops; Lawrence is proud as punch and looks fab in his Paul Smith suit. But today is all about the party: “good times and killer music” being the most important thing for our lovely couple. Of course the live music on the day was a highlight: Guerrilla Radio even “brought the inner gangster out of 75 year old Uncle Pat!”
Lisa and Lawrence found their wedding suppliers online, and through friends’ recommendations. Their wedding photographer was lovely Camila from Ila Photography in Cheshire. Find out more about Ila Photography here:
The English Wedding Blog interview: Lisa & Lawrence
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
We couldn’t have been happier! Camila really captured our day perfectly and was a real pleasure to deal with throughout.
04 April 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
I asked my husband this question and he said “a wonderful cocktail of family, friends, great food, good times and killer music!”
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Your wedding style or theme:
Our shared passion – Music
Where did you find your suppliers?
Recommendations, food fairs and internet
Best bit of budget advice?
Do a budget at the start – it really does help you to know where you are financially.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
We designed our own invites!
Save the Dates – we customised a 7 inch vinyl record with details of our wedding then placed it around a stack of our favourite records and took a picture. We used the picture to create a postcards with Visaprint and sent this out as our Save the Date.
Invites – after months of scouring record shops, second hand shops and car boot sales we were ready to send out our invites. Our wedding invites were 7 inch vinyl records. We customised the B side with a label my brother designed with a photo of us and details of the wedding and we printed at Printed.com. We chose every record for each guest (that was the fun bit…my mum and dad got My Girl by The Temptations whilst my brother got Going back to my Roots by the Odissey and my best friend got Ebeneezer Good by the Shamen!) We sent the record invites with a custom design gig ticket and the stub was the RSVP.
We designed the table plan ourselves by using a A3 poster of one of our favourite Beatles albums – Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club – which we customised to add the faces of each of our guests instead of the Beatles and the famous faces on the iconic album cover. We also used this design for the sleeve for our CD favours.
Table Names – were some of our favourite 60’s bands which I made by designing a calendar on Vistaprint. I ordered 2 and cut out the photos and stuck them back to back for the table names. Name places – I used business cards from Zazzle which we customised and were designed like cassette tapes and individually stamped our guests names on them.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
My dress was from the Wedding House in Derby run by the wonderful Abi & Jon. They were absolutely amazing to deal with and so very helpful. My mum lives in Malta and they even opened up over Christmas so she could see me in my dress.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
Bag borrowed from one of my best friends from Jenny Packham
Veil with sparkle from Richard Designs
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Yellow chiffon knee length dresses with a capped sleeve and empire line
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Make up was done by the very talented Simone from Jarah Hair and Beauty in Derby. Hair was done by the wonderful Nikki at Gorjuss.
Cathy at Riverbank Floristry who was an absolute treasure to deal with. From the moment I met her I knew I was in safe hands; her passionate for flowers and knowledge of what works well was a god send and meant I didn’t have to worry at all.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We wanted our wedding venue to reflect us so we put up a lot of our pictures from home and made collages with gig tickets of all the gigs we have been to as a couple. We designed out very own bar sign and our sister in law made us some beautiful spring coloured bunting. We used jars covered with lace and ribbons for our table flowers.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
The wedding cake was a traditional fruit cake made by my legendary Auntie Kat. After months of hard work and mounts of fruits, marzipan and fondant icing it looked stunning and was perfect for our special day.
Guerrilla Radio – my husband’s brother in law’s band – who were just incredible. The first time we met was at one of their gigs and it was so special that they played on our wedding day. They learned about 20 covers for us – all of our favourite songs and seriously they were amazing – you should have seen the dance floor as they dropped Warren G Regulate! It even brought the inner gangster out of 75 year old Uncle Pat!
DJ Phil Peekays Disco Roadshow. I would highly recommend Phil. Not only is his equipment super high-tech but he is a lovely guy and happy to play anything you want even when the night takes an unexpected turn he was prepared…I did not anticipate the Irish relatives wanting to recreate the 1994 hit river dance but as heal were discharged and life was endangered he was ready with some top Irish tunes!
On the day tips and advice:
Relax and enjoy yourself. It is the best day ever!
You can have the wedding you want and do it all yourself. We managed to find a fantastic team of people that allowed us to have exactly the wedding we wanted.
What’s the best thing about being married?
You get to go on dates with your husband!
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
The Wedding Team!
Marie – Mayfield Hall 01335 369000 – http://www.mayfieldhall.co.uk/
Helen Naylor – Upper Crust (01335) 330476 – http://uppercrustcaterers.co.uk/
Will and Chris – Top Marques – http://www.topmarquesuk.com/
Becky – Make up 01332 369900 http://www.jarah.co.uk/weddings
Nikki – Hair – Gorjuss, Derby 01332363330
Deventio Brewery http://www.derventiobrewery.co.uk/
Keith – Derbyshire Wines – http://www.thederbyshirewinery.co.uk/
DJ Phil Peekays Disco Roadshow http://www.peekays.co.uk/
Cathy – Florist http://www.riverbankfloristry.co.uk/
Tom – CD Favours http://www.wizbit.net/