Oreofe & Craig’s chic and modern Manchester city wedding, with Rachel Clarke Wedding Photography
YES you can have a chic city centre wedding and fill it with romance and florals. Super stylish couple Oreofe and Craig tied the knot at The Castlefield Rooms, Manchester. Their day is gorgeous: they’re a stunning couple – and the styling and details are absolutely perfect. All images are by lovely Rachel Clarke Wedding Photography, based in Liverpool. Scroll down for amazing florals, glorious canalside portraits and tons of fun, love and happiness.
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How did you choose your photographer?
I found Rachel initially on Instagram when looking for photographers based nearby, and with her being from my hometown of Liverpool and coming across really bubbly and fun on her page I arranged a meeting. Once we met and after looking through some of the weddings she had previously done we were both sold.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Yes we both agreed that our wedding photos where beyond our expectations, so many amazing memories captured by Rachel of the best day of our lives. I genuinely have so many favourite photos and the amount we were given was incredible. She was amazing to work with on the day and everyone commented on how friendly and lovely she was. I would most definitely recommend her to others.
Videographer details if applicable – and any thoughts for other couples about having a wedding video?
We had a videographer which we would recommend having as they can get memories of speeches, the ceremony and the first dance that you can watch back and it takes you back to how you felt in that moment.
Tell us about your venue – what made this place special for you?
Our venue was in the heart of the city where we first met (Manchester) and made so many memories earlier on in our relationship. We chose the venue as we wanted a relaxed vibe but also somewhere with an atmosphere that was the perfect size for our number of guests. All in all after our first meeting with the venue we were sure this would be the perfect place to host our wedding and turns out we were right.
Did you love wearing your outfits? How was the dress / suit shopping experience?
So for me the dress was chosen by my Mum in the 3rd shop we visited on day 1 of dress shopping. If you would have asked me before would I be wearing a dress that my mum chose (I didn’t even see it before trying it on) I would’ve said no as we have completely different taste. However when I put it on and didn’t take it off I knew it was the one. For Craig it was slightly more complicated as he didn’t want to wear a traditional matching suit, and so sourcing his top and bottom separately but ensuring they still matched resulted in a lot of shopping, returning, indecisiveness but we got there in the end after months of searching and on the day he was over the moon with his outfit.
Did you hire a florist? Tell us about any floral amazingness
Yes we used Frog Flowers who are based in the Northern Quarter in Manchester and they were amazing. After visiting their workshop for our first meeting we both left knowing that we were in good hands. One the day they exceeded my expectations with the floral arrangements, I was in love with my bouquet and the bridesmaids as well as the button holes and the table decorations. I would again most definitely recommend them.
As cake lovers here at English Wedding we’d LOVE to know who made your cake, and how delicious it was?
Our cake was made by Icing on a Cake which are a small local business in Marple and they were recommended by a family friend who had used them before. We went to the bakery one Saturday afternoon to speak to the owner after exchanging a few emails and we were able to sample some cake that day. We agreed not long after that we wanted them to make our cake and they did an excellent job. One thing I did not want was an over the top 4 tier cake as I didn’t want lots of waste (we also had a donut wall with 128 donuts on) so I asked for a simple 2 tier cake with a beautiful design and flowers and they fulfilled my requirements to a tee.
Tell us about any special personal touches, or creative projects you made yourselves
We had a flower wall for the backdrop of the ceremony which was later used by guests for photos and was the backdrop for the dance floor. As previously mentioned we also had a donut wall which went down a treat. I opted for an aisle runner with rose petals and also 2 tall blossom trees with lit tealight candles dangling at the start of the runner and later used on either end of the top table. There were a lot of things that made our day so special.
Did you personalise your vows or have any wedding readings? What were they?
We had a beautiful poem written by Craig’s Granddad read out by one of my bridesmaids during the ceremony which was such a lovely touch and brought a tear to many eyes.
What was your first dance song? Why did you choose it?
Our first dance song was ‘My Love is your Love’ by Whitney Houston but we played the cover version by Kara Marni as this version is slower so slightly easier for us to dance to but still a song that everyone recognised, joined us dancing on and sang along to. We both thought any Whitney song would be a smash but didnt want to do anything obvious hence the choice.