Greenery and gorgeous urban chic styling at Manchester Victoria Warehouse with Kate McCarthy Photography (27)
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I’ll always love Manchester: it’s a unique city with a fabulously urban culture, and today’s stunning wedding embraces the edgy, fashion side of Manchester in the most beautiful way imaginable. Gorgeous bride Jenna married Kris at Victoria Warehouse in August and I’m thrilled to be able to share their day with you.

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“We didn’t have a theme, as we didn’t want to restrict ourselves. We wanted it to be very natural and simple and only things we loved. We chose to have lots of greenery as a contrast to the industrial venue. We had pops of white and gold throughout with balloons, spray painted jam jars and signage. Through chance the bridesmaids chose to have pink dresses and Kris chose a pink tie, so in the end everything worked well together.

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Jack and Catherine’s wedding shone from my inbox – their images are so fabulously vibrant, and their day is full of joy, laughter and love. I adore Catherine’s bespoke dress, the floral styling and the ambience of the day which makes me smile every time I look at their photographs. This is amazing and I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Our wedding flowers were arranged by Sian and the team at The Flower Lounge, Didsbury. We really cannot recommend them enough, their creations are absolutely stunning and they surpassed any expectations we had. We were overwhelmed by how beautiful the bouquets and table centre pieces looked.

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We created a “draw your own self portrait”, inviting guests to draw a little doodle of themselves on a giant gold framed easel, as an alternative to a guest book. We sprayed jam jars gold to hold tea lights and flowers. We hung gold frames from trees so guests could pose behind them for selfies and filled a three tier garden planter with nibbles and treats to keep the guests going throughout the day. They went down really well and we enjoyed creating all the homemade elements of our wedding. Also, with it being late September we knew it could get a little chilly, so provided a basket of blankets to keep our guests warm and cosy.

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Stunning winter wedding ideas with Rachel Joyce Photography (2)

Lovelies, I hope you’re ready for a truly amazing Christmas. This year has been wonderful for the English Wedding Blog – I’ve met and worked alongside some incredible people, and we’ve featured the most stunning weddings… you can still find them all by navigating the menu at the top of this page. So as we snuggle into our Christmas pyjamas, crack open a crate of mulled wine and sprinkle ourselves with glitter here at English Wedding Blog HQ, I wanted to leave you with one last wedding before the holidays begin… and it’s a stunning, gracefully festive, delicately sparkly celebration you will LOVE!! Louise looks incredible – the entire day just makes me smile, it’s so beautiful. Happy Christmas everyone!Claire

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We went for an urban venue with Christmas and Winter being the main focus of the celebration, we used rustic logs, berries and winter roses throughout. We had hot chocolate, mulled wine, warm cookies, tartan blankets and a snow machine to complete the vision! I used a local florist for my flowers – we were a little limited on what was available on 29th Dec in between Christmas and New Year but I was thrilled, we went for deep reds, roses and berries.

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Victoria and Stefano’s wedding is gorgeous: their style is city chic; they married in Manchester and made their day personal by enlisting friends and family to help – but they didn’t stress about details and focused more on creating an amazing party atmosphere. As Victoria says, “Don’t get carried away paying a fortune for tiny details which may look pretty but go unnoticed! Invest your money in the things that people will remember – the food, drinks and dancing!

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Photographer James Tracey told me a little about the day. “I loved shooting Vicky and Stefano’s brilliant, relaxed wedding. What stands out for me as the photographer was that the wedding featured guests and family from all over the world (with Stefano’s family coming over from Italy), yet everyone partied and celebrated together! It was a so much fun from Jager bombs during the bridal preparation, to the hilarious marriage service followed by a brilliant reception all the way through to the night time party with the incredible Brass Funkeys performing live and making the dancefloor literally bounce! A truly awesome wedding.

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Say the words “Winnie the Pooh – not Disney” and I’m on your side already 🙂 Liz and Jimmy’s wedding is creative and fun, with playful touches like everyone’s (original!) favourite bear – and I love it!

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Today’s gorgeous couple married in Marple Bridge, with their reception at the fabulous Peruga restaurant. They incorporated the things they love: spring flowers and bright colours, and a nod to surfing… despite being 60 miles from the sea!

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Liz’s advice that “DIY isn’t necessarily cheaper” is so very true, and while the crafty touches on their day are wonderful I’d urge brides and grooms to consider buying when time is short. Spend your weekends playing out and having fun instead! What I really do love is the ‘Expotition Beer’ which was especially made by a local craft brewery… to find out more read Liz and Jimmy’s English Wedding Blog interview at the end of today’s post!

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Huge thanks to Liz and Jimmy, and to lovely Peter and Sara, wedding photographers at Pixies in the Cellar. Do check them out:

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Salford is one of my old stomping grounds… back in the day before they polished it all up and moved the BBC in, I went to college there – so it’s lovely to see Sarah and Chris’s real wedding from a place I have fond memories of. Manchester brides and grooms should pay close attention to the lovely film from Jo Gendle Films… it’s a sparkly, glam wedding from one of your best contemporary venues – you’ll love it!
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Chris and Sarah’s wedding is lovely: romantic and classic, with a touch of vintage in the gysophila and white hyacinth bouquets. They’re a sweet couple and had this to say about their wedding:

We were married at The Lowry, Salford Quays on Valentine’s Day in the stunning compass room. We chose to keep the decor simple as the room was so striking with its 360 degree floor-to-ceiling windows.

“The colour scheme was black and white with large silver candelabra and tables named after our favourite albums.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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…

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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!

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So… grab a cuppa and join me in swooning very happily over one of the loveliest Manchester weddings I’ve seen…

Enjoy.

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Our wedding story: Ian and Rose

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.tonyfanningphotography.co.uk

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Today’s bride Louise has a smile which could light up any room – she’s stunning. She’s also a real star for writing an amazing wedding report and sharing tips and experiences of her day.

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Louise married Gary in April this year, and their Manchester & Cheshire wedding was gorgeous, but not without incident. Louise told me their wedding cake didn’t quite go to plan (read about that later); also there were tears as her Grandad had to go to hospital after a fall on the day but this fantastic family all came together and made the wedding a day to remember.
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The styling of the day is beautiful. Louise told me their reception venue – The Pointing Dog in Cheadle – “was perfect as it was all stag horns, crates, cool seating, wooden boards and natural walls. We just added flowers for the tables and a few other bits and pieces“.

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I think it’s amazing – but only a fraction as amazing as the couple themselves. Louise and Gary are gorgeous, creative and fun-loving – the perfect bride and groom!

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Oh! Perhaps I should explain the title of today’s post before anyone worries about pixies in central Manchester’s civic buildings… it’s ok. This afternoon’s real wedding feature is by some of my favourite wedding photographers, the lovely Peter and Sara of Pixies in the Cellar. They published this amazing wedding on their blog a little while ago and I just had to show you! Emma and Chris’s wedding day covered two very distinct but equally gorgeous locations…

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The ceremony was set in the magnificent (and pixie-free!*) Manchester Town Hall.

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Afterwards guests travelled in a vintage bus to Hyde Bank Farm for a rustic wedding reception. The flowers and rustic styling are amazing and perfectly suit the gorgeous bride and groom whose sense of style and fun is awesome!

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The details from Daniella and Scott’s Saddleworth Hotel wedding are just divine. As wedding coordinators they knew their venue inside out, and chose a sparkly winter wedding theme to make the most of the spectacular venue. Daniella’s dress is stunning – a Manuel Mota design with intricate beading.

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Images of the day are by the fabulous Pixies in the Cellar wedding photography, whose magic touch brings the atmosphere and elegance of the wedding celebrations to life in their wedding photography. With congratulations to the gorgeous bride and groom, and thanks to the Pixies for sharing such an incredible wedding with us today. Enjoy!
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Our wedding report: Daniella & Scott

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.pixiesinthecellar.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Absolutely delighted, stunning with some really unexpected wow shots!

Wedding venue:

The Saddleworth Hotel, Delph.

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

A completely magical day I wish I could relive again and again.

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I loved Jennifer and Paul’s Manchester wedding as soon as I saw their photos on the Foley Photography blog. They’re a gorgeous couple with a distinctive style; Jennifer wears her Jenny Packham wedding dress so beautifully and Paul looks amazing in his Savile Row suit – a treat I think every groom should have!

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The happy couple chose Foley Photography to take the photographs on the day. “I had looked at the websites of many photographers and felt the photographs were all very similar and pretty uninspiring. Foley Photography stood out instantly. Their photographs have a real vintage feel and Scott captures the small details and expressions that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Scott and Amedea are married themselves and run the business together. They completely listened to what we wanted and didn’t force their ideas onto us (as is the case with some photographers!). We were absolutely thrilled with the results.http://foleyphotography.co.uk
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Jennifer and Paul – a vintage wedding at Great John Street Hotel in Manchester

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