Liz and Luke said “We do” in October at Millennium Gallery in Sheffield. They wanted a simple and modern wedding with Autumnal colours and plenty of homemade touches.
“We did lots of DIY”, the bride began. “Luke ad I made the favours – mini glass bottles filled with O’Haras Spiced Rum (the spiced rum of Sheffield). I hand wrote all the name tags as calligraphy is a hobby of mine. Myself, Luke and my mum handmade all the wedding invitations and we also collected postcards from our West Coast USA road trip (where we got engaged) for the table names and created the table plan and table signs using these.”
“However our biggest projects was the coke bottles!”, she laughed. “We made the fatal error of deciding to try and find Coca Cola bottles with every single guests name on to go with their rum favours. This started when we were in the supermarket and managed to find about 30 of them in one go and from there thought we’d be able to find them all in the months running up to the wedding. What we didn’t take into consideration was that the names we had found were the relatively straight forward ones – you know, the Steve’s and Dave’s. We didn’t quite realise how many unusual names were in our wedding party until being too far into this mission to quit – names such as Lanty and Tanasity for example. Coca Cola also didn’t really cater for the names of some of the older generations such as those of our aunties and uncles. Amazingly we did manage to find 68 of 75 guests in supermarkets. The final few we luckily managed to get printed at the supermarket when Coca Cola toured the UK. I still struggle to walk past the coke bottles in a supermarket without feeling the need to completely remove the entire stock from the shelf and rummage through it to see what names I can find. I think they will haunt me forever.”
New Yorkers Jen and Drew nearly met through a friend who tried to set them up on a blind date, however Jen wasn’t into the idea. However, as luck would have it, about a month later they met at a party and really hit it off. I guess that friend says”I told you so” to them a lot now!
The were married in Brooklyn, at the Wythe Hotel which was originally a factory on the Williamsburg waterfront. The building was constructed in 1901 and has recently been converted into a 70-room hotel. The urban vibe was perfect for their modern themed day. “Our wedding was inspired by the beautiful simplicity of the hotel”, said the bride, “industrial meets modern. We used fresh, light, airy colours meets glitzy, glam sparkles. We embraced the neighbourhood (graffiti, ‘hipsters’, view of the city) and brought it into all aspects of the day. Both of us grew up in small country towns, where our families still reside, so we wanted them to experience ‘our city’.”
Having your wedding in a disused swimming pool might not be the obvious choice of venue for most couples, but for Natalie and Liam it was the most perfect setting for their day.
The venue was Victoria Baths in Manchester, a grade two listed building that opened in 1906 and has since been restored. “We had a non-religious ceremony in the Pineapple Room (so named because of the pineapple in the stained glass – it originally housed the Male 1st Class wash baths)”, began the bride. “From there we had a drinks reception in the Turkish restrooms before our wedding breakfast and reception in the Male 2nd Class pool which now has a dance floor!”
Natalie found her unique bridal gown at The Mews in Notting Hill. “I spent over a year trying on dresses that weren’t quite right”, she said, “but as soon as I walked in to The Mews, I knew ‘the one’ was there – and it was. The dress was Flemming by Rime Arodaky.”