Cats, Anchors and a Sprinkling of Harry Potter: Claire-Josephine & Nick

Claire & Nick, Kirkham Grammar School Wedding, Jay Emme Photogra

A true DIY wedding, Claire-Josephine, Nick and their families made a lot of the details for their big day themselves. The stationery was made by the bride’s aunt and the groom, and the favours by the mother of the groom. The cake was made by a member of the church choir and the bride helped design her own dress and headpiece which were made for her by her friend  Keli Thompson, who has just launched her own wedding couture company.

Claire & Nick, Kirkham Grammar School Wedding, Jay Emme Photogra

“Our interests are quite eclectic and so this was reflected in our wedding”, wrote Claire-Josephine. “We just took a few things that we both love or reflect our personalities and wove them into a theme!  I guess if we had a theme it was navy, cats, rockabilly, anchors and a secret sprinkling of Harry Potter!”

Claire & Nick, Kirkham Grammar School Wedding, Jay Emme Photogra

“The most unique things about our day were probably my blue a-symmetrical hair, the fact that I had eight bridesmaids and that our wedding cake looking like a pile of books! Our reception was also held at a school. It’s where Nick’s parent’s both work and where Nick actually went to school himself. It’s not usually a venue for weddings but it’s such a beautiful building that I couldn’t help yearning to have it as part of the wedding.”

“The best moment of our wedding was the ceremony”, she continued. “It was the most intense and beautiful moment in the whole wedding… actually of our whole lives… for both of us. it was just perfect.”

Claire & Nick, Kirkham Grammar School Wedding, Jay Emme Photogra

“My advice to other brides would be to have a second dress!” the Claire-Josephine concluded. “I took a second dress to change into in the evening and BOY I am glad I did! It was so much more comfortable to dance in and enjoy myself. If any brides out there are hesitating on the second dress idea I say take it anyway just so you have the option, I’m glad I did. Also, enjoy every single second you get with each other during the wedding day, they are few and precious! Oh and DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE DIFFERENT! No matter what people say about ‘tradition’ just go with your heart. We did with so many things and it was just amazing.”

Claire & Nick, Kirkham Grammar School Wedding, Jay Emme Photogra

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6 comments

  1. Claire-Josephine

    Thank you so much for this wonderful feature, I’ve just sat with my morning coffee and re-lived my beautiful wedding day!
    I can’t wait for my husband(eep!) to see this!
    Thanks again to Jay for capturing it all perfectly, you are an Angel <3

  2. Wow! What an amazing collection of photos. Everything is so different yet it all fits – like the pair of you, I guess! Congratulations. Hope your life is as beautiful and enjoyable as your wedding day appears to have been.

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