January 22nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Friday has finally arrived and we’re rewarding you for making it through the week with this incredibly gorgeous real wedding in Manchester’s city centre.
Earning itself a place as one of our favourite weddings of the month, we adore the elegant and romantic styling that centres round a luxurious rose gold and dusky pink colour palette. pure perfection!
Prepare yourselves for a whole lot of pretty…
With images by Teresa C Photography.
danny says: We got engaged at Room in Manchester in 2013. I’d arranged to meet Beverley straight from work for impromptu drinks and a meal. We headed to Cloud 23 at the Hilton for cocktails and I was planning on proposing whilst looking out at the sunset over the city. I went to the toilets to get the ring ready but when I returned Beverley was on the phone, her mother had decided to call. Proposal aborted. We then headed to one of our favourite restaurants and ordered steak and champagne, I proposed after another aborted try when the waitress interrupted with our starters.
We set the date for 11th September 2015. We wanted to avoid the heat of peak summer and chose a Friday so we could stretch the occasion throughout the weekend.
We chose the church as it was local to us and Beverley had always wanted to be married with a church service. The Midland meanwhile is an amazing building and we were so impressed when we were shown around by the wedding coordinator Nina Rodriguez, when attending a wedding fair there. The room was setup so beautifully and the cost was much more reasonable than other comparable venues we had visited. The in-house catering made a big difference too. We were not disappointed, as everything was perfect on the day and the staff looked after us incredibly well.
There was no theme to our day as such, but we didn’t want anything too ‘weddingy’. That was the brief given to all the different providers, and they didn’t let us down. We wanted it classic and elegant with special personal touches. The urban backdrop of Manchester city centre was perfect for the minimal and elegant look we were going for.
Our chosen colour scheme was rose gold, aubergine, dusky pinks and white. We felt rose gold felt luxurious without being brash and the accompanying colours were romantic and elegant.
Beverley was a little daunted by the thought of choosing a dress, as she tends not to feel totally comfortable in dresses. She tried on all sorts of shapes and styles to get a feel for what she liked and disliked. In the end she chose a slim fitting dress with a slip and a lace overlay and a cutaway back. She also chose a long veil with laced edging. The dress was by Eddy K and was from Cheshire Bridal Wear in Altrincham, where Beverley says the ladies are fantastic and very helpful.
I wore a light blue tailored suit, coupled with a contrasting navy blue waistcoat by Ted Baker. The best man and head usher wore the same outfit as me.
As transport on the day of the wedding we had two white London Cabs from I Do Taxi.
Teresa Cunningham, of Teresa C Photography, captured our day and we would most definitely recommend her. Teresa was absolutely brilliant and made us and all our guests feel relaxed throughout the day. Everyone commented on how fantastic she was, not bossy or shouting, just working with everyone to get the photos done and then mingled around the room as if she wasn’t there. The end result was beyond what we could’ve hoped for.
David and his fantastic team at Frog Flowers based in the Northern Quarter, Manchester, provided the bouquets for the three bridesmaids and Beverley, as well as all the floral decorations.
At the church hurricane lamps were sat on either side of the aisle and there were two large pedestals of flowers, one either side of the alter. These pedestals were transported to the Midland Hotel and were used in the main reception room. We had four large tables for the wedding breakfast and these were decorated with elegant, minimal flowers, vases and candles. Everyone commented on how amazing the room looked, and smelled.
Beverley created glitter table numbers and painted various sizes of jars in copper and gold, which were placed around the room with tea lights in them.
As favours each of our guests were given a small box which had a sticker on the lid with a different picture of our springer spaniel everyone knows how much she means to us both! Inside each box was a Lego keyring with a different character for each guest. We use the keyrings on each of our sets of keys at home to identify them so we thought we would pass our organisational skills onto our guests!
We had a three tiered round wedding cake. Each tier was different flavour, with the top tier being traditional fruit cake (to put in the freezer to eat on our one year anniversary). The cake was decorated with edible glitter discs in a rose gold colour. The cake looked beautiful and tasted amazing there was none left at the end of the night! Sugar Couture, of Altrincham, did us proud.
We knew the food at The Midland would be special, and it was. We had the option to have a free taster session a few months before the big day and we could have chosen so many dishes! We eventually decided on a three course meal with lamb for main accompanied by some great wines and champagne for toasts. For the evening guests we had a buffet with a selection of hot and cold dishes and puddings.
For the entertainment we had the fantastic Oliver and Philip from The Royal Northern College of Music playing the piano and cello during the canape reception. In the evening we had a disco from The Midlands’s recommended DJ, Dave K Discos, and he was great we danced all night!
We reserved an area at nearby bar Revolution de Cuba, for the following day to catch up with friends who had stayed overnight in Manchester. It meant we could chat to people properly, have a debrief about the night before and laugh about the hangovers! It was a great way to spend more time with our guests and to make the wedding occasion last that little bit longer.
We would without doubt recommend our venue to other brides and grooms. The Midland has the feel of luxurious elegance and history. But what really impressed us and our guests was the professionalism and friendliness of the staff, and the quality of the food. Because the Midland is so special, many guests stayed an extra night to make a weekend of it.
Our whole day was perfect, but if we had to pick a particular favourite part I think it was whilst we were in the main room having the meal and speeches. The staff and florist had made the room look fantastic and to be able to look around the room and see everyone that we hold dear all in the same place enjoying themselves in such a perfect setting made the day.
Following the wedding we went on honeymoon to Thailand. We spent the first eleven nights on the island of Koh Samui at the incredible Six Senses resort for some serious relaxing and luxury. The place blew us away! Everything about it we loved. The people, the scenery, the food and the weather, after the eleven days were up we really didn’t want to leave but the prospect of the next four days seeing the sights of Bangkok made it easier to drag ourselves away.
Bangkok was a massive impact on the senses and woke us up from our relaxed state as soon as we landed. We spent our time there seeing the sites temples, street markets, the palace, museums by day and heading out to sample the nightlife during the evenings.
We were so glad to have chosen to do the trip this way around, we may not have left the Six Senses resort if we were heading straight home. By the end of the four days in Bangkok we were ready for a rest.
Our top tip for other Brides (and grooms) Up North would be – don’t worry about what your guests will want, plan the day for yourselves and everyone will love it! You are the reason for everyone getting together, and your happiness on the day is paramount.
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Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...
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