August 16th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
As if we planned it *wink,wink*, we’re following up this morning’s post about our fabulous upcoming BIGCITYWEDFEST’17 event at Victoria Warehouse on Sunday 3rd September, with a wedding that took place at the venue so we can showcase why we think it’s such an amazing place to get hitched.
Instantly falling in love with its cool urban style, bride Alicia planned a pretty springtime wedding with yellow accents and rustic details to both complement and contrast with the industrial setting.
Alicia and beau Paul, then went all out on the lighting, to ensure a striking celebration that shone in more ways than one.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Rebecca Parsons Photography.
alicia says: The proposal was totally unromantic, but very ‘us’ – over tea on a Monday night! I thought it was a bit unusual that Paul 1) Had tea on the table ready for me getting home, and 2) Wasn’t eating very much of it. Half way through eating he said that he’d been to see my dad and I asked if it was to see about him helping to fix our bannister, to which he replied, “No. To ask if I can ask you to marry me – and he said yes, so…” He then got on one knee whilst I sat open-mouthed in shock for ten minutes before saying yes!
Our wedding date was 29th April. There wasn’t a specific reason per se, but we ideally wanted a Saturday wedding in spring, and I love the colour yellow so around Easter was perfect!
We had both ceremony and reception at Victoria Warehouse in Trafford Park, Manchester. Six days after getting engaged my best friend suggested we attended a wedding fair at Victoria Warehouse, I thought it was a bit early but figured I’d have to start getting ideas from somewhere so might as well! I fell in love with the venue straight away whilst looking around, so I asked if they do weddings there, when they said they did I pencilled our names in without Paul knowing! I later took Paul to see Victoria Warehouse and, luckily, he loved it as much as I did, and the rest is history!
We did have a look at a few other venues around Manchester as we thought it was too good to be true to fall in love with the first place, but nothing else came close for us.
Our theme was slightly vintage/rustic – mason jars, bunting, wooden centrepieces, vintage suitcases etc. because we wanted to keep the authentic feel of the warehouse.
As we are very proud Mancs, there was also an air of Manchester running through the day, including our table names and seating plan. The main colour scheme was ivory with accents of yellow as this is my favourite colour and fit well with the spring/Easter timing of the wedding.
I had a Lusan Mandongus lace, full-length dress, which I purchased from The White Closet in Didsbury. I tried several on but just knew when it was the one! It was originally sleeveless but I prefer a capped sleeve, so took the dress to Tusneem at Boutique Alterations, in Bramhall, who is amazing! She altered my dress to perfection (size and length) and then added capped sleeves for me too. I can’t thank her enough!
Paul wore a standard tailored fit dark grey checked suit from Slaters Menswear in Manchester, and an ivory tie which we got online. He wore tan brogues and a tailored white shirt, which we also got from Slaters. The groomsmen wore exactly the same as Paul, except they had yellow ties instead of ivory.
My bridesmaids wore handmade dresses – perfectly and beautifully made by my very talented Auntie – which were ivory crochet and pale-yellow chiffon. I took inspiration from Pinterest and was lucky enough that my Auntie could make the dresses from just looking at pictures!
On the day of the wedding, Paul and the groomsmen travelled to the venue in a Manchester black cab (he’s so low key!) My bridesmaids, followed by me and my dad, travelled in a Beauford Tourer hired through Horgans Wedding Cars – Bo was our driver and he was great, so friendly, accommodating and polite.
Our photographer was Rebecca Parsons, and we would absolutely wholeheartedly recommend her! Rebecca was fantastic – great to have around in the in the morning, made us feel completely at ease all day, and caught such a variety of beautiful pictures that we will treasure forever.
I got my flowers from a local flower shop called Patricia’s Florist, in Urmston. I had a large bouquet with ivory roses and small orchids as well as some yellow roses. My bridesmaids had smaller bouquets made up of ivory roses and gypsophila.
Décor-wise, we had two large bunches of gypsophila from the florist for the table centrepieces and bar area – although it doesn’t sound much, once opened and shaken there is loads of it!
We put the gypsophila in mason jars decorated with hessian, which sat on wooden bases, along with different sized candles, which were moved from the aisle for the reception. We also had a vintage suitcase for our cards and wooden cut-out signs with ‘Mr & Mrs’ on the bar and top table, plus tealights on windowsills to tie in with the fairy lights and candles throughout. I made the table name settings myself using vintage style ivory frames and Kraft card.
I took everything to the venue the day before and they dressed the rooms perfectly for us following my terrible, brief notes!
Instead of giving favours, we arranged a ‘lucky dip’ in which we put wrapped Manchester themed prizes (I heart Manchester mugs, t shirts etc.) and 20 x £1 lottery scratch cards. It went down really well, added a bit of fun and got people talking!
We chose to have a three-tier ‘naked’ cake made up of Victoria sponge, chocolate cake and lemon cake. Friends of ours organised for our cake to be made by a friend of theirs, Tamsin MacDonald.
For the wedding breakfast, we had a mushroom soup starter, roast chicken main and sticky toffee sponge dessert.
In terms of entertainment, we just had a DJ, Anton at Floorfillas, as we didn’t want a band or any extras. The DJ was all that anyone needed – I didn’t manage to do as much dancing as I’d have liked because I was off chatting to everyone but the music was great and tailored to us – the dancefloor was certainly never quiet!
Instead of hiring a photo booth, we bought a job lot of wigs, hats and inflatables then pinned up a gold sequin curtain and let the guests loose with disposable cameras! It was a much more relaxed vibe we felt, and made for some very funny disposable camera pictures!
Following our wedding, we would absolutely recommend all of the suppliers we used, from start to finish – we cannot fault any of them. They took the hassle out of planning and organising and all with such fantastic results. Other than those already mentioned, we used: Love Lights the Way for 4ft ‘A&P’ light-up letters as well as a 3ft rose gold heart; Sterling Lighting for our fairy lights, aisle canopy and backdrop, and for our aisle-length ivory carpet; Margaret at Dream Veils for my veil; Sarah Morten for bridal, bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride hair and makeup, and This Forever Moment for our wonderful video.
We would certainly recommend our choice of venue to other couples too. It doesn’t look much from outside but when inside with all the fairy lights twinkling and candles burning it is beautiful. There is plenty of space, with quieter areas where my gran and other older guests could go and sit and chat with a cup of tea once the music kicked in. I cannot fault the staff either, from sales to our coordinator, and finance team to bar staff, they were all fantastic and meant that our entire day went without a hitch.
Looking back, if I had to choose a favourite part of the day, I would say walking back down the aisle after the ceremony with everyone throwing confetti. I just felt complete joy and fun radiating through the room, which is reflected in the pictures!
For our honeymoon, we did a three-week USA road trip. We flew out directly to Las Vegas, spent three nights there then picked up our convertible Mustang rental and hit the road travelling to LA, Solvang, Santa Barbara, Cambria, Monterey, Yosemite (Mariposa) and finally on to San Francisco.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be – don’t sweat the small stuff! Don’t get carried away worrying about table plans and place names etc. being perfect because no one will notice! I found it helped envisioning that you are a guest – would you genuinely notice certain things? I went back across the many weddings I have been to and thought all I want as a guest is a good drink and a good dance essentially! And, of course, the old (but true) cliché of take a step back and take it all in because it goes in the blink of an eye! Relax and enjoy!
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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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