June 7th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s bride and groom clocked up quite a few air miles when it came to their big day, deciding to tie the knot at the stunning Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, travelling all the way from their home in Kuala Lumpur. Needless to say, planning their wedding from Malaysia proved quite a challenge, but luckily for the couple, they brought on board some fabulous suppliers to make the process a cinch!
Madelaine and Jack – both teachers – settled on a date just before Christmas and brought those festive feels to life with the most beautiful nude, blush and crimson palette. And just wait until you see the bouquets, which also feature these oh so pretty shades.
The industrial vibe to the venue really added to their winter celebration, too, think twinkly fair lights, exposed walls and stone floors. Throw in a cake table, mulled wine, sparklers and live music – and you’ve got the perfect mix for a fine festive soiree!
And if you’re craving a cool urban wedding of your own, we’ll be returning to the totally awesome Victoria Warehouse on Sunday 16th September to host our BigCityWedFest’18 wedding show, that’s not to be missed! For now, here’s the lovely Madelaine to tell us more about her perfect day…
With images by Dan Hough.
madelaine says: We got engaged at home in our flat in Kuala Lumpur on a normal Friday evening after work. It turns out that Jack was planning on proposing during our holiday a couple of weeks later, but panicked the minute he picked the ring up from the shop, so proposed that evening! In his words, “it was like having a live grenade in his pocket!”.
We got married on Friday 22nd December. We knew that we wanted to get married during our Christmas holidays – we’re both teachers living abroad but would be back for the school holidays. I also thought that if we had the big day before Christmas I could still tuck into a huge Christmas dinner!
We had both the ceremony and the reception at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. We knew that we wanted an industrial setting for our big day and fell in love with the brickwork and high ceilings the minute we saw it on the internet. It was great to see how other couples had set the warehouse up with fairy lights and candles too – we thought it would be perfect for the time of year!
We are both from Sheffield originally, but couldn’t find the right venue there. However, Jack lived in Manchester for a few years, we both love the city and it is a great distance from Sheffield so it was a brilliant place to tie the knot!
There was no real theme for the wedding, we just wanted an industrial style with some nods to Christmas, with candles, fairy lights and mulled wine.
We chose nudes, blush and some crimson as our wedding colours. I just loved this combination and the crimson, again, gave a nice nod to the time of year.
I wore an Essense of Australia crepe dress that I found at Emily Bridal in Sheffield. I absolutely loved the fitted style and the low back. In fact, it was the first and only bridal shop that I visited and I found the perfect dress within about 20 minutes! The team at Emily Bridal were great and helped me to figure out which style would suit me best and feel right on the day.
Living in South East Asia, we are lucky enough to have some of the world’s best (and cheapest!) tailors on our doorstep! Jack wore what he describes as “a three-piece tweedy suit” that he had tailor made in Vietnam and a pair of tan brogues. I also bought him an engraved pocket watch and chain as a present for him to wear on the day.
The bridesmaids and groomsmen were all mix and match. The bridesmaids wore a mixture of Ghost and ASOS dresses. The groomsmen were just asked to wear their favourite navy or grey suit. Coordinating matching suits from Malaysia wouldn’t have been easy so we didn’t bother trying!
The Dollz (by Samantha Mercer) did my hair and makeup as well as my mum’s and the bridesmaids’. They were amazing from the trial right up to the big day itself, and really made us all feel comfortable as well as very special!
Dan Hough was our photographer, and I honestly can’t recommend him highly enough. He was so wonderful, warm and friendly. Dan laughed along with our friends and family and really put everyone at ease! He was also extremely organised and on it throughout the process, which was extra important to us both as we were planning the wedding from Malaysia.
We had Adam Wing Films as our videographer, he had created a beautiful video for the wedding of a friend of ours and once we saw it, we knew we wanted him to film our big day. Adam was great, and I would certainly recommend him to anyone wanting a video of their wedding. The video is amazing and really captures the feeling of the day.
I had a bouquet of nude, blush and crimson flowers, arranged in a wild style. My bouquet and those of the bridesmaids were all created by the florist team at Qube Events. I was over the moon with the flowers, as I think it’s such an important part of the day and it’s just impossible to know what they will be like until the day itself. The team at Qube really listened to what I wanted and followed the photos I’d found perfectly.
Qube Events did the set up at the venue too, which was beautiful and exactly what we asked for!
We decided against giving out favours – lots of cake and pick n mix seemed like enough treats!
We had a cake table from Dish and Spoon on Burton Road in Manchester. It was a lovely mixture of whole cake, cupcakes and tray bakes and was a real hit with the guests! My personal favourites were the Portuguese egg custard tarts, whilst Jack was a huge fan of the chocolate red wine cake.
We had food from the fabulous Grape and Grain caterers at the warehouse. The starter was a caramelised red onion and goat’s cheese tart, then for main we had beef cheek and a potato gratin. For pudding, we had a dark chocolate delice with salted butter caramel. Jack is a dangerous mix of a foodie and a glutton, so for him in particular the food tasting session was particularly important (and enjoyable!). He even brought his notebook along!
Entertainment-wise, we had a wonderful singer, Georgia Dee, perform as the guests were arriving and as I walked down the aisle. I was actually gutted to not have been able to watch the full set as Jack and all the guests said it was beautiful.
During the evening do we had the amazing Different Lights performing. Jack had seen them at another wedding and thought they’d be perfect. The energy, enthusiasm and professionalism that they brought to the day was unreal. They had a brilliant ability to get people up dancing and from there they wouldn’t stop! Thanks to these guys the dance floor was full until 1am and the selection of songs they played really did appeal to all.
One of the band members also played and sang a keyboard set during the drinks reception after the ceremony, while we were having photographs taken. He worked the room amazingly and the whole room was singing on the way into dinner! From the set up to the close these guys were model professionals and we can’t recommend them highly enough! Having a band who do weddings week in week out is so important to keep things running smoothly.
I would definitely recommend our choice of venue too for anyone looking for an industrial setting in the North West. Nina and her team were so organised, which was so important to us when planning a wedding from the other side of the world. On the day, we didn’t have to worry about a thing, they had everything under control and the day ran very smoothly under the stewardship of our event coordinator, Maureen.
I would have to say the ceremony was my highlight from the day. I had been so nervous about this, as my hands get shaky when I’m in front of a crowd, but honestly, on the day I felt so calm and I was really able to enjoy the moment of becoming Jack’s wife.
Jack agrees that the ceremony itself was incredible…once I arrived! Before that he was a bit of a nervous wreck! Also, just looking across a packed dance floor and seeing all our friends and family dancing away was something that will live long in the memory!
We recently got back from our honeymoon in Sri Lanka. It was the perfect two weeks – we had time on the coast, in cities and hiking in the hills. The views were some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. I’ve never eaten so much curry and drank so much champagne – a winning combination!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be, try your best to enjoy the planning process and savor it, otherwise it can seem like just one long ‘to do’ list. We often sat and sent emails to suppliers with a big glass of red wine or took a laptop to our favourite cafes to make it seem like more of a treat. Also, trust the professionals, as they have done a million weddings and know how to make sure everything runs smoothly on the day.
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Originally from north of the border, Alexis has lived in the North East for the past 15 years and considers herself officially an adopted Geordie. A qualified journalist - Alexis took up the position of editor at the region’s longest running business publication in 2015 before moving into a marketing role for one of the UK’s largest independent arts and craft galleries. Alexis currently edits her own lifestyle blog, where you can find her latest musings on all things Newcastle-related, together with a smattering of her Instagram-worthy cocktail and foodie pics. Yet to find Mr Right herself, Alexis sees this as a mere formality when it comes to tying the knot, as she’s already picked out her dream wedding dress, theme and venue...
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