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sweet loving. amanda wyatt for urban wedding in sheffield – holly & james

September 12th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

An Urban Wedding in Sheffield (c) JLM Wedding Photography (50)

Today’s real wedding is city chic at its best, as we escape to Sheffield for an informal, relaxed wedding in the midst of this summer’s heatwave. Prepare for lots of hidden backstreet shots and colourful graffiti for something unconventional and truly memorable!

Holly and James tied the knot at the impressive Sheffield Town Hall in July before celebrating with friends at the uber cool Tamper Coffee. Yep, coffee lovers, you read that right – a coffee shop, inspired by New Zealand’s café culture no less, provides the endearing backdrop to our featured wedding today. And it’s giving us a heady dose of urban wedding day envy!

Opting for a navy, white and yellow colour scheme (nothing at all to do with a certain football club…), the couple complemented this palette with pared back decorations (hello there on-trend Polaroids), a stunning three-tiered cake and beautiful blooms. So, grab a cuppa and settle in as we reminisce with Holly about the couple’s big day and find out more about their ever-so-special details…

With images by JLM Wedding Photography.

An Urban Wedding in Sheffield (c) JLM Wedding Photography (45)

holly says: We got engaged on 3rd June 2017 in Bramhall Park. James had wanted to go to visit Bramhall Hall for months, so we went for a picnic and he surprised me by asking me to marry him.

We got married on 28th July 2018 – James is a teacher so we wanted to get married in the summer holidays so we could go straight on our honeymoon.

An Urban Wedding in Sheffield (c) JLM Wedding Photography (29)

Our ceremony was in the Ceremony Rooms at Sheffield Town Hall and our reception venue was Tamper Coffee. We wanted a laidback informal day with venues close to each other and these two were perfect.

An Urban Wedding in Sheffield (c) JLM Wedding Photography (36)

We didn’t really have a theme, we just knew we wanted a low-key relaxed day. We went for navy, white and yellow colour scheme – largely because we felt they looked good, but James will tell you it is because they are the colours of Leeds United!

An Urban Wedding in Sheffield (c) JLM Wedding Photography (61)

My dress was by Amanda Wyatt from Once Upon a Bride in Hyde. I went in with one idea of the dress I wanted but when I tried my dress on, I couldn’t stop smiling so knew it was the right choice!

James wore a navy three-piece suit from Slaters. The groomsmen wore their own navy suits and they had matching yellow socks and ties. My bridesmaids, meanwhile, wore navy dresses from ASOS.

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calling the chic couples: the wedding event at the highfield house, driffield

September 11th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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We’re so excited to be hosting our first wedding event at The Highfield House, Driffield, THIS SUNDAY 16th September 2018, 11am till 2pm, FREE ENTRY!

A fascinating new addition to the Yorkshire wedding scene, Highfield House invites couples to indulge and celebrate in lavishly styled surroundings, complete with exciting art and creative food and drink. Highfield House appears private and discrete from the outside but has a grand, exciting and memorable personality hiding within for couples to discover and explore.

As one of Yorkshire’s finest Grade II listed buildings, the striking Elizabethan styled Arts and Crafts home has a rich and varied history dating back to the early 1800s. It has served under many guises; from a windmill to a lavish country home, an Army base to a memorable country club. It has grown and shrunk, been re-imagined and remodelled.

Most recently, international designers Andy and Lindsey Lampard have refurbished each of its rooms in their beautiful style and contemporary standard of luxury to create a venue unlike any other.

This Sunday we are opening up the whole building for you to see, and adding 20+ of the area’s very loveliest wedding creatives too, to make sure that every finely tuned detail of your wedding is just as perfect as these finely tuned surroundings! It’s going to be such a gorgeous day and we can’t wait to welcome you.

Entry  is completely FREE for you and your whole party, and as well as our usual goody bag full of little treats from Brides Up North, including the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED Magazine, we also have 100 pairs of complimentary tickets for The National Wedding Show to give away to the first 100 registered brides to arrive! Bonus!

A Glamorous Wedding at The Highfield House (c) Kazooieloki Photography (20)

bride to be?

REGISTER NOW and you’ll take home our VIP media pack containing the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED Magazine and lots of other glossy mags and treats from Brides Up North, plus speedy entry! Only the bride or groom need register for larger groups.

Visit our events page to REGISTER NOW.

fancy exhibiting?

To make an exhibitor enquiry, please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP – availability is now VERY limited, we would love to hear from amazing suppliers who want to be a part of something special!

And in anticipation of Sunday, lets take a peep inside…

A Glamorous Wedding at The Highfield House (c) Kazooieloki Photography (35)

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Particularly well suited to fashion-conscious couples looking for a relaxed yet refined experience, Highfield’s interiors are unapologetically bold, stylish and luxurious. Available for exclusive full hire, whether celebrations are grand or intimate, the house boasts a variety of mesmerising rooms that can be used as couples wish.

The Grand Hall, a timber carved, vaulted and panelled room can seat 60 guests and house a band or string quartet from the secret minstrels’ gallery.

The ornately panelled Drawing Room has exquisitely decorated ceilings and is a beautiful space to present a civil ceremony, host a wedding breakfast or enjoy the evening entertainment with access out onto the terrace and lawns below.

The Evening Parlour can accommodate up to 60 guests. With its plaster moulded ceilings, panelled walls and elegant style it makes the perfect space to relax, hold speeches or intimately dine before the big day.

The Library Bar, Reception Hall and Galleries house art collections, antiques and curiosities and provide beautiful backdrop for the day’s orchestrations.

Outside the house is set within an exclusive, seven-acre oasis of natural beauty, comprising 250-year-old trees, entertaining lawns, manicured gardens, bridged weir and picturesque waterfalls, providing stunning backdrops for photographs. For larger parties, Highfield can arrange to accommodate a marquee or tipi within its grounds.

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Food and drink are two of Highfield House’s greatest passions and so couples can be sure of a memorable dining experience as part of their celebrations.

Highfield also has its own in-house bar team who specialise in bespoke cocktails, served and presented to perfection. Skilful mixologists will work with couples to create imaginative tipples and will stock the bar to individual tastes and requirements.

A Glamorous Wedding at The Highfield House (c) Kazooieloki Photography (27)

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Beyond a secret house door, couples will discover Highfield’s East Wing Apartment. Housing two-double bedrooms, the space is often used by the bride and her bridesmaids on the eve of the wedding, and is then prepared again for the newlyweds on their wedding night.

In line with the venue’s exceptional style, the apartment is decorated in rich velvets, stunning antiques and contemporary colours. Guests are encouraged to make themselves at home with Highfield’s team happy to facilitate additional requirements, such as arranging spa treatments from the comfort of the apartment on the wedding eve, through to a personal chef cooking for the bride and her party.

Images by Melissa Beattie/ Kaazooieloki Photography

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roses & berries for a colourful autumn wedding at northorpe hall & barn – jen & craig

September 11th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

An Autumn Wedding at Northorpe Hall (c) Simon Holmes Photography (26)

Who, like us, is just so ready for sweater weather! Bring on autumn! There are some gorgeous details at today’s real wedding between Jen and Craig as it’s a real celebration of the season and its rich and vibrant colours.

Jen’s flower crown packs an absolute punch and it vibes fabulously with her boho dress and loose, vivid bouquet – not to mention her shoes, now they are some seriously cool T-bars!

The guys make a strong style statement too in their varying-coloured tweed suits reflecting the key tones of autumn.

Further seasonal nods can be found in the décor; from the cute mini pumpkins on the top table to the beautiful berries and clever carved apple tealight holders. And in keeping with the rural barn setting, there are some gorgeous rustic touches too, including sweet hessian bunting and a naked three-tiered cake.

But beyond the aesthetics, we love the fact this wedding has a conscience. All the proceeds from their chosen venue go into helping young people who are experiencing mental health problems, bereavement or autism. Usually weddings are all about the couple – and why not indeed! – but Jen and Craig’s wedding manages to be both a celebration of their ten-year relationship and the future to come as well as a lasting legacy for children going through tough times. What a touching combination. Here’s Jan to tell us more…

With images by Simon Holmes Photography.

An Autumn Wedding at Northorpe Hall (c) Simon Holmes Photography (31)

jen says: There wasn’t a real wedding proposal as such for Craig and I. We had been together ten years before we decided to tie the knot; it just seemed like the right time.

We got married on 28th October 2017 – I really wanted an autumn wedding, as it’s our favourite season and we love all the colours.

An Autumn Wedding at Northorpe Hall (c) Simon Holmes Photography (21)

A barn wedding was definitely top of my list, as I thought it would be right for the kind of relaxed celebration we wanted. I visited a few before settling on Northorpe Hall & Barn in Mirfield. It is owned by a registered children’s charity, which supports young people with mental health issues, bereavement and autism. All the proceeds from weddings held in the barn help to provide these services; this was so important to us as our own son is autistic and we know how badly families need this support. The venue is lovely; they were really accommodating about changes to menus and helpful when it came to suppliers. What’s really nice – and without a doubt the most important thing to us – was to have a wedding that left some sort of legacy: to actually have a wedding that was all about us but also directly benefits others was more than we could have hoped for.

An Autumn Wedding at Northorpe Hall (c) Simon Holmes Photography (52)

For our theme, we went with an autumn/Yorkshire celebration. We used autumnal colours – burgundy, orange, pink, green and blush. We both love all the colours and wanted to incorporate those into our wedding but without having a regimented colour scheme. Our venue stylist used lots of pumpkins, apples, burlap and rustic elements to tie in with our theme.

An Autumn Wedding at Northorpe Hall (c) Simon Holmes Photography (36)

When it came to my dress, I knew exactly what kind I wanted – something with sleeves and lace that was quite understated and boho. I went to a few bridal boutiques but, being a plus-size bride, I found it difficult to find anything I liked that had a sample in my size to try. After doing lots of research, I saw a dress by Savannah Miller for Debenhams that I absolutely loved. I couldn’t believe I’d found something suitable on the high street. I wore a handmade silk flower belt with it from Etsy and some gorgeous Irregular Choice shoes.

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loved up. pronovias for an elegant white & blush wedding at mitton hall: melisa & danny

September 10th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

An Elegant Wedding at Mitton Hall (c) Emma Curran Photography (28)

Keen to steer clear of fuss, featured bride Melisa shows us how to pull off an elegant and modern wedding to a tee in our first post of the week.

Tying the knot to beau Danny back in July, Melisa’s styling centred around dreamy all-white blooms with accents of gold and blush in the detailing and attire to bring a romantic edge to the proceedings.

Their gorgeous choice of venue provides a chic and contemporary backdrop, while both Melisa and Danny take style and sophistication to the next level with their enviable threads – a stunning fitted fishtail dress for her and dapper three-piece for him.

So let’s not delay in the pretty anymore, scroll right this way…

With images by Emma Curran Photography.

An Elegant Wedding at Mitton Hall (c) Emma Curran Photography (18)

melisa says: We got engaged at home on Christmas Day in 2015. Danny had a book made of the story of our relationship and on the last page of the story it asked me to marry him.

We set the date for 6th July 2018, as we really wanted a summer wedding.

An Elegant Wedding at Mitton Hall (c) Emma Curran Photography (52)

Mitton Hall in Clitheroe was our choice of venue for both the ceremony and reception. We fell in love with the it on our first visit – the venue was exactly what we were looking for with its modern/traditional décor and the staff were amazing every step of the way.

An Elegant Wedding at Mitton Hall (c) Emma Curran Photography (36)

I wanted the theme of the wedding to be very elegant with all white flowers, lots of candles and gold and blush touches on the cake, table plan and bridesmaid dresses.

An Elegant Wedding at Mitton Hall (c) Emma Curran Photography (49)

My dress was a fishtail design by Pronovias from Bliss Bridal Bolton. I originally didn’t like the dress on the hanger and was persuaded to try it on by my sister. I instantly fell in love with it, other dresses I tried on after that just didn’t come close.

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english country garden: rime arodaky for a summer tipi wedding at brinkburn – alex & alex

September 7th, 2018 | Julia Braime

A Country Wedding at Brinkburn Priory (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (58)

Friday has finally arrived, and we’re totally pumped for our first Luxury Wedding Show of the autumn season, which will take place at the beautiful Hilltop Country House in Prestbury, Cheshire. So, if you’re a North West bride-to-be, then be sure to join us this Sunday between 11am and 2pm, FEE ENTRY, for fabulous wedding inspiration aplenty from a selection of the area’s top suppliers! Furthermore, we have 100 pairs of complimentary tickets for The National Wedding Show in Manchester to give away to the first 100 registered brides to arrive. Go, go, go!!

Now, on with today’s pretty – the gorgeous real wedding of Alex and Alex; which could either make things very confusing or could indeed simplify matters with only one name to remember!

Bride Alex chose a Rime Arodaky gown that screams style and elegance with a playful twist – we love the whisper of lace down the front of the dress that peeps out between the layers of silk and the pretty illusion back. It really comes alive during the energetic first dance!

There’s the most fabulous, lush floral centrepiece that, instead of sitting on the top table, is suspended from the ceiling of the tipi over the table for maximum effect. With greenery and fairy lights wound round the vertical beams to frame the scene, the overall look is English country garden at its finest, just as bride Alex hoped it would be. Further gorgeous details, like the marble-effect cake and the modern bridesmaid dresses, bring an extra cool edge to the styling. Pinning fingers at the ready ladies!!

With images by Rachael Fraser Photography.

A Country Wedding at Brinkburn Priory (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (22)

alex says: We got engaged whilst on holiday in New York around 18 months ago after four years together. We knew we both wanted to get married but had prioritised buying our home first. I, of course, dropped a lot of hints about the sort of ring I liked, including one we saw and tried on whilst on holiday about two years before the proposal; we both loved it. Turns out he had gone back to buy it and had hidden it all that time.

A Country Wedding at Brinkburn Priory (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (24)

We got married on Saturday 21st July 2018. We were keen to have a summer wedding. The setting at our venue, Brinkburn in Northumberland, is so beautiful that we really wanted our guests and us to be able to spend as much time as possible outside. We had our ceremony in the White Room and wedding breakfast and reception in the tipis. We were incredibly lucky with the weather on the day, so we were able to have the bar and live music set up in the grounds. The wedding day was also a big birthday for my step-mother but she was very happy to share her day with us; it was all cause for extra celebration.

We would absolutely recommend Brinkburn o other brides and grooms. Both Alex and I are very decisive and, as soon as we walked into Brinkburn, we knew it was for us. It’s such a beautiful setting but also has such a calm feeling to it as soon as you arrive; we knew that’s the feeling we wanted on the day (before the party started). The White Room holds up to 80 people, so it meant we could keep it really intimate. We also loved that we could hire the whole venue for the full weekend. The day goes in such a flash, so we loved the fact we could extend it and make a weekend of it. From the setting and accommodation, to the food and drinks, every little detail is so well thought out. Brinkburn hosts significantly fewer weddings than most other venues in the region, which made it feel all that more special. It also helped that we hadn’t been a guest already at a wedding there ourselves.

A Country Wedding at Brinkburn Priory (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (33)

In terms of a theme, we didn’t have a specific one – we just wanted it to feel like ‘us’. We were keen to create a romantic, relaxed atmosphere that allowed our guests and us to enjoy the day and the surroundings of the venue. We kept our colour scheme very simple with whites, a little grey/pewter and a lot of greenery. We wanted to keep everything classically beautiful rather than follow particular trends and let the venue do the talking.

A Country Wedding at Brinkburn Priory (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (25)

My dress was by Parisian designer Rime Arodaky and I bought it from The Mews Bridal in Bristol. I went for four dress appointments in all (including a trip to Madrid) but I fell in love with Rime’s dresses and my dress just felt right. I wanted something different to what I had seen before whilst remaining timeless – I fell in love with the flash of the lace skirt underneath the silk gazar. It was also essential that I was comfortable in the dress so I could enjoy plenty of food and dancing.

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it’s bigcitywedfest’18 at victoria warehouse (whoop!)

September 7th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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We are looking forward to seeing you next Sunday 16th September 2018 at BIGCITYWEDFEST’18, our Brides Up North Urban Wedding Festival Show at Victoria Warehouse, 11am till 2pm, FREE ENTRY!

Expect the amazing spaces at this unique wedding venue to be transformed into a twinkling wedding wonderland! There’ll be inspiration a go-go from our very favourite North West wedding suppliers, live music, sweet treats, beautiful bridal fashion, floral inspiration, super cool styling ideas, popping prosecco, pretty paper and all the details for your dream wedding day, wrapped up as usual in one huge dose of Brides Up North style excitement and fun. If you plan on having an absolutely kick-ass cool wedding day, you need to be there!

Entry  is completely FREE for you and your whole party, and as well as our usual goody bag full of little treats from Brides Up North, including the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED Magazine, we also have 100 pairs of complimentary tickets for The National Wedding Show to give away to the first 100 registered brides to arrive! Bonus!

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bride to be?

REGISTER NOW and you’ll take home our VIP media pack containing the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED Magazine and lots of other glossy mags and treats from Brides Up North, plus speedy entry! Only the bride or groom need register for larger groups.

Visit our events page to REGISTER NOW.

fancy exhibiting?

To make an exhibitor enquiry, please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP – availability is now VERY limited, we would love to hear from amazing suppliers who want to be a part of something special!

In the meantime, here to tell us more about this amazing space is Victoria Warehouse wedding team’s Freya Glenn. And we’ll see you soon, with fairy lights on!

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Where is Victoria Warehouse located?

freya says: Victoria Warehouse, a completely unique, entirely innovative event space based in Manchester. The venue, located in Trafford is just a short journey from the city centre and very easily accessible via motorway, rail and tram links.

Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history and how has it changed over the years?

Built in the early 1900’s as predominantly a cotton storage facility, our warehouse buildings have stood as a symbol of this city’s industrial strength and innovation for around 100 years and careful renovations have made it a venue to capture the imagination.

What facilities does it have? 

A truly unique venue, with exposed walls, stone floors and a rustic feel, the simplicity of the space provides a blank canvas upon which you can design a spectacular setting for your day. The industrial pillars and original brickwork have been lovingly restored to reveal a striking backdrop across two rooms, that is ideal for both traditional and contemporary celebrations.

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Is Victoria Warehouse licensed for civil ceremonies, and what rooms are available for the rest of the celebration?

We are licensed to hold civil ceremonies in The Bays and The Cotton Sheds.

The Bays is our versatile event space within the Victoria Warehouse Hotel. It provides a stunning backdrop for weddings, the raw industrial aesthetic is ideal for both contemporary and traditional ceremonies and due to the richly historic nature of our building. The Bays can hold ceremonies for up to 300 guests with dining for up to 250 guests. Evening receptions can increase to 300 guests across both Bay 1 and Bay 2

The Cotton Sheds combines a raw and urban backdrop (a setting inspired by the Industrial Revolution), with the glitz and glamour of your wedding. With exposed walls, stone floors and a rustic feel, the simplicity of the space provides a blank canvas upon which you can design a spectacular setting for your day. The Cotton Sheds can hold ceremonies for up to 1,500 guests with dining for up to 900 guests meaning its the perfect venue for large multi-cultural celebrations.

What makes Victoria Warehouse a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?

At Victoria Warehouse, we are a wedding venue like no other. Our unique, entirely innovative and industrial event space gives our couples the chance to make their day a very memorable day to remember in years to come. Not only will they be able to produce and put together a wedding of a life time, but they will have a great team and all the right people who are able to help them and go above and beyond.

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What sort of couple would love Victoria Warehouse?

Our brides and grooms at Victoria Warehouse are of course truly unique and so we encourage creativity as we help them along the way. Our couples are able to tune into the atmosphere and work with the different characteristics of the venue for every part of the celebration, we know that a Victoria Warehouse couple’s big day will be a day with a difference. Just like our slogan, ‘We are what you make us’ at Victoria Warehouse we are here to work with for our brides and grooms and offer an innovative setting for an incredible day.

How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?

The wedding team at Victoria Warehouse are always happy to discuss your specific needs and preferences. Right from the initial enquiry down to the big day itself, we understand the importance of the occasion so are therefore here to manage the whole process according to your beliefs and traditions. We have trusted suppliers to recommend who are all experienced in working with us offering services to enhance chosen elements of your wedding.

Can guests stay over at your venue? 

We have our own hotel on site. From the outside, a solid Mancunian landmark, on the inside it’s an urban oasis of calm and comfort. Adorned with East Asian artisan trinkets and full of character, our unconventional hotel complements both the architecture and history of Victoria Warehouse and provides truly unique wedding photo opportunities for you and your guests. Our industrial chic style rooms celebrate the character and original features of the warehouse and are perfect for your wedding party to get ready on site or for your guests to stay overnight.

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Tell us about your catering services? 

We offer in house catering services through our trusted and award winning catering supplier; Grape and Grain Catering Co. Winners of ‘Best Outside Catering Company’ at The CHS Awards 2017, they provide us with outstanding service, creative imaginative menus and delivery of fabulous events of all types.Grape and Grain Catering Co. pride themselves on their products, passion and creativity, offering clients with different bespoke options from; simple and stylish catering solutions to extravagant dining experiences.

What is the feedback like from couples that have married at Victoria Warehouse?

We have received a great number of fantastic reviews, many giving compliments to the venue itself and testament to our staff who helped all the way from the very first enquiry. People love the mystery and historical base of the venue, and how much history has been preserved in modern, vintage and classy manner. Of course the nature of the building is quite different to the modern buildings, but that’s what gives us our edge and that pushes people to look beyond just the space given, because you really can and truly transform each room whichever way you want it.

‘Everyone at the Victoria Warehouse Hotel was absolutely perfect to a T. Everyone was so professional, accommodating, and kind. The guests were all saying how nice the staff were and I couldn’t have asked for a better team. If we were to do the wedding all over again we wouldn’t have changed a thing. Thank you Victoria Warehouse for making our wedding extra special. We are honoured and thrilled that we are the first wedding at the venue.’

‘We had so many comments on the venue, and especially the staff. Everyone fed back how amazing the staff were, how helpful and how they couldn’t do enough for the guests. I really appreciate how hard everyone worked and how lovely they all were. We also had loads of comments on the food – which was just brilliant!’

‘Thank you and your team for being so amazing. We cannot say enough good things. We received an overwhelming number of compliments about the venue and your staff’.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price or any special packages available?

We provide traditional package options, however if you call for something truly unique, our wedding coordinators can assist by offering you bespoke options specific to your requirements.

Where can we get more information or contact the venue?

To find out more, please contact our weddings and special events team on specialevents@victoriawarehouse.com or 0161 974 1200

Alternatively, you can visit our website: www.victoriawarehouse.com

REGISTER NOW FOR BRIDES UP NORTH’S BIGCITYWEDFEST’18 Wedding Show at Victoria Warehouse, click here.

Images provided by Victoria Warehouse

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