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full steam ahead. a blue & white city wedding in the heart of manchester – lisa & richard

23rd September 2015 | Rachel Hirst

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A Manchester Town Hall Wedding by Julie Fortune Photography (56)

Today’s real wedding couple enjoyed a rather public engagement on board the Orient Express sister train. Agreeing to the proposal, Lisa and beau Richard then went full steam into planning their city centre Manchester wedding.

Picking the iconic town hall in which to say their ‘I dos’, the bride, groom and their guests then enjoyed a relaxed reception with lots of pretty blue and white touches before the evening party got underway.

Controversially (but cool we say), Lisa chose to wear a pair of sparkling Nike high top wedges underneath her princess gown to ensure she could comfortably dance the night away!

With images by Jules Fortune Photography.

A Manchester Town Hall Wedding by Julie Fortune Photography (11)

lisa says: We got engaged on the Orient Express sister train. Richard had booked the Valentine’s meal on board the train, which took us on a round trip from Manchester to Wigan. He got down on one knee and ripped off his shirt to reveal a t-shirt with him on it with his thumbs up and the words ‘Marry Me’ on it. When I said yes, the carriage cheered and a brass band played Congratulations.

A Manchester Town Hall Wedding by Julie Fortune Photography (6)

We set the date for 27th July 2015, hoping for sunny weather, which is exactly what we got.

Our chosen venue was Manchester Town Hall was the ceremony, simply because it is such a beautiful building. The reception meanwhile was at 256 Wilmslow Road.

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We didn’t have a theme as such but we knew that after the town hall we would want to relax and party with our friends and family.

The colour scheme was baby blue and white. There was no particular reason for this choice other than that it would work well with the colour we chose for the bridesmaid dresses.

A Manchester Town Hall Wedding by Julie Fortune Photography (17)

My dress was very much the princess, fairy tale look. I just wanted to be a princess for the day. I chose it from a bridal show at Manchester Central.

Richard wore a navy blue suit from Moss Bros. The best men also wore navy blue suits, but they were purchased on their own.

My lovely bridesmaids looked elegant in long blue dresses which we found in Debenhams.

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Jules Fortune was our photographer and we would definitely recommend her. She did us proud with our pictures and made us feel so relaxed on our special day. The photographs were exactly how we hoped.

A Manchester Town Hall Wedding by Julie Fortune Photography (30)

To fit in with the colour scheme mine and the bridesmaids’ bouquets were all made up of cream roses and blue thistles. To create a striking centrepiece at the venue we used white roses, blue thistles and allium flowers which were hung upside down from the ceiling. All the flowers were provided by Karen at Leon Van-Berkel in Warrington.A Manchester Town Hall Wedding by Julie Fortune Photography (27)

Other décor included two large tigers made from polystyrene from Tony at 3dsetco in the entrance at the reception venue and a poly picture frame with ‘Mr & Mrs Smith’ written at the bottom from Ian Axon at Poly Logo. Sue at Hire Requirements provided the tables and chairs and Celebration Chaircovers styled up the venue in terms of chair covers and sashes.

As favours we gave jam jars and put a personal message inside for each of our guests, along with a few sweets.

Jay Tailor at Vintage Cupcake Tower created our wonderful cutting cake and cupcakes, which again fitted in with the blue and white colour scheme.

A Manchester Town Hall Wedding by Julie Fortune Photography (42)

To keep our guests entertained we hired a band called Twisted. We had seen them at the Parklife Festival and we just knew that they would get everybody on the dance floor – and they did!

A Manchester Town Hall Wedding by Julie Fortune Photography (62)

For our honeymoon, we jetted off to Barcelona. It was the first time we had been and it was brilliant! Everything is in one place – the city, the beach and so many amazing restaurants.

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to wear trainers if your dress is big a cover them. I did this and I was so comfortable all day, plus I get to wear them again, rather than having a white/cream pair of shoes stuck in the wardrobe. Richard’s tip to other grooms would be not to get too drunk and to enjoy every minute of the day!

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