Switching the north in place of an overseas destination, today’s featured couple, Steve and Keeley, left their Halifax home behind and headed across the pond to exchange their vows US style in the most iconic of American cities. From the getting-ready pictures against an unmistakeable backdrop of towering New York skyscrapers, to the bridesmaid dresses featuring the New York skyline on the skirt, everything about this wedding screams the Big Apple. If you’re going to have a destination wedding, might as well make it an epic one!
Steve and Keeley certainly made the most of their location, visiting famous landmarks like the Flatiron building and Grand Central Station to have their photographs taken and star in their own New York love story. After sunset, Keeley donned a pair of personalised Converse trainers and danced in Times Square for another unforgettable image to cherish.
They also took a slice of Huddersfield with them to New York, incorporating stars from the Huddersfield Town Crest into their theme and the Huddersfield Town blue, which Steve sports proudly in his handmade suit. At the end of the trip, the guests headed home with their own, personalised New York wine charms made by Keeley as a lovely memento of a day that will no doubt be etched on their memories for many years to come. Tell us more, Keeley…
With images by Photogenick.
keeley says: Steve proposed to me at home after a lovely cooked meal with our favourite band The Drums, playing in the background, who are from New York.
We got married on 29th June 2018. This was our anniversary date of when we got together.
We had our ceremony at the Marriage Bureau, New York City. Our reception was at Sarabeth’s Tribeca in New York. We chose New York because it is a magical city that holds a lot of ties for us: we went there for our first long haul holiday, our favourite band is from there and it’s just a beautiful city. We would definitely recommend the venue if another couple wanted to travel all that way. We were made to feel special and very well informed; even though we were miles away from the venue, they were excellent at communication and provided a great service.
Our theme was Huddersfield Town/Three Stars and New York. Steve is a massive Huddersfield Town fan; he has been attending games since he was two-years-old with his father. I love stars and when I found out Steve has a three-star tattoo on his arm in homage to the three stars on the Huddersfield Town Crest, we knew our stars had aligned and we were meant to be together.
Our colour scheme was blue, for Huddersfield Town, with the bridesmaid dresses being navy blue with the New York skyline on and featuring a yellow waistband, which matched the yellow sunflowers. The bridesmaids’ dresses were from a shop online called Lindy Bop.
When it came to choosing my dress, I used to dance when I was younger and anything floaty and netted I love. When I tried my dress on, I knew it was the one to twirl in. It is a Watters Wtoo design.
I also had a pair of Converse trainers on which I ironed the date of the wedding, the place and our logo – K&S with three stars – in vinyl.
My hair was done by my chief bridesmaid’s mum, Paula, and I did my makeup myself.
Steve had his suit made to measure at C&J Antich, Huddersfield. It has a blue and white lining for the Huddersfield Town colours.
On the day, we travelled around the city by foot, on the subway and in a Limo we hired.
Our photographers were Photogenic. We chose them because we have seen their work from a friend’s wedding and they captured the bride’s personality in one shot. We knew that Nick and Nic as a team would be able to capture the most epic shots.
Our flowers were arranged by my chief bridesmaid, who had worked as a Saturday girl at a florist in our local town, Brighouse.
For other decoration, we had gold card cut-out name places that I made using a cricut machine.
As favours, I made wine charms using a New York charm and added each guest’s initials to personalise them for every member of the party.
Looking back, our favourite part of the day was travelling around with Nick and Nic, our photographers. There was nothing they were not willing to do; having two children, they took just short of a week away from them to help us make our wedding immense. They shot all day and the evening after and didn’t stop looking for new opportunities to take the most brilliant photos. They were so good at creating a bond with us before we went to New York; we went for meals together to talk about ideas and really get an understanding of what we wanted as a couple for our big day.
Nick and Nic are so enthusiastic about photography and their pictures show it. They carried our things all around New York: four pairs of shoes, all our bits to freshen up and their camera gear.
Nothing was too much for them. They made a huge impression on our family and many photos everyone cannot remember being taken because they make you feel so at ease. But, when we looked back at the photos, a story is there. Not one thing is missing, from the mother-of-the-bride dressing me, to Steve getting ready on his own, to the father-of-the-bride’s first look, to small details you couldn’t even begin to think of. Their talent and care is second to none and we couldn’t have wished for a more amazing couple to have shared our day and help us make such amazing memories.
For our honeymoon, we continued on a trip around America, visiting Toronto, Niagara Falls, Washington DC, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Miami.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to book Photogenick!