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Festoons & foliage for an industrial wedding at Victoria Warehouse – Jen & Frank

20th March 2019 | Alexis Forsyth

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We’re going for an industrial twist today as we share Jen and Frank’s awesome wedding at the fabulously stylish backdrop of Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.

Tying the knot in the autumn season, the couple went for a gin-based theme for their big day matched with an uber classy grey, black, white and burgundy colour scheme, which – we must say – beautifully complements the venue’s vibes. And then there’s the bride’s attire with not one, but two Insta-worthy dresses, complete with an oh so chic leather jacket.

Other styling elements to capture your imagination include statement blooms and foliage, cool festoon lighting and a contemporary neon ‘love’ sign. Here’s Jen to round up all the day’s highlights…

With images by Dan Hough Photography


Jen says: We got engaged on 1st November 2016, on the River Avon in Stratford Upon Avon.

We tied the knot on 26th October 2018. We both love autumn, it was half term, plus it was a Friday, so it was cheaper!


We got married at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. We only looked at this venue and knew it was right for us, as it’s a large versatile space with an industrial style that’s not traditional, but completely individual.

The theme ended up being gin-based, as we handed out gin favours and incorporated this within our table decorations. We also had lots of succulents and candles. For our colour scheme, we went with grey, black, white and burgundy – our favourite colours. We felt they matched the venue and the time of year.

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I had two dresses – one for the day one and another for the evening. The day dress was traditional in style as I wanted it to be very different from the venue.


Frank wore a grey suit rented from a store in Warrington while the groomsmen wore black suits, also rented from the same shop.


The bridesmaids’ tops were from ASOS. They were ordered at Christmas time because we wanted them to be sparkly. The skirts, meanwhile, were handmade by Scarlett Cherry Vintage.


The bridesmaids did their own hair and makeup, and Hollie Fitzmartin did my make up on the day.

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Dan Hough Photography captured our day and we would highly recommend him. He’s a lovely genuine guy who made us feel at ease, we received amazing photos in his individual style. He listened to exactly what we wanted.


Our flowers were from the Flower Shop by Gill in Atherton and consisted of white and red roses, succulents, carnations, foliage and eucalyptus.

Love Lights the Way supplied our festoon lights and “love” neon sign.

We handed out miniature gins to our guests as favours.


We had a four-tier sponge cake with butter cream icing from Jo’s Cakery in Leigh. The flavours consisted of chocolate, red velvet, lemon, and gin and tonic.


The venue supplied the food, which incorporated a cheddar soup starter followed by a chicken and vegetable gnocchi main, rounded off by a cherry tart.


Northern String Quartet played during our drinks reception and we then had DJ Tom Hardwick for the evening.

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Special touches

We had a Polaroid camera for guests to take their own pictures and then hang up on display.

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We would recommend the Victoria Warehouse to other couples. The staff were helpful, and the venue itself was very individual, interesting and versatile.

Best bit

The ceremony was the highlight from the day – it felt nice and intimate even though it was in a large space. We also enjoyed heading out for the photos, as we went to some really interesting locations.


We went to Florida for our honeymoon – we both love Halloween so went to the Universal horror night and Mickey’s Halloween party.


My top tip for other Brides Up North would be, make sure you enjoy every minute, as it goes by so quickly!

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