January 09 2014
From the moment we first started planning our wedding, both Sam and I knew that we wanted to create a celebration that was intimate and special with just our closest family and friends in a venue that was different from the other places we had seen. We found the perfect venue at the Little Theatre, our local art house cinema, nestled amongst the pretty cobbled streets of Bath.
We loved the Art Deco style of the venue so much – with its old-fashioned cinema seats for our guests and a fantastic place on stage for us to say our vows amongst chiffon drapes and candle light – that we wanted to mimic the romantic and luxurious feel that it offered in our other details.
In order to acknowledge the cinema location we therefore chose to loosely follow an Oscars-style theme for our ceremony, complete with the Orders of Service presented in gold envelopes and finishing up with post-ceremony fizz and popcorn.
My stunning dress, Ginger by Amanda Wyatt, was the perfect red-carpet style to complement our theme. It was beautiful, soft and draped, and I felt fantastic in it. I teamed my gown with a gorgeous bespoke headpiece designed by Nicola at Silver Sixpence - a detachable blusher style veil on a lace motif clip decorated with family jewellery to make it entirely personal to me. I hadn’t known exactly what I wanted, I just had an idea of the sort of look that I was trying to achieve, and Nicola took the time to hear all about my plans for my wedding day and to talk through different colours, styles and designs until we had something that was, quite literally, made for me. A bespoke horseshoe from Nicola finished my look and I absolutely loved the end result and would highly recommend Silver Sixpence in her Shoe to all future brides.
Following our ceremony we chose to continue our celebration at Same But Different in Bath, an independent family-run restaurant which serves delicious tapas and, for one day only, our very own mojito-style cocktail called ‘Cazam’! This venue was exactly what we wanted, with its own cosy yet stylish atmosphere. Instead of formal speeches we had a quiz with questions all about our guests to enhance our theme of intimacy and togetherness.
As we’d kept the day itself to just 30 people we knew we needed a big party to include all our friends so a week later we had our second celebration, this time at the Castlefield Rooms in Manchester, where we both used to live. We wanted our party to be everything that signified Manchester to us so we chose a venue with views over the canal, the Manchester Metro and all things red brick!
Holding two very different celebrations allowed us to have the very personal and intimate wedding that we both wanted whilst enjoying the opportunity to really celebrate with our wider circle of family and friends and we could not have been happier with our choices, we had two completely wonderful days.
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