This time we are proud to share with you the story of Dave and Jenny. Jenny is actually the owner of featured wedding dress and accessory boutique, Honeyblossom Bridal! They tell us they wanted a day that made for a loud, colourful and Mancunian wedding. Let’s see how those in the know tie the knot!
How did they meet and what was the proposal like?
Like many modern couples, they met at work and were friends first.
The proposal was a complete surprise for Jenny. Dave eventually managed to whisk Jenny out of a bar and into a suite at The Midland Hotel in Manchester. With that beginning, no wonder it had to be a Mancunian wedding!
As an industry wedding dress expert and Honeyblosson Bridal boutique owner, we’re dying to know how Jenny found the gown!
Jenny recounts: “Because I’ve worked in the industry for years, I’d seen lots of wedding dresses. I did loads of research online and whittled it down to one designer that was just ‘me’ – Ian Stuart. There were a few dresses I fancied from his collection. I attended a bridal boutique which was having a designer weekend and knew as soon as I put the gown on. I was in and out in less than an hour!”
Sounds like she did it like a pro then!
Accessories and Footwear
Excited at the future launch of our own Accessories category, How to I Do was keen to hear more! And it does not get much more personal than Jenny’s story. She wore a gold necklace that had been gifted to her as a child to wear on her wedding day! She paired it with non-matching earrings from Dave (in case you were wondering, Jenny has not worn matching earrings for some 20 years!).
Jenny found comfortable wedding footwear at Carvela and also had some NikeiDs for the evening on the advice from her seamstress! In Jenny’s words, “She was dead right. I was able to dance the night away!”
Hair and Make up
Jenny went to local Sale business Girl Code to finish her look. She asked her make-up artist Sarah for a more glamorous version of her normal look, which is typically quite heavy. Sarah nailed it!
With her naturally curly hair Jenny says that it felt like “madness” to let someone else loose on it. So Jenny did it herself with the support of Claire from Girl Code, who took care of the bridesmaids’ hair. Jenny also had two braids at the side to make her look different from her everyday self.
As Dave wears suits for work every day, he wanted something different that fitted properly. We might add that Dave is 6’3″ and super slim. He had his two-piece suit made by Michael at James Personal Tailor & Son in Manchester and wore it with a vintage day cravat. We love his choice, and the colour is ACE!
The Wedding Party
The best man was longtime friend Danny, and Jenny had four bridesmaids from school and university days. She sourced their fabulous, mismatching dresses at Isabella Bridal in Stockport. The groomsmen hired suits from Debenhams. We love how this attire is completely colourful and outside the box! Check out those matching sunglasses!
Their Mancunian Wedding Venue!
The couple chose the majestic, Victorian, neo-gothic Manchester Town Hall as their venue. Initially, they had not wanted to get married in the city centre since they both commuted there daily and it could have felt like another day at the office. However, upon viewing it they fell in love with the place – it was a done deal!
Given the incredible interiors there was little requirement to decorate the venue too. Bonus!
(We understand that Manchester Town Hall is presently closed for refurbishment; sorry!).
Jenny and Dave had two florists. They used Springbank for table decorations and Blossom Flowers for the bouquets, corsages and buttonholes. As for the floral colour scheme they used a lot of gorgeous whites – peonies, hydrangeas and wild white roses. This made a delightful contrast with the colourful outfits.
Dave and Jenny chose their favourites from the menu for the main meal and then had an evening curry that went down a treat. The wedding cake made was by Cakes by Preye.
Photography and Entertainment!
These fab photographs of this colourful, Mancunian wedding were taken by The Crawleys.
Rik Roberts, a classical guitarist, provided the music for the ceremony.
The Chi Mo Kung Fu, Dragon and Lion Dance Group performed after the ceremony. The couple also managed to pop by Manchester’s China Town too for more photo opportunities!
Gypsies of Bohemia did a 3-piece, 5-piece and DJ set to keep everyone dancing and partying. The couple’s first dance was In Love with a Psycho by Kasabian. They tell us that they didn’t have a ‘song’ and it was on the radio a lot whilst they were planning the wedding. A great party-song choice for a couple who embrace the unconventional.
With the recent launch of How to I Do‘s wedding stationery section, we are always on the lookout for those who are independent, local and talented. Seems like Jenny’s family are pretty creative. Her brother, who is a tattoo artist, designed all the wedding stationery. How fabulous and sentimental.
This family’s creativity did not stop there. Dave and Jenny handmade origami animals of each guest’s chinese zodiac. They tell us: “It took FOREVER and was a real test of our relationship, but the end result was fab.” We LOVE this!
What were the most special wedding-day moments?
Jenny tells us: “There are too many. Probably walking to the Town Hall with my bridesmaids to get married. I was so excited, the sun was shining, complete strangers were taking photos, it was incredible!”
Who said it always rained in Manchester?! Not true!
Advice for future wedding planners?
Take some time out during the day for just yourselves. And remember to eat!
A huge thank you to Dave and Jenny for allowing us to share their ultra-cool Mancunian wedding.
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