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Today we’re bursting with pride at the magical marriage of Jade and Karla who said ‘I do’ at one of our featured Manchester venues. So picture two beautiful brides, two stylish suits, one gorgeous venue, a bucket load of fun and two fab-u-lous drag queens and you’ve pretty much got the gist of their incredible Victoria Warehouse wedding. Bring it on!

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How it all began…

Karla was a close friend of Jade’s sister and the pair were introduced some twelve years ago. Years later, the couple bumped into one another on a night out in Canal Street, Manchester. Jade tells us, “It sounds cheesy, but it felt like the whole world and all of the crowds stopped around us, and all I could see was her.” Ahhhh! The rest, they say, is history (or kiss-tory, as we like to call it!).

The couple had been together for almost ten years before they said ‘I do’. They actually made an agreement to have four proposals. This sounds like fun to us! The first proposal was in 2010, in which Karla proposed to Jade at the top of the Eiffel Tower. Next, proposal two was in 2012, Karla wrote a message in the sand on a beach off the coast of Dublin. Number three was in 2014, whereupon Jade proposed to Karla on the boating lake in Central Park, New York. The  fourth and final time, they were sat on their sofa and they both said “Shall we just do it then?” 

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Their Victoria Warehouse Wedding Vision

The couple wanted their wedding day to be intimate and involve, in their words, ‘the people that truly know us and had shared memories with us.’ They didn’t want formal traditions. Moreover, they wanted a venue that was ‘raw’ and could reflect their personalities. Being proud Mancunians, they also wanted a venue that screamed ‘MANCHESTER!’

We totally get why this couple chose Victoria Warehouse. It’s unconventional, cool, quirky and versatile. It can be adapted to suit your imagination and weddings here are no ordinary affair.

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The Suits!

Both brides opted for the smart-casual look. This ‘suited’ their personalities and their venue choice. Karla opted for a short-sleeved, crisp white shirt, trousers and tweed waistcoat. She accessorised with a happy looking yellow bowtie. Jade also went for a white shirt and trousers, however she teamed it with a stylish velvet jacket and an open black bowtie.

The Bridesmaid, Best Man and Father of the Bride

In keeping with the decision to have an intimate ceremony, the couple had three people in their wedding party. They were Karla’s father, Jade’s sister and their mutual best friend, Adam. These people are the pair’s closest family and friends, and they’ve been a huge part of their relationship from day one.
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Flowers and Décor!

It was really important to Karla and Jade to put their own stamp on the décor. They wanted a look that created warmth and intimacy and also complemented the industrial vibe of their venue. Candles, fairy lights and soft coloured uplighters as well as vases filled with lemons were their answer. The lemons looked amazing and smelt great too!
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Venus Flowers excelled in all things floral. The couple’s favourite flower is the sunflower and Karla’s favourite colour is yellow (ours too!). So it seemed only fitting that they incorporated this happy and vibrant bloom into their big day. Venus Flowers weaved sunflowers into a fairly light backdrop, created a beautiful flower crown and bouquet for the bridesmaid and two buttonholes for the brides.
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The couple also tell us that they have a passion for travel and since recently moving to Amsterdam, they really wanted this to play a part in their wedding. They therefore chose a world map table plan, had a suitcase for guests to place their cards in and a bucket list guest book. Table names were places the couple have visited and written on each was a memory they’d created from that special place. In addition, they had had a lot of fun over the previous year collecting (after drinking!) the bottles of their favourite beers. They filled these with sunflowers and placed them on the guests tables.
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The Food!

Grape and Grain Catering took care of the food. The couple chose relaxed and informal sharing platters, and they looked right up our street.
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They sourced their wedding cake from John Lewis and added a sprinkling of sunflower magic.
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The Entertainment!

Well these newlyweds certainly know how to throw a party. They had several forms of entertainment at their Victoria Warehouse wedding. The first was The Vegan Queens who surprised guests during the wedding breakfast. Jade and Karla tell us, “They provided some epic, camp entertainment and also read an amazing poem about gay pride that really brought home the importance of equality.”

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In the evening The Ascent played the couple’s favourite Manchester music and kept guests on their dancing feet. Jade and Karla had seen them play in Manchester just before they moved to Amsterdam. They tell us that they had the best night and just knew they had to have them at their Victoria Warehouse wedding.
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The couple also had a photo booth for guests and sparklers for the young at heart.
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The First Dance!

To dance their way into married life, the couple chose two meaningful songs. They had a mash up of Alanis Morrisette’s Head Over Feet, going into Erasure’s A little Respect. Jade says, “Every lyric in Head over Feet signifies our love for one another and A Little Respect has always been our favourite song, and one that we always end up dancing around the house to.” 

The Photographer

Chris Morse can be credited for these absolutely fantastic photographs. He also created an emotive film for the couple to watch over and over again. Well done Chris.
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The Best Bits?

For Jade, the most memorable part was getting ready in a small room with her future wife, Dad, sister and their best friend. They all drank copious amounts of fizz and had a big pre-ceremony group hug.

Words of Advice?

“Cherish every single second. Don’t waste time being stressed or making sure everything goes to plan. Let it be, and enjoy it.”


A special thanks goes to Jade and Karla for sharing their super cool Victoria Warehouse wedding with us. We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness. Cheers!
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