TAGS: Alternative Wedding, asylum and maverick projects, London Wedding, mad locations, one friendly place, the wedding arrangers,

OMGGGGG!!! We woke up and was like, he’s been!!! Popped up in bed, wedding playlist on, coffee in hand and we just went through them all…. TWICE.  We cried and laughed and cried and smiled and it was just the BEST THING.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! You were so great on the day to, a real guest rather than our photographer.  

Ginger Beard, what can we say?! Best wedding photographer ever. Invisible at the most intimate and important moments then part of the gang at ALL the fun parts. 

Paul captured us looking so cool and amazing, all in love and happy, made our venues shine and our guests delighted at how fab they all look when they’re laughing and dancing. 

You know you have a picture in your head of how you want your wedding photos to turn out, Ginger Beard is WAY BETTER than that. We have been staring at them ever since he dropped them to us. The sneak peak a couple of days after the wedding was the best thing to happen since saying ‘I do’, and the full set will keep is going forever.

Suppliers. 

Ceremony:  The Asylum & Maverick Projects

Venue:  Mad Locations, One Friendly Place

Event Organiser:  The Wedding Arrangers

Hair:  Victoria Ralph Hair

Flowers:  SAGE Flowers

Cake:  Paxton & Whitfield

Band:  Natalie Williams Soul Family

Tell me briefly about the build up to your wedding day?

It was awesome. We prioritised food and music, followed by photographer and flowers. Everything else we tried to keep as simple and cheap as possible. We chipped away at the planning, doing a little bit each week so it never felt overwhelming. We knew we wanted to have a big party and everything else fitted in around that. We made all the big decisions together and then did lots of our own little jobs. Loved it!

How did you meet?

In a meeting! Silas walked into a meeting Georgina was having with his business partner and POW it was love at first sight. For Georgina anyway! We hung out together at parties and festivals and then got it on!

How did you propose?

Silas proposed at midnight at a house party on New Year’s Eve in front of all of Georgina’s friends. It was so much fun, romantic, over the top and brilliant. We got smashed afterwards!

Why did you choose your venue?

Georgina knew someone who had just got married at The Asylum and then someone else suggested One Friendly Place.

We knew we wanted to get married close to home in Brixton. We saw them, booked them, didn’t bother looking at anywhere else. They were PERFECT. Especially for a winter wedding as we didn’t rely on having outdoor space.

What did you love about your dress, suit and accessory choices?

They were very US. The dress (lace top and skirt) was from Monsoon bridal and Silas’ trousers were from Topman. But we added to those pieces with special accessories and Silas had a custom Tux jacket made with Liberty print lining, which we also used for the pocket squares and to tie the bouquet and flowers.

The brides shoes were bought many moons ago before we even met. Georgina had always wanted Terry de Havilland shoes and these were a collaboration with Anya Hindmarch and BEAUTIFUL.

All the jewellery was borrowed or cheap! Oh except some diamond earrings. The hair piece was from Eden B, handmade and utterly gorgeous. The veil was Georgina’s sister’s from her wedding. Ultimately we looked like a rocking bride and groom in really special but cool outfits not dissimilar to stuff we might normally wear.

Where did your ideas for your theme come from?

We didn’t have one! We just included things we love like Liberty print and bright colours. We ditched traditional wedding things like the cake or canapes and had pizza delivery in the chapel and loads of bags of crisps at the reception. There was an Italian theme to the meal and wine, because that’s what we love to eat.

Why did you choose your first dance song?

Silas played Georgina Anderson Paak ‘Am I Wrong’ the first time he came to her flat. We love the artist and have seen him at many gigs and festivals. It was a no brainer. We asked Georgina’s friend Rebecca to help with the routine. We loved doing it so much.

What was your favourite part of the day?

Seeing each other for the first time in the chapel. The ceremony itself. The speeches. The first dance. ALL OF IT.

What made you choose Ginger Beard Weddings to capture your day?

We saw some shots from a friend’s wedding in the same venue. We really wanted Ginger Beard straight away. He also loves similar things to us, so we knew we’d get on well. His portfolio really sold him in but as soon as we met, we were like, YES HE IS THE ONE.

We had such a laugh on the day, so relaxed, so fun and the pictures are incredible.

What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding day?

Be yourselves. Don’t spend money on things like stationary. Be realistic. Remember it’s just one day, it’s your love for each other and friends and family that will be with you together. Saying that, it is the best day of your life so breathe and enjoy every month. It is the best feeling in the world.

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TAGS: Boho Wedding, Clitheroe Wedding, Finch Bakery, Mitton Hall Hotel, Ribble Valley Wedding,

”I would recommend Paul to anybody who is bored of seeing the same wedding photographers and shots – his style is effortlessly natural whilst being directed in such a professional way you forget you’re being photographed.”  

– Lauren & Ed Sinclair.  

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Venue:  Mitton Hall

MakeUp Artist:  Leanne Jackson Bridal Make Up

Hair:  Sam Gateley and Co

Flowers:  Sam Williams Flowers

Wedding Film:  Tom Harrington Films

Dress:  LuLu Browns Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses:  Love Nookie

Suits:  Amelias Bridal

Leather Jacket Design:  Kate Illustrate

Entertainment:  Arthur Geldard | Andrew Kelly Magic | Boom Live Entertainment 

Cake:  Finch Bakery

Cheese Cake:  Brie Mine UK

Donut Wall:  Little Love Company

Room Set Up:  Creative Cover Hire

Tell me briefly about the build up to your wedding day?

The build up to our wedding seemed to only last a few weeks, it didn’t seem real until then. The weather had been beautiful sunshine all week and then it changed to cloudy yet mild, which was still surprisingly warm for this time of year, 11 degrees in March. Crazy weather!

We met at St Peter’s Church in Salesbury first for our vows, which is Lauren’s childhood church. Throughout our wedding we had a jazz singer, a magician and a band.  We wanted to keep our guests interested and entertained all day. I know it’s such a typical thing for people to say, but it genuinely was the best day ever and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

How did you meet?

We met in Bangkok in 2013 whilst we were both travelling. It was Ed’s first night and my last night before I flew to Australia. Our paths only crossed briefly for a few hours, but we kept in touch for 9 months before we were both back in the UK. We were long distance for a year living together first in the south and then in the north for 4 years.

How did the proposal go down?

Ed proposed to me in our bedroom on Mother’s Day last year. I don’t think he really thought this through although his reason was that “we had a day off together the next day to celebrate.”

What made you choose Mitton Hall?

Being from the Ribble Valley and working in the wedding industry, Mitton Hall is my favourite local venue for weddings.

A lot of Ed’s friends and family live down south so I wanted to keep the people travelling to a minimum, and I was able to advise where they could stay as well as being able to easily pop into the venue whenever required. It looked absolutely amazing on our wedding day, better than we could have imagined.

What did you love about your dress, suit & accessory choices?

Dress –

I wanted something relatively simple as I don’t like “bling” or beads on dresses (though my straps ending up being diamanté which I NEVER thought I’d go for!) I saw the designer online, and saw one of the local wedding shops (Lulu Browns) stocked the brand. After stalking on Instagram, I went to try on dresses and just knew the one I chose was the one for me.

I only went to one dress shop.  I know I’d over complicate things if I went to more as I’d find something else I loved equally.  I honestly don’t believe there’s just one dress for everyone! I loved my dress the moment I got it in May last year and continued to love it on my wedding day, my advice would be don’t confuse yourself.

Suit –

Ed picked his own suit for himself, dads and groomsmen, rented from Amelia’s menswear in Clitheroe. I think he only really picked it based on its coloured tie to match our colour scheme, but it really complemented our theme beautifully.

Where did your ideas for your theme come from?

I don’t really know what our theme was.  I suppose I always knew what colours I wanted to use. My favourite colour is burgundy, and as I assumed it would be cold or snowing I thought it would suit a winter theme – little did I know, burgundy would be the hardest bridesmaid dress to find!!

I thought gold accessories.  Gold leaf on invites, cake, earrings, necklace and cutlery would complement this look.  My florist added in pampas grass to our flowers, and we wore personalised leather jackets on the day designed by Kate at Kate Illustrate. Maybe a mismatched of themes, but I think it worked well!!

Why did you choose your first dance song and where did it come from?

Our first dance was One & Only by Adele.  A song that reminds us of our early dating years for some reason. We invited everyone to dance with us after a minute or so.

What was your favourite part of the day?

My favourite part of the day was seeing all my friends and family in the same place, knowing that they are all there to celebrate us.

What made you choose Ginger Beard Weddings to capture your wedding day?

Our wedding was at Mitton Hall in the Ribble Valley, where there are plenty of local suppliers including photographers, but Paul caught my eye on Instagram so decided to get in touch with him not soon after our engagement.

Due to our busy schedules, we only met Paul a week before the wedding for the engagement shoot.  This gave us an insight into the more unposed/documentary style of photography that GingerBeard Weddings offers and something we felt more comfortable with.

During the wedding, Paul and his second photographer made my guests feel at ease, shooting some beautiful candids and even the formal shots were made to look effortlessly cool, rather than your typical boring family photos.

He was able to work with my videographer Tom easily, sharing ideas, to get the best shots of the day.  We even walked across a narrow bridge above a river!  The images of which turned out beautifully.

Half way through the wedding, Paul grabbed us and showed a handful of photos he had edited during the meal, much to our delight as we didn’t think we would see any photos until much later.

Paul was inconspicuous at times, snapping guests unknowingly to get the “caught in the moment” look, and at other times, he was taking charge giving opinions on family portraits/confetti.  All my family loved him.

I would recommend Paul to anybody who is bored of seeing the same wedding photographers and shots.  His style is effortlessly natural whilst being directed in such a professional way you forget you’re being photographed.

What advice would you give to any couples planning their wedding day?

I generally left my wedding in the hands of my suppliers.  I didn’t even know what my bouquet was going to look like until Sam Williams turned up on the morning!

I think it’s easy to get carried away with the tiny details, that really don’t matter, so although most people won’t listen as they like being in control, I would say trust your suppliers more, as it is their job!

Plus it’s nice having a few surprises on your wedding day. Saying that, I did panic buy things I didn’t think I wanted or needed in the last few days like disposable cameras for the tables. Although I was happy to see all 13 cameras had used 27 pictures by the next morning so there are more surprises for when we are home from our honeymoon!

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TAGS: Bellagio Wedding, destination wedding, ITALIAN WEDDING, Lake Como, Lake Como Wedding,

”We had the most amazing destination wedding earlier this year in Italy and capturing the day was very important to us. We completed a lot of research on photographers abroad which the venue recommended etc but decided to take our own photographer, which is where we found the GingerBeard!

Before the wedding Paul was great, very approachable whilst always providing his professional opinion.

During the wedding he and his second shooter Nick were perfect, very subtle making guests feel at ease but when needed to be, very vocal which helped to get those all important shots.

Post wedding Paul has again, over delivered. We knew he was very busy but he kept us informed and would send little “teaser” photos, to my wife, which would build the excitement.

Our photos had been edited and were ready 8 weeks after the wedding and we were quite simply blown away.

We have already recommended Paul to friends and can’t thank him enough!”

Jen & Tom Brennan.

Suppliers.

Ceremony:  Bellagio Town Hall

Venue:  Hotel Royal Victoria

Dress:  Penny Gray Bridal Boutique

Suit:  NEXT

Hair:  Victoria Lecoustre

Flowers:  Inspirations 

How did you meet?

Our paths crossed in our local, your old place of work, The 3 Stags : )

How did you propose?  

I decided to ask the question during a surprise trip for Jens 30th birthday.

Having completed hours of research trying to find the perfect destination I finally decided on Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy.

On the second day of our trip and the day before Jens 30th birthday I had a day exploring the lake planned, finishing at Villa Melzi as Bellagio, which is situated with the most amazing views over the lake.

After a short walk admiring the gardens at Villa Melzi we found the perfect spot to take a few pictures or so Jen thought! So the GoPro was set up and with Jen completely unaware, enjoying the views, she turned to find me on one knee with a ring in hand!

Why did you choose your venue?

We decided to return to the place of the proposal, Bellagio, Lake Como and found a venue which allowed our wedding party to enjoy the picturesque views over the lake from early afternoon till late at night.

What did you love about your dress, suit & accessory choices?

Dress – It took some time but the saying “you know as soon as you put in on” was correct for me. I felt like it suited our destination and just loved the detail on the dress.

Suit – We kept is casual. With both outfits we wanted to be comfortable and ourselves. A smart shirt and blazer was the perfect ‘suit’ for the groom. Not forgetting the pocket square for that extra touch!

Where did your ideas for your theme come from?

We didn’t have a particular theme but focused on keeping things simple.

Why did you choose your first dance song and where did it come from?

We had a silent disco which we created the playlists for and whilst high with excitement and element of surprise we both came out dancing to different songs… which we cant quite remember! : )

What was your favourite part of the day?

Our favourite part of the day was when we took a moment to ourselves. All of our guests had headed to be seated for some food and we both stayed with our acoustic guitarist while he played ‘all you need is love’ by the Beatles. We simply looked at each other, looked at the view and smiled. A moment we will never forget.

What made you choose Ginger Beard Weddings to capture your day?

Paul filled us with confidence and we knew we made the right decision from the moment we had our first consultation. We were not disappointed as Paul went above and beyond

What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding day?

It’s your day, remember that everything you do, plan and pay for is for yourselves, don’t be afraid to surprise, enjoy and take a moment to reflect on your wonderful day.

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TAGS: Boho Wedding, citycentrewedding, greatjohnstreethotel, manchesterwedding, Rustic Wedding,

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Ceremony:  Manchester Cathedral

Venue:  Great John Street Hotel

Dress:  Agape Bridal Boutique

Shoes:  Jimmy Choo

Hair & Make Up:  Jodie A Smith

Flowers:  Tamaryn Treasures

Cake:  Sweet Jem’s Bakery

Band:  The Fat Cats

Tell me briefly about the build up and you wedding day?

We got married 2 years after we got engaged. Which gave us loads of time to plan and decide what we wanted. But it still flew by!

We went through 8 bridesmaid dresses, until we found 1 which all 6 bridesmaids liked! Stressful!!! (But I chose the first dress I tried on)

Hogan (our lovely pooch) ate my wedding planning book 2 months before the wedding! Nearly put him up for sale!

Richard went to Croatia on his Stag-Do. Where he was made to walk around the town dressed as a baby, in a bright pink onies with matching bonquet.

I went to Barcelona with the ‘bride squad’ travelling in a ‘Muggle to Mrs’ top, the rest of the group in ‘I solemnly swear I’m up to no good’ tops (Cheesy Harry Potter banter!) We had an awesome time of drunken nights and amazing tapas!

How did you meet?

We met in Blackdog Ballroom in the Northern Quarter bank holiday weekend 2013. I had my phone stolen and lost my friends on the night out, Richard was my ‘knight in shining amour’. We have been together everyday since! (I never did find out what Rich did with my phone ????)

How did you propose?

On a beach in Mexico October 2016. I found a part of the beach that I know would be memorable to both of us. When the moment came I couldn’t get the ring out of my pocket, So I waited until Becky wasn’t looking at me again and just sunk to my knee. I opened the box and looked at my wife to be as I said “Rebecca will you marry me”.

Why did you choose your venue?

We wanted a city centre wedding. Also the location was perfect so close to Manchester Cathedral. The rooftop area is definitely what appealed to us about the venue, as well as the look and feel. It had a personal and unique feel which felt right for our day. The food was awesome too!

What did you love about your dress, suit & accessory choices?

I loved that it was the first one I tried on, it was exactly what I imagined. All the bridesmaids had a pandora bracelet, with a charm which matched my Something Blue.

Richard felt ‘dapper’ in his suit. All the groomsmen had a personalised hipflask and pocketwatch.

Where did your ideas for your theme come from?

Pretty much all from Pinterest and Not On The High Street!

Why did you choose your first dance song and where did it come from?

We chose it together as a song we both liked. It also came on the radio when I had my first fitting of my wedding dress in the shop!

What was your favourite part of the day?

Richard’s favourite part of the day was watching me coming down the aisle. He cried and felt it was the happiest moment of his life so far.

Mine was coming into the reception meal and being announced as Mr & Mrs West for the first time. As well as our closest friends and family giving speeches (the good and the bad). The maid of honour poem came out on top!

What made you choose Ginger Beard Weddings to capture your day?

We loved the relaxed style and non-traditional stiff wedding photos from your previous work. We were both super nervous about the prewedding shoot, but as soon as we had done it we knew you would be the best person for the job. On the day we and others barely noticed the cameras at the most important parts, but you managed to capture them all!

What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding day?

Write your thank you cards at the same time as your invitations!! Would have loved for someone to suggest that to me!!

Make a list of the really important things you want to do during the day, and have someone remind you. So you don’t forget things!! (like throwing your bouquet!)

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Hannah & Daniel

Gorilla Manchester Wedding

TAGS: citycentrewedding, gorilla, gorillamanchester, manchesterwedding,

Suppliers.

Venue:  Gorilla

MUA + Hair:  Sarah Morten Hair & MakeUp

 

How did you meet?

We meet in Peru in 2010. Hannah had just finished university and was travelling South America with 4 friends to celebrate. Daniel was travelling around the continent with a friend and we happened to be booked on the same group of 12 people for a 4 day trek to Machu Picchu … we finished the trek and spent the final night of the tour partying in a city called Cusco, it was Peruvian Independence day. There was many many pisco sours drank, and the rest is history!

How did you propose?

We had a mutual engagement. We decided we wanted to get married and planned our engagement together for about 3 months. Hannah picked her engagement ring and Daniel picked a watch. Daniel planned a few extra surprises on the actual day we got engaged but overall it was a joint effort. We always make the big decisions in life together so why would one of the most important be any different?

Why did you choose your venue?

We were living in Melbourne at the time and were inspired by the modern industrial influence of the city’s inner suburbs and by the food that comes out of the Melbourne’s amazing cafe/restaurant scene. We looked at a number of “industrial” venues in Manchester but they didn’t quite spark the emotion we were seeking or the vision we had. As soon as we visited Gorilla we knew it was the one. We especially loved that it wasn’t a traditional wedding venue, in fact they had never done a full wedding before. They got right they got behind the idea and supported us to create our dream day was incredible.

Gorilla offered everything we wanted in one package, right in the centre of Manchester which was perfect for our guests coming from different parts of the globe.

We can’t speak highly enough of the staff, from the guys who spent days on end helping us plan, to the kitchen, to those behind the bar on the wedding day, they were all amazing. We wouldn’t change a thing about the venue and everything that came with it.

What did you love about your dress, suit and accessory choices?

Hannah wore a dress by Australian designer Wishbone and Ivy. Daniel and the groomsmen wore Next suits. Gorilla is a non-traditional venue that has so much character that we didn’t want or need our outfits to detract from that.

Where did your ideas for your theme come from?

We didn’t have a particular theme as we were inspired by the venue itself. We just made sure all the choices we made didn’t detract from it. The guys at Frog came out and saw the venue and help us pick the right floristry to compliment the venue and we did lots of table and other decoration ourselves online from Australia.

Why did you choose your first dance song and where did it come from?

We chose ‘I love you always forever’ by Donna Lewis. It was re-released as a dance track in 2016, the year we got engaged and at the time we imagined having an acoustic duo singing it at our wedding. We stuck with it and Noah’s Ark absolutely smashed it. We kept the ‘just us’ dancing part short and asked others to join us pretty quickly. The whole day was about the people there to celebrate with us so it was never going to be a look at us moment. We think the song worked perfectly to bring people on the dancefloor for a boogie with us!

What was your favourite part of the day?

It’s hard to pick a single moment of course, but a couple come to mind. The humanist ceremony that Stef at Stefanie Fetterman Ceremonies worked with us for months to put together was truly unique and memorable. We also thought the first dance was brilliant as the band did an amazing job performing it and everyone jumped on the d-floor to join us to celebrate.

We also loved the 20-30 minutes we spent doing the dusk shoot with Paul and his team as they stayed back and just let us enjoy the moment and reflect on the day so far together. Lots of our married friends had given us the advice to find that time and that’s when we did it – great advice!

What made you choose Ginger Beard Weddings to capture your day?

We saw Paul’s Instagram very early on, nearly 2 years before the actual day. As soon as he got back to our enquiry his energy was high and matched our excitement and enthusiasm for the day. We caught up with Paul in the NQ a couple of days later and signed on the spot. His talent was obvious and we didn’t need to look any further. Our instinct was spot on, every single person who has seen our photos has commented on the uniqueness, authenticity  and quality of the collection.

What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding day?

Our ethos for the day was to make sure every one of our guests had a brilliant time and walked away having been glad to be a part of the most important day of our lives… we hope they all did!

 

 

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TAGS: AMP studios, asylum and maverick projects, London Wedding, the asylum, the wedding arrangers,

Suppliers. 

Venue/Event Organisers:  The Wedding Arrangers

Ceremony:  Maverick Projects

Flowers:  Worm

Hair/MUA:  Butterfly Mobile

Dress:  Heart a Flutter

How did you meet?

After Jo had an unsuccessful date with a friend of mine, we ended up working together and sharing a desk . It only took about two weeks before we were together.

How did you propose?

We both proposed at the same time. For our four year anniversary we had a trip to Puglia planned and we had both decided it was the time! We both hid our rings in our sunglasses cases (the only place the other wouldn’t look) and when jo got out a small box on our first night at dinner, I told her to f*** off, stormed upstairs and promptly came back down with my own little box! It couldn’t have been more perfect – it was amazing to be so on the same page!!

How did you choose your venue?

We wanted to be in the heart of London, and we wanted to make it ours – we didn’t want a cookie cutter venue, we wanted a blank canvas.

What did you love about your dress, suit & accessories choices?

Our outfits were a surprise to each other but they complimented the other really perfectly – we had amazing flowers in our hair and bouquets from the girls at worm and they really made everything so harmonious

Why did you choose your first dance song and where did it come from?

Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac because it always comes on at the right time.

What was your favourite part of the day?

Couldn’t possibly choose, but the ceremony was so special.

What made you choose Ginger Beard Weddings to capture your wedding day?

Because you’re the best!

What advice would you give to any couples planning their wedding?

Everything will work out, don’t sweat the small stuff and make sure you have flat shoes to change into 100%.

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