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


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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TAGS: Barn Wedding, Boho Wedding, Cumbria Wedding, Eden Barn, Lake District, Rustic Wedding,

”On the day Paul was approachable, extremely hard-working and professional; as his clients, Paul exceeded our expectations in all aspects. We had so much positive feedback from the guests generally.  We felt completely at ease and not at all overwhelmed. We haven’t received the full album yet as the wedding was just over one week ago but Paul has already released the teaser trailer for our wedding film and the sneak peeks which are all fantastic, as we expected. Based on our engagement shoot photos, which we love, we have no doubt that the album will be perfect.”

Laura & Mark McClean


Venue:  Eden Barn

Caterers:  Campbell & Rowley

MUA/Hair:  Jodie MakeUp

Dress: Songbird Bridal

Cake:  The Yummy Pud Co

Confetti:  Adam Apple

Band:  Twisted Tubes


How did you meet?

We met at work many years ago when we were newly out of law school and before beginning our training contracts. It wasn’t a magical love at first sight story, and it would be fair to say Mark didn’t particularly warm to me at first! But after a few weeks, an awkward coffee machine conversation turned into an excitable chat about music (sparked by Bombay Bicycle Club). Out of nowhere we became best friends. Two years later, it became very obvious there was more there. Three years later we got engaged and married the year after.

How did you propose?

Mark took me on a surprise day trip to Cumbria. We went on a little adventure to some historical ruins then on a poetry walk through the woods. Part way along, we stopped for a break and Mark announced he had prepared a little poem himself… Several laughs and tears later, Mark asked me to be his wife! We then celebrated with champagne afternoon tea which Mark had booked at a beautiful castle.

How did you choose your venue Eden Barn?

I came across the venue online and instantly fell in love. It gave us goosebumps when we first walked in, and was so magical! We looked around at other venues but kept going back to Eden Barn- to us it was the only option!

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

It took a long time for me to find my dress. Numerous shops across the north west had lovely dresses but nothing quite felt right- until finding Songbird Bridal in Keswick.

I loved the unusual design, and the soft flowing tulle overlay. The leaf detailing matched the botanical theme of the wedding.

The single layer veil was hand embellished by the Mother of the Bride, and I hand embellished my shoes.

My Tiffany bracelet was a wedding present from Mark- and the laurel design again fitted in with the theme.

Mark’s three piece, dark blue, wool blend (Tweed-esque) suit fitted the countryside barn wedding style. It was styled with a tartan bowtie, a nod to the family hertiage (along with the whisky bar!

Where did the ideas for your theme come from?

The love for nature and Cumbria inspired the botanical/ countryside styling of our wedding. There were lots of details refecting our joint hobbies and interests- like the musical themed table names, the movie Kraft paper bags of popcorn, the Lego cake toppers, and all the stationery was designed by my friend and groomsman including all our favourite things (from Bigs Macs to Kwak to the Grinch!).

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

We were driving up to the Lakes the Christmas before our wedding and chose all our music for the day.

We always liken our story to that in When Harry Met Sally. And we both love old music. So what could be better than “It Had to be You” by Harry McConnick Jr. We knew instantly that was the perfect song- and it was made even better when performed by our wedding band, Twisted Tubes.

What was your favourite part of the day?

It is really hard to pick a favourite part of the day as it all went so perfectly! But a highlight was when, after cutting the cake, Twisted Tubes came bursting through the door performing “Thrift Shop” through the crowd up to the dance floor. Everyone was so surprised and instantly grabbed their phones to video the whole thing. We then went straight into our first dance, and the first words “It Had to be You” prompted a huge gasp/ “aww” from the guests. It was so lovely!

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

I saw some wedding photos on Facebook of someone I had been to college with, and loved the laid back, natural style which was different to most other wedding photos she’d seen before. The decision was made very easy for us after meeting with Paul- what should have been a short initial meeting turned into a five hour chat about everything from the wedding to films to PlayStation to food and drink. Instant click!

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

Enjoy the process! Don’t get caught up with every little detail as it won’t matter so much on the day. Focus on what is most important to you.

For brides on their wedding morning, leave plenty of extra time to actually get in your dress, have photos and a little drink before you leave. You’ll feel like you’re well ahead of time then the last two hours flies away!

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