Today I am thrilled to share the vibrantly colourful and fun Birmingham Wedding of Kelie and Rich at The Bond Company in Digbeth.
Images were captured by Lisa Carpenter Photography.
Lisa Carpenter is a wedding photographer, based in the West Midlands but who happy to travel all over the UK and abroad for a great celebration!
She specialises in taking creative, emotive images with fun, relaxed couples at amazing weddings!
She says of the couples Birmingham Wedding day…
Kelie and Richs wedding was such a beautiful, relaxed fun day.
The Bond Company is a great venue for a wedding and the couple utilised the whole venue in the best possible way.
I loved taking them off for a little photo shoot around Digbeth too, and we lucked out with a music and art festival happening at the same time which made for some really exciting photos and lots of enthusiastic congratulations from people on the streets.
The whole wedding was styled perfectly – vibrantly colourful with fabulous personal touches and the playlists were fantastic!
I hand over to gorgeous Bride Kelie…
How did you meet?
We met in 1996 through mutual friends who I was at college with and Rich was in a band with at the time, but we didn’t get together until 1999.
A friend of mine had joined the band then and I had gone to see them play a gig at JBs in Dudley.
After the gig Rich sent a friend over to ask if he could dance with me, I said yes and that’s where it all began…
Tell us about the Proposal…
Rich had taken me to see my favourite band Suede play a gig in Birmingham.
We had a great night then after the gig Rich proposed and of course I said yes!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
Our engagement was a long one, we got engaged in 2002 when our son was 15 months old.
Originally, we wanted to go away to get married as we didn’t want a big wedding and there was nowhere local to us that we liked.
We looked at venues but nothing appealed to us as they all looked very similar, were out of our budget and not to our taste.
We couldn’t find anything we really loved so we stopped looking.
A couple more years passed and in 2006 our daughter Isabel was born, we now had 2 children, were busy bringing up a family and enjoying family holidays that the wedding was no longer a priority.
Then in 2017, with our children a good few years older, we had more time and money to think about planning a wedding again.
I had started reading wedding blogs and saw an article about a wedding at a venue in Birmingham.
Straight away it caught my eye, the wedding was at The Bond Company in Digbeth, right next to the Custard Factory.
This is a place we liked to visit but we had never heard of The Bond and had no idea that it was a wedding venue.
I showed the article to Rich and straight away he liked it too, it was completely different to any other wedding we had seen before; it was unique, quirky and cool.
We loved the photographs too, they were relaxed and fun but also very beautiful, they had been taken by the photographer Lisa Carpenter.
So we booked an appointment to view The Bond and we contacted Lisa, and that is exactly how we found our perfect Birmingham wedding venue and our wedding photographer.
Any special touches/DIY?
Yes, there was lots of DIY…We made oragami hearts and personalised them with our guests names so they knew where they was sitting and our seating plan was made from old vinyl records we had bought from charity shops, labeled with our favourite band names.
Our daughter suffers from really bad hayfever so instead of flowers as our table centres we made brightly coloured Pom Poms from wool, we stuck them onto wooden skewers and popped them in glass jars.
I kept flowers to a mininum and only had fresh flowers for my bouquet, we even made Isabel’s bouquet from pom poms, it looked great.
Our cake topper was made from Hama Beads by Isabel, it was our initials with a heart in the middle.
Rich is a drummer, so instead of a traditional post box for the guests to put cards in he modified a floor tom and people dropped our cards into it.
For our guest book I thought it would be fun for our guests to leave us a silly polaroid instead, so I bought a Fuji camera, lots of props, like blow up guitars and oversized novelty glasses so guests could leave us a silly photos instead.
Everyone loved this idea and we loved looking through the guest book after the wedding, seeing lots of fun moments captured by our guests.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
It was a mix, bright colours and nearly everything was home made, lots of our guests said after that it was very us, which was the look and feel we what we wanted from day one.
What was the best bit of your day?
There’s too many!
Highlights were our kids being there, Jack being one of our witnesses and Isabel being a bridesmaid.
Walking down the aisle to Eddie Vedder and then walking back up the aisle as husband and wife to Shed Seven, Getting Better was great.
My Dad’s lovely speech and our best mans Steve’s speech, had us all in stitches, and then Rich’s speech, which was beautiful and right from his heart is a wonderful memory.
Another highlight was Lisa taking us up to the Custard Factory to take photos and there being a music festival on, we walked right through it and people were stopping us to congratulate us, it was very cool, also having photos taken in front of some of our favourite graffiti.
Our first dance was amazing too.
We danced to Harvest Moon by Neil Young, Rich had been practising for weeks, and it was magical as he twirled me round on the dance floor.
Our music playlist was all the music we love and the bands we have seen together over the last 20 years.
Lastly dancing the night away with Rich and all of our friends and family, when we never left the dance floor, having so much fun we even missed the buffet!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Make sure you spend as much of the day with each other it goes so fast and don’t compromise on what you really want, its your day, so have it your way.
Photographer – Lisa Carpenter Photography
Venue – The Bond Company – Digbeth – Birmingham
Wedding Dress – The Wedding Dress Retail Outlet – Jewellery Quarter – Birmingham.
Bridesmaid Gowns – Monsoon
Suit – Slaters Menswear – Birmingham
Cake Maker – Michelle – family friend.
Florist – Rosine at Admire – Oldbury
Rings – Design Centre – Jewellery Quarter – Birmingham
Stationery – LoveMeDoDesigns on Etsy UK
Hair stylist – friend Vicky
Make up – Paola Pamela MUA
To Contact Lisa Carpenter Photography
Website – https://www.lisacarpenterphotos.com/
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