Today I am incredibly excited to kick off the week with this awesome Ironbridge Wedding at Blists Hill Victorian Town.
Images of the day were captured by Dominic Fletcher of Cloud 9 Wedding Photography.
Dominic Fletcher of Cloud 9 Wedding Photography is based in Ludlow, Shropshire.
He likes to use a mix of Photographic skills throughout a Wedding day but mainly documentary photography, but assures attention to detail, and making the most of natural light.
He enjoys creating images that are unique and even a bit quirky.
Dominic shares some of his recollections of the couples Big Day…
“In August 2013 I was blessed to capture the Wedding of Natalie and Ian at Blists Hill Victorian Town in Ironbridge.”
“It’s been along time coming being engaged for over 15 years!”
“So lot’s of planning and had gone into this wedding on how they wanted a nice relaxed affair with close friends and family.”
“The day started out with everyone meeting at the main entrance into Blists Hill Victorian Town, with a tour planned with the Bride and Groom, but all failed after getting to the first stop! The New Inn pub, and that’s where everyone stayed and mingled until Blists Hill closed to the public.”
“Everyone headed on down to the fun fair and pavilion where the ceremony was being held.”
“After the wedding ceremony everyone went outside for drinks and this gave the staff time to turn the pavilion into the evening reception.”
“The fun fair remained open until it was time to go in for the wedding breakfast which was not your traditional 3 course meal but a pig roast with all the trimmings and side salad.”
“So everyone had time to enjoy the rides and stalls, but before we headed in for the evening celebrations I took Natalie and Ian back up into Blists Hill Victorian Town for some portraits around the deserted streets.”
“It was time for everyone to let there hair down and enjoy the rest of the evening with hog roast, beer and kick ass rock music.”
I now hand over to gorgeous Bride Natalie…
How did you meet?
“We both used to work in a local night club. We meet on Ians first day and my last.”
“We remained friends occasionally bumping into each other.”
“We went on our first date about 6 months later and have been inseparable since. That was nearly 16 years ago.”
When did you get engaged?
“In 2002. We kinda just agreed to get married.”
“We were given a ring by my grandmother we had it cleaned and sized and that was it, we were engaged.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey.
“We looked at 5 venues before falling in love with Blists Hill.”
“We wanted somewhere interactive, fun, unique and of course within budget.”
“Out of all the venues it was the only one that ticked all the boxes.”
“An open air museum that everyone could wander at will before the ceremony and a funfair to entertain guests while we have our pictures taken.”
“Venue staff went above and beyond with absolutely everything.”
“Our colour scheme /Theme Peacock colours – Greens, Blues, Gold as well as natural colours and a love of literature and history.”
“Blists hill didn’t need much decoration but we wanted light (so lots of candles in jars) and something personal so we added quotes from our favourite films and songs and a gift bag for each guests (containing a custom made book mark and large bag of Hershey’s kisses).”
“I handmade bouquets for myself from sheet music, fabric and added mementos from our travels and life together (a Moscow metro token and a heart locket – the first gift Ian ever brought for me)”
“The bridesmaids were the same in colours complimenting there emerald green dresses.”
“I wore two dresses – for the day a ivory knee length, three quarter sleeve dress which after looking everywhere for what I wanted I finally found at Dorothy Perkins.”
“Ians mum added the waist band and I borrowed the hat from my nan.”
“My shoes were Debut at Debenhams.”
“For the ceremony I wore an Ellis bridal traditional ivory satin dress, a vintage veil and Irregular choice courtesan shoe.”
“Ian wears a suit for work every day so he wanted something a little more comfortable and a little less stuffy for the day.”
“He wore a reproduction Victorian waist jacket and trousers with two tone brogues.”
“I walked down an aisle of book pages to a song by the Mexicola’s called Times Infinity. A local band we followed for many years.”
“Sadly they split up in 2009 but we have kept in touch and Jamie Evans (the lead singer and the man who wrote the song) came and played it for us.”
“Following the ceremony while the guests had champagne on the terrace and played on the funfair we had pictures taken in the now deserted town.”
“We returned to the party in time for a huge hog roast and followed that with live music and dancing into the night.”
“Then at 11pm chocolate cake and coffee.”
“We were incredibly lucky. We had perfect weather, a great venue, family and friends that helped us out a lot and a wonderful photographer to capture it all.”
When did you get married?
“We were married on 24th August 2013.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“On of the best bits was watching our guests enjoy themselves at the fun fair.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“You don’t want to hear this but its true something will almost certainly go wrong.”
“It might rain, someone might not turn up and lots of other things that this side of your day seem huge but they won’t be what you remember on the other side.”
“Focus on why you are getting married, don’t let it take over your life. Plan for problems.”
“Delegate tasks where you can and don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Thank you so much to Dominic for sharing this incredible IronBridge Wedding, and his fantastic Photography.
I really love the colour pallette with the blues and emeralds that blend so perfectly with the earthiness and character of such a wonderful venue.
The couple an their family put such incredible effort into DIY and I particularly love the homemade bridal bouquet, brought together with such memories and sentimentality.
And what a fun day for the guests, a lot of the thought has been put into their experience too.
Bride Bouquet: Handmade by bride
Dress 1) Dorothy Perkins
Dress 2) Ellis Bridal @ Wedding Belles of Four Oaks
Shoes: Irregular Choice
Evening hat: Janine Basil
Bridesmaids Cardigans: Primark
Bridesmaid Dresses: Light in the box
Jewellery: Fallen Saint (Wolverhampton)
Hair accessories: Handmade by bride
Groom Suits: The Gentleman’s Emporium
Ties: Handmade by groom
Tie pins/Cuff links: Fallen saint
Bouquets: Handmade by bride
Centrepieces/ tableware: Handmade by bride/groom
Photographer: Cloud 9 Wedding photographer
Cake: Carole Gregory’s cakes
To Contact Cloud 9 Wedding Photography
Phone: 07860 879012