Today I am thrilled to share the amazing colourful, sparkly and incredibly joyful Digbeth Wedding of Jo and Tom at the Old Library.
Images were captured by Rowan at Parrot & Pineapple Photography.
Rowan is based in Birmingham and works all over the UK.
She describes herself as documentary wedding photographer and likes to keep her images very informal.
Her photos are all in colour, and she loves colour and tries to make sure that her images reflect all the vibrancy of your wedding day.
Emotions are so important too and she’ll be working hard to capture the feeling of your day, not just how it looked (even though it’ll look AWESOME).
She says of the couple…
When Jo and Tom enquired asking me about shooting their Digbeth wedding at the Old Library, and said they were planning on a mega party, with a curry feast, all adorned in sequins, I was literally giddy, and then absolutely jubilant when they did actually book me.
I wasn’t disappointed either when their actual wedding day came as it was a colourful, sparkly and joyful extravaganza right to the end.
I hand over to the fabulous Jo to tell us all about her gorgeous Digbeth Wedding…
Tell us about your Wedding Planning Experience…
When I casually floated the idea of a wedding in the future, to keep up the pretence of being a mega-chill-babe, I referred to it as a big party.
‘If we ever had a big party, do you think you’d want a live band?’ just to seed the idea. When we started planning it, we kept that vibe – it’s just a big party.
I think the first thing we did was make a list of people, then when you are looking at a supplier/idea/etc, you can sort of hold it up and see if it fits the audience.
We focused on guests and things fell into place around that really. A party place, where we can bring vegan caterers, child friendly, central for travelling people, etc.
After the venue, the next thing we booked was our photographerI think. It kind of helped us imagine what we wanted our day to look like.
We almost booked up with another venue, when Tom had his work Christmas do at the Old Library. ‘
Oh, that would be my dream Digbeth wedding venue’ I said. Tom was like, well why aren’t we getting married there!?
I had originally thought it would be very expensive with limited food choices, but for a £500 fee you can take your own caterers which was perfect!
I loved the light, the location, Michelle the wedding planner, I loved how many weddings they have there, so they are just super expert at it. Easy going but professional.
Doing some of the design bits for the wedding was my favourite . The menus, website, etc. I’m pleased we now have essentially a house style guide. Ampersands, single spaces, railroad gothic font, with house colours!
Its insane what tom can be particular about – his key role was mucking around with the kerning on various printed items.
I booked a make up artist very late, but late on I had the realisation I didn’t want to mess around with eyelashes on the morning.
Luckily for me, my make up artist Sarah Russell was great. I wanted crazy pink all round my eyes and cheeks, Space Geisha was my vaguely appropriate vibe.
We had a really strict budget spreadsheet, which we regularly updated.
I was determined not to exceed what is really an enormous amount for one day’s fun.
I was happy with the money we spent, but even if I’d have had a bigger budget, it would have felt wasteful to me to spend much more.
We also bought an A0 wall planner, and stuck it up, along with handwritten lists with tick boxes. Even though Tom, as a digital product person, loves an app. In this instance, visible, obvious lists and plans were the most useful for us.
How did you bring your individual personalities and your values to the day?
Tom likes to make things more fun and more expensive, I like to clamp down on frivolities and save money so we balanced out pretty well!
We both love our friends and family and are pretty emosh people, plus being obsessed with death as I am now I’m turning 40, the opportunity to tell and show people that I loved them was a siren call I couldn’t resist.
After saying our vows, the speeches were my favourite bit, I bloody love a captive audience, and love telling people that I love them!
Kel, the best woman’s speech has stayed with my since and I’ll still tear up if I think about it for too long.
People say such big, dramatic stuff at funerals, and i wanted to say it all before then because, yeah, I’m batshit.
We love feminism and hate toxic masculinity and that did inform our day.
Posies for all the brides-kids cos boys love flowers too, best man was a woman, Tom’s taking my surname, Mom made a speech, I made a speech cos I love to yatter on, I walked myself down the aisle cos although I love my dad, I’m not getting given from one person to another! Yuck!
What is your advice to other couples planning a wedding?
People say think about what you want, but we thought about what friends and family would want (Ie, lots of our friends have young kids, and we didn’t want anyone left out, so we made it very child friendly, but some people had flown in and we felt we wanted to give them a big party.
Loads of vegan/vegetarians, so wanted food to be inclusive) and I am really pleased with that as a starting point.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with input – find one or two blogs that fit your vibe and stick with them.
What would I do differently?
Not order 40 portions of chips from the shop around the corner for 9pm – no one ate them!
Oh, and I wouldn’t buy paper floofers (paper pom poms)!
Venue – The Old Library – Digbeth
Photography – Parrot & Pineapple Photography
Wedding Dress – The Couture Company
Orchid Headpiece – GGs Pin Up Couture
Wedding Shoes – Converse
Make up – Sarah Russell
Groomswear – Slaters Menswear
Grooms Shoes – ASOS
Artificial flower bouquets – Country Baskets
Neon signs – Glowfi
Caterer – Full of Chaat
Entertainment – The Best Men
To Contact Parrot and Pineapple Photography
Website – https://www.parrotandpineapple.com/
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 07850 639 214