Weddings aren’t a one size fits all and this fantastic couple created their own little Wedding revolution to have their Manchester Wedding exactly the way they wanted it and it was amazing.
Emma and Dan’s wedding took at Brook Street Chapel in Knutsford and images were captured by Neil Redfern Photography.
They put a lot of time and effort in to making sure the day was perfect.
Emma didn’t want a traditional wedding so after their ceremony and rather than have a wedding breakfast, Emma and Dan and their guests enjoyed tea and cakes in the Church Hall, before traveling in to Manchester city centre on the tram for their wedding reception at Revolution on Deansgate Locks, one of Manchester’s coolest bars
Emma shares the couples Love story…
How did you meet?
“We met at work, although different departments, we exchanged hello’s in the corridor to start with, then eventually we got to chatting over emails and during our breaks.”
“We’re both football fans, so eventually Dan asked me to watch his local club Witton Albion after grabbing a coffee.”
“It was a running joke that Dan really knew how to treat a woman, but pie and chips at the football was enough to win me over!”
“We were friends for a long time before becoming a couple which I think helps us to be the couple we are.”
When did you get engaged?
“We got engaged in October 2011.”
“We’d been together for 4 years and I was threatening to move out if he didn’t get a move on with proposing! Not that he believed me.”
“I knew that a proposal was coming as we’d had my engagement ring designed using the diamonds out of old rings from both of his grandmothers, but he still kept me waiting.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“We started the wedding planning by visiting the usual venues, county houses and grand wedding venues before I had a melt down and threatened to call the whole thing off if I had to do that type of day.”
“It didn’t suit us at all, so we went back to the drawing board to decide what was important.”
“I wanted small and intimate, Dan wanted a fun party atmosphere and his friends around him.
“We decided to split the day into two, a small ceremony and afternoon tea before going dancing in the evening.”
“Dan was an opinionated groom, so I had to make a few compromises; he banned sage green in favour of hot pink!”
“My original guest list was 24 people and his was 150, so we managed to iron it out to around 60.”
“I think many grooms sit back when it comes to weddings but Dan was hands on, he even trailed around several bridal shops whilst I tried on dress after dress and hated them all.”
“I eventually found my dress online and me and one of my bridemaids had a girly trip to London to try it on, after trying on endless £1000+ dresses I finally found mine in a vintage replica shop for £89.
“After a lot of internet searches, pictures trawled through and blogs read, we found a minister that would conduct a ceremony personalised to us, a fantastic daytime caterer, a fun venue in the evening, a great photographer and outfits for everybody that we were happy with.”
“Wedding planning was enjoyable, although I think it was made easier on us as our parents, family and friends didn’t try to interfere.”
“We were able to plan our day as we wanted – although our idea of getting the train to the evening venue was met with some hesitation!!!”
When did you get married?
“We got married on 5th May 2013.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“As our day and evening venue were in different towns there was a part of the day when people had started to leave the afternoon venue and either head home or head into Manchester.”
“We then shipped a few other people off to the pub until it was time to catch the train.”
“At this point there was just a handful of people left and we were able to sit and chat, catching up on what we’d been up to earlier in the day and talk about the ceremony.”
“It was so relaxed and ‘normal’ that it brought some reality to the day.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“Plan the wedding you want, not the one that is expected of you.”
“Take time out during the day to have few minutes alone to appreciate what is happening around you. Don’t stress if things go wrong, most people won’t notice and even less will remember.”
Wedding Venue: Brook Street Unitarian
Afternoon Caterers: Alice’s Vintage Pantry
Evening Reception: Revolution Vodka Bar – Deansgate Locks
Photographer: Neil Redfern Photography
Dress: Vivien of Holloway
Grooms Suit: M&S – (The ushers wore their own suits)
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dorothy Perkins
Thanks to Neil and Emma and Dan for allowing me to share their Manchester Wedding and a lovely and personal celebration.
I am also really thrilled to share Emma and Dan’s post Wedding Shoot which will be featured just a wee bit later….
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