Cat & Russell’s Loud and Lovely Wedding Day

When I first met Cat and Russell over a year ago to start planning their wedding, they made one thing very clear – no matter what else happened on Sun 30th April their wedding wouldn’t be complete without two things, a magician and karaoke. As for everything else, they were happy to work out the details along the way. That’s when I knew this was going to be a hilarious and lively day!

Cat and Russell are both creative and fun-loving people and their friends are exactly the same. They wanted their guests to have a laugh and be entertained every moment of their big day.

They chose the The Deaf Institute for their ceremony, a gig venue and quirky local hot spot (with Dolly Parton wallpaper in the toilets) before moving to Hope Mill Theatre for their meal and evening reception. They also stressed that above all else, their dog Sammy had to have a shining moment and as you can see, he got it. He also featured on the wedding invites designed by Cat and Russell’s enigmatic artist friend Delilah Pipkin.

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This wedding was completely personalised around the things Cat and Russell love including a lot of in-jokes, crazy dancing from the Bride’s best man and awesome touches such as a ‘Mexican Cheese Party’ wedding cake, inflatable instruments (so guests could morph into backing bands during the karaoke sessions), a tongue-in-cheek tombola, personalised gig posters advertising “The Wupton Wedding” and, of course a magician. It was hilarious, heart-warming and totes emosh.



Cat and Russell love to travel, having been all over the world together and actually meeting through the YHA where they both worked. The souvenirs they’ve gathered, like Nacho Libre head masks from Mexico, managed to feature on their wedding cake and table plans were divided into places they’ve been together. A slideshow of their adventures (and various drunken fancy dress parties) played throughout the speeches.

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The wedding was full of cute and hand-crafted details from the gorgeous dried flower arrangements of Folkey Dokey to individualised place settings, mis-matched comedy teapots collected from charity shops, multi-coloured pin-wheel windmills on rustic trestle tables and menu’s and place settings handmade by the bride herself.

My favourite features were the mock gig posters stuck up all around The Deaf Institute and Hope Mill Theatre advertising a band / club night called “The Wupton Wedding,” performing live vows and DJ sets from the bridal party. It really is the little things that take an alternative wedding to the next level!

Food was supplied by our very good friends at the Hip Hop Chip Shop, who never fail to bring the ruckus and fill the bellies of our guests, and vintage ice-cream by Ginger’s Comfort Emporium serving flavours like Orange and Cinnamon and Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter! They brought a range of vegan ice-creams, that’s right a range, that tasted amazing. We can’t recommend Ginger’s enough. Cat and Russell didn’t have a first dance, they had a first karaoke song “Against All Odds,” which they belted out with gusto (and split a few eardrums in the process).

The ever talented Matt Burgess from Embee Photography caught the merriment from every angle (even when the Groom decided to don a plastic dog’s head to dish out the tombola prizes) and Rick Naylor did a brilliant job of entertaining the guests with close up magic, proving that magicians have come a long way since the David Copperfield days!


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