After a crazy 16 week run of back to back weddings, we are finally ready to sit down and look back over the amazing events we’ve been part of this year. 2018 has been very busy, with our founder Stef getting fully into the swing of humanist ceremonies, and working at a few new venues that we have never visited before. Between April and Sept we’ve managed 26 different alternative weddings, now it’s time to sit down with a cuppa and look through all the pictures!
First up, are the amazing Pip and Ant, who got married at Hope Mill Theatre back in June. Pip is a vintage glamour gal through and through and Ant is a pure Manc lad by nature. They both love music and having lived in the Northern Quatre for almost a decade are pretty damn hip (you just soak it up by osmosis we guess!), liking nothing more than craft beers and punk bands mixed together with a healthy dose of 60’s psychedelia. Bringing all these elements together in a wedding was so much fun and the playlists alone were amazing!
Pip and Ant originally had a friend of theirs booked to conduct their ceremony in Hope Mill’s ambient cafe-bar come uber-chic lounge, but when they unfortunately couldn’t make it, Stef stepped in last minute and planned the wedding and wrote and delivered a personalised ceremony in the weeks before. It meant that she really got to know the couple inside out, learnt that The Kinks were their absolute favourite band, the story of how they go together and felt like she knew their friends and family before they’d even set foot through the door.
Pip entered to The Beatles ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and she and her new husband triumphantly exited to ‘This Will Be Our Year’ by The Zombies and the vibe of the ceremony couldn’t have been cooler or more laid back. Pip and Ant purposefully wanted a ceremony that matched their personalities, nothing too formal or over the top but that told their story with readings and sentiments that matched their lifestyles and outlooks perfectly.
Pip looked incredible in a gorgeous full length satin wedding dress, that billowed out behind her and made her look like a Hollywood star. She carried flowers designed by Alternative Weddings MCR, complimenting her vintage look and fiery auburn hair in shades of peach, burnt orange, pale pinks and lilac and couldn’t have looked more radiant on the day.
After the ceremony, guests were treated to a feast from Pietantic, a specialist mobile pie company whose tasty dishes left all bellies full and tongues wedding. Then it was time for the entertainment! Duncan Disorderly were five super talented guys, who played funked up (and sometimes brilliantly improvised!) version of dance floor classics, mixing familiar riffs with different lyrics and mashing up an amazing selection of musical genres and well known songs. Everyone was dancing in a room we had decorated with curled and hanging musical notes spirals, taking lyrics from Ant and Pip’s favourite bands and making them part of the decor.
It was such a lovely day and Pip and Ant’s family and friends were a warm and hilarious bunch of people. You can always tell it’s been a good wedding for us because you’ll find us, dancing at the front with the rest of the guests, long after the time when we were supposed to go home. This was one of those weddings and we can only thank Pip and Ant for letting us be part of it.
All photos by M Darlington Photography