A Multicoloured Travel Themed Wedding – Melissa & Pete
Melissa and Pete held a small informal proper Bristol affair. The day was a not only a celebration of their marriage but, also marked the couples return back to the UK after two and a half years living abroad. I just love their fun sense of spirit, the colours they used were so vibrant and colourful and I could definitely image being on a warm sunny beach in Mexico despite the rainy downfalls.
Over to Melissa to tell you all about their day…
After two and a half years living in Australia both myself and Pete were moving back to the UK. We had decided to return to Bristol and so in light of this we knew this was also where we wanted to get married. We opted for a small informal wedding at a Bristol Register Office but when it came to our reception venue we were looking for a venue that was relaxed and by the water. This is when we came across Beese’s Bar and Tea Gardens which was only accessible via the Bristol Packet boat trips. It was perfect and exactly what we were looking for!
My dress was a Pronovias Verso dress by Manuel mota which I bought from a boutique back in Sydney. I was looking for a dress that was classically simple yet glamorous and this dress ticked all the right boxes. I absolutely adored my bouquet, I wanted all the flowers on the day to vibrant and eye-catching and my bouquet was no exception with gorgeous reds, oranges, yellows and greens.
Pete wore a 3 piece suit and a bright orange tie from Reiss that perfectly matched my bouquet.
We didn’t want a colour scheme or theme as such, we just wanted the decor to be super colourful. We decided to create the feeling of a Mexican fiesta so we bought loads of the Mexican style papel picado multicoloured bunting, bright coloured table runners and eclectic vivid coloured flowers. The little wedding helper helped us with all the styling as we were trying to plan the wedding from Sydney. The papel Picado bunting was a theme we ran throughout the course of our wedding as it also appeared on our invitations and RSVPS, which were wonderfully created by Kahlo Creations,a Sydney based designer that we found on Etsy.
Our guests had the pleasure of travelling to the evening reception at Beese’s via Bristol Packet Boat Trips. As they arrived they were greeted by the Bristol samba band, that we had hired to greet us as we were coming off the boat at Beeses this really got everyone in the party mood. The band were brilliant, carrying on right through the pouring rain. Music is really important to us so we also made special playlists for the boat and dinner, we also had my brothers band play and a were lucky enough to have one of our friends DJ.
We wanted to incorporate our travels and our time spent living in Australia into our day. The tables were named after our favourite countries and we used photos of ourselves on our travels and retro postcards on a world map to direct people to their seats. We also had Aussie stubby holders as favours with photos of Aussie wildlife on that we had a friend help us out with. Our friends were really great organising pom pom making parties to create the colourful pom poms that we used in the marquee, another made us a beautiful personalised wedding cake and we even had a friend from Cafe amor make all the canapes that were served to the guests on the boat.
Due to wanting the wedding to day to be relaxed and informal I chose to only have one official bridesmaid and that was my niece. I have so many close friends that I wanted to have as part of my day so to make sure they were involved I asked them to all to pick a bright colour of their choice to wear for the day.
We broke with tradition and had a friend gave a ‘best lady’ speech as well as the groom’s best man which was absolutely brilliant!
We happened to find our photographer by googling ‘quirky photographers, bristol’. When we found James Hacker we instantly fell in love with the fact that his photos were so different. When we saw our photos for the first time we were so happy with them they were funky and captured the party feel that we had worked so hard to create!
If I could give any snippet of advice to couples who are currently planning their wedding it would be to enjoy it!! Don’t stress over minor details, just have fun!
Credit where credit is due: Ceremony – Bristol Register Office ♥ Transport – Bristol Packet Boat Trips ♥ Reception venue – Beese’s Bar and Tea Gardens ♥ Styling – The Little Wedding Helper ♥ Samba Band – Bristol Samba Band ♥ Brides Bouquet – The Rose Shed Invitations & RSVP’s – Kahlo Creations ♥ Canapes – Cafe amor ♥ Photography – James Hacker ♥ Brides dress – Pronovias Verso by Manuel Mota ♥ Grooms Suit – Reiss ♥
I know Jess is going absolutely fall in love with all these Mexican touches! This is undeniably one of the most colourful weddings I have ever seen and that is something I have really come to appreciate in world of pastels. I think everyone should choose vibrant wedding day colours, don’t you agree?
Best of luck with your move Melissa and Pete and best wishes to you both on your wonderful future together!
Much Bespoke Love