ANYTHING GOES FOR THIS COLOURFUL SPRING WAREHOUSE WEDDING
Katy and Shelly married in Liverpool, the very place where they had first met 9 years ago and fell in love with the beautiful city.
“We looked at a number of different venues but absolutely loved Constellations and of course Hannah, their events manager. It’s an open warehouse, with an industrial feel, boasting a rustic outside area, which we prayed would come with sunshine for our spring wedding! It was a completely blank canvas so we were super excited to put our own stamp on it.” Katy began.
“The theme was just ‘anything goes’. We love the spring so we chose spring colours within our flowers and table decorations. Having the blank canvas gave us the opportunity to put our personality into the room. I originally wanted a very relaxed, intimate wedding, but Shelly wanted the complete opposite, but we knew what was most important to both of us; our friends and family joining us; and one big party! To add to our party we booked a local acoustic singer, a photobooth with props galore, a DJ, and a few surprises along the way (Shelly’s Beyonce flashmob!) Luckily I work in the hospitality industry so I have a lot of contacts for entertainment.” She explained.
“Capturing our day was so important to us, so we spent quite a lot of our time finding our amazing photographer and videographer. They both captured the day perfectly and because we’d met them in person, they knew exactly what we were trying to achieve.”
“My mum came wedding dress shopping with me, and I was adamant I didn’t want to make a big fuss over a dress so ended up with the first one I tried on, and it was completely different to what I had in mind. Shelly on the other hand tried on thousands of suits, and just when she thought she’d found the one, she took it back and found another one.”
“We drafted in our family and friends with a particular skill set to make the cake, arrange the flowers, and help decorate. Hours of searching on Pinterest gave us the inspiration for our favours, seating plan and table numbers, so we did these ourselves using things from local arts and craft shops. It very quickly became one big team effort.” Katy told us.
“All in all it took us four months to organise the big day, and the plan was that there that was no plan. Although behind the scenes, Shelly was actually planning a surprise Beyonce flashmob! She roped in my best friend and her boss to choreograph the entire thing. Secret dance meets at our house were happening behind my back to eventually pull off the funniest dance I’ve ever seen! (Even if she did become Bridezilla and sack people from the dance group!)”
“We didn’t want a traditional wedding, so we had our four nieces as Bridesmaids and our eight best friends as Best Lasses who all gave a fabulous speech. We both got a little nervous a couple of days before the wedding, in case we hadn’t catered for enough people, but then we agreed that if people didn’t get their welcome drink/their food on time, then it didn’t really matter because they had no expectations anyway.”
“Our moto was ‘Shut Up and Dance’ (our first song for the dance floor). The one thing that we wished we’d organized better, was our polaroid camera for our guest book. We should have hired someone to man it and keep it fully charged. We now have a guest book full of stick men and funny caricatures. Our advice for other couples would be to relax and enjoy the day, don’t be caught up on whether other people are enjoying themselves because it’s your day and your guests are there for you. Stop, take a breath and enjoy the moment because it goes so fast. People won’t remember what they’ve been given, but they’ll remember how you’ve made them feel.”
Photography: Shane Webber Photography | Videography: Ian Anderson | Photo Booth: Pineapple Photo Booths | Singer: Joel Valentine | Makeup: Grace Mills | Suit: Reiss | Wedding Dress: WED2B | Shoes: Dune | Flowers: Irene Miller |