Michelle and Pete had a colourful warehouse wedding where the key was to simply have a relaxed and informal day, to be more of a party than a ‘traditional’ wedding.
The Story of the Wedding from Bride Michelle
The original idea was to escape with 20 close family members and friends to Italy for a week and come back as Mr and Mrs, however once we realised that it wasn’t going to work for us, local was the focus. We searched for months on end for the right ceremony venue. Neither of us was keen to get married in a church, but we found many other places too formal or too big. I was really anxious about the walk up the aisle and knew I’d trip up or embarrass myself. I found Severndroog Castle online and fell in love with it, but initially it didn’t have a wedding licence. As soon as it did, we booked immediately and were the first couple to get married there. It was perfect because I literally had about a four-second walk up the short aisle in front of 26 people.
The after party definitely needed to be somewhere casual, and we chose One Friendly Place in Deptford. The rest of our guests were waiting when we arrived in our vintage red bus! We spent the day before the wedding decorating the venue and it was an unbelievable amount of fun making it ‘ours’. Despite the heavy rain leaking through the ceiling the day before, our actual wedding day was sunny and warm, which meant we were able to spend time on the roof of the warehouse. We created a bar area with our handmade bar sign made out of an old bathroom mirror and wine corks that I had collected over the year. We had tons of embarrassing and funny photos of our ten years together for everyone to peruse, plenty of gin and self serve beer taps.
To keep with the informal tone, we separated the speeches throughout the day and everyone stood around or sat on couches. After canapés and the groom’s speech, we headed downstairs for our sharing platter style main course before my dad’s speech.
We gave everyone a lottery ticket in an envelope with a handmade wax stamp. It was then back upstairs for drinks, a dessert buffet table consisting of my favourite desserts, and the best man’s speech. To get the party started, we had a ten piece band on the ground floor with another bar and danced the night away.
My dress was possibly the best thing I have ever worn and I loved spinning in it! I decided on a shorter ’50s style dress with a lace top and tulle skirt. Shoes were very important for me and I wanted them to be seen. I chose bright orange shoes for the day to complement my flowers and then gold sparkle shoes for the evening.
I absolutely loved planning our day, and looking back I wouldn’t change a single thing. Everyone we worked with was amazing, both during preparation and on the day! We couldn’t have asked for more!
The Wedding in Full
Photographer | Frances Carlisle Photography
Dress | Fur Coat, No Knickers
Bridesmaids’ dresses | Topshop
Ceremony venue | Severndroog Castle
Reception venue | One Friendly Place
Flowers | Vervain
Hair & Make-Up | Tori Harris Make-Up
Catering | Warburton’s Catering