You know in film trailers, when they outline everything that you should expect from the film in a deep, throaty, gravelly voice studded with dramatic pauses? “This summer – pause – a brand new blockbuster – pause – bringing us – modern romance, humour and EXPLOSIVE ATTITUDE – coming soon”. Well, that’s how I feel this wedding needs to be introduced. Described as a ‘disco love-themed kids’ party’ (“This week – pause – a braaaand newwww wedding – pause – bringing you – sequins, dance bangers and seaside cigars”), Dave and Michaela’s wedding day was a SUPER stylish, love-fuelled day.
Having met on Tinder, finished their first date in Camden (the ‘Mecca’ for alternative dates, according to Michaela) and got engaged at Disneyland Paris, the venue needed to be suitably kickass for both ceremony and reception. The couple fell in love with Brighton:
“We explored the town and decided to go grand for the ceremony, held at The Royal Pavilion, and casual for the party, held at OhSo Social. We chose OhSo Social because as soon as you walk outside you’re on the beach, so we could have some moments just us and the sea.”
Their venue was the second biggest chunk of their £10,000 budget (after the amazing photographers and videographers – more on them later!), but TOTALLY worth it. The moody, heady shots in the ceremony room and the gorgeous couple pictures on the beach are so swoonworthy!
“We knew that was what we wanted to spend the most money on as the photos are what’s left after we all went home. We don’t regret a single penny as they weren’t just the most friendly and talented people, they also calmed us on the day. They captured the essence of our story, and there are photographs I can’t believe are me because I look so beautiful!”
Errrrrr, yes, Michaela, you are gorgeous! Having started her career as a fashion stylist before she moved into wedding planning, Michaela knew she wanted something WOW. After all the usual shops, in which she just couldn’t find something that was her (and which she self-admittedly found ‘a bit shite’ as a plus size woman), she found her sparkly stunner in Debenhams! High-necked, an asymmetric hem to show off her gorgeous legs and some equally gorgeous metallic platforms, and made head to toe in sequins, it’s absolutely perfect. She wore it with the most uuuh-mazing dramatic headpiece by Hysteria Machine, and with a fur coat on the beach. She also had an outfit change in the evening, changing into an embroidered dress with a super cute embroidered veil from Crown and Glory. Dave’s outfit was a bit easier, as all he wanted was for it not to be a standard suit. Well, Noose and Monkey certainly isn’t your average company! He wore his suit with Dr Martens.
As well as wearing outfits they could be themselves in, the couple decided to only keep traditions that suited them, too.
“We had no sit down meal, the only speech was made by both of us, and my mum and dad walked me down the aisle (yay feminism!). We also had the evening part of the wedding, when all of our reception guests arrived, start as soon as we entered the reception venue at 5pm to avoid that lull in between the ceremony and dancing, which can feel sooooo long.”
Now, as previously promised, let’s talk photographers. McKinley-Rodgers‘ photos are gorgeous, working the light and framing to make some seriously badass storytelling. The tones are creamy and delightful, and the beach shots are absolutely tooooo die for! Their favourite bits of the day included the couple’s personalised vows, which featured a shout out to Pearl Jam and a Parks & Recreation reference, the mariachi band playing when guests arrived, and pick ‘n’ mix in buckets and spades.
Michaela and Dave’s favourite bit? You ask. Well, we’ll tell ya!
“There was a point where we had made our vows, our speech, our first dance and everyone was getting a bit wasted. We looked around and nearly everyone was dancing – groups of people who had never met before but were all shaking their booties on the dance floor together. That was our fave!”
How lush are they, though?! This was, of course, down to their excellent hand-curated playlist. They paid for a mariachi band to enter to, and had ‘DJ iPod’ take care of the rest. Hours went into creating the playlist, with the final eight-hour cut having originally been 20+! The couple would put the playlist on and dance in our living room, :and if it wasn’t a banger that made us dance it was relegated. It was like a wedding playlist version of musical statues.” (KLAXON: GREAT DATE IDEA).
I mean, what words are left after a bright, loud, sequinned, moody, smoky, dramatic and beautiful day like that? We asked Michaela what her advice would be to other couples:
“Try and stay as authentic as possible to the picture in your head that pops up when you first get engaged. Enlist help, and let your friends and family be involved. Pick your vendors by your style, and make sure you have a bit of budget left over for the few weeks before the day, which is where things can crop up.”
Stay golden, Way Out Weddingers.
Photographer | McKinley Rodgers
Wedding Venue | The Royal Pavilion
Wedding Reception | OhSo Social
Wedding Dress | Jenny Packham at Debenhams
Bracelet | Alexander McQueen
Ceremony crown | Hysteria Machine
Reception veil | Crown and Glory
Brides Shoes | River Island
Grooms Attire | Noose and monkey
Bridesmaid Outfits | Topshop
Cake | Marks and Spencer
Food | OhSo Social
Planner | Clear Hearts