Real Wedding | Hope Mill Theatre

Manchester is full of amazing wedding venues & spaces, and some you wouldn't have even thought of, but Of course we know where they all are its our job too! 

So imagine our delight when we are sent the super cool wedding by "London wedding Photographer Jordanna MArston." She had the pleasure of photographing Mel & Nick on their wedding day in manchester, we are super pleased to have it on our blog!! 

the venue

Mel and nick were married on the 12th may 2018  in a full catholic ceremony at st patricks catholic church in manchester, then on to Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester for their reception. Hope Mill is a grade II listed building and an old Cotton Mill, which has been converted to a Theatre.

they chose this venue for its ease in the city and the fact it was on "the same street that they had first lived together" says mel.

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what did the bridal party wear?

Mel wore a stunning dress from Sarah Seven called Piedmont, it fitted her beautiful slim figure perfect and we know you will agree she looks absolutely stunning! 

Mel had 8 bridesmaids, who all wore the same dress from ASOS, we have seen an increase in the online retailer now doing bridal wear and even though we have our own favourite designers, we are loving these and that colour is gorgeous!

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what did the grooms-men wear?

Well, we think Nick and his grooms men look amazing in their blue suits from Moss Bros, blue is one of our favourite colours for suits at the moment. 

They look so stylish with their pocket watches too!!

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wedding details

mel and nick wanted a relaxed wedding with all of their closest family and friends around them. They say the biggest difficulty they found was finding a city centre venue big enough to accommodate them, as The most important thing for them was to have everybody they love there with them celebrating their special day. As Nick is from North Manchester and Mel is from South Manchester, they thought it would be more accessible for everybody to travel to the city centre, of course we agree! 

Mel said "When we initially viewed Hope Mill Theatre, we knew straight away it was perfect for us.  It is located on the road where we first lived together."

"The day itself was without a doubt the most amazing day of our lives. We felt incredibly lucky to have all of our loved ones there with us. The amount of love and warmth that we felt from everyone was incredible and overwhelming. We were absolutely buzzing for weeks after."

Mel and Nick opted for a full Catholic mass at St Patrick’s church, and go on to say "even this was relaxed despite the usual formalities." Nick’s friend, Mat Lomas played Stone Roses – Waterfall on his acoustic guitar as Mel walked down the aisle and went on to play some of their favourite songs whilst they signed the register. 

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Mel & Nick DECIDED TO HAVE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS AT THE CHURCH AND THE OTHER GROUP SHOTS AT THE VENUE, "WE LOVED THE INDUSTRIAL URBAN VIBE AROUND THE MILL. WE ALSO OPTED FOR OUR PORTRAITS CLOSE TO THE MILL, AGAIN BECAUSE WE LOVED THE URBAN VIBE BUT ALSO BECAUSE WE DIDN’T WANT TO MISS MUCH BEING AWAY FROM OUR GUESTS FOR SO LONG."   

mel & nick decIDED NOT TO HAVE A TOP TABLE, this is something we are seeing more and more of in modern weddings. "WE WANTED TO BE AMONGST OUR GUESTS AS OPPOSED TO WATCHING THEM FROM THE END OF THE ROOM."  Said Mel. they had opted for THREE LONG TABLES FOR ALL 144 guests. They decided to sit WITH their IMMEDIATE FAMILIES, BRIDESMAIDS AND GROOMSMEN, which they say felt MORE COMFORTABLE.

another thing we love about this wedding is the fact they DIDN’T WANT TO HAVE A THREE COURSE MEAL. Something we are absolutely seeing more of, and we absolutely know why!! Instead they WANTED GUESTS TO BE UP ENJOYING THEMSELVES DANCING. so they HAD CANAPES, PIE AND MASH FOR THE MAIN AND THEN FOR DESERT they SERVEDtheir WEDDING CAKE, DOUGHNUTS AND A CHEESE CAKE WITH VARIOUS CHUTNEYS ETC. YUM!! We wish we were invited after hearing about this!

"THE PIE AND MASH WAS SERVED FROM A HORSE BOX AND WE FELT THE INFORMAL MEAL SUITED US AND THE VENUE. for the evening WE OPTED FOR HIP HOP CHIP SHOP. THEY ROCKED UP TO THE VENUE WITH THEIR ‘BOOMBOX TRAILER’ AND SERVED FISH AND CHIPS TO GUESTS, WHICH SEEMED TO GO DOWN WELL," they added.

the set up of the venue was done by STEF AT ALTERNAtIVE WEDDINGS MANCHESTER, she also DID THE FLOWERS ON THE TABLES.

"ALL IN ALL WE HAD THE MOST AMAZING DAY. WE DIDN’T FEEL NERVOUS BEFOREHAND, AS WE KNOW WHAT OUR INCREDIBLE FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE LIKE AND KNEW WE WOULD HAVE THE MOST WONDERFUL DAY. IT ABSOLUTELY EXCEEDED BOTH OF OUR EXPECTATIONS AND WE FEEL EXTREMELY FORTUNATE TO BE SURROUNDED BY SUCH BRILLIANT PEOPLE THAT MADE OUR DAY WHAT IT WAS."

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This wedding looks absolutely fantastic, we are so delighted to have featured it, Mel and nick looked like they had the most fun ever, and this is something we love to see. their wedding shows personality, fun and laughter! We wish them a lifetime of happiness!! 

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