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Today’s wedding is another fabulous shoot by my good friend Shelly at Toast of Leeds. As soon as I saw Shelly do a sneak peak of this wedding on twitter I new I had to blog it, and luckily Shelly was kind enough to let me!
I love the colours of this wedding, the Tiffany turquoise is stunning, as is the architecture in Bradford City Hall where they got married!
Shelly tells me a bit more about the day:
Rosa and David got hitched at the rather grand Bradford City Hall. Apparently, the City Hall only do two or three weddings a year, but as Rosa’s father worked there up until recently, it made complete sense that she and David tied the knot at the fabulous venue in front of friends and family. Now I love a bit of vintage, but when I found out where Rosa and her bridesmaids were gettiing their dresses, I knew that this was gonna be amazing. And what a day it was! When I arrived at Rosa’s parents house on the morning of the wedding, it was a sea of make-up and hair and frocks and shoes mixed with the best wedding play list I’ve heard in sometime. Ginny, Rosa’s mum was busy getting the full on beauty treatment from Samantha at Simply Stunning, whilst Kirsty at Mirror Mirror was busy putting the final touches to the bridesmaids hair. The girls had opted for dresses by Vivienne of Holloway and I have to say, looked absolutely amazing. They even went for different coloured petticoats. Rosa was incredibly laid back the entire morning, singing her way through the run-up like it wasn’t one of the most important days in her life! And then she put on the veil and that dress! Wowzers! Her little birdcage veil was from Liberty in Love, and her necklace was her great aunt’s. The image of the bride’s bouquet is taken on a vintage hat box that once belonged to her grandmother but which was later home for her teddybear. I was in vintage heaven, I can tell ya. Before I knew it, Ginny was dancing down the aisle, followed by Rosa who looked every inch the beautiful bride on the arm of her proud father, to marry the lovely David who was waiting rather nervously at City Hall.
I absolutely loved the City Hall with its grand sweeping staircase and ornate lamps and marble bannisters. So much so that I did all the images of the day indoors. Normally I can’t wait to get outside for lots of lovely natural light, and don’t get me wrong, the City Hall is pretty tremendous looking on the exterior, but I adored the interior so much, I convinced Rosa and David to do all their posed shots inside. I think they turned out a treat and suited their wedding style down to the ground. And then there was champagne, and twirling in those dresses, and then we ran over the road to get some dinner at The Great Victoria Hotel. And the couple and their guests certainly stopped traffic. The City Hall is in a busy part of town so the little walk over to the Great Victoria was enough to make buses and cars honk their horns and shoppers turn their heads to catch a glimpse of the wedding party. At the Great Victoria, the turquoise blue of the bridesmaids dresses and the grooms tie, was echoed in the most delectable little cup cakes you ever did see. Rosa had also imported a spotty cake topper all the way from America to sit on top of her wedding cake. Delicately coloured hydrangeas were arranged in glass bowls on each table and the table names represented all the places Rosa and David have lived at since their university days.
Rosa Tough (nee Wilkinson!) and David Tough
How did you meet?
We met through mutual friends at Cambridge University, we have been together since January 2004.
Date of wedding
14 May 2011
Where did you get married?
Bradford City Hall for ceremony, Great Victoria Hotel in Bradford for reception.
What made you decide to get married where you did?
I come from Bradford and wanted to show it off to everyone! We chose the Great Victoria for the reception first as it’s got a real boutique feel with an affordable price tag – then the City Hall as it was available on the date we wanted – plus it’s absolutely stunning venue and sadly underused asset for weddings!
Who was your dress by
A slightly altered Vivien of Holloway (same as bridesmaids!)
And the suite?
Suits? Moss Bros (ties from Matalan!)
How would you sum up your day?
Fun, relaxed, the best day of our lives!
Did you have a theme or colour scheme?
A vintage 50s theme – colour wise a duck egg blue / turquoise, silver and white. Inspired by Budget Savvy Bride The pearls on my birdcage veil and the bows on my shoes were echoed in the decorations on the cupcakes.
Did you have any personal touches or things that you did yourself?
Glowsticks for the disco went down a storm! We used my mum’s calligraphic skills for as much stationery as possible including drinks vouchers for favours. We also chose a ceremony playlist made up of classic songs we both loved – no wedding clichés in earshot!
How many guests?
just under 80
What were your special moments and highlights?
Quiet time in the car with my dad driving to the ceremony, wonderful speeches by all the gents, having all our friends and family on the dancefloor at some point in the disco!
Is there anything you would do differently?
Not at all!
What advice would you give any other couples?
Firstly, don’t look in bridal shops for bridal shoes, they are all ugly – go for high street shoe shop bridal ranges! Secondly, try to really organise the logistics of the day thoroughly and then handover to suppliers / bridal party members to take responsibility a week or two beforehand. This means your last week and wedding day will be totally stress-free!
What was your biggest surprise of the day?
How much more we enjoyed ourselves than expected and how everyone else loved it so much! Many guests said it was a really relaxed and personal ceremony and several said they’d had the most fun at any wedding!