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Happy Monday everyone and how are you all? Did you have a good weekend? Christmas has officially started in our house this weekend, as we went to choose our Christmas tree and attended our first Christmas fayre of the year! I am feeling well and truly festive and can’t wait to start the advent calendars on Thursday! However it’s time to get back to weddings and I have a real cracker for you today from our good friends Paul and Kelly at Paul Joseph Photography. Paddy and Stephanie were looking for a city centre wedding with an industrial vibe, where they could hold a good old wedding knees up and this is exactly what they achieved with their wedding. There are smiles and laughter aplenty, what a fabulous way to start the week!
Stephanie and Paddy were married on the 17th October 2016 at Leeds Town Hall followed by reception at the Northern Monk Brew Co. Refectory. ‘When we visited Northern Monk it seemed to tick all the boxes we’d been searching Yorkshire for – centrally located, old industrial building, and with great food. We has 90 guests and the wedding took 10 months to plan (we got engaged at Christmas in 2015 and started straight away!).’
How they met
That old classic; a friend of a friend! And we were together for 6 years before the wedding.
Paddy pretended to have forgotten a small gift that was left under the tree, and you get one guess as to what was wrapped up!
How did you allocate your budget?
The things we spent money on we always wanted to be the things that would ensure people had the best day. We wanted them to be fed and watered, and provide them with a couple of surprises. Food and drink came top of the budget allocation!
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
About 5 years ago we had seen New York Brass Band play in Leeds. We knew we wanted them as part of our wedding, and then when planning we thought it would be fun to have them crash the end of the ceremony and join us for the journey to the reception. Hiring those guys was a bit of an expense we were proven right in spending, both seeing the looks on people’s faces on the day and how often people remind us of them.
Why did you choose your photographer?
Given the setting and styling of our wedding, we thought Paul Joseph fitted in perfectly. We didn’t think we wanted a photographer at first, knowing that we didn’t want any old fashioned, stuffy, posed pictures. When we saw Paul and Kelly’s work we were totally turned around on the decision and are SO glad we had them document the day.
The Suit and Bridesmaids
The suit was the groom’s own, with accessories from Paul Smith and Happy Socks! The bridesmaids dresses were all from Monsoon.
Theme or Colour Scheme
The venue really influence how we styled the tables (kraft, twine, black and white) – and the rules were no lilac and no hearts!
Bouquets and table flowers were from The Great British Florist. The flowers are all home grown in Herefordshire and seasonal, so we didn’t know exactly what we’d get on the day. But we ended up with a beautiful selection of autumnal wild flowers and greens.
Again we added very little to a venue we thought was close to perfect. Simple flowers on the table.
We had canapes, main course and dessert from The Grub and Grog shop, a couple of which were yorkshire puddings with beef brisket and horesradish mayo, and root veg rostis. The mains were sharing plates of various meat and veggie stews, with sides, that everyone helped themselves to.
In the evening there was a ‘Crumpet Station’ where you could get ham and bechemel, roasted tomato, or yoghurt and berry crumpets.
We had a trio of cakes from Choccywoccydoodah, and topped them off with a giant Colin the Caterpillar from M&S (Steph’s all-time favourite cake)
New York Brass Band played from the end of the ceremony until sitting down to eat, and we had a friend DJ in the evening. Oh, and there was a ping pong table!
Steph started up Donut Press, a wedding stationery studio, off the back of designing every single item for our wedding.
We had buses (from Keighley Bus Museum) to get people from one place to another, and so our orders of service were designed to look like bus timetables – and people even got a pull-off ticket! We also had Pads and Steph MadLibs for people to fill out at their tables.
Special Moments or Highlights
The band crashing the ceremony, refusing to do our first dance alone, and giving each table a growler of beer along with their wine all feel like excellent decisions looking back!
Advice for other couples
Our attitude towards having a massive party with our friends and family feels like it was a great idea. It made sure we planned a day we would enjoy, and took some of the pressure away from organising a important occasion. It really was the best day of our lives, so aim for that and you won’t go far wrong!
We knew we’d love it, but weren’t expecting it to be as awesome as it was. We also opened our gifts upon getting back to the hotel – we can totally recommend doing that to finish the day right.
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