(Photo: Pete Ashton)
Yay! We got married. Then we went on honeymoon. Then we went back to work and time started going all fast again… So fast that we haven’t yet managed to start saying ‘thank you’ to people for gifts and so on.
So this is the start of the post wedding admin. It’s a list of all the people and organisations that we used for the Big Day. I’ve been asked by a few people (mostly friends planning their own dos) who we used and how we found them, so this should answer that.
For the most part, though, we were really lucky to know a bunch of talented people. This sounds cheesy but, honestly, I feel utterly privileged to be able to name many of the people listed below as my friends. Not only did I love their work anyway, which made the choices a lot simpler, but it made it a lot easier to talk about what we wanted without getting the feeling we were being judged (ninjas on your wedding cake, anyone?).
For the stuff where we didn’t have friends to help, we stayed local. The florist is less than 200 yards from our house and the furthest either of us went for anything was four miles, to the city centre, where I had my hair done by my usual hairdresser on the morning of the wedding. There wasn’t any big moral reasoning behind this. We just happen to live in an area where good stuff happens.
So here goes. The Credits:
Highbury Hall (Birmingham City Council)
Cake (Pictured, right. Photo: Matt Murtagh)
Jenny Williams AKA Jennywenny Cakes
San Diego (yes, Jenny travelled 5000 miles to make us a cake…)
Jonathan and Bev at Winspers
Bride and bridesmaid’s dresses
Lorna and Sarah at Gorgeous Bridal Studio
Michelle at the Red Salon
Groom and best man’s suits
Buttonholes (for the groomsmen)
Music (during the ceremony)
Elizabeth Rattlidge singing, with Al Gurr on piano
Paul “@theaardvark” Taylor
I’ve probably forgotten a load of stuff, but in the meantime, thank you, thank you, thank you to all of these people. And of course, a massive ‘thank you’ to all of our friends and family who helped us with all the preparations, kept us sane and finally turned up on the day and had a bloody good time. It was brilliant.