I’m so excited to blog this wedding! I met Emilie and Daniel via a mutual friend in Coventry who thought we might hit it off, and she was definitely right. One of my favourite things about this job is that I get to meet all sorts of people and find things in common with them – I really knew we’d have a good connection when we shot Emilie and Dan’s pre wedding shoot and they opted to do something a little bit different. If you haven’t seen those photos, definitely check them out! Their wedding at The Drop Forge in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter was a stylish affair from start to finish.
Emilie chose a simple but elegant Alfred Angelo dress (another one with pockets! I am loving all the pocket dresses lately), and had it customised to suit her chilled out chic style. Everything at this wedding was one of a kind, and it was lovely that the dress was no different. Beautiful details were everywhere and everything had a story – from the Oud de Nil perfume that was a signature scent specially selected for the wedding, to the handmade headpiece, to the accessories from Emilie’s Aunty’s bridal boutique. Stylish gold flats and vintage gloves completed the look, and stunning greens and golds in the hydrangea and hypericum bouquets finished everything off beautifully.
For their wedding, a number of things were very important to Emilie and Dan, one of which was to include as many personal touches as possible. This was no cookie cutter wedding – every detail was thoughtfully and lovingly prepared, and it certainly showed. Their love of Coventry that we documented in the pre wedding shoot, also ran through the wedding day with Emilie getting ready in the City Centre and the ceremony taking place at the historic Cheylesmore Register Office. Their search for the perfect reception venue had led them all the way to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter to the gorgeous Drop Forge. The two venues were perfectly linked with a vintage bus journey for the couple and their guests, complete with prosecco and a lap of their beloved Coventry Ring Road.
Emilie: “It was important to us to take inspiration from our shared history and we included references to this in the details and personality of the day. But we kept it simple! I had imagined I would be toiling away for months hand making elaborate decorations and numerous little touches because that is what you read on the blogs. In the end I think I only did the table decorations, table plan and confetti. So keep it personal and keep it simple.”
As Emilie and Dan had previously lived in Spain and had strong connections with Spanish life, they chose to have tapas for their wedding breakfast. This was such a sweet idea, not only because it was personal to them but also because it fostered such a lovely atmosphere at dinner – everyone was clearly having a great time sharing and chatting away over a relaxed meal. Their friends in who couldn’t make it to the wedding even threw them a little party back in Spain and sent them photos, super cute! The Spanish theme continued perfectly with their favours, which were traditional polvorones.
The evening ended with plenty of dancing (I’d been told beforehand that Dan was a fantastic dancer and he didn’t disappoint!), and we were even invited to join everyone for a cheeky glass of fizz which was lovely. Congratulations to Emilie and Daniel on a fantastic wedding and staying true to yourselves, I can see you’re going to have a long and happy life together!
Emilie: “Everyone warned us ‘It will whizz by, make sure you take a moment together to enjoy it’ and they were all so right, it really did go so fast. I was so excited to get ready on the morning itself after months of preparation, excitedly having breakfast with relatives in the hotel, forcing myself to eat something. I was just so excited to see Danny! I think I have two stand out moments, the first being walking into the ceremony room and seeing everybody smiling back at me, I just beamed holding on to Danny’s hands as we met at the end of the aisle! And then after our first dance we asked for Let’s Dance by David Bowie to be played to start the party and we both just danced and there is a photo of us kissing and every time I look at it I feel that feeling of elation and achievement, that all the planning had been worth it because we were now Mr and Mrs Quinn, and we were having the best time!”
Daniel: “I will never forget the sight of Emilie coming down the aisle and the feelings of happiness and peace that came with it. She looked beautiful and happy. I was incredibly nervous about the day leading up to it, but in the end I had a lot of fun and felt a huge amount of love and warmth for everyone that was there. I’d like to do it all again!”
These lovely folks contributed to the day:
Venues: Coventry Registry Office and The Drop Forge
Hair: Emilie’s Step-Mum
Headdress: Emilie’s Auntie
Makeup: Emilie’s own (Clinique)
Alfred Angelo Dress (customised) supplied by: The White Boutique
Shoes: LK Bennett
Suits: Mark Powell Bespoke
Flowers: Ben & Zak’s Florist
Cake: Cakes by Sophie Page
Favours: The Tapas Lunch Company
Evening entertainment: The Tin Music and Arts