An Alternative Gothic Wedding at Hundred House- Nik Bryant Photography
How we met…
At this point we agreed that while we were engaged, we weren’t going to think about the wedding for a while as I was still a student and London was expensive. Fortunately, 6 months after the proposal her work asked her if she wanted to be one of the founding members of an office in Birmingham. With us both being from Shropshire it was a no brainer for us to move back up to the Midlands. After this, we said we’d wait until we had a house before starting to look at weddings, and a year later we had a house, so the next big project was the wedding!
Planning the wedding
Finding our suppliers…
Because almost everything was done at Hundred House the rest our planning journey was relatively simple. Maisie’s dress and cloak were provided by Wedding World, and when I say provided the cloak, they made that from scratch. Maisie had mentioned to them when booking to try on dresses that she wanted a hooded cloak. They said yes from the get go and were very excited about it, especially when Maisie brought the fabric for the cloak in and they saw she’d chosen deep red for the outer layer and black with skulls and roses for the inner lining. The leftovers from the lining weren’t just chucked in a bin either. My mother-in-law saved them and made myself, my father in law and the ring bear ties and pocket squares. Speaking of the ring bear (an important role played by Maisie’s 7 year old brother who looked really cute with his bear ears and nose!
When we were first thinking of our wedding, I got really scared of doing a dance in front of my family, so I got it in my head that it would be easier to sing in front of them. Maisie and her sister’s sing together all the time, so it only seemed natural that we do it at the wedding too. We then started taking ballroom dance lessons and decided that a dance would be good as well. We sort of forgot about the song until a month before and at that time it was a bit of a rush to arrange the song, but we pulled it off – even if I was out of key (but I don’t think any amount of practice would have helped that anyway). We knew we wanted to do a waltz for our first dance, so we started practicing it months and months in advance. Our wedding was in Feburary and we went to our first private lesson in July. It really paid off – the dance was amazing my sister said she was crying after the first bar. It was made even more amazing by the fact that the song was played by our sisters instead of just using a track.
Photographer – Nik Bryant – we met Nik at a wedding fair, and pretty much decided we wanted him to do the photos of our wedding when my mother in law asked him what he would wear to the wedding, and he answered “speedos”. Our kind of humour! His photos are amazing, and he put us at ease both during our pre-wedding photo shoot where we got to know him a bit, and during the whole wedding day.