If you are looking for some vintage inspiration then this could be just what you were looking for. Beth and Richard asked us to deliver them a Super 8 wedding and we were more than happy to oblige! For those of you who may not know what a Super 8 wedding camera is, it uses actual film. It comes in rolls and we have to have it developed in Germany but boy is it worth it.  It gives a grainy, nostalgic personality to your film that somehow makes you feel as though you are viewing your wedding day through a time machine!

What was it like planning your wedding?

Pretty much everything was booked and chosen within 3 months of the proposal, so we just had to sit back and wait for a year! I wanted to use local and small companies where possible and the personal relationship that it forges meant that planning was a pleasant experience. Viva la Wedding was a company that had produced the video of Laura’s wedding (my bridesmaid / Richard’s sister) a couple of years previously. The friendliness and efficiency of Jo’s email communication coupled with Guille’s skill and professionalism when we met at his studio removed any doubt of us choosing another company.

The unusual ceremony and reception venue was a actually a private school only 15 minutes drive from home. I wanted a civil ceremony because one of our close friends is a Registrar and could conduct the wedding. The ceremony was relaxed and intimate, with a few laughs, which was exactly how we wanted it to be. With the details I tried to give a few nods to the fact that we were getting married in a school, rather than to try and pretend that it was a normal wedding venue.

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What was the most memorable/special part of the day for you?

Definitely the ceremony. Although we opted a civil rather than church ceremony, we wanted it to feel sacred and thanks to the age and grandeur of the aptly named Great Hall, that wish was realised. I pushed the boat out and booked a string quartet to play from the drinks ceremony until the end of the meal and they were a big hit. The young players performed mostly modern songs and the guests raved about them.

Were you nervous?

We weren’t nervous at all!

Did everything go according to plan?

The bridal party arrived at the venue later than expected but the bride is supposed to be fashionably late, right?!

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Were there any funny/emotional moments that stand out for you?

Richard’s Grandma had taken off her shoes to play crazy golf and handed them to one of her sons, who mistakenly took them with him to the hotel he was staying in to retrieve a forgotten camera. It got to the time when everyone was sat down for the wedding breakfast and there was still an 80 year old woman outside stranded on the crazy golf equipment refusing to walk across the grass in case she laddered her tights!

Taking time to be interviewed for the video on the day forces you take a few minutes aside to concentrate on why you’re choosing to get married, rather than being swept along with the bustle of the day.

The speeches were a highlight. Only the best man could get away with finishing his speech with a (surprisingly tasteful) joke referencing Adolf Hitler!

The evening band Agent Smith were even better than I’d expected. Because I’d booked through an agent and the band only play to private functions, it meant I couldn’t see them perform in the flesh before the day so I was anxiously hoping they’d be good! The front man Liam was so energetic and charismatic that everyone fell in love with him. The possibility of an empty dance floor is always a worry but I needn’t have feared.

How did you prepare for your first dance?

We’d not told anyone that we were having dance lessons and wanted to secretly practice our first dance on the dance floor while guests were having post-ceremony drinks, but all the guests were sneaking in to the wedding breakfast / party area to have a peek, so we had to resort to practicing outside on the concrete around the corner! I’m glad we did have lessons because it takes away having to do that uncomfortable shuffling!

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Tell us about the proposal!

We were on a city break in Barcelona and Richard had booked a restaurant, which was unusually organised of him! I was in a lovely dress but then realised it was raining and chilly outside so I changed into a pair of jeans, a casual top and flat shoes. Richard weirdly kept on at me to change back into my dress but I stuck to my guns. We arrived at a Michelin star restaurant – now I knew why he was so obsessed with my attire! The restaurant was at the top of a cable car support tower which obviously was very high up. To say I’m not a fan of heights is an understatement so when I realised the lift to the top was also made of glass, all hell nearly broke loose. To top it off Richard thought it would be hilarious to jump up and down in the lift to wind me up. As you can imagine – my language was choice!

We ate our main course of food and then Richard swooped down on one knee and asked me to marry him. He produced a ring and I recalled that he’d made an unlikely dash to Marks and Spencer a couple of days before we were due to go away to “Have a look at some holiday clothes”. He waited a while (still on one knee) and then I responded – ‘Is this ring from Marks and Spencer?’. He looked confused and asked if that was a ‘Yes’. Clearly it was and his little white lie had paid off!

Are there any other special little touches you planned that you’d like to tell us about?

My Mum had organised flip flops for all of the ladies at the evening reception and they were sooo appreciated! My ankle length wedding dress looked very classy finished off with a pair of flip flops 😉

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Were there any surprises?

Richard bought me a handbag and a watch as presents to open on the morning of the wedding, which made Laura cry. He’s not a shopper so the thought of him making the effort to wander unaided around a department store to pick something out for his bride set her off! I bought him a surprise golf jacket that he’d been coveting, and booked the crazy golf equipment so that he could play during the post-ceremony drinks.

Our friend Jo and her husband Richard offered to arrange the cake as a wedding present. I told her just to get something small that we could make a point of cutting and then take home. She exceeded expectations by arranging a 3 tier chocolate cake (my favourite) which matched perfectly with the colour scheme and also could’ve fed the 5000!

Do you want to give a special mention to anyone who really helped a lot in planning your day?

My Mum and Richard’s Mum carried out every task asked of them with relish and my bridesmaid Laura was there for my every whim on the wedding day. Due to a family bereavement she ended up being the only bridesmaid and managed to plan a fabulous Hen Party for people she’d never even met.

The venue dresser did a faultless job. A school is obviously not a full-time wedding venue so hasn’t got the easiest rooms to dress. Because the cake was a surprise I couldn’t prepare her for how it would (or wouldn’t) fit with the ideas we’d talked about either. On the day they made the cake a feature using the props they’d brought and my friend who organised the cake was as pleased as punch!

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Supplier’s Directory:

Super 8 wedding videography and wedding Photography – Viva La Wedding

Venue – Bolton School

Venue dressing/decor – Beautifully Vintage (Chris Grattan)

Wedding Dress (Boutique and Designer) – Glamour Bridal (Bolton) – the Audrey dress is one of their own designs

Bridal Shoes- Michael Kors

Bridal hair accessories – Linzi Jay

Bridal Hair- Michelle Sisson

Bridal Makeup- Michelle Sisson

Bridesmaids dresses- Needle and Thread

Groom’s suit – Topman

Groomsmen’s suits- Topman

Flowers- Oops a Daisy (Swinton)

Cake- Jo’s Cakery (Leigh)

Photographer- Viva la Wedding

Wedding car – Classic Wedding Cars Cheshire

Band – Agent Smith

String quartet – The Dotted Crotchets

Organ and piano player – Martin Taylor

Crazy golf – Crazygolf4u

Dance lessons – 180 Dance Club