From the moment I met Victoria back in 2019 at The Unwedding Show I knew we were set to create something pretty spectacular for her and Martin's celebration at The Custard Factory in Birmingham. Both with jobs immersed in the Arts (V is a Creative Producer in Theatre and M travels all over the world as a Touring Playback Technician- hence why we didn't meet in person until the day before the wedding!) they were destined to have a day that was layered with captivating details and bags of fun; so I stepped in for the final few months to help V gather together her incredible collection of knick-knacks, mid-century furniture finds and family heirlooms, and we began designing how best to use the vast open space of the Factory Works.
This was probably one of the most relaxed 'mornings-of' I've ever seen, as with just a handful of close friends and family V+M has popped off to the registry office first thing to do the 'legal' bit, before coming over the venue to get ready together. This was one of the first of many little steps away from the traditional that this pair did and I can now honestly say I'm a real advocate of couples doing their prep in the same room; they could calm each other's nerves, talk through any last minute bits and start as they meant to go on: as a team!
They wanted to make their ceremony area a real show-stopper, and so an enormous, iridescent backdrop was commissioned from The Word is Love (who also made a bespoke neon sign of the couple's logo - yes, really!), above which was suspended an incredible flower cloud by Isherwood & Co. - made up of pink, purple and gold hues - whilst we added the finishing touch of a huge Persian rug (leant by a very generous, and brave, friend!). As well as the ceremony area we decided to create different zones for the guests to enjoy; a gaming area for some classic Nintendo racing complete with squishy sofas and armchairs from Wedhead; a 'dessert' display, showing off the gorgeous cakes of Victoria Yum, which also doubled as the perfect backdrop for the couple's family portraits, using mid-century furniture and a variety of treasures Victoria had gathered in the lead-up; a Photocabin corner adorned with giant disco balls; a kids' rest area; a quiet space where guests could write love notes on a vintage typewriter and, not forgetting, the huge dining area with black-clothed tables and gorgeous mix n' match candlesticks from Locke and Busby.
From the personalised cocktails and mocktails to the glitter-cannon entrance where V debuted THAT Rosa Bloom Playsuit(!) every element of this day was thought through with care and consideration; it was about telling the story of V+M as a couple, rather than worrying about what a wedding 'should' look like or include. Whether it was the hillarious team speech from some of Victoria's closest female friends, or the ceremony where the couple married themselves; this was how weddings should always be done: rulebook thrown out; love, fun and (lots of) glitter crammed in.
Hope you've enjoyed a glimpse of the fun as much as I have,
Love, Kate x
Design and Styling + OTD Coordination: Jump the Broom
Photographer: Lee Allen Photography
Venue + Bar: The Custard Factory, Digbeth
Catering: Baked in Brick
Florist: Isherwood and Co
Hair and Makeup: Sarah Russell
Backdrop + Neon Sign: The Word is Love
Photobooth: The Photo Cabin
Candlesticks: Locke and Busby
Cakes; Victoria Yum
Small Props: Pretty Odd Props