Wedding Week | Our Fabulous Suppliers
Welcome to wedding week! Everyday this week I’ll be bringing you a post about our wedding, which took place in Anglesey on the 24th of June. I’ll be sharing all the little details with you, from the outfits to the venue to the party. Enjoy…
So this is it - the final instalment of wedding!
I have one more wedding related post planned for you to share in the next week or so, which is some honest advice for brides to be, as I know a lot of you are planning your own big days too. But this is the last post you'll see that is specifically about our wedding!
Today I wanted to take the option to share our fabulous suppliers with you all. Our day ran without a single hitch and so much of that is down to the fact that we had the most amazing team working with us to pull it off. I would thoroughly recommend every single one of the businesses in the list below so wanted to share them with you guys in case you ever need a photographer or a caterer or a marquee...
Let's start with the supplier whose work you've all already been enjoying this week - the photographer! We booked Jenna and Ewan on the recommendation of Amy, and it was one of the best decisions we made wedding wise. They were true professionals and made Sam and I feel completely ease - there were no cheesy poses or staged photos, just plenty of natural shots of us having the time of our lives.
So many of our guests commented on how they barely noticed they were, but we ended up with nearly 1000 photos of all our favourite people laughing and dancing and crying. We love every single picture, and choosing which ones to get printed is going to be very tough! Both Sam and I would recommend these guys in a heartbeat - they're based in Leeds but will travel, and you won't regret having them on Team Wedding.
As I mentioned in Thursday's post, we were very lucky that our florist was my gorgeous cousin! She runs a business called Blossom's House of Flowers and is so, so talented. She really helped us bring our vision for the wedding together and had so many brilliant ideas that Sam and I would never have thought of!
If you're planning a wedding in the North West, I can't recommend her enough. You only have to read all of the glowing reviews on her Facebook page to know that I am in no way biased just because we're related - she's just amazing at what she does.
I wanted to mention two suppliers in this section, as both of them played a crucial role in me finding my dream dress.
First is the Bridal Boutique in Baildon. After a few crap experiences at other bridal stores, these guys were the first people who made the whole dress shopping experience feel special. They are true experts at what they do - they let me try on all of the dresses that fitted the idea I had in my head, and then they very subtly suggested that I try a couple of Suzanne Neville dresses on. It was there that I tried my dress on for the first time and if it wasn't for them, it wouldn't have been a dress I'd have ever looked twice at.
Before making a decision, we decided to head to the Suzanne Neville showroom in Cheshire and try a few more of her designs on first, and this is where I ended up ordering my dress from. The ladies here were absolutely amazing - they never rushed us, let me try on practically every single dress in the shop and made every appointment feel so special. I even got to have my fitting with Suzanne Neville herself, who was equally lovely.
We had originally planned to buy our wedding rings from Catbird in Brooklyn. Sam had my engagement ring made there and we really liked the idea of having our wedding rings in made in a place that hold so many special and happy memories for us. However, since getting engaged nearly two years ago the exchange rate has bombed (cheers Brexit!) which just made it unfeasible on the budget front.
We knew we would have to have my wedding ring made bespoke as my engagement ring is a funny shape, so we started looking into suppliers in our second favourite place - Leeds! My colleague recommended Form Jewellers in Chapel Allerton and they did such an amazing job. I don't have any photos, but my ring sits with my engagement ring perfectly, and Sam's ring is a lot more "him" than anything he tried on in the traditional jewellery shops. They were lovely to work with and very reasonably priced - we will definitely use them again if we need to get any more jewellery made.
We hired our marquee from Peak Marquee Hire and we were so happy we did! The company is run by husband and wife duo, Brett and Haf, and they were both absolutely lovely. They were not only the most reasonably priced marquee supplier we found (by far!) but they also helped us with so many questions and challenges as we were planning everything.
On the weekend of the wedding Brett and the team could not have been more professional in getting the marquee put up and taken down. They even very kindly hung all of our pom poms and paper cranes for us once they had finished setting up, which we really appreciated.
For our wedding breakfast we chose to work with Llandudno based supplier, Outside Food. What we really liked about working with these guys was how flexible they were - a few other caterers seemed reluctant to sway from the typical beef/chicken and potatoes wedding formula, but Outside Food were totally up for doing something different!
In fact, they were really excited about it, and put so much energy and research into making our Turkish feast as authentic as possible! The result was absolutely delicious food that everybody was raving about, and Sam and I couldn't have been happier.
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, we had pizza for our evening food, which our guests absolutely loved! The guys at The Pizza Maker did an amazing job - their pizzas are wood fired and totally delicious, and they let us choose the toppings so that we could make sure there was something on offer that everybody would enjoy.
If you're a North West based pizza fan then you can check out The Pizza Maker at various food markets around Manchester (check their Facebook page for details!) - we're already planning a family trip so that we can enjoy the dough goodness again.
The Silent Disco
We got the idea to have a silent disco when we'd gone to see Tros Yr Afon all set up for another wedding while we were planning. Sam and I have enjoyed many a silent disco at festivals and we thought it would be such a good idea to break up the evening a little bit. We asked the wedding planner for the supplier details and funnily enough, Silent Disco Direct were based just down the road from us!
They were super easy to work with - you basically hire the headsets and the control system and they deliver it all to your venue (we collected as it was easier). You then pack it all up and send back when you're done - so simple. It was a really reasonable entertainment option and it was so, so funny to watch everyone dancing away to different songs.
Sam has worked in bars for nearly 10 years and we both enjoy a quality tipple, so having a bar that served up really great drinks was very important to us when we were planning the wedding. We ended up hiring the brilliant Bar Events UK team and it was a decision we didn't regret!
Not only did the bar look absolutely amazing (can you believe that's a portable bar in a marquee?!), they also let us choose our own cocktail menu and offered to stock any particular drinks we knew our guests would like. They endeavour to use as many UK based suppliers too, so it was nice to know we were supporting local breweries and distilleries.
The Wedding Team @ Tros Yr Afon
I couldn't finish this post without giving the biggest shoutout to Jen and James at Tros Yr Afon. From the moment we first visited the venue back in January last year they have been absolutely incredible - they have recommended suppliers, advised on logistics and were generally a fantastic sounding board for every idea we had.
In the weeks leading up to the wedding Jen made time to run through every little detail of the wedding with us - she knew exactly what should be happening at any given time, which helped everything run without a single hitch. On the day she helped thes suppliers get set up, coordinated timings with the caterers and our master of ceremonies and discreetly checked in with Sam and I to make sure we were happy at regular intervals. Having her there made us feel relaxed and comfortable in a way we wouldn't have been if we didn't have that on the day support.
Having our wedding at Tros Yr Afon was single handedly the best decision we made. The venue was stunning, being able to have everyone stay with us on site was amazing and Jen and James treated us like family, rather than customers. It will always have a very special place in mine and Sam's heart now, and I'll really miss calling in every time we're on the island!
So there we have it, all of our fabulous wedding suppliers who made our big day as great as it was! If you have any specific questions about any of them, don't hesitate to drop me an email or get in touch on social media, I would be more than happy to help. And if you think I've missed anything during wedding week, then please let me know...
*All images in this post were taken by the lovely Jenna Woodward