Manchester Town Hall Soft Vintage Wedding – Caroline & Thomas

OMG I am the most excited person in the universe today as I get to feature this beautiful wedding shot by the lovely Anna Hardy! YAY! I am not ashamed to admit I regularly stalk Anna on Twitter because she is so fab. I also met her at the super fun Rockn’Roll Bride Party earlier this year and, again, just thought she was fab… so without further adieu… enjoy!

First a bit about the bride and groom – Caroline and Thomas were married this September at the beautiful Manchester Town Hall – hello amazing interior with awesome ceiling – and then carried on to have their reception for 300 guests (OMG!) at the Deaf Institute. Caroline says “this is my favourite live music venue in Manchester. It was built in the 1800’s as an educational and social institute for deaf and dumb adults. It had been closed and sat dorment for a long time but has been given a new lease of life over the last few years. It’s got so much character and [was the perfect size] for our guests.” I also recently read about this venue on the Rock n’ Roll Bride Venue Guide so check it out for more details.

Caroline wore a bespoke wedding dress, accessories by Flo & Percy and some killer Christian Loboutin shoes, while the groom was dressed in Hugo Boss. The flowers were done by extremely “helpful, organized and talented” Blossom Flowers in Chorlton while the rest of the reception decor was done by the bride and groom themselves – collecting vintage bits and pieces throughout the months before their wedding. Another nice touch is the wedding cake! Caroline says “Tom’s mum baked the cake (the bottom layer was her famous chocolate rosie cake, the middle layer carrot and the top layer fruit) the day before and iced it in the morning, I then decorated it with the fresh flowers. We cut it really late at about 1am but it was devoured in about 5 minutes flat!!” Sounds delicious – I am ALL ABOUT the multi flavoured wedding cakes. Makes it easier to ask for two pieces.

Advice from the Bride: Don’t even attempt trying to be a perfectionist, it would only stress you out and be blown out of proportion on the day. Tom forgot the ceremony music on the day… I have no idea what I walked down the aisle to, it was such a happy moment for everyone it could’ve been the shipping forecast and no-one would of noticed.. Or cared.

Any regrets? We didn’t cut the cake and have our first dance until after midnight, which meant some of the people that had to leave earlier on missed out.

Best decision made: To have quite an informal city centre wedding which was easy for people to travel to and no seating plan so everyone could really mingle and catch up with each other!!

All in all a beautiful wedding and gorgeously documented by the lovely Anna Hardy! Make sure to check out her work here, and see the rest of the photos from Caroline and Thomas’ wedding here!

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