A Modern, Manchester Art Gallery Wedding – Heli & Iain

Good afternoon OMG readers, hope you all had a lovely weekend and managed to somehow stay out of the cold. I have a gorgeous Manchester Art Gallery wedding for you today hopefully that will start the week off right! Thanks very much to Scott Foley of Foley Photography for getting in touch!

Heli and Iain wanted a modern and elegant wedding and decided on a beautiful space in Machester for their ceremony and reception last year. I have to say I absolutely love weddings in art galleries. They’re so modern, the lighting is generally good and you have amazing art all around the venue as a really great backdrop not only for photos but also for a bit of guest mingling chat. Heli is a designer from Finland so she did all the styling and invitations herself. She says “I designed an ambigram from our initials which was used in invitations, name cards, menus, beer mats, seating plan, engraved on flasks (gifts for bestman and ushers), cake decoration and Iain also has it tattooed on his arm. Talented and friendly Jo Phillips from Leadset printed the letterpress invitations from heavy cotton paper.” Talk about a consistent theme throughout!

Another important thing for the couple was the meal as Iain is a major foodie. They spent a lot of time working through the menus and wines to ensure good quality food for their guests to enjoy by embracing local food and sources.

Heli wore a dress she designed herself after not really finding what she was after in the bridal salons. She says “I wanted something very simple and elegant but with attention to material and fit. I found a very talented dress maker, Carol Barbe who’s based in Macclesfield who did the dress. It’s all silk and it fit like a glove.” Iain went for classic tails hired from Philip Alexander of Savile Row & Wimslow and Jeffery West shoes.

Flowers were designed and arranged by Fletchers & Foley. Heli says “the traditional hand tied bouquets which you see in wedding magazines were not really my thing. When I saw a circle “handle” with flowers attached I knew I had to get it and I think it complimented my dress very well giving it a modern twist. After all I’m modern Finnish girl.”

She continues “for table flowers we used lots of old antique silver pots. We collected these from charity shops and ebay, different shapes and sizes anything from complete tea set to posy bowls. For favour boxes we bought black and white Manchester post cards with letter of the alphabet (from each guest’s initial) we also had some Finnish chocolates and packets of colour pencils so the children could colour in their cards. Also we included food and design related quotes which we selected to suit each guest. They truly enjoyed them. I think this was great way to show Iain’s passion for food and my passion for design in a witty way. (I always hear jokes that my job is mainly colouring in…) Last but not least, the wedding cake was from Bettys with our ambigram.

Advice from the Bride:
Don’t restrict your imagination, look for ideas from unusual places and mix styles and colours. Create a relaxed atmosphere where everybody will have fun. Also look for independent local suppliers. This will save money and definitely give more options to create a unique look. Remember to relax on the day before and the morning of the big day.

Any regrets:
I could have relaxed a little bit more on the morning! Otherwise everything went perfectly well.

Best decision made:
Using the Art Gallery and following event manager Marie Bergin’s advice about suppliers. She says particularly of photographer Scott Foley – “Scott’s photos are truly exceptional and he’s has captured the feel of the day perfectly. We had meetings before hand to talk in-depth about ideas, time schedule and details. Scott knows the Art Gallery well and suggested the best places and timings for photos.”

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