Katie-Jane and Philip’s wedding, photographed by Ian Shoots Weddings, was a handmade affair, with the reception taking place in the bride’s parent’s back garden following a church ceremony. The couple hired a tipi and decorated the garden with the things they love to create a really personal and beautiful setting. They even converted the shed into ‘The Poppy Red Shed’ (Poppy Red is a bar in Birmingham where the bride and groom first met) which they stocked with local ales, spirits and liqueurs and guests were able to serve themselves.
“I (Katie) am in fashion so our wedding was always going to be different! We wanted to make sure there was less formality and more personality. Using personal inspiration and vision we focused on what the guests would experience and how that would make us feel. The sun came out as soon as we stepped into the garden and the day just got better and better.
“All our invites were handmade and were handkerchiefs stamped with the details, wrapped in a doily, and posted with a portrait stamp of the bride and groom. The table names were named after old ladybird books which were all personal to the group of friends and family on each table, e.g. The Elves and the Shoemaker (bride’s work friends), Computer (grooms work colleagues). We had a teacup chandelier hovering over the top table and the cake table, which was brought together by several guests bringing their own cakes to share. Ian our photographer really captured the true essence of the day showing it was more of a festival than a wedding reception.”
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