The very lovely Maddie Farris got in touch with me recently having read the blog post about Catriona and Alex's wonderful Edinburgh wedding at Portobello Town Hall. Maddie told me she had just finished editing a gorgeous wedding which also took place in a town hall, and asked if I would like to take a peek as she thought it would be a perfect fit for The Wedding A-List.
Well, when she sent it over I was blown away! Cat and Jim planned the most beautiful Yorkshire wedding at Todmorden Town Hall. They used a gorgeous colour palette of sumptuous autumnal tones which really jump out from the photographs. The couple's priority was to put on a great party for their family and friends, without spending a fortune - and it's clear from the photos that their wedding was a thoughtfully planned, super personal and fun-filled day. Their adorable daughters were bridesmaids, friends DJ'd, made their cake and provided their food, and Jim even entertained guests with a set from his own band - this definitely is our kind of wedding! And just a quick shout-out to Cat's INCREDIBLE dress and generally amazing bridal style.
The whole day has been perfectly captured by Maddie. The photographs are relaxed and natural, capturing every aspect of the day in a beautiful documentary style, but with a real warmth and artistic eye. I'm a sucker for cool, stylish couples portraits and Maddie has captured some absolute beauties of Cat and Jim, using natural light to stunning effect. Do check Maddie out if you're looking for a brilliant West Yorkshire wedding photographer.
I'll hand over to Cat now to tell you all about how they planned their day. Thank you so much Cat and Jim for sharing your amazing wedding with us! xx
HOW THEY MET
We met at the Stone Roses reunion gig at Heaton Park in Manchester in 2012. Our two friends, who are married, had been trying to set us up for months. They both played a big part in the wedding. Suzy was matron of honour and Derek read a reading. We had our first kiss to This Is The One - such a cliche!
We got engaged in December 2016. Not a traditional proposal - we went out for a meal and discussed it and bought the ring together the next day.
THE WEDDING VENUE
Todmorden Town Hall. It was important to us that we could invite all our guest to all parts of the wedding. We didn’t want to have day and night guests. We needed a venue that could cater for our 200 guests. We also tried to use local businesses as much as possible.
We tried to use an autumnal theme and colours with a hint of vintage. Being able to invite all the friends and family we wanted and have a party atmosphere was the most most important thing. We knew from the start we didn’t want a formal sit down meal. We wanted it to be a laid back affair so guests were able to wear what they want.
I bought my dress from Limelight Occasions in Huddersfield. It was the first dress I tried on, my eldest daughter chose it and it just felt right. I had found a lump on my breast in June and had to have investigatory surgery in July. Test showed cells that were changing and I had to have a second operation 2 weeks later. This was very stressful as I couldn’t have my dress fittings until all the swelling had gone down. My final dress fitting was only 2 weeks before the wedding! The ladies at Limelight bent over backwards to help and really were superb.
My headpiece was made by the local florist in Todmorden Market and the pearls I wore were my Grandma's.
Shoes from Office.
Suit from H&M.
The bridesmaids were our daughters Orla and Martha. Both wore dresses and shoes from Monsoon.
Maddie Farris Photography. We didn’t really want formal photos and wanted more natural, laid back pictures. We hit it off with Maddie as she was very laid back and we loved her style of photos.
Petals and Patina - Todmorden Indoor Market. I took some pictures of what I wanted and the florist was really enthusiastic about doing it. She made some fantastic suggestions and had a really modern twist.
THE HAIR AND MAKE-UP
Hair was done by Emily Cryer and my make-up was done by Harvey’s of Halifax (where Jim works). I just chose natural and laid back hair that would suit the headdress. My make-up colours were chosen to fit the wedding theme - browns and golds
The cake was made by Rose Harrison. Rose is a good friend of ours and made the cake as a wedding gift. Her husband Jamie is a DJ and did the music for free too.
Gig at the Golden Lion in Todmorden provided the food. Gig is good friends with Jim and his sister. She used to own a Thai Restaurant in Todmorden that we visited a lot when we first got married. It only seemed right to ask her to do the food. We had a variety of Thai dishes, as well as local breads and cheeses from Saker Bakery in Todmorden
Jim's band, Sunny Jim and the Size 9s, played and Jamie Harrison was the DJ. The music had to be Indie.
Our plumbers, who are now good friends, paid for our wedding car as a wedding gift!
We ordered it from eBay. Chosen because it fitted with the theme.
We stayed in Hebden Bridge in an apartment we found on AirBnB.
THE WEDDING MORNING
Jim stayed with the best man and his wife and got the train to the venue, calling at the pub first. I stayed at home with our daughters. I started getting ready at 10am but it wasn’t enough time!
We had a civil ceremony as neither of us are religious. We wanted all our guests to be able to see us get married so the Town Hall was perfect. We didn’t chose our own vows we just chose the regular ones.
I walked down the aisle to The Beatles Across The Universe. The Beatles has been part of both our lives. We also had The War on Drugs playing as we signed the register. We both walked down the aisle to The Stone Roses This Is The One.
We had our eldest daughter (Jim’s step-daughter) read True Love by Robert Fulghin. Derek, who set us up, read the lyrics from I’ll Be Your Mirror by The Velvet Underground.
We married at 3pm, then Jim’s brother-in-law played some songs while guests had drinks. Food was served at 5pm and speeches were at 6.30pm. Then we went straight into the night do.
THE WEDDING PARTY GIFTS
We bought our girls Smiggle vouchers and the Matron of Honour and Ushers alcohol.
The Best Man, Father of the Bride and Groom.
THE FIRST DANCE
The first dance was John Martin May You Never.
THE BEST BIT
Seeing all our friends and family on the dance floor
DID YOU ENJOY WEDDING PLANNING?
Yes. We were very laid back about it and were determined for it not to be stressful. We did all the decorations ourselves.
WHERE DID YOU GET INSPIRATION FROM?
ANYTHING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY?
We nearly didn’t get a photographer but so glad we did. Maddie was just like one of the guests and really captured great memories for the day!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES
You don’t have to spend a fortune and plan your day how you want it.
Venue - Todmorden Town Hall
Photography - Maddie Farris Photography
Dress - Limelight Occasions
Bridesmaids - Monsoon
Rings - Element
Flowers - Petals and Patina
Catering - Golden Lion