A Little Look Behind the Wedding Scenes

Taking you behind the scenes of one of our fabulous weddings with pictures and words

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I love it when you see all the official pictures from a wedding or event and some of the photographers we get to work with are absolutely fabulous, like Georgia from Happily Ever Captured who photographed the wedding of Nicola and Neil Briscoe back in June at The Arches @ Dean Clough, who gave us these beauties.

I loved the wedding of Nicola and Neil and, as well as our usual planning and coordination duties, I also supplied all the floristry and styling, collaborating with one of my faves, Catherine from The Mindful Florist.

Most of all I loved Nicola and Neil; what an amazing couple with gorgeous children and fab family and friends, and when you get to really know a couple and trust each other, it allows you the opportunity to really be a part of everything and have ‘access all areas.’

That’s why, for a little change to the usual wedding blog, I thought I’d give you a photographic glimpse of ‘behind the scenes’ at a wedding, using the wedding of Nicola and Neil as an example.

As a wedding planner and/or coordinator you get to experience every part of a wedding; from fixing bridal underwear, dressing people, sewing up dresses, tying ties, pinning buttonholes, meeting and greeting guests, being the ‘fixer’ and ‘go to’ person, checking the behind the scenes in the kitchen and so much more, and for every ‘official’ photo you see of a wedding there is so much that goes on behind the scenes to make that shot happen.

Prior to the ceremony and once Nicola was changed there was a calm 20 mins of Georgia taking photos of Nicola and her two gorgeous flower girls…The official photos are beautiful, like this one of Nicola and her daughter Hollie….

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…. Calm, serene and moving… but check out all the behind the scenes shots and actions of plenty of people, including the amazing Cheryl Walker-Askew creating fabulous hair magic, to make sure children (and adults!) are neat and tidy, smiling and interested etc etc….

…. The flowers for the wedding were an amazing array of purples, greys, greens and whites and I always love getting together with Catherine from The Mindful Florist to work (it’s a great chat aside from the wonderful creative session it is!). The finished bouquets and floral displays were superb and even made Nicola shed a tear…..

…. Luckily, for once, the day of preparing the flowers was a nice sunny one so we got to play with floral loveliness outside….

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The food at The Arches @ Dean Clough crafted and delivered by the fabulous Eat Me – Drink Me always looks and tastes divine thanks to owner and Head Chef Tony and all his team…

….. but it takes a whole lot of active, creative and experienced people to get food this good….

…. and whilst the guests are happily eating, your suppliers, such as photographers and videographers, are busy getting all the important detail shots to make their work complete….

But remember, when you see the victorious and romantic pictures of first dances like this one…

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…. there’s every chance that cheer and laughter is not out of sheer joy of being newly married, but in fact due to a fire alarm triggering just at the moment you enter the dancefloor, leading to this…

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… you just never know! (thanks to the amazing Fire team always on hand and keeping us all safe).

…. and me? Well, on my weddings I’m everywhere, seeing it all, taking it all in and making sure everything runs smoothly to make a fabulous relaxed and memorable day for my couples….

…. Oh, and grabbing a sneaky selfie with the bride and groom!

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Much Love.

Tabby xxx

 

 

From Burdened to Breezy – It’s not Stressful when you’re Planning a Wedding that Suits!

The wedding of Georgie and Michael was simply perfect and it was a journey that went from wedding planning apprehension to relaxed perfection.

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As Georgie and Michael walked into a meeting with myself and Tabby a number of months ago it was clear they’d begun their wedding planning engulfed in apprehension. Was a formal wedding what they wanted? Were they both happy being centre of attention for the day? Was it possible to have all their friends and family there within their budget?

Although their package had technically already been agreed and the wedding booked, it seemed as though the weight of planning their own wedding still lay heavily on their shoulders. But one thing that was abundantly obvious was how much they loved each other and how they were ready to make the commitment to each other which declared their love to the world! Whether they knew the fine details of their wedding or not, they knew exactly how much they wanted to be together!

Armed and ready to take that burden off their shoulders myself and Tabby chatted with them at length about the way in which we could alter what they had so far planned in a way which made them more comfortable with their day.

The first hurdle came in the form of the guest list. Georgie and Michael were eager to have all their friends and family join them for all the celebrations and didn’t like the idea of having to separate guests between the day and the evening reception. However, this meant they were looking at a total of 150 guests attending their wedding, with a price tag that obviously reflected this (you guessed it, hurdle number 2…). We spoke through a number of ways in which we could make this work, but settled on the perfect solution: Georgie and Michael would have a 4pm wedding, which allowed all elements of their day to be pushed further down the schedule, and making the need for evening catering redundant! This drastically reduced the cost of having such a large wedding, and allowed them to have the wedding day they wanted without breaking their budget. A later wedding day also tends to have a more relaxed and informal feel to it – it reduces the chance of guests becoming bored while waiting for the next element of the day and takes away the necessity for additional elements, such as canapés, to make sure that guests don’t tip themselves over the edge while guzzling the bubbles.

This recipe for Georgie and Michael’s perfect wedding day worked a treat! Working in events herself, Georgie knew the importance of delegation for the sake of low stress levels and so had some fantastic friends on hand to help style and manage her day so that she could relax. Michael excelled himself by hand crafting the stunning wooden archway and surprised Georgie with the gift of an engraved stone plaque which took pride of place as the aisle centre piece under the arch.

The day was just as relaxed as this beautiful couple – they ate great food, drank lots of booze, played games, sang songs, and listened to fantastic live music! The day was filled with personal touches. A tree trunk was brought in for the friends and family who go skiing with the bride and groom to play the beloved game of ‘Nails’ (Google it! and don’t play it with children…), the bride’s uncle took control of the fantastic live music throughout the day, and friend of the happy couple, ‘DJ JD’, took the reins on the decks to kick off the party in the evening. Even the cake was hand crafted by loved ones who flew in from Malaysia to celebrate Georgie and Michael’s special day with them.  I think the icing on the cake for Georgie in particular was when her Dad shocked everyone by putting on a pre-dinner show consisting of a song written especially for their wedding. It was a real team effort to create the perfect day for them!

It was such a pleasure to have been able to get to know Georgie and Michael throughout the planning of their wedding day! The love they have for each other was so evident that it really was a joy to help them create their dream day, and an honour to watch them make their vows to each other. Georgie and Michael, congratulations! We couldn’t be more pleased for you. We wish you many years of blissful happiness together.

Abi xxx

The Details

Planning & Coordination: Mode for…Events

Venue: The Arches @ Dean Clough

Caterer: Eat Me – Drink Me

Official Photographer: Mark Dolby

A Little Tropical Fun at The Arches

At Mode for… Events one of our most frequently spoken top tips has always been “Don’t plan your wedding day around the weather.” The weather should always act as the icing on the cake of a wedding, it should never be dependant on the sun shining gloriously or a crisp layer of white snow creating a picture-perfect image!

At Mode for… Events one of our most frequently spoken top tips has always been “Don’t plan your wedding day around the weather.” The weather should always act as the icing on the cake of a wedding, it should never be dependant on the sun shining gloriously or a crisp layer of white snow creating a picture-perfect image!

However, it can often feel serendipitous when the perfect weather for the style of the event happens to occur…

On the 26th May we opened the doors to The Arches for the wedding of Erin and Jordan and raised a glass to both their marriage and to the hottest and most beautiful day of the year so far! With the theme of the wedding being set as ‘tropical and brightly coloured,’ it was an easy brief to meet with regards to beautiful florals and greenery. Mode for…Event’s own styling featured a mixture of splendidly colourful flowers including sweet Williams complimented by vivid greenery such as ivy, eucalyptus and a sprinkling of moss. As an out of the ordinary tropical touch the banqueting tables also featured gold  sea creatures lovingly hand decorated by the groom. As temperatures soared to a balmy 27 degrees, you could definitely forgive guests for briefly confusing Yorkshire with the tropics while sat in our courtyard catching the sun and sipping ice cold drinks!

Tabby was in her element creating beautiful arrangements with the most vivid of flowers. As a request from Erin she used striking Ranunculus with a threaded finish for the bridal party’s buttonholes, with the addition of a variety of Lego pieces for the children’s buttonholes. The Lego pieces added a fantastically fun element to the buttonholes and allowed the suited and booted toddlers to have a bit of fun!

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Erin and Jordan had aimed to have a fun and relaxed day to mimic both their character and their relationship. We think it’s fair to say that all involved would agree that they by far exceeded their initial brief, and blew their guests away with the additional detail they went into to assure all guests had an amazing day. From glitter face painting supplied by ‘Wish Upon a Sparkle’, to fantastic live music supplied by ‘Bare Brass Band,’ from flamingo topped naked cakes supplied by ‘Sweet Sugar Sixpence’ to our favourite VW camper van photobooth, Herman, supplied by ‘The Volkswagen Wedding Co.’ guests were entertained at every stage throughout the day! Plus, two ‘Arches firsts’ as we even welcomed a dance troop (featuring Erin’s Aunty) who kicked started the party in excellent fashion and a doggy ring bearer called Jack (the family’ Border Terrier) who also acted as Chief Videographer with a Go-Pro camera strapped to him (and he did an awesome job!).

Here’s to Erin and Jordan – may their marriage be as fun as their wedding, always entertaining, and with plenty of sunshine!

Love Abi xxx

Get the Look:

Venue – The Arches @ Dean Clough

Wedding Planning & on the day Coordination – Mode for…Events

Styling & Floristry – Mode for…Events

Food – Eat Me – Drink Me

Cake – Sweet Sugar Sixpence

Meringues – The Meringue Girls

Photographers – The Twins

Photobooth – VW Wedding Co.

Live Music – Bare Brass Band

Glitter Face Paint – Wish Upon a Sparkle

Tables – All Things Borrowed

 

 

 

Stairway to a Perfect Wedding – Brooke & Arron, April 2017, The Arches @ Dean Clough

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For me, an empty space is a bit like a playground. The only thing an empty space can be limited by is a lack of imagination. However, not everyone has the ability to look at an empty space and realise that the possibilities are endless, and that with a little hard work and TLC you can create anything you want!

Working as the in-house coordinators at The Arches @ Dean Clough, myself and Tabby often have the privilege of watching a couple fall in love with the venue, and when we saw this moment with Brooke and Arron (who married in April), we also witness their minds beginning to race with ideas on how they could use the ample space and beautiful industrial backdrop The Arches offers to create the vision they had for their wedding day.

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You could tell that throughout Brooke and Arron’s planning they were thinking of how they could create a wedding like no other their guests had attended. There was nothing that this beautiful couple hadn’t thought of – the detail they went into was superb, and their guests LOVED it! I think the most touching of their decorative features was the ‘Stairway to Heaven’, which featured images of loved ones who were no longer with them. I think it’s safe to say they’ll have made everyone watching very proud that day!

However, for those of you who know the Mode for…Events Team, you’ll know that the key to our hearts is always food! They kept their wedding both fun and on trend with special features such as the increasingly popular ‘donut wall’ and the timeless cheese board as a late night snack. Not to mention the beautiful menu for the day created by our in house catering team, consisting of: Chicken Liver Paté served with Rustic Bread and Spiced Apple Chutney, slow cooked Featherblade of Beef with Mashed Potato and a delicious Glazed Lemon Tart with Clotted Cream and Summer Berries.

Alongside Herman the Volkswagen campervan photo booth (from The Volkswagen Wedding Co), Arron and Brooke also created their own photobooth using beautifully painted door frames and a basket filled to the brim with props!

With well over 150 candles featuring in the décor for the day, the venue really came alive as the sun went down and the guests lined the dancefloor with sparklers, perfectly framing Brooke and Arron’s first dance to The Courteeners “Take Over The World”.

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From both myself and Tabby, along with the team at The Arches, we’d like to say a massive congratulations to Brooke and Arron. It was an honour to have been involved in their wedding and we’re so happy that they’re now beginning married life together!

Abigayle xx