When I met Alex and Dan for their pre-wedding shoot a couple of months ago I had a feeling that their wedding was going to be a pretty amazing day, I just hadn’t expected it to be quite this amazing! The Bond Company in Digbeth, in the heart of Birmingham’s creative community, is one of my favourite places to photograph weddings. The former Victorian era bonded warehouse, sitting on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, tends to attract couples that like to do something different for their special day. Alex and Dan certainly did things their own way.
I met with Alex and her bridesmaids at the Tennant Street Lofts in Birmingham city centre for bridal prep. It was a wonderfully relaxed wedding morning with Katy Bird busy on makeup and Chris from Hush Hair and Beauty on hair duties. The girls also kept themselves occupied with breakfast and a glass (or two) of prosecco. As the morning moved on Alex’s stunning flowers and bridal bouquet were delivered to the flat, courtesy of Dee from Primrose Flower Boutique. It was then time for the girls to donn their dresses, for the ceremony Alex wore a stunning Made with Love Bridal wedding dress which was from Coco and Kate of Hatton. With the ceremony time approaching Alex and her dad jumped in their incredible wedding car, a stunning vintage Indian Ambassador, from Kushi Cars and made their way to The Bond Company.
Awaiting for the arrival of his beautiful bride in the Waterside Room was Dan, looking incredibly dapper in his super sharp suit from The Kooples. The ceremony was a lovely heartfelt affair with lots of love, laughter and an impromptu sing-along to It Must Be Love by Madness as the register was signed. With the legal formalities completed everyone then headed outside into the courtyard to shower the new Mr & Mrs Mawson with confetti (absolutely tons of confetti!). As the drinks reception got underway David the Caricaturist wandered amongst the guests doing some amazing drawings of those attending the wedding. With the drinks quaffed it was then into the Gatehouse for the wedding breakfast, with a desert provided by the street food truck from The Bournville Waffle Company.
I’ve seen some amazing best man’s speeches over the years but I think Dan’s best man (another Alex) takes the title for the most epic best man’s speech I’ve ever seen. He’s spent several months, in secret, teaching himself to play the guitar. Then he re-wrote the Oasis song Half The World Away into Dan’s life story, which had the whole room rolling with tears of laughter (and has probably put all those present off Lucozade for life!).
Everyone then made their way back outside and under the canopy for the first dance, played expertly by The Wayfarers . The dance floor then opened up for the rest of the guests as The Wayfarers kept everyone singing and dancing along to a mix of acoustic tinged folk, pop, motown and rock. With the sun setting it was then back inside the Gatehouse where The Best Men DJs kept the dance floor jumping until the early hours with an eclectic set of indie, rock, soul and funk tunes.
Before I sign off I must once again say a huge thank you to Alex and Dan for having me along to their epic wedding, it truely was an incredible day full of fun, family, friends, love, laughter and music. I should also say a big thanks to the amazing Leanne from Wild Heart Films who did an epic job on video duties.
Here’s a few photos from Alex and Dan’s barnstorming Bond Company wedding, if Carlsberg did weddings . . .
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