I always love it when couples do something a little different and really stamp their own personalities over their wedding day. Sian and Conor absolutely broke the mould and proved that in the era of COVID19, small can most definitely be beautiful when it comes to weddings. Their COVID micro wedding took place back in August when the limits on the number of people allowed to attend were fixed at 30. Despite this scaling back from their original plans their wedding day was still full of love, emotion and joy. They proved, that despite the COVID19 pandemic, that love is not cancelled!
I met with Sian early on the morning of the wedding at Staying Cool At Rotunda, a chic aparthotel, smack bang in the middle of Birmingham City Centre. Bridal prep was in full swing with Zoe from Hairatage Pershore on hair duties and Stacey Peplow on makeup. It was a lovely start to the day as the girls relaxed with a glass of champagne (or three) whilst being pampered in preparation for the day ahead. As the clock ticked closer to the ceremony time Sian donned her stunning 1920’s inspired Eliza Jane Howell wedding dress, which was from Dress Me Pretty of Hinckley. Her bridesmaids wore beautiful pink full length dresses by Lipsy at Next.
The ceremony was held at Fazeley Studios in Digbeth, a few minutes drive across the city centre in the heart of Birmingham’s creative quarter. Conor waited patiently for his wife to be, looking very dapper in his blue three piece suit which was from Hawes & Curtis. Fazeley Studios is a venue I know well, having shot there many times in the past. The former Unitarian Church and warehouse space provides a stunning backdrop for any wedding. The ceremony was held in The Garden Room which had been styled by Charlotte from Fine & Dandy. The room had been lined with eucalyptus and terrarium candlelight lanterns, and had a timeless and elegant feel which perfectly matched the mood of the day.
With the I do’s completed everyone then made their way into the stunning Grand Gallery for a drinks reception whilst I whisked the bride and groom off out onto the graffiti clad streets around the Custard Factory for some portraits. With the drinks quaffed and the photos completed everyone headed back to the bride and groom’s house in Burbage, Leicestershire for the wedding breakfast and evening reception.
Sian and Conor’s garden had been transformed into the perfect micro wedding space with a mini marquee. Inside a ‘Best Day Ever’ pink neon sign took centre stage with trailing foliage and glitter balls leading to the dancefloor. Their guests were treated to a wedding breakfast of artisan pies with mash, which was expertly whipped up by the boys from Rustic Kitchen & Deli. Evening entertainment was provided by The Medley Boys who kept the dancefloor rocking until the early hours with plenty of fun and funky music. We had sing-a-longs, synchronised dancing, body popping, gurning, grooving and shaking.
Before I sign off I must say a massive thank you to Sian and Conor for having me along to their very unique micro wedding. It was a real pleasure to have been involved in such a special day. Here’s a few photos to give you a feel of their truly amazing wedding . . .
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