Some moments really sticks with you and I remember my very first meeting with Hannah and Michael like it was yesterday. It was the end of May last year and it was one of those evenings when it was still nice and warm around 5pm but by 9pm it was getting so cold! It’s funny how you remember such a small thing! Hannah and Michael live in Leeds and we arranged to meet the day before I had to head up to Scotland. So we spent a good few hours discussing their every little plan they had for their August wedding. I remember calculating in my mind at the time, we only had 11 weeks, for a total of 600 guests… with still a long list of to-do’s!
Hannah and Michael are incredibly busy people. They work 7 days a week around the clock for the family business and to plan a wedding too was impossible, so they knew it was time to get in touch with me to help them. With so much to do and each week was getting closer to their big day, I was virtually working round the clock myself! We had late night meetings as they start work early and didn’t finish work until 7-8pm and we had to get every small detail in place from invitations, flowers, the most incredible vintage Porsche for the groom, decorative items, finalise the catering, car parking for guests for the city banquet reception, arrange timings for all four dress changes for Hannah, including make up and hair, finalise the lion dance route and instructing bride and groom… the list seemed never ending. But the day went so perfectly and smoothly! A huge thank you to the team who worked from early until late for Hannah and Michael’s big day and to Butterworth Photography for these lovely photographs!
Oulton Hall –
Hannah and Michael had chosen the beautiful Oulton Hall for the ceremony and on the morning of the wedding we had gorgeous blue skies and sunshine. The bridesmaids were preparing for the door games and I had selected the most perfect suite for this. Big enough for the brides family to remain in the suite and a private hallway for the Hing-Dai’s!
The fantastic Louise Ingman Hair and Rachel Liney Make Up remained with us all day for Hannah’s hair and make up…
Chinese Door Games
Nervous Hing-Dai’s ready or maybe not so ready?! The Tze-Mui’s were certainly ready!
Seaweed and something super sour! This is for the Sweet, Sour, Bitter and Spicy tradition
Firenza Floral Design was a great pleasure to work with and both of Hannah’s bouquets were gorgeous. We decided to have a bouquet to complement Hannah’s different dresses in particular one for her Chinese Kwa and another softer bouquet for her white wedding dress.
Oriental City –
The bride and groom were greeted by the traditional Chinese Lion Dance on arriving at Oriental City, where the Chinese Banquet was hosted. This was also a very well known restaurant in Leeds owned by Michael’s family.
May I take this opportunity to once again Congratulate Hannah and Michael on a very long and blissful marriage!… Carms xo
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Wedding Planning – Carmen Weddings | Photography – Butterworth Photography | Ceremony Venue – Oulton Hall | Reception Venue – Oriental City | Florist – Firenza Floral Design | Make Up Artist – Rachel Liney | Hair Stylist – Louise Ingman | Porsche Speedster – Private Hire