Yep, you read that right. Rainbows. Flamingoes. Pineapples. Unicorns. And that, it turned out was just for starters. One of Katherine’s guiding principles is “If it’s not weird, I’m not interested” - you’ll see why that motto is so special later!
The venue for all this wonderful weirdness was Fazeley Studios in Digbeth, Birmingham. In the past it’s been a chapel, and even a warehouse, but it’s been converted into an amazing light-flooded ceremony and celebration space.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Katherine had chosen a special treat for a location for her bridal preparations. She got ready with family and friends in the penthouse suite of the iconic Birmingham landmark the Rotunda! While that morning being quite rainy meant that the views out over central Brum were quite grey, this was more than compensated for by all the colour and sunshine that Katherine, family and friends had brought inside with them. Phil got some fabulous shots.
I joined groom-to-be Rob with some of his close friends for a quick pre-ceremony pint at The Ruin, a great little pub just around the corner from Fazeley Studios. The rain cleared for us to make the short walk across to the venue.
The studios had been wonderfully decorated with rainbow ribbons and big white helium balloons. Katherine walked up this colourful aisle accompanied by her dad, following the beautiful and enthusiastic bridesmaids, Cami, Alex, and Isabella. The ceremony was led by an absolutely amazing registrar, with lots of laughs, and maybe just a couple of tears too.
Then it was time for Mr and Mrs Thomas to walk back down the aisle to a cacophony of confetti cannons! I remember these being very loud! The reception tables where all a riot of rainbow colours and unicorn and flamingo accessories. As a special surprise, Phil and i had organised Unicorn Bingo for all the guests to play after the speeches. This involved one poor guest having to wear a terrifying unicorn head and special sash, as he the picked numbered balls from an inflatable pool. Every wedding needs some Unicorn Bingo!
It was then time for the evening celebrations, and a Queen tribute band led by a very convincing Freddie Mercury! There were stick-on moustached laid on for everyone to help them join in with the classic rock on a particularly wild dance floor. We spirited Katherine and Rob outside for a quick bit of PixelStick rainbow light painting, before returning them to the floor to dance the night away!
Here are some of Katherine’s own words of her own perspective of her wedding day:“We originally planned to get married in Las Vegas, we found a really cool place called The Neon Museum. It’s an open air museum which houses used signs from casinos and hotels on the strip. You can get married there and we thought it would be fantastic for photos but unfortunately a close family couldn’t manage such a long flight – so back to the drawing board we went,”
“I saw something (not even sure now what) online about a place called Fazeley Studios in Birmingham – a little nosey online and I instantly had a feeling that this was the place for us. The same day I was in Birmingham as I was having dinner at Jamie’s Italian with my friends and daughters. I gave them a call over dinner and they told me to come over and have a look round – we went over straight after dessert and as soon as I walked in I knew it was the place for us,” she continued.
“We wanted something non-traditional and bright and colourful. We would say – lets have bright unicorns, let’s have skull heads, let’s have pineapples, let’s have big balloons with ribbons. Nothing was really planned – it wasn’t meticulously arranged – I just saw things I like and thought ‘that will work’ for the wedding and all came together with a bright, rainbow-like vibe.”
“I tried to use as many people for our wedding as I personally knew, surely your friends would do a great job. We chose The Dignums to be our photographers pretty early on – they really understood our vibe and what we were going for. I then asked my friend Zoe who owns a deli to make a cake made of cheese – she was up for that. A girls in my form group (I’m a teacher) said her mum did wedding flowers – so I asked her if she could do mine. Then it was just a case of ordering bits online – companies I would recommend would be Pop Pop Papier and Something Kindacute – both owners of these small business were extremely easy to deal with and you could pick up the phone – tell them what you wanted and they just ‘got it’ . Everyone made our lives very easy!”
“We made some pom-poms which was fun to do and fastened them together into brightly coloured bundles and our crazy table plan, which I made the night before the wedding at the venue!”
“The one thing I did want to get perfect was our Queen tribute act – and I was good at organising to go and see different sing in shows Freddie’s until we found the right guy! Our photographers Phil and Toby also arranged a hilarious game of ‘Unicorn Bingo’ as part of the after-dinner entertainment! This involved one of our guests wearing a big unicorn head and drawing numbered coloured balls from a paddling pool, and a cardboard cutout of the Queen as one of the prizes.”
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Venue: Fazeley Studios - http://www.fazeleystudios.com
Hair and Make Up - Nicola Honey - http://nicolahoney.com
Dress: Essence of Australia at The Bridal Boutique Warwickshire - http://www.thebridalboutiquewarwickshire.co.uk
Suit: Moss Hire - https://www.mossbroshire.co.uk
Florist: Dawn Oliver – A talented friend
Cheese “Cake”: Gin and Pickles - https://www.ginandpickles.co.uk
Stationery: Something Kinda Cute - https://www.somethingkindacute.com
Venue Lighting - Paul James Promotions - https://www.pauljamespromotions.com
Ballons: Huff, Puff and Away - http://www.huffpuffballoons.com
Live Music: Pure Queen - http://www.puremagic.biz
Unicorn Bingo - The Dignums