The day we went all festive at Manchester venue “The Oast House”. It had to be done “A Christmas Wedding shoot 2016”. Last year we were in at Victoria Warehouse this year we are in “The Tipi Company’s” TeePee’s in the middle of Manchester in  Spinningfields , The hub of all the finest eateries and markets. I mean who says you cant have a tipi wedding in the city!

We decided to go all out for this shoot. Sticking to my city chic roots I wanted this shoot to stand out, and in all honesty be FUN. Yes wedding’s can have glitter and its not just for festivals either. I mean check out this glitter couple here on our instagram page. For sure the serious stuff has to take place, but at night this couple looked like they rocked it out and showed their personalities by having glitter sparkles amongst the proceedings.

So I’m not going to make you wait any longer…..

The make up was applied by Clare from Wish Upon  A Sparkle. Let us tell you what Team Sparkles offer

  • A professional make up application and face and body painting service.
  • Specialising in face art design, glitter and jewel embellishment to release your inner sparkle.
  • Sparkles for  weddings and practically any other event,  you can even let your hen party and wedding be unique with your own face art design or embellishment for the whole hen/ wedding party.

For something a little different for your wedding, book one of their face art creators to offer a face paint and embellishment feature for you and your wedding guests, booyah and that my friends is when the fun begins! Glitterbeards for the boys and sparkly eyes for the girlies, c’mon lets have it ……

Festive Glitter

We went full blown sparkle of candy canes reds and silver. Not to forget the sparkly red lips this was one extreme but awesome look. Clare applied the make up with pure ease and skill then set with a spray at the end. The sparkles stood the test of time from the shoot and where all intact at the end of the day.  You are able to remove them with water or baby wipes quiet easily.

Festive Glitter sparkles

Glitter make up

With the make up being such a focal point we though it best to slick the hair back into a ponytail. Charlie, founder of Brides by Binx  did a couple of ponytail looks. The first inspired by Cheryl Cole (or whatever surname we are on now) with a slight height at the front and big waves of curls. The second was a higher more modern ponytail with the hair wrapped round the bobble like in our feature image.

Ponytail - Bridal Chic in the City

Flowers bouquets were designed by Paragon Floral Design. Lisa says of the cute little handtied posy ‘I created a simple posy of ranunculus, pine and pepper berry bound in hessian and red wool perfect for a winter wedding the warm colours in the posy POP against the grey faux fur jacket. The posy is easy to hold making it a great bouquet for the chic city bride’
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For the second more alternative wedding bouquet Kate created was pretty epic. Its not for the wallflower but what city bride doesnt want to stand out? Kate says “A crescent frame design gives an interesting horizontal bouquet. Bags of luscious texture can be seen within the framework with delicate floral details trailing over the top which give a soft, flowing yet quirky feel. Perfect for a bride and can be shortened for bridesmaids too.” So there you have two awesome bouquets for the festive bride who doesnt want to go for the full red rose handtied bouquet….

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The Venue.
The Oast House houses teepee’s from a family run business “The Tipi Company”  were adorned with wreaths, garlands, lights and christmas trees.

They say” Once used to roast hops in the 16th Century, The Oast House turns the cosmopolitan Spinningfields on its head; offering a soon-to-be-world-famous selection of craft beers and ales, Champagne and wine. Food inspired by the deli, rotisserie and BBQ. A vintage escape from the ‘high-street’ pub, with live acoustic music every night and a whole host of outdoor events. A truly unique experience guarantees sublime social times, come rain or shine. Discover an adventure like no other ”

The staff were amazing keeping us topped up with lattes and tea’s on this horrible rainy day. But for me a special thanks goes to Matthew the events manager who was so accomodating throughout, a massive high five to you. The perfect place to hold a hen or stag do for a christmas wedding, it definatly goes to the top of our most awesome venue’s list. I was so tempted to sample the dishes but though better of it, the hubby would kill me if he missed out on this one… lol. So The Oast House I will be seeing you very soon!

The Oast House

Manchester Spinningfields Venue.

The Styling.
We wanted to go comfy cosy festive ski lodge style. It had to be in keeping with Christmas, the venue, the markets and all that the Spinnigfield surroundings has to offer. Now, I fully appreciate this is not an outfit of choice for 99% of brides but you know, my blog likes to think outside the box. Offering an alternative to the brides who may be getting married low key and  informal but want to have a second choice of outfit. It would fit a city bride who doesn’t want all the trimmings and big budget of a dress or maybe the bride that’s getting married in winter abroad on the slopes, in the snow etc. You know you can pull any look off from the high st when you put it together with some of the more traditional elements of a christmas wedding. The creams and ivorys of the outfit, paired together with a lighter colour festive faux jacket and festive bouquet. Its the perfect post wedding getaway outfit. It fun its playful and most of all stylish at a fractuon of the price.

The Model our beautiful Samantha, wore the ivory turtle neck and cream pants with the faux fur bomber jacket which cost £33 from New Look…..Yes £33. We bought a size 14 to create an oversized look. Shoes were models own.

The Oast House

Christmas Wreath The Oast House

Come and have an INSTA party with all the team who contributed today….

Images – Kenny Brown Photography
Flowers – Paragon Floral Design
Make Up- Wish Upon a Sparkle
Hair – Brides by Binx
Model – Samantha Dewhurst
Venue – The Oast House
TIPI’S – The Tipi Company

Big love hearts all around and all thats left to say is…

Merry Wedmas Peeps

love Nicole x