This is our first real wedding blog of the year and it is totally up Bridal Chic in the City’s street. The lovely Rachel Joyce Photography contacted us to see if we would like to blog this wonderful couples city wedding. We went old school and delved deep for information, so let see what our lovely Mr &  Mrs Rourke had to say….

“We knew of each other through mutual friends and then Dan started stalking me on Twitter, I followed him back and rather soon after gave him my number. He proposed at home the day after he bought the ring (which was burning a giant hole in his pocket) after asking me to come out onto the terrace to look at a lacklustre sunset. We have spent this year and the last one travelling as much as we can and have actually taken in 3 continents, 5 counties, 12 major cities and more flights, trains and boats than any sane couple would. We knew we didn’t want to wait too long so started planning straight away. There was no other choice than the city centre for our wedding and after going on an early date to the Oast House Teepee and musing how great it would be for a wedding it seemed like the perfect choice and Matthew Lewty, the Business Development Manager made it so easy.”

“Our best moment is so hard to choose! Without my dad there my brother agreed to walk me down the aisle.  He is such an important part of my life,  my constant knight in shining armour and to be on his arm taking that walk watching the love of my life tearing up at the altar was something I will  remember forever. My brother is extremely laid back as is the groom, they are very calming influences in my life which became very apparent when my brother was asked who gives this woman away? Dan’s response, “errrr that’ll be me!” Dan’s best moment, in his own words were ” when I saw you for the first time walking down the aisle because my heart skipped a beat and I got the most amazing excited feeling I my stomach, never felt anything like it”.

The couple did not have any transport booked as none was needed but as they left the midland to jump in a black cab to the ceremony the first cab was a pure white one! It was perfect serendipity.


The brides dress was purchased from House of Nicholas from Bridal Bespoke Boutique Failsworth, a dear friend of my late fathers. The veil was my something borrowed from my best friend and maid of honour. My shoes were Louboutin and I had a personalised Aspinall bag. The groom’s suit was from Topman with shirts by Hawes and Curtis from king street in Manchester. He wore footwear from Paolo Vandini by Intro Menswear on Deansgate.

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The Flowers were arranged by David Wayman, Spinningfields. David added bouquet charms in memory of my dad and also used my dads guitar string to tie, it was perfect.

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Bea’s makeup was done by Grace Sloan from Charlotte Tilbury and my hair by Dawn Harland and Natalie Quansah.

The bridesmaids skirts were purchased on boohoo, wearing tops by river island. The accessories are by Carvela all customised by my fashion designer friend Hannah.

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“We wanted the wedding to be a Mancunian rustic winter woodland!  We bought most of the decorations ourselves and trusted the fantastic Matthew at The Oast House and a dear friend to put it all together on the day. Family enjoyed drinking enough wine and beer so we had enough empty bottles to decorate, and my sister and maid of honour were without fingerprints for a short while after a weekend of glue gunning but it was so worth it. The cards suitcase and table plan pus general decorations were all made by myself. When I walked into the teepee on the wedding day I cried, it was more perfect than I even imagined. The wooden invitations came from Sophia Victoria Joy.

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“We had rustic Mr and Mrs letters from Brides little helper and a fab selfie mirror with photo book from Boothtique. Our beautiful naked cake was made by our bridesmaid Penny who owns her own tea room Stanleys Kitchen in Ripponden, she did an incredible job.”

“We partied: The music was extremely important to us and we picked every single track that was played from the moment we woke that day to the very last song. Twisted Tubes were our band ,5 piece brass with drums and a singer and they were absolutely incredible they had everybody dancing all night. We literally danced from start to finish, if you weren’t dancing you probably didn’t see us.

We also had magic from the nicest man in the wedding industry Sam Fitton. The pictures Rachel took of him entertaining our guests are priceless and everybody loved him.  We are still trying to work out how he does that!

Food was also really important to our day  and the Oast House did a fabulous job of our wedding breakfast where we ate Cheese fondue, Hanging kebabs and a choice of 3 desserts. Our evening food was catered by our friends Amir and Umar Nazir formerly of The Asia restaurant, Rochdale.

For our Honeymoon we left two days after the wedding and spent new years in Miami where we dined at Versaces house, partied with Pitbull (I know) and lazed on south beach. We picked up a car and drove over to Key West which was the most incredible drive and a fabulous 3 days before flying to Sandals  Barbados where we truly relaxed for a week. It was perfect!”

“Our photographer Rachel  Joyce was incredible. She did a brilliant engagement shoot for us which helped us feel so comfortable on the day and we are over the moon with our wedding pictures. She captured so much emotion of the day and told a beautiful story. We also had a wedding video from Peas in a Pod Productions which we’re excited to see.”

We wish the lovely couple all our love and best wishes and thank them for sharing their special day with us all.

Team Chic x

Content written by the Bea Rourke and Images by Rachel Joyce Photography.