A beautiful real wedding in classic monochrome with a hint of pink for good measure! Michelle and Roy got married in September 2010.


WHO: Michelle and Roy

WHERE: Himley Hall, Dudley, West Midlands

WHEN: September 2010

PHOTOGRAPHER: Boo Photography



The proposal

“It wasn’t a traditional proposal,” remembers Michelle. “Roy would often drop little comments into conversation like ‘when we’re married’ and ‘I’m going to marry you one day,’ – so I wasn’t too surprised. While out Christmas shopping in 2009, Roy suddenly announced that he would like to marry me, and that we should go ring shopping, and that was that!”

The bride’s outfit

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Michelle looked simply sublime in her Rosetta Nicolini for Berketex Bride real wedding gown. “As soon as I put this dress on I knew instantly, whatever the cost, I had to have it. When I walked out of the changing room my friends welled up. Everyone agreed that I was glowing and that my whole body language seemed different in this dress,” explains Michelle

The groom’s outfit

Roy and his best boys hired their real wedding suits from Formal Affair

The bridesmaids

“I had three bridesmaids, but I also wanted all our nieces, so I ended up with eight bridesmaids instead!” laughs Michelle. “To avoid looking like a football team, I dressed the older girls in black and white and the younger ones in pink and white.” The adult dresses were from Littlewoods and the others from BHS. We think the girls fit this real wedding monochrome theme perfectly

The ceremony

The whole of the couple’s real wedding was held at Himley Hall, with their civil ceremony in the Green Room

“I just knew that, whatever the cost, I simply had to have that dress!”

The reception

To personalise their evening party, Michelle and Roy used Wow Factor Events as their one-stop shop for monochrome and baby-pink decorations. For a twist on tradition, the couple also made 3D table numbers using materials from Hobbycraft. We love the black tablecloths and chair covers, perfect with the pink bows, great for this monochrome real wedding theme

The cake

“Our real wedding cake was amazing!” smiles Michelle. “We bought it from Cake Land, who designed it based on a picture I cut out from Wedding Ideas. We made sure we took a big chunk home, it definitely tasted as good as it looked!” We love their pink creation!

The entertainment

“The dancing took place in Himley’s swimming pool room. We hired the hotel’s resident DJ because he came recommended,” says Michelle

The favours

“We gave traditional sugared almonds as our real wedding favours,” remembers Michelle. “I just love the sentiment behind them.”

The first dance

Was a self-confessed (by the bride!) shuffle to Savage Garden’s I Knew I Loved You!

The honeymoon

The couple jetted off to the ultimate romantic honeymoon hotspot – Meeru Island in the Maldives.