A dusky-pink and shimmering silver real wedding, plus a reception that went off with a bang…


WHERE: Selly Manor Museum, Birmingham

WHEN: July 2008

PHOTOGRAPHER: David Jenkins Photography

How they met

“Friends introduced us when I first moved to London,” explains Jo. “James had a car and I needed a lift to Asda! It was as simple as that!”

The proposal

“James proposed over breakfast in bed with strawberries and a Chelsea bun – it was just perfect!” says Jo

The bride’s real wedding outfit

With its Champagne-coloured embroidery and vintage 1930s design, Jo looked stunning in her real wedding gown from Berketex Bride. “Under the antique embroidered detail and pale bronze sash, my satin dress flared out into layers of tulle netting and a medium-sized train. I also wore pale cream strappy sandals from John Lewis“.

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“Our centrepieces were tall vases of pink lilies plus an indoor firework that was set off during the speeches!”


The bridesmaids

“My one bridesmaid shone all day in her simple yet sophisticated, strapless, pale bronze dress from Debenhams,”.

The ceremony

Jo and James became man and wife at Selly Manor Museum in Birmingham. “This gorgeous Tudor barn is actually a museum during the week, but it’s also licensed for weddings,” explains the bride about the venue for their real wedding. “We loved the idea of getting married amidst forgotten treasures of the past”.


The reception

The newlyweds continued their celebrations in a marquee in the grounds of Jo’s parents’ house in Selly Oak.

The cake

“We had a Curly Wurly cake with ivory icing and pink hearts made by Konditor & Cook in London,” says Jo.


The favours

“We gave guests small wedding buckets from Chloe Beck and filled them with a mixture of sweets and chocolates,” explains Jo.

The menu

Perfect for an evening meal in the balmy evening sunshine, coupled with their (almost!) alfresco setting, Jo and James tempted guests to a feast of cold meats, a selection of salads, fish dishes and hot potatoes. A great idea for a summer real wedding!


The entertainment

“We had a barn dance to a selection of our favourite tunes played via an iPod, our first dance was to Michael Bublé’s Everything”.

The honeymoon

“We had a mini-moon at Griffon Forest Holiday Lodges just outside York,” says Jo. “We stayed in a gorgeous log cabin with our very own outdoor hot tub in the middle of a forest – a very surreal feeling! Our blow-out (and chill-out!) honeymoon is all set for the Maldives.”