A stunning real wedding The Lowry, Manchester filled with sunshine and sparkle. Tamsin and Dean got married in July 2008


WHERE: The Lowry, Manchester

WHEN: July 2008

PHOTOGRAPHER: Stewart Christopher

The proposal

After nine years together, Dean popped the question while the couple were on holiday in Spain.

The bride’s real wedding outfit

Tamsin’s gorgeous fishtail dress was designed by Alice James and bought from Bride Be Lovely, Manchester. Her pretty crystal fascinator came from bd-i.co.uk and finished her up-do perfectly. Dean also sent her a diamond bracelet on the morning of the wedding, while Tamsin sent him photos from a fyeoportraits. com shoot.

“We had our first dance as the sun was going down – it made for a really romantic atmosphere”

The groom’s outfit

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Dean hired the suit for his real wedding from Young’s Hire. His funky tie came from Debenhams and the handkerchief was made by a friend.


The bridesmaids

“We had our first dance as the sun was going down – it made for a really romantic atmosphere” Three adult bridesmaids wore black, prom-style dresses From Additions Direct, plus the all-important rainbow shoes from redordead that Tamsin loves and which sparked the day’s rainbow theme. Tamsin also bought organza ribbon to make rainbow sashes: “To curl the ends of the ribbon, we invested in some starch and some curling tongs the night before the wedding.”


The flowers

The wonderful Fleur Provocateur created the beautiful flowers for the real wedding. Fiona’s bouquet contained Avalanche roses, Akito roses, Trachelium, Limonium, Italian ruscus and purple Vanda orchids. The pew ends and windowsills were decorated with white candles, organza, ivy and white ribbon. The buttonholes were white roses and to differentiate the groom, they added lavender sprigs.

The make – up

“Splash out on someone to do your hair and make- up,” advises Tamsin. Holly from orchidindulgence was just the person: “The mineral make-up she used stayed on all day and our hair remained in place despite all the dancing. She was great and stayed calm – she was even ready with a safety pin to fix a dress dilemma!”


“I don’t think anyone was expecting big scaffolders to get up and do a reading – they were fab!”

The flowers

Tamsin carried a bouquet containing ivory roses while the bridesmaids carried small bouquets of coloured roses. The flowergirls carried a wire, heart-shaped handbag that Tamsin filled with white roses and finished with ribbons around the handles. “They worked really well, surviving drops on the floor,” says Tamsin of her real wedding flowers

The ceremony

To keep the ceremony personal, the bridesmaids read The Art of a Good Marriage and two of the ushers read I rely on you, changing the words slightly to ‘you rely on each other’.


The cake

amsin found the cake stand online and then bought multi-coloured Fiona Cairns cupcakes, topped with a ChoccyWoccyDooDah cake, all from Selfridges.

The reception

Each table was decorated with tall glass vases, filled with colourful gerberas. The table numbers and place names were handmade by the couple with a DIY set from confetti They also made the table plan using artificial gerbera heads from Dunelm Mill.


The favours

Tamsin and ‘the girls’ had a fun afternoon putting jelly beans into white favour boxes, which were tied with a coloured ribbon.

The Honeymoon

Tamsin and Dean flew out to Riviera Maya, Mexico, for a well-deserved rest.