A cultural affair

Jenny and Dave's nuptials followed a Mancunian and Chinese theme at Manchester Town Hall.

Jenny Au, 30, married Dave Wood, 29, at Manchester Town Hall on the 8th July, 2017.

A cultural affair: Image 1We originally wanted to tie the knot in a country house and we did find a venue that we loved but unfortunately it wasn't flexible enough for us. We ended up visiting Manchester Town Hall and as soon as we saw it we fell in love. The staff were great, nothing was too much trouble and they were super flexible.

A cultural affair: Image 1b I work in a bridal boutique so I had a rough idea of what style I wanted. I did a lot of research online and as soon as I saw my dress I knew it was the one. I purchased it from a lovely store in Cheshire that unfortunately went into administration so I ended up dealing with the designer directly and having the dress delivered to my boutique, Honeyblossom Bridal.


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For the bridesmaids' gowns we decided to go for a knee-length wrap dress from Isabella Bridal in a range of colours. We wanted something everyone would feel comfortable in, especially my chief bridesmaid who was pregnant at the time. We all carried white peony and hydrangea bouquets that we purchased from Blossom.


A cultural affair: Image 3I had my hair and make-up done by Claire and Sarah from Salon Girl Code. I wanted to hire someone local and I did lots of research before I eventually came across them. My look lasted all day and I had so many compliments – I felt amazing.

A cultural affair: Image 3b We purchased our big-day bake from Cakes by Preye. It was three colours, white, grey and pink and a variety of flavours including piña colada, vanilla with custard and chocolate. I came across Preye's work on Facebook and fell in love with her style instantly. She decorated it with a mixture of drips, an ombre-effect and macarons.


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Dave wears a suit to work every day so he wanted something bright and bold. Due to him being tall and slim most high street stores don't stock his size so we had a bespoke suit made by Michael from James Personal Tailor & Son.


A cultural affair: Image 5Dave loves music so we hired a classical guitarist called Rik Roberts to play a specially arranged version of Somebody to Love by Queen as I walked down the aisle. We also had a three-piece acoustic band play and they turned into a five-piece party band in the evening. We had a DJ perform until the end of the night following their performance.

A cultural affair: Image 5b We were keen to include influences from my heritage so we hired the Manchester Chinese Martial Arts Centre to do a lion dance. We'd seen them perform in Manchester's city centre during the Chinese New Year celebrations and we knew we had to have them at our wedding.


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The venue was already so beautiful that we didn't need to add many decorations. We incorporated uplighters, tall birdcages, perspex boxes and large white lightbulbs into our centrepieces. We worked with the florist, Springbank, they were great and they let us choose anything we wanted from their warehouse.


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We had seen Liam's work at one of our friend's nuptials and we loved his style so it was a no brainer when it came to choosing our photographer. The Crawleys did an excellent job and we were even whisked away after a quick drink to Manchester's China Town and Northern Quarter for the urban shots we wanted.


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Black and white are considered unlucky colours in Chinese culture so we requested that our loved ones wear colourful hues. The unintended result was a brightly dressed group of guests that tied in perfectly with our summer wedding.


Jenny and Dave's contact book

Dunham Massey Brewing Company

Bride's dress
Honeyblossom Bridal

Bride's shoes
Kurt Geiger

Bridesmaids' dresses
Isabella Bridal

Cakes by Preye

Ceremony music
Rik Roberts


Furniture hire
TaDah Furniture Hire

Gift list
John Lewis

Groom's suit
James Personal Tailor & Son

Groomsmen's suits

Hair and make-up
Salon Girl Code


Lion dancers
Manchester Chinese Martial Arts Centre

Mother-of-the-bride's outfit
House of Fraser

The Crawleys

Reception music
Gypsies of Bohemia

Steven Stone

Button & Bride

Venue styling

Wedding night
The Midland