Hello! I’m Kayleigh, a 27 year old wedding lover with dreams big and bigger hair. I am an avid reader, lover of all things “extra” and a huge ABBA fan.
I got engaged in 2017 and have been planning my wedding since then. I am currently based in Manchester with my 28 year old partner Sam.
I’m the manager of a casework team at a regulatory agency. Sam also works for the same organization. It’s not the most exciting job, but it does come with the added bonus of a few extra days of vacation entitlement when you get married.
How did you meet
Although we have some mutual friends, after matching we really started talking on a tinder. This seems to be the case for many of our friends and some family members (Sam’s brother married his Tinder sweetheart three years ago).
How did the proposal come about?
To suggest, Sam took me to my favorite place in Manchester (Werneth Low which is part of the Pennines and has a view of the whole city) just as the sun was going down. After he asked the question, we went home where a group of some of our closest friends had planned a surprise engagement party (it’s a good job I said yes!).
He chose (after several clues) a moonstone and diamond ring. I adore moonstones as they are said to bring good looks, feelings of love and affection, and new beginnings.
What is your vision for your wedding and has that vision changed in the light of COVID19 – if it has changed, how (maybe fewer guests? Change of venue or decor / style?)
I’ve always been drawn to the more industrial venues – I think life in Manchester has influenced that for the past 8 years – and we knew a ‘traditional’ venue wasn’t for us. This has shaped our vision for the day from the start, especially the decor and even the wedding date. We want a fun, modern and relaxed day, but above all a day that represents us as a couple.
While Covid hasn’t yet affected our plans (aside from sticking our bums into equipment and book suppliers), it made us realize that we can have our vision for the day regardless of the number of guests or the location. Friends and family are very important to both of us and it seemed like a non-negotiable part of our day to have them there. However, after the events of 2020 it reminded us that our wedding day is ultimately OUR wedding day we have to be there but everyone else is a bonus.
Another change in our vision for our wedding was the planning. Many of the typical planning events – clothes shopping, vendor meetings, catering consultations, etc. – had to be carried out virtually, especially as Manchester was more restricted than other parts of the country.
I also took this as an opportunity to do a couple of online workshops with wedding planners who were turning their businesses around during this time. While this was an unexpected change, it had a positive impact on our wedding planning experience rather than making it any less special, even though it did not meet our original expectations of planning a wedding.
Have you already chosen your dress? (and would you like to let us know who the designer and the boutique / seller / source of purchase is, or would you prefer to remain silent?)
I planned to start the clothes hunt in March, but with restrictions still in place, I booked some virtual appointments last month to get an idea of what I like and more importantly, order lead times. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one. The boutiques worked really hard to make the experience as special as possible.
So far I have my eye on Charlie Brear, Jesus Piero, Halfpenny London or Cecile Bahnsen (which are not exclusively bridal, but the midi dresses with puff sleeves are in my dreams).
I’m 5ft 1 so I’m worried a typical wedding dress might flood me (toilet paper dolls are cute but not what I want to look on my wedding day). Lately I’ve really been influenced by micro-wedding and elopement styles. I love the luxurious modern look and I think I’ll try to replicate it.
Glad there are so many different boutiques in Manchester to suit most vibes and styles. I had virtual appointments at The White Closet, Rock the Frock and Flamingo Boulevard in Liverpool.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Sam and I are both avid readers and concertgoers – our love of music is why our entertainment is such an important part of our day.
I have a terrible habit of finding new craft ideas every few months. At the moment I want to learn how to make my own tablecloths and matching napkins – this is very much influenced by the time I spent on “table scenery”. pinterest. I also spent a couple of nights making clay candlesticks for the wedding which was really fun. Sam isn’t always convinced of my great crafting plans, but I can usually convince him to get involved (even if he hesitates!).
What music is currently on your playlist?
Union by Her (the perfect modern song about romance and marriage).
Elton John and ABBA always appear on my playlists.
Last movie that you saw?
Romeo and Juliet by Baz Luhrmann – it’s one of my favorite films. We almost booked a venue just because it gave me a R + J vibe – it was a large monastery (now wedding venue) with beautiful red and green glass windows.
Movie that you would recommend our readers to watch next and why?
Almost famous – it’s another of my favorites and some of our wedding decor and music options have been influenced by it. It has the best soundtrack and Kate Hudson is a curly haired goddess.
In 2020 I managed to read 50 books (this is definitely a boast, but it’s the only thing I achieved last year) and this year I already have a stack to work through, starting with Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
Any favorite books?
Oh that’s a tough question, today it’s probably Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and All I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton. Ask me tomorrow and it will be something else.
We are very excited to be documenting our honeymoon with Love My Dress who has been a source of inspiration and comfort throughout our wedding planning. We are 9 months away from our December 21st wedding and can’t wait to share how our planning is going!