Michelle Beasley and Aaron Guarini needed a stylish, edgy venue to host their non-traditional wedding on June 18, 2016.
The Drop Forge in Birmingham, a renovated Victorian factory, ticked all the boxes for the pair, aged 28 and 32 respectively. “We wanted something a little different, somewhere with character and not a typical wedding venue,” says Michelle. “The venue has lots of original features, gorgeous brick and wonderful light.”
Sixty guests attended their ceremony and in the evening, 130 loved ones were treated to tapas-style dishes served in various spots around the venue. “The many alcoves decorated with lights provided areas for our guests to relax in the evening,” smiles Michelle.
The bride and groom opted for stylish slate grey colours for their modern industrial wedding. “I decorated glass jars with lace, twine and grey ribbon which were filled with gypsophila and foliage from my bouquet and dotted around the venue,” says the Michelle of her DIY skills. “The round tables with silver chairs were simply decorated with slate cube centrepieces filled with foliage that matched my bouquet.”
Guests were given a takeaway for the evening – handmade favour boxes filled with either a scratch card, mini Jägermeister or a candle.
Photos courtesy of Dani Salmon Photography.
“The groom and groomsmen wore modern three piece grey suits and accessorised with knitted grey ties and pocket watches,” explains Michelle.
In Bloom handled the simple yet effective floral decorations at the couple’s reception.
“We opted for a ‘naked’ three tiered sponge cake filled with jam and butter cream decorated with foliage,” Michelle says of their desert from Wedding Cakes by Jayne.
Bomboniere: DIY, Confetti.com / Brides Accessories: Minetta / Brides Gown: Rachel Ash Bridal / Brides Shoes: Carvela / Bridesmaid Shoes: ASOS / Bridesmaids Accessories: Debenhams / Bridesmaids Dresses: ASOS / Cake: Wedding Cakes By Jayne / Caterer: The Drop Forge / Ceremony Music: Playlist / Ceremony Venue: Dudley Registry Office / Entertainment: Huw Jones, Ed Steelefox / Flowers: In Bloom / Grooms Attire: Moss Bros / Grooms Shoes: Topman / Groomsmen Attire: Moss Bros / Groomsmen Shoes: Topman / Hair: Taboo Salon / Honeymoon: Expedia / Invitations: Confetti.com / Makeup: Rachel Bourne MUA / Pageboy Attire: Next Retail Ltd, Debenhams Retail / Photographer: Dani Salmon Photography / Reception Venue: The Drop Forge / Rings: Goldsmiths / Transport: Big Red Bus / Venue Decor: In Bloom, Confetti.com / Wedding Night Venue: Hotel Du Vin Birmingham