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West Didsbury’s Big Secret *Wedding*…

June 4, 2011
West Didsbury Secret Wedding

West Didsbury Secret Wedding

You might have seen our tweets and previous blog about the “wedding” which is going to happen in West Didsbury on Monday. If you haven’t, have a read here to get the background to one of the most unusual events we’ve ever been involved in…

It’s certainly generated a lot of interest, both over Twitter and via hits to the blog. The whole event ties in very nicely with the aims of the West Didsbury Wedding Event, the first which was held in March and the the second which will be held in October. The focus for these events is to showcase that you can largely source most things you need for a wedding from the independent businesses in West Didsbury – and now we have an occasion where we can show that we’ve realised our aims.

The schedule for the event will be released tomorrow – but Alex (the groom), would love as many people as possible to be “guests” at this event. If you’re in or around West Didsbury on Monday afternoon, then you can be a part of something that we think will be pretty amazing.

All of the businesses involved have given their services, time or both free of charge – and we think that’s a fairly forward thinking business community. All businesses were contacted and invited to take part, but because of the time scale, some weren’t able to be involved. The following will give you an idea of what each participating business will be doing on the day, or what they’ve been doing in the build up to the event.

The White Closet, West Didsbury

The White Closet, West Didsbury

The White Closet will be playing a very major role in the day. We managed to get our bride into the boutique for a fitting, on the pretext that we knew Nikki & as a favour, “Bride” could pop in for a fitting, so she had her proper measurements if she wanted a wedding dress designed abroad. By sheer “coincidence”, leading wedding dress designer and supplier to The White Closet, Charlotte Balbier, was there for a meeting with Nikki – she measured the bride and was able to ascertain that her favourite dress was the Tabitha wedding gown.

"Tabitha" by Charlotte Balbier

"Tabitha" by Charlotte Balbier

It was also very coincidental that wedding photographer extraordinare, Jonny Draper – he who did the amazing shoot at The West Didsbury Wedding Event – just happened to be in The White Closet. With his camera. And, he’ll be around on Monday to shoot the whole day. Although, maybe not that coincidental as he could have just popped in to say hello to his wife Emma, who works at The White Closet, but is also a make-up artist. Who’ll be making up our bride on the day. Nicola from Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe will also be making sure our bride has the most gorgeous accessories.

The Metropolitan, West Didsbury

The Metropolitan, West Didsbury

Our bride will leave The White Closet and, presumably by then, she’ll have an idea of what’s going on (!) – and head to The Metropolitan for the “ceremony”. This will be officiated over by a guest speaker, Jim Gregory of Grosvenor Media – and the bride and groom’s close family and friends will be at this ceremony. It will be held in the Metropolitan’s Library Room – but of course, members of the public are more than welcome to come and watch/be part of this event… Flowers and accessories will be provided by West Didsbury’s Flower Lounge and Frog Furniture respectively. There will also be musical accompaniment from local acoustic musicians, Gavin Jones & John King.

Flower Lounge, Didsbury

Flower Lounge, Didsbury

Although subject to change over tomorrow, the bride & groom will then leave The Metropolitan and head down Burton Road, with chief photographer Jonny photographing and our specialist vintage wedding film compnay, Pearls and Lace, filming the whole event for posterity. The wedding party will hopefully stop the traffic on Burton Road, popping into Frankie’s Fish Bar for refreshments – mini cones of fish & chips – before arriving at Rhubarb Restaurant for the “reception”…

Zoe Chiotis

Zoe Chiotis

In another example of collaboration, Lisa and the team from Rhubarb have joined forces with the Ben and the team from West Didsbury’s Thyme Out Delicatessen to feed the wedding party – expect some photos of some very innovative canapes, to be accompanied by the much sought after English Champagne, from Reserve Wines. The wedding cake (or cakes) – will be provided by And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon.

And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, West Didsbury

And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, West Didsbury

Zoe Chiotis, who was an absolute hit at the West Didsbury Wedding Event, will be providing some very romantic acoustic music during this part of the day. Canapes will be followed by a vintage cream tea, courtesy of the Silver Apples girls –

Silver Apples, West Didsbury

Silver Apples, West Didsbury

After the reception, the party will move back up Burton Rd – Pinchjos and Love2Eat will be entering into the wedding spirit, but more news of what they’re doing tomorrow.

Didsbury Life has worked with the groom to co-ordinate this event – and we’ll continue to work with Alex & his bride as they globe-trot, sourcing unusual wedding venues.

So – where do YOU come in? Well, you’re invited. If you’re in or around West Didsbury from 2.00pm on Monday 6th June, do pop along. The event will be being covered by various media outlets, so hopefully West Didsbury independent businesses – and our spirit of adventure & innovation – will be well covered!

More news tomorrow – if you follow us on Twitter, do please retweet messages about this event. We’d love to see as many people as possible out on the street on Monday…

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