Colourful Birmingham wedding with energy and heart

This wedding was particularly special to me.  Being neurodiverse often presents challenges.  But bride Lauren is a living example of turning it into a super power and she sends out a strong message to just be yourself, no matter what.  She is wild, courageous and I LOVE her!  This wedding was a visual treat; a non stop kaleidoscope of animated people, FUN times, and with no shortage of heart too.  I could go on but I won’t.  There’s so much more to talk about re: this wedding, and Lauren is the perfect person to begin.

Iron house wedding first dance groom wears party bowlers hat the couple are surrounded by bubbles

An excuse for a good party

Lauren explains how she and John ended up walking down the aisle:

‘John and I met at work where he baffled me with 50p chat and by inviting himself to meetings I attended.  Despite my dismay in his choice of footwear (his dad’s brown moccasins) he won me over.

‘We moved from Liverpool to Birmingham in 2017 where neither of us really wanted to be (and have stayed for 7 years).  We built a wonderful and rich life together full of adventure and laughter while both maintaining our own interests and individuality, despite how different they are!

‘Keen to throw a massive party where I could curate the music, I slowly chipped away at John stressing my desire to not be an old maid.  We got engaged in May 2022, success!  No kids, but a wonderful cat Esteban, it was only right.’

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Iron House in Birmingham – a historic industrial building in the Jewellery Quarter

Take the word ‘exuberant’ and multiply it by 50.  Lauren and John knew what they wanted from the outset and their vision resulted in a colourful, truly joyful celebration with friends and family.

As a venue they opted for their wedding photography at Iron House in Birmingham, a bright modern gallery space with exposed brick and artwork on display.  There were little touches to embrace the quirky style of the venue, from the colourful bridesmaid’s dresses to the chalkboard designs throughout, provided by artist Hannah Exall.

bridesmaids in colourful shift dresses shoot bubbles with bubble guns at bride and groom

Unique wedding touches

Lauren’s look embraced vintage sophistication, from the lace detail on her dress to her cute pixie cut and red lip, styled on the day by Lipstick and Curls.

You’ll see there is no confetti shot for this wedding; it was bubbles all the way; fun, environmentally friendly, and they didn’t seem to run out for quite some time… let’s just say that the guests had a lot of fun with their bubble guns.  You may pick up on that.

No shrinking violet

If you hadn’t noticed, you can probably tell from the image above that Lauren is no shrinking violet.  She describes this pic as:

‘pure carnage, before the first dance too if I remember correctly! I particularly enjoy the look of confusion and disdain on the faces of guests, while bridesmaid fully supports and encourages this display of anarchic behaviour. That’s classic me, right there. Having a lovely time without a care of the views of observers – meant in the nicest way!’

emotional bride walking down aisle with father and sunflower bouquet

Treasured memories for many reasons

There were so many wonderful elements to the day, Lauren found it difficult to pick one favourite.  But it was clear how much it meant to her that her dad could be there to celebrate and contribute.  She says:

‘I have particularly special memories of my dad and I; he had terminal cancer and was struggling. But he showed up in every way to what was basically a four day party and you would never have known how ill he was.

‘I can’t lie, hearing my dad’s speech was always a big bonus to getting married, I’d heard how good his speeches were at his annual Union dinner events and he pulled it out of the bag for my brothers big gay wedding a few years before, not shying away from celebrating LBGTQ equality in his speech.

‘Having a good dance to Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits with my dear old man is now a treasured memory.’

This wedding is also a treasured memory of mine.  From start to finish, the colours, the energy and all the emotions made it not only a joy to photograph, but also a wonderful experience I won’t be forgetting in a hurry!

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