Bright and beautiful

An eclectic mix of tropical brights, flowers and golden animals set the tone for Hannah and Vin's big day.

Hannah Pottinger, 33, married Vincent Banks, 31, at Blakelands, Bobbington, on 31st May, 2017.

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I'd known for ages I wanted bright floral dresses for the bridesmaids and it's so hard to find one dress to fit different shapes, so when I found these I knew they'd be perfect for each of our girls. They each chose their own shoe style, which were all rose gold, as were my mum's.

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I opted for a Madison James design and found a great dressmaker, Kelly, who altered the shoulders and the back for me to make it into my dream gown. I wore golden accessories during the day including a headpiece and in the evening, when I wasn't holding my bouquet, I switched into floral shoes and had a different hair accessory. I also got a custom-painted leather jacket with a flamingo tattoo design that had 'Wifey' written on the back for the evening, which I still love wearing.

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A week after we got engaged we were in London and we walked passed a shop with a maroon suit in the window – Vin tried it on there and then and loved it. He also wanted to wear a bow tie so he totally stood out from the bridal party. I had a diamond shape of material cut out of the back of my dress and I asked Kelly if she could make it into a pocket square for him.

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Our dads and the best man wore the reverse colour order to Vin, so navy suits with maroon ties and shoes. The best man also had a bow tie. I had their pocket squares made from the bottom of one of the bridesmaids' dresses.

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Our florist Jo did an amazing job, I had a clear idea of what I wanted but she turned everything into reality. For my bouquet I asked for oversized, wild, bright flowers, including snap dragons, which remind me of my nan, and for Vin's buttonhole to have matching blooms. The bridesmaids had white wild flowers to go with their floral dresses.

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We opted for one long table during our wedding breakfast, so instead of centrepieces we had jars of colourful flowers and golden animals along the table. The splash of colour was inspired by a table cloth from Zara, which we have at home that we love – we even managed to incorporate that very table cloth in the wedding while we signed the register.

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We really wanted to get married outside and have a barn reception with the option to stay overnight as well. Blakelands just had everything we were looking for – because of our guest list we were conscious about getting a venue that didn't lose the intimate feel.

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Continuing the colourful florals theme we had a three-tier cake with rainbow, Victoria sponge and chocolate layers made by a friend, and dressed with two awesome cake toppers that my mum made for us, which gave us lots of laughs in the run up to the wedding.

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We had a Biffy Clyro song for our first dance, which was sung by our band Pelo. When we were first dating Vin listened to some quite alternative music and theirs was the only album I could bare to hear. They're now my favourite band too, we've been to loads of their gigs throughout our relationship.

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We wanted to have something that surprised our guests, so we secretly got hold of baby pictures of them and used them in our table plan, it was really hard to find some people's but was totally worth it when we saw their reactions.

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After our confetti shot I was covered in our multicoloured confetti – aptly named unicorn poop. There was loads in my curly hair so Vin, our photographer and two videographers set about pulling it out, which was really surreal and funny like I'd been a naughty kid getting mucky.


Hannah and Vincent's contact book

Bride's accessories

Bride's accessories

Bride's accessories

Bride's dress
Your Wedding Shop

Bridesmaids' dresses

Liam Price Music

Pelo The Band

Floral Secrets

Chris Fossey Photography