At the kilo sale we get our fair share of outfit inspiration from our customers – whether it’s a colourful hairstyle, a beautiful dress or a customised jacket. That said, sometimes we get a customer who goes that little bit further…how about a wedding dress?
If you were at our Birmingham kilo a few weeks back, you might have spotted Emma Gormally, or should we say, Emma Hutchinson. Delving deep into our kilo tubs, we suspected that her gorgeous frock might be the stuff of a photoshoot day out. Little did we know that it was actually Emma’s wedding day! An avid fan of the Custard Factory and it’s markets, we managed to track down the lady herself to find out about her fabulous vintage day out.
What brought you to The Custard Factory?
We got married in The Old Library. When Ben proposed this was the place he envisioned it would take place. We visit The Custard Factory a lot and I used to rent out art studios there in the past so we have lots of memories and associations with the place. I come to many markets at The Custard Factory as secondhand shopping is one of my favourite things to do – I will definitely be coming back for the kilo sale!
Tell us more about your day!
It was a truely beautiful day surrounded by our nearest and dearest. Our 18 month old son Arlowe wouldn’t leave his dads arms throughout the entire ceremony which actually made it all the more special. Our amazing photographer took some incredible shots in the streets surrounding the venue using street art and smoke bombs as our back drop.We then danced into the night…..
Was your wedding influenced by vintage in any other way? Your dress was absolutely beautiful, did this theme carry through the rest of the day?
I love all things vintage and some of my favourite vintage pieces from home became part of the decoration. Upon entering The Old Library for the first time I absolutely loved it but everything was white so I knew a huge injection of colour was needed. I am an Art tutor at a Special Needs College so I made the majority of the decorations myself but I did buy some Mexican picado flags online to really provide that sense of celebration and colour. I also used embroidery hoops in an alternative way as wall decorations with streams of ribbons cascading down from them. We also had a touch of Mills and Boon incorporated into the table signs to honour the original use of the building. Name cards were old library cards I stamped guests names onto.
I loved my dress and was really going for a vintagy look and was very happy to find this dress on ASOS for a bargain price.
What tips would you give brides-to-be on planning their big vintage wedding day?
My biggest tip would be just to take a moment where it’s just the two of you at some part of the day to catch your breath and take it all in. A friend of ours did just that, took both our hands and whisked us into a quite room, sat us down and it was such a lovely few moments.The day goes so unbelievably fast!