Love in the city

Jodie and Duane's urban nuptials were all kinds of cool

Jodie Kendrick and Duane Riley first met 10 years ago when they were introduced by mutual friends. “They knew we'd be a good match, so they set us up,” remembers Jodie. Fast-forward seven years and Duane planned a getaway to Paris. “I had my suspicions that he was going to propose but I didn't want to get my hopes up!” says Jodie. After three nerve-wracking days for Duane he finally got down on one knee during a romantic stroll in the city on their last night. Returning home, the couple set the date for 7th October, 2016 and chose to hold their ceremony at the stunning St George's Hall followed by a reception at the uber cool venue OH ME OH MY.

Here, Jodie tells us more about their day, which had a gold and navy colour scheme…

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We knew we wanted a city-centre venue so we chose the stunning Concert Room at St George's Hall for our ceremony and drinks before getting a red double-decker bus to take us to OH ME OH MY for the reception.


Love in the city: Image 2aAs Duane is a huge Liverpool F.C fan all our friends were joking that we'd have a red and white colour scheme! Instead, we chose gold with hints of navy. It was perfectly in keeping with the ornate furnishings at both of our venues and was great for our autumn nuptials. My taste is both vintage and modern so this was very much reflected in the décor we chose.

Love in the city: Image 2 At just 5ft tall I was conscious that I didn't want my dress to swamp me. My sisters, mum and mum-in-law came with me to visit the Bridal Factory Outlet in Stockport, it was the first shop I had visited and I wasn't expecting to find the one! When I put my gown on I fell in love with the classic-style train and perfect fit; we all had a little cry so we knew it had to be! I accessorised it with gorgeous Jimmy Choo shoes, a statement belt and a pretty hairslide from Cambric Gowns. My something borrowed was a vintage bracelet from my mum.


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I'd been to our reception venue for lunch and I absolutely loved it, we knew it'd give us the relaxed and fun atmosphere we were after.


Love in the city: Image 4aMy step-mum made our three cakes and we placed them on vintage cake stands of varying heights. The flavours were delicious – chocolate, vanilla and red velvet.

Love in the city: Image 4 A friend of the family owns Headquarters salon in Liverpool; I loved having her at my hotel before the wedding to help me get ready. My make-up artist, Caroline James, was wonderful, she really listened to what we all wanted and my face didn' t need touching up all day.


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Duane looked so handsome in his navy suit and dark red tie from Gieves & Hawkes. For his groomsmen we chose a classic grey suit with navy tie so they matched with our theme.


Love in the city: Image 6aI was lucky enough to have my four sisters as my bridesmaids. I loved the two-piece dresses that Coast brought out each season and knew they'd be my girl's style, I was so happy when it introduced a gorgeous navy skirt and gold top.

Love in the city: Image 6 Our favours were a real hit; Hendrick's gin and tonic served in a little cup and saucer!


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Each table looked slightly different as we decorated them with my collection of bottles, candleholders, vases and brass trinkets that my friends and I covered in gold glitter.


Love in the city: Image 8aRebecca from Iv y Pip & Rose florist had some amazing ideas, I knew I wanted all white flowers and she really brought my vision to life. She was so helpful on the da y too, setting everything up and moving arrangements between our two venues. My bouquet was a mix of fresh blooms including roses, gerberas and ranunculus.

Love in the city: Image 8 We tied all of our stationery in with our gold and glitter theme. We wrote our menus and order of the day on large mirrors and bought a vintage deed box for our cards.


Love in the city: Image 9aThe first thing we ticked off our to-do list was chose our first dance song! We always knew it'd be Baby I'm Yours by the Arctic Monkeys as they were the first band we saw together. Our last song of the night was You'll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers, at this point Duane and I were up on people's shoulders as everyone sang and celebrated, it was an incredible moment.

Love in the city: Image 9 Our DJ asked us to pick 10 songs and they then made a playlist around our taste. My dad's band also performed; everyone loved them and the dancefloor was packed all night. Dad even wrote a song especially for the wedding – it was such a lovely surprise.


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Since the wedding we've discussed if there's anything we'd change and we can honestly say no! Any little worries we had just disappeared and we had such amazing suppliers who really helped bring the day together.


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