Here at SWD, we love a wedding full of pastels,vintage style bunting and dainty tea sets- but we also love a wedding that shakes it all up.
Lana and Lee broke the mould at their wedding by choosing the stylishly industrial venue WEST on the Green and going for navies, oranges, and reds for their colour scheme- a big departure from the softer, lighter colours usually favoured by couples on their big day. The result was stunning, and proof you don’t have to go pretty to be beautiful.
Read about the rest of Lana and Lee’s special day from the bride’s perspective…
West Brewery is so unique– as soon as we saw the amazing brick work on the façade, we knew we had to have our wedding there. We looked at the prices and it worked well with our budget. It was also far too tempting to be able to make jokes about ‘organising a piss-up in a brewery’!
Our ceremony was held in the hops room, which was really lovely; light and airy but with lots of traditional dark wood. The reception was held in their brand-new courtyard room, but the room was under construction when we booked, so we were only able to first see the space six months before the wedding. It was perfect for us though!
I jumped feet-first into decorating. We decided early on that the colours we wanted were navy blue, red and bright orange. As time went on, we ended up with lots of touches of gold too. The venue provided coloured lighting in the brewery which meant that the huge stainless steel vats were lit up, which made the space really atmospheric.
I had half of my flowers made up by the florist, but to save on costs the rest were made by myself and my bridesmaids with cut flowers from the florist and more foliage from family and friends’ gardens and hedges. I made all of the wire table numbers and water colour name tags myself. We also had beautiful five-foot-tall light-up ‘L&L’ letters by GO2 events in the reception room.
We had the most beautiful day. It was amazing to have everyone important in our lives in the one room dancing and enjoying themselves. The ceremony was an obvious highlight, and the moment I walked up the aisle and saw Lee at the end made it all worthwhile. Our ceremony was humanist and beautifully personal.
My favourite point in the night was right after our first dance when our second dance started– Let’s Dance by David Bowie–and everyone piled onto the dance floor. Seeing every one so happy was the most fantastic thing to be a part of.