Eden by Jenny Packham for an Elegant City Wedding in Manchester… was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 by Annabel


"I think when you are getting all caught up with invitations and colour of ties etc,  to
remind yourself of that you are getting married becuase you love that person and that is
the important thing, the details are not…"

A very good morning to you! Have you had a nice weekend? Have you just got in to work, or are you taking the day off? Did you check this blog post that went live yesterday evening and that shares some images from my travels and adventures in London last week?

I have a week packed full to the brim with blog posts including real wedding features, competition winner announcements, new sponsor introductions, accessory features, wedding fair updates and an actual wedding dress giveaway. Oh yes! I can't wait! For now though, let's kick off the week with the wedding of Charlotte and Paul, who tied the knot on 7th January this year, with a ceremony at Manchester Town Hall, followed by a reception at The Midland Hotel.

I chose to feature this wedding not for any inspirational detail and decor, but for it's plain old glamour and elegance. I think Charlotte looks so beautiful in her Jenny Packham dress 'Eden', a purchase from Aphrodite Bridal in Knutsford

"A friend used to work for Jenny Packham so I had a look at her website, saw the "Eden" dress and knew it was the one! It was the first dress I tried on.  Easy!  Once I picked the dress, a loose 1920s theme seemed to fall into place…"

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Lawson Photography

Eden by Jenny Packham

"We hired Barkers the Florist to provide our flowers – we dealt with Sarah and she was fantastic. As it was a winter wedding and would be dark i really wanted lots of candles and she had some great candelabra that we hired for the day.

For my bouquet i just wanted something simple and classic as the dress was so 'blingy' so we had Avalanche roses…"

Eden by Jenny Packham

"I wore the "Tilly' by Rachel Simpson shoes. I found it really hard to find wedding shoes i liked but Rachel Simpson has a great range. I really liked the Tilly style and they had quite a low heel, I'm 5'10" without heels so did not want to be much taller. I think at the end of the night i was one of the only women who still had her shoes on!"

Tilly shoes by Rachel Simpson

"We hired two rolls royce cars from Broadoak of Manchester. Mr Rolls and Mr Royce met at The Midland Hotel in Manchester so we thought it was fitting that we have a Rolls Royce for the day…"


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Lovely deco inspired earrings by Stephanie Brown…


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"I grew up in Manchester so even though we live in Sydney, it was important for me to get married there. We have lots of friends who live in the Warwickshire countryside so we thought it would be nice for them to come to a wedding in the wondeful city of Manchester.

The town hall is such a regal venue, it feels like a cathedral inside. Once i'd seen that, nowhere else could compare to it…."









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"We danced to Jack Johnson's 'Better Together'.  When Paul and I met nine years ago we listened to this song as we travelled so it seemed fitting to have it a first dance song…" 



"Ogo was the guitar player and singer – brilliant! He's based in Liverpool. would highly recommend him, you won't be dissapointed…" 


Words of Wedded Wisdom…

"Allow lots of time on the day for speeches as they take much longer than you thought.

Delegate tasks on the wedding day for people to do so that you don't have to worry about details.  A good friend of mine, Orla, has a saying "That which matters the most, should never give way to that which matters the least…" 


Just beautiful understated elegance – thank you so much Charlotte and Paul for sharing your day with my readers.  And huge, huge thanks to the lovely Mrs and Mrs Lawson for so kindy sharing their wonderful photography.  Manchester Brides – look up The Lawsons today will you!?

"As we live in Sydney, we just had to trawl through photographers websites, I looked at so many. I found Laura and Pete and loved their style, capturing the joy of the day. They were wonderful to work with, we felt really comfortable with them and were thrilled with the photos. I can't recommend them enough…"

Fabulous! ;) Who else might be wearing a Jenny Packham dress on their big day? Are you going for Eden, like Charlotte, or something else. What about a city wedding like this one?

I'd absolutely love to hear your thoughts on this wedding, and your own :)

You can see much more from The Lawsons and Jenny Packham here on Love My Dress.

Much love all,


Photographers – Lawson Photography
Venue – Manchester Town Hall + The Midland Hotel
Brides dress – Eden by Jenny Packham via Aphrodite Bridal in Knutsford
Brides shoes – Tilly by Rachel Simpson
Brides Accessires – Diademe Earrings from Stephanie Browne + hair slides by Accessorize
Grooms suit & shoes – Hugo Boss
Bridesmaids – Sage green dresses via Coast
Flowers – Barkers the Florist
Cake – Marks & Spencer
Transport - Bradoak of Manchester
Entertaiment – Ogo was the guitar player and singer
Hair & Makeup Artist – Victoria Derome

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24 thoughts on Eden by Jenny Packham for an Elegant City Wedding in Manchester…

  1. I’m wearing Eden too, and gorgeous pictures and a stunning bride like this are exactly why I am having the biggest dress wobbles known to (wo)man kind. Beautiful.

  2. Beautiful…she looks stunning in Eden.
    I’m also wearing a JP (although a different design) – picked her up last week and having some serious dress wobbles! argh!

  3. Ahh I’ve ordered a JP gown too for my August wedding. It cost me a fortune and I adore it but am worried it is a wee bit too blingy!! x

  4. Beautiful wedding. The bride is stunning in the JP gown. I am also having a JP gown for my August wedding and was also thinking of going for the Rachel Simpson Tilly shoes as I too am 5’10”. Great minds eh?! x

  5. I’ve also gone for Rachel Simpson shoes!! I am also tall but the main reason for me is that her shoes go up to a size 43 – hurrah for huge foot-ed brides!

  6. Hey Annabel, I’ve gone for damask! Fell in love with it when I saw it featured on the Fetcham park shoot on LMD! Would love to go for Emmy shoes too but the budget doesn’t allow it unfortunately. Emmy was SO lovely at the designer wedding show too – would love to have given her the business x

  7. Brilliant news Alison and such a fine choice!
    Oh shame you could not afford Emmy, she is absolutely adorable, I’m seeing her soon, she’s one of the loveliest lady’s in this industry :)
    Lots and lots of love and good luck in the rest of our planning :) xXx

  8. What a beautiful wedding – love all the details and the candelabras. What a great idea – look fab, vintagey and effortless (and all being a LOT more reasonable cost-wise than flowers leaving you with loads more money to spend on other things).
    PS – I’m wearing an Eden at my wedding in August too and simply cannot wait. Stumbled across your brill blog from a search looking for inspiration for the right shoes to go with such an amazing dress and I think I may have found the ones – thank you!

  9. I’m considering the Eden because I’m in love with the dress. I’m a 10 with a size 8 waist so its creating a blouse effect. Has anyone else had this problem? The sales assistant keeps telling me it looks lovely but i’m worried a blouse effect will make it look frumpy!

  10. HI Caz- excuse me jumping in with advice!
    The Eden is designed to have a blouse effect – its waist seam preventing it having a flapper dress fit (like Foxglove!) I think the dress is perfect and iconic – but I think we are all probably a bit too used to the wasp waist effect of corsetted dresses and it can feel a bit odd taking a step away from them. As a size 8/10 bride in this dress please be assured it is not possible to look frumpy!
    However, critical to any wedding dress decision, it’s how you FEEL that is that is the most important factor.
    I am a huge fan and stockist of Jenny Packham – the label creates some of the most original, stylish and head turning dresses. They are not for everyone – I put the dresses on brides that they suit and sometimes they just don’t feel bridal in them however much they love the concept.
    If you pick Jenny Packham you won’t be disappointed – the wow factor and the ‘bowled over’ reaction of your guests will be guaranteed.
    Best of luck
    Emma xxx

  11. Thanks Emma!
    Out of curiosity, how much of a blouse effect is OK – in your professional opinion? Mine is a lot more than the gorgeous bride in the pics above. Maybe its because I’m only 5.3″ :0(
    I was also considering having the front slip lowered slightly around the bust (though not too much as clevage will cheapen the dress. I’m quite flat chested anyway)to lengthen my neck line and to get it closer to how the dress looks on the model – when I put it on the top of the slip was in line with the beaded overlay rather than just below it.
    The sales assistant at Packham said they wouldn’t do this for me, but I’m sure I can find another tailor to help!
    Advise greatly appreciated!

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