We’re totally in love with this jumpsuit wedding at the Palm House. From the Charlie Brear ‘Carson’ jumpsuit with sparkly polka dot Jesus Peiro fantasy cape to the vibrant orange brides people’s two-piece suits. It was our first jumpsuit wedding, and we were obsessed. It seems jumpsuits for weddings have been trending this year. It’s not surprising, as we think they’re a striking alternative to dresses. So, Monica and Myles managed to embrace the unconventional and incorporate a few traditional aspects into their colourful British Indian fusion wedding. Take a scroll…
WHITE JUMPSUIT WEDDING WITH CUSTOMISED DOC MARTINS
I wore a 70s white jumpsuit wedding dress ‘Carson’ by Charlie Brear and a Sparkly polka dot cape’ fantasy cape’ by Jesus Peiro. In the evening I changed my outfit, to a gold-flecked skirt ‘Suri gold’ by Charlie Brear, with a leather jacket. Rather than typical wedding shoes, I chose white monkey boots from Doc Martens with a custom David Bowie lightning bolt design painted by Ben at Rebel Rebel Customs.
My Earth Rock Stone ring with a white shiva eye stone comes from the Turban Sea Snails found on the beaches of India. Myles and I wore one each from a pair of Vivienne Westwood earrings. Our wedding rings were made by Steven Stone Jewellers – in a victorian hand-etched style, which was our personal take on wheatsheaf. Each looks individual, but we carried the etched design in both. Myles wore a gold ring with a ruby stone; it is an heirloom from my grandad from 1940s Burma.
Bridal Henna was done by Henna By Iram. She does incredible intricate and contemporary designs. Ever since I was a kid, I knew I wanted full bridal henna, hands, arms, feet, legs. It took 10 hours in total, no regrets! (and I slept with it on) Iram is self-taught, so I think that’s why her style is so unique.
ORANGE & BLUE WITH DIY DETAILS
We had a colour scheme of blue and orange for our flowers, which are opposites on the colour wheel and the Sikh colours. With Monica’s family being Sikh, it felt right to choose the two colours. Kas and Jackie complimented the colour scheme well, pairing them with reds and pinks and lots of green foliage. We wanted a loose and dishevelled romantic look for my jumpsuit wedding that carried throughout in the brides people’s bouquets and centrepieces. My bridal bouquet was a solid bouquet made from antique pieces of jewellery, badges, and trinkets from my childhood. I wanted something that encapsulated my life up to this point, and that would last forever. It makes me sad flowers die – and I have pressed a whole bunch of our centrepiece flowers to frame and keep forever!
Brides people’s dresses were Vibrant orange coloured Missguided two-piece suits – blazer & trousers. These complimented my white all-in-one. With band T-shirts. Some Band t-shirts were designed by Jagoe Prints, but some were found online with other Etsy sellers and high street stores like (Pull & Bear).
Monica & Myles
Gabi Herrett, one of my brides people, is a fantastic self-taught calligrapher – so she wrote out all the name cards for the guests. Connie Gascoyne, also my brides person, is a fantastic artist, and she designed all our stationery. From our save the date cards for our 2020 jumpsuit wedding, all the way to our signage on the day. Any printing was done with Belle Print printers, and it was mostly the large signs and table numbers.
We dried flowers for confetti pouches for 2 years in the run-up. All the family were drying out their roses for us. So we had flowers from everyone’s vases and gardens in the pouches. We stuffed 150 bags. The pheasant feather name cards for the tables were DIY. Gabi, my brides person, did faux calligraphy for about 10 hours over 2 different days; I tied half of the feathers myself. And then brides people Amii and Colette tied the rest of the feathers while I was getting my Bridal Henna done.
Gerry at Studio8 Cakes made us a gluten and dairy-free coconut 3 tier cake. A red Velvet cake and vegan cupcakes (lemon and blueberry flavoured). All topped and decorated with organic edible flowers. We made the table decor ourselves – our name cards were faux calligraphy and then tied to a pheasant feather with red string. To dress the tables we used extra feathers. For a bit of fun, Instax instant cameras were placed at a photo station. Guests could take a photo of themselves with the camera and then stick it in the guestbook and sign. It’s such a lovely memory to look back on, and we have some absolutely hilarious photos in there!
HERITAGE VIBE FOR JUMPSUIT WEDDING
I heard about Sefton Park Palm House from someone at a makers market at Victoria Baths in Manchester. Myles has a strong connection to Liverpool as he lived there as a child and his Nan grew up in Liverpool. I’ve always been a big fan of the Beatles and first visited the city when I was 16 to go on the magical mystery tour. So Liverpool felt right.
Moreover, as soon as we walked into the palm house, we knew it was the right venue for us. It was just so beautiful, and there was a brass band playing that day we were there. The music and acoustics sounded lovely, and we knew we wanted live music.
Also, the Palm House felt right for my Indian heritage, too, as it’s Victorian. Many glasshouses built in the Victorian period were inspired by Indian palaces. My cousin in India swears it was probably built by Indian workers, but I can’t find any history about that! Unfortunately, none of my family from India could make it due to covid. We wanted a summer wedding as we wanted it to be warm. However, it did rain, but you never know what you’re going to get with the British Summertime!
For our wedding breakfast we had a 3-course menu. A traditional Sunday roast with lamb and Eton mess for dessert. We wanted to have an Indian evening buffet and dine designed the menu especially for us. They were kind enough to send over the recipes they were using so my mum could approve them! She is a fantastic cook and wanted to ensure the Indian dishes would be done well!
Myles and I are music obsessives, and we met in a nightclub and bonded over hating the same music they were playing that night. We spent hours making our wedding playlists. For the evening, we hired Made in Liverpool. They are the resident Beatles band at the Cavern and play every Thursday night! They were brilliant! We are so happy we booked them, they were incredible, and we are planning a trip to the Cavern in 2022 to see them again. Dhol players came from Eternal Taal in Birmingham. Eternal Taal also played the traditional Indian sangeet at my parents’ house 2 weeks before the wedding.
The most memorable part of the day was the ceremony. I knew it was the actual formality to sign the papers and say the registrar’s words, and I knew it would probably be the quickest part of the day. But nothing could have prepared me for how emotional it was. It was very moving, and it really meant so much to me to be in a room surrounded by people I love, marrying the person I love. It felt right in every single bone in my body and made me so happy.
The registrar was great too. I really liked her a lot. Any sexism in the wording needed to be changed to gender-neutral and equal, and she was all for that. For Myles, Monica walking down the aisle was the highlight as it was all he was thinking before the wedding.
Finally, nothing prepared me for the adrenalin of that moment, walking down the aisle. It went in the blink of an eye. I’m so happy that I asked both my mum and dad to walk with me down the aisle. They’ve since said that they loved walking with me and had never done it before in my brother or sister’s Indian weddings. It was something different for them and really made the day special.
Monica & Myles
If you’re loving the style of this jumpsuit wedding, then don’t go anywhere. And if Sefton Park Palm House is your dream wedding location, take a look at this British Australian Wedding.