Fun filled wedding at Twelve Restaurant, Thornton Cleveleys

Mar 1, 2018

"We loved your bright, energetic style. Our family and friends love life and a good party, so we wanted someone who could capture it all! The photos are beautiful, we love them so much!" Emma & Tom x

Twelve Restaurant Wedding

Colourful confetti exit for fun loving EMma and Tom from Rossall School Church

Fun filled Twelve Restaurant Wedding for party animals Emma and Tom

Twelve Restaurant Wedding // She was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, when she met Tom!! The restaurant that they would on this day, have their wedding reception at, I love it when life comes full circle, don’t you?

Emma & Tom’s day was linked so beautifully from the very church in which they said their vows, to the Twelve Restaurant where they first met. Tom had attended school at Rossall (where they tied the knot), one can only marry here if there is a connection to the school, so it was a very serendipitous event indeed.

I hope you enjoy these images from Emma and Tom’s Twelve Restaurant Wedding and hearing Emma’s tips! Check out their Little Black Book at the end of the post too especially if you are a Lancashire couple.

Bridesmaids getting ready in matching dressing gowns

Bride has eye make up applied during bridal prep before Twelve Restaurant Wedding

Pageboy gets himself ready in his brothers nursery before wedding cermony

bridesmaids gushes over bride getting in to her Caroline Castigliano gown

Caroline Castligliano dress on bride by mum in brides bedroom

Pageboy gets buttonhole put on outside Rossall School church ceremony

Funny image of pageboy rolling his eyes at wedding chaos outside Rossall School ceremony in Thornton Cleveleys

Rossall School wedding three pageboys walk up the aisle - black tie

Bride entrance on dad's arm at Rossall School Wedding Caroline Castigliano Gown

Couple at alter in Rossall School Ceremony laughing through their joyous ceremony

Black and white action shot of the confetti dash after their exit - just married at Rossall School

Choosing the venue: Rossall School and Twelve Restaurant

“Tom went to school at Rossall and the church is absolutely gorgeous, they only allow you to get married there if you have a connection to it, and although Tom Isn’t religious, I thought it would be nice to have it there, the grounds are beautiful and I liked that not many of our guests had been there before. We decided on Twelve for the reception after looking at the wedding venues in the area, none of them felt like us, nice, but too wedding-y, Tom suggested it, and I wasn’t so sure at first, I was still working there at the time, and didn’t want to feel like I was at work on our wedding day, but I really came around to the idea when we talked about it, I loved that it was the place we met and fell in love, and I loved that we knew Caroline and Paul (the owners) so well, it kind of felt like home.”

Twelve Restaurant wedding reception - view through the window at guest relaxing and drinking in the sunshine

Guests chatting at Twelve Restaurant wedding bride carrying one of her children

Guests enjoying canapes at Twelve Restaurant Wedding Thornton Cleveleys - lots of laughter

Nans in big hats enjoying big wines outside Twelve Reaturant Wedding in Thornton Cleveleys

Gorgeous Caroline Castigliano Gown & Slick Richard Smith Suit

Emma chose a classic gown, elegant and classic but not too much ‘sparkle’ that she didn’t feel like herself, Tom opted for a Richard Smith three piece in black, when it came to the search for a creative wedding photographer, this aspect was really important to them, they had a clear idea of what sort of aesthetic they wanted, and they executed it perfectly.  When the time to say ‘I Do’ was upon them, Emma was played in by Gracia String Trio, they had their boys in attendance watching them wed in addition to a reading by Emma’s best friend, it was a very calm, emotive and beautiful ceremony.  And they were married!

“My dress was a Caroline Castigliano from Agapé bridal in Altrincham, I knew I wanted a classic silhouette and nothing sparkly, and when I tried it on, it felt like me. I’m not a girly girl, I loved how simple it was. Tom’s suit was from Richard Smith bespoke in Manchester, classic black three piece, timeless, elegant, sexy. To be honest, I always love how black and white photographs, it’s just a cool look, so I had that in mind when we started discussing colours for suits and attendants outfits. I suppose it’s the photographer in me coming out.”Bride and groom dancing by windmill to New York Brass Band at their raucous summer wedding at Twelve Restaurant

Groom and father of the groom dancing to New York Brass Band at thier wedding near Blackpool

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Drinks were quaffed to the tune of a New York Brass band which gave me a chance to nip in and out of the guests and get those all important candid shots, the reception was held at Lancashire’s aforementioned Twelve Restaurant, with it’s cool industrial vibe and beautiful high ceilings, the candle light and circles of flowers that Emma and Tom has chosen for their decoration looked really quite fantastic.

Tom & Emma picked ‘Be My Baby’ by the Ronettes as their first dance song, I mean, who doesn’t like this song?  Anyone?  No!  I didn’t think so! They shimmied along to this as if no one else were in the room, SO romantic!!

The LFX band took over later, reminding us that, yes, there definitely were others in attendance!  For some really excellent shape cutting on the dance floor which was massively enjoyed by all!

New York Brass Band playing their brass instruments outside restaurant in Thornton Cleveleys

Bridesmaid dancing outside windmill in quad by Twelve Restaurant Wedding - hands in the air like she just don't care

Summer wedding dancing outside Twelve Restaurant to New York Brass Band

Brides veil takes flight - veil on end and bride laughing. Brass band playing people dancing

Guests give bride a hug in Caroline Castigliano dress outside Twelve Restaurant wedding

The wedding decor & creative floristry

“We booked a florist so early on, someone who I’d worked with loads in the past, but when I went to see my samples, they were not really what I’d asked for and she was quite rude and dismissive when I asked her if we could Change a few things, this was 7 weeks before the wedding, so when I got home, I felt pretty upset and a bit panicked, I went to speak to another florist, willow’s, and explained the situation I was in, they were amazing, we worked together to come up with exactly what we’d been hoping for, nothing was too much trouble, and it was lovely to be able to work with two young women who were passionate and willing to help me at such short notice. Because of the urban style building, we wanted lots of green foliage and bright flowers, nothing too formal, and wanted to create a romantic intimate atmosphere, so we used lots of candles and had hoops of flowers hanging from the ceiling of the restaurant.”

Interior of Twelve Restaurant in Thornton Cleveleys. Wedding decor. Hanging industrial lights. flower wreaths and graphic painting. Cool wedding cake that is gold, black and white marble effect.

Wedding Wisdom

“Don’t sweat the small stuff, as long as you get married, surrounded by the people you love, it will be amazing. Someone told me to take a minute with each other to look around the room, and take it all in, see all the people you love, who are there to celebrate you. It all goes so fast, it was a great bit of advice. And take some flats for when your high heels betray your feet!”

Shocked faces on the top table during best mans speech at Twelve Restaurant Wedding

Emma & Tom’s Little Black Book;

Outfits (Designer & boutique)

Tom’s Suit

Wedding bands from a local jeweller


Tom’s Shoes

Veil/Headpiece – My something borrowed from my sister


Ceremony venue

Reception venue



Bridesmaids dresses

Bridesmaids dresses



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