A City Wedding | Editorial

City wedding

Dancing amongst the industrial lines of Ducie Street Warehouse, an editorial fuelled by the creative minds of Nicola Wellard of Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe, Gail Secker Photography and a truly inspiring creative team comes to life in the form of a city wedding.

Striking, frothy blooms rise among flickering candles and elegant glassware, while warming tones of rust and tan bring a romantic haze to each and every frame captured by the lens of Gail Secker Photography. The shimmering allure of pearls catch the light and arrive in a multitude of coveted forms, from a statement-making headband to dream-like veil. And, that dress? It’s got aisle written all over it. Just perfect for a city wedding.

Scroll down to discover this striking city wedding editorial, alongside a mini Q&A with Nicola Wellard of Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe herself… 

City wedding

#1 What inspired the feel and vibe of the shoot? 

“The shoot was originally inspired by myself and Gail. We decided we wanted to do a really luxe, stylish and clean look that really showcased accessories with simple dressing and striking hair and makeup. Chocolate cosmos and a bold lipstick were an absolute obsession for us in the planning and then we both fell in love with the halterneck dress. These all worked really well with the vibes of the accessories I wanted to shoot too. The backdrop of the venue being a city venue – slightly industrial and modern, but with the warmth of the wood interiors – also inspired our final mood boards.” 

City wedding

#2 How did the collaboration between yourself and the other vendors come about? 

“Well, Gail and I like hanging out and shooting together. We originally thought we’d keep it small but as all these things do, it grew! We both love working with Kate at Florence and Vera and her amazing magical venue styling, so we got her on board. Ducie Street is an amazing city centre venue we all love and they are growing their weddings at the moment so we approached them about the shoot and they too were on board. So, we had the basics. I work often with Sara at Bridal Serendipity, as she stocks some of my pieces. They stock Shikoba (and that gorgeous halterneck dress that was a must)! Dan at Ancoats florist is a floral genius, truly! I’d just worked with her on another shoot so when Gail told me what she wanted from the florals, I knew Dan was the one! I’d never worked with Daniella on the hair and makeup before but Gail had and was adamant this was the lady for the job too. She absolutely smashed the brief and totally gets the styling of accessories too. I mean that dark red lip! Cakes by Yolk is someone I’ve always admired and having taken a break she’d just started back in the world of weddings. I was straight onto her asking for a cake in a very quick turnaround and she of course helped. The way she styles the cake florals too…. I’m in awe!

It’s the best part of shooting, having everyone come together on the day and get on great whether they know each other or not. Our models were amazingly obliging too and I think as they are a real life couple it really shows in the images.” 

City wedding

#3 What type of bride were you trying to connect with and inspire?  

“This was definitely for the modern bride. A bride who is keen on a strong look, one that desires a great pair of shoes, accessories she can wear again and a dress that airs on the plainer side. Gail shoots a lot of gorgeous city weddings these days and I am finding increasingly that these are the clients I am getting too. I guess, as Manchester City based businesses that is where we are at. But, we really wanted this to be sleek, chic and elegant rather than a grungy city vibe.” 

City wedding

#4 Talk us through the accessories featured? 

“Pearls are still so key this season and although I consistently make bespoke pearl headpieces I rarely get round to shooting them so this was a definite for me – a simple, single toned, luxe pearl statement band. I’ve also been doing more bespoke capes and wanted to shoot my new chunky pearl shoulder cape. Luckily, it was a great venue for this as the space allowed for it. Birdcage veils are making a comeback but I wanted a newer take on this so I designed a more structured style shown in a finer mesh (a stiffer veil) and I felt it has as sort of architectural feel to it which sits well with the venue too. These were the three key pieces I specifically for the shoot.

City wedding

I always take along lots of samples to see what sits with the look on the day. Celestial is still there this season so a few of these pieces (in warmer gold tones) made the cut too and worked nicely with the warm brown backgrounds and the wood. My earrings always coordinate with the headpieces so I had plenty of options to mix in. 

We didn’t originally plan to shoot the pearl veil but when Daniella popped it on over the sleek bun it looked so winning we just had to – this is what I mean about her styling!” 

City wedding

#5 What makes this editorial different? 

“The team were just a dream on the day and I think it shows. It gels together incredibly well and just flowed from look to look. Gail is amazing at getting couples looking relaxed together, and the architectural feel of the venue looks very different to me, especially when paired with the tablescape and florals. Also, for me as an accessories designer the focus on my pieces is great. So often overlooked!” 

#6 What trends do you think brides will be inspired by via the shoot?  

“Pearls for days! It is still up there with key things I am being asked for this season and they are timeless but there are so many ways to do it. Plus, the cape trend. They can be sleek and clean not just embroidered and floral like we have seen so much of so far. These great additions to sleeker, plainer bridal wear is definitely a key trend for brides to be inspired by. Also, bridal gloves. I am loving this right now, they’re such a cute keepsake and I hope to see these come through more and more. 

Of course, it’s not just about dress and accessory inspiration. If I was bride-to-be I would most definitely be getting excited about that sleek hair and makeup not to mention the architectural but mismatched florals, especially those flower stones!” 

City wedding


Photography: @gailseckerphotography 

Accessories & Jewellery: @silversixpenceinhershoe 

Hair & Makeup: @daniellamakeuphair 

Cake: @cakesby_yolk 

Models: @real_couple_wrens 

Venue: @duciestreet  

Florals: @theancoatsflorist  

Shoes: @emmylondonofficial 

Styling & Tablescape: @nkukulife @flovelifestyle 

Ceramics: @every__story  

Dresses: @shikobabride via @bridalserendipity 

Stationery: @mamaincstudio 

A huge thank you to Nicola and Gail for letting me share this stunning city wedding editorial. 

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