1. THE WESTHOUSE, NEW YORK - REVIEW - 2ND SEPTEMBER 2014
On our second night in New York, we were excited to be staying at The Westhouse. Another hotel part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it is situated on West 55th Street, close to Central Park. 
On arrival, we were greeted by smart doormen who took our bags into the hotel while we checked in. The lobby has a modern style that also has elements of the 1920’s in its furnishings and the very cool air conditioning was a welcome distraction from the heatwave outside! Behind the check-in desk there was a display of orange boxes each filled with an antique key and beyond that, a cosy seated area with armchairs, sofas and grand draped windows and a small bar.
Our room was fortunately ready early, despite checking in three hours before our scheduled arrival time, and we were shown up to the 22nd floor to an amazing room with a huge lounge and dining room area and a big bedroom which looked out with the most fantastic views of Manhattan towards Time Square. We’d been upgraded to a Prestige Suite which was a lovely surprise! The decor in the room was smart and stylish with greys and creams and the furnishings echoed the 1920s and deco influence from downstairs. 
Despite the influence of an older era, the room had all the mod cons and more with a huge TV in both the lounge and bedroom, a compact safe, GHD hair straighteners (which I’d never been given in a hotel before!) and an iPad with a clock and radio stations programmed in by genre. 
After settling in, we decided to go and have a look at the floor above, where a guest lounge was located. For a fee of an extra $30 per person a night, guests can use the lounge on the 23rd floor and enjoy comfortable seating, an outdoor terrace and complimentary refreshments including cheeses, breads, meats and wines, beers, soft drinks, coffees and teas and a continental breakfast. I thought it was something that was really reasonable and it was nice to have a place to relax in the hotel other than the main bar or your room.
We enjoyed a soft drink each outside in the sunshine lounging on a comfortable sofa before heading out for a look around Central Park. After walking around and visiting Strawberry Fields, the John Lennon memorial, and a spot of sightseeing and shopping, we decided to head back to The Westhouse for an early evening drink. 
We managed to get a spot on the outdoor terrace at a table under an umbrella and tuck into some tasty cheese, meat and bread over a glass of prosecco or two before retiring to our room to get ready for dinner. I was also impressed they served the bubbly in large old fashioned champagne saucers - another nod to the decadence of the 1920’s. 
After an evening out in the Lower East Side (which became one of our favourite spots in New York), we got chatting to one of the front of house staff who was impressed with where we’d been for dinner (Beauty & Essex - more on that in another post coming soon!) and told us lots more spots to visit for dinner and drinks during our stay. 
All of the staff at The Westhouse were extremely friendly and helpful during our stay and always had a smile on their face, happy to help. It made our stay even more delightful and whenever we come back to New York, we’ll definitely be visiting The Westhouse again. 
Dotty Dishes was a guest of The Westhouse. 
The Westhouse, 201 W 55th Street, New York, NY 10019.
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    THE WESTHOUSE, NEW YORK - REVIEW - 2ND SEPTEMBER 2014

    On our second night in New York, we were excited to be staying at The Westhouse. Another hotel part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it is situated on West 55th Street, close to Central Park. 

    On arrival, we were greeted by smart doormen who took our bags into the hotel while we checked in. The lobby has a modern style that also has elements of the 1920’s in its furnishings and the very cool air conditioning was a welcome distraction from the heatwave outside! Behind the check-in desk there was a display of orange boxes each filled with an antique key and beyond that, a cosy seated area with armchairs, sofas and grand draped windows and a small bar.

    Our room was fortunately ready early, despite checking in three hours before our scheduled arrival time, and we were shown up to the 22nd floor to an amazing room with a huge lounge and dining room area and a big bedroom which looked out with the most fantastic views of Manhattan towards Time Square. We’d been upgraded to a Prestige Suite which was a lovely surprise! The decor in the room was smart and stylish with greys and creams and the furnishings echoed the 1920s and deco influence from downstairs. 

    Despite the influence of an older era, the room had all the mod cons and more with a huge TV in both the lounge and bedroom, a compact safe, GHD hair straighteners (which I’d never been given in a hotel before!) and an iPad with a clock and radio stations programmed in by genre. 

    After settling in, we decided to go and have a look at the floor above, where a guest lounge was located. For a fee of an extra $30 per person a night, guests can use the lounge on the 23rd floor and enjoy comfortable seating, an outdoor terrace and complimentary refreshments including cheeses, breads, meats and wines, beers, soft drinks, coffees and teas and a continental breakfast. I thought it was something that was really reasonable and it was nice to have a place to relax in the hotel other than the main bar or your room.

    We enjoyed a soft drink each outside in the sunshine lounging on a comfortable sofa before heading out for a look around Central Park. After walking around and visiting Strawberry Fields, the John Lennon memorial, and a spot of sightseeing and shopping, we decided to head back to The Westhouse for an early evening drink. 

    We managed to get a spot on the outdoor terrace at a table under an umbrella and tuck into some tasty cheese, meat and bread over a glass of prosecco or two before retiring to our room to get ready for dinner. I was also impressed they served the bubbly in large old fashioned champagne saucers - another nod to the decadence of the 1920’s. 

    After an evening out in the Lower East Side (which became one of our favourite spots in New York), we got chatting to one of the front of house staff who was impressed with where we’d been for dinner (Beauty & Essex - more on that in another post coming soon!) and told us lots more spots to visit for dinner and drinks during our stay. 

    All of the staff at The Westhouse were extremely friendly and helpful during our stay and always had a smile on their face, happy to help. It made our stay even more delightful and whenever we come back to New York, we’ll definitely be visiting The Westhouse again. 

    Dotty Dishes was a guest of The Westhouse. 

    The Westhouse, 201 W 55th Street, New York, NY 10019.

  2. THE IROQUOIS, NEW YORK - REVIEW - 1ST SEPTEMBER 2014 
On our first day in New York, we arrived into JFK airport about 8pm, both extremely excited for not only our weeks holiday but also to celebrate our minimoon (we’d got married on the Saturday before!). It was my second visit to NYC but Steve’s first and I knew I had to get a yellow taxi ride into Manhattan so he could see the Manhattan skyline all lit up. And it didn’t disappoint - it’s one of the most breathtaking views seeing New York all lit up in front of you, and I’ve always remembered that view since the first time I saw it years ago. 
We were spending our first night at The Iroquois Hotel, which is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group and is situated in central Manhattan on 49 W 44th Street, just a short walk away from Times Square. On arrival, we were checked in straight away by a friendly receptionist and I enjoyed a complimentary fresh cucumber water from the reception area before being given our room on one of the highest floors. 
We were very kindly given a suite and our room was huge with a lounge as you walked in with two sofas, a coffee table and desk and chair along with a mini bar and TV along the wall. There was also a bottle of red wine and chocolates waiting for us which was a lovely treat to be welcomed with. The bedroom was in the next room and had a huge kingsize bed with a grand warm gold headboard and drapes either side and a bathroom with a shower and jacuzzi bath with marble and gold detailing, along with complimentary Molton Brown toiletries. 
The room felt very traditional New York with its grand, old fashioned furnishings and even though the decor wasn’t what I would normally choose, it was very cosy with the golds, browns and reds and after sitting down on the big bed, we were immediately relaxed. We received a call not long after we’d got to our room to check everything was okay for us, and I thought that was a really nice touch. 
Unfortunately since we’d arrived so late (it was nearing 11pm when we got to the hotel), the bar, Lantern’s Keep, and the restaurant, Triomphe, were both closed. Even though we were tired, we didn’t want to just go straight to bed (we had just arrived in NYC!) so we asked the receptionist to recommend a local bar for a drink. We weren’t aware it was Labor Day that day, and so most places had shut early, but we were told The Royalton Hotel was across the street and there were a couple of bars that would be open just a block away.
We wandered across the road to The Royalton and it was very cool with dark lighting and Mad Men-esque 1950s furnishings with a big cocktail bar in the middle of the room. Unfortunately we’d just missed last orders so instead wandered down the block to a little Irish pub we’d been recommended, where we sat at the bar and enjoyed a G&T and a Brooklyn Beer, before heading to Times Square for a bit of late night sightseeing! 
We had a great night’s sleep at The Iroquois and the beds were extremely comfortable with soft white bedding, plump pillows and a mattress that you just sank into. I didn’t have time to try out the jacuzzi bath but it looked very relaxing and the shower we had to wake us up that morning was perfectly adequate.
The Iroquois is situated in a great spot for sightseeing and walking around Manhattan and is very traditional in style with an old fashioned grandeur that is quite timeless. 
Dotty Dishes was a guest of The Iroquois.
The Iroquois, 48 W 44th Street, New York, NY 10036.
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    THE IROQUOIS, NEW YORK - REVIEW - 1ST SEPTEMBER 2014 

    On our first day in New York, we arrived into JFK airport about 8pm, both extremely excited for not only our weeks holiday but also to celebrate our minimoon (we’d got married on the Saturday before!). It was my second visit to NYC but Steve’s first and I knew I had to get a yellow taxi ride into Manhattan so he could see the Manhattan skyline all lit up. And it didn’t disappoint - it’s one of the most breathtaking views seeing New York all lit up in front of you, and I’ve always remembered that view since the first time I saw it years ago. 

    We were spending our first night at The Iroquois Hotel, which is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group and is situated in central Manhattan on 49 W 44th Street, just a short walk away from Times Square. On arrival, we were checked in straight away by a friendly receptionist and I enjoyed a complimentary fresh cucumber water from the reception area before being given our room on one of the highest floors. 

    We were very kindly given a suite and our room was huge with a lounge as you walked in with two sofas, a coffee table and desk and chair along with a mini bar and TV along the wall. There was also a bottle of red wine and chocolates waiting for us which was a lovely treat to be welcomed with. The bedroom was in the next room and had a huge kingsize bed with a grand warm gold headboard and drapes either side and a bathroom with a shower and jacuzzi bath with marble and gold detailing, along with complimentary Molton Brown toiletries. 

    The room felt very traditional New York with its grand, old fashioned furnishings and even though the decor wasn’t what I would normally choose, it was very cosy with the golds, browns and reds and after sitting down on the big bed, we were immediately relaxed. We received a call not long after we’d got to our room to check everything was okay for us, and I thought that was a really nice touch. 

    Unfortunately since we’d arrived so late (it was nearing 11pm when we got to the hotel), the bar, Lantern’s Keep, and the restaurant, Triomphe, were both closed. Even though we were tired, we didn’t want to just go straight to bed (we had just arrived in NYC!) so we asked the receptionist to recommend a local bar for a drink. We weren’t aware it was Labor Day that day, and so most places had shut early, but we were told The Royalton Hotel was across the street and there were a couple of bars that would be open just a block away.

    We wandered across the road to The Royalton and it was very cool with dark lighting and Mad Men-esque 1950s furnishings with a big cocktail bar in the middle of the room. Unfortunately we’d just missed last orders so instead wandered down the block to a little Irish pub we’d been recommended, where we sat at the bar and enjoyed a G&T and a Brooklyn Beer, before heading to Times Square for a bit of late night sightseeing! 

    We had a great night’s sleep at The Iroquois and the beds were extremely comfortable with soft white bedding, plump pillows and a mattress that you just sank into. I didn’t have time to try out the jacuzzi bath but it looked very relaxing and the shower we had to wake us up that morning was perfectly adequate.

    The Iroquois is situated in a great spot for sightseeing and walking around Manhattan and is very traditional in style with an old fashioned grandeur that is quite timeless. 

    Dotty Dishes was a guest of The Iroquois.

    The Iroquois, 48 W 44th Street, New York, NY 10036.

  3. DOTTY DISHES PRESENTS… NEW YORK WEEK! 
Just over a month ago, I visited New York for the second time. My new husband was my holiday partner and he’d never been to the Big Apple so it was an exciting trip and one that was also our minimoon, after getting married a couple of days before our trip. 
We had quite the adventure staying in four different hotels and visited many brilliant restaurants and bars, some that we’d been recommended and some that we discovered ourselves. 
Over the next week, Dotty Dishes will present New York week reviewing the hotels we stayed at and sharing some of the bars and restaurants we visited. There will be some fun re-branding of the Dotty Dishes logo also so make sure you visit our site from tomorrow morning for that and our first hotel review!
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    DOTTY DISHES PRESENTS… NEW YORK WEEK! 

    Just over a month ago, I visited New York for the second time. My new husband was my holiday partner and he’d never been to the Big Apple so it was an exciting trip and one that was also our minimoon, after getting married a couple of days before our trip. 

    We had quite the adventure staying in four different hotels and visited many brilliant restaurants and bars, some that we’d been recommended and some that we discovered ourselves. 

    Over the next week, Dotty Dishes will present New York week reviewing the hotels we stayed at and sharing some of the bars and restaurants we visited. There will be some fun re-branding of the Dotty Dishes logo also so make sure you visit our site from tomorrow morning for that and our first hotel review!

  4. FOODIE NEWS: NAKED COCONUT WATER 
Until not long ago, I wasn’t a fan of coconut water. Seeing people drinking it everywhere, I didn’t really get what all the fuss was about and after trying it, I personally wasn’t that sure about the taste.
Then I had some of my friends one afternoon during a holiday in Devon this year and I liked it. I’m not sure why as it tasted the same as before, but I decided I liked the taste and found it really refreshing.
So much so that at Glastonbury Festival this year, walking around the Greenfields area feeling tired and hungover, I saw a couple selling coconut water out of coconuts and I got so excited and knew I had to have one. I got over to them and they were sold out and I felt so disappointed! If that had been last year, I wouldn’t have been bothered!
So last week when I was asked if I wanted to try the new coconut water by smoothie brand Naked, it was a yes straight away.
Naked coconut water comes in good sized 500ml cartons with a screw cap for easy drinking on the go or at home. I found the coconut water really delicious and was pleased to see it was free from additional sugars and preservatives. It is definitely a coconut water I would buy with my new love of the drink and I have to say, I was disappointed when I’d finished my two cartons! 
Naked coconut water is available from Wholefoods Market, Tesco and Sainsbury’s priced at £2.39 RRP. 
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    FOODIE NEWS: NAKED COCONUT WATER 

    Until not long ago, I wasn’t a fan of coconut water. Seeing people drinking it everywhere, I didn’t really get what all the fuss was about and after trying it, I personally wasn’t that sure about the taste.

    Then I had some of my friends one afternoon during a holiday in Devon this year and I liked it. I’m not sure why as it tasted the same as before, but I decided I liked the taste and found it really refreshing.

    So much so that at Glastonbury Festival this year, walking around the Greenfields area feeling tired and hungover, I saw a couple selling coconut water out of coconuts and I got so excited and knew I had to have one. I got over to them and they were sold out and I felt so disappointed! If that had been last year, I wouldn’t have been bothered!

    So last week when I was asked if I wanted to try the new coconut water by smoothie brand Naked, it was a yes straight away.

    Naked coconut water comes in good sized 500ml cartons with a screw cap for easy drinking on the go or at home. I found the coconut water really delicious and was pleased to see it was free from additional sugars and preservatives. It is definitely a coconut water I would buy with my new love of the drink and I have to say, I was disappointed when I’d finished my two cartons! 

    Naked coconut water is available from Wholefoods Market, Tesco and Sainsbury’s priced at £2.39 RRP. 

  5. DOTTY DISHES GETS WED - WEDDING DETAILS - 30TH AUGUST 2014
It’s very rare that I run a personal post on Dotty Dishes but I got married just over a couple of weeks ago and it was SUCH an AMAZING day with so much detail (that took a lot of effort and planning!), that I just had to share some images from our wedding day (in the previous post).
I have been with my partner Steve for 10 years and we got engaged in October 2012 by the sea in Cornwall - you can read about it here - http://dottydishes.tumblr.com/post/43821728764/a-trip-to-cornwall-part-3-the-scarlet-hotel. We spent the last 18 months saving for our wedding and planning all the little details of our big day, which we quickly decided post-engagement, that it would be a 1960s themed day to match our love of the era. 
We always knew we wanted to get married somewhere different and unique and as soon as we went to visit Manchester’s Victoria Baths (http://www.victoriabaths.org.uk), knew we had to get married there. Being able to say ‘I do’ in a Victorian swimming pool -  there isn’t much cooler than that! It truly is an outstanding venue with so much history and detail and we are honoured to have got married there.
So, with the venue booked in the January after our engagement, we excitedly got on with our planning. From collecting vintage suitcases, retro milk bottles, limited edition Campbell soup tins and gold patterned vintage vases, to designing one-off band posters, retro vinyl invites and placemats, we had a very enjoyable time planning our big day. You can see our incredible vinyl invites in the previous post of wedding images, which were made with the help of the fantastic Old Vinyl Factory out of 1960s 7” records and designed by my husband, Steve Parnell (http://sjpdesign.tumblr.com).
On the day, we have to say, the venue looked outstanding! You always imagine how your wedding is going to look after picturing it in your head for so long, and you always hope that it’s going to look as amazing as you think, and ours really did. It took two full days of hard work to get it looking like that though!
The ceremony room - the Gala Pool - looked beautiful with paper pom-poms hanging down the aisle in our colour theme of pink, white and blue (taken from the fabric of the changing room curtains alongside the gala pool) and 6ft helium balloons at each end of the room (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Balloon-Ur-Room-The-Village-Card-Gift-Shop/218280851626981). We also a retro vanity case filled with vintage handkerchiefs for guests and orders of service, made from the leftover record covers from our invites, which we gave to everyone from a retro vinyl box next to a matching record player with our invite vinyl on.
I walked down the aisle to the instrumental version of The Verve’s ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ and we walked back up to one of our favourites, The Stone Roses ‘Ten Storey Love Song’. 
We had an ale (named ‘Parn-ale’ after our surname Parnell!) and champagne (drank from retro champagne saucers of course!) reception where people could leave their cards in retro suitcases, write in our guestbook, advertised by a retro typewriter and sign, and look at old pictures of our parents on their wedding days and various polaroids of us attached to an old step ladder. Guests were also able to take their drinks and do a historical tour of the baths while we had pictures taken with the bridal party. 
We used the Sports Hall for our wedding breakfast and the room really was magical with paper lanterns (http://www.hipswing.co.uk) and bunting lining the ceiling along with huge handmade B&S and LOVE light-up letters on the dancefloor (http://www.thewordislove.co.uk), underneath Victoria Baths very own ‘Well Loved’ sign, and band posters, designed by Steve, all around the sides of the room. We gave these to guests to take home at the end of the night as a gift!
The tables, named after Northern Soul clubs, were filled with personalised 12” record placemats (again, which we gave guests to take home), Babycham and ‘Parn-ale’ favours, gorgeous vintage inspired flowers from Manchester florist Luisa Pecchio (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luisa-Pecchio-Flowers/264693703542223) and menus detailing the 1960s themed buffet and evening ‘Takeaway Street’ from local Manchester “Champion of the North” chef (from The Guardian’s Jay Rayner), Robert Owen Brown (http://robertowenbrown.com).
There was also a pretty cake table with biscuits made with the same logo as the invites and artwork, heart shaped cake pops and a wonderful 4-tier retro mod inspired wedding cake (with fillings including lemon and rose cream, chocolate and lime and coconut) with crocheted hearts on top from Manchester’s Little Button Bakery (http://littlebuttonbakery.co.uk).
As the light faded, the venue looked even more spectacular with lanterns and jam jar candles lighting up the room. It was perfect for a performance from Morecambe four-piece The Heartbreaks (http://theheartbreaks.net) followed by DJ sets from London based music journalist Andy Welch and John Talbot, of the club night and album ‘Yacht Rock’. Music is a huge part of our lives so we selected the music based on some of our favourite genres with set hours so the best of each era could be played! They were ‘Motown and Northern Soul’, ‘Decades - 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s’ and ‘Madchester and Indie’.  
We danced to one of our favourite songs, Al Green ‘Let’s Stay Together’, for our first dance, which you can see me spinning around to to in my 1960s inspired wedding dress in the previous post! Then the Photo Booth opened which was pretty much full all night! Instead of a traditional booth, we chose a company called Polka Dot Fox (http://www.polkadotfox.co.uk/splash/) that uses a retro TV on top of an old chest of drawers as the camera, fitting around 8 people in a picture with tonnes of props to make it even more fun!
It was an absolutely amazing day spent with all our friends and family and we wish we could do it all again! We had such fun organising it and even though it was hard work, it was so worth it when we saw the day all come together. We have fantastic memories and couldn’t stop talking about the whole event on the way to New York for our honeymoon!
Look our for ‘NYC Week’ where I review hotels, restaurants and give some of my top food and drink tips for New York coming on Dotty Dishes soon… 
In the meantime, check out the wedding detail images from our wedding day in the previous post!
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    DOTTY DISHES GETS WED - WEDDING DETAILS - 30TH AUGUST 2014

    It’s very rare that I run a personal post on Dotty Dishes but I got married just over a couple of weeks ago and it was SUCH an AMAZING day with so much detail (that took a lot of effort and planning!), that I just had to share some images from our wedding day (in the previous post).

    I have been with my partner Steve for 10 years and we got engaged in October 2012 by the sea in Cornwall - you can read about it here - http://dottydishes.tumblr.com/post/43821728764/a-trip-to-cornwall-part-3-the-scarlet-hotel. We spent the last 18 months saving for our wedding and planning all the little details of our big day, which we quickly decided post-engagement, that it would be a 1960s themed day to match our love of the era. 

    We always knew we wanted to get married somewhere different and unique and as soon as we went to visit Manchester’s Victoria Baths (http://www.victoriabaths.org.uk), knew we had to get married there. Being able to say ‘I do’ in a Victorian swimming pool -  there isn’t much cooler than that! It truly is an outstanding venue with so much history and detail and we are honoured to have got married there.

    So, with the venue booked in the January after our engagement, we excitedly got on with our planning. From collecting vintage suitcases, retro milk bottles, limited edition Campbell soup tins and gold patterned vintage vases, to designing one-off band posters, retro vinyl invites and placemats, we had a very enjoyable time planning our big day. You can see our incredible vinyl invites in the previous post of wedding images, which were made with the help of the fantastic Old Vinyl Factory out of 1960s 7” records and designed by my husband, Steve Parnell (http://sjpdesign.tumblr.com).

    On the day, we have to say, the venue looked outstanding! You always imagine how your wedding is going to look after picturing it in your head for so long, and you always hope that it’s going to look as amazing as you think, and ours really did. It took two full days of hard work to get it looking like that though!

    The ceremony room - the Gala Pool - looked beautiful with paper pom-poms hanging down the aisle in our colour theme of pink, white and blue (taken from the fabric of the changing room curtains alongside the gala pool) and 6ft helium balloons at each end of the room (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Balloon-Ur-Room-The-Village-Card-Gift-Shop/218280851626981). We also a retro vanity case filled with vintage handkerchiefs for guests and orders of service, made from the leftover record covers from our invites, which we gave to everyone from a retro vinyl box next to a matching record player with our invite vinyl on.

    I walked down the aisle to the instrumental version of The Verve’s ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ and we walked back up to one of our favourites, The Stone Roses ‘Ten Storey Love Song’. 

    We had an ale (named ‘Parn-ale’ after our surname Parnell!) and champagne (drank from retro champagne saucers of course!) reception where people could leave their cards in retro suitcases, write in our guestbook, advertised by a retro typewriter and sign, and look at old pictures of our parents on their wedding days and various polaroids of us attached to an old step ladder. Guests were also able to take their drinks and do a historical tour of the baths while we had pictures taken with the bridal party. 

    We used the Sports Hall for our wedding breakfast and the room really was magical with paper lanterns (http://www.hipswing.co.uk) and bunting lining the ceiling along with huge handmade B&S and LOVE light-up letters on the dancefloor (http://www.thewordislove.co.uk), underneath Victoria Baths very own ‘Well Loved’ sign, and band posters, designed by Steve, all around the sides of the room. We gave these to guests to take home at the end of the night as a gift!

    The tables, named after Northern Soul clubs, were filled with personalised 12” record placemats (again, which we gave guests to take home), Babycham and ‘Parn-ale’ favours, gorgeous vintage inspired flowers from Manchester florist Luisa Pecchio (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luisa-Pecchio-Flowers/264693703542223) and menus detailing the 1960s themed buffet and evening ‘Takeaway Street’ from local Manchester “Champion of the North” chef (from The Guardian’s Jay Rayner), Robert Owen Brown (http://robertowenbrown.com).

    There was also a pretty cake table with biscuits made with the same logo as the invites and artwork, heart shaped cake pops and a wonderful 4-tier retro mod inspired wedding cake (with fillings including lemon and rose cream, chocolate and lime and coconut) with crocheted hearts on top from Manchester’s Little Button Bakery (http://littlebuttonbakery.co.uk).

    As the light faded, the venue looked even more spectacular with lanterns and jam jar candles lighting up the room. It was perfect for a performance from Morecambe four-piece The Heartbreaks (http://theheartbreaks.net) followed by DJ sets from London based music journalist Andy Welch and John Talbot, of the club night and album ‘Yacht Rock’. Music is a huge part of our lives so we selected the music based on some of our favourite genres with set hours so the best of each era could be played! They were ‘Motown and Northern Soul’, ‘Decades - 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s’ and ‘Madchester and Indie’.  

    We danced to one of our favourite songs, Al Green ‘Let’s Stay Together’, for our first dance, which you can see me spinning around to to in my 1960s inspired wedding dress in the previous post! Then the Photo Booth opened which was pretty much full all night! Instead of a traditional booth, we chose a company called Polka Dot Fox (http://www.polkadotfox.co.uk/splash/) that uses a retro TV on top of an old chest of drawers as the camera, fitting around 8 people in a picture with tonnes of props to make it even more fun!

    It was an absolutely amazing day spent with all our friends and family and we wish we could do it all again! We had such fun organising it and even though it was hard work, it was so worth it when we saw the day all come together. We have fantastic memories and couldn’t stop talking about the whole event on the way to New York for our honeymoon!

    Look our for ‘NYC Week’ where I review hotels, restaurants and give some of my top food and drink tips for New York coming on Dotty Dishes soon… 

    In the meantime, check out the wedding detail images from our wedding day in the previous post!