Sam and Tara: An Intimate and Relaxed Wedding in the Heart of Manchester

Sam and Tara Rooftop

King & Allen groom Sam and his wife, Tara, first sent us their wedding photos a few months ago. Ever since, we have been admiring their fantastic style and the relaxed, personal vibe of their wedding day.

As you will be able to tell from this interview with Sam, their wedding was all about celebrating their love with the people they care about in a way that felt true to who they are as a couple.

We are delighted to be able to share this glimpse into their special day on the journal and hope that it inspires many of you who are in the midst of planning your own wedding.

King & Allen Real Weddings: Sam and Tara

Sam and Tara Grooms Speech

Could you tell us all about the wedding?

It was an extremely intimate affair with only 26 guests in total, consisting of our closest family and friends. This is mainly because we are set to have a big wedding in the south of France this summer!

The wedding and reception were held at The King Street Townhouse in Manchester. We had decided right from the start that the day would be more about spending quality time with our immediate family and bridal party (whilst having great food and drinks) than the wedding itself. I think we achieved that!

Sam and Tara Rooftop Wedding
Sam and Tara Manchester Wedding with Dog

What was your favourite part of the day?

My favourite part of the day was going up onto the rooftop to take some shots with our pooch. Our wedding photographer was Starwinkle Photography. Manchester is our home and to have pictures of our wedding with our cityscape as the backdrop was amazing.

Sam and Tara Groomsmen
Sam and Tara Pocket Watch
Sam and Tara Manchester Wedding Groom Style

What did you wear?

I wore a Traditional Bespoke three-piece suit from King & Allen, consisting of a plain navy waistcoat and trousers and a full canvas navy chalk stripe jacket. I wore it with a King & Allen bespoke white shirt, Dr Martin oxblood brogues and a silk cravat by the cravat club. It was really important to me that I wore something a little different that would reflect my personal style.

Sam and Tara Wedding on Rooftop
Sam and Tara with their Dog

What did the bride wear?

Tara actually wore a dress that I had spotted a while back! I advised her to check out the shop, as the dresses in the window were very much her style with lots of fine French lace by Rembo Styling.

Low and behold, she ended up wearing the one I had seen and she looked incredible! Oh, she also wore copious amounts of glitter on her face and eyes by makeup artist Alexandra Clare.

Sam and Tara Relaxed Wedding Reception

What was the reception like?

The reception was incredible. We sat down for lunch at 1 pm and had planned to finish the day by 6 pm, but the hotel was fantastic and the last guest left at 4 am!

It wasn’t a traditional set up at all: it was all about relaxing and having a nice time. My speech was completely ad-lib!

Tell us all about the decor – did you have a theme?

The hotel was brand new and the venue couldn’t have been more suitable: a beautiful stone building with dark hard wooden floors and rich decor.

We didn’t have a theme for the wedding as such. We could see the style of hotel/building was our thing so we just let them get on with it – the small details were not the important details to us. They dressed the room beautifully.

Sam and Tara Intimate Manchester Wedding

Do you have advice for any newly engaged couples when it comes to planning a wedding?

Pre-planning is essential. We left things far too late and it was touch and go whether we could pull everything together in time!

Although this sounds like a cliché, the most important thing of all is to enjoy the day and remember the reason you are all there.


Big congratulations to Sam and Tara on your nuptials! Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding with us on the King & Allen journal.

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