Mandy and Dean met online and, after dating long distance, Dean proposed to Mandy at the top of Beeston Castle, where they’d had their first date. Their wedding theme was steampunk meets Alice in Wonderland with a bit of Mad Hatter and pirates thrown in. They were also inspired by the quote ‘We’re all mad here’ from Alice In Wonderland, which is also Mandy’s family motto!
The ceremony was a traditional Baptist ceremony officiated by one of Mandy’s childhood friends, and was one of her favourite parts of the day. “Marrying my best friend and soul mate was definitely my favourite part”, said Mandy, “as well as having everyone we love and cherish celebrate with us. It meant the world to both of us. The whole day was just perfect, full of smiles, love and laughter, oh and pirates!”
“For our reception we decided to have a Mad Hatter’s tea party. The décor truly was an amazing family DIY project: everything was handmade. It was hard work but it really helped keep our costs down and produced incredible results. My mum made most of the decorations herself from scratch and came up with all the ideas, she’s so creative and talented it’s untrue! She made bunting out of playing cards and ribbon, our top hat post box and created the floral table decorations using large glasses we picked up in a bargain shop. We collected all the vintage tea cups with the help of family and friends scouring second hand shops and markets, then put them together with artificial flowers and added fans made from playing cards and pheasant feathers to match the buttonholes and my bouquet.”
Jalira and Joe were married at Norwich Castle in June followed by a reception at The Keeper and the Dell, after Joe proposed on a boat trip in New Zealand. They had met when attending the University of East Anglia so wanted to return to Norwich to be married.
Their wedding had a rustic theme, and was inspired by Jalira’s love of African prints and being outdoors. “My favourite thing about our wedding was the joining of two cultures”, explained Jalira, “so we had African prints used for the bridesmaid dresses and as table runners, alongside Joe and his brothers in their family kilt!”
Gabs and Cory were married in a country church, followed by a reception in an aircraft hangar! Their wedding theme was ‘anything goes’ as they wanted it to be colourful, and they decorated everywhere with flowers and ribbons. They also planned the whole thing in only five months!
They were inspired by their choice of wedding venue: Bromesberrow Place. “We spent a lot of time there in the first year or two of our relationship because Me and my mum lived in part of the house, as that’s where my Mum worked”, explained Gab. “So the grounds and gardens were so meaningful and full of memories for us. We loved the vibe of the aircraft hangar and that it could be a blank canvas for us to create a colourful world of our own in.”
“The decorations and props are what made our wedding. We spent the week running up to it constantly setting up the aircraft hangar, which is usually just a dirty big warehouse, full of mud and oil, some farming machinery and a small aeroplane. Cory’s mum, Sarah, knitted bunting and creating all sorts of crafty decorations that we streamed and hung around the massive building. We bought hundreds of multi-coloured streamers online and hung these over the seating area. We hung pom-poms, umbrellas, lanterns and festoon lights above the dance floor. We used hessian to cover up some of the walls and used fake ivy and greenery to fill areas and make photo booths. All our friends saved up glass bottles and jars which we filled with flowers and to put on the tables and scatter around the room.”