Retro British Street Party Wedding: Elisa & Ricky

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Elisa and Ricky were married only a year after meeting in a bar at the end of the Olympic Opening Ceremony (on 27th of July 2012). Although she wasn’t interested at first, and after turning down his number a bunch of times, she eventually agreed to go out with him about two weeks later! “After six hours of talking that night, I decided I would give him a go and It’s been a whirl wind romance since. I still can’t believe it”, she explained. 

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“But as fate would have it, on September 7th, I was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. The prognosis wasn’t good and our world came crashing down. After just three weeks we knew we were meant for other and this was our challenge. On that night, three very special words were uttered from us of both and the rest is history. Love really is the best kind of medicine. Since I became sick our motto has been HOPE – FAITH – LOVE so we had it as a recurring theme throughout our wedding. It was on my engagement ring, on our invites and on the tables.”

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In terms of the styling of the wedding, Elisa and Ricky wanted to capture the spirit and feeling of that day they first met. The bride is also obsessed with the Queen (she invited her to the wedding but she declined) and so a very British wedding with royal references throughout was the perfect theme for them. “There were a lot of street parties going on around the time we met (because of the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics) and we loved the relaxed and ‘all muck in’ atmosphere of them. We found a field on a farm and decided to do our own pop up wedding – street party style. Big marquee, long tables, hay bales and wild flowers.”

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“One of my favourite DIY projects was our egg quotes. We wanted to inspire our guest with our motto and thought giving everyone a quote would be a nice idea. We came up with idea of a quote egg. Like a fortune cookie… but an egg! We blew out 150 eggs and then rolled up HOPE – FAITH – LOVE quotes and placed them inside. Everyone had to crack theirs open hoping their quote was meant for them. The response was amazing. People got quite emotional.”

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“One of my favourite moments was when Ricky rode in on a white horse!” she continued. “There is a story in Scottish folklore that for a woman in her clan, the 100th man on a white horse that she meets is the man she is destined to marry. So naturally I started counting white horses. After counting my 100th at the Queen’s Jubilee I patiently waited… and waited…. and waited. Finally I meet Ricky. He obviously wasn’t on a white horse in the pub but when I told him the story he loved it so much that he surprised me at the wedding by riding in on this magnificent white horse. My very own Mr Darcy moment!”

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“I loved all the preparations for our wedding, “Elisa concluded. “I had something to focus on during my treatment which I believe has kept me going.”

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  1. This is one of my favourite weddings ever on here… what an amazing story but more than that this wedding is crazy cute. The gorgeous bride has the best hair ever and the Queen missed a damn fine party. Wishing you all the love, hope and faith in the world for your future x

  2. Without a doubt; wedding of the year! Love the getting together story and the street party wedding theme – everything looks so personal and touching! I adore the tartan sash on the dress and the 100th man on a white horse – the bride’s face is so beautiful with excitement! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

  3. Lucy

    I rarely feel compelled as much to write a comment as I do for this wedding. It is absolutely inspiring and beautiful, the love just radiates through the photographs. There is so much colour and the features are so beautifully sourced. Just WOW! Congratulations xx

  4. Just a perfect day – gorgeous home inspired styling and heaps of colour. Lots of personal ideas too!! Wishing you all the hope, love and faith you need going forwards xx

  5. Beautiful wedding and story. So many personal bits. I love the white horse! And the brides reaction. Clearly a lot of love there! So sad to hear about Elisa’s illness 🙁 All the best (hope faith and love) to them both. x

  6. Definitely one of my favorite wedding! These two are gorgeous and their wedding is just perfection! Send them hope, faith and love with all my heart <3

  7. Amazing and beautiful wedding… What an amazing theme and I love the DIY paper flowers on the tables and everywhere. The EGG idea is hilarious I wish this story would have come out before my wedding I def would have stolen a lot of these ideas!!
    Where do you got your rings from? They are adorable!!! All the best to a very very brave couple!!! HOPE FAITH & LOVE

  8. helen

    this is amazing, gave me goosebumps reading it too, good luck to the future with your health and new life together xxx

  9. Angela

    OMG this is so cute! Absolutely love all of the styling, all of the detail. Such a beautiful bride too, and her face is a picture – love the fact that it is her that has a “first look” rather than the traditional groom being surprised. LOVE it. 🙂

  10. You have both inspired 100’s of people Elisa & Ricky.
    With your beautiful love for each other.
    sending you all our love – Hope & Faith.

    Be positive – Love you both xxxx

    You are two amazing people – Your families are so proud of you.

  11. Judy Hanley

    I was fortunate enough to attend this special wedding. Loved reliving it thru these pictures. It was a very special day! Love hope faith to E & R always !!!

  12. Chris Penn

    All you want in life is to see your children happy and that dream is fulfilled in these beautiful photo’s of our daughter and her wonderful husband that has been heaven sent. Elisa’s positiveness through a really tough time and her brilliant ideas and theme all came to fruition in an amazing day at Common Barn Farm. Now the road ahead will be hard and the journey short but there Hope, Faith and Love theme continues and just to say a big thank you to those special people who have been there to support them on this journey, you know who you are. And thank you to all who have put beautiful comments up on this site it’s been beautiful to read.xx

  13. jessica

    Beautiful words Chris Penn. What an incredible story about an inspiring and absolutely fabulous couple, who are completely in love. Such a pleasure to look at the photos and know that Hope, Faith and Love prevails. xoxoxoxo

  14. Hannah

    Wow, wow, wow! I agree very much with most of the lovely comments and especially the “Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful” one! What a gorgeous wedding and lovely couple! I adored the egg “fortune cookie” surprise – very adorable and unique! Love everything about this and as yet another commenter wrote, may all your Hope, Faith and Love prevail! xxxxxxx

  15. Katy

    Utterly inspiring pictures, the bride looks radiant and the groom looks like the cat who got the cream!

    And such wonderful strong words from you Chris, hard but happy times I am sure.

    I am not ashamed to admit that I have tears in my eyes typing this.

    Love, strength and happiness for the future, whatever it may bring x

  16. Sarah

    What an absolutely stunning collection of photos that just radiate love. Without even know you both as a couple you can just how your world evolves around each other and the strength you provide for each other. Sending you hope, faith and love x

  17. Arianna

    Elisa, your face perfectly expressed your motto, so full of hope, faith and LOVE! You are a role model for anyone who has to deal with cancer for some reason. THANK YOU!

  18. claire anderson

    My brother LOVE YOU TO THE STARS AND BACK elisa love you more.

    Was the best wedding ever ever ever


  19. Sara Louise Treanor

    A flawlessly beautiful wedding. You can actually feel the love just by looking at the photographs. Elisa is utterly inspirational. Sending infinite love, hope & faith to you both xxxxxxxx

  20. I am sure that Elisa & Ricky’s story has inspired many

    Please will everyone pray for a miracle for them
    Miracles do happen !!! Love conkers all !!!
    Love you both xxxx


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