“Our wedding was simply inspired by things that make us happy”, said Charlotte-Mary, “so that meant cats, particularly our own two cat babies Cedric and Lolita! They couldn’t join us on the day but were still dressed up for the occasion. We used our favourite colours (orange for Ade and pink for me) and had lots of chocolate things as I am a chocolate geek. We also wanted to bring both of our cultures into the wedding, Filipino and Irish.”
After the church ceremony, the reception was held at Fabrica in Brighton. “The reception venue had no outdoor space so we said ‘why not bring the outdoors indoors?’, and that was that! I guess our theme would be a colourful cat garden with lots of DIY and art!”
There was oodles of DIY at this wedding, including the bride’s amazing pink dress which she designed and made from scratch. “I made my dress (I work as a freelance seamstress and pattern-maker), headpiece and customised the bridesmaid’s outfits”, she explained. “We also made the table decorations, photo booth, signs, table plan, order of service booklets, confetti and confetti packets, fan and flower decorations and the picture ‘washing lines’. We put together a video montage of our favourite clips that mean something to us and made a piece of art which we displayed on Fabrica’s baptismal font with over 100 photos from our 10 years together. We had badges for the bride and groom’s families and chair bows for all the reception chairs. We even made cat heads from plasticine to stick on the players on our foosball table!”
“Having a venue that was almost like a blank canvas allowed us to do things our way, and not have to work to predefined options with loads of things that wouldn’t have suited us”, said Adrian. “Doing nearly all the invitations and decorations ourselves was tough and tiring, but it meant that we could go to our local charity shops and pound shops to get stuff and keep costs down.”
Both Charlotte-Mary and Adrian said that their favourite part of the day was the ceremony. “I was a little nervous about saying my vows but once I got in the car with my dad and arrived at the church I suddenly felt completely calm and relaxed, and loved every minute of it”, Charlotte-Mary said.
“My advice to other couples would be to remember what makes you happy”, she concluded. “Of course your guests need to feel comfortable and looked after, but really your wedding is a reflection of you, so stay true to what you believe in and nobody else!”