1940s England meets 1950s America

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Maya and Jamie met at University but only got together five years after graduation after reconnecting over Facebook! They moved in together six months later, had a baby and got engaged! Their wedding was held at Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel and their theme was ‘1940s England meets 1950s America’.

“The inspiration came from our home and our lifestyle and the things that we love on a day to day basis”, explain Maya. “We both love these eras and they influence our day to day lives. The whole day was just ‘us’. We wanted to create a relaxed and enjoyable day from the start with minimal formalities. From day one the whole wedding was centred around having a good time, and doing what felt natural to us. We did not want to conform to expectations from other more traditional views of what a wedding should be.”

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“We wanted the wedding to be true to us as a couple and to reflect our tastes and interests. There was no dress code on the day and the main aim was to feel comfortable and for everyone to get to know us as a couple a bit better.”

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They also wanted to make sure the ceremony was as personal as possible. “We wrote our own vows and we spent a long time choosing the right music that reminded us of various special moments in our five years together. Our readings were A lovely love story and an extract from Today’s the day by Dr Seuss.”

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The couple also did a few DIY projects. “We made all the invites, seating plan, table cards, table names and signs for the wedding”, the bride continued. “We chose the decorations ourselves and put these up. My sister made metres of bunting for us and my mum decorated all the jam jars for the flowers with various lace and ribbon.”

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“The best thing about the wedding was seeing all our loved ones and friends in one space and all getting on. We loved rocking out to our final playlist which was mainly rock and drum n bass! Music is very important to us and we wanted that reflected in the day so we spent hours compiling various playlists.”

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“Another funny moment was at the end of our first dance to The Girl by City and Colour we released 150 red and white balloons from a balloon cage and every single one popped when it reached the floor so they had all popped within one minute and it sounded like a fire work display! It was not planned and not very romantic but quite funny!”

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“The best thing about planning the wedding was seeing it all come together and run so smoothly on the day”, Maya concluded. “We wouldn’t have changed anything about the planning or how the day looked or felt. We were happy with all our choices, however I wish I had relaxed a bit more and not worried so much about whether everyone else was having fun.”

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