Zoya and JP’s wedding day was themed around themselves and the things they love, which meant the groom’s Scottish heritage, florals, pirates!
“The day celebrated all we hold as fun and great about each other”, began JP. “From my Scottish heritage, to my wife’s amazing love of all things floral, to our love of pirate events to Treasure Island and the sea, to great food and dancing the night away with close friends. We kept thinking what would make people smile and have fun, and what would make them think, ‘That’s so JP & Zoya!’ – and then we did it!”
The couple married in May at the very grand Lulworth Castle in Dorset, looking out over the sea. They had a legal ceremony first, then a Captain Jack Sparrow actor arrived to officiate a pirate-themed second ceremony! “We made the seating plan into Treasure Island, and the wedding breakfast into a love of all things pirate and sea-scape”, said the bride. “JP and his entire band of seven best men were in full Highland regalia, whilst I wore a floral wedding gown. We involved our Chow Chow throughout the entire day, and all the wedding guests stood as witnesses to our marriage – instead of the usual one or two. Apart from that, it was a standard, run-of-the-mill wedding… If you don’t include the bouncy castle and the rum bar. Oh, and the pirate dress-up!”
Diana and Jason had already booked a month long holiday to Europe together, when a friend suggested the idea of eloping. Straight away they knew it was perfect for them! Neither of them wanted a huge middle-eastern wedding (which is the tradition in Diana’s family) so their month long holiday turned into a pre and post wedding honeymoon!
Their wedding theme was Victorian chic, with gothic accents, particuarly in Diana’s amazing black dress. “We were inspired by our love for Morticia and Gomez Addams,” explained Diana, “Their love is fierce, passionate, and eccentric. They are the ultimate couple.”
Their ceremony was held in Scaglieri Castle on Lake Garda. “We arrived in a BMW to the cobble streets of Malcesine. We walked up to the castle where many locals and tourists began clapping, taking photos and kindly congratulating us. It was quite fun as we felt like celebrities! The ceremony was located on the terrace of the castle, overlooking beautiful lake. We reached the castle steps, and waited for our aisle song to begin. In Australia, the bride walks down the aisle to reach her fiancé, but in Italy, we both walked down the aisle together. It was a lovely moment as we felt it represented walking into our new journey through life together.”
Victoria and Gav were married at Bolton Castle, one of the country’s best preserved medieval castles. The American bride met her British groom when he came over to New York City with a band he managed. After moving around the world together (NYC, LA, NYC again and then the UK) they decided to marry in June of this year.
“I would describe our wedding theme as ‘High Fashion Flower Faeries of the Dales… also, owls!’ Is that a theme?” the bride laughed. “Another way we described it to people was ‘Game of Thrones Chic’ and I think that’s pretty accurate. For the longest time we didn’t have a clue what we wanted the wedding to look like. The castle and the surrounding Yorkshire Dales really did a lot of the work for us in terms of vibe and, to a certain extent, decor. The place just oozes magical faerie kingdom gravitas.”
“Bolton Castle was really the catalyst for the inspiration. We had been engaged for four years, but due to getting busy with work and touring we never quite had time to get round to planning a wedding. We relocated from New York to (Old) York at the beginning of 2015, and while we were exploring the Yorkshire Dales in the spring, we saw a building far away in the distance and decided to investigate and drive closer. It turned out to be Bolton Castle. We were totally wowed by the gardens and location and we both thought this would be a great place to get married. In that moment decided to plan our wedding. We wanted to have a wedding that encapsulated the quirks of our personalities and had flavours of the beautiful surroundings we were in but also captured our US and UK roots.”