It’s not often I get to feature such grand weddings, but that doesn’t mean my heart didn’t skip a beat when I laid eyes on Christina and Richard’s epic Eastnor Castle celebration. Three wedding dresses, a custom Choccywoccydoodah cake, elaborate vintage styling and an impressive fireworks display really made this a wedding to remember!
“Vintage weddings are so popular these days but both myself and Richard have a love for 1940s music and lindy-hop dancing so decided this was the perfect theme for us”, Christina began. “We had a 1940s vintage theme with a touch of 1930s in the wedding attire for bride and groom, and vintage Hollywood style over dinner. We kept the details of the day secret from most guests, so the element of surprise as lots of different things happened throughout the day kept guests excited and entertained. The fireworks reflecting over the lake was the winning highlight for the guests as well as an extra hog roast as second dinner.”
Describing their wedding as “Mod meets Moghul – a theme based on the sharpness of the Mod culture coupled with the glamour and colour from the Rajasthani era in India”, Aelia & Stuart were married at Kedleston Hall in Derby. They chose this space because it perfectly encompassed both of their cultures, which was really important to them. Aelia explains, “Asian weddings are notorious for being huge, but we didn’t want that. We wanted everyone there to truly feel part of the wedding. This was going to be a party for our nearest and dearest. We set out to find a unique venue to capture both our sides, tall order! We looked everywhere: gallery spaces, sculpture gardens, castles – the lot. We were losing hope until we came across a beautiful National Trust site in Derby. It was stunning and we fell in love with it straight away. Not only could we pretty much use the whole house for our ceremony, reception, dinner and dancing but it was closed to the public and it had a history steeped in the Rajasthani era as the owner was the Viceroy to India. Perfect! I had the Indian side covered and Stu had the design and architecture by Robert Adams covered. We couldn’t believe our luck.”
“Our inspiration stemmed from our two cultures: India and the Mod scene of the 60s”, Aelia continued. “Our profession as graphic designers also played a huge roll in making it a well designed wedding. My religion is Islam and Stu’s is, well… Jedi! We actually asked the string quartet to learn the ‘Ceremony Song’ from Star Wars so I could walk down the aisle to it! We both also have a love for geometric forms, and coincidently Islamic art is full of it so this naturally became the motif for all our stationery and paper goods.”
“Our next step was to secure the food. There was no question about it, we were to have curry for dinner. It was pretty much demanded by my friends and family. An Asian wedding isn’t complete unless you have a good curry. Five Rivers surpassed all our expectations. But this was a wedding of two halves, and instead of having canapés with drinks at the reception, we decided to have a tea party with copious amounts of cake, finger sandwiches and posh tea. This was kept a secret and I wish I’d been there to see everyone walk into the great kitchen to see a table running down the centre of the room with a mad hatter style party and a Choccywoccydoodah cake.”
“I got married in August”, said pink haired Blogcademy attendee Charlotte after the workshop was over. “Your blog was a huge help so thank you.” “Amazing, I responded – make sure you send me your photographs!”
And she did, and oh boy am I glad. What a wedding!
“Our wedding theme was decided on a drunken weekend in Palm Springs in May when we were on a work trip”, Charlotte told me. “We ordered 50 pink plastic lawn flamingos to be delivered to the Ace Hotel… then panicked when they arrived and we had to buy four huge holdalls to take them back on the plane! I was convinced customs would think we were smuggling drugs and cut them all open but they really made our wedding!”
“Luke & I have our own custom printing business, Awesome Merchandise, so we made a lot of the stuff ourselves – very last minute! I wasn’t the greatest DIY-er. I had ten skulls for my centrepieces turn up two weeks after the wedding because I was so last minute about everything! My hero bridesmaid Cat made about a million paper poms for me because mine looked a bit sad! I missed my manicure the day before the wedding because I was frantically pouring sand into little zinc pots for my table plan (that I’d only come up with about 3 days earlier) whilst being filmed by Choccywoccydoodah, who made our cake, for their TV show!”
Nic & Ed chose Gaynes Park in Epping as the perfect spot for their June wedding. “It is the most amazing venue ever and their food is the highlight”, explained the bride, “In fact people are still raving about it now, it was better than any restaurant I’ve ever been to! It’s also a beautiful space, which didn’t need a lot doing to it which was perfect for us. I just put a few bits here and there to make it ‘ours’.”
“My inspiration came from my love of cakes and Alice in Wonderland. Ed was very happy to let me go off and try and put as much of ‘me’ into the wedding as I could. My aim was for people to know if was our wedding.”
“We made quite a bit ourselves including our table numbers which were numbers from hobbycraft which we decorated with glitter, fabric, sheets of music and pages from books. The table plan started life as a mirror. The name places were the hardest to make and took me nights and nights to get them all done. They were made from red foam, cut into a heart shape and decorated with red glitter. I used fimo to make a scroll and then painted people’s names onto them. I now see them in people’s houses when we go round!”
“We really weren’t worried about what people would think of the way we did things”, Jenny continued. “We had silly readings and came out of the ceremony to Beat Surrender by The Jam. Ed put his foot through my dress dancing down the aisle but we didn’t care as we had so much fun!”