There were so many sparks on Dan and Annaliese’s first date that they decided to theme their wedding after them! “We were living about an hour apart at the time so that first date was a bit reluctant to be honest,” said Annaliese. “Although I thought Dan looked cute and funny, we both just thought the distance was a stumbling point. I jokingly said to a friend that I’d probably only go on one date with Dan, unless ’Sparks are showering the floor like a welding shop’.” Fortunately, that was exactly how she felt about that first date!
It was fitting, then, that they chose a former steel works for their big day, where they held both their ceremony and their reception for over 300 guests. When it came to thinking about the inspiration for the day, they made choices knowing that they wanted their day to be a celebration of love, full of sparkles and one big party.
Fern and Adam were childhood sweethearts, meeting in sixth form and getting together while both at their second year of university. Fast forward eleven years later, and adventures like living and working in Australia together, completing the Rickshaw run in India and many a Glastonbury festival and you’ve got yourself a modern romance!
It was their experiences at Glastonbury that gave them a ton of inspiration for their wedding festival – even choosing the dates they got married around it, as it fell on Glasto’s ‘fallow year’, and summer solstice. They had their handfasting ceremony, performed by a Celtic Priestess, on the Friday; it was held inside a stone circle in Tholt-y-Will Valley on the Isle of Man, which runs along powerful ley lines similar to that near Glastonbury.
Their ceremony incorporated visiting the elements of air, fire, water and earth, where various rituals were performed including smudging using incense, and lighting three candles to symbolise Fern’s family, Adam’s family, and their unison together as a new family. Tradition was kept by exchanging rings and saying vows to one other before the handfasting with hoop, wand and ribbon and jumping the broom.
I really feel like a lot of you are going to love Jodie and Lee’s rainbow with a hint of kawaii wedding – for starters they transformed a village hall into the inside of a disco ball!
They had their wedding in two phases: admin and party. After posting their party invites at dawn (as they would announce that they were married), Jodie and Lee did the ‘admin’ bit at Manchester Registry Office. “Whilst people knew we were due to get married, they didn’t know when – we only had six close family members with us on that day,” said the bride.
And now for the party: “If I was a thing I would be an actual rainbow,” Jodie says, “so we opted for a full on RAINBOW theme with our personalities at the centre of it. My Pinterest board was absolute mayhem, full of bright and amazing ideas but I was struggling to reign it in. We enlisted the help of Apple Tree Events who helped to suggest a more focused approach. We opted for no flowers, instead choosing succulents with bright coloured heads that flower that were planted in mini Prissyem disco balls, placed with an array of animals from Painted Parade all wearing party hats. We used foils to decorate the walls and had a mix of pom pom chandeliers, pom pom garlands, tissue tassel garlands created by Sharelle from Apple Tree and huge colourful balloons dotted all around.”