Araba and Jon’s warming winter wedding is guaranteed to make you smile, and that’s not something I say lightly. With a theme of ‘love and family (but also Harry Potter)’, if the photos don’t make you beam, the words from the lovely Jon will! When asked what makes their wedding particularly alternative, he answered “I married the greatest woman alive… also, Kate Nash played our reception and it was awesome!” And that is just the start, my friends.
After an emotional first look in the gardens of Malmesbury Abbey, Araba and Jon walked into their ceremony together, hand-in-hand. During their relaxed and joyous ceremony led by Mandy Churcher, they exchanged their rings, which both have incredible stories behind them: “Araba’s wedding ring was made from some melted down jewellery of her great grandmother, who she is named after, whilst my ring was a Viking oath ring dug up on the other side of London! It’s over a millennium old, from around the same time as King Athleston, who is buried in the Abbey where we got married.” Cool, huh?
Kirsty and Ryan wanted their wedding to be bright and colourful with a mix of contemporary and traditional elements. Their wedding date was actually Kirsty’s birthday and their eighth anniversary!
“We wanted a real Derbyshire wedding,” began Kirsty. “We have both travelled a lot and had been living abroad for three years before we came home to get married. We wanted our favourite (vegetarian) foods that we miss when we’re out of the country, the most beautiful views as the backdrop, and all locally sourced companies. All this, plus a slight bit of inspiration from our favourite films, Harry Potter, which included photos at Hardwick Hall (in areas used in the films) and the table plan to resemble the great hall.”
Their ceremony focused on them, their friendships and all their favourite things. “It was all about us, we had some of our favourite songs, including Queen’s You’re My Best Friend for the bridesmaids to walk in to, and readings by our incredible friends who had travelled from as far as Australia to come to the wedding. I thought I would be an emotional wreck, but I was just so excited, I had a massive smile on my face the whole time! Walking down the aisle to the marry my soul mate was the best bit of the whole day. I was so excited to get to see him, after a lovely morning getting ready with my girls.”
Choosing their favourite fantasy worlds for their wedding was the obvious theme choice for Jenn and Adam, who were married in Auckland, New Zealand in November. The bride loves Harry Potter, and the groom, Doctor Who!
“Our wedding was inspired by our interests”, said Jenn. “We wanted something unique to us and that’s how we decided on a geeky themed wedding. He’s a Whovian and I’m a Potterhead. We fully immersed our personalities into it rather than going for the usual wedding decorations.”
The bride and her bridesmaids carried paper flower bouquets made from Harry Potter and Doctor Who books, their seating chart was the wizarding world map and there was Doctor Who and Harry Potter bunting everywhere. The centrepieces were made from POP characters, paper confetti, candles and tiles. There where hand made golden snitches hanging from the ceiling. As you can see, they really went all-out with the theme!