Rett is someone that has been dreaming of her wedding since she was a little girl. “As I was 39 when I finally got married, there were a lot of dreams to try and fit into one day!” she laughed. She met her husband, Neil ,on OK Cupid in 2012 and with a 87% match rating, love of all things fairytale, renaissance and fantasy they soon hit it off.
Rett is a huge Harry Potter fan, where Neil leans more towards Lord of the Rings, so the battle of the the two fantasy worlds collided for their wedding day theme! The couple had a Harry Potter themed seating plan, Great Hall set-up reception with long tables and common room sitting area – even printing a little copy of their own Daily Prophet wedding announcement tucked in amongst the decor! The Lord of the Rings inspiration comes from the elvish classicism of the reception decor and Rett’s purple hooded cloak that she wore during the ceremony. “We tried not to be too overt with our references,” said Rett, “so that it didn’t feel like cosplay or theme park.”
Diana and Vlad’s wedding was an actual dreamland, and I don’t think you’re prepared for what your eyes are about to feast upon. They had three parts to their wedding and each was as incredible as the last: first, their gothic Romanian city hall wedding; a week later, their “Harry Potter in the mountains” themed reception; and finally an after-wedding photo session in Ireland, where they now live. It is just delicious from start to finish.
Their church service and civil bit took place a week before the main reception, giving guests a chance to enjoy a weekend in the mountains – it was important to Diana and Vlad to pay for their guests’ accommodation, so that they didn’t have to worry about their journey home which would have been at least two hours, if not more!
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?