Jay and Wisia had a Pagan ceremony in the woods. They wanted their wedding theme to be folklore and fantasy inspired without being too cheesy.
“There’s a fine line between themed and fancy dress”, laughed the bride. “Our special day was a cross between Viking and Elvish visual themes with elements of Pagan.”
“We were inspired by our love for one another and the love that surrounds us from all the incredible people we know. Other than that, it was influenced by our favourite films, TV episodes and books such as LOTR, The Hobbit and Vikings. We were also deeply inspired by our favourite place to be together… the woods!”
“There are several things that we did that were particularly unique whilst staying very ‘us'”, she continued. “First of all we picked our own surname. We became Mr & Mrs Ælfær (an old English name meaning ‘whole’ that we had chosen together).”
Carly and Charlie wanted a woodland wedding with lots of details. They didn’t pick out a theme really, they just chose things they liked. “When we started to think about the type of wedding we wanted we agreed we wanted a relaxed day, nothing to stiff or formal”, said the bride. “The most important thing to us was being surrounded by our loved ones enjoying themselves. We didn’t want to become obsessed with details that wouldn’t be the lasting memories for our guests.”
They had lots of help from friends and family to pull the wedding off. The groom’s mother did all the flowers and made the cake and his cousin made all the tables and chairs from old pallets! “The tables were decorated by friends and family with old terracotta pots purchased from the village fete, they were then filled with live moss, violas, pansies and herbs. We had been collecting apple juice bottles to use as vases on the table, we then decorated with hessian and lace. For flowers we wanted something, very organic and soft tones with lots of green and white.”
Ash and Nick are both actors who have also had experience in designing, directing and film editing. They knew they wanted to do something funny and creative for their engagement shoot, rather than the standard cheesy hug-each-other-and-smile-in-a-dreamy-field kind of pictures. Massive horror and Halloween fans too, the idea of recreating some of their favourite TV and movie scenes fell into place after that!
“The inspiration actually came from our wedding venue, Camp Puh’Tok“, said Ash. “The moment we set foot in the dining lodge, we both thought ‘OH MY GOD, IT LOOKS JUST LIKE THE KITCHEN FROM WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER!’, and it took off from there.”
“Nick and I came up with the list of films and shows we wanted to pay homage to, and sourced all the costumes and props from friends, online shopping, Halloween stores, and our own wardrobes. My friend Jen is in our wedding party, and also a makeup artist, so she came along to help with each costume change, and our amazing wedding photographer Nessa K worked her magic behind the camera.”
They recreated Wet Hot American Summer…