Annie and Alex opted for a quirky, laid-back celebration; a nod to vintage, Celtic vibes, fish and chips, cricket, a personalised ‘museum’ and a Star Wars cake!
(P.S. There’s a beautiful video at the end).
Q. What was the theme/style for your big day?
A. We didn’t have a particular style per say… we like the vintage style, so we did a bit of that. We also love Nova Scotia in Canada, so there was a Celtic theme in places. It was a mix of everything we hold dear – travel, especially – expressed through decorations.
Q. What was most important to you when it came to tying the knot/celebrating your marriage?
A. A feeling of family and togetherness, as cliche as it sounds. We didn’t need it to go perfectly; if anything, we held out hope for imperfections to make the day quirky (we got that in the weather!).
Q. Tell us about your dress
A. The dress is actually called Alex which I thought was wonderful from the first time I saw it! But it took me six months and five different shops before I went back and decided it was the one. My mum said she knew it was perfect when all my bridesmaids stood up to look at it when I walked out of the dressing room. I love the 1950s vintage style, so I think my dress, hair and makeup suited that wonderfully.
Q. What was on the menu?
A. We had an open bar after collecting alcohol from France. It was our gift to the guests for being so supportive over the years. When it came to food, on the other hand, it was very much a selfish choice – we love fish and chips! But then again – who doesn’t love fish and chips!?
Q. What was the quirkiest element of the day?
A. We made our own “museum of us” as Alex is a massive history fan. It included items from our childhood (teddy bears, pictures, baby clothes, toys etc.), as well as a video showcasing our travels, which was made by one of the groomsmen. People said it was very original. We also took over the cricket match that was going on in the playing fields which was great fun even though none of us knew what we were doing!
Q. What advice would you give other brides looking for a similar style of event?
A. Don’t over-organise. It can be the death of a wedding as it may feel forced. We wanted an easy-going vibe, which we like to think we achieved. Furthermore, call in favours where possible to get a real feeling of sentiment!
Q. What was your favourite memory from the day?
A. I think one of the best memories for me is Alex’s speech! He was so nervous and he told me that he’d cried two out of the three times he had read through it. Sure enough there wasn’t a dry eye in sight!
Q. What was your first dance to/what did you walk down to the aisle to?
A. Our first dance was “We Are Stars” by The Pierces. We did take dances lessons, although decided against putting them into practice as we both have two left feet. Instead, we opted for the ‘primary school disco’ style of dancing! I walked down the aisle to “Over the Rainbow”… because some cliches need to be embraced… and it still makes me tear up every time I hear it.
Photography: Natasha Buckney
Videography: Russell Schofield
Flowers: Petina & Petal
Dress: Perfection Bridal Wear
Fish and Chips: Flo’s Fryer
Band: Banish Misfortune