We’ve got a quirky, colourful Dome real wedding for you today, shot by one of our faves Photography by Paloma… We love that Fay and Perry took inspiration from Margot’s Wedding when planning their day, and coming to one of our wedding fairs sealed the deal when deciding on their venue!
(Sorry about the early noughties Harry Enfield movie pun in the title there…)
Over to Fay…
Q. What was the theme/style for your big day?
A. We didn’t have a specific theme, however we really wanted to tie in the heritage of our venue so we leaned towards our love for retro cinema… however it was more 60s sci-fi than 50s glamour as you might expect! My keywords when talking to suppliers were ‘quirky, colourful, retro’.
Q. What was most important to you when it came to tying the knot/celebrating your marriage?
A. All that mattered to us was having our nearest and dearest with us and then having a dance! Other than the actual getting married bit my only other must have was a live band – we’re both really into our music and knew we were happy to sacrifice other elements to make that happen.
Q. How did you choose your venue and suppliers?
A. For our venue it came down to four things; somewhere beautiful that didn’t need lots of additional decoration, that we could have a live band, that had good food and would create a vegan menu that worked for us, and cost! We looked at (I swear) every single venue on the south coast.
We attended a Margot’s Wedding Fair at The Dome and that sealed the deal for us!
For our suppliers I spent a lot of time researching – I had an idea in my head and knew I’d eventually find suppliers that would fit my vision.
I tried to be very flexible with my suppliers with regards to finish, as long as I felt they understood my brief I let them go for it, they’re the experts after all! This worked really well for my flowers. My florist knew my colours and the style I was after; what flowers would be used were a surprise to me on the day but they absolutely nailed it!
Q. Where did you get your ideas and inspiration?
A. Pinterest, however I found that to be too polished and normal for my tastes! Margot’s Wedding (of course) for great local inspo and Rock and Roll Bride for offbeat ideas and all round “alternative” wedding goodness.
Q. Tell us about your dress…
A. My dress was Justin Alexander from Creatiques in Southsea, with the back redesigned by the amazing April Lovelace, she did an incredible job, you would not know it wasn’t the original design!
Q. What was on the menu?
A. Our venue were great at working with us to provide a custom vegan menu. We’ve both experienced terrible veggie food at weddings and I didn’t want a stuffed pepper for my own wedding! It was important to us for everyone to have the same meal; some of our loved ones had dietary requirements that usually meant they were served last or given something sub standard to the rest of the menu. We felt very strongly that they should be able to enjoy the same meal and share the experience.
We had a lovely quinoa salad to start, pulled jackfruit baps with wedges and coleslaw for mains and then incredible chocolate and salted caramel brownies with ice cream for dessert. In the evening we served cones of chips! Who doesn’t like chips after a drink or two! It went down a storm…
Q. What was the quirkiest element of the day?
A. The whole day was pretty quirky! I loved having our photos done in the main screen of the cinema. Using 3D glasses was an idea I’d had since we viewed the Dome and Paloma was down for taking some awesome quirky photos!
Q. Tell us about your photographer – how you found them, how they fitted into the day and what you thought of your finished gallery.
A. We originally found a flyer of Paloma’s at a wedding fair, and it really stood out to us among the other very serious, muted tone photographs used on other cards. We knew we wanted images that captured the heart and laughter of the day without too much posing! After we saw Paloma’s other work online we knew she was the one for us!
On the day Paloma was fantastic, she was helpful and chatty, and really fitted in with our family and friends – we had several people tell us that they’d spoken to her and they agreed she was lovely too!
Receiving our final images was amazing, it was so nice seeing our day through Paloma’s eyes and there were moments captured that we’d forgotten about or totally missed!
Q. What was your favourite memory from the day?
A. Is it possible to have just one favourite memory?! If I had to pick it’d be during our ceremony, sitting with my almost-husband while the best man did a beautiful reading which made most of the room cry; it was a beautiful, emotional moment. Or maybe our band playing loads of silly pop punk and all our friends jumping around!
Q. What was your first dance to/what did you walk down to the aisle to?
A. I walked down the aisle to Happy Together, originally by the Turtles bit covered by Weezer. I knew I wanted something nontraditional to walk down the aisle to and this cover of one of our favourite 60s pop songs, by one of our favourite bands, was just perfect! It’s a bit heavier than the original and suited us and the day. Our first dance was to Every Thug Needs A Lady by Alkaline Trio, we don’t have “a song” but this is a beautiful song by my favourite band so it was a no brainer!
Cake – Little Bee Bakery (incredible vegan cake) www.littlebeebakery.co.uk
Dress Alterations – April Lovelace www.aprillovelace.co.uk
Dress – Creatiques www.creatiques.co.uk
Flowers – Rococo www.rococo-florist.co.uk
Photography – Photography by Paloma www.photographybypaloma.co.uk
Hair and makeup – Kitty Boo Creative www.kitty-boo.co.uk
Band – Technicolour www.technicolourband.co.uk