This wedding is madness. AWESOME madness. It has taken me so long to edit these photos as so many of them are absolute gems! I love the emotion and sincerity of the ceremony followed by a beautiful dinner that then descend into full on party times. I think this is the first time I have seen a bride crowd surf and I hope it is not the last! Having the wedding party don wigs and costumes is a stroke of genius and makes for some of the most hilarious wedding photos ever! Love it ALL. Enjoy this epic barrel of laughs.
Names – Selena and Pete Callas
Wedding date – 19th October 2013
Vision for the day – Relaxed, fun, country style with some personal touches
Planning process – Collaborative with our families, no stress, nine months since our engagement
Budget – more than we originally thought but worth it!
Venue – church service at St Andrew’s Church, Irnham, Lincolnshire, with the reception a few miles away in a marquee in a field at my parents’ house (marquee from Events and Tents – www.eventsandtents.co.uk). The marquee looked great – clear windows across one side and up lighters across the view. Perfect location – should be a permanent wedding venue!
Dress and accessories – homemade by a dressmaker in London (I toured a few wedding dress shops in London and in Lincolnshire but then took the plunge at starting from scratch. I described what I liked, and the dressmaker sketched it out. A tailor made and affordable option, I’d really recommend); hairpiece, earrings and bracelet by Oliver Laudus.
Having been to a variety of wedding shops, I narrowed down my perfect dress to – soft fishtail, empire line, sweetheart, lace bolero, buttons on the sleeves and all the way down the back, lace over satin….I described this to the dressmaker and she sketched out just what I wanted. And it turned out that way in real life too!
Hair – James White at jameswhitehair.com – half up, half down with a hairpiece
Makeup – Leona Seymour at leonaseymorbridal.com
They were not only great at hair and makeup but also great fun when we were getting ready – and managed all seven of us plus my mum. James had also done my hair as a bridesmaid before.
Groom’s attire – morning suit by Gieves and Hawkes; tie by Thomas Pink; shoes by Paul Smith
The Readings – three:
– Us Two from Now We Are Six by A.A.Milne (read by the bride’s sisters – a favourite from our childhood plays!)
– Romans 12 9-21 (read by a friend of the bride and groom)
– Ecclesiastes 4 9-12 (read in Greek by a cousin of the groom – the groom is half Greek)
– Lord of all Hopefulness
– Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
– Tell Out My Soul
Music sung and played by two of our friends during the signing of the register. Italian aria, It Had to be You, Can You Feel The Love Tonight from the Lion King. The music lasted longer than the signing but we loved this part – we were enjoying the moment and dancing with the bridesmaids and our families.
Beautiful Bridesmaids – six! The bride’s two sisters, the groom’s sister and three of the bride’s best friends from university. They wore long navy dresses, which looked the same but were a mix of Ghost and House of Fraser (Ariella)
Music and First Dance –
– one of our favourite ski resort bands from the Alps, now based in the UK, Doctor Bruce (booked via gigzmanagement.com)
– Bare Necessities – we wanted something relaxed and fun. We had a great time choreographing it for ten minutes the day before!
– and for after the band, the Cheese Playlist, perfectly created by our friend, Paddy
Food – lockfinedining.co.uk – We chose canapés instead of a starter – which were delicious – and then a main course (lamb, dauphinnoise potatoes and vegetables) and a trio of desserts (our favourites – creme brûlée, crumble and chocolate mousse with pistachio)
Flowers – we realised that this could totally blow our budget and we wanted to prioritise other things. So, we focused on the church (arranged by some of my mum’s friends) and bouquets and buttonholes (arranged by Grantham Florists). All in a relaxed, country theme and with blues and yellows. We also hired topiary to line the route to the marquee from Seagrave Nurseries which we much preferred than fancy flowers!
Cake – we spared huge expense on this and ended up with something way more special and memorable. A chocolate cake – the one that my mum makes for our birthdays – with berries. Created by my mum and sister, Melissa, resembling the leaning tower of Pisa!
On the top of the cake, we had a topper of us skiing, wearing exactly what we wore when Pete proposed. Made by Tinylove-wedding-cake-toppers.co.uk
Photography – George Powell, a friend of ours
Details and decor –
– table centrepieces made by one of our bridesmaids, Penny (with able carpentry support by her husband, Andrew!). They were piste markers in blue and yellow, our colour theme, with the number of a year of our birth. My sister, Amanda, then found pictures of us both from each year – hilarious childhood memories!
– favours – at first, we didn’t think we’d bother but then we (or Selena) became obsessed with finding knitted snowmen. Eventually, we found them on Etsy (Carrie’s Cupboard) and Carrie made them in rapid time, 10 days! We then sewed name tapes with our names and date of our wedding the day before the wedding day! They were on a few Christmas trees afterwards
– we love travel and maps (I studied geography at university) and had lots of people travelling from abroad so found large maps of the world, UK and London and encouraged people to take Polaroid photos and pin on where they were from
– advice for the couple cards for everyone to fill out, from notonthehighstreet.com
– our two fancy dress trunks – which everyone was wearing by the first dance, with blow-up microphones and guitars
– flip flops for painful feet
– a open trailer decorated with bunting, balloons, cushions and fur for the groom and ushers to travel to the church and the bridesmaids to join them afterwards to travel to the reception. We travelled in an amazing 1940s Rolls Royce – we discovered that someone in our village owned it
– silhouettes of us in blue, created into stickers and put on card for the placecards
– and, of course, Cute Maps for the invitations beforehand and menus on the day
Honeymoon – Sri Lanka, a perfect mix of beach, countryside and history. We usually create and book our own itineraries for our holidays but, given everything else with organising a wedding, we thoroughly recommend letting someone else do this for you. We used David Jones at Travel counsellors
Memorable moments –
– too many to list but a few highlights….
– the morning getting ready. We’d spent the night before in different places and both loved the morning getting ready with our friends and family
– the service – the real highlight. Everything from walking up the aisle, seeing each other and all the music and readings we’d chosen. Not forgetting the groom crying to Elton John’s ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight?’
– the first dance – we’d made it relaxed and fun and seeing everyone in fancy dress. Seeing the mother of the bride crowdsurfing!
– and, it’s cliched, but having all our friends and family together.
– and, finally, to be very British….the weather. The sun came out and shone through the church windows as we said our vows. And the rain stayed away throughout the drinks reception (which we had outside on 19th October) until we needed to sit down for the food.
Advice for other couples –
– for the wedding – don’t stress. Enjoy the planning. Involve other people.
– for the future – laugh together every day; don’t let time, money, effort stand in the way of your dreams (within reason of course!
And here are the details of our photographer:
– George Powell