A little while ago I held a competition to win your entire wedding photography package with Cassandra Lane Photography. Well, we had LOADS of entries to read through – but in the end Cassandra picked these lovely couples as her final four, as each of the themes spoke to her in a unique way.
So now their wedding photography is in your hands – all you have to do is read the lovely descriptions of their themes below and vote for your favourite! Simples!
Voting closes on Monday, 19th March at 5pm so get cracking! The winner will be announced shortly afterwards on the blog. Good luck to everyone who made it to the final four and congratulations!
Laura and Rich
My almost-husband and I are all booked in for an ‘advent’ do on the 1st December this year (I couldn’t resist the allure of celebrating our anniversary with chocolate for breakfast every year!) at an absolutely beautiful barn venue in Brecon, Wales. We both love the winter – the darker evenings, pretty lights, wrapping up in a million and one layers – but wanted to stay away from a ‘Christmas’ theme, so this suits us perfectly.
At the moment, I’m describing our theme (to anyone and everyone who asks) as ‘twinkly’. We still have a lot to decide on really – I want to hold off on making too many decor decisions until I’ve found ‘the’ dress, but at the moment our plans revolve largely around lots of candles, fairy lights, glitter and gold. We’re having a candle-lit aisle, making a fairy-light background for our home-made photo booth area, sourcing lots of chimeneas for the gardens and courtyard of the barn, as well as using the barn’s very own log fire place. I will be making plenty of glittered jar votives for the tables, and using them for (more) candles as well as some simple single-stem flower centrepieces – at the moment I’m thinking anemones and tulips and baby’s breath, in blushes and pinks and creams. (Getting a little bit misty eyed just thinking about this!)
The wedding will have a definite home-made feel to it which is really important to me – I love the idea that our wedding will be all the more unique and personal because of it, and it’s a great way to get my two daughters involved in the planning process (they’re HUGE mini crafters in the making too!). We’re making some glittered card heart garlands to string around the fences, putting together some big paper flowers for the chair backs, sewing together some padded fabric initials for us to use in our photos and to display in our home afterwards, and will be making personalised salt-dough christmas tree decorations for our guests to take home as favours.
We’re having loads of mulled wine, and loads of real ale, an amazingly delicious hog roast and a table-top picnic style wedding breakfast. My brother will play me down the aisle on his guitar, and my uncle’s band will play in the evening. My almost husband will be wearing tweed (he tried on a suit last weekend that was so perfect it made me cry!). I’m having my two daughters as flower girls in Doris petticoats and simple button-up long sleeve cardigans, and my sister as my only bridesmaid in the most perfect blush dress we found only yesterday.
It’s hugely important to us that our wedding is small and intimate – we’re only having around 50 guests so just those who are closest to us and have meant to most to us as a couple. We want to be able to really relax and let our hair down with ALL of our guests :) We’re all staying in some amazing on-site holiday cottages and so will spend the whole weekend celebrating our big day! With the wedding ceremony not taking place until late afternoon, I’m as excited to spend the morning of my wedding with my daughters, my best friends, and my family as I am for the wedding itself!
Simon and Madeleine
Welcome to the mishmash that is Simon and Maddy’s wedding!
Broadly, it is a mixture of Indian and English country. Although neither of us are Indian, we both love the country, having spent much of our time there in the past two years and where we plan to head to after the wedding. The rich tones of hot pink, purple, teal and blue will be brought out in the bridesmaids dresses (which are currently ranging from Vivian of Holloway to Grecian princess), the pompoms hanging from the village hall ceiling, and the flowers on the tables, as well as the swags of Indian sari fabric to be bought from Brick Lane.
The sparkly loveliness of the Indian theme will be brought out in fairy lights adorning the stage in the village hall, the outside drinks reception area and just about anywhere else we’re allowed! The English country vintage-y theme will be shown in our venue (a village hall just outside Henley-on-Thames), the lace wedding dress worn by the bride, the brown suit worn by the groom and the relaxed feel of the wedding in general. We’re eating a hog roast and having a Pimms reception with nibbles for example. However, we’re also having six ushers and five bridesmaids because it’s such a hands-on DIY affair we need all our close family and friends involved! There will be about 90 guests but it’s a muck-in-bring-your-flat-shoes-too-sort-of party, with plenty of live music from our hippie friends and lots of awesome tunes to dance to til midnight.
We hope you like the sound of our wedding :o) Oh and in case you’re interested, here’s our little save the date video!
Rebecca and Jonathan
Our wedding is at the amazing Harlaxton Manor near Grantham. It is a crazy gothic mansion which reminded us of Harry Potter as we drove up the mile long drive! Our venue hunt was massive (we looked at 15 venues in person and countless hundreds online).
As we didn’t want a church wedding, we still wanted to get married somewhere that felt special and had a ceremony room with real resonance and feeling. We knew this was the one as soon as we saw it – the ceremony room is the Great Hall with a huge chandelier and the longest aisle we’d seen; the grounds are just stunning; the reception rooms are mainly gold with “sky” ceilings(!) – it really is a very special place and doesn’t do many weddings a year.
The venue has very much influenced our theme, along with the time of year. The interior is stunning and the wedding breakfast room features a lot of gilt, so we want to continue that theme throughout.
Ideas so far include getting a large vintage gilt mirror from eBay or an antiques shop and making it into our table plan. We also sourced 37 gold birdcages in the post-Christmas sales (from the Chatsworth estate bizarrely!) and want to fill these with candles to create a lovely glow.
We are known for being a little quirky (and jumping around a lot!) so really want to create one big fun house party type day with all the people we love. We definitely have a few surprises up our sleeves which I don’t wish to give away here!
Rachel and Mark
In October 2011 whilst sat under a tree in the grounds of a London hospital where thirteen years ago we first realised that we loved each other, we decided to get married. Since then we have been excitedly planning our wedding which is due to take place in July this year. We have managed to combine all our favourite things into, what we hope will be, one fantastical day!
The theme for our wedding is Alice in Wonderland, so we will be dressed as Alice and the Mad Hatter. We are having a best couple and a couple of honour, the men will be wearing top hats and the women tasteful bunny rabbit ears. We both want our wedding to be a very personal and unique experience and so want to, as far as possible, create most things ourselves. We are planning to make giant red roses for the bridal party to carry and Origami flowers made from playing cards for the men’s button holes. Our guests are being heavily encouraged to dress to impress and a prize will be awarded for the maddest hat. What they don’t know is that everyone will win and all shall have prizes!
Our ceremony will be held in the Singing Cavern, reachable only by canal boat. The cave will be decorated with lanterns, ribbon and Ivy. All our guests will be transported by the narrowboats Richard and Electra, whilst the bridal party will enter on the smaller wedding barge.
Following the ceremony we are planning a Mad Hatters tea party in a quirky teashop. We are currently collecting tea pots and vintage plates to make into cake stands. In our quest for props we have already collected several white rabbits, pocket watches, giant tea cups, tea caddies, vintage ‘drink me’ bottles, flamingo straws, two topiary snails and one bugle.
The lady who is making our vegan cake is fantastic. She is planning a three tiered topsy turvy cake, topped with its own mad hatter’s tea party with its own wedding cake . We are so excited to see it finished! Our most musical friend is putting together a playlist of tea related songs for the tea party. After the tea party we will finish off with a barn dance.
The only things we haven’t managed to incorporate are our two cats Mungo and Fozzy, and our bearded dragon Eddie Lizard, but we have promised to take lots of pictures and save them some cake.