February saw one of my very good friends, Alanna get married. Her and her husband couldn’t be more well suited. Since we were in school she had always had a fascination with India and dreamed of visiting which she went on to do. Her husband’s roots are in Goa and he proposed to her at the Taj Mahal. Due to the Portuguese influence, many Goan people are Catholic so even the couples religious beliefs are aligned. They are both lovers of travelling and both selfless, giving people, a true Hollywood couple.
Despite being a cold February day, the sun was shining for them when we arrived at the church in Earlsfield. For the day I chose to wear a floral dress from Chi Chi London. I paired this with some silver sandals which I have had for many years from Faith and a silver clutch from Asos. For my hair I took inspiration from a newspaper who had done a spread on Hygge hair. Hygge was big at the end of 2016 and its popularity continues. Hygge is a Danish word and essentially means cosy.
The groom wore a white suit with a pale blue cravat and waited smiling at the altar without any of the usual signs of nervousness. When the bride entered on the arm of her father, she looked stunning, a true princess. The dress had a corset top embellished with delicate jewels and then there was a magnificent full taffeta skirt, finished off with a full length veil. Following her down the aisle were her two triplet sisters in stunning Karen Morgan dresses, accessorised with red shoes and a red flower in their hair.
The service itself was charming with well-chosen hymns and readings including ‘Give me Joy in my Heart’. Outside the church there was a confetti parade which was lovely given that many churches no longer allow this.
The bride and groom’s transport for the day was the grooms lovingly restored VW beetle. Anyone who knows me well, will be aware of my life long love of these classic cars and seeing his brought back fond memories of my own car which I sold a few years ago due to it rusting away on our drive.
The groom being fanatical about films could have chosen no better venue for the reception than Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. The studios were built in 1935 around a large Grade II listed Victorian house, Heatherden Hall where the reception was held. Pinewood has been the location of many films from Oliver Twist, to Carry On, to Bond to Harry Potter. It was named Pinewood due to the number of trees in the area and the connotations of wood to Hollywood – the US film epicentre.
The wedding breakfast was held in a grand room, complete with a tall, ornate Victorian ceiling. The tables were named after lines from films, such as ‘You remind me of the babe’ from Labyrinth which we sat on and ‘You don’t have to kiss me’ from Rocky which was the top table. I’ve listed the other names and I’ll leave it for you to work out which films they come from, let me know in the comments when you do!
‘What? Fuzzy Wuzzy was a woman?’
‘You are and always shall be my friend’
‘Hey you guys!’
‘Wax on, Wax off’
‘Luminous beings are we..’
‘What we do in this life echoes in eternity’
‘It’s not the years. It’s the mileage’
‘Get to Da Choppa!’
‘Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift’
‘Pop the trunk!’
All the stationery encapsulated the couples love of travel, designed like an airmail envelope with a background of a world map with hearts marking places they had travelled to together and love themed postmarks including one showing date and location of the engagement.
During the delicious meal of leek and potato soup, lemon and garlic roasted supreme of chicken and fruit crumble, the background music was all film anthems including tracks from Star Wars and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The speeches continued the theme of the movies with the best man speech being set out in episodes. The grooms speech almost brought me to tears as it was clear that he is totally devoted to her.
The cake was beautifully made by the Groom’s sister-in-law. It picked up the pastel blue in the grooms cravat in the icing flowers on it and was topped off with two doves symbolising everlasting enduring love being that doves mate for life.
The cutting of the cake is a significant part of a couples special day not least because it is the first task that the couple undertake together. For the cutting, the couple used a sword. They then fed each other some cake which represents them nourishing the relationship for the rest of their lives and providing for each other.
The cake cutting was followed by the first dance to Phil Collins’ ‘A Groovy kind of Love’.
The evening entertainment then got well underway and we all enjoyed lots of dancing and karaoke from some of the groom’s family.
It was a truly wonderful day, well deserving of an Oscar and I wish the two of them a very long and happy marriage. They are the proof that there is someone out there for everyone, who is their perfect match. Congratulations guys and enjoy the Italian honeymoon.