Grass on one table, chopsticks on the next… that’s exactly how this week’s real wedding couple Hayley and Chris styled their wedding tables! Each table was themed according to places special to them and decorated accordingly, including Japan, Mongolia, Russia, and Sheffield (where the couple first lived together).
This wedding has an eclectic mix of colour, from the 1,000 amazing handmade origami cranes used for the ceremony backdrop, to the hula-hoop with multicoloured streamers suspended from the ceiling, and not forgetting Hayley’s multicoloured toe nail varnish (we love a bride with great nail varnish!).
We just love the cool details of this wedding, including the VW camper, Chris’ cool floral shirt with bow tie, and the ceremony furniture, which included an armchair and a lamp from the couple’s lounge!
“Our wedding was held at Hellens Manor, which we chose as our venue because we liked the big wooden beams, relaxed atmosphere, and the access to the lovely outdoor area. It was important to me to get married in my home county, which is a really beautiful part of the world and very special to us.
“We wanted all sorts of colours and so there was no set scheme, but we wanted our wedding to reflect us, what we like and our shared history. The formative years of our relationship happened in Japan, and in keeping with a Japanese good luck tradition we made 1,000 origami cranes which served as our centrepiece and backdrop to the ceremony. Another notable feature was a hula-hoop suspended from the ceiling with multicoloured streamers radiating from the centre and a hanging paper lantern, held up by an intricate system of fishing wire and manly ingenuity courtesy of the best men, master of ceremonies and father of the bride. Six other paper lanterns in different colours also hung from the ceiling.
“We brought furniture from our home to give a homely touch and got married on a rug that usually sits in the middle of our living room. The tables were themed according to places special to us and decorated accordingly – naturally there was a Japan table, one for Bristol where we met, my home town Leominster, Chris’ in Bolton, Mongolia, China, and Russia which we visited on our way back to the UK, and Sheffield where we first lived before settling back in Bristol.
“My dress was big! Not really what I imagined, but because I’m so short a long, slim, flowing dress would not suit, and therefore I fell for a traditional a-line dress by Alfred Angelo. I definitely wanted lace and an almost vintage fabric and considered making my own at one point, but on a trip with my mum and sister to a few shops in Hereford I fell in love with this dress. People were surprised I had gone traditional and expected a more outrageous and eclectic design, but this was just right for me. I love still unzipping the dress bag and seeing the beautiful lace and structure.”
Images © Jay Emme Photography and Claire Penn Photography