Nobody says you have to be different on your wedding day. The important bit is to be yourselves, to inject your own personalities into your day. And if you’re lovers of music which isn’t mainstream pop, if your everyday style is quirky and cool and amazing… then embrace it on your wedding day just like today’s fabulous couple!
Rhiannon and Chris’s wedding is out of this world. They’re a great couple and a perfect match. As a bride and groom they look incredible, and Rhiannon in her bespoke, purple, layered, gothic-inspired wedding dress is breathtakingly beautiful.
I won’t spoil this wedding blog with too many words in the introduction. Just – enjoy. The images are by HBA Photography, and Rhiannon and Chris have written a wedding report for you which I’ve popped at the end of the feature. Claire x
I loved reading Rhiannon’s favourite memory of the wedding day:
“I’ll never forget the doors to the room opening and my lovely song playing, everyone smiling and me grinning like an idiot with Chris waiting for me at the end of the aisle. It was perfect”
Rhiannon and Chris: a Wentbridge House UK wedding
The bride and groom: Rhiannon and Christian Sheppard
Wedding venue: Wentbridge House Hotel
Wedding photographer: HBA Photography
How would you describe your wedding style?
Individual, creative, unique (lots of handmade details specific to us), a bit gothic-y
We wanted to keep the wedding ceremony short and sweet but it was lovely, I was so happy that looking back on it now, it’s a bit of a blur!
We had Soulmates by Emily Matthews as a reading – My sister read this as I thought it perfectly described what Chris and I had been to each other for years.
Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:
We wanted a lot of purple and black and silver as we loved those colours but also lots of little details to make it our own. I love making stuff and so does my best friend so we went a bit crazy and made most of the decorations (I had fishbowls, orchids, ribbon balls and tiny jars stacked in my living room for months before the wedding).
We also had a few octopi scattered around the place which had been handmade in our colours by some lovely people in America (I love octopi). There were a few Alice in Wonderland details that I sneaked in as well.
The wedding invitations and reception stationery:
My best friend (and bridesmaid) made the invitations as part of her gift to us, she is amazing at card craft and she did a wonderful job with them, we got so many compliments saying how beautiful they were.
Each one had a big purple satin ribbon tied in a bow with a little mushroom charm hanging off them. The table cards, table plan and programs were a joint effort between Chris and I, my mum and my bridesmaids and they all turned out fabulous
Wedding music and entertainment:
Music is very important to both of us and it was a massive effort to find songs that were both meaningful to us but also suitable for a wedding as we are both fans of Metal and Rock music.
Choosing songs was probably one of the hardest things about the wedding but we managed it in the end with a lot of instrumentals! The song I walked into was from Star Wars (Across the Stars) – the first time I ever heard it, I knew I wanted it in my wedding. Chris was worried that people would think we were Star Wars nerds but only a handful of people recognised it so that was okay!
What did you wear?
(Rhiannon) I wore a custom made dress that I bought online from America about a year before the wedding. I wanted something a little different and it took ages to find something but I fell in love with it straight away.
I felt like a princess wearing it (not your typical princess though). My new Mother in Law made my purple veil to match my wrap and the Bridesmaids’ dresses, it was absolutely beautiful. The shoes I loved as anything glittery is good in my book and I was able to match my bridesmaids as well.
Chris wore a lovely black brocade jacket with silver and purple accessories; we didn’t want him to look all normal and boring either. We all matched beautifully which was great.
Memorable wedding day moments:
I’ll never forget the doors to the room opening and my lovely song playing, everyone smiling and me grinning like an idiot with Chris waiting for me at the end of the aisle. It was perfect and I didn’t trip over which was a big fear. I’ll never forget my sister’s speech either, it was heartfelt and made me cry a little (the only actual tears of the day).
Wedding day advice:
I tried to plan for everything and still things got out of my hands on the day and I got a bit panicky so I would say to relax and accept that things are going to go wrong on the day.
Recommended wedding suppliers:
Butterflies and Angels – They were awesome to us, very encouraging of our (slightly odd) design, so nice about everything and the cake was delicious, everyone loved it.
HBA Photography – Really amazing people, they made us feel very relaxed even though both of us hate having our photographs taken with a passion, they were never intrusive, always just happily snapping away in the background, plus Hannah helped in a moment of panic to find my sisters shoes which had wandered away, very helpful! The pictures came out lovely as well; I can’t wait to look back on them in a few years time ?
Wedding Daze – Such a lovely lady, she sorted out the venue (along with the amazing Wentbridge Wedding Co-ordinator Tony) so I had nothing to worry over and it looked beautiful when she was done.