Linda and Paul are one of those star couples who really celebrate in their own unique and exciting way. Their wedding at Wasing Estate Walled Garden is just fabulous – with a report from the groom (yay!) this is just the best!!
It’s been way too long since we’ve had a wedding report from the groom – Paul planned the day with artistic input from Linda and created the most amazing, bright, quirky and fun wedding celebration. I can’t tell you enough how much I love this! The wedding reading choices are great: Terry Pratchett and Dr. Seuss – awesome. The Moroccan theme and balloons make this a spectacular party with delicious colours and flavours and I only wish I could have been there! Do read the wedding report at the end of the feature – it’s unmissable 🙂
Huge thanks to lovely Sandy from Love In Focus Photography – check him out here:
Our wedding report: Paul & Linda
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Wasing Estate Walled Garden
26th April 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
An incredible day of fun, friends, family & food
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Absolutely loved them. They captured the day so well – containing the fun, the themes and the smiles.
Your wedding style and theme:
It was themed as a Middle-Eastern inspired, Indian Feasting, Vintage-based, Panda Party…
Any happy tears on the day?
Only briefly (Bride!)
How did the two of you meet?
About 17 years ago across a mosh pit at an under-18 punk night.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
About 8 months from choosing the venue, but most of it done within 4. Being an event-planner, I (the groom) did all the planning. Linda had some “artistic” input, but pretty much everything else was arranged by me.
Best bit of budget advice?
Over-estimate everything, then double it! A lot of small things added up to more than I’d originally planned for. We were slightly done over by our first venue we booked (who cancelled on us with less than 5 months to go), which added about £2,000 to our costs – but our final venue was infinitely better and made for a really special day.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Invitations were sticker sets, designed by us and printed by a friend who runs a label printers (http://www.vangolabel.co.uk/). Other stationery was again designed and made by us.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Er… she liked it. Not sure she “loved” it but she’s not one to fall in love with clothing.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
Linda made her own earrings for the day. Can’t remember where she got her necklace from.
The groom wore:
ASOS brown herringbone trousers & waistcoat, orange Bailey’s trilby hat.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Whatever they wanted!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Linda’s oldest friend did her hair for her
Chosen by the grooms’ mum. Purple & Orange tulip bouquet. Large orange begonias’ for button-holes
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
So many memories! Linda’s face when she saw I’d booked our favourite band to play us up the aisle was pretty good, the food was amazing, the sing-a-longs instead of hymns set the tone for the day too… There were so many great moments we can dive into and they all make us smile.
“Oh! The places you’ll go” – Dr. Seuss, “Wen, the Eternally Surprised” – Terry Pratchett
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The main marquee came dressed with a Moroccan theme, the ceremony marquee we made a load of bunting for, we then dressed the folly for the ceremony and laid various lighting and balloons around the gardens.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We asked friends to make cakes – so had 14 different cakes!
We had a pub quiz before the meal to get the tables talking to each other. But no bands or any other entertainment during the reception.
On the day tips and advice:
From the second you wake up, go with the flow, enjoy every moment. I stressed a bit beforehand about lots of small things, none of which mattered on the day.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Er… the wedding and honeymoon so far! We’ve been together for 17 years, so it hasn’t really changed much for us.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Wasing Estate – www.wasing.co.uk (Great venue)
LPM Bohemia – www.lpmbohemia.com (Fantastic company)
Coriander Club – www.corianderclub.co.uk (Amazing vegetarian Indian food – like SERIOUSLY good)