Rain didn’t stop play at this music-inspired outdoor celebration. Danielle and Mark’s creative summer wedding was full of fun, food and fab dance moves.
How they met
There was an instant connection between Danielle and Mark when they first met. “We clicked straight away,” Danielle remembers. “We couldn’t stop talking, even though we had very different tastes in movies and music.” The couple’s first date was in a bar in London’s Brick Lane. “We met at lunchtime and ended up being booted out at 11pm, when they closed!” laughs Danielle. “We then went for a curry and stayed up talking all night.”
Circumstances – and the bride herself – almost spoiled Mark’s plans for a romantic proposal. “He was planning to propose in Dubai over a moonlit picnic on the sand dunes under the stars, but days of sandstorms ruined his intentions,” Danielle explains. “Instead, on the last night he ran me a bubble bath, ordered a bottle of champagne and planned to get down on one knee while I was soaking. But the bath was so hot I couldn’t get in for 30 minutes and had to empty the ice bucket into it to cool it down! When he finally managed to pop the question, I was completely gob-smacked.”
The bride’s outfit
Danielle lost her heart to an elegant Grecian-style dress from Ellis Bridals. “I wasn’t planning on choosing a dress so quickly, but after trying several styles that were definitely not right, I knew I’d found what I wanted,” she says. “It fit like a glove.” A beautiful handmade silk veil was the perfect finishing touch
The groom’s outfit
The groomsmen all looked dashing in light grey suits with a pale pink tie, hired from Hugh Harris. “Mark looked unbelievably handsome,” sighs Danielle
Danielle chose her longest- standing friends and her sister Saritha as her bridesmaids. They looked beautiful in their antique pink multi-way wrap dresses, made by a designer on Etsy
Danielle and Mark had their hearts set on an informal outdoor wedding, and found the perfect venue in Sanctum on the Green in Berkshire. “We wanted somewhere with a relaxed and intimate feel, and Sanctum was perfect,” Danielle explains. The couple spent the run-up to their wedding desperately hoping for blue skies. “It looked like the weather was going to hold out, but just as I started walking down the aisle with my brother Sebastian, the heavens opened,” Danielle recalls. “We were sheltering under a pagoda, but our guests all got soaked. We had worried that everyone would get too hot, and I felt so bad for them, but seeing them all still smiling despite the rain made us realise how much they must love us!”
The romantic, unstructured bouquets were put together by Lola’s Roses. The florist also dressed the tables with tiny vases of sweet avalanche roses, complementing the crystal candelabra and tablecloths
Foodies Danielle and Mark chose a luxurious wedding menu, including sea bream on a pear and asparagus risotto, and a refreshing mango parfait. “Everyone said it was the best wedding food they’d ever eaten,” Danielle says. The entertainment included a photo booth and a crepe station to feed the evening guests. “The French chef was amazing, and the food was absolutely delicious and went down a storm,” Danielle adds
Danielle and Mark’s theme was inspired by their love of music, as Mark is a musician. “We had confetti cones and paper fans made of sheet music, and our table plan was painted on a guitar case,” Danielle explains. “Instead of favours, we had a spectacular candy buffet, where everything was pink – from pink Smarties to giant meringues.” Birdcages and chandeliers added the perfect sparkling finishing touches. The couple also had a treat for their guests. “People were fighting to get into the photo booth! The pictures are such fun!” laughs Danielle
The show-stopping three-tier creation stood on a stunning chandelier cake stand and was an impressive four feet high!
The newlyweds spent five days relaxing in Marrakech.