A real wedding featuring a Hello Kitty theme and a daring Ian Stuart gown – just perfect for this fun-loving couple. Elisabeth and James got married in November 2010. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Elisabeth and James

WHERE: Upwaltham Barns, Chichester

WHEN: November 2010

PHOTOGRAPHER: Danni Beach Photography


The proposal

“I had been last-minute shopping on Christmas Eve, and was pretty stressed out!” remembers Elisabeth. “I got back home, dumped my bags down, then two minutes later, James was saying he wanted to give me an early Christmas card. I opened it, and inside he’d written some lovely messages and at the end, ‘will you marry me?’. He then presented me with a Haribo sweet ring, and the promise we could pick one out together,” she adds. Aww!

“I love Ian Stuart’s style and amazing use of textures. I chose one of his more daring designs in the end”

The bride’s real wedding outfit

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“I always knew I’d go for an Ian Stuart gown, because I love his flamboyant styles and amazing textures,” explains Elisabeth. “I tried on one of his more daring designs, made from masses of tulle and dishevelled ribbon and fell in love,” she adds. “I felt lucky to have found it, although I think it found me!”

The groom’s outfit

James turned heads in his traditional morning suit from Andrew McDowall

The bridesmaids

“I didn’t have any ‘traditional’ bridesmaids because we wanted a relaxed, informal affair. However, my twin sister and best friend wore fab outfits and were a big help to me on the day,” says Elisabeth

The ceremony

Was a civil service in one of the barns adjacent to the reception rooms. “We wanted a fun ceremony, so we chose every reading and piece of music carefully, to really represent us as a couple,” recalls Elisabeth

The flowers

For a twist on real wedding tradition, Elisabeth chose not to have any fresh flowers, but instead used textiles to create something truly unique. “My bouquet was my ‘something borrowed’ from my sister a beautiful, antique lace, feather and crystal creation, made by Richard Designs,” smiles Elisabeth. Gail from Lorio Designs expertly created the fabric buttonholes for the bridal party

The theme

Was grown-up Hello Kitty, in a palette of chocolate brown. “To avoid it looking like a children’s party, my brother-in-law used the designs, but changed some of the primary colours to more softer shades,” explains Elisabeth. We love the personalised Hello Kitty bunting, so cute!

The honeymoon

To avoid the festivites of their wedding being over too soon, this couple wanted to wait for their dream honeymoon. A tour of the USA is currently being planned for Christmas this year.