Holly and Lloyd’s spring wedding was a feast of colour with a festival theme and an incredible dress with a surprise rainbow split!
How they met
This cute couple first met while working on a volunteer project in Ecuador. “I fancied Lloyd straight away, and we got on like a house on fire, but he had a girlfriend at the time and wouldn’t kiss me,” laughs Holly. “A year later, we connected again online, and I finally got my first kiss.”
Lloyd’s proposal was thwarted several times before he managed to pop the question. “We were staying in a beautiful B&B in North Wales, when Lloyd said we were going for a walk, which put me in an instant bad mood – I hate ‘adventures’,” Holly explains.
“We made it to a beautiful viewing point by a waterfall, but then came across a group of 30 kids having their packed lunch. Lloyd was so annoyed! We went to have our picnic and went back 20 minutes later, but then a swarm of mosquitoes descended on us. He finally proposed on a bench under an oak tree overlooking the waterfall. I was so happy and excited I forgot to look at the ring!”
The bride’s outfit
Holly had her heart set on a colourful dress with a quirky twist, so when her maid of honour came across a picture of a classic white dress with a statement rainbow panel in the skirt, her mind was made up. “In the end, I went to an independent dressmaker, Jenny at I Do in Kingston,” Holly says.
“I showed her the drawing and she loved the dress just as much as time, there was a little more to try on. It was so exciting to see it come together.” Holly added to her colour-popping look with a veil adorned with multi-coloured crystals and a pair of white trainers customised by a friend.
The groom’s outfit
As a Scotsman, it was a foregone conclusion that Lloyd would wear a kilt. “He also has fantastic legs, so it would have been a crime not to show them off!” Holly laughs. He wore red tartan with hints of green and purple, and teamed it with a smart Prince Charles jacket.
The six bridesmaids’ dresses continued the bright and colourful theme, with each maid wearing a white halterneck dress with a bold net underskirt in a different rainbow colour from Maggie Tang. They accessorised with trainers and umbrellas in co-ordinating colours. Perfect for a fun wedding theme!
Instead of a traditional ceremony, Holly and Lloyd joined hands in a service of blessing performed by close friend Elle. “She was amazing,” smiles Holly. “We knew it was a big responsibility, but she really stepped up to the challenge and made our ceremony so special and beautiful.”
The bouquets were put together by Holly’s mum, who bought the flowers from her local flower market. “Each bridesmaid had a bouquet to match the colour of her dress, while I had a multi-coloured posy and the groomsmen each had a purple buttonhole,” says Holly.
Held in the walled garden at Talton Lodge, the reception had a festival theme with the dinner tables and dance floor beneath a Scandinavian canvas tipi. “Within the garden walls there was an orchard, a couple of chicken coops and yurts for the wedding party to stay in,” explains Holly. “While the bridal suite was a treehouse in the shape of a boat!”
Holly and Lloyd’s reception was a riot of colour with its rainbow theme. “The tipi was already decorated with fairy lights, and we added multi-coloured lanterns and lots of bunting,” Holly explains. “My mum handmade all the tablecloths in pink and yellow fabric, and our table centres were flower arrangements in funky teapots.
Made by a family friend, the wedding cake featured a Victoria sponge with blue and pink buttercream and macaroons decorating the outside, with an Action Man and fairy as cake toppers. “They were an emergency purchase the day before the wedding!,” adds Holly.
After their blessing, the couple flew to Las Vegas where they officially tied the knot in the Little White Wedding Chapel, then to Costa Rica for their action-packed honeymoon.