This fabulous Willy Wonka wedding theme really does compare to pure imagination – A fun-filled, purple theme that’s sure to make you smile!
WHO: Sarah and Mark
WHERE: St Michael’s Church and Combermere Abbey, Shropshire
WHEN: September 2011
PHOTOS: Yana Photography
“It wasn’t love at first sight!” laughs Sarah. “My first memory of Mark was when we were at junior school together, I was teasing him about something, to which he stood up and shouted; ‘I hate girls!’”
Through school and university we remained friends, and both agreed if we weren’t married by the time we were 30, we’d marry each other! For Mark’s birthday we went to a dog-friendly B&B called the Wensleydale Heifer taking our puppy, and it was while we were out walking her by the river Mark popped the question,” she adds.
The bride’s outfit
“After trying on lots of different styles of dress (because I had no idea what I wanted!) I went back to the first gown I tried on (typical!), which was a Benjamin Roberts dress, style 1007,” explains Sarah. “It was full enough to make it feel fairytale, but still fitted me beautifully without being too heavy. It was also a really reasonable price, coming in at under £1,000,” she adds.
“My first memory of Mark was when we were at junior school together, I was teasing him about something, to which he stood up and shouted; ‘I hate girls!’”
The groom’s outfit
“We used a shop recommended by a friend called Off The Cuff Menswear, and they were so lovely and informative in helping us choose traditional tails for Mark,” remembers Sarah. To fit in with their Willy Wonka wedding theme, Sara said “He also wore a top hat and carried a cane, which he loved!”
“I had a harem!” smiles Sarah. The older girls wore dresses from Debenhams, and the younger ones from Monsoon’s wedding range.
“This was, without doubt, our favourite part of the day,” recalls Sarah. “In order to marry in our particular church, we had to attend on numerous Sundays before the event and go to a marriage preparation course – but it only helped to make the ceremony more personal, especially as our vicar knew us so well.”
“These were put together by a family friend who really bought into my Willy Wonka wedding theme,” explains Sarah. “The little bridesmaids had lollipops made out of wire with flowers entwined on them, while my bouquet was more traditional. Sheila used orchids and flowers from good friends’ gardens.”
Lots of sweets were the order of the day for the brilliant Willy Wonka wedding theme. “My Dad made some metal trees for centrepieces, which I decorated with fake sweets and candy canes. Every sweet was handmade – it took hours and a lot of polystyrene packaging and cellophane!” says Sarah.
“We knew we wanted a trip of a lifetime, and chose South Africa with activities organised through Trailfinders,” says Sarah. “We even got to plant an olive tree with a name plaque next to it, in celebration of our marriage!”