Oh hello wonderful Gatsby inspired wedding! I think this is such a great theme for a wedding. It can be hard in the early stages of planning a wedding and I think couples feel there is an absolute need to have a theme. But really, there isn’t at all. You should just do whatever suits you. It so happens that Carol & Mark wanted glitz and glam and so the 20’s era seemed the perfect match for what they love anyway.
I love the favours; sparklers with a little note to tell guests when they would be lit. What a lovely little touch and I would totally be stealing that idea if I was planning my wedding again. Carol has some great DIY tips for you as well.
Ellingham Hall made the perfect venue to host their friends and family for the weekend. I can just picture Carol swishing around in her amazing Jenny Packham gown followed by the most stylish and sophisticated maids I’ve ever seen and all the guests adhering to their black tie dress code. Lush. So sit back, grab some champers, stick a feather in your hair and swoon away.
Carol The Bride: We chose Ellingham Hall because we wanted somewhere all our guests could stay onsite and would not be bumping into guests of the hotel or other weddings. They literally let you take over the house making it your own for the whole weekend which we loved and it made the whole wedding more personal. Finally the house is really beautiful with lots of art deco style touches and a stunning dining hall that compliments any colour scheme.
The hall is located about 4 miles from the coast so on the Sunday we all went for a long walk on the beach with views of the castle and had a pub lunch before returning to the venues to eat up the leftover buffet and wine!
Colours & Themes
Inspired by a 20’s pattern that we found in Paperchase that was black and gold we kept our colours to black, grey and white with silver and gold for a bit of sparkle.
I really wanted flowers that felt vintage but also had some of my favourite flowers in. Emilia from Narcissus was wonderful and talks through all your ideas and then exceeds expectations! She added in some vintage dusky pink roses to our bridesmaid’s bouquets which made them stand out beautifully.
We chose a reading each to represent how we felt and our relationship. I chose ‘To Love is not to Posses’ by Jack Kavanagh and Mark chose ‘How falling in love is like owning a dog’ by Taylor Mali which we adapted slightly in the linked post to make it fit our life.
We are both massive foodies and regularly eat out and also cook fabulous food so we really wanted to have something good to serve our guests. Ellingham were very helpful and worked with us to amend elements of the menu to our tastes which was really great. We ate:
Scallops with crisp pork belly, quince and pea shoots
Goats cheese, poached pear and walnut salad
Fillet of beef with braised shin, daupinoise potatoes and spinach with red wine reduction
Mushroom and butternut squash wellington, daupinoise potatoes and spinach with red wine reduction
Raspberry and chocolate brownie with clotted cream
White chocolate and raspberry cheesecake
A selection of beef carpaccio crostini, salmon and chive marscapone, smoked fish cakes, haggis bon bons, bruschetta, cheese and caramelised onion tarts
We had a cheesecake that was supplied jointly by friend at Thimble Cheesemakers and The Courtyard Dairy which was then served for our evening buffet with pork pies from Yorkshire, breads and chutneys.
During the day we had a pianist who played tea dance music and older tunes to go with our theme. Ellingham Hall has an amazing grand piano so we couldn’t not use it and Stuart had played there many times. In the evening we wanted to cater for the different age ranges but also have a really good party. Northern Star are a fabulous band and play regularly in the Edinburgh area. They agreed to travel a bit further for us thankfully. They play a huge range of tracks and will learn a song for you with enough notice. They also do a ceilidh set and on the evening we had at least 7 members playing instruments and singing which was awesome and no one sat down at all!
We were looking for a local photographer who had a more vintage and natural style. We didn’t want our photos to look posed or unnatural but to reflect the fun and emotions of the day. Everyone loved Sarah Jane and many people thought she must be a friend of the family due to how well she fit in with everyone. We are thrilled with how the photos came out and we even managed to get some photos where Mark had his eyes open!
We made everything ourselves! It’s a lot easier than you would think but it does take a good idea and clear direction not to put too many things into the mix. We managed everything with a home computer, spray mount, paper and card, free fonts (ours was called bittersweet) a cutting mat and knife pretty much.
Our vases were from Ikea as were the frames and candles, the candleabras and luggage tags from ebay and lanterns from Sainsbury!
We set up a photo booth using our iPad using a free app and a stand. The items for it we collected from charity shops including badminton racquets, an old camera, LPs and wigs. Everyone loved dressing up and had loads of fun wearing the wigs!
We wanted to give everyone something fun and thought of having sparklers. We downloaded a template from the internet and set the time for everyone to go outside. The pictures were great of everyone enjoying playing with them.
Framed Chalkboard Signs
We wanted to write our own signs but have them look a bit classier so used an old frame and painted the back board with blackboard paint. We could then write the order of the day on it and place in the frame. When you have finished the frame can still be used for pictures too as they go in front of the board.
We named each of the tables after a film and then placed quotes on the tables so people had to guess which was theirs. It made a fun introduction to the venue and got everyone talking as they tried to work it out.
Becky is at her happiest when dunking a slightly chilled chocolate digestive into a very warm, very milky cup of tea. She also loves her job and pinches herself every day to make sure that she isn’t in a graphic design dreamworld.