- Amy Gander and Will Grant recreated Middle Earth at their home in Devon
- The couple rowed across a pond where ‘Gandalf’ took their vows
- An eagle delivered the rings
- All 170 guests arrived in fancy dress and a themed menu was served up
A groom ditched his shoes and tie as he transformed into the hobbit, Frodo Baggins, for his Lord of the Rings wedding day.
Will Grant, 28, who’s a big fan of the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy novel, convinced his wife-to-be, Amy Gander, 33, to turn their garden in Woolacombe, North Devon into Middle Earth for their big day.
They rowed to a pond where a man dressed as Gandalf took their vows and a well-trained eagle delivered the wedding rings.
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Movie moment: Amy Gander, 33, and Will Grant, 28, took six months to recreate J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth at their home in Woolacombe, North Devon, where the couple were married July 4
I do: They rowed to a pond where a man dressed as Gandalf took their vows and a well-trained eagle delivered the wedding rings
It took Will and Amy six months to plan their magical nuptials, which took place on July 4.
They even created a website to give guests some costume inspiration. It advised attendees to bring weapons but to ‘keep safety in mind’.
‘If you have a bow and arrow, please leave the arrows at home to avoid the temptation of ﬁring them,’ the description read.
Their fantastical setting was decked with hobbit holes, an enchanted forest and a wooden entrance with the carved inscription ‘speak friend and enter’ based on the Gates of Moria.
Family fun: The couple’s five-month-old twins, Ferne and Xavier, and their 21-month-old girl, Gwen, came as baby hobbits while other guests kept their fancy dress as a surprise until the day
Smiles all around: Amy, who works as a teacher, said: ‘Our garden looks a lot like the Shire anyway so we just added a few features to make it more of a middle earth experience for the guests.’
Arriving in style: Adorned with the flags of Rohan, the marquee resembled the Golden Hall of Meduseld
Day of adventure: The fantastical setting was decked with hobbit holes, an enchanted forest and a wooden entrance with the carved inscription ‘speak friend and enter’ based on the Gates of Moria
Adorned with the flags of Rohan, the marquee resembled the Golden Hall of Meduseld.
The food menu also drew on the theme, with canapés including ‘lembas bread’ – a snack made by the elves in the Lord of the Rings series – and ‘Bag End babaganoush’ in honour of Bilbo Baggin’s home.
There was also an Elf bar serving homebrewed elderflower champagne and an Orc bar serving rum-based drinks.
For the wedding cake the couple had the Lord of The Rings trilogy designed, with three book-shaped sponges stacked into a tower.
Amy, who works as a teacher, said: ‘Our garden looks a lot like the Shire anyway so we just added a few features to make it more of a middle earth experience for the guests.
Sealing the deal: On July 10 the couple had their legal wedding which channelled the Emily Brontë novel, Wuthering Heights
Happy couple: When Amy and Will, a plumber, got engaged in 2013, the bride-to-be had not seen the blockbusters
Team effort: The idea of a Lord of the Rings wedding was suggested as a joke by one of Will’s friends but it soon became a reality
Archery session: Guests were warned to keep safety in mind when it came to weapons
‘We were so lucky with the weather and the elderflower cider was flowing so that helped the party atmosphere.
‘I was completely overwhelmed by the effort people had put into their costumes, my favourite part of the whole day was walking down the aisle.
‘I saw my next-door neighbour dressed as Gandalf sat on a white horse then beyond him 170 people in the most amazing fancy dress.
‘It made me feel so special that people had gone to the trouble of making such elaborate costumes for our wedding.’
The couple’s five-month-old twins, Ferne and Xavier, and their 21-month-old girl, Gwen, came as baby hobbits while other guests kept their fancy dress as a surprise until the day.
‘I saw my next-door neighbour dressed as Gandalf sat on a white horse then beyond him 170 people in the most amazing fancy dress,’ Amy said
Roll up, roll up! There was also an Elf bar serving homebrewed elderflower champagne and an Orc bar serving rum-based drinks
In disguise: A wedding guest is caught off-guard as he poses with a cane and cold beverage
Convincing act: ‘Gimli the Dwarf warrior’ won the prize for ‘best dressed’ (above) Amy said that her friend spent the whole day up walking on his knees and ended up with blisters
‘Gimli the Dwarf warrior’ won the prize for ‘best dressed’. Amy said that her friend spent the whole day up walking on his knees and ended up with blisters.
Second and third prize went to the only Ork at the wedding and a female Rider of Rohan.
When Amy and Will got engaged in 2013, the bride-to-be had not seen the blockbusters.
She said: ‘I was at university when the films came out and my bridesmaid reminded me that I’d said I’d never watch them as they looked too long and boring.
‘Will on the other hand is a huge fan, he’s read all the books and when The Hobbit came out we travelled to Oxford to watch it and we stayed in Oxford University Halls to get a real Tolkien experience.
Taking a break: A guest – who appears to be dressed as a tree – has a quick drink in the sun
New horizons: For their honeymoon the newlyweds are planning a trip to South Wales
Book worms: For the wedding cake the couple had the Lord of The Rings trilogy designed, with three book-shaped sponges stacked into a tower
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A bridal company has unveiled a new wedding dress collection inspired by Disney’s most popular princesses.
Alfred Angelo today introduced its 2015 Disney Fairy Tale Weddings bridal collection, which includes dresses inspired by nine Disney princess characters, including a highly-anticipated bridal gown inspired by Elsa from the phenomenally popular animated musical Frozen.
The brand’s new collection is aimed at bride’s who are inspired by the whimsical fantasy of their favorite Disney films, but don’t want to walk down the aisle wearing something that looks like a design that has been taken straight from an animated movie.
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Frozen: Bridal designer Alfred Angelo’s new Disney-inspired collection features a selection of beautiful themed wedding gowns, including this one, which was created in honor of Princess Elsa from Frozen
Snow queen: The character Elsa from Frozen (pictured), which has been named as the most popular animated movie ever made, inspired the icy blue gown featured in the collection
The dresses, which have been inspired by Cinderella, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Jasmine from Aladdin, Tiana from the Princess and the Frog, Snow White, Rapunzel from Tangled, and Ariel from the Little Mermaid, as well as Elsa, are showcased in a beautiful photoshoot, which sees each dress captured in a setting befitting the princess it represents.
And while all of the gowns have been created in a specific color that the designer feels best
Elsa’s dress is showcased by a blonde model in what appears to be a frost-covered room. The model has her hair pulled into a braid just like that worn by the Frozen character, and the icy blue coloring of the strapless gown mirrors that of the dress worn by Elsa throughout much of the movie.
For Cinderella, the model wearing the gown has been captured standing in front of a horse-drawn carriage, like that featured in the animated movie, and the recently-released live-action remake, both of which were created from a pumpkin by Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother.
The stroke of midnight: Cinderella’s dress (pictured) features the same full-skirted design worn by the iconic character herself
Sleeping Beauty: This dress, inspired by the beautiful Aurora, features a white beaded bodice and full pale pink skirt
Princess brides: The collection’s Cinderella dress features the same beautiful full skirt and beaded detailing as the gown worn by the character in the movie (L). The dress inspired by Sleeping Beauty (R) is showcased by a model who is sleeping on a bed of rose petals
Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora wears a white and pale pink gown, and is pictured sleeping on a bed of rose petals, while Jasmine, from Aladdin, can be seen lounging on a day bed in an indigo jumpsuit with beaded embellishments on the top half.
The modern design comes complete with a detachable train, sheer back yoke and crystal beading that gives it a feeling of luxury which is befitting an Arabian princess.
Ariel, from the Little Mermaid, is – unsurprisingly – pictured walking along a beach, with the waves in the background. Her sea-green strapless dress is inspired by the color of the animated character’s mermaid tail, while the model has the same red hair as the original animated Ariel.
The flared gown has been crystal-beaded throughout to sparkle like treasures from the deep, while the dramatic skirt has been layered with glitter net to shimmer like sunlight on the waves.
Take a look at Alfred Angelo’s Cinderella inspired collection
Modern woman: The wedding ensemble inspired by Aladdin’s Jasmine is actually a jumpsuit, which comes complete with a detachable train
Under the sea: This green strapless gown is inspired by Ariel from the Little Mermaid, and has been designed to give the impression of a mermaid tail
Inspiration: In the movie Aladdin, Jasmine (L) wears a pair of trousers, rather than a dress, inspiring designers to create a wedding jumpsuit in her honor, rather than a dress. The dress created for the Little Mermaid’s Ariel (R) is the same green color as her tail
The only 3D animation featured in the bridal line-up is Tangled, which was used to inspire the dress created in honor of its central character Rapunzel.
To showcase this particular design, the model can be seen posing in front of a stunning backdrop of floating lanterns, which, in the movie, are used to honor the birthday of the young Princess Rapunzel. In the shoot, the model wears the same purple shade showcased by Rapunzel throughout the film, while her hair is styled in the same floral braid as the character.
Princess Tiana, the first black princess ever to feature in a Disney animation and the star of the Princess and the Frog wears a green gown, no doubt inspired by the color of the amphibian that she transforms into not long after the start of the movie.
She can be seen posing up with a handsome suitor against a backdrop that reflects the bayou that Tiana and her frog-turned-prince travel through during the movie.
Let down your hair! Rapunzel’s gown has been inspired by the character from Disney’s Tangled. In the movie, the character wears a purple gown similar to this design, and showcases the same floral hairstyle
Kiss a frog, find a prince! Tiana from the Princess and the Frog wears the same shade of green in the movie, and the background of this shoot is also inspired by the swamp in which she spends much of her time as a small frog
A real-life princess: The Tangled dress, inspired by Rapunzel (L), features the same purple coloring as the movie character’s gown, while Tiana’s ensemble is green, just like the gown she wears to marry her handsome prince (R)
Snow White’s gown is the same beautiful red as the apple offered up to her by the Evil Queen, while Belle’s gown, inspired by the gold ensemble she wears for a romantic dinner with the Beast, features a number of floral embellishments on the full tulle skirt.
Chief Creative Officer and family member at Alfred Angelo, Michele Piccione, said of the designs: ‘Along with the silhouettes and embellishments of each gown, color gives us another way to bring the magic of Disney’s imagined storytelling to life and allow brides to express their individuality on their special day.’
Thus far the new collection has received an overwhelmingly positive response on social media, with Disney fans the world over taking to Twitter and Instagram to praise the dresses – and to choose which one they would wear when their big day comes around.
‘I love Disney everything and so these dresses are perfect for me!’ one person wrote, before adding: ‘I’m definitely going for Cinderella.’
Another added: ‘This Frozen dress is actually perfect.’
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Penned by Monique Trulove on January 20, 2014 in Photo Shoot
Good morning trulovers! I have oodles of inspiration coming up for you this week and especially if you are newly engaged, you will find lots of ideas and style to help you work out your wedding theme.
Here is the UK it has been a rather grey and rainy January so far, so I am loving today’s Snow Queen Wedding Inspiration from the South of France shot by Malvina Photo. Inspired by the Disney film Frozen, Malvina Molnar and Amandine from Be Lovely created a styled shoot showcasing the elegance of a winter wedding, full of texture and delicate detailing. Not to mention creating a winter wedding and snowy atmosphere in the South of France is quiet a challenge!
French Wedding Style – Photography © Malvina Photo
Malvina and Amandine take us through the inspiration and process behind today’s wedding styled shoot: “We started planning this shot while it was still 30 degrees plus outside, so our need for fresh air and cold weather guided us through the elaboration of the theme… We quickly came up with some keywords and a color scheme: ice, frost, blue, white and silver. It can be tricky to pinpoint the right colors and items because you can quickly go into something Christmassy or choose a wrong shade of blue that feels more tropical than winter.
Now the obvious problem was that it rarely snows in Southern France, so finding the right location with the best winter feeling was key. We contacted Ute, the owner of the Château de Roquelune, as I knew the castle had an elegant orangery which, with its large windows, would perfectly let the cold winter light in. And what better way to say queen than in her own winter wedding castle.
Charlotte had just opened her bridal shop Olympe when we got in touch with her. She chose three amazing dresses by designer Sarah Seven and we went on to create the queen’s crown to evoke ice and sparkle.
Cyril, our florist, played a major role in creating the throne scene with Amandine who created the stationary and some decorative items like the snow globes and the snow stars on the glasses. They chose an opulent white and blue theme with an abundance of flowers and plants, and a style at once modern and festive for the stationary. When going for a white theme, it is important to play with textures: we used mat, reflective, sparkly, furry, soft or translucent items on the table to avoid any impression of monotony.
For the hair and make-up we decided to have two distinct styles: one by day and one by night, to give the bride a choice and also show that, yes, you can have two styles for your wedding! For the daytime, we chose romantic hairstyles with braids and we went a little bit over the top with accessories in the hair. Cyrille, our hairdresser, did an incredible job at creating sophisticated, but natural-looking updoes. For the evening, we did something more fashion-forward to go with the party mood! Finally, Caroline, the makeup artist, created looks that can suit brides who like just to enhance their natural beauty and brides who want something more colorful.”
The shoot was created by local artists and if you feel the need for a theme tune listen to Ice Queen.
Adult gowns: Sarah Seven by Olympe, Montpellier
Dress (child): Pauline from Les Petits Inclassables
Wedding rings:Alliances Antipodes, Montpellier
Hairstyling: Cyrielle de Kali Style
Photographer: Malvina Photo
Flowers: Cyrille from Nature des sens, Montpellier
Location:Château de Roquelune, Pézenas
Paper goods: Amandine de Be Lovely
Models: Jade, Sonia, Sabine and Margaux (with her rabbit)
Posted in Disney, Frozen Wedding, Wedding Decoration, Wedding ideas Tagged with: decoration, detail, disney, frozen, ice, queen, wedding, wedding idea, wedding inspiration, white
For Vancouver couple Emma and Greg Gavelis, Harry Potter has practically been a third member of their relationship.
They met on dating site Plenty of Fish in 2011 and immediately hit it off when Greg wrote on his profile that his perfect first date would be a “Harry Potter” marathon. Emma, who has two Harry Potter tattoos, was smitten.
Fast-forward to August 14, 2014 when the two Potterheads tied the knot at McMenamins Edgefield hotel in Troutdale, Oregon.
Credit: Josh Lasko Photography
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“Harry Potter has played such a big part in us falling in love, that it only seemed fitting to have it be a big part of our wedding and the rest of our love story,” Emma told The Huffington Post.
The pair’s budget for the big day was $5,000, so the bride tapped into her crafty side and DIYed many aspects of the celebration.
“I spent a lot of time watching ‘Game of Thrones’ re-runs while assembling everything,” Emma wrote in her Offbeat Bride blog post. “And it was totally worth it.”
Here are some of the cute and clever ways they incorporated their obsession into the day’s festivities:
Emma designed all of the wedding stationery herself in addition to making her bouquet, the boutonnieres, the ring box, some of the table decor, and more.
“I love to make things with my hands,” she told HuffPost. “It was definitely a labor of love. Plus, it was nice being able to customize every aspect and make sure it oozed Potter. We also couldn’t have afforded this wedding if I hadn’t made almost everything myself.”
Credit: Josh Lasko Photography
Credit: Josh Lasko Photography
When asked about her favorite wedding day memory, Emma said it was when she and Greg were standing at the altar and he started acting goofy.
“I looked at him, and he started pulling faces — just like he usually does,” she said. “It lightened the mood and made me feel so comfortable, and so sure I was marrying the right man.”
Posted in HP Wedding, Wedding ideas Tagged with: best ideas, detail, griffindor, harry potter, hogwarts, hufflepuff, purple, ravenclaw, slytherin, wedding
Brides: if you’re looking for the best wedding theme ideas, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve found 50+ best wedding theme ideas from the web and categorized them below (by post). If you’ve missed any of our wedding theme posts in the past, you’ll find them all right here in one convenient spot. So, be sure to bookmark this page (just hit CTRL + B), share it on Facebook. Read on to be inspired…
P.S. Emma of Emmaline Bride just released the ultimate wedding theme book:
Wedding Themes: 50+ Wedding Theme Ideas
o You’ll love these 18 airmail wedding theme ideas
o Find 31 Most Unique antler wedding ideas
o Planning a barn wedding? Be sure to read 15 Barn Wedding Ideas Every Bride Should Know
see also: ‘rustic’ below
invitation by wide eyes design | see the full post here
o 15 Amazing Beach Wedding Theme Ideas
o Don’t miss these gorgeous beach wedding accessories
o 50 Best Bird Wedding Ideas (Part One)
o 50 Best Bird Wedding Ideas (Part Two)
o Catch 10 Brilliant Bird Wedding Ideas
o Check out these three hot new bird themed wedding finds
bird signs by pnz designs, photo by melania marta | find out more here
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
o Plan a chic Breakfast at Tiffany’s Wedding (or Bridal Shower) of which Audrey Hepburn herself would be proud!
o Plan a butterfly themed wedding
o Break out the cotton candy: circus wedding theme ideas are here!
o Love coffee? Find out How to Plan a Coffee Themed Wedding your guests will love.
photo by birdsong photography | see ‘coffee’ below for more
o Get inspired with this Real Wedding featuring tons of country wedding theme ideas
see also ‘rustic’ below
o 1920’s inspired style? Plan a Feather Themed Wedding and find out just how chic feathers can truly be.
o If you love flowers, a garden themed wedding may be perfect for you! To get inspired, check out this chair decor you can DIY.
o Think you have par for the course? Check out these unique golf themed wedding ideas
o Oh, honey: here are 35 Honey Themed Wedding Ideas That’ll Stick
o Love kraft paper? Tie it into your theme with these unique kraft paper wedding ideas
o Even Don Draper himself would approve of these unique Mad Men Wedding Ideas
o Ahoy! These five hand-picked nautical wedding accessories are perfect for tying the knot.
o Need favors? Check out the Top 10 Nautical Wedding Favors we think your “shipmates” will surely enjoy.
o Get inspired to plan a peacock themed wedding with a Real Wedding feature!
o Are you the “perfect pair”? Find out how to make it a theme with these “Pear” Wedding Theme Ideas.
o Nerdy, quirky, offbeat robots are in! Get inspired for your offbeat robot themed wedding.
o Ah, rustic weddings: find out the 10 Must-Have Rustic Wedding Ideas to get you started.
o Also, find out How to Plan a Rustic Bridal Shower.
o Love burlap? Don’t miss these 50 Must-Have Burlap Wedding Items
o This couple planned an oh-so-chic DIY Rustic Wedding
o If you’re a bride who loves mason jars, you won’t want to miss this post!
photo by anne skidmore | see more here
o Tie the knot classroom style with these chic throwback school themed ideas
o Show off your stately pride with a round-up of the 50 Best State Themed Wedding Ideas. You’re sure to be inspired by these amazing handmade wedding finds!
o Planning a steampunk wedding? This wedding shoot is chock-full of steampunk themed ideas!
photo by bg productions | see ‘steampunk’ below for more
o Plan the Ultimate Tea Themed Wedding with great ideas from a styled shoot.
o See how this couple turned their love of vintage into a DIY Vintage Wedding
o Get inspired with this sweet couple’s Real Vintage Wedding
o Add a decorative touch to your vintage wedding with this chic vintage silverware
o Get a dose of classic vintage style with these vintage wedding ideas
o Your vintage wedding will need chic bouquets. Here are a few vintage bouquets for you to plan accordingly.
o And, you’ll need some vintage cake stands to go with it! These are fit for a queen.
o Read How to Plan a Wedding in the Woods: it’s the ultimate guide.
o And… get inspired with these Woodland Wedding Theme Ideas featuring handmade finds you’re sure to love.
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