Sometimes the best theme is having no theme and just bringing together all the little things that make you who you are. When you look in from the outside you might think this couple purposely picked a charming fusion of sci-fi and glamour, but for the happy couple Dany and Scott, this was the perfect mix of personalities coming together in marriage.
Dany said ‘I couldn’t say that we had an actual theme for our wedding. Maybe if our theme was things that we like. It was a mish mash of Star Wars, HR Giger, candy skulls, British vs German, blue etc. As Scott is a huge fan of Star Wars, and I am quite partial to it too, Scott had a separate entrance. His groomsmen wore stormtrooper helmets and he had a Darth Vader helmet and cape. They all had lightsabres and entered to the music of the Imperial March played on cellos. We also managed to have some lightsabre duels later on in the evening. Our cake was probably the best representation of our mish mash theme. It had two alien figures as cake toppers and a HR Giger inspired alien pods and landscape tier. Star Wars was again featured on the cake too, as well as our nicknames for each other, love of steampunk, penguins, minions and sugar skulls.’
Dany chose the wonderful, award winning Kerry Baker as her make up artist for her special day! Kerry Baker has already been featured on Something New and we are so pleased to be bringing you her work in action!
‘We met at Uni more than 10 years ago. We kept appearing in front of each other’s doors, trying to make up some excuse as to why we were there and needed to spend time with the other person. We went to coffee shops to people watch, watched movies (mainly horror and psychological thrillers) and spent hours asking each other the daftest questions. Because of one our first dates being a cinema date to watch Halloween, we decided to name one of the tables after this. All our table names had some meaningful connection to our lives e.g. the place we got engaged, nicknames from parents, games we love playing together etc.’
‘Dress shopping was an experience that I will never forget. My mum lives in Holland and she really wanted to be part of the whole dress shopping experience, having seen numerous bridal TV shows since we announced our engagement, and us having a very close relationship. So, when I went to visit my mum she had booked us an appointment in what I can only describe as the dress shop for Disney princesses. Not only were they currently filming “Say Yes to the Dress”, but there was a prince charming statue on a white horse and rooms upon rooms of white dresses. It was incredibly overwhelming, and I just felt like I didn’t fit in. Bearing in mind, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted a traditional dress at this point. I had been thinking about coloured dresses, gothic dresses and all sorts of different dresses. But, I wanted to at least try on a “normal” wedding dress to see if I did or did not like this on me. We had a lovely lady bring out several dresses in my size and we tried to organize them from most to least favourite. I tried the first dress on thinking that I liked the top, but it was too glitzy, and I really wasn’t sure about how large the bottom half was. However, it was the one I liked most from the beginning. I remember when I first put it on and stood in front of the mirror and thought “damn, I look good! This actually suits me”. My mum then saw me and started crying. To this day she says it was because I was radiant and happy looking.
I tried on several more dresses, but nothing quite wowed me as much as the first. However, every single dress I tried on looked good. I was surprised that, so many different styles seemed to suit me. I was particularly shocked that the mermaid style looked good on me too. Anyway, we left after the appointment without having bought the dress. Over the next few days my mum and I kept talking about it and I couldn’t get it out of my mind, but I was worried that I had made it better in my head than what it had been. We therefore made a further appointment at the dress shop just to try that dress on, and it felt as amazing as it did the first time. This was going to be my dress. However, the dress shop being in Holland meant that we needed to figure out a way to get the dress to the UK. Unfortunately, there was only a handful of stockists and not a single shop in the UK had the dress.’
‘I then made an appointment at Louise Perry Bridal, a small shop owned by an extremely friendly and knowledgeable woman. Louise immediately made me feel comfortable and no question or request was too much. I decided then and there that I trusted her and ordered my dress from her. Once my dress arrived, I felt very nervous, bearing in mind I had only tried the dress on twice in Holland, which at that time was a good 8 months ago. Would I still like it? Would it fit? What if I don’t like it anymore? However, I shouldn’t have worried as I possibly fell even more in love with the dress this time around. I felt amazing in it and couldn’t stop looking at myself. I felt comfortable in myself and wanted to get married then and there. There is no specific reason why I chose this particular style over any other, other than because I felt damn good in it’
‘Trust your gut instinct. Nearly everything we did and booked we knew immediately whether it was right for us or not. The first time we saw the venue, I knew it was the one. The first time we saw our photographers, we knew. We even both stumbled across our amazing cake lady and sent each other the link on the same day saying she should make our cake. This way we made sure we had people involved in our wedding that we liked and felt like we could trust.
On the morning of the wedding I was told how calm I was. I honestly think that’s because I did everything I could up until the wedding and then had a mindset of “If something goes wrong, it goes wrong. There’s nothing I can do about it now and I won’t let it effect our day”. The way I saw it, as long as we got married to each other it would be a successful day and anything else is a bonus. Sure we had one or two things go wrong, but nobody noticed them and they really didn’t matter. I got to marry the love of my life, what more could I really want?!’
Photography by Chris Hanley Photography
Make Up by Kerry Baker Mua
Flowers by The Gilded Lily
Wedding Cake by Little Cherry Company
Wedding Venue Eaves Hall