Today I am excited to share this spectacular Doctor Who inspired Wedding with a steampunk twist.
Images were captured by Red 5 Studios.
Red 5 Studios are Gary and Paula, Wedding and portrait photographers based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Groom Stephen shares the couples love story…
How did you meet?
We met on a friends Facebook page 24th October 2016, and it started off with us having an argument.
But even during the argument we both felt that there was something special going on between us and the angry exchange soon changed as we found we had more in common.
We became friends on Facebook and spent hours chatting, literally hours.
We then met for the first time 2 weeks later on November 5th.
Denise phoned her Dad to let him know she was meeting someone that weekend and her Dad already knew, they’d always been close.
The moment we first kissed we both knew there was nowhere else either of us wanted to be other than together.
After an amazing weekend together Denise invited me over to stay at her flat in Halifax.
It was only meant to be for a day or two, but Denise said “Why don’t you move in with me?”
So within 3 weeks of meeting on-line we had moved in together.
Tell us about the Proposal…
The proposal was on December 2nd 2016, just after midnight.
Denise not being the most patient person on the planet proposed, and I VERY happily accepted.
We got titanium engagement rings inset with gold filigree Celtic dragons.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We decided we didn’t want a ‘traditional’ style wedding, so we decided we would do it our way.
As we are both science fiction fans, we started from there.
The main idea was Dr Who / steampunkesque and then we expanded it a bit and themed each table after some of our favourite SF shows and films.
With neither of us being religious we decided that a Church or registry office wasn’t the wedding venue for us.
We looked online at a few venues and then went and looked at some in person, but with all but one, we only got as far as the outside and said no, not for us.
We arrived at Dimple Well and immediately thought “this is the place”, so warm and intimate.
Marcus and his staff made us feel so welcome, they are incredible and one of Marcus’s main passions is weddings, which he loves.
The hotel is set up with weddings in mind and being an old former Victorian House suited us and our theme very well.
We set the date for the 7th April 2018.
Then we proceeded to look at outfits and decided we didn’t want the traditional wedding outfits, we wanted something more Vintage/Steampunk style.
We spent hours searching the internet and found the perfect businesses that could custom create the outfits that we wanted.
Everything was specially selected down to the boots.
All the jewellery, buttonholes, cufflinks etc. and hair accessories (apart from Denise’s hat) was custom made by me.
We decided we would create our own table decorations as nothing on the market fit what we had in mind.
Denise designed and made the sci-fi folded book sculptures for each table as well as the name places cards which were individually designed for each guest who would be joining us during the day of the wedding.
We had 60 guests in total, and with the help of the maid’s of honour Tammy and Tanya and friend Charlotte all 60 were glued and ready for the wedding.
I created the table chests and lanterns along with the sci-fi pictures that adorned each table.
Each chest was individually designed and the pictures complemented the theme of Denise’s book sculptures.
Denise already had in mind more or less what she wanted for the wedding cake and I designed and created the extraordinary cake stand that would be used for the day.
For the cake we looked at various local shops and online. Then we came across Debbie Gillespie and her fabulous creations. Denise sent her the cake ideas and pictures of the cake stand and outfits, Debbie immediately got in touch.
When Debbie came to meet us with samples of her delicious cakes we had a long chat about what we wanted and so that she could see the cake stand in person.
We knew instantly that Debbie was the one to make the perfect wedding cake for us.
We opted for Battenberg (perfect shape for a Tardis), chocolate sponge and lemon sponge so there would be something for everyone.
Debbie went away and did her magic and we didn’t see the cake or pictures of it till we arrived at the venue for the wedding.
It blew our minds, never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined what Debbie had created.
The Tardis cake had a blue led that lit up and the sonic screwdriver (which was handmade out of icing) had a green led and sat across the River Song diary cake.
We even had K-9 on the top of the space time warp cake with the heads of a Weeping Angel, a Cyberman, Shadow Kin and an Ood adorning the edge.
We provided the bride and groom Dalek’s (I even made a small bouquet for the Dalek bride).
It was simply amazing, so amazing when it was time to cut the cake, we carefully cut through it and left it intact so that the guests arriving for the evening could see it before it was finally cut up and served.
Craig Fletcher, a work colleague and friend of Denise also arranged a special gift for us that was really special.
It turns out that Anna, Craig’s wife, is close friends with Jodie Whittaker (the first ever female Doctor Who) and while Jodie was visiting Anna and her family they told Jodie all about out Doctor Who themed wedding.
So Jodie sent us a special wedding card which was put on display on the table with the Doctor Who cake Debbie had lovingly created.
We now have the special card from Jodie on display at home along with a picture of us and the cake.
They both take pride of place in our home as they both are so special to us and remind us of the amazing day we said ‘I do’.
After months of planning and prepping the morning of the wedding was soon upon us and it started at 7 am when Lisa and her colleague arrived to do the hair and makeup for the bridal party.
While Denise and her maids of honour were being made-up, myself, my best man and father of the bride all got ready in our outfits for the day.
Lisa and her colleague did a fabulous job of the hair and make-up, never had Denise felt so beautiful and the maids of honour looked stunning.
Paula and Gary from Red 5 Studios arrived mid-morning to take photos of the outfits and accessories before Denise and the maids of honour were finally dressed in their custom-made vintage outfits.
When we arrived the guests waiting for us were blown away.
No one who knew Denise recognised her, as they’d never seen her dressed up before, and she felt like a million dollars.
Before walking down the aisle, the sound of the Tardis could be heard as Denise and her father (John Knott) entered the room.
They walked down the aisle to the sound of A Thousand Years towards me… a very happy and smiling groom.
Lesley Blessington (the celebrant) had designed and tailored the service especially for us and she delivered a service that no one would ever forget.
Denise was almost doubled over in laughter and tears as Lesley talked about what Victorian wives were expected to do for their husbands.
Before exchanging vows, Denise read a poem about Geek love which she had tailored based on how we had met.
The vows exchanged had been written by us and described how much we loved each other and that they would be together until the end of eternity and beyond.
Paula and Gary (Red 5 Studio) and Marcus and the staff at Dimple Well Lodge guided us through the day and photo shoots with care, humour and such attention to detail.
But our special day wouldn’t have been as special without the family and friends who could join us in celebrating our marriage.
Any special touches/DIY?
All of it!
Jewellery – Brooches, cufflinks, buttonholes, hair fancies for the wedding party by myself.
Table decorations (folded book sculptures, wooden chest, lights etc) by Denise and myself.
“Love” Top Table decoration and cake stand designed and made by myself.
We enjoyed doing the special touches so much from next year we will be doing it as a business for others.
What was the theme of the day?
Doctor Who / Science Fiction meets Vintage/Steampunk
What was the best bit of your day?
The whole day was more than either of us could have expected and everyone who was there said they’d never enjoyed a wedding so much.
Denise, her Dad (John) and her Brother Mark had a light sabre battle on the evening, as there was no way Denise was going to let her wedding day go by without having a bit of Star Wars included.
They don’t call her Darth Denise for nothing at work.
If there was one moment we had to pick though, it would be exchanging our vows and rings.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Save more as it ends up costing more than you think, and watch out for it as it seems months to the wedding and then it is suddenly upon you!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Do it your way, it’s your day and your memories, so have it how you want it and not as others think it should be. Just follow your gut instinct.
And remember to enjoy the day, it’s passes by so quickly.
Thank you so much to Stephen and Denise for sharing their beautiful Doctor Who inspired wedding, and Red 5 Studios for sharing their extraordinary photography
What a lovely story and a stunning look into their stylish and personal celebration.
Love the amazing themed centrepieces, accessories and outfits, and the Doctor Who themed cakes are incredible.
Overall this day is out of this world!
Venue – Ceremony and Reception – Dimple Well Lodge Hotel
Photographer – Red 5 Studios
Celebrant – Lesley Blessington – Funeral and Civil Celebrant – Yorkshire Celebrants
Wedding Dress – Kateryna Novikova at DressArtMystery – Etsy (Custom Dress – with cage and bustle petticoat)
Brides Hat – Teri Aldersey at OohLaLaBoudoir – Etsy
Brides Bouquet – Comic Book Bouquet – DianaSianCrafts
Maids of Honour Gowns – Niel’s Costume Store – AliExpress (Custom made by Niel Yan)
Suits (Groom and Best Man) – Made to measure in China – Fnoexw bestsuit Store (via AliExpress).
Shirts – M&S
Waistcoat – Violet Delights – Amazon UK.
Cake Maker – Debbie Gillespie Cake Design
Rings – Custom made by AlamedaHardware – Etsy
Stylist/Wedding Planner – Denise and Stephen Drew – Till the End of Eternity
Stationery – Place cards designed, printed, cut, embossed and made by Bride Denise
Invites – designed, scored and folded by Stephen and printed by Swiftprint
RSVP cards designed and made by Denise and Stephen
Make up/Hair stylist – Lisa Addley
Vintage Coach – The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company Ltd
Wedding Favours and Truffle Stand – Truffles Truffles Truffles
To Contact Red S Studios
Website – https://www.red5studios.co.uk/
Email – email@example.com
Phone – (T) 01422 311566 and (M) 07941 003683