Today I am excited to share this gorgeous Doctor Who inspired Wedding at South Farm in Cambridgeshire with pretty navy and purple details.
Images were captured by Chris Ward Photography.
Chris Ward is based in Kirkby in Ashfield near Nottingham but his photography has taken him throughout the UK, as well as shooting weddings overseas.
He is known for producing highly imaginative portraits and classic, stylish and contemporary wedding images with his unique and relaxed approach.
Bride Leigh says of the couples love story and their Doctor Who inspired Wedding…
How did you meet?
Dan and I both met at secondary school although our circles didn’t mix at the time.
Dan was popular because he was funny, and I was a goth filled with unjustified teenage-angst.
Years later, Dan returned from Uni and started working in my local pub.
His pickup line was “have you heard of The Beards”, which got us talking about how much we both enjoyed comedy.
Dan remembers thinking at the time, “well that had gone better than it ever had before”.
Tell us about the Proposal…
I really love the musician Nick Cave, and we had gone to see one of this films on one of our early dates called 20,000 Days on Earth.
Dan worked out the date of my 10,000th day on earth and created a small birthday party for me in our living room, featuring a hand-decorated cake, a homemade card and a photo-frame of the date listed above with our small family – Dan, me and the cat!
It didn’t go according to plan as I jumped up from the sofa to hug him and say thank you for my gifts, (still oblivious to where this was going at this point), just as he was getting down on one knee.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
Dan and I sat down together very early on and decided our priorities.
None of the traditions of weddings were really important to us, but we both agreed that we wanted it to be as relaxed as possible and for everyone to have a really good time!
We also agreed that we were going to plan the day exactly in our own way. This meant many touches like exiting the ceremony to ‘Bring me Sunshine’ and hopping like Morecambe and Wise.
We, and by ‘we’ I mean ‘I’, were also as organised as possible. Within a few months of getting engaged, we had arranged the date and chosen our venue and booked a lot of our suppliers.
I found blogs and planners immensely helpful, it was good to have a list and tick off as you go.
Another thing to remember is that things will not go according to plan, but often something better comes from it.
Our original photographer pulled out with months to go till the ceremony. Without that happening, we wouldn’t have found Chris our photographer or Ryan our videographer.
Also we have two amazing co-ordinators which were invaluable, without Alice at Fleur De Lace or the help from Helen at South Farm – the day would not have ran so smoothly.
Any special touches/DIY?
We wanted to do as much ourselves as possible and keep everything informal. For months, we had collected tins and glass bottles for our flower displays.
My mum, my bridesmaid and I spent all evening the night before arranging the flowers. It was so much fun!
Another informal touch was that we wanted everyone to wear their own suits and ties, and my bridesmaids wore different dresses. I work for a shoe company and brought my bridesmaids their own sparkling trainers as a thank you.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
Dan couldn’t get married without Doctor Who, after comedy it is another of his true loves – I accept my ranking as a possible third place…
My mother-in-law kindly knitted hundreds of Tom Baker scarves to use as chair decorations.
She also made us the most amazing TARDIS cake which she sat on a clock-face instead of cake tray. I made a table plan by sticking photo frames together to look like the window of the TARDIS and all the tables were named after Doctor Who monsters.
We had a TARDIS rubbish bin at home which we used as our card box. Dan even considered wearing a bow-tie!
What was the best bit of your day?
Aside from the relief that Dan was actually waiting for me at the end of the aisle, my favourite part was when the registrar got my name wrong and announced us as ‘the wedding of Dan and Leanne’.
It was a really amazing moment as Dan and I were both nervous going into the ceremony, and that mistake instantly dispelled any nerves we were feeling.
I dropped Dan’s hand in mock outrage and said “and who is Leanne?!” which made everyone laugh and set the tone for the whole day.
Is there anything you would do differently?
I put my bouquet down far too quickly after the ceremony. I really wish I had held on to it for longer because it was so beautiful!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Do everything exactly how you want to do things, even if no-one understands why!
Take a look at the lovely Doctor Who inspired wedding film by Ryan Devine…
Venue – South Farm
Photographer – Chris Ward Photography
Wedding Dress – Donna Lee Bridal
Groomswear – Moss Bros
Cake Maker – Mother-in-law
Florist – Cissy at Wildstems
Stylist – Alice at Fleur De Lace
Stationery – Home-made and printed via Printed.com
Make up/Hair stylist – Family friends – Sharon and her daughter Maia
Rings – Ernest Jones
Videographer – Ryan Devine
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