November 14th, 2017 | Julia Braime
As Lewis Carol fans ourselves here at Brides Up North HQ, we quickly fell head over heels (and down the rabbit hole) when viewing images from Roxanne and Shane’s beautiful big day, inspired by the author’s most notable novel.
Brining in lots of “eat me” and “drink me” elements, plus Wonderland style décor and a beautifully on-theme cake, we’d say the couple did an excellent job of incorporating nods to Alice, while still making their celebrations both romantic and personal.
The fine backdrop of Iscoyd Park, elegant attire and pretty blooms complete the fairy tale feel and have us grinning Cheshire-cat style.
With images by Elsie Love Photography.
roxanne says: We got engaged on the beach in Cuba. It was the second night of our first holiday together.
We got married on 22nd October 2016. We picked this date as it meant we would have the same anniversary as Shane’s parents.
Our chosen venue was Iscoyd Park in Wrexham, North Wales. It meant a lot to Shane as this is the area where he had grown up and, so he always wanted to marry in the area too. We had 80 guests for the day and 130 for the night. We chose Iscoyd Park as we both fell in love with the beautiful Georgian house and its exclusivity. It also had 5-star reviews.
Inspiration for the theme was taken from Lewis Carol’s Through the Looking Glass – I’ve loved Lewis Carol since I was little, and Alice in Wonderland is my happy place!
We picked green for the colour scheme as it’s my favourite colour and we felt that it was complement the theme too.
I ordered my wedding dress online – it was the closest I could find to the style I liked.
My bridesmaids wore green floor-length dresses, which I also found online.
Shane and the groomsmen wore dark blue suits from Groom in Chester.
As our wedding day transport, Shane’s nephew lent us his new Range Rover.
Melissa of Elsie Love Photography captured our day and we would absolutely recommend her to other brides and grooms. she has a very good eye for photography and captures the light superbly in her shots. She also had a second shooter with her on the day, Christina Sarah Photography.
I made my own bouquet using silk roses and peonies.
My maid of honour helped me with all the décor for the venue. We had lots of Alice in Wonderland elements, including themed table placements, clocks hanging off trees, a hanging “sign me” guest book and a box of “wear me” items for the dancefloor. We also had white magenta trees and twinkling fairy lights.
Keeping on theme, we gave out little bottles of green vodka as favours that had little “drink me” tags attached to them.
Our wedding cake was also Alice in Wonderland inspired. A chocolate fudge cake, decorated in line with our theme, which was made by a work friend of mine.
We chose our favourite dishes for the wedding breakfast: prawn cocktail/cheese soufflé to start, followed by corn fed chicken/caramelised onion goats cheese tart for main, and “eat me” cake pops for dessert. The wine was recommended by our caterers, Fine Dining, to complement the food. The catering team were highly professional, and their food was second to none.
As entertainment, we had an Irish folk band to get everyone dancing together. The violin player was my tutor from high school – the band played at my 18th birthday, ten years ago!
Following our wedding, we would absolutely recommend Iscoyd Park to other wedding couples. Everything about it was perfect, it’s fit for any type of wedding; vintage, modern, classic, – everything!
We also loved our church ceremony too. All of our friends and family were there, and it felt very personal. We chose the songs that we sang and had a lot of input into what was read out by the vicar. I also had my favourite Coldplay song, sang by one of my friends acoustically as I came in to the church.
On reflection, I’d say my favourite parts of the day were the vows, the kiss, the first dance, dancing to a live band and the bedtime!
Following the wedding, we went to Oxford for a few days and had a ‘homey-moon’ as we’d not long moved into our house and wanted to spend some quality time there – I also couldn’t bear to leave my cats for more than a few nights!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be – soak up every second, as the day will fly. Also, plan in advance, give your bridesmaids responsibilities on the day so you’re not stressed, and do what you want, not what others want you to!
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Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…
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