Fly away with me
Ceri & Terry: In the beginning
A birthday proposal in the park paved the way for autumn romance for Ceri and Terry. “We were visiting York for the weekend and stopped by a sculpture park just on the outskirts of the town which has some amazing pieces of art,” says Ceri. “There’s one called The Deer Stalker, which is basically a room with a square hole in the roof so you can see the sky. We’d been watching the sky breeze past when it started to drizzle with rain. Laughing we stood up and started dancing in the little patch of rain coming through the roof; and that’s when Terry asked me to marry him. It was perfect, it felt like there was nobody in the world except us.” <p>Photography by <a href="http://riamishaal.com/"target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>riamishaal.com</strong></a></p>
Ceri & Terry: From the ashes
Once they were engaged, the pair knew they wanted to start preparations as soon as possible. “Neither Terry or I like hot weather very much so we knew that an autumn wedding would be the best to make sure that we were comfortable all day,” says Ceri. <p><a href="http://www.wilbrahamweddings.co.uk/"target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Great Wilbraham Hall Farm</strong></a> ticked all the dream venue boxes for their autumn do but disaster struck when the historic barn they planned to exchange their vows in burnt down a few months before their wedding. Determined not to postpone their day, or give up on the idyllic location of the farm, the couple decided to move their civil ceremony to the billiard room of the rustic farmhouse and celebrate in a luxury marquee set up in the grounds.</p>
Ceri & Terry: Fly away with me
Wanting to add a personal touch to the marquee, Ceri and Terry spent lots of time researching ideas. “We eventually came across the senbazuru, a Japanese tradition where 1000 origami cranes are folded by the bride and groom, or given to them as a wedding gift, as a wish for 1000 years of health and happiness,” says Ceri. The couple loved the romance of the idea and decided they wanted to incorporate it into their big day. “Origami was already a hobby of mine and Terry was willing to learn, so we would sit together and fold cranes in the evening using paper of every colour.” The couple added personal touches to the cranes by using pages from Terry’s favourite comics.
Ceri & Terry: Here comes to bride
It was luck that helped Ceri find her dream dress after popping into <a href="http://uk.monsoon.co.uk/"target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Monsoon</strong></a> on an impulse. She fell in love with this floor-length ivory silk gown with empire-line beaded detail. “It fit perfectly and made me feel beautiful,” says Ceri. She accessorized her bridal look with a pair of silver earrings that were a gift from Terry on her 17th birthday and a simple pearl necklace. Ceri hand-made her bohemian-inspired headpiece using Swarovski crystals and pearls.
Ceri and Terry: Best foot forward
Ceri picked her favourite pair of silver and white wedges by Mootich to tie the knot in. “They are the kind of shoes which complete strangers will come up and compliment me on. They always make me really happy when I wear them, so they were the only choice for my wedding shoe,” says Ceri.
Ceri & Terry: Folded flowers
“Knowing the season would make it quite expensive to have lots of flowers, I decided not to have any at all,” says Ceri. Instead she decided on an intricate origami bouquet folded from bright blue and yellow paper, colours chosen as a nod to her grandfather’s Swedish heritage. The yellow paper was printed with a poem that her godfather read at the wedding ceremony.
Ceri and Terry: Highland fling
Terry looked handsome in a Highland morning jacket and a Scottish national tartan kilt hired from <a href="http://www.mossbros.co.uk/"target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Moss Bros</strong></a>. As a special memento to mark their wedding day, Ceri bought him a traditional kilt pin and sgian dubh (a small ceremonial knife) to complete the outfit.
Ceri and Terry: Twice as nice
To fit in with their new plans for the day Ceri and Terry exchanged vows twice! They had an intimate legal ceremony in the farm house before a longer celebration with family and friends in the marquee. The pair picked their own vows and Ceri’s dad arranged a piece of music for the occasion that he played on his clarinet.
Ceri & Terry: Flying high
The colourful paper cranes were strung from ribbon to create brightly coloured streamers which looked oh-so-pretty trailing down the side of the marquee. “One of the nicest things about our decorations were that almost all of our guests took away a few ribbons of cranes at the end of the night as a memento,” says Ceri. “We’ve been told that they are decorating the houses of family and friends all over the country!”
Ceri & Terry: Rainbows in the sky
The couple also made rainbow-hued mobiles which hung from the chandeliers to add a pretty splash of colour.
Ceri & Terry: Party animals
As an alternative to floral centrepieces, the couple tied white ribbons around terracotta plant pots and filled them with mini packets of Love Hearts. Each was topped with a different origami animal. “From pandas to seahorses, we wanted to match each animal model to the guests who would appreciate them most,” says Ceri.
Ceri & Terry: Take a seat
To decorate the blue and yellow place cards, Ceri folded tiny cranes and attached them to the corners.
Ceri & Terry: That’s entertainment
“As there were so many children coming, we put colouring books, crayons and a few small toys on tables to keep them entertained,” says Ceri. Pots of bubbles and party poppers added to the sense of fun and the grown-ups could test their general knowledge with packs of trivia cards.
Ceri & Terry: Have-a-go guests
As the origami cranes were such a hit, Ceri and Terry also added sheets of paper and how-to instructions to each table so guests could fold their own during the reception.
Ceri & Terry: Let them eat cake!
The cake was a delicious confection of flavours concocted by <a href="http://www.mrcake.co.uk/Wedding_Cakes___Birthday_Cakes___Cakepops___Cambridge_UK/Welcome.html"target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Mr Cake</strong></a>. Guests were spoilt for choice between three tiers made up of chocolate and cherry, white chocolate and raspberry and Terry’s favourite, chocolate mint.
Ceri & Terry: Just dance
As the evening drew in, guests were handed glow sticks and encouraged to dance the night away to tunes especially selected by the couple. “There was rarely a quiet moment on the dancefloor which was exactly the way we wanted it,” says Ceri.
Ceri & Terry:
"I think that autumn is the perfect time to get married," says Ceri. "Although you have to bear in mind it gets dark early (so think about an earlier ceremony). I loved the soft natural lighting on our wedding day. It was really flattering for photos."