Images: Grace Elizabeth
Amanda & Vic: A Bohemian Beauty for a Castle, Candle Lit and Creative Ceremony & Wedding Day
Hello, gorgeous ones. I hope that you’re all very well and keeping wrapped up warm this icy Tuesday morning? Although Christmas is just around the corner and how I’m so looking forward to family time, cosy fires and a little too much chocolate; I have to say that my heart will always lie with the Summer sun, pastel pretty blue skies and long evenings. Let me transport you back to July of this year for the lovely couple, Amanda & Vic’s wedding.
It was love at first sight for avid Yoga lovers, Amanda and Vic who met in a club where Amanda was their resident dancer. The pair said their “I Do’s” on Sunday the 27th of July 2017 at the oh-so beautiful Headingham Castle in Essex.
We adored everything about their special day, from the teeny-tiny handmade details to the fun, elegant and joyous vibe that continued throughout their celebrations, even two days later! Lets find out more from the couple themselves and their super talented and lovely photographer, Grace Elizabeth.
On with the pretty…
Yoga teacher, Amanda and company director, Victor tied the knot on a beautiful sunny summers day. However, this wasn’t the first time that the two had exchanged their vows.
Vic says: “When Sonny was small, we had a traditional Hindu wedding blessing in Bali, Amanda’s spiritual home (and actual home for 12 years).”
They then decided last year to get married in the UK, too. Vic’s proposal included a banner in a beautiful field opposite their home, Vic had handwritten it in Indonesian. A special touch, that I’m sure they both will treasure throughout their lives.
Guests travelled from far and wide to their special wedding day “Lots of guests from far flung places (Thailand, Indonesia, Costa Rica), so we needed to space things out to make their journey worthwhile.” Says Vic.
“We were aiming for relaxed but ritualistic day, solemn and meaningful but happy and fun, bohemian but elegant, creative and bespoke, crafty but professional and beautiful; quirky but formal, artistic, rustic, shabby-chic, friendly, inclusive open and unusual“
Bride, Amanda found her dream dress in ‘Abigails‘, a blissful bridal boutique based on Colchester High Street in the county of Essex. It’s easy to say that Amanda made for the most beautiful of brides, I’m sure you will agree? The lace on her gown added a touch of tradition to the day and paired beautifully with their sensational ceremony venue, Hedingham Castle.
Her look was completed with handmade water pearls and an aquamarine headdress, the sparkliest of shoes, a long flowing veil. A true bohemian beauty.
Please, let’s talk about their ceremony setting, too. Complete with cosy candles, handmade flower decorations and 40 of their favourite people; it’s a sight to behold. We can just imagine it now with their favourite music, Zero 7 Destiny and Unfinished Sympathy.
Oh, and Amanda also had the prettiest polished nails around. She had the details of her wedding-day look perfected along with the chicest of hairstyles courtesy of Gemini Hair Stylist and a natural make-up look with thanks to Emma Brooks Make-Up, both Tollesbury based wedding suppliers.
Once the ceremony had taken place, the couple had their chance to get photos, along with their son, Sonny. The buttonholes, bloomin’ beautiful bouquet and ceremony flowers were all sourced by local florist, Charlotte. Serenity flowers again, is a business close to home and the heart. Posies were the flower of choice.
“Amanda wanted our wedding to be hand made, craft based, using as many friends and family contacts an local businesses as we could possibly include.” Vic goes on to say that they wanted as little corporate company involvement as possible in their wedding day.
The handmade theme continued throughout their wedding, bringing a fusion of elegance, homeliness and creativity.
“Driftwood signs, handmade flower decorations, wicker hearts for chairs, the death star, handmade confetti, jam jar table ornaments and handmade cakes” were all just some more additions to their wedding. Vic adds, that the suppliers were personal connections, school mums, friends and family.
“Inclusivity was very, very important, hence why everyone wore white dresses and matching bouquets.” The couple opted not to have bridesmaids, and instead wanted all of the girls dressing in white; which had huge meaning to them. I have to say, I adored how everyone’s individual styles shone through.
After the ceremony its self, newly weds, Amanda and Vic headed off to The Henny Swan, a beautiful pub on the river Henney. They wanted quirkiness “A castle, a beautiful pub on the river rather than a traditional wedding venue, a boat trip; no wedding cars, a landcover for the bride and a coach for all of their other guests.”
This wasn’t the end of their festivities however, 2 days later was when their festival after party took place in a field. An epic event by the looks of it with “a banging DJ and sound system, top 80s’ dance tunes, as Asian street food vendor, dwarf doormen who became dancing cupids, a fire flinger, targot card reader and a hookah pipe tent… “
Their party was just as much a celebration of their love, a handmade affair with decor made by Amanda, a delicious naked chocolate cake and blondies and brownies cooked up by Victor’s mum. Between 150-180 attended their after party, that took place 2 days later after their ceremony in the candle-lit castle.
Vics & Amanda’s Words of Wedded Wisdom…
“Let your guests be themselves, don’t have expectations of them.
Enjoy every moment, suck it all up, focus on your partner and feel the love.
Break with convention, it’s a bit unorthodox but if you’re limited on numbers for the ‘intimate’ bit, think good friends rather than emotionally or geographically distant family. It’s better to have 100? of your guests really wanting to be there than maybe forego some close friends for distant relatives who aren’t really in the party spirit.
You can’t plan your time management enough in advance.
Try to delegate some things to close guests. They are usually more than happy yo be a part of the proceedings.
Think about spreading the proceedings over 2 days-ceremony and party. More time to relax and organise.”
Special words from their Photographer, Grace Elizabeth:
“A little bit about me, my name is Grace, I’m 22, and I’m the owner of Grace Elizabeth. I have been shooting weddings since I was just 16 years old and living in North Devon, and my dream has now come true, in that I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Colchester in Essex, my hometown. Personally, I have a great love of and attraction to the sea (probably because I am a Cancer!), crystals and anything bohemian! My photography is based on my adoration of incorporating the landscape within which I work, rather than working against it, although this isn’t always possible, and so the real core of my photography is based on capturing the moments which are oh so important to my wonderful clients, and the ones that would often go missed. I love to document every element of my clients (who I like to consider more as friends!) lives, whether its their engagement session, wedding day, first born or family photographs; it is always an absolute honour and privilege to be given a small chunk of their time and the freedom to combine creativity with documenting moments.
“With regards to Amanda and Vic’s wedding, there was just so much I loved! Amanda and Vic were quite late in booking me, so we didn’t actually get a chance to meet as I do with all of my wedding clients, but I knew immediately from the messages that Amanda and I exchanged, that she was a kind, sweet soul. After having a blessing in Bali some years ago, the couple tied the knot in the gorgeous Hedingham Castle, in the most beautiful candle-lit ceremony room. With friends and family flying across the world for the day (some of which even surprised her as I later discovered!), inclusivity was so important to them, which is why you will notice that everyone was wearing white. Just this mentality of acceptance and community itself was what really appealed to me about their day – no one was to be left out. Many of the decorations to the venue were handmade by Amanda, and more so during the evening party, held two days later at a ‘festival’ which the couple designed in a field close to their home. 80s tunes and bohemian vibes exuded from the venue, and I was invited as much as their photographer as their guest! The wedding was quite a low key event, but it was oh so beautiful. Amanda herself is wonderful and extremely spiritually minded like me, which meant that we got on straight away. I have to say this was one of my favourite weddings of 2017!” – Grace Elizabeth.
The Full Story…
What a special, beautiful and heartfelt wedding, we adore everything about this wedding, we hope you do, too. We wish Amanda, Vic and their family all the happiness in the world. Also, a huge thank you to Grace and them for letting us share their wedding day.
The Team Behind The Talent…
Dress: Abigail’s Collection Makeup: Emma Brooks Make Up Hair: Gemini Hair Styling Accessories: Handmade and sourced by Amanda Bridesmaids Dresses: None Grooms Suit: Sourced himself, prior to wedding Photographer: Grace Elizabeth Personalised Wedding Gifts: Bride, Amanda! Wedding Invitations: Created by Amanda Cake: Victor’s mum Food: The Henny Swan & Asian street food Flowers: Serenity Flowers by Charlotte Ceremony Venue: Hedingham Castle Reception Venue: The Henny Swan