Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired Wedding at Owlpen Manor…
Today we have the smashing wedding of Sonnie & Max who celebrated their marriage at Owlpen Manor in the Cotswolds.
Their day was filled with an abundance of flowers, garden games, street food, magic tricks and Shakespeare references.
Over to Max and Sonnie to tell us more about their day…
Max + Sonnie…
How did you meet?
Both of us come from Somerset, but weirdly we didn’t meet there. We actually met at Italia Conti Drama School, where we both trained as actors.
How did you get engaged?
We got engaged on a trip to Loch Awe, in Scotland. Sonnie had booked the holiday, so I had the perfect cover. It was pouring with rain during a trek up to Avich waterfall and I almost delayed, because it was so stormy, but the waterfall is stunning and I went for it. As I went down on one knee the rain stopped and the sun came out. Magic!
Was there an overall theme to your day?
We played with ideas around Shakespeare’s plays and locations. All the tables were locations and all the guests had their own character. Our favourite was casting our 1yr old Nephew as Falstaff, a belching drunkard.
Everything else was set around A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We tried as much as possible to use the venue and all it’s unique aspects. Having the church right there meant we could use every single second of the day.
How would you describe your day?
We’d describe our day as a Magical Festival.
How long were you planning it for, and what was the best bit?
It was in the planning for about a year, but the main planning took 8 months. We decided to do it all ourselves, and the venue were really helpful in that respect. Emma was also really helpful when it came to arranging the timings of the day and keeping us calm.
The best bit of the planning was probably discovering the venue. We knew as soon as we got there that it was perfect for us. Having the church on site was a big plus, and then the cottages for guests to stay in. We couldn’t believe it existed.
How was your day unique to you?
Organising it all ourselves meant we could really put our stamp onto the wedding. We were able to take on the traditions we wanted and turn others on their heads. We are very lucky have amazing friends who provided some fun extras, like Axe throwing, Music and Magic.
If you could relive one part of the day all over again, which part would it be?
For both of us the bit we’d love to relive is definitely the ceremony. It was amazing to have everyone under the same roof, family and friends, making the vows. It was emotional, to say the least. Fortunately, we got a videographer at the last minute, which means we can watch it back in HD, whenever we want to relieve it.
What are your favourite details of the day?
Fireworks! Having a secret late night fireworks display was so fun and blew our guests away. It also wasn’t as expensive as we first dreaded. Lots of our close family helped by providing decorations for the marquee and church, which was really special. Our place mats were slices of spruce from a friends farm. He cut over a hundred and the marquee smelled incredible.
How did you find your suppliers, and why did you decide on them?
Finding the suppliers was really fun and pretty straight forward. We used a mixture of methods, from speaking to friends, using websites like Add To Event and Entertainment Nation. For the main wedding breakfast we had Murray May’s from Bristol, and we found them by visiting the market at the Tobacco Factory. Late night food was supplied by Trailer Trash, and we found them on a Google search. The best advice we have for food is do it your own way if you can. We had an ice-cream cart for desert and that was a massive success and amazing value for money.
Tell us about your wedding outfits, and why you picked them.
The dress was designed by Lillian West, chosen for its incredible lace back and unique champagne and ivory colour combination. And the train was just out of this world. Brides Maid’s dresses were from Chi Chi London and were a bit of a gamble, but they really worked.
All the suits were real Harris Tweed by Heart and Dagger, from…wait for it…ASOS. They look amazing and unique, and fit like a dream. Another great thing about the suits was the price, free returns and we kept trying suits until they fit everyone.
What was your budget?
Our budget was originally £20,000, and we managed to come in slightly under budget in the end, by getting some generous discounts and by finding our own suppliers.
Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding, for either the planning or the lead-up?
Our biggest advice is to enjoy the whole process of planning and to both get involved. It’s not just ‘her’ day. It’s for both of you. Go with your gut feeling when it comes to booking suppliers and venue’s. If it feels right, go for it.
Make sure you get a good photographer, one that you feel comfortable with and understands what you want. Emma really took time to get to know us and made us feel calm, important and really went the extra mile.
If you can, get a videographer too. We nearly didn’t and were lucky to get a discount price because of a cancellation. We used Fond Media and can’t recommend them enough.
You can get what you want by shopping around and doing research. It doesn’t have to cost 30 grand and you can still have the day you dreamed of.
Thanks so much for sharing your day with us and to Heart Full of Tea for the amazing photos
Photographer: Emma Leivers, Heart Full of Tea https://heartfulloftea.com/
Wedding Breakfast: Murray May’s https://www.murraymays.co.uk/
Desert: Garbanzo’s http://www.garbanzosicecreamhire.co.uk/
Evening food: Trailer Trash https://trailertrashfood.co.uk/
Band: The Lightning Bolts https://www.entertainment-nation.co.uk/the-lightning-bolts
Flowers: Caroline Clements https://www.carolineclementsflowers.com/
Fireworks: Chase Lane http://www.chaselanefireworks.co.uk/
Videographer: Fond Media https://fondmedia.co.uk/
Axe Throwing and Tents, The Exploration Society: https://explorationsociety.co.uk/
Children’s Entertainment and Party Games: Sharky & George http://www.sharkyandgeorge.com/