OK guys, today we’re going to take a look at this beautiful Essex wedding that was featured by Plans and Presents which took place in October of 2013, at Layer Marney Tower, in Colchester. It’s chalked full of Tolkeiness and is frankly amazing.
Ron is originally from San Diego and met Katrina at a singles gathering in England.
Funny story: Rob took her to a perfumery in Nice, France while on vacation called Fragonard perfumery, which I have actually been to. In high school, I went to France for a few weeks with my French club and while in Nice, we visited the same perfumery. You can mix your very own custom perfume. I’ve still got my bottle I made! Katrina made her own as well, right before Rob popped the question, so she’s got her very own engagement perfume!
Katrina talks about how they came to the decision to have a Lord of the Rings wedding.
“We spent nearly a year planning our wedding. I wanted Rob to enjoy the planning, and since weddings are so focused on the bride I suggested picking a theme he would find exciting. Since we both love Tolkein, it seemed natural to pick a Lord of the Rings inspired wedding theme. The challenge then was to create a wedding that looks fairly traditional, but tastefully incorporates lots of elements from Middle Earth. Our chosen venue (Layer Marney Tower) is a Tudor gatehouse, which looks like a castle and fitted perfectly with our theme.”
“During the course of the year, we collected lots of Lord of the Rings artifacts for our centerpieces, but we struggled to find a florist who could understand our vision. Thankfully, I met Clare Luke at a wedding fair in Brentwood, and it was clear that she was very passionate about our theme. She suggested woodland touches, such as ivy and pine cones, to accompany our artifacts which we displayed in bell jars.”
I need to tell you all how much I love bell jars. I just…I need them, all of them. I’ve even thought of doing something very similar to this for my own wedding, but those suckers are expensive! They look fabulous though.
“I worked on the initial planning and sourcing the suppliers, whilst Rob was the creative energy behind the theme. He handmade all of our wedding stationery (including beautiful gold-leaf invitations with a real wax seal), as well as the order of service and scented candles for the favours.”
“We also arranged for a harpist (Xenia Horne) to play music that complemented the theme throughout the day.”
Here are more photos of the ceremony and beautiful reception
Girl, I am lovin your circlet and Evenstar necklace.
Chances are, if you’ve ever searched for Lord of the Rings wedding, you’ve seen this next photo. Iconic!
In England, the signing of the marriage license is a big deal. It’s still a thing here in America, but I’ve honestly never seen anyone do it at a wedding, or at least it wasn’t like a key part in the wedding. In England, from what I’ve gathered in my wedding research, the bride and groom do this in front of everyone and it’s a prominent wedding event. They signed theirs with the Thorin’s key from The Hobbit.
At the reception, the tables were given Middle-Earth place names and each guest had a name card held by a gold pine cone.
Do I see a Hobbit door cookie on that table? Maybe? It looks like one!
OK, I definitely see a cupcake with a little Lorien leaf on it in this photo!
And here’s one with a sword in it!
Their menu was even Middle-Earth themed, which I am loving.
I’m loving the cake
I like how it’s on a tree trunk.
This wedding was so thought out and beautifully done. It’s really the details that bring a wedding to life, not to mention how perfect the decorations and venue are. Katrina and Rob did a great job, and they make a beautiful couple!
Head on over to Plans and Presents for more photos and information on their wedding. Here are a few of the vendors used in their wedding:
Venue: Layer Marney Tower. Photos: Pengelly Photography. Floristry: Clare Luke at The Traditional Vintage Flower Company. Transport: came with the venue. Catering: Bouquet Garni (came with venue). Wedding dress: New Beginnings Bridal . Brides Circlet: Elnara’s medieval bridal fashions. Bridesmaid dresses: Looking Good . Groom and Goomsmen’s suits: Moss Bros. Harpist: Xenia Horne. Cake: Lucie at Wonderland Bakery (also made the cupcake favours in LOTR style). Hair and make up: Stacy Kelly. Live music in the evening: The Hot Shots. Bride’s hotel night before the wedding: Rye Farm. Groom’s hotel night before the wedding – Marks Tey Hotel Chester . Chocolate fountain: Kelly’s occasions
Lots of the LOTR memorabilia and jewellery were official merchandise from the movies, often from Forbidden Planet
DIY: The bride and groom supplied all the figurines, hand-picked lavender bundles, stationery, table plan, candles, books, and the bride’s Grandma did the Hobbit hole paintings. They also supplied the booze and Hobbity menus and food name cards!
Alright, that’s about it guys, thanks for reading!