Home and away

24 Mar 2014

Home and away

Frank and Kate were married in Malta but celebrated with a brightly-coloured reception in Bedfordshire

Frank Brennan and Kate Moxey

Where: Ceremony at Xara Palace, Mdina, Malta followed by reception at The Conservatory at Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Luton Hoo Estate, Bedfordshire

Photograohy: Esme Robinson Photography

 

I always dreamed of a wedding abroad. Frank is half Maltese and we thought this would be a destination that was easy for family to get to. It was also a meaningful, special place for him. For our English reception we wanted a venue that could accommodate a large number of people in a contemporary setting.

We wanted our evening reception to have a totally different vibe to Malta – to be fun, colourful and informal but still somewhere that was a stunning venue.

I chose a lightweight dress that had a detachable train, which was perfect as it fitted the formal ceremony in Malta, but could be taken off in England for dancing at the reception.

The flowers were funky – we filled tall vases with brightly-coloured fruit and had bright flowers in the top together with fairylights and greenery with crystals threaded on to it. We alternated these with large sparkly globe centrepieces with candles in them. Our cake was 200 cupcakes along with a huge cupcake as the top tier.

I made a DIY candy bar in place of favours which went down a treat. We had personalised candy bags made and focused on retro sweets.

We had a Will Smith lookalike in the evening along with our DJ. The dance floor was never empty. We had a silent video/photos playing from Malta which really made guests feel like they were there.

 

WHO DID WHAT

Photography: Esme Robinson Photography, Luton, 01582 535929, www.esmerobinson.com

Venue: The Conservatory at Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Luton Hoo Estate,

Bedfordshire, 01582 459216, www.lutonhoo-walledgarden.co.uk

Dress: Berketex Bride, Watford, www.berketexbride.com

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Debenhams, www.debenhams.com

Hair: Eden Hair Design and Beauty, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, 01462 730742,

www.edenfairfield.com

Make-up: Sasha Wren make-up artist, 07891 964089, www.sashawren.wix.com/makeupartist

Groom’s outfit: House of Fraser, www.houseoffraser.co.uk

Stationery: Jason Gardiner (friend), Tanktop Designs, 07973 911057,

www.tanktop-design.co.uk

Flowers: Sarah Moxey (bride’s mum), Gill Schofield (family friend)

Cake: Sheila Brennan (groom’s mum)

Catering: Hoos Food, Luton Hall Walled Garden and Conservatory

Videographer: Ultimate Visuals, 01582 614658, www.ultimatevisuals.com.

Entertainment: Shad Ellis (Will Smith lookalike), www.wickedwill.co.uk,

www.willsmithlookalike.com; DJ, James Bird (friend), Disco Boutique, Luton, Bedfordshire, 07830 150273, www.facebook.com/DiscoBoutique

 

supplier finder

Get a quote

Looking for that perfect local supplier?
Let us know what you need and we’ll start looking for you.

supplier finder

Find a supplier

Search over 200,000 Suppliers in the UK.

or

bride

Everything for your wedding

Macmillan Cancer Support launches 2021 range of wedding favours

Offering wedding favours with meaning, this charitable collection raises money for a...

Introducing Vera Wang Bride: For the fearless, with a sense of self

Featuring free-falling skirts, visible corsetry and micro-pleating, Vera Wang's brid...

Elbeth Gillis launches Curve bridal collection

Designed to accentuate a bride's curves on her wedding day, the Curve collection fro...

An autumnal boho wedding shoot at Wellington Wood, Norfolk

Wedding suppliers from Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire united for this bohemian ...

Wedding Photo of the Week: MIKI Studios

Each week we’re inviting all wedding photographers to submit their images to be Bri...

Looking for that perfect local supplier?
Let us know what you need and we’ll start looking for you.