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.



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,


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,


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


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