A Bowie/Ibiza themed wedding in Norwich
09 Feb 2021
Laura Reynolds and Jonathan Mears used a favourite song lyric to theme their Norfolk wedding with a touch of Ibizan flair
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
As I left my life in Ibiza to be with Jonathan, and am a Bowie fanatic the theme was the very fitting Bowie lyric from Life on Mars - ‘from Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads’.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
We chose the Flint Room as it has similar vibes to our favourite Ibiza venue Pikes Hotel, and The Rumsey Wells because it’s where we met. In the speeches we were literally able to point at the very spot we fell in love as our wedding breakfast was in the beer garden where we met by chance.
Tell us about the dress
I knew the style I wanted - cape and short dress so I just shopped around and altered what I found to create the look. I am a designer, so I created the headpiece, feather shoes and hoop bouquet.
Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?
The bridesmaids were my sister, three friends and niece, they all wore different shades of gold and headpieces made by me.
What did the groom wear?
Jonathan found his suit on the High Street, but he had a Vivienne Westwood tie pin and special cufflinks - one with an Ibiza map and the other with a Gorleston map. The whole vibe of our wedding was personal and budget as we hadn’t saved up and wanted to do it that summer (we got engaged at the end of June 2019 and married at the end of August 2019). At the time, some thought we were crazy and should have waited until 2020, thank goodness we didn’t listen!
Tell us about your floral arrangements
I made faux floral arrangements in white and gold, with feathers, ribbons, pearls and gold studs.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day
My husband is 6’8" and his nickname is Big, so he illustrated the table names, each one featuring the word big - Big Love, Go Big or go Home, Big Time Sensuality (Bjork) etc, I then made the table name display to match my keepsake hoop bouquet. I also made the buttonholes in white and gold feathers.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
So excited and happy!
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
Big’s auntie read The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White which is very fitting and personal and made us all very emotional. I walked down the aisle to Never Tear Us Apart by INXS, as our two worlds collided. We concluded with Bowie’s Heroes. Our close friend and Ibiza family member Warren flew in from Ibiza to be our celebrant, he is a shaman and we did a sand ceremony to symbolise our union with sand from Gorleston beach (where we got engaged) and my favourite beach in Ibiza cala D’Hort.
What was your most memorable moment?
I really loved walking through the city from the Flint Room to the Rumsey Wells in an old fashioned wedding procession. I felt really proud of us and it was such a celebration, the sun was shining and people were waving and congratulating us - it was really fun and our photographer got some incredible photos.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
For the guests to get the time off such short notice, we had the wedding on a Thursday as weekends are too busy for the pub to shut for a private function. They’ve never had a wedding there before, and did it as a special gesture as I used to work there for many years.
What was the most important investment for you?
The cake! It was so special and made by a friend – it was absolutely stunning in white and gold and we also had two incredible balloon installations.
Did you have any evening entertainment?
We had amazing DJs all day and night - we are lucky enough to have friends that DJ and we basically turned the garden of the Rumsey into an Ibiza day rave.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
That the sun was going to shine all day, so I wouldn’t have worried about it. If it hadn’t, we wouldn’t have all fit inside the Rumsey - well we would have but not to sit down and eat and I really wanted the beer garden where we met. It all turned out perfectly so I needn’t have worried.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
Two months later we went to Ibiza for Halloween which is a huge deal over there and we dressed as Morticia and Gomez Addams, we also had a wedding boat party on a private boat with friends.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Delegate and try not to stress, there will inevitably be hiccups...but they really don’t matter. All that matters is you celebrating your love!
Steal Their Style
Photography: Sophie Fewtrell Photography
Ceremony venue: The Flint Room
Reception venue: The Rumsey Wells
Headwear & Accessories: Hathor Style
Cake: Cakes by Lydia Essex
Balloons: Deck Above
Catering: The Grosvenor Fish Bar
Compere & sound system: Christian Burrup of Tribe Ibiza on the Pier, (friend)
DJs: Trash Daddy Disco & Simon Brandish, (friends)