Wedding of the Week: Douglas Reid and Marcel Muraahi

04 Sep 2017

A chic and sophisticated navy and grey palette offered a sensational colour scheme for this wedding in Southport, which also featured a five tier chandelier cake

How did you meet? 

We met while Douglas (from the UK) was travelling around Australia and Marcel (from New Zealand) was on holiday in Sydney for two weeks with his little brother. We met outside a bar in Sydney; Dougie was having a cigarette and Marcel, who wasn't even in the bar, was just walking by and asks Dougie for a lighter. We got into a conversation and exchanged numbers and from there we met up two days later and have been inseparable ever since.


Tell us about the proposal.

We were having a look at jewellery and the sales assistant sat us both down and asked what we were after, jumping to conclusions that we were looking for matching engagement rings. We both went along with it and once the rings came into store, we made it official.


What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

Our theme for the day was sophisticated, classy, modern and the colour scheme was navy, silver/dove grey and white.



What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?

We chose to have the venue at The Vincent in Southport because it was perfect for our wedding theme. It was modern, classy, spacious, but intimate at the same time.


What did the bridesmaids wear?

The bridesmaids wore dove grey maxi dresses with a netted neckline with grey and silver pearls.


Where did you find your suits?

As we are both into fashion and weren't having a traditional wedding, we found our suits on the high street that matched our personality and that were true to our style.


Tell us about your floral arrangements.

Our flowers were neutral. We had white roses and the odd blue thistle to match the navy suits. We had six bridesmaid bouquets, five buttonholes, two groom buttonholes, a flower girl wand, top table flowers, rose petals and tree centrepieces.



Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

Our favours matched our personality perfectly as we stayed away from tradition and made every guest a folding card with a poem and inside added a scratch card and lottery ticket. We had a personalised candy cart with personalised bunting and 4ft MR & MR love letters.



How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Dougie: As I walked down the aisle, my heart was racing. I walked in with my father while Marcel stood at the bottom of the aisle. As soon as we took one luck at each other we both broke down into tears and were like this for several minutes before we could begin the ceremony.


What was your most memorable moment? 

The most memorable moment was walking into the venue and seeing each other and feeling the love in the room from each other and all of our guests emotionally involved in the ceremony. A moment you could never have again.


What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

The most challenging aspect of planning the wedding was having to put your trust into other people that everything on their side was complete and would be there on time.


What was the most important investment for you?

The most important investment for us was our wedding rings because like our love, they are going to last forever so they had to be perfect.


What song did you choose for your first dance, and why? 

We had One Direction - Little Things, because every single line of the song we can relate to and our relationship is based on all the little things that we do for each other and love for one another.


Did you have any evening entertainment?

We had a busker booked for our first dance song, however they pulled out two days before the wedding because of other commitments so in the evening we had a DJ.


Tell us about your wedding cake. 

Our wedding cake was fairly simple, however,  sophisticated and modern. We had five tiers (one chocolate ganache, two jam sponges and two lemon drizzles). The cake also had two light-up chandeliers.


If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

The day couldn't have been more perfect and we have both said that there isn't a single thing that we would have changed about the day.


Did anything go wrong on the day?

The whole day ran so smoothly and was just absolutely magical from start to finish.


Where did you go on honeymoon?

We decided to have our honeymoon in January 2018 and have an adventure together (backpacking around Thailand for three weeks) and island hopping. As a wedding present, we also received two business class flight tickets to New York in December, so that's our mini-moon.



Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

The only advice I would give to couples who are planning a wedding is that you can't please everybody, so it's worth going for what you both truly want because that way at least the two of you aren't going to be disappointed on your big day.

Steal their style:

Photography: Chris Took,
Venue: The Vincent Hotel,
Cake: Cake Creation,
Floristry: Flower Style by Laurie,

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