A magical fantasy Tolkien / Halloween / medieval / video game-inspired wedding, have I missed anything?*

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We knew we were going to be in for a treat of a day with loads of cool surprises at Tatjana and Martin’s wedding. At their pre-shoot we’d been given lots of tantalising clues about what to expect, not least that the family rescue greyhound, Nell was going to be making an appearance.

I can’t think of a Dignums-photographed wedding this year that’s had awful weather, so I’m going to claim a little bit of our own magic, too. An outdoor ceremony, in England, in October is what’s known as a bit of a gamble, but it paid off superbly as the morning clouds melted away to bathe us all in warm autumn sunshine. I reckon it’s the wizardry of Toby and Phil that causes the clouds to part - we must see about putting that on our website somewhere…

The setting was the superb and ancient Albright Hussey, near Shrewsbury which dates back to the early 1400s in the reign of King Henry IV. So if King Henry ever offers you milk for your tea; a word of advice: it’s probably gone off.

There’s nothing sour about the Albright Hussey itself! It’s a beautiful place with all the character you’d expect from a building with all that history, with stunning timbered architecture, and even a hint of a moat guarded by two large black swans!

Phil and I arrived early, admired the black swans, and crossed over the bridge to be greeted by Martin, who was already fully dressed in a cool tweed suit and ready to go!

The first photograph of the day was taken when we spotted an illuminated sign proclaiming “The Cake Is A Lie”. Fewer of you may get that one, but let it be known that Portal is one of my all time-favourite video games, and the sign was a reference to this. Fortunately Martin and Tatjana had graciously decided to leave the deadly neurotoxin out of the equation… The cake hadn’t been put in place yet so we couldn’t help ourselves and photographed the sign and cake stand with no cake, it seemed perfect.

We left the lovely Jo from Floral Secrets and Rebecca from Daisy and Fred to put the final touches to the reception room; I then got pictures of Martin greeting family and friends while Phil headed upstairs to the medieval bedroom suite to photograph Tatjana getting ready.

Tatjana had put loads of thought, style, and fun into her ideas for her wedding day, and displayed loads of great taste with everything from her elegant choice of dress and floral stylings, to table and ceremony decorations. There were lots of nods to the time of year, Halloween in particular, with pumpkins adorning the outdoor gazebo, and packets of bat-attracting wildflower seeds as wedding favours, for the guests to sow in their gardens at home. I was delighted to spot not one, but two of my favourite popular culture references on the cake table. The couple on top of the cake were Beetlejuice and his reluctant bride Lydia - I adore that film!

A beautiful ceremony was held, out in the sunshine on the lawn in front of the house. This was watched by family and friends, but also Nell the greyhound at the very front. Nell was lovely: gentle and friendly, and she definitely seemed to be enjoying her day out! Afterwards, as we all mingled on the lawn we were treated to some truly unique medieval and early music from The Night Watch: a talented duo that play on fascinating and beautiful historical musical instruments, and even dress for the part!

Inside, Tolkien-inspired table settings awaited the couple and their guests, and a delicious vegetarian meal was served. Tatjana and Martin had been kind enough to include us on the list, so I can fulfil the difficult burden I place upon myself at each wedding: food reviewer. Those halloumi and filo pastry parcels were AMAZING: 10/10!

There was loads more fun to be had: table football, outside sunset and evening portraits, a very cool evening playlist curated by Martin, but what I’ve been making you wait for this the reason for the *asterisk in the title for this blog entry. What have I missed out? Only the presence at Tatjana and Martin’s wedding of celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott! I know! Ainsley Harriott!! Martin, for reasons we may never be privy to, is a massive fan of the “Can’t Cook / Won’t Cook” superstar. While Ainsley didn’t say much that day, he did a great job of propping up the bar, and guarding the sweet trolley…

So it’s a chefs’ hats off to Tatjana and Martin for putting together a truly SPICY wedding day! Phil and I loved being there, and we hope you’ll love this saucy sneak selection from their pictures just as much!

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CREDITS
Venue: The Albright Hussey, Shropshire - https://www.albrighthussey.co.uk
Groomsmen Suits: Dapper Dan - http://www.dapperdansuithire.co.uk
Dress: Kingswinford Bridal and Prom - https://www.facebook.com/kingswinfordbridalandprom/
Dress Designer: Eliza Jane Howell - https://www.elizajanehowell.com
Bride's Headpiece: Mignonne Handmade - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/mignonnehandmade
Hair: October Hair - https://www.octoberhair.co.uk/
MUA: Bridal Make up and Beauty Treatments by Emma Subbiani - https://www.facebook.com/Bridal-Make-up-and-Beauty-Treatments-by-Emma-Subbiani-690202924449736/
Cake: Daisy and Fred - https://daisyandfred.co.uk/
Florist: Floral Secrets - http://www.floralsecrets.co.uk/
Floral Arch: Lilberts Event Hire - https://www.lilbertseventhire.co.uk
Wedding Favours - Wildflower Favours - https://wildflower-favours.co.uk/
Confetti: The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company - www.confettidirect.co.uk
Live Music: The Night Watch - https://www.the-night-watch.org.uk

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