Pair get mar­ried at Hob­bit-themed wed­ding

Lord of the Rings style wed­ding for film fan

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

IT WAS a case of Lord of the Wed­ding Rings as Mid­dle Earth su­per­fan Con­nor Ward from Uxbridge mar­ried his school sweat­h­eart.

Conor and new wife Bro­gan, both 22, en­joyed a Hob­bit­themed cer­e­mony in a Tu­dor barn decked out with fairy­lights, recre­at­ing the mys­ti­cal at­mos­phere of the hit nov­els and films.

The bride walked down the aisle to Old Friends, a song from The Hob­bit’s sound­track, be­fore the cou­ple swapped rings sim­i­lar to those in the epic block­busters, star­ring Martin Free­man and Sir Ian McKellen.

Mr Ward said: “When I first pro­posed I think she was try­ing to say stuff to make me feel happy, so she said we would have a Hob­bit-themed wed­ding. She prob­a­bly never thought it would ac­tu­ally hap­pen.”

Guests at the £15,000 wed­ding were seated at ta­bles named af­ter places within the fic­tional re­gion of Mid­dleearth, such as Mor­dor and the Shire, with all 70 name cards hand­writ­ten in the dis­tinc­tive Hob­biton Brush­hand font.

The cou­ple, who met at Uxbridge High School’s sixth form and live in The Lynch, Uxbridge, even had their cake cus­tom made to in­clude an iced round door lead­ing to Bilbo Bag­gins’ den.

The grooms­men, in­clud­ing best man Ge­orge Coutts – all cho­sen for their love of the LOTR films – re­ceived long­stemmed pipes with their ini­tials en­graved on them, sim­i­lar to those smoked by Gan­dalf and his fel­low wiz­ards. But de­spite be­ing a fan of the films her­self, Mrs Ward put her foot down at the idea of wear­ing cos­tumes on her spe­cial day.

Mr Ward said: “I couldn’t per­suade her to do that, although I would’ve liked it.”

He added: “I sort of went with the theme though, be­cause I wore an all-tweed suit and it was kind of the ma­te­rial and the colours that they wear, so even though it wasn’t like dress­ing up like a Hob­bit, it was sort of like a vari­a­tion of it.”

Luck­ily, ad­min­is­tra­tor Mrs Ward was al­lowed her say in the prepa­ra­tions for her wed­ding on March 14, opt­ing for a rustic at­mos­phere, with sun­flow­ers and daisies adorn­ing The Tu­dor Barn, in Britwell Road, Burn­ham, Buck­ing­hamshire.

She said: “It was a mag­i­cal day. I liked the Hob­bit theme. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. It made it more mean­ing­ful.”

Cus­tomer sales as­sis­tant Mr Ward, who has sev­eral tat­toos of LOTR char­ac­ters, has seen all of the films around 50 times. He be­came in­fat­u­ated af­ter his fa­ther took him to see the first one, The Fel­low­ship of the Ring, in 2001, when he was just eight. He has since spent thou­sands of pounds on mer­chan­dise, in­clud­ing nu­mer­ous posters and more than 50 ac­tion fig­ures.

But hav­ing never read any of the books, Mr Ward bought The Hob­bit novel at the air­port while set­ting off on the cou­ple’s two-week Mex­ico hon­ey­moon.

n MID­DLE EARTH: Above, Hob­bit themed cake and ta­ble dec­o­ra­tions. Above right, the happy cou­ple, Conor and Bro­gan Ward

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