Two Rings To Wed Us All

A love of film and fan­tasy brought th­ese two to­gether…

Pick Me Up! Special - - Contents - Heather Ma­honey, 37, Cardiff

From the mo­ment I popped the ques­tion, my fella, Liam, 33, and I be­gan plan­ning a wed­ding like no other. We had been talking about ty­ing the knot for years, and when our third an­niver­sary passed with no sign of an en­gage­ment ring, I got im­pa­tient.

‘Will you marry me?’ I blurted out, as we stum­bled past a bri­dal shop on our way home from a night out .

‘Yes!’ Liam said, wrap­ping his arms around me.

Ea­ger to make our wed­ding a day to re­mem­ber and want­ing to steer away from a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony, we started brain­storm­ing a few barmy ideas.

As com­plete film buffs, we got to­gether while both work­ing at a cin­ema and bonded through our love of the mag­i­cal sil­ver screen. That’s when it came to me. ‘We should have a Lord of the Rings themed wed­ding,’ I sug­gested, gig­gling.

Liam chuck­led at the thought, but he had to agree it would be apt.

The tril­ogy was our favourite and we were con­stantly quot­ing the films to each other. ‘Why not?’ he said. ‘Let’s do it.’ Af­ter think­ing about it for a while, we were both set on the idea. Not one to do things by halves, we de­cided to go full hog and em­brace the theme. I plugged in the lap­top and started re­search­ing dif­fer­ent

We wanted a day we’d al­ways re­mem­ber

venues, cos­tumes and decor. JRR Tolkien fa­mously wrote that there was one ring to rule them all, but for us it would take two, so I tracked down a spe­cial­ist jew­ellery maker in Amer­ica and or­dered repli­cas of the gold bands. We booked a fairy­tale cas­tle in Caer­philly, South Wales, and asked our guests to ar­rive in fancy dress as char­ac­ters from the fan­tasy world. When the big day rolled around, we weren’t dis­ap­pointed by their ef­forts. They ar­rived as hob­bits, elves, dwarves, wizards and gob­lins and had re­ally got into the spirit of things.

I was racked with nerves as I walked down the aisle to the theme of Lord of the Rings, but as soon as I caught Liam’s gaze, my wor­ries melted away. He even had a tear in his eye. My brother, Chris, 48, wore a wig to give me away as the Lord of Riven­dell, El­rond. Dressed as no­ble ranger Aragorn, Liam looked the part, while I donned a mod­ern ren­di­tion of a me­dieval-style gown. Liam’s mum, Gail, 65, made the red vel­vet dresses with sheer sleeves which were worn by my brides­maids, Emma, 31, and Bron­wen, 22. At our re­cep­tion, the magic con­tin­ued as guests made their way to ta­bles named af­ter dif­fer­ent re­gions in Mid­dle Earth, in­clud­ing Hob­biton and Mor­dor. I had en­listed the help of an ex­pert cake maker who cre­ated a minia­ture Minas Tirith, the city fea­tured in The Re­turn of the King, which nei­ther of us could bring our­selves to cut. Our wacky wed­ding was mag­i­cal and our fun ad­ven­ture con­tin­ues into mar­ried life. We’re al­ways look­ing for in­ter­est­ing things to do. We will cel­e­brate our an­niver­sary in August by do­ing some­thing fun. This year we are go­ing to a tank mu­seum in Poole, Dorset.

All our guests made such an ef­fort

Our amaz­ing cake

Our rings were spe­cially made A MAG­I­CAL START TO OUR AD­VEN­TURE TO­GETHER

Every de­tail was thought out

It was like a fairy­tale

It was like a film set

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