Two Rings To Wed Us All
A love of film and fantasy brought these two together…
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