Her­itage & Heart

Am­brine Dolan mar­ried Richard John­son at the beau­ti­ful Dor­fold Hall in Nantwich – she tells us about their unique, some­what boho, In­dian-sum­mer-themed wed­ding

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Rich and I met through mu­tual friends on a night out in Manch­ester and he pro­posed dur­ing a week­end away in Dart­moor. We slept un­der the stars in a beau­ti­fully de­signed shep­herd’s hut on a Na­tional Trust Es­tate. He popped the ques­tion in the grounds of 600-year-old Buck­land Abbey; it was re­ally in­ti­mate and mag­i­cal.


The mo­ment we spot­ted Dor­fold we knew it was our dream venue. It was a priv­i­lege to get mar­ried at a place that has so much beauty and his­tory. It also gave us the li­cence to be cre­ative and plan our per­fect day. Candice and Charles, the own­ers of Dor­fold Hall, have in­cred­i­ble taste and have cre­ated some­thing truly spe­cial. It’s won­der­ful that they’ve opened up their fam­ily home to oth­ers.


Rich and I have been to around 30 wed­dings, in­clud­ing ones in Cal­i­for­nia, South Africa and Brazil, so we had a real feel for what makes a wed­ding spe­cial. The most im­por­tant thing for us was mak­ing sure our wed­ding re­flected our per­son­al­i­ties. My mum is Pak­istani and I wanted our wed­ding to re­flect my her­itage. Our colour scheme was dark green, bur­gundy and burnt or­ange; our tal­ented fam­ily helped dec­o­rate the venue and my mum and sis­ter made the cake. It was a real fam­ily af­fair. We’re both big food­ies, which played a huge part and we had var­i­ous In­dian cur­ries served up in large shar­ing dishes for our guests to share. We sur­prised our guests by hav­ing In­dian dhol drum­mers dur­ing our wed­ding break­fast and brought a tuk tuk which dou­bled up as a photo booth. We wanted to cre­ate a so­cial and re­laxed at­mos­phere, where guests could re­ally let their hair down and our theme pulled all th­ese el­e­ments to­gether.


I wore the Adelia Lune dress by de­signer Rue De Seine; the bell sleeves and fringe re­ally fit with my bo­hemian theme. As soon as I saw it, I fell in love with it and knew it would be per­fect.

Rich wore a blue Whit­field and Ward suit with a ma­roon waist­coat that went with our colour scheme.

My brides­maids wore dresses from Show Me Your Mumu, all in dif­fer­ent styles but in the same shade.

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