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
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.