Helen & Andy’s Fun & Relaxed Plymouth Wedding

by Michelle

Helen and Andy’s Plymouth wedding was a fun and relaxed day filled with fantastic personal touches. These included an awesome Lego table plan assembled by the groom with Lego characters reflecting everyone’s personalities, passions and favourite characters.

Then there was the super cute cake topper. It was a lovely nod to the couple’s love of both Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter.

Even the table names reflected the couple’s passions. With Helen’s zoo keeping career and Andrew’s aim of becoming a palaeontologist it was so fitting that each table was given the name of a different primate or dinosaur.

With so many more lovely elements to tell you about, including their majestic venue, take a read through take a read through Helen and Andy’s own description of their amazing day.

What was the style of your wedding?

Personal, lighthearted

How did you make your day feel really personal to you as a couple?

Favourite colours – Green and purple. Reflected throughout floral arrangements, bridesmaid dresses and table decorations, plus exterior lights in the venue.

Table names reflected passions – Helen is a zookeeper with specialism in primates, and Andrew‘s aim is to be a palaeontologist. Table names were given names of different primates and dinosaurs, with illustrator friends and family members providing beautiful images of the animals.

Table plan – Lego model of the Guildhall constructed by groom, with guests assigned individual Lego characters reflecting their personalities/ professions/ favourite characters/ hobbies.

Toast drink – Neither of us are fans of champagne or sparkling wines, so as cider fans we selected Thatcher’s Family Reserve Sparkling cider as our toasting drink

We’re huge fans of Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings so we made 2 outlines of famous trees from the two series (Hogwarts’ Whomping Willow and Gondor’s White tree) along with green and purple ink pads for guests to adorn the trees with thumb prints as leaves, and write personal messages.

Guest favours- A donation was given to Cancer Research and guests received a pinbadge in reflection of this. This is a very important charity for us both, having lost 3 grandparents to cancer between us.

The groom’s mum is a great jam-maker, and made a small jar of jam for each guest.

Wedding cake topper – To reflect our love of LOTR and Harry Potter our chosen wedding figures were Aragorn and a ginger Hufflepuff bride (Helen’s Hogwarts house is Hufflepuff).

How did you decide on your venue?

It blew us away with the natural light, the building’s long and important history, and the space available to us for activities, games and socialising. The cells downstairs lent themselves perfectly for large garden-style games such as Kerplunk, ring-toss and giant Jenga.

Tell us about your wedding outfits

Wedding dress – Melanie by Maggie Sottero in Ivory.

Groom 3 piece suit – Dark grey suit with Valencia Green waistcoat and dark green bowtie – Moss Bros.

What was your standout moment of your day?

Seeing everyone enjoy themselves and getting to know each other. It was an amazing day!!!

What are your top tips for other couples planning their wedding?

Don’t stress and leave yourself plenty of time. Enjoy yourself! The day is for the two of you, make it yours!


The Supporting Cast

The Photographer – Emma Barrow Photography

Venue: Mutley Baptist Church/Devonport Guildhall

Your Wedding Attire – Prudence Gowns/ Moss Bros

The Cake – Cakes by Kate

The Flowers – Hannah Burnett Florist

Catering – Marilyn from Marine Biological Association, Plymouth

Cake topper – Wonderland toppers

Wedding car – Harewood Cars

Bridal Accessories: Accessorize/ Debenhams

Bridesmaid Dresses: Ever Pretty

Hair Stylist: Rapture Hair and Beauty Salon (Dawn)

Make Up Artist: Rapture Hair and Beauty Salon (Jade)


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