Sarah and Claudius’ wedding was as bright as a rainbow with the bride radiant in a Sailor Moon inspired wedding dress.
Taking Sailor Moon, one of the bride’s favourite childhood characters as the main inspiration, Sarah’s dressed was beautifully handmade by the fabulously talented Catherine Blades of Blades Bridal in Berkshire, who we’ve had the pleasure of featuring on the blog recently.
Several months in creation and the dress was complete, complimented by a matching sheer lace jacket and custom designed shoes.
The venue, Dartington Hall in Devon served as a magnificent backdrop for both the ceremony and proceeding celebrations. and as a lovely nod to Claudius’ German heritage, a traditional German wedding soup was served as a starter at the wedding breakfast. We also love the vibrant cupcake tower which echoes the fabulous use of colour throughout the day.
With such lovely, informal photography capturing the fun and laughter of the entire wedding party, it’s clear that Sarah and Claudius’ wedding was a day much enjoyed by all.
Over to Sarah now to tell us more.
What was the style of your wedding?
Rainbow! We wanted things as bright and as colourful as possible, but we also based several things on one of my favourite childhood shows “Sailor Moon” (The bridesmaids outfits and accessories, the table plan and my dress).
How did you make your day feel really personal to you as a couple?
We wanted the day to be as relaxed as we could. This meant altering a few traditional key wedding features, for example; our first dance was a quiz with all our guests as both of us hate dancing, we opted for a cupcake tier instead of a cake, and incorporated some lovely German traditions as my Husband is from Germany – a traditional German Hochzeit (Wedding) Soup for our starter, an open bar for all our guests to enjoy and a fantastic German barbecue buffet.
We also added in some quirky little things which personified us, my husbands toy goat mascot, rabbits to represent our two rabbits who could not attend, my favourite show and my husband’s favourite music and festival.
How did you decide on your venue?
We had visited a couple of pretty venues before Dartington but were put off by how “packaged” everything was. We really wanted to have control over what was most important to us – and that was the food and drink! Monika, the wedding planner at Dartington, made sure nothing was too much of a problem.
The chef made our traditional German starter from my Mother-in-law’s recipe, they allowed us to have menu choices for our guests as we both wanted completely different things to eat, and got us exactly the drinks we wanted for our drinks reception and open bar.
On top of this, we were really hoping for our ceremony outside. Dartington Hall has a beautiful private Garden for their ceremonies and as the weather held up we were able to get married outside.
Tell us about your wedding outfits
My dress was a beautiful custom-made dress by Catherine Blades of Blades Bridal in Ashford Hill, Hampshire. I wanted a 50’s style dress inspired by Sailor Moon’s outfit. Catherine absolutely nailed it. She was excited and enthusiastic but also experienced to offer quirky additions and ideas. The result was a beautiful white dress with yellow accents and large pink bow. She also made me a gorgeous little matching pink jacket.
My bridesmaids had similar short dresses from the Dessy Group, bought from Vicki at Trousseaux Bridal in Swindon. Each in a different colour to represent Sailor Moon’s friends and allies – the Sailor Scouts.
Claude and his groomsmen had navy suits, rented from Moss. We wanted yellow cravats originally to match my dress but since they had the wrong colour yellow, he decided on pink instead. Claude also had lovely little goat cufflinks which were a gift from his best man. Goats are his favourite animal and we even had his mascot Colonel Bleatz on our head table and table plan.
What was your standout moment of your day?
Both of us really enjoyed our drinks reception following the ceremony. It was extremely well organised by Monika, our wedding planner. The food and drinks were excellent, but most importantly it was so lovely to be able to mingle with our guests.
Our photographers did an amazing job of taking photos, we had some wonderful shots which showed how relaxed everyone was and what a great time we were all having. The beautiful weather and great background music chosen by us and our guests just topped it off perfectly. The time flew by.
What are your top tips for other couples planning their wedding?
Make sure to be transparent with your suppliers, if there’s something you want, ask for it. A good supplier will do their best for you, no matter how strange your request might be. But importantly, don’t panic! Wedding planning is stressful, especially when you’re relying on others, and everyone wants their day to be perfect, but there will always be things that can’t be controlled and it’s best to go with the flow. Sometimes they end up working out for the better.
The Supporting Cast
Photography Mel & Jen – Memory Milestones Photography
The Venue Dartington Hall, Dartington, Devon
Brides Dress: Catherine Blades Couture
Bridesmaids Dresses: Trousseaux of Swindon
The Groom & Groomsmen: Moss Bros
The Cake: Rachel Eastley, Cut me off a slice
The Flowers: Liz, family friend