Light up the sky

Heather and Darren pulled out all the stops for their boho ball at Wasing Park.

Heather Lloyd, 31, married Darren Rivers, 36, at St Nicholas Church, with a reception at Wasing Park Castle Barn, on 28th April, 2017.

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St Nicholas Church was a stunning building surrounded by beautiful countryside. It was quaint and it felt like we were getting married in a home from home.


Light up the sky: Image 2aI must have tried on 150 dresses – I just couldn't find a dress that 'stuck'. Finally I chose a strapless lace fishtail Madeline Gardner dress that had a huge overskirt that could be removed. I got to be a 'princess' for the ceremony, and wear a figure-hugging dress for the celebrations – the best of all worlds.

Light up the sky: Image 2 Darren wore a tuxedo from Ermenegildo Zegna, with a gray bow tie and cummerbund. He looked so sharp.


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Wasing Park was the epitome of 'boho fairytale' with its castle barn – a castle from the outside and a barn from within. There were beautiful gardens, vast landscape and quirky accommodation – it was just perfect.


Light up the sky: Image 4aMy dog Pig was an honorary flowergirl, and wore an adorable lace harness complemented with a flower wreath. She joined us for the confetti walk which she thoroughly enjoyed (and ate)!

Light up the sky: Image 4 I wanted the bouquets to fit with the bohemian fairytale theme; the soft, romantic bouquets included blue hydrangeas, dusky pink and ivory Dutch and English roses, pale pink and white ranunculus, anemones and foliage,and the flowers were reflected throughout the wedding.


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I wanted all the bridal party to complement each other, and find dresses that suited a variety of shapes and sizes. That was really challenging but the hard work definitely paid off.


Light up the sky: Image 6aThe two tiny flowergirls carried a little white cuddly church mouse wearing a flower crown like theirs. I thought it might be comforting for them to hold when walking and they looked adorable.

Light up the sky: Image 6 The horse and carriage was the first thing I arranged after booking the venue. The horses, Steve and Dan, were magnificent.


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I also made personalised placemats for everyone with the menu, our favourite memories with that person and why they were so special to us.


Light up the sky: Image 8aFor our centrepieces, we had rose gold stands with huge flower arrangements. We also had copper bowls containing flowers, with soft grey candles in rose gold candle sticks surrounding them.

Light up the sky: Image 8 We had a rose gold and marble theme, which we incorporated into our cake. The four layers were champagne and strawberry sponge, coffee buttercream, carrot with cream cheese, and buttercream and marble sponge with chocolate and vanilla swirls.


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I bought the longest sparklers and enough lighters so that there were one for every couple. This made it very easy to light the sky up and it really did look magical.


Heather and Darren's contact book

Bride's dress and accessories
Le Sposi

Bridesmaids' dresses
Pure Couture

Celebration Cakes by Catherine Scott

Galloping Gourmet

Ceremony music
Luke Banton

Ceremony venue
St Nicholas Church, Wasing

Evening music
Moonraker Disco

Wessex Flower Company


Groom's suit

Master of Ceremonies
Dave Sharper

Mother-of-the-bride outfit

Studio Rouge

Reception music
Oly Rivers

Reception venue and accommodation
Wasing Park

Silhouette artist
Sassy Steve

Transport and carriage rides
The Ostlers

Gaetano di Giacomo