Where to start with this gorgeous wedding?! Kathryn & Morten got married at Avoncroft Museum and with so many wonderful quirky backdrops for photographs you can see why it is the perfect fit for this gaming couple. Meeting playing World of Warcraft Kat & Morten injected a little of their personalities into each and every part of this special day. From the tables being named after different games they played together, Kat hand crafting the Lego superhero boutonnieres to match the home made Lego grooms cake and of course, Morten being able to fire a cannon (yes a cannon) just to name a few. It really is a wedding filled to the brim with personality captured by the amazing Maria Assia.
We got engaged after we had been together for two years. We originally met playing World of Warcraft online. We didn’t start planning the wedding for about another 4 years after that point.
Our wedding was on Saturday 10th October 2015. We didn’t want a huge wedding and ended up with just under 70 guests, which felt like a nice number. We didn’t want anything too formal and didn’t want a religious ceremony. It took a while to find a venue and after looking for quite a while, we booked Avoncroft Museum.
Looking at themes for the wedding, we decided on a vintage pastel theme. It fitted with the venue and was quite informal and relaxed. Morten is Norwegian, and so most of the Norwegian guests came dressed in their Bunad/ national dress.
We wanted a wedding that reflected our personalities a bit, so we included some geeky touches, like table names related to games and a lego groom’s cake.
We booked Avoncroft Museum. The package included the ceremony, flowers for the tables, the wedding breakfast and DJ. The ceremony and wedding breakfast were all in the main hall, but we had access to the whole museum, which we thought would be nice for the guests. We liked that we could choose the option of a vintage afternoon tea for the meal, which we did. We had sweet and savoury scones, sandwiches, cake, tea and coffee. We also got a drinks package included and hire of a bar. The staff were very helpful whenever we spoke with them.
We didn’t send out save the date cards, we decided to send out invites quite early. We made them ourselves so that they could be personalised and fit with the vintage theme. We were also able to keep the budget for the invites down a little bit by making them ourselves. They were brown kraft card pocket-fold invitations that we hand printed with ink/ stamps on the outside. Morten designed the inserts and then we printed them ourselves.
We made the table plan ourselves by printing out and framing each table name with guest list in individual frames and then arranging them on a table. Each of the tables was named after a place in a game we have played together, for instance from World or Warcraft, Tomb Raider, Sonic the Hedgehog etc. We wanted to incorporate some of our interests in the wedding.
We didn’t have a guest book, we had a print of a tree with out any leaves that guests could add their fingerprints on to complete the tree.
We used the favours as place names. We gave everybody a striped paper candy bag filled with candy. Each bag had a fairground ticket attached with the name hand written. They were attached to the bag with a small wooden peg with a small white heart on it.
I wanted something that looked a bit vintage but was not sure other than that. I was quite nervous about going to a shop, so I looked online for a long time beforehand. I realised I needed to see some wedding dresses and so went to a shop called Your Wedding Shop, which is quite local to me. I took my mom with me. They were really relaxed and welcoming and seemed genuinely excited to help me find a dress. They had loads of dresses. I chose three to try on and loved a long lacy one. I hadn’t planned to have any veil or headdress, but once I tried them on, I knew I had to buy them.
Hair & Makeup
I went to get new, good quality makeup and had lots of practice with it. On the day, my bridesmaids and maid of honour helped me do my makeup.
For my hair, I had a few practice sessions with a lovely hairdresser and she came on the morning to do my hair for me.
Groom & His Men
We rented the groom’s and groomsmen’s outfits from Moss Bross. Morten chose them himself. He asked for a little advice on the tie colours, which ended up as a light blue, but I did not see them until the day. The groom’s party included Morten, his best man (his brother Thomas), his father, my father and my brother (who acted as an usher).
The flowers for decorating the venue were included in the wedding package. For the bouquets and boutonnieres, I made them myself. The boutonnieres were made with tiny paper roses and lego superheroes matched to the groomsmen. For the bouquets, I made fabric roses from ribbon and arranged them into bouquets in pale pinks and whites.
We had a vintage afternoon tea package for the wedding breakfast. This included sweet and savoury scones, cake, sandwiches, tea, coffee and wine. We had a candy bar available throughout the day. We hired a company, The Wild Oven, who made fresh pizza to come and do the food for the evening. They served it from a van.
We were not that concerned about the wedding cake and decided to save some money on this bit of the budget. At Norwegian celebrations, they have a kransekake and so I made one myself and decorated it with icing and Norwegian and British flags. I made a Lego grooms cake to put our Lego wedding cake topper on. We brought some individual sponge cakes and displayed them on cake stands at the venue. We ordered those online from Sponge.
Guests had access to the whole museum throughout the day. We paid for the miniature ride on train to be running for 1 hour which all the kids loved- the adults too! Our wedding was taking place on the same day as a re-enactment group was using one of the fields, so they invited us to fire one of their old cannons, which I think Morten believes was the best part of the wedding. We had a DJ for the evening (through the venue) but also hired a live band, Jonas, for the afternoon and early evening. My father did our first dance. He played the guitar and sang “I Will” by the Beatles. My uncle also brought his guitar to the wedding and sang three songs for us.
I saw our photographer, Maria Assia at a wedding show and loved the photos she was showing. She was also very easy to talk to and not intimidating. We were very happy with the price and we got an offer which included a second photographer and an engagement shoot.
We did the engagement shoot in London and loved all the photos. It helped to give us an idea of what to expect on the wedding day. Maria was great on the day and the photos are beautiful.
It was lovely having people take part in the wedding, helping to make it unique. Two of the bridesmaids read a poem at the ceremony called “A lovely love story” by Edward Monkton. My father and uncle both sang songs. It was really lovely to have my father sing our first dance song.
Bride to Bride
Firstly, everybody is happy to be at the wedding and to celebrate your special day, so do not stress too much about all the small details. My next bit of advice would be for you to really decide where you are happy to save money on things and where you are happy to spend it. That way it makes it easier to control the overall budget and means you won’t be disappointed if the budget won’t quite stretch.
Venue: Avoncroft Museum
Wedding Dress: Your Wedding Shop ♥ Hair: Hair Art
Groom & Groomsmen: Moss Bross
Sponge Cakes: Sponge ♥ Entertainment: Jonas
Pizza Van: The Wild Oven
Photography: Maria Assia Photography