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An Explosion Of Colour: A Mexican-Fiesta Wedding With A Dash Of DIY

Chris and Kate said "We Do" at Hargate Hall in Buxton, with a colourful and vibrant wedding theme bursting with kitsch details and bright decorations. Here, we chat to the bride and groom about the inspiration behind their big day…

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Venue
Hargate Hall
Location
Buxton
Ceremony
120
Breakfast
120
Reception
120
Dress
Jean Jackson Couture
Flowers
N/A I made handmade flowers from Duck Tape and had a bouquet made from artificial flowers and ribbon.
Cake
My best friend and bridesmaid, Leila Freeman
Photographer
Lorna Lovecraft

WE HAD LOTS OF WONDERFUL BACKDROPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHS

“We wanted our wedding day to be totally unique with a colourful fiesta of Mexican kitsch, full of handmade decorations and lots of personal touches to truly reflect our characters. It was important to us that our guests felt relaxed, had plenty to entertain them and had lots of crazy, wonderful backdrops for photos. We were bowled over by the uniqueness of Hargate Hall and loved that it was a blank canvas so we could decorate it as we wanted to. It was a bonus to have all the apartments too where our guests were able to stay and party for the whole weekend. We were able to have the venue from Friday until Monday so we could spread our wedding over two days – so much fun!”

WE HAD A VIBRANT COLOUR SCHEME

“Mexican and Kitsch were our main wedding themes, with knitted cacti for the table centre pieces, a Mexican shrine table in the marquee, a vibrant colour scheme. I spent a year crafting all the decorations with the help of my friends and my Mum. We made huge paper chandeliers, painted lampshades and dream-catchers to hang from the trees. Mum made all the bunting in bold, patterned fabric, while I created a talking point of cuddly toys stuffed in jars. Our table names were collages of retro kids TV shows. We decided on ribbon wands instead of confetti which made for brilliant photos! I made handmade flowers from Duck Tape and had a bouquet made from artificial flowers and ribbon. Lots of our friends volunteered their talents for our wedding. One of my bridesmaids sang us back down the aisle with a beautiful rendition of A Thousand Years, an other bridesmaid made the cake and two other friends set up a cocktail stand and did all the DJ-ing. We were also very lucky to have our friend Alex Ashman design our wedding invites.”

I LOVED THE ELEGANCE OF MY WEDDING DRESS

“I loved the simplicity and elegance of my Anna Campbell Freja dress. The bridesmaids wore 60s style mini dresses from ASOS with sparkly wedges from Debenhams and fruit-themed straw handbags. The groomsmen wore simple white shirts with tweed waistcoats and blue trousers. My Mum knitted the buttonholes in different colours. We don’t like formalwear particularly and wanted our bridesmaids and groomsmen to be comfortable and quirky with colourful touches! We had canapés in the afternoon and decided on a hot buffet for the wedding breakfast. For dessert my Mum had made a selection of little cakes – carrot cakes, chocolate cupcakes, Bakewell tarts, lemon cakes and coconut macaroons. The wedding cake was 100% vegan and 100% delicious! We also had a free bar where the guests rotated to play the role of barman.”

WE CREATED SO MANY LOVELY MEMORIES

“On the day of the wedding we had The Quartertones playing a set which got people on the dance floor. We then had a playlist of Guess the 80s Movie and then our friends did consecutive DJ sets until the early hours! Count on your friends as much as you can! We loved having our friends contributing to our big day. It made it all the more special and created so many lovely memories.”

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