A classical white wedding, modernised with beautiful botanicals and traditional family heritage…
A classical white wedding, modernised with beautiful botanicals and traditional family heritage.…
"Our day was centred around our friends and family, focusing on our heritage with a modern twist. Our ceremony was a traditional Orthodox Ceremony in our local church, where we stood as King and Queen for the day in our crowns. I was christened and raised in the Orthodox religion, so having the traditional ceremony was important to us. After the ceremony we took a London Bus to our reception at Florence Boot Hall at The University of Nottingham, where the guests were greeted with Canapés and Champagne. We wanted a relaxed and informal day filled with as much fun as possible so we opted for a BBQ wedding breakfast and traditional vodka as our toast drink."
Have a nosey at the gallery to find out more about Monika & Daniel's utterly beautiful wedding day…
WHAT DID YOU WEAR?
“I wore a mikado silk gown by La Sposa. I tried on lovely lace and vintage beading but it didn’t match my personal style. I wanted a classic wedding dress but something that wasn’t boring. When I tried on the gown I knew it was the one with a simple plain fabric it looked like a classical beauty but there was a twist – it had a over skirt making it two dresses in one!
We wanted the bridesmaids outfits to compliment the flowers and we found some beautiful mint knee length dresses on ASOS.
The Groom, best man and ushers all wore matching Ted Baker Suits in blue and a Grey Moss Bros waistcoat.”
TELL US ABOUT YOUR VENUE…
“The ceremony was held at our local church, where the Orthodox Deacon is an old family friend. Having a traditional ceremony meant the world to me, and seeing my husband in a gold crown is a sight I will never forget! The service was completely different from a standard wedding and to me is much more meaningful and full of love and respect for one another.
We then opted for Florence Boot Hall as our reception venue. After seeing so many venues they were all the same – the usual glitzy wedding glamour out of a magazine. It just wasn’t us. With over 110 people to cater for we knew we needed something different – and when we saw the dining hall looking out into a courtyard we knew this was the venue for us. With 5 different rooms we could cater for all our guests and have a massive knees up!
The venue is not a traditional wedding venue but the historical beauty of the building shone through!”
DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR WEDDING…
“Pinterest is a go to for all brides but after hours and days and weeks of searching I couldn’t seem to find a style that matched our budget, or suited us a couple. We didn’t want a theme or a fashion trend that would be gone within weeks, so we opted for a classical white wedding with a modern twist. As we had picked such a unique ceremony I wanted the finishing touches and flowers to be the same – something different yet still beautiful.
All I wanted was beautiful botanicals to shine on the day. After reading about the history of Florence Boot Hall (it was owned by a famous Chemist) we knew we had to bring its history and tradition of chemistry alive. We collected science flasks and beakers to make our beautiful botanics shine. And that was it – no theme but it worked out so beautifully with just white flowers and greenery. To give the day its finishing touches we went for an industrial style table plan and copper accents with worked so well with wild and exotic greenery.”
WHAT DID EVERYBODY EAT AND DRINK?
“Europeans love their food, and having my family over from Ukraine, Italy and Germany was hard to cater for. Food is so important for our family, every party or time spent with family is based around a meal! Along with the food our families know how to party so we wanted a relaxed day that everyone could enjoy without it feeling to formal – after all you want to let you hair down at a celebration!
We opted for a BBQ wedding breakfast with lemon tart and fruit pavlova for dessert. No Ukrainian party would be complete without vodka – as our toast drink we served traditional vodka in science flasks for the guests to pour during the speeches. We supplied the tables with Italian red wine and Prosecco for guests to help themselves during the meal.
After all the alcohol we opted for a mixed evening buffet and served up our wedding cake – a 6 tiered cake made from cheese.”
HOW DID YOU ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS?
“Who needs entertainment when your guests all know how to party! All we had was our day filled with everyone we loved – and after celebrating all day we danced the night away to some classics tunes! My partner and I met 10 years ago in a nightclub – and we got an old friend who is a resident DJ there to spin the decks on our day, he managed to get everyone up dancing.
Our first dance was a classic Frank Sinatra song ‘Fly Me To The Moon‘ – which brought back memories of us dancing in the Middlesborough Football Stadium after a winning game.”
ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?
“Don’t stress the small stuff. In fact, don’t stress about anything! None of it matters on the day, as long as you relax and have fun. It doesn’t matter where you get married, or what food you eat, heck even the dress doesn’t matter – what matters is that you and your husband are surrounded by the love of each other, family and friends on the day, because it is those fun moments you will remember.”