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Beaulieu Hotel Wedding

“Greg!! BEST DECISION EVER!! Greg would be sure to look after us throughout the day, never pushed for photos, accommodated our wishes and was awesome to talk to. In the end, we had to force him to leave because it was so late!!”

 

Evrim and Ellen’s had an amazing wedding at Beaulieu Hotel in February. It was such an incredible day – full of laughter, tears of joy, lots of fun and dancing! I’m going to leave you to read Evrim and Ellen’s story, how they planned their wedding along with tips for future couples.  Grab a coffee 🙂

 

Words of Wisdom from Evrim and Ellen about planning their amazing Wedding

 

Style, theme and overall vibe of the wedding.

For a long, long time I have always wanted a game-themed wedding and, since growing up with the series, I knew The Legend of Zelda would be my choice. We knew we wanted a modern, yet traditional, style of wedding, so the venue at Beaulieu Hotel with their newly refurbished rooms was perfect. We didn’t want our theme to be too overwhelming,

Number one piece of advice for brides and grooms just starting to plan their wedding?

Tie down the definite yes’s that you want to be included at your wedding, write them on a list, use Pinterest for more ideas, let your wedding be all about what you love. Don’t focus on the little details though, until you know you have everything tied down.

Evrim and I had 8 weeks to plan the wedding and put it all into motion, once he got his visa. Luckily, we booked the hotel a year before, as well as a couple of amazing vendors – leave lots of time for the big things like these! These 8 weeks I used to DIY 70% of the decorations we used, it was so much fun and we were so happy with the turn out.

I have to say, last thing is – don’t stress! This will be near impossible, but the more you stress, the harder it’ll be to carefully plan and make all the small things perfect. Fortunately for us, the visa process was much longer and much more stressful, so planning a wedding was a breeze! If you start to really stress out, take a break, have a hot drink, cuddle, watch Netflix, continue tomorrow – a clear mind is much easier to work with

Wedding dress, from buying it to how you felt in it on the day

Evrim proposed to me in December of 2017, I got my dress in February of 2018. It was the fourth dress I tried on, but I knew it was the one, I felt beautiful in it and I’ve never felt that way in any clothes in my whole life.

On the day, with all my hair and make-up done, I felt like a real winter princess! When it was just my dad and I left in the house, waiting to head to the church, I would just stare at myself in the mirror, filled with excitement and nerves. I would be trying not to cry over the fact that I felt amazing and I’ve never felt so beautiful.

Evrim proposed to me in December of 2017, I got my dress in February of 2018. It was the fourth dress I tried on, but I knew it was the one, I felt beautiful in it and I’ve never felt that way in any clothes in my whole life.

On the day, with all my hair and make-up done, I felt like a real winter princess! When it was just my dad and I left in the house, waiting to head to the church, I would just stare at myself in the mirror, filled with excitement and nerves. I would be trying not to cry over the fact that I felt amazing and I’ve never felt so beautiful.

The most memorable moment

Ellen – It was probably walking down the aisle and seeing Evrim after a whole morning of nerves. Then he burst into tears – he’s never cried tears of happiness before, according to him, so that’s a definite achievement in my book!!

Evrim – Seeing Ellen walking down the aisle, it was an incredible moment and I’ve never felt those feeling before in my life.

 

Favourite DIY wedding hack.

Mine would have to be our fairy bottle jars for our centrepieces. The theme was The Legend of Zelda, I’d seen jars used for rustic themes all over the place, but I wanted to step up the game to fit with our ideas. I bought a load of jars and fake flowers on offer at Hobbycraft, found a guy on Facebook selling some lovely fresh logs, some iridescent shredded paper and unicorn hair stuffing, added some pink lights inside from Primark and ta-da! Even though it was a very unique/individual theme, this idea could be used by anyone to create some lovely light, rustic centrepieces.

 

The highlight of your day

Finally being called husband and wife after 2 years of visa problems!!

Or – having a huge Turkish dance with all of ours guests, that was EPIC.

We are also so thankful that we only had 48 day guests and another 30 for the evening, we got to talk to almost everyone – that is one of the hardest things. Catching up with so many old friends and dancing all night with them was awesome, we can’t thank them all enough for being so amazing.

How did you choose your awesome vendors that made your Wedding Day extra special?

My sister and I went to a wedding show over in Southampton and got ideas from the stands, as well as try out all the photobooths (how can you not?!). We knew in that instant which one we loved the most and they HUGELY exceeded expectations on the big day – thank you Shutterbooth!!

Most of the others were all found on a Google or Facebook search, as cliché as that sounds. Finding a DJ was the hardest part, as there are so many, but I knew what kind of lighting and music I was looking for. Toby, from Your DJ, was brilliant and really understood what we wanted – what set him apart from the rest was the fact that he had done a Turkish wedding in the past, so he had a whole list of songs that were great for what we wanted!

Our videographers were a couple of absolutely awesome guys, Cameron and Ross, who I met through my internship at Southampton Solent University. They are SO accommodating, caring and extremely talented. I couldn’t believe they were so willing to do this for us. They worked so hard, getting all kinds of shots and were super great to talk to throughout the day.

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