When I first met Eleanor and Billy, for a wanter around their venue, The London Wetland Centre, I knew they were going to have a special day! These two are both so kind and lovely, and make the sweetest match.
With their love of animals and nature, The wetland centre was a perfect choice for a wedding. The guest’s got a real treat to visit it too, especially as it was such a glorious April day. If you’ve never been, I urge you to go for a day out. It’s a gorgeous wonderland in the heart of London, you wouldn’t believe you could have found somewhere so peaceful in such a crazy city! There’s plenty of wildlife to see, including parrots believe it or not!
Eleanor and Billy themed their wedding on the Isle of Man, where they fell in love. This could be seen particularly in their bunting and ribbons, handmade by the couple, that embellished the venue as these were in the colours of the Manx tartan. Eleanor's flowers by Blue Lavender also had a natural look.
The room used to conduct the ceremony was the Observatory, giving all a fantastic view of the lake and all the birds.
My absolute favourite part of Billy and Eleanor’s wedding was one of their readings, just after signing the register, by no other than Dr Seuss (a personal favourite) called ‘Oh the places you’ll go.’ The poem was read by one of Billy's groomsmen, as the birds put on a show outside the observatory window.
Scroll to the bottom of the post to read the full poem. It’s very appropriate for the beginning of this new adventure that is marriage.
With it being Easter Holidays at the time of the wedding, the wetland centre had a duck hunt going on... some were easier to spot than others! These duck also matched Eleanor and Billy's favours nicely.
Eleanor and her mum made the adorable cake you see below, including these cute as anything seals!
As a nod to loved ones who could not be there, during the speeches the guests popped party poppers instead of the traditional toast. Nice touch!
Eleanor and Billy: thank you for sharing your beautiful day with me. I know your adventures have already set in full swing and you have lots of love to take with you. Keep enjoying! :-)
And I’ll leave you with Dr Seuss...
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the couple who’ll decide where to go.
You’ll look up and down streets. Look ‘em over with care.
About some you will say, ‘We don’t choose to go there’
With your heads full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down, any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any
you’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.
It’s opener there
in the wide open air,
Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.
OH! THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!
You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to great heights!
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have all the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang, and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly you’ll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t.
Because sometimes, you won’t.
You’ll get mixed up of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with so many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with great care and great tact
and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will indeed!
(98 and + percent guaranteed.)
KIDS, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
So, be your name Buxbaum or Dowrie or Bass
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to great places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So get on your way!
- See more at: easyweddings.com