Amongst the craziness that is the month of August, came the incredible Wedding of Richard & Dan.
The guys had first contacted me back in January 2017, when I took myself down to their venue in Portsmouth
I already knew the venue was a theatre, but that was all I knew.
On arrival, I was transported into a world of adventure, intrigue, costumes, and props. The theatre was amazing! It was intimate and full of character. And, as I then found out....owned by Richard!! This was gonna be epic.
The Big Day
Fast Forward 7 months, and the Wedding Day had arrived, 26th August 2017.
The Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth was bathed in glorious August sunshine, and it was HOT!!!
The courtyard was laid out with a red carpet and a large door arch to welcome guests through.
A large white marquee housed an outside cocktail bar, and a giant table chess set. There was bunting, floral trellis, fairly lights, fake grass and picnic benches, it was just lovely.
The theme of the day was Great Gatsby. So the colour theme for the venue was Gold & Black. It looked stylish and classy. The whole venue was completely different and original to anything I had seen before.
The foyer seating and bar area had been decorated with a mix of 1920's style and many features from previous shows and themes that had been held at the theatre. There was such an eclectic mix of displays, I never got the chance to explore them all.
The ceiling of the foyer showcased a large long green vine, and bunting that had obviously taken a great deal of time to create, and stays up all year round. The variety of displays and art work are a credit to the hard work of all the staff at the theatre.
At the top of a beautifully decorated floral sweeping wooden staircase, stood the main theatre. Set with 100+ chairs with white covers and gold sashes. A stunning large floral alter arch was displayed at the stage end of the theatre, ready for the days proceedings to begin.
The stage area behind was a vision of monochrome and gold, with 2 fantastic, large black tie images at the centre. Dotted around the stage were a selection of 1920's style props and accessories.
The service was conducted by the lovely Hillary who was caring and passionate about the job she was there to do.
Half way through the service would be a sand blessing by Richard & Dan, and their closest friends and family.
This is a blessing where by different coloured sands are pored into a shaped vessel, to show love and commitment. It's kept by the couple for life, to show their bound to each others and their friends and family.
Dan & Richard had already had a private marriage service the day before with 2 of their dearest friends as witnesses.
So this days service would be a beautiful blessing ceremony, that they could share with others.
The service itself was full of Love, Smiles and Tears.
There were 2 readings....well monologues really, from plays. These were portrayed by 2 of the guest. Both performances were so heart felt, and acted beautifully. The 3rd 'reading' was in fact a song. Sung by Richard's Best Woman Marcia. This was truly breath taking. So much so, that even I started blubbing...I just couldn't help myself! Just sensational!
The service was followed by drinks in the bar area. The weather was so beautiful that it gave everyone a chance to be outside and enjoy the sunshine.
Many guests had arrived in traditional 1920's dress. These glittered and shone in the gorgeous August light.