Real “Disney” Wedding
Couple: Becky and Charlie
Date: Saturday 26th September 2020
Celebrant: Diane Bell, Family Tree Ceremonies
Venue: Rye Hill Barn, Warminster
When I received an enquiry about a Disney themed wedding, I was a bit excited to say the least !!
I just love dressing up so when, after a chat on the phone I was booked to officiate the ceremony I chatted to Becky to find out her ideas for the day.
Since Becky was young, she had dreamt of a Disney wedding. She loves all things Disney and visits Disneyland as much as she can.
She had met her prince charming, Charlie on an internet dating site, and after a long distance relationship, he moved to Chippenham to be with her and they moved into a house together.
Charlie proposed to Becky whilst on one of their trips to Disneyland, in the company of the much loved Pluto and Becky quickly agreed and was presented with a Beauty and the Beast style engagement ring.
The couple chose the Rustic, Rye Hill Barn near Warminster for their special day.
Rye Hill Barn is a beautifully relaxed wedding venue set in the grounds of a 400 acre working farm set amongst the rolling Wiltshire downs in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Beckys dream was to get married outside, in the Farms Orchard and then have their reception in the 100 foot long 18th Century oak beamed Barn. Luckily (apart from being a bit breezy) the weather was on our side and the ceremony took place in the orchard.
So, plans for the wedding started and Becky’s wedding book, that she had written her ideas, quotes and pictures for many years started to come true.
It was a dream of hers to be married by her fairy godmother, so I embarked on a search for a fabulous outfit. My search took me on Etsy, and to a shop in America specialising in Fairy Godmother outfits !! Perfect !! An outfit was ordered and I also had to watch loads of Disney films to get into character, especially, Cinderella !!
A few months before their big day, I met with Becky and Charlie to discuss the content of the ceremony. Music was chosen with instrumental versions of ‘Can you feel the love tonight’ from the Lion King as entrance music for the bride, ‘I see the light’ from Tangled played while the couple signed their certificate and ‘You’ve got a friend in me’ from Toy Story as the couple left the ceremony area.
Readings from Winnie the Pooh and Enchanted were to be read by family and friends along with a reading called ‘From beginning to end’ read by Becky’s mum Sandy.
So, plans were coming on nicely and during all the preparations Covid had struck and wedding regulations were all over the place. The couple decided that they could cut their guest numbers to 30 and we would still go ahead.
Then literally a few days before the wedding it was announced that wedding numbers were to be cut to 15. This was devastating news for the young couple, but they thought of a plan to beat the new rules.
The wedding could be brought forward a week so they would still be able to have 30 guests as the new regulation until the following Monday. Frantic phone calls to all suppliers were made and luckily everyone could make the new date.
So, on Saturday 26th September, everyone headed to the wonderful venue and the magical wedding took place in the orchard.
The bride wore a vintage style dress and her 4 bridesmaids were in lilac with Minnie Mouse bows in their hair. Becky had bespoke converse style trainers adorned Micky and Minnie Mouse, the wedding date and her new married name, Mrs Tucker, and the groom and best man wore Disney ties and Superhero t shirts under their shirts, which were revealed after the ceremony.
The ceremony was in story book style with many of Becky’s favourite Disney quotes sprinkled through it and the end toast was with a drink sprinkled with fairydust.
A reception took place in the barn itself; the couples favourite food of pizza was served before an evening buffet. They also had a chocolate fountain, Ice cream bar, a magic mirror photo booth and sparklers later in the evening. Becky’s sister Sarah even wrote and performed a Disney inspired song for the happy couple which she performed during the evening.
Venue: Rye Hill Barn, Warminster
Photographer: Zara Rowlands Photography
“We can’t thank Diane well enough for being part of our big day.
Right from first seeing her website we thought Diane was the one we need to marry us and we were right.
Throughout the whole experience she was only an email away to answer any queries. She travelled all the way to Wiltshire to meet us and get together our ideas for the ceremony and listened to what we wanted for our day and appeared to be genuinely interested.
She embraced our weirdness and was keen to get involved with our Disney theme and dress up as the fairy godmother!
Due to Covid restrictions we had to bring forward our ceremony date with only 4 days warning, Diane was so supportive throughout the stress and made herself available for our new date and made sure our ceremony was all ready to go ahead.
On the day the ceremony was amazing! The beautiful words, to the snuck in Disney quotes, to all the little personalised touches – we cannot thank you enough!
So many people have complimented our photos and our ‘fairy godmother’ and honestly if you’re getting married, we cannot recommend Diane enough – thank you for everything!! Xx”