This Renaissance Festival wedding was pretty incredible – and between the photographer and the bride, they wrote up a story better than we could ever tell.
From the photographer:
Tina and Tim both frequently attended the Renaissance Festival long before they started dating and had both fell in love with it. Discovering that they both loved the festival brought them closer and it only seemed fitting they they proclaimed their love for one another there. Their entire wedding was based around the Renaissance era. From the costumes, to the dialect, the food, even the ceremony. Because their wedding was mid-September, Tina was hoping there would be a lot of fall foliage happening, so she chose a color palette to accent those colors with a lot of green, deep reds, and deep purples. This couple’s wedding was like stepping back into a different time period and culture!
From the bride:
“Decorating our wedding was a BLAST! Each member of the wedding party had a persona, or character, that they wanted to portray. My husband’s persona was a Dark Warlord Prince and mine was a Witch and I wanted the decorations to reflect that as much as possible. The first idea that popped in my mind when I thought of a witch was poison apples. So I based the decorations from that. The aisle I walked down was lined with dark green vines and poison apples throughout. I also added vines and apples to the custom made grand entrance doors.
Guests could sign our leather bound guest book from the Ukraine with our giant white feather quill pen just on the other side of the doors. We had a memorial table decorated with photos of loves ones that had passed and a sign made from a stained palette that read “For those who looketh down from Valhalla”. I did very little decorating due to it being at the Festival and it was already naturally decorated! I didn’t want to go overboard.
Our flower girl carried a basket covered in bright green moss with brightly colored flowers on the outside and one poison apple hanging in the middle. For the reception we wanted our decor to reflect a Warrior’s feast. We chose to have our reception at the Bad Manor, which like the ceremony, was already naturally decorated. I added some personal touches though. Tables were lined with lanterns that contained battery operated tea light candles (no open flames due to how old the wood is), wooden bowls full of fake food, and pewter vases. The head table was decorated with vines, a dragon crystal ball, and personalized glass etched mugs for each member of the wedding party.
We also had 2 more stained palette signs that read “Cards & Gifts” and our wedding hashtag #TimandTinasFairytaleWedding. Next to our cards and gifts sign was a stained wooden crate lined with dark green and purple moss with the accent of gold and dark purple flowers on the outside. There were three bay windows that needed some space filled so I filled it with crystal vases of bouquets made to look like mine. The best part? Our signs, grand entrance doors, flower girl basket, and card box were all DIY! Saved us a lot of money in the end!”
Why a witch?
“I knew right away I wanted my character to be a witch! Finding a dress to match this was no easy feat! Traditionally a bride wore blue for her wedding during the Renaissance era. I WAS NOT wearing blue for my wedding! I searched and googled for about 3 weeks before I decided to try a different angle. Instead, I searched for witch wedding dresses and stumbled upon a Gothic Witch Tudor dress from the UK. Only 3 were ever made, only 1 was left.
I needed this dress! It was corset tied for that perfect fit, pearl white in color with sparkling silver trim. The bodice was showered in pearls and the sleeves were sheer and cascaded in ruffles almost as long as the dress itself. I didn’t bother looking for a veil to match and I didn’t want a traditional veil to begin with. Since I had found my dress the year before our wedding, I did some shopping at the Festival. The vendor I chose was no longer going to be attending this particular Festival and was having a sale! Perfect! I instantly spotted a chainmail veil showered in pearls just like my dress! Three teardrop pearls hung from the headband of the veil and were gently placed in between my eyes. I felt like a queen!
Hair and make up on the other hand was another process! Our engagement photos were also Renaissance themed and I had dyed my hair a deep violet purple. Little did I know that for my wedding I would chose a silver hair color with dark brown roots. After about 6 months of bleaching, dyeing, and hair treatments full of nutrients (to prevent drying out), I finally reached the desired color of silver! As for my hair style, I chose a beautiful front side braid. My make up took hours and consisted of deep purples and blackberry colors. Most of my jewelry I had previously purchased from past Renaissance vendors so the only jewelry I purchased for the wedding was my silver leaf and pearl necklace/earrings from a garage sale site on Facebook.
Tell us about your husband:
My husband’s costume wasn’t too hard to find, but still took some jumping through hoops. He knew he wanted a suit of armor but had no idea where to begin looking. Eventually he came across a company based out of Texas, called Prince Armory. He emailed the owner and a week later received an email back. The owner was back logged for 2-3 years but suggested looking through his armor galleries. Due to my husband’s height, he knew he would need something custom made for the wedding.
This caught the owner’s attention as he was looking to expand his wedding armor. 30 measurements and 6 months later, my husband had his one of a kind, head to toe, custom made suit of armor. It was emerald green in color and accented with gold and black. Tim had previously purchased a bastard sword earlier in the year from a vendor at the Festival and his armor just happened to match that! He looked very ruggedly handsome that day and it made me fall in love with him even more!”
“Everything was personalized! We wrote our own ceremony, made most of the decorations ourselves, and even our union ceremony was personalized. Traditionally in the Renaissance era, they did ribbon tying and the bride would promise to honor the sword. We liked the idea of honoring the sword (it was part of my husband’s costume) but wasn’t too keen on the ribbon tying as we had seen it done at many weddings. We wanted something unique! That’s when I came across Unity In Glass. They would send us glass beads (up to 5 colors, we only needed 4) of our color choosing. My husband and I along with our two kids, each poured in a different color. It then was sent back to the company and in return we had a glass blown sculpture (that we picked out) with our family’s colors! It was so special!”
“My most anticipated moment was the first look. I felt like such a princess and couldn’t wait for Tim to see that. I hadn’t seen him all day and just longed for his embrace. Tim stood inside the reception hall behind double doors, two of his groomsmen opened the doors to reveal me patiently waiting for him on the veranda, my back towards him. Upon turning around, the tears were shed. I jumped into his arms and we shared the most beautiful intimate moment that we’ll both remember as long as we live.”
Venue & Catering: Renaissance Festival
Dress Designer: astrastarl
Groom’s Apparel: Prince Armory
Cake Designer: Almich’s Market
Floral Designer: Pristine Floral
Submitted via Two Bright Lights