Stratford-Upon-Avon Wedding Photography // Emma & Gary's Shakespeare Themed Wedding

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Shakespeare’s love-inspired quotes from his works are popular in many marriage ceremonies, but Emma and Gary took it to the next level by throwing a full-on Shakespearean soirée for their wedding in Stratford-upon-Avon

The couple got ready at the Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel. Nothing would suit this period-wedding day better than the half-timbered 17th-century building located at the very heart of Shakespeare's birthplace. The bride wore a beautiful scarlet dress with bright blue accents and the groom was wearing all-black and a traditional Elizabethan era doublet and a cloak. The wedding guests followed suit. The range of Shakespearean and Elizabethan fancy dress and accessories were truly astounding.

The wedding ceremony took place at the Upper Circle Bar in the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre. This space has original art deco features and large windows with views of the Bancroft Gardens. After the ceremony, the couple were photographed in the auditorium with the white owl who flew down the aisle to deliver their rings! Every single detail of the day was thought through at this ‘one of a kind’ wedding. Feathers instead of confetti were thrown by guests during the send-off which was such a creative touch and made for some fantastic photographs of the happy couple surrounded by a flurry of feathers.

After the wedding ceremony, the wedding party took a boat ride down the River Avon to their wedding feast at the Stratford-upon-Avon Rowing Club. And what a sight it was! A truly Shakespearean wedding reception awaited the wedding guests in a draped white tent filled with goods in true Tudor fashion. From personalised tankards with quotes and insults to candles, and wine, and Bard of Avon memorabilia on the long banqueting tables. The fantastic wedding cake in the shape of the legendary Globe Theatre was made by the experts in unorthodox cake designs, Tattooed Bakers.

During the wedding banquet, everyone was treated to flash sonnets by the Royal Shakespeare Company actors. To make matters even more interesting, the couple chose not to have a first dance but a first joust instead on the bank of River Avon. Luckily, everyone remained unharmed, despite a few tumbles! The couple and guests also had a tour of the Stratford-upon-Avon butterfly farm. It's amazing to be able to be a part of such eventful and exciting weddings!

The dancing kicked off with the funkiest of 10-piece wedding bands - Joey the Lips. As expected, everyone was dressed on point and the Shakespearean fun continued well into the night.