'We met in a pub on Halloween,' says Sivan of her first encounter with Jamie. 'He's a garden designer and after a few beers he brought me over a giant leaf from the beer garden and started telling me all about itâ€¦ He got points for originality!'
A surprise proposal ' 'high in the air in a cable car above Barcelona!' ' led to the couple planning their nuptials at Halzephron House, where they'd embarked upon their first holiday 11 years to the day earlier. 'It isn't a wedding venue, so it was a very special that the owners, knowing our love for the place, allowed us to have our ceremony there, with the family staying in their cottage and cabins.'
The day was planned with a 'southern Californian desert meets Cornish coast at sunset' aesthetic, blending rich tones of rust, dusky pinks, earthy browns and greens. The day even nodded to Sivan and Jamie's first meeting with a giant leaf featuring amongst the 'incredible' floristry.
A cliffside ceremony in the amphitheatre was set up by the groomsmen and took place under a copper arch. 'We mixed many styles and traditions including a handfasting, our own vows, message ribbons, and smashing of the glass (to represent my Jewish heritage).'
The newly-weds went straight from their ceremony into their first dance. 'The tempo of the music changed as the sun came out, and people were throwing confetti from every direction whilst we danced on a deck overlooking the sea," says Sivan. "When they all got up and joined in, it was pretty incredible to have everyone dancing together for the first time in so long on our special clifftop!'
Relocating to nearby New Yard Restaurant for a specially designed wedding menu 'using seasonal British with a twist of my Middle Eastern heritage, really represented Jamie and I beautifully", says Sivan. Live music reverberated throughout the courtyard, while later, a performance by folk band Velvet and Stone was followed by DJ sets from a series of friends 'that kept the atmosphere going throughout the evening!'.
His-and-hers cakes provided the showstopping centrepiece and completed the evening's feast. 'There were so many amazing moments and after such a long time in the making, it was an emotional day all round,' she says when asked to pinpoint her most treasured memory.
'Remember to make it about you, your friends and family ' that is why they're there in the first place!' she advises other engaged couples. 'The one thing that really made our wedding so unique was working with a celebrant who made the whole thing incredibly personal. She came up with a concept where everyone wrote a message to us on a ribbon and came and tied it to our wedding arch during the ceremony. As it continued, we were surrounded by ribbons blowing in the wind with beautiful messages from everyone we love. What more can you wish for'
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