One ring to bind them: Lord of the wedding rings fancy dress ceremony is fantastical
A British couple celebrated their big day with a Lord of The Rings themed wedding packed with hobbits, elves and wizards.
Amy Gander, 33, and Will Grant, 28, took six months to recreate JK Tolkien’s Middle Earth at their home in Woolacombe, North Devon, where the couple were married July 4.
Dressed as Frodo and Galadriel, the couple rowed to the middle of a pond where a man dressed as Gandalf took their vows and an eagle delivered the rings.
The fantastical setting was decked with hobbit holes, an Ent woodland and a wooden entrance with the carved inscription ‘speak friend and enter’ based on the Gates of Moria.
Adorned with the flags of Rohan, the marquee resembled the Golden Hall at Edoras and canapes included ‘lembas bread’ and ‘bagend babaganoush’.
There was also an Elf bar serving homebrewed elderflower champagne and an Orc bar serving rum based drinks.
For the wedding cake the couple had the Lord of The Rings trilogy designed.
Amy, who works as a teacher, said: “Our garden looks a lot like the Shire anyway so we just added a few features to make it more of a middle earth experience for the guests.
“We were so lucky with the weather and the elderflower cider was flowing so that helped the party atmosphere.
“I was completely overwhelmed by the effort people had put into their costumes, my favourite part of the whole day was walking down the aisle.
“I saw my next-door neighbour dressed as Gandalf sat on a white horse then beyond him 170 people in the most amazing fancy dress.
“It made me feel so special that people had gone to the trouble of making such elaborate costumes for our wedding.”
The couple’s five-month-old twins, Ferne and Xavier, and their 21-month-old girl, Gwen, came as baby hobbits while other guest kept their fancy dress as a surprise until the day.
Amy added: “Gimli the Dwarf won the prize for best dressed – my friend spent the whole day up walking on his knees and ended up with blisters.
“Second and third prize went to the only Ork at the wedding and a female Rider of Rohan.”
When Amy and Will, a plumber, got engaged in 2013, the bride-to-be had not seen the blockbusters.
She said: “I was at university when the films came out and my bridesmaid reminded me that I’d said I’d never watch them as they looked too long and boring.
“Will on the other hand is a huge fan, he’s read all the books and when The Hobbit came out us we travelled to Oxford to watch it and we stayed in Oxford University Halls to get a real Tolkien experience.
“The idea of a LOTR wedding was suggested as a joke by one of Will’s friends, we just laughed along with it not seriously considering it, but then thought actually it would be quite good fun and something a bit different.
“I’ve watched the films now but haven’t got very far with the books.”
On July 10 the couple had their legal wedding which channelled a Wuthering Heights.
Amy added: “I’m not originally a Lord of the Rings fan, that was Will’s day.
“I love reading Thomas Hardy, Daphne Du Maurier and authors like that so Friday was more the day for me.
“But both weddings followed a literary theme.”
For their honeymoon the newlyweds are planning a trip to South Wales.