Real Wedding: Where Love, Sunshine and History Meet

Leeds Castle wedding

We are beyond thrilled to be presenting our first-ever real wedding submission! It is such an honor that fellow wedding blogger, Cindy, of Hong Kong-based Bridelicious entrusted to Bellenza the details behind the DIY elements of her most special day. We’ll let her lovely first-person account walk you through the magic of that occasion in Leeds Castle, UK (yes, an actual castle!). Here’s Cindy…

wedding dress view

wedding dress view

I’m a modern, city girl. I like my white walls, clean lines and urban chic. So the thought of tying the knot in “the loveliest castle in the world” never crossed my mind. That was until I stepped foot onto the beautiful grounds of Leeds Castle in Kent UK, where peacocks and ducks roamed, aviary birds chirped and more than 900 years of history laid before our eyes. The castle interior speaks for itself and we didn’t want to disrupt the existing décor that has lasted through centuries. Instead, our efforts were focused on personalizing various aspects of the wedding, ranging from the bridesmaids’ shoes to the paper plane place cards, whilst keeping the yellow theme throughout.

billy balls bouquets

I fell in love with craspedias, more commonly known as billy balls, as soon as I stumbled across them whilst researching for yellow flowers. Cute and colorful yet extremely durable, it dawned on me that the bouquet and boutonnieres that I had in mind could be yet another DIY project. Why spend thousands of dollars when you can do it yourself at a fraction of the price?

personalized wedding shoes

As a token of thanks to my amazing bridesmaids, I had their shoes custom made in Hong Kong with their names imprinted on the sole. It meant a lot to me to personalize our big day, one that we could call ‘ours’.

bride's wedding shoes
Cufflinks by Tomatomade – Etsy

I surprised my now husband with a customized pair of map cufflinks as a keepsake for where we got engaged as well as the words ‘I Do’ underneath my shoes.

ceremony program

wedding menu

guest's seating plan using vintage suitcase

We wanted to share our love of travel with our friends and family in a subtle way. I made numerous visits to the flea markets in search for a vintage suitcase as a backdrop for my seating plan, as well as designing ceremony programs and the wedding dinner menus in the form of a postcard. The most time-consuming DIY project was printing, cutting and folding 70 paper planes for the place cards. To keep costs low, we bought clear vases from Ikea and had them spray-painted white to give off a more ceramic look.

paper airplane place cards

Guests’ names were hand engraved onto metal discs to create personalized wine charms so that they can be used at home. Most of the time, wedding favors are forgotten or put away!

personalized wine charms

Venue: Leeds Castle, UK


Thank you so much, Cindy! It means the world to us that you allowed Bellenza to showcase these personal touches from your wedding day.

To our readers, do check out Cindy’s blog Bridelicious. It’s such a fun, contemporary resource for couples-in-planning, no matter where in the world you may be!

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