Mechanical romance

With more origami than you can shake a stick at, Eleanor and Tom celebrated in style at Carsington Water

Eleanor Murphy and Thomas Gray, both 30, tied the knot at Shiningford on 13th August, 2016.

Here we find out more about their big day...

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Shiningford struck us straightaway because of its stunning setting at Carsington Water, somewhere that we've enjoyed many walks together. The accommodation is absolutely beautiful and it had a walled garden perfect for the our nuptials, which were conducted by My Perfect Ceremony.


Mechanical romance: Image 2aI'd seen Catherine Deane dresses online and loved the style of them. The neckline and back detail of the Laverne dress won it for me. I loved wearing it – it was absolutely perfect.

Mechanical romance: Image 2 Following the ceremony we had drinks and games on the lawn outside the tipi. These included tin can alley – we used tin cans that were left over from the giant chilli we made for our 35 weekend guests for the Friday night before the wedding.


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I wanted to make all the flowers from paper. I became a flower making origami machine, folding thousands of petals, gluing them together and then arranging them. I dread to think how many I made in the end! For my bouquet, I used Cath Kidston wrapping paper as I love her designs and it gave the bouquet a modern twist.


Mechanical romance: Image 4aTom isn't a fan of wearing formal suits and we decided that on your own wedding day you should feel comfortable. His boys also went for the casual look.

Mechanical romance: Image 4 Tom and each of the groomsmen wore origami buttonholes made from paper personal to each person. Tom's was made from a map of Iceland, depicting where we got engaged. The gents also had pocket squares in fabric with origami birds on.


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My six 'spicemaids' wore Coralie Beatrix multiway dresses in a range of pastel colours. Five of them dressed up as the Spice Girls during the hen do.


Mechanical romance: Image 6aI made about 250 origami hearts, which were mounted on bamboo skewers and stuck in the ground around the venue.

Mechanical romance: Image 6 We made a chandelier of 1,000 paper cranes! Having visited Hiroshima in Japan, we were struck by both their appearance and their message and so we knew that this was something we wanted to do. It involved some seriously big hula hoops, a lot of fishing wire and ridiculous amounts of paper folding but the final thing was worth every second!


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We hosted 'The Gray British Bake Off' and asked our guests to release their inner Mary Berry and bring a cake, bake or dessert on the day. The response we had was crazy! We ended up with 25 delicious treats and somehow had to choose a winner. We ate a piece of every single creation in the judging process - and were still eating cake for the three days afterwards.


Mechanical romance: Image 8aOur table numbers were photographs of ourselves at various ages. It was so much fun looking through old photographs trying to find the best (or most embarrassing) ones to share with our friends and family.

Mechanical romance: Image 8 With the help of friends and family we saved corks for about a year and made these into a heart decoration.


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We had an ice cream cart complete with sprinkles and a healthy dose of happiness from Honey Bees Vintage Teas, which served them.


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In the evening we had a silent disco, which had three music channels. The first was Tom's playlist, the second was mine and the final one was full of songs requested by the guests on their RSVPs.


Thomas and Eleanor's contact book

Bridesmaids' dresses
Coralie Beatrix

Thomas the Caterer

My Perfect Ceremony

Silent Noize

Stephanie Layton

Wares of Knutsford

Rachelle Grimes

Camera Hannah

John E Wright

Platinum Jewellers

Sami Tipi

Ashbourne Self Catering

Wedding Planner
Benessamy Events


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