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Real Weddings: Joe & Hayley – Purple Passion

wedding certificateLife isn’t always easy, but as the old saying goes, when life throws you lemons, make lemonade.  For Hayley and Joe, they took those lemons and made themselves limoncello mojitos with all the trimmings, including a rainbow cocktail umbrella.

purple suits, massive smilesThey’ll understand what I’m saying.  Life threw them the best of second chances and their love story didn’t need lots of fuss and fancy, it just needed laughter, light-heartedness and a massive splash of colour.

Joe & Hayley Purple Passion

Our groom wore a purple suit, and the best man, the brides son, wore one too.  Just a dozen guests, some rainbow bows on the chairs, a garden room in the local hotel, a buffet, a sweetie bar and a ‘slightly’ alternative celebrant.

the garden room at the metropoleThe Metropole were fabulous , but I do think they were a bit taken aback when I steamed in and started moving the furniture around to meet the needs of our couple.  I shuffled the chairs around, bringing them closer in to where our couple would exchange vows.  I brought in a brightly coloured picnic rug, got ridof the formal front table and the straight rows.

hand print family tree, wedding ritualThe couple had chosen unicorn coloured paints for our bespoke, alternative ritual whereby each guest, used their painted hands to add leaves to a bald tree that I’d prepared earlier.

The couple hadn’t arranged a photographer, but I had been hosting a beautiful Ukrainian family for 12 months and Svetlana was a professional photographer who was missing her photography, so she gifted her services to Hayley and Joe and the results are stunning

With two of the most important members of their family unable to attend, their dogs Vader and Ted, I read this on their behalf as sound advice to the happy couple

All I Need To Know About Life I Learned From My Dog

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Be loyal.
Never pretend to be something you’re not.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
Thrive on affection and let people touch you – enjoy back rubs and pats on your neck.
When you leave your yard, make it an adventure.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t pout – run right back and make friends.
Bond with your pack.
On cold nights, curl up in front of a crackling fire.
When you’re excited, speak up.
When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
If you stare at someone long enough, eventually you’ll get what you want.
Don’t go out without ID.
Leave room in your schedule for a good nap.
Always give people a friendly greeting.
If it’s not wet and sloppy, it’s not a real kiss.


Congratulations Mr & Mrs Seyffert.  May you enjoy many happy years together.  It was an absolute pleasure to help you create your perfect fuss free day x

Joe & Hayley Purple Passion

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