As soon as I saw this awesome cat wedding on Matt Mosur's Facebook page I was aching to know more and it certainly hasn't disappointed! This wonderful wedding has already had its international debut on Rock N Rock Bride and now I finally get to share it with you lovely lot.... so make yourselves a cuppa, grab your favourite biscuits, sit back and let gorgeous Bride Ruby share with you their beautiful world of cats, crochet and candy floss...
How did you meet? What was the proposal like?
We met at the Royal Holloway University of London where we both attended. I was in my second year and Lukasz had just graduated but had come back for fresher's week to party with his friends! We met at the first SU night and after a date in Wagamama became pretty inseparable.
Our wedding and proposal weren't traditional as when we moved to the Isle of Man in October 2015 we decided we wanted to elope so "ran away" (all the way to Douglas registry office) and went for pizza afterwards! We just wanted to be married without all of the stress of a big wedding as we'd just moved to the island after living in London so we were pretty broke!
We didn't tell our extended family until afterwards but softened the blow with the news that we would be having a 'wedding-wedding' a year later for everyone to attend and this is the wedding we're sharing with you today!!
What was the inspiration for your day?
Our beautiful kitty cats, Donkey (who has now sadly left us) and Donut, brother and sister Scottish Fold cats. At first, we thought it was just too crazy to have a cat themed wedding but when we embraced the theme, we went cats EVERYTHING!
Where did you hold the ceremony and reception and how did you choose your venues?
The ceremony was in my Mum's front garden and the reception was at Noa Bakehouse. We didn't want anywhere traditional and the most important thing about the venue for us was good food so we chose one of our favourite establishments for both the food and the atmosphere!
Where did you find your dress and how did you know when you found 'The One'!
My dress was from my favourite clothing website and it was a bargain! I had imagined spending a few hundred pounds on the dress but nothing at that price compared to the one I had seen on Lindy Bop for £40! It was the kind of style I'd always pictured - flared fifties style skirt with polka dot lace - so when it went in the sale for £16, I thought I may as well buy it and see what it's like and I fell in love the moment I tried it on!!
What about the shoes and accessories?
My shoes were from Irregular Choice with the most amazing cat shaped heel, I found them on Ebay after searching for months!
I had necklaces made for myself and the bridesmaids by Love from Hetty and Dave, a maker that makes quirky leather accessories who I've adored for years. They were in the shape of a cat bride, complete with veil.
My flower headband was designed for me by Sophie from Crown and Glory and had my favourite colour flowers as well as little enamel cats peeking out between them!! The veil was also from Crown and Glory and I had a handbag from Love from Hetty and Dave too to match the necklaces and brooches!
What did the Bridesmaids, Flower Girls and Mother of the Bride wear?
The bridesmaids wore gorgeous Bardot style pastel coloured dresses from Chi Chi London, with cat shoes from asos and a little cat hair clip from Urban Outfitters. The flower girls wore cat dresses from Next with cat ears and sparkly cat shoes. My mum wore a beautiful flowery dress from Next.
What did Lukasz and his Groomsmen wear?
Lukasz bought his green velvet smoking jacket from eBay and the rest he already owned! He and his best man had a groom cat brooch instead of a button-hole that matched mine from Love from Hetty and Dave. I sewed bow ties for my little brothers from a cat print fabric too.
Where did the rings come from and how did you choose them?
Our rings were very special as they belonged to my mum and my late father, we had them resized at Celtic Gold in Peel and they did a great job.
Tell us about your flowers....
The flowers were all made from crepe paper by my amazing Maid of Honour, Ashra. She spent months cutting out the petals in preparation then spent the week before hot glueing them 12 hours a day until she had made all the bouquets and flowers for the reception!! She was such a massive help throughout!
How was the reception room decorated?
Ashra made the flowers, my mum made the cat bunting out of coloured card and my favourite part of the decoration was the crochet cat figures we had made by the wonderful Yarny Gráinne to act as centre pieces - 5 for the Donut table, and 5 for the Donkey table!
What was the cake like?
We had 2 cakes! The first a delicious ombre pink carrot cake made by the multi-talented Ashra (my maid of honour). And the second was cat shaped and made by Lukasz's colleague!!
Tell us about the stationery....
Ashra made the save the dates from a gorgeous illustration she drew and we used the same card cats from the bunting for place names at the tables.
Did you have any other DIY or personal aspects to the day?
We made a mix CD which the guests were welcome to take on their way out. It was the soundtrack to our love story!
How did you entertain your guests?
Our DJ for the evening was the brilliant Gypo Buggane and we had a candy floss machine at the reception too!
Did you have transport to get you to your venues?
We hired the Touring Tea Bus which was a brilliant way to link the ceremony to the reception. We had a lot of family members that came over from England and even Poland so it was nice that they could have a little tour of the island whilst dining on afternoon tea (and taking shots of Polish vodka!)
What was the most emotional part of the day?
Most definitely the ceremony. I wrote the ceremony myself and we both wrote our own vows so it was very personal and meaningful to us. We both blubbered like babies!
What was the most romantic part of the day?
When we exchanged rings we used the words from the weddings from Game of Thrones (super geeky I know). 'I am his/hers and s/he is mine. From this day until the end of my days.'
What was the funniest part of the day?
When we all clambered onto the Victorian roundabout in Silverdale for photos and it protested very noisily and skidded to a halt! The groan was deafening, it sounded like we were under attack! Needless to say we all abandoned ship!
What was the most stressful part of the day?
Just trying to get people where they were meant to go! Everything was running a bit behind schedule but we just had to go with the flow and enjoy it!
What was the most memorable part of the day?
It was definitely the ceremony because it was so special to have our friends and family there to see us make our vows.
What was your best idea?
The cat theme!
If you could do it all again, would you change anything?
It would have been nice to have someone there on the day to help things run smoothly and herd people around! That's the only thing though!
What was your best money-saving tip?
This is your wedding so choose the parts that are important to you. We didn't care about some of the more traditional aspects like a florist, the order of service, wedding favours etc. Choose what will make your day special for you!
What piece of advice would you give to others planning a wedding?
Follow your heart, it's your day and it's about your love! Even if you're a crazy cat lady like me haha!
What a beautiful day - a massive thank you to Ruby and Lukasz for sharing it with us - check out details of Ruby & Lukasz's Wedding Dream Team below.
Photographer: Matt Mosur
Bride's Dress: Lindy Bop
Headdress and Veil: Crown and Glory
Shoes: Irregular Choice
Necklaces & Brooches: Love from Hetty and Dave
Bridesmaid's Dresses: Chi Chi London
Transport: Touring Tea Bus
Reception Venue and Catering: Noa Bakehouse
Crochet Cat Decorations: Yarny Grainne
Candy Floss: Sweet Celebrations
DJ: Gypo Buggane - Ballagroove
Cats - @carbycats on Instagram!
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