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Retro, DIY-Heavy Wedding in Nottingham: Alie & Adam

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Trying to do all the DIY for your wedding yourself is an insane undertaking. Alie and Adam knew this, so they roped in family members to help them as much as they could!

The cakes were made by the groom’s mum, dad and sister and he and his sister also made every single one of the  400 felt flowers used in the table decorations, bouquets, corsages and buttonholes. Adam also did all the stationery and paper goods himself and Alie’s mum made the table runners. The party bags to keep the kids entertained were out together by the bride’s sister.

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“Pinning down an inspiration and theme for our wedding wasn’t easy, but basically it was about us, who we are, being local, quality, hand-made and crafty”, explained the bride. “The colours simply came from our favourites, turquoise (Alie) and red (Adam).”

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CMYK, Comic Book and Superhero Wedding: Aysha & Tom

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Stand by for probably the cutest bride I’ve seen in a long time. Rocking a gold sequinned bodice, a ballerina style skirt, retro fabulous glasses and the most adorable poofy veil, this is one babe who’s got her bridal style darn right perfect.

“We met through mutual friends at a Chromeo show in San Francisco, where I think we both impressed each other by dancing with ridiculous abandon”, began the bride, Aysha. “About a year later, had our first kiss on New Year’s Eve at a Lake Tahoe music festival. We had our wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area on a gorgeous Friday the 13th, which was also the night of a full moon. We got engaged on a 13th, so it’s a very auspicious day as far as we’re concerned.”

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“We love theme parties and costumes, so we pretty quickly decided on a superhero-themed wedding”, she continued. “The theme was also a way for us to pay tribute to how amazing our guests are. We set the tone by sending out postcard invitations designed like a comic book cover. At the wedding, we named tables after some of our favorite superheroes, from She-Hulk to Sailor Moon. Our party favors were sunglasses with the inscription ‘You’re our hero!'”

“Our colour scheme was CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) as it’s also the basis of old-school comic book coloring. It reflected our love of comics and design.”

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Homespun Backyard Wedding: Alison & Lucas

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Alison and Lucas were married at the groom’s parent’s house in  Kelowna, British Columbia. They decorated the space themselves just using items from their own home as well as things already in Lucas’ parent’s house. They also had some items that friends lent them too.

“Lucas and I love each other and wanted to throw a good party for all of the people who support us in our life together”, the bide began. “If our wedding was at all different, it’s because of the individuals involved. Everything was included for a reason. Our theme was black and gold with antique and eclectic touches. We were married in the backyard and decorated with things we already owned.”

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The bride’s dress was handmade for her by her bridesmaid, Michelle Lefevre, and he had bare feet for most of the day. Her gorgeous headpiece was made from paper leaves painted gold. To match, she also carried a paper bouquet.

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On Self Worth

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Photo from Deutscher Hochzeitskongress, aka the German Wedding Congress, that I spoke at in Cologne this weekend! Yes, that was a HUGE audience – 200 people in fact. NO PRESSURE RIGHT?

I’ve had a crazy month. It’s my own fault though. I booked in too many things, over-commited myself too much, and I’ve been run-ragged because of it. Today’s post is short and sweet, partly because of that, but mostly because the message I wanted to pass on to you this week is simple.

I had an epic moment of self-realisation recently: I place a disproportionate amount of self worth on being busy. By that I mean when I’m busy, over-committed and in-demand, I feel better about myself than when I’m not. I’m shit at being bored and I’m useless at doing nothing.

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A Native American Ceremony, A London Skyline View & A Bride in an Orange Jumpsuit: April & Dennis

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There are some weddings I see which (forgive me, I know this is terribly unpatriotic) I instantly think, “damn, that’s SO COOL, it can’t be a British wedding”. It’s nice to be completely wrong though, especially with this wedding. In fact “SO COOL” doesn’t even cover it a little bit… April and Dennis are off the richter scale!

The Dutch/Kiwi groom and his American bride met in Amsterdam while they were both travelling around Europe. Long story short, they fell in love and settled in London. They were hitched on the roof of Rockwell House, a studio space in east London that comes complete with epic views of the capital’s skyline.

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“When we started planning the wedding we knew we wanted Something completely different than any wedding we’d ever been to”, April began. “In searching for this we really found truly alternative was hard to come by. It all still seemed to be a tweak of the same old thing.”

“It was important to us that everything we did on the day was considered beforehand, that we didn’t do anything automatically just because it’s what you do at a wedding. I think we ended up with a really different, really special, really representative of us, day. We got wedding tattoos instead of rings – two halves of one tattoo actually – a Mexican Day of the Dead sugar skull with the words ‘hasta la muerte’ beneath (until death).”

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Super Colourful Mexican Wedding: Hev & Gaz

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Both being lovers of all things Mexican (particularly the food!) the theme for Hev and Gaz’ wedding was a natural choice. They were hitched in September at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire.

“We both LOVE food, and in particular Mexican food, so we decided to loosely base our wedding on a Mexican theme”, began the bride. “It was pretty unique and a lot of people, including our suppliers, said it was one of the most enjoyable weddings they’d ever been to. We made and designed everything ourselves, and then this was supported by Beau Bright, our event designers. They were AMAZING.”

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“We made everything ourselves except the lanterns. Gaz is a graphic designer so he did all the paper goods and I sat and cut out miles of Papel Picado (Mexican bunting) and all the pom poms. We also did labels on tins, the pinatas (which we forgot to do!) We also made chilli cupcakes with chilli powder in them!”

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