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Kisses in the Rain: Homespun Wedding in a Hurricane!

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Madi and Joshua’s wedding took place just as a hurricane was hitting Louisiana. But if anything, the dramatic weather made their day much more memorable. “Our wedding date happened to land right smack bang in the middle of a category five hurricane, that touched down in Mexico and brought heavy, constant rain and winds on our wedding day”, said Madi. “We were having an outdoor wedding, and had no plans to move to another venue! So we just.. got wet.”

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“Still, even without the storm, I think our wedding was far from typical. It wasn’t a religious ceremony, although it had a very spiritual feel and look. My bridesmaids and I were barefoot with beaded jewellery strung around our feet. We played almost entirely 60s and 70s music, including Led Zeppelin. I walked down the aisle to May This Be Love by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Aside from our odd choice of a carrot wedding cake, we even had a whole table of southern style pies and cobblers, which was awesome, different.. and delicious.”

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Psychedelic Alice in Wonderland Wedding

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Adva and Guy wedding was Alice in Wonderland themed, with a pinch of psychedelic 60s vibes. They were married in Israel in September.

“I have been obsessed with the Alice in Wonderland book since early childhood”, said Adva, “and when I met Guy he came along for the ride and developed the obsession even further. Together we started to collect translated editions of the book (thirty languages and counting!), flew spontaneously to ‘Alice Day’ in Oxford, and we celebrate our unbirthdays! We love the surrealistic-psychedelic feel of Alice and it matched perfectly with Guy’s passion for late 60s rock music. Our wedding motto was ‘Life, what is it but a dream?’ taken from Lewis Carroll poem A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky.

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“We went all the way with our theme – from the design of the invitations, to the decorations, music, even the food. We tried to give our guests the feeling they fell through the rabbit hole and into a dream. For example, we had four long tables, and each table had jumbo sized playing cards from a different suit on it. Instead of being given a table number each guest got a playing card that assigned them to their seat.”

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Dia De Los Muertos Inspired Painted Wedding Dress

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Colour loving babes listen up! If you’ve been wondering if rocking a coloured gown on your wedding day was the right choice or not then I’m pretty sure today’s incredible photo shoot will help you make up you mind. I mean WOW.

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Inspired by the colours of Dia De Los Muertos, photographer Christina Sanchez, dreamt up this incredible shoot. “We shot in Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano in California”, she said. “I love collaborating with amazingly talented people to create unforgettable imagery. We created this to share with everyone who loves these same things as much as we do!”

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30 First Dance Song Ideas for Alternative Weddings

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Call me a hopeless romantic, but I bloody love a first dance. Maybe it’s the music geek in me, but I just love the idea of getting to share the music you love with everyone. If you don’t already have a special song chosen then it’s the perfect excuse to look for ideas, immerse yourself in lots of lovely music and find a new song that will mean the world to you both for years to come. These are some of my very favourite love songs which could be perfect for a first dance (or any point during your wedding really!) whether you want to jump around together or do the old cling-and-sway…. from Indie to a bit of Northern Soul, absolute classics to lesser-known tracks. Oh, and the theme tune to Father Ted.

I’ve created a Spotify plylist including all these songs too – you’re welcome! I’d love to know your first dance choices in the comments.

You You You You You – The 6ths
“Who has made my dreams come true and turned my grey skies blue?

Simple Song – The Shins
“Love’s such a delicate thing that we do,
With nothing to prove, Which I never knew”

Archie, Marry Me – Alvvays
“So, honey, take me by the hand and we can sign some papers
Forget the invitations, floral arrangements and bread makers”

Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
“Oh I, I want to be with you everywhere”

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The Book of Love – The Magnetic Fields
“But I, I love it when you read to me,
And you can read me anything”

The Lovecats – The Cure
“We’re so wonderfully wonderfully wonderfully Wonderfully pretty!
Oh you know that I’d do anything for you “

In My Life – The Beatles
“But of all these friends and lovers, there is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning when I think of love as something new”

Stay Young, Go Dancing – Deathcab for Cutie
“Through Autumn’s advancing, we’ll stay young, go dancing”

You’re My Best Friend – Queen
“You’re my sunshine and I want you to know that my feelings are true… I really love you”

You Are The Light (By Which I Travel Into This And That) – Jens Lekman
“Why would anyone need a map or a compass? It’s so beautiful to be guided by you”

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Songs of Love – The Divine Comedy
“So sing while you have time, let the song shine down from above… And fill you with songs of love”

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
“And if a double-decker bus crashes into us…To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die”

You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin
“Before the day I met you, life was so unkind and you’re the key to my peace of mind”

Fire In My Heart – Super Furry Animals
“You’ve got needles and pins and the seven deadly sins, Still I’ve got a fire in my heart for you”

First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
“Yours was the first face that I saw
I think I was blind before I met you”

Baby I’m Yours – The Arctic Monkeys
“Yours until the poets run out of rhyme…In other words, until the end of time”

Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) – Frank Wilson
“As long as there is life in me, your happiness is guaranteed… I’ll fill your heart with ecstasy, forever darling”

If You Find Yourself Caught In Love – Belle and Sebastian
“Someone to take your life beyond, Another TV ‘I Love 1999′”

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Minimal Cat-Themed Wedding in Philadelphia

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Leila and Dan’s Philadelphia wedding was simple, minimal and took place in an urban loft space, Power Plant Productions.

“We wanted to make our wedding have more of a party feel instead of a stuffy affair”, said the bride. “I didn’t really have any inspiration as such, I don’t use Pinterest, so I just found things I liked! We had our reception cocktail style with a mix of high tops and low tables and three food stations (a mac and cheese bar, a build your own taco satiation and an Thai food station). There was no assigned seating either so people could move around however they saw fit.”

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They were married in front of a homemade backdrop and the venue was decorated throughout with simple mason jar and baby’s breath centrepieces. They also had a slight cat theme with their cake topper and some of the decor.

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Regal & Aristocratic ‘Lord and Lady of the Manor’ Wedding

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For their spring wedding, Stacey and David wanted a theme that was regal and aristocratic. They wanted something romantic yet quirky, formal yet relaxed. Their venue, Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire, really helped with this of course!

“I have always been obsessed with Brocket Hall. I’m fascinated by the history and decadence!”, said the bride. “I love historical buildings and always wonder what it would have been like to live somewhere like that when it was in its heyday. I think I was born in the wrong era!”

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“We wanted to feel like Lord and Lady Brocket and wanted our guests to very much have that kind of experience too – that they were fellow lords and ladies attending a soiree at our mansion! The funny thing is that a few months after we got together it was my birthday and one of the gifts David got me was a lordship so my official title is Lady Stacey Holmes of Wansley Manor! So to return the favour on his birthday later that year I also got him a lordship so he is Lord David Breed of Wansley Manor. In the wedding register, as we are allowed to use our titles in the occupation section, it actually states our occupations as Lord and Lady of the Manor! We had also asked to be announced as Lord and Lady by the toastmaster as we entered the dining room for our wedding breakfast so he said ‘Ladies and gentlemen please be upstanding for your bride and groom – Lord and Lady Breed”’

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