Clare and Stuart didn’t want a big wedding. In fact they wanted their wedding to be so small that they went to Belfast City Hall for their ceremony with just 10 witnesses! Still wanting an awesome celebration with their loved ones though, they held this colourful party the following day at Brookhall Barn in Lisburn.
Clare explained, “We knew what we didn’t want – no white dress, no bridesmaids, no church, no rings, no walking down the aisle, no giving away, no big ceremony, no speeches, no first dance, no hotel reception, no florist arrangements. None of that stuff was ‘us’. Once we found the right venue, somewhere where we could do our own thing and where some of our friends could stay, everything else fell into place.”
I hate to break it to you but winter is well and truly on the way. it’s not all bad though – open fires, thick socks, oodles of hot chocolate… sounds pretty damn good to me actually! If you’re having a winter wedding then here are 15 fun ideas that you could incorporate into your day.
1. Snowflake rice crispy cake
Source: Winter wonderland wedding in the snow
You might think that there’s nothing more traditional in English weddings than a country garden setting, but Abby and Hoi’s big day was anything but quaint! They took the traditional elements and turned them on their head. From the bride’s short polka dot dress and purple hair, to the Hello Kitty cake and the vintage ice cream cart for dessert, this was a wedding that was quintessentially ‘them’.
“The inspiration for out wedding was to tell the story of how we met”, began the bride. “As well as to share the memories we have made with our family and friends. Some of the props we used were personally belongings from my granddad. We used his seeder plant boxes and Wellington boots to put flowers in.”
If you’re having a 1920s inspired wedding then you are going to adore Laura and Geremia’s big day which took place in Italy in July.
“Our wedding was inspired by The Great Gatsby, The Artist and some Wes Anderson’s films like The Grand Budapest Hotel”, said the bride. “We got married in the Republic of San Marino, the 5th smallest state in the world, and we decided to have the wedding reception in an elegant restaurant. The roaring 20s was a big influence for us but we added modern touches too.”
“We did the centrepieces ourselves by buying pieces from markets in London. We had bottles and the teacups of the beginning of 20th century. Our wedding favours were Franciacorta bottles which we out inside a cotton bag.”
They were married in Cornwall, and Molly and Kelly were keen that the location be celebrated in their day. They held their reception in the gardens of Polpier House and had one long table set up for all their guests to sit at. Don’t you just love that?!
“With the majority of our family and friends travelling all the way from North America to attend, we were determined to make this as unique and memorable of an occasion as possible”, explained the bride. “We also wanted to retain a certain element of intimacy and elegance to our day.”
“Upon discovering that the dates of the wedding aligned with Mevagissey’s annual feast week, rather than shy away we decided to embrace the festival and fully integrate it into our day’s festivities. This included participating in the carnival procession and making a dedication for the magnificent fireworks display, which the wedding venue provided VIP seats for!”
October is proving to be one of my busiest months EVER! On Tuesday The Blogcademy announced it’s 2015 dates as well as a Level 2 workshop (YAY!) and I did some filming in my house for something else we’re launching in a few weeks time (I’m even more excited about this one and I think you will be too). More on all this soon!
I’ve been a bit poorly ever since I got back from the US (cough, cough, splutter!) but there’s no rest for the wicked. Tomorrow I’m heading over to the cold, rainy Isle of Wight with some of my friends for bestie bonding time. As the weather is sure to be dreadful, we’re planning DVD marathons, board game tournaments and lots and lots of vino drinking. I can’t wait!
Sending lots of warm, vibes from my house to yours… Here’s what else has been going on around the web this week.
Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Anderson Canyon wedding
♥ Homespun woodland wedding
♥ Vintage Oktoberfest wedding
♥ How to make Halloween tombstone placecards
♥ Loving Lydia’s vintage wedding dress