This post is enormous because I have so many photos from this trip that I want to share. So grab an extra large beverage and prepare yourself for a kaleidoscopic visual assault!
As much as I adore Marrakech (this recent trip was my third in two years!) it can be a very intimating and intense place. People yelling at you, motorbikes whizzing past you in narrow alleyways, donkeys pulling carts that look way too heavy for them, old men pushing enormous trailers full of everything imaginable… and all in 40°C+ heat! It’s chaotic and buzzing all day and all night which is why having a calm oasis to retreat back to at the end of a long day isn’t just advisable, it’s a necessity!
Becky and Si had a retro inspired wedding in Birmingham. “We didn’t really set out to have a specific ‘theme’ but just went for things we both like”, said the bride. “Si came up with the idea of inviting guests to join in with dressing in a 1950s style if they wanted to, which I wasn’t sure about at first but there were lots of awesome outfits!”
The wedding was held at Fazeley Studios. “I wanted the wedding to be bright, colourful and informal. It also fit in with the venue and the surrounding Custard Factory area, which has lots of creativity, bright buildings and graffiti. Si did make fun of my use of primary colours, suggesting it’d look like a children’s party, but I think he was impressed with how it all came together in the end.”
Lynette and James’ wedding was quintessentially ‘them’. They were married with just the bride’s brother, the groom’s mum and their two children as guests. Their son wore a dragon onesie and their daughter fluffy ears and a tail. The bride wore leopard print leggings under her dress. After their short ceremony they all went to a local restaurant for lunch together.
“Our wedding was unplanned, smiley, full of love and dinosaurs!” said Lynette. “We just wanted everyone to enjoy the day and be happy. We spent less than £500 too. We were pretty impressed with ourselves. We are not materialistic people and the whole day was just about us and the fact we were getting married. We just invited the children and James’ mum. We just wanted minimum fuss and the whole day to be about us, our love and getting married. We wanted the day to be special to us and to only have each other and a couple of guests made it a much more intimate and special day in our eyes. Plus, now we can spend the money we saved on travelling and adventures!”
David and Nicoline’s South African wedding had a very obvious theme – rainbows! They wanted their day to be colourful, cheerful and fun. “We wanted the day to be special, a day that our guests would always remember and talk about”, the bride said. “We did a lot of things differently but one of the most obvious ones was that there were no girls in the bridal party – we had ‘bridesmates’ instead!”
“The ceremony was very special, our guests were sitting on straw bales and on the grass,. It had a very casual vibe. The officiant gave a beautiful speech and afterwards we planted a tree.”
Valeria and Wen-Wei’s London wedding was low key and ridiculously stylish. The bride’s incredible outfit wasn’t a wedding dress, it was a collection of different pieces she loved and put together herself.
The couple met on Tinder! “My sister came to London to visit me and we were waiting for The Strokes to come on stage in Hyde Park”, the bride explained. “We were bored so I showed her how to use Tinder (which was completely pointless as she wasn’t interested in dating at all). So I opened it and first random guy shown was Wen-Wei. I said to my sister: ‘For example, let’s say I like him. I swipe right. Ha. Look, he matched me. Now I could text him but obviously I couldn’t be bothered’. After a couple of days I was tidying up my matches and was going to unmatch him, but my sister said: ‘Oh come on, he looks cute! Just talk to him a bit, he may be interesting’. The rest is history!”
Ellie and Sean’s two-day wedding took place in Eddinburgh. They were married at the Lothian Chambers and hosted their reception the day after back at their own home.
“We knew we wanted to incorporate the colours yellow, purple and grey in to the wedding and for there to also be some unicorns”, said Ellie. “Other than that there wasn’t really a theme.”
“We decided to have our wedding photos taken in the Museum of Scotland. I really wanted some photos under the T-Rex (I played roller derby and my derby name is TeaWrecks) and I’m lucky my husband is my silliness partner in crime and agreed. We walked each other down the aisle, we wanted to start our marriage as we mean to go on, as a team.”