Alternative Farm House Wedding in Spain

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Zuria and Josu’s rented an old farm house in Northern Spain for their September wedding. They absolutely did not want a traditional day. They served street food, had lots of music and fun things for their guests to do.

“We planned a wedding without no protocol”, said the bride. “We just wanted a party with our loved ones. We looked at lots of weddings online to get ideas but we only picked things we thought would fit our personalities. We really tried to give everything our personal touch and we made the jam jars for flowers, the signs, the stationery and the favours. We brought lots of things from our home for extra decorations too. We wanted our guests to say that we wedding was ‘so us’.”

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The vibe of the wedding was very different to most traditional Spanish weddings, it was very relaxed. “We didn’t want our wedding to feel like it was following a script”, she continued. “We thought that we would enjoy it more if it was just like us hanging around with friends, listening indie music, eating tapas and having fun. We didn’t want anything too formal.”

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Eccentric Southend-on-Sea Wedding

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With a budget of just £4000, Gabrielle and Paul had a quirky Southend-on-Sea Wedding on 10th June 2015 (happy anniversary guys!) The ceremony was at the registry office and their reception was hosted at Bacchus Restaurant.

“In all honesty, other than the venues and what we were going to wear, there wasn’t really much that we planned”, explained the bride. “We just wanted our eccentric personalities to shine through in a transcendent and immersive setting surrounded by the ones we love.”

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“As creative professionals, we are both often commissioned to showcase chosen inspirations for campaigns, so it was a new an interesting process for us to be able to just portray exactly what we wanted – our own personalities and interests. We really didn’t choose any specific theme but we were influenced a lot by having something that was a contemporary mix of vintage aesthetics, world culture and nature.”

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Leicestival: A Music Festival Wedding

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Dan and Sophie’s wedding was dubbed ‘Leicestival’ (based on their surname). They wanted the wedding to reflect a live music vibe as they both love music, festivals in particular.

“The inspiration for Leicestival was our mutual love of live music!”, began the bride. “Not only did we meet through music (Dan was in a band and I was a big fan!) but we also met a lot of our closest friends through music too. We love the atmosphere of music festivals; how relaxed you feel when you’re in a field paired with great music, food, drink and surrounded by the best company. That’s what we wanted, and we wanted everyone else to feel that way.”

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They really wanted an informal wedding that all their guests would enjoy. “I went to town on branding everythingl. I’m a digital designer so I designed everything I possibly could. I was definitely more excited about creating wristbands and invites rather than my wedding dress! I designed tonnes of merchandise; plectrums, badges, wristbands, t-shirts, lanyards, stickers etc. and put up ‘Merch Desk’ for all the guests to collect and keep memorabilia from our special day!”

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Icelandic Elopement Planned in a Month

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No country seems to lend itself more to dramatic wedding photographs than Iceland. That landscape is just begging for moody and beautiful couple shots. So when Lauren proposed to Gareth just a month before the date, she asked him specifically if he’d like to elope there.

“Only a month before actually getting married in Iceland, I sat Gareth down at a local cafe, and asked him if he would like to act on our high soaring love for each other”, Lauren explained. “I asked if he would like to marry me in Iceland, a place that we had both dreamed about visiting. Just the two of us and some of mother nature’s finest creations. To my great relief, he said yes.”

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“I took it upon myself to do some research about getting married in Iceland. Gareth and I had decided that we wanted to get married in the striking, yet simple, Budir Church on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. It seemed the perfect place for us to exchange our vows. Tucked away behind broken crevices in the earth and surrounded by knee length grass dancing in the wind and a backdrop of sea, mountains and a dramatic sky.”

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Wedding Gift List Inspiration: Alice Through the Looking Glass

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With the release of the new movie, Alice in Wonderland is a huge trend in weddings right now. The ‘eat me’ labels, playing cards and white rabbits are enough to transport you to Wonderland. Add in a few flamingos and mad hats and I’m sold.

Online gift list specialists Prezola has over 300 brands and 30,000 items for couples to choose from when creating a wedding gift list so of course there’d be plenty of inspiration when it comes to the new film. It’s a great way to continue with the theme in your home if tweedle-dum and tweedle-dee features at your wedding, or even if you’re just a fan of the stories. Channel your inner Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, and prepare to get wonderfully weird.

Butterfly Bloom Wedgwood

Wedgwood Butterfly Bloom collection, £25 – £150

To recreate the infamous Mad Hatter’s tea party, the Butterfly Bloom collection from Wedgwood is perfect and much like a fairytale. Complete with platters, cups and saucers, teapots, cake stands and even a strainer, it’s a gorgeous collection to make your official wedding china. We also love this Accessorize Home Comptoir Teapot, it’s a fun and kooky shape for a fantasy party, and I can almost picture a sleepy mouse popping out the top.

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Accessorize Home Comptoir Teapot, £19.99

Avenida Home actually feature scenes and characters from Alice in Wonderland in some of their products like these coasters, trays and placemats. I love this tea towel featuring a snippet from the original story, a great addition to any kitchen at an affordable price that your guests will love too!

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Avenida Home Alice in Wonderland Tea Towel, £15

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Industrial, Bohemian Hippy Wedding in Australia

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Devina and Clint were married in Fremantle, Western Australia. They both love all things vintage, and are hippies at heart, so this is where they started when it came to planning the day.

“Clint is originally from Tasmania and I’m from Western Australia so we tried to combine those two places as much as possible through things like the favours and the food and drink choices”, Devina began. “We used as much local produce and artists in all aspects, including Clint and his groomsmen who handmade braces. Music played an important part also. We had live local music at both the ceremony and the reception.”

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The ceremony was held outside, by the river in North Fremantle in a beautiful private quiet little garden “After walking down the aisle with my Mum she stayed at the front with the bridal party and did an acknowledgement to country before we started”, Devina continued. “As I’m Indigenous Australian we always acknowledge Indigenous elders past and present from that particular area as a custom and for respect. Interesting, as we were near the water it was really windy right up until that point and then after the acknowledgement the wind died right down and was perfect for the ceremony.”

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